From the Pastor’s Desk 03/17/2013
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God… Philippians 4:6
I have often heard a number of Christians utter the cliché, “I’m too blessed to be stressed” only to freak out over something that is so small that it makes you wonder why they would ever express those words. Now I am not trying to minimize what an individual has to endure, but there comes a point in one’s life they must not lose their minds over little things; I know those very things may be large to the individual because of where they are spiritually. The reason I say these things are so small is because our God “is able to do exceedingly, abundantly above all that we ask or think.” That is why those things are small. If you want to experience the ability to be, “too blessed to be stressed,” you have to understand who the God of the Scriptures is.
There are unavoidable things that will happen in every believer’s life, as a matter of fact, Jesus Himself, when he stated to His disciples on the night in which would be a traumatic experience for Him and His disciples, when he expressed to them, “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world” John 16:33 NKJV. Paul then told Timothy, “Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution” 2 Timothy 3:12 NKJV. Job stated, “Man who is born of woman is of few days and full of trouble” Job 14:1. As you can see there will be things that will cause one to endure mental trepidation, but the Lord has promised to help you overcome such emotional turmoil.
The fact really is that the child of God is too blessed to be stressed! You have to recognize your position in Christ; you are Born Again! Being born again places you in a unique situation in that you have been given the ability to see beyond the stressful condition when you are able to “be still, and know that He is God. Contentment is within your reach, because Philippians 4:13 says, I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” When there is a proper understanding of the God of the Scriptures and anxiety get a hold of you, David, the sweet singer of Israel encourages the fretful soul to, “Wait on the LORD; and be of good courage, and He will strengthen your heart” Psalms 27:14. There is no situation that God is not able to handle. Please take the time to turn your focus to Him the moment trouble raises its ugly head to try to cause you unnecessary emotional pain, you and I must remember that God almighty is our refuge and our strength; He is a very present help in the time of our distress. Then you will be able to really understand that You Are Too Blessed To Be Stressed!
Your Servant in Christ,