Chapter OneGod's Word For You
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with
thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.
And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts
and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:6-7 NASB
A few years ago, I went to a doctor because I was constantly sick. He told me
the symptoms were the result of being under stress. I was sleeping wrong, eating
improperly, and pushing myself harder and harder-all in the name of working for
The word stress was originally an engineering term used to refer to the amount
of force that a beam or other physical support could bear without collapsing
under the strain. In our time, stress has been expanded to include mental and
Stress is a normal part of everyone's life. God has created us to withstand a
certain amount of pressure and tension. The problem comes when we push beyond
our limitations and head toward doing permanent damage to ourselves.
Peace is meant to be the normal condition for every believer in Jesus Christ. He
is the Prince of Peace, and in Jesus we find our own inheritance of peace. It is
a gift from the Holy Spirit, which He gives as we live in obedience to His Word.
The peace Jesus gives operates in good times or bad, when you are abounding or
being abased. His peace operates in the middle of a storm.
God's Word For You
Do you not know that your body is the temple (the very sanctuary) of the Holy
Spirit Who lives within you, Whom you have received [as a Gift] from God? You
are not your own.
You were bought with a price [purchased with a preciousness and paid for, made
His own]. So then, honor God and bring glory to Him in your body.
1 Corinthians 6:19-20
Have you not known? Have you not heard? The everlasting God, the Lord, the
Creator of the ends of the earth, does not faint or grow weary; there is no
searching of His understanding.
He gives power to the faint and weary, and to him who has no might He increases
strength [causing it to multiply and making it to abound].
REFRESH THE WEARY
The first key to handling or overcoming stress is to recognize or admit we are
under it. Though I was constantly having headaches, backaches, stomachaches,
neck aches, and all the other symptoms of stress, I found it very difficult to
admit that I was pushing too hard physically, mentally, emotionally, and
spiritually. I was doing the work I felt God wanted me to do without actually
seeking I Him to find out which work He wanted me to do, when He wanted me to do
it, and how much of it. If we abuse ourselves we will suffer the consequences.
Although the Lord gives power to the faint and weary, if you are worn out from
continually exceeding your physical limitations, you need physical rest. The
Lord may mercifully give you supernatural energy in particular instances, but
you are in disobedience when you abuse your body, the temple of the Holy Spirit.
If you want God to flow and work through you, you need to take care of your body
so God can use you. If you wear out your body, you don't have a spare in the
drawer somewhere to pull out!
The anointing of God lifts when you operate outside of His promptings.