From Stressed to Blessed
How many can honestly say they have, at one time or another, experienced stress?
We worry about bills, our jobs, the future, our relationships, our kids, our health, stress (haha), our situation, the unknown, the list goes on and on. It says in the Bible not to worry, but is being stressed and worrying the same thing?
Ever think that Jesus must have had stress? Here are a few things he possibly could have been stressed about:
He was raised with a mother and adopted by Joseph (who was possibly more stressed than anyone)
Earthy father disappears with unknown reason
Jesus possible raised with single mom
Oldest of his brothers and sisters
Thrust into the ministry too soon (John 2:3-4)
What it would take the disciples to ‘see’ who He is
Getting the disciples to stay awake for just one hour to pray
Trying to minister to as many people as possible
Crowds of people chasing Him for Healing
Disciples forbidding the children to come near
Disciples not understanding what Jesus is trying to say
Demon possessed screaming at Him
Pharisees plotting against Him
If you find yourself burnt out or stressed, it’s important to refresh yourself. Some of us give and give and give and give… and when we give we are not receiving. Eventually, we can find ourselves depleted. Kinda like a car that is running on fumes about to run out of gas. The car, just before running out sputters a little and then more often, giving a hint of the need for a refueling.
Notice: before a big event that Jesus was going to be apart of, there was usually a space of time where Jesus would refresh Himself in prayer. A good example is Luke 6:12. Now, this is right after Jesus was in an argument with the Pharisees of healing on the Sabbath. The LORD asked the Pharisees which was worse to do on the Sabbath, forgiving of sins or healing. So He did both. Oh, I wish I could have been there to see those religious leaders faces of disgust.
“It was at this time that He went off to the mountain to pray,
and He spent the whole night in prayer to God.”
Now, it was wise that He did this, because of two important events were about to take place almost immediately following.
1. He chose His disciples (Alt reference Mark 3:13) 2. The Sermon on the Mount.
If Jesus did not experience the pressures we go through, His incarnation was a meaningless experience.
Even though, Jesus was the Son of GOD, He was not given special treatment. By this, I mean He had to pray to maintain His relationship with the Father. He had to fight off temptation by the Word of GOD, and like us he had to fast just as we do to gain the power to cast out devils. There was purpose in His walk.
Jesus gave and gave and gave and even He needed refreshing on a regular basis. He needed time to talk to His Father to give Him His glory and praise. In return, GOD gave Himself to His Son. It replenished Him, quickened Him, made the path clear, it energized Him. The Father gave Him strength. Jesus knew what to do when the time came and you can see how focused he was when he chose His disciples out of all those people and then when he spoke on the mount.
So, just remember: everybody stresses, but it’s how you deal with it and what you turn it in to. Turn that stressing into a blessing!!
Here are some verses you can use when you're feeling stressed:
1. "It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not fail you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed." -Deuteronomy 31:8 2. "I have set the LORD continually before me; Because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken." -Psalm 16:8 3. "When I am afraid, I will put my trust in Thee. In God, whose word I praise, In God I have put my trust; I shall not be afraid. What can [mere] man do to me?" -Psalm 56:3-4 4. "I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world." John 16.33 5. "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, shall guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." -Philippians 4:6-7 6. "Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid." -John 14.27 7. "You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance." -Psalm 32:7-8 8. Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you. 1 Peter 5:6,7 10. "So letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death. But letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace." -Romans 8:6