Matthew Henry states, “That which filled the disciples’ hearts with sorrow, was too great affection for this present life. Nothing more hinders our joy in God, than the love of the world, and the sorrow of the world which comes from it.” (Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary on the New Testament.)
Principles of “Sorrow has filled your heart”:
1) Jesus has clearly presented His death, burial, resurrection and ascension as a part of the Plan for the First Advent.
2) Negative volition toward the teaching of Christ for three years results in mental pain and anguish of the disciples at this time.
3) At a critical moment, the eleven disciples are all disoriented. Negative volition leads to disorientation to the Plan of God in the time of crisis.
4) Instead of orienting to the Cross, the departure, the moving forward of the Plan of God, they have associated the death of Christ with catastrophe.
5) They therefore cannot recognize the principle of Romans 8:28. They did not have the reflected glory of an Edification Complex of the Souls (ECS).
6) The verb “has filled” is a Perfect, Active, Indicative of PLEROO – πληρόω (play-ro’-o) which means, “to fill up a deficiency or to fill up a vacuum.” Here it means, “to fill up a vacuum in their souls.” With a void or deficiency of Bible doctrine in your soul, you fill up that vacuum with mental attitude sins which causes LUPE – λύπη (loo’-pay) [sorrow, mental pain or anguish of the KARDIA – καρδία (kar-dee’-ah)], in the mentality of the soul.
7) Mental attitude sins must be displaced by Bible doctrine in the soul. This can only occur through daily intake of doctrine.
This then leads us into three doctrines: The Doctrine of Emotional Revolt of the Soul, the Doctrine of Stress, and the Doctrine of Occupation with the Lord Jesus Christ. Here will we deal with the Doctrine of Stress on your soul.
Doctrine of Stress in Your Soul
There are Two Categories of Pressure in Life:
- Overt pressure, which in this study will be classified as adversity.
- Inner pressure of the soul, which in this study will be classified as stress.
1.) Stress is what You Do to Yourself; Adversity is what the Circumstances of Life Do to You.
2.) Adversity is Outside Pressures of Life from the Circumstances of Our Daily Experiences, whereas Stress is Inside Pressure of the Soul.
The Greek word THLIPSIS – θλῖψις (thlip’-sis), Rom 5:3; 2 Cor 1:4, 8; 1 Thes 3:3; 2 Thes 1:4; Rev 2:9-10, 22, etc. should be translated, “adversity,” because it means, “calamity, catastrophe, affliction, oppression, disaster, general suffering brought on by the outward circumstances of life.”
3.) Adversity May be Caused by Pain, Weather, Financial Problems, Loss of Friendship, Broken Romance, Marital Problems, Family Problems, Business or Professional Problems, Personality Conflicts, Lawsuits, Economic Depression, Spiritual Problems, etc.
a) As outside pressures of life, there are three categories of adversity.
1) Suffering from the law of volitional responsibility.
2) Suffering from Divine discipline.
3) Suffering for Blessing which accelerates spiritual growth.
b) As inside pressure of the soul, stress includes four categories.
1) Stress from converting the outside pressures of adversity into the inside pressures of stress in the soul.
2) Stress which comes from grieving the Holy Spirit.
3) Stress which comes from quenching the Spirit.
4) Stress from the three areas of divine discipline.
4.) Once You Have Stress in the Soul, there is No Suffering for Blessing Until You Rebound and Recover.
Then the adversity is turned into Suffering for Blessing
5.) Adversity is Inevitable (We All have Suffering); Stress is Optional.
It depends on your own volition as to which you will have, suffering for blessing inside the spiritual life or stress upon your soul in carnality. The positive volitional attitude is noted in Rom 8:31-37.
6.) Stress in the Soul Always Results in Sin Nature Control of Your Life.
It destroys the spiritual life of the believer. It causes fragmentation, reversionism, and Christian degeneracy, which when combined with the Old Sin Nature (OSN) control of the soul, completely destroys any capacity for life, love, and happiness.
- Stress destroys the inner spiritual strength of the soul when combined with the OSN control of the soul, and results in inner tensions that cause dissociation, mental disorder, and multiple personality dysfunctions.
- Unchecked and perpetuated stress in the soul produces the psycho Christian.
- Stress results in self-fragmentation.
7.) Stress Perpetuated in the Soul, Means Failure to Glorify God, and therefore, Unchecked Stress Produces the Loser Believer, the Believer Who Lives in Perpetual Carnality.
8.) There are Seven Categories of Loser Believers Brought on by Allowing Stress to Penetrate Their Souls.
a) Stress results in self-fragmentation.
b) Stress perpetuated in the soul results in polarized fragmentation. Polarized fragmentation, in which the sin nature control takes you to your trend of self-righteous arrogance or antinomianism.
c)Polarized fragmentation leads to the eight stages of reversionism.
1) Reaction and distraction.
2) The frantic search for happiness.
3) Operation boomerang. (The frantic search for happiness returns to the believer empty of happiness but increases stress in the soul.)
4) Emotional revolt of the soul.
5) The status of locked in negative volition.
6) Blackout of the soul.
7) Scar tissue of the soul.
8) Reverse process reversionism. (Reverse process reversionism is the status of lost spiritual priorities and values; for all such priorities and values are completely reversed.)
i) Christian moral degeneracy.
ii) Christian immoral degeneracy.
iii) Dissociation, which is garbage in the subconscious.
iv) Becoming a psychotic or neurotic Christian.
9.) Stress is a Term in Psychology and Biology, Borrowed from Physics and Engineering and First Used in the Biological Context in the 1930’s by the Endocrinologist Hans Selye.
It refers to the consequence of the failure of an organism (human or animal), to respond adequately to mental, emotional, or physical demands, whether actual or imagined.
Signs of stress may be cognitive, emotional, physical, or behavioral. Signs include poor judgment, a general negative outlook, excessive worrying, moodiness, irritability, agitation, inability to relax, feeling lonely, isolated or depressed, aches and pains, diarrhea or constipation, nausea, dizziness, chest pain, rapid heartbeat, eating too much or not enough, sleeping too much or not enough, social withdrawal, procrastination or neglect of responsibilities, increased alcohol, nicotine or drug consumption, and nervous habits such as pacing about, nail-biting, and neck pains.
Physiologists define stress as how the body reacts to adversity, (a stressor), real or imagined, a stimulus that results in stress. Acute adversities (stressors) affect a person in the short term; chronic adversities (stressors) over the longer term.
10.) As Noted Above in Point Four, Common Stimuli of Stress Include Both Negative and Positive Adversities, (Stressors).
The intensity and duration of stress changes depending on the circumstances and emotional condition of the person who is suffering from it. Some common categories and examples of adversities, (stressors), include:
Sensory input such as pain, bright light, noise, temperatures, or environmental issues such as a lack of control over environmental circumstances, such as food, air and/or water quality, housing, health, freedom, or mobility.
Social issues are also a motivator of stress, such as struggles of inordinate competition with difficult individuals, social defeat, relationship conflict, deception, break ups, and major events such as birth and deaths, marriage, and divorce.
Life experiences such as poverty, unemployment, clinical depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, heavy drinking, or insufficient sleep can also motivate stress. Students and workers may face performance pressure stress from exams and project deadlines.
Adverse experiences during development (e.g. prenatal exposure to maternal stress, poor attachment histories, sexual abuse) are thought to contribute to deficits in the maturity of an individual’s stress response systems.
11.) There are Three Stages of Negative Influence on the Soul and Body Called the “General Adaptation Syndrome” that Result from Stress on the Soul.
Alarm is the first stage. When the adversity (threat or stressor) is identified or realized, the body’s stress response is a state of alarm. During this stage, adrenaline will be produced in order to bring about the fight-or-flight response.
Resistance is the second stage. If the adversity persists, it becomes necessary to attempt some means of coping with the stress. Although the body begins to try to adapt to the strains or demands of the environment, the body cannot keep this up indefinitely, so its resources are gradually depleted.
Exhaustion is the third and final stage. At this point, all of the body’s resources are eventually depleted, and the body is unable to maintain normal function. The initial autonomic nervous system symptoms may reappear (sweating, raised heart rate, etc.). If stage three is extended, long term damage may result as the body and the immune system is exhausted and function is impaired, resulting in decompensation (the functional deterioration of a previously working structures or system in the body).
The result can manifest itself in obvious illnesses such as ulcers, depression, diabetes, trouble with the digestive system, or even cardiovascular problems, along with other mental illnesses.
12.) The Negative Effects of Stress on the Soul and Body are Revealed to Us in the Old Testament, Psa 6:2-3a; 38:3-8; 102:1-7; Hab 3:16.
Psa 6:2-3, “Be gracious to me, O LORD, for I am pining away; heal me, O LORD, for my bones are dismayed. 3And my soul is greatly dismayed.”
Psa 38:3-8, “There is no soundness in my flesh because of Your indignation (Divine discipline); there is no health in my bones because of my sin. 4For my iniquities are gone over my head; as a heavy burden they weigh too much for me. 5My wounds grow foul and fester because of my folly. 6I am bent over and greatly bowed down; I go mourning all day long. 7For my loins are filled with burning, and there is no soundness in my flesh. 8I am benumbed and badly crushed; I groan because of the agitation of my heart.”
Hab 3:16, “I heard and my inward parts trembled, at the sound my lips quivered. Decay enters my bones, and in my place I tremble. Because I must wait quietly for the day of distress, For the people to arise who will invade us.”
Psa 42:10-11, “As a shattering of my bones, my adversaries revile me, while they say to me all day long, “Where is your God?” 11Why are you in despair, O my soul? And why have you become disturbed within me? Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him, The help of my countenance and my God.”
13.) Extrapolated from the Word of God are Eleven Problem Solving Devices Which Work to Prevent the Conversion of the Outside Pressures of Adversity into the Inside Pressures of Stress in the Soul.
The Problem-Solving Devices (PSDs) are potential, based on the metabolization of Bible doctrine in your soul. The PSDs are generally progressive as metabolized Bible doctrine circulates in the stream of consciousness coming from the heart (right lobe) of your soul.
The progression is: The Rebound Technique, the Filling of the Holy Spirit, the Faith-Rest Drill, Doctrinal Orientation, Grace Orientation, Authority Orientation, a Personal Sense of Destiny, a Personal Love for God the Father, Impersonal Love for All Mankind, Sharing the Perfect Happiness of God, and Occupation with Christ.
Defensively the PSDs function to prevent the outside pressure of adversity from penetrating the soul and becoming the inner pressure of stress. The Eleven PSDs are the defensive position against adversity or outside pressure attacking the soul.
Offensively they function to remove from the soul the inner pressure of stress. The Word of God removes the accumulated garbage and scar tissue built up on your soul, die to allowing stress to build up in your soul, so that you can cycle God’s Word throughout your soul more freely. We take the offensive through the use of the Faith-Rest Drill, Grace Orientation, Doctrinal Orientation, and the other Problem-Solving Devices.
Psa 25:16-21, “Turn to me and be gracious to me, for I am lonely and afflicted. 17The troubles (THLIPSIS in the Septuagint translation – LXX) of my heart are enlarged; bring me out of my distresses (ANAGKE in the LXX, cf. 1 Thes 3:7). 18Look upon my affliction and my trouble, and forgive all my sins, (Rebound Technique). 19Look upon my enemies, for they are many, and they hate me with violent hatred. 20Guard my soul and deliver me; do not let me be ashamed, for I take refuge in You (Faith Rest Drill). 21Let integrity and uprightness preserve me (Doctrinal Orientation), for I wait for You (Occupation with Jesus Christ).” (Italic mine)
14.) Stress in the Soul Results in Sin Nature Control Plus the Inability to Convert GNOSIS Doctrine into EPIGNOSIS Doctrine.
The only answer to this is rebound. Perpetuation of the inside pressure of stress in the soul destroys metabolized doctrine in the stream of consciousness and prevents any future metabolization of doctrine as long as that stress remains. This is why people proclaim, “Doctrine does not work.”
15.) Stress Creates Tunnel Vision, Focusing on Those Things Producing the Stress and Shuts Down all Creative Thinking.
- Creative thinking occurs where a total Relaxed Mental Attitude is present.
- When under stress, your personality changes into an emotional, hypersensitive, very caustic, sarcastic individual.
- When under stress, routine and good eating habits become non-existent. The end result is a run-down, tired condition.
- When under stress, long term planning is non-existent and short-term decisions or decisions of expediency are the norm.
16.) Stress Feeds on Stress and Eventually Becomes a Lifestyle.
Stress becomes a coping mechanism. The stressed-out person needs the stressful life to keep him from thinking of reality and taking stock of a lifestyle that has totally alienated him from God and people around him. His number one priority is himself and his obsession. It usually takes a severe crisis to get his attention and give him the possibility of getting out of the vicious cycle.
17.) How Paul Dealt with the Outside Pressure of Adversity, 2 Cor 4:3-9, 16-18.
18.) The Vicious Cycle of Stress.
a.) The vicious cycle begins with converting the outside pressure of adversity into the inside pressure of stress in the soul.
1) The stress of the soul festers, causing, along with the sin nature, either a split personality or a multi-personality believer. The stress in the soul causes self-fragmentation.
2) Stress in the soul makes two attacks on the believer.
i) Destruction of metabolized doctrine in the stream of consciousness, which eventuates into split personality, and from there becomes reverse process reversionism or Christian degeneracy.
ii) The second attack is the cycling of stress into the soul and then outside in compulsive behavior, bipolar disorders, manic depressive episodes, anxiety or panic disorders, post-traumatic stress disorders, multiple personality disorders, and many other things related to stress in the stream of consciousness related to the function of the sin nature.
b.) Stress in the soul amplifies both the arrogance and emotional complex of sins.
Jealousy becomes operational, motivated by stress in the stream of consciousness. Jealousy manifests itself in many forms of vilification, gossip, slander, maligning, judging, and creating the public lie.
Vindictiveness becomes operational, motivated by stress in the stream of consciousness. Vindictiveness manifests itself in revenge.
Implacability becomes operational through hatred, meanness, and bullying.
Arrogance becomes operational through approbation lust, power lust, and inordinate ambitions.
c.) The vicious cycle occurs in three phases.
Phase one is the conversion of the outside pressure of adversity into stress in the stream of consciousness. Stress in the soul’s stream of consciousness opens the door for the Old Sin Nature to express itself and to control the life of the believer. This also results in the split off of the personality. Unchecked stress in the soul results in a psychotic or neurotic Christian.
a) The believer is in a position of weakness from stress of the soul. We are in a position of weakness, so that we produce everything from sins to evil to try and deal with the stress.
b) When pressures come into the soul, you react with irrationality: anger, hatred, antagonism, guilt, etc. The increased stress factor of the soul gives the Old Sin Nature greater control. Now you move to your area of weakness. There is no stopping it, because even if you Rebound, you go right back to your area of weakness, since you are under the pressure instead of controlling the pressure.
c) The scar tissue and blackout of the soul destroy Bible doctrine in the stream of consciousness so that the believer is cut off from his source of power and strength. The lust pattern now comes into play.
d) Human solutions and human reaction further complicate your life and problems.
Phase two is the believer completely under the control of the Sin Nature, often already in a psychotic or neurotic condition.
Phase three is an overt manifestation of the arrogance complex of sins, the emotional complex of sins, the split personality, the manic depressive, the anxiety or panic disorders, hysteria reaction to life. The third phase may result in different kinds of negative overt actions, including: murder, rape, suicide, vilification of another person. Phase three turns carnal motivation into Christian degeneracy. This is the position of garbage in and garbage out. Garbage is in the soul, as a result of stress and whatever comes out of the soul, (what you think, say, and do), is garbage too.
d) The vicious cycle is a post-salvation phenomenon, which results from lack of metabolized doctrine in the soul or lack of understanding or using the Problem-Solving Devices to keep adversity outside of the soul. To avoid converting outside pressure of adversity into inner pressure of soul stress, cognition and function of the Eleven Problem-Solving Devices must be a habit of life for every type of adversity and problem in life.
e) Believers under the function of the vicious cycle have the same stress factor in the soul as their unbeliever counterparts. Emotional stress factors such as fear, worry, guilt, panic, and anxiety are common to both believer and unbeliever alike. Arrogant stress factors are also common to both.
f) The increased stress factor of the soul gives the Old Sin Nature greater control, so that the believer moves to a state of irrationality, irresponsibility, dissociation, and complete loss of all spiritual values.
19.) Principles of the Relationship Between Cognition of Bible Doctrine and Stress in Your Soul.
a) There is a definite relationship between stress and cognition.
b) Stress makes you forgetful and impairs your memory.
c) Stress impairs your ability to learn.
d) Stress affects your perception of reality.
e) When stress is removed, cognitive ability is restored.
f) If a person remains in a stress situation too long, all of his cognitive ability is destroyed, and he enters into a neurotic or psychotic state, or a state of perpetual carnality.
g) When the rate of learning exceeds the rate of forgetting, Bible doctrine in the stream of consciousness circulates in its seven compartments:
1) But when the rate of forgetting exceeds the rate of learning, Bible doctrine in the stream of consciousness is eventually erased.
2) When the rate of forgetting exceeds the rate of learning, the outside pressure of adversity is converted into the inside pressure of stress in the soul.
20.) The Faith-Rest Solution to Stress.
a) Faith-Rest has been used throughout Scripture as one of the primary means of coping with stress.
b) There are three stages in the use of the Faith-Rest Drill, Heb 4:1-3.
1) Faith Mechanics:
a) Mixing the promises of God with faith.
(1) The function of the Faith-Rest Drill is always toward adversity. Failure to claim the promises of God is the first stage of failure in the spiritual life. Adversity breaks through the doctrinal defenses and produces stress in the soul. This makes the believer vulnerable to fragmentation.
(2) Once you begin meeting the adversities of life with claiming the promises of God, this makes the Bible more real to you and increases your positive volition.
(3) Stress in the soul, combined with the sin nature, establishes a pattern of spiritual declension. This results in both Christian degeneracy and/or a split personality.
(4) By use of the faith-rest mechanics, the believer prevents the conversion of adversity into stress. This utilization provides for the new believer his first experience of sharing God’s perfect happiness.
(5) The faith-rest mechanics of stage one are:
i) Faith claims the promises of God.
ii) Faith applies the promises of God.
iii. Faith takes control of the situation. Taking control of the situation demands a position of strength. Tranquility and contentment are a position of strength, 2 Cor 12:10; Phil 4:11-13; 1 Tim 6:8; Heb 13:5-6.
(6) When stage one is fully operational, the believer then fulfills 2 Cor 5:7, “For we walk by faith and not by sight.”
a) Application of doctrinal rationales to life.
(1) This requires a much stronger faith, which comes from maximum metabolized doctrine circulating in the stream of consciousness, by means of the filling of the Holy Spirit. The rationales include:
i) The essence of God rationale.
ii) The plan of God rationale.
iii. The policy of God rationale–grace orientation.
iv) The a fortiori rationale–if God can do the greater (salvation), He can do the less.
Rom 10:17, “Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of Christ.” See also, 1 Cor 2:15-16; cf. 1 Cor 2:5.
2) Faith Functions:
a) There is the faith function of faith perception. Just as there are two functions in breathing (inhale and exhale), so there are two functions in the modus operandi of the Faith-Rest Drill.
(1) There must be the inhale of Bible doctrine or faith perception. This is results in post-salvation epistemological rehabilitation, which means perception and metabolization of Bible doctrine with the results of Romans 12:2a, “the renewing of your mind.” Only metabolized doctrine circulating in the stream of consciousness can prevent adversity from being converted into stress.
(2) There must be the exhale of faith, which is the function of the Faith-Rest Drill or the application of God’s Word to your life demonstrated by Rom 12:2b, “so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.” You use faith to metabolize doctrine; you use that same faith to apply that doctrine to experience. The exhale of faith is the believer’s faith function. For example, prayer, Mat 21:22; Mark 11:24.
Mat 21:22, “And all things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.”
b) There is the faith function of the plaintiff function before the Supreme Court of Heaven. For example, when being treated unfairly, we must represent such cases before the Supreme Court of Heaven and leave the matter in the Lord’s hands, Eph 6:18. This also demands that we not enter into vilification, which results in severe discipline to ourselves.
c) There is the faith function of the believer’s Faith-Rest function in sharing the happiness of God. There is a definite relationship between the accurate and correct function of the Faith-Rest Drill and the proper use of God’s happiness, Phil 1:25; 2:17-18; James 1:2.
Phil 2:17, “But even if I am being poured out as a drink offering upon the sacrifice and service of your faith, I rejoice and share my joy with you all. 18You too, I urge you, rejoice in the same way and share your joy with me.”
James 1:2, “Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials.”
Principles on Sharing the Happiness of God; +H:
1.) If you find yourself in a state of anger, bitterness, hatred, etc., that state can be converted into either demon influence in your soul, or you will wind up as a psychotic person. When you allow adversity to become stress in your soul, you make yourself a psychotic person. Stress combined with the Old Sin Nature explains everything that goes wrong with the believer.
2.) The Faith-Rest Drill plus contentment and tranquility is the major solution to handling pressure. When you claim a promise from God, it holds off the adversity and you create tranquility and contentment in your soul, even if only temporarily. As you grow spiritually, this tranquility and contentment lasts longer and longer.
3.) God can make you happy like no one else can. People can make you happy temporarily, but they can also make you very unhappy. The same is true of circumstances. Yet, God provides you with a sustaining, permanent happiness which people and circumstances cannot change.
4.) As James 1:2 says, “My brethren, regard it as sharing God’s perfect happiness when you become involved in the many categories of pressures.” Therefore, sharing God’s perfect happiness is His grace provision for a true and sustaining happiness while on earth. Only God has the power to make you happy on a permanent basis. Sharing the happiness of God is a grace gift to every believer who shares the thinking of Christ. It is a happiness which is:
a) Not dependent on people but on the thinking of Bible doctrine.
b) A happiness which prevents the conversion of adversity into stress in the soul.
c) A happiness which does not change with circumstances.
5.) You cannot derive your happiness from making others unhappy. God has found a way in grace to share His very own happiness with us.
6.) Sharing the happiness of God is made up of four things.
a) Tranquility; Phil 4:7, “The peace of God which passes all understanding which garrisons your heart and mind through Christ Jesus.”
b) Contentment; Phil 4:11. Contentment and tranquility are tremendous insulators against adversity. You can regain your tranquility and contentment through rebound.
c) When tranquility and contentment become a major part of your life, so that people can no longer hurt you, shock you, or cause you to react, then capacity for life, love, and happiness is added. You now have the capacity, with a Relaxed Mental Attitude, to see objectively all of the things that used to disturb you. When you react to unfair treatment, you show lack of spiritual maturation. You may have a lot of doctrine, but there is an imbalance.
d) The expanded capacity to handle stimulation, enthusiasm, exhilaration. You can enjoy the moment without the moment destroying you in Emotional Revolt of the Soul.
7.) Sharing the happiness of God then becomes a fantastic Problem-Solving Device. As a Problem-Solving Device, God’s happiness keeps stress out of the soul, and thereby preserves the unity and cohesiveness of the soul. The greatest defense system we have against stress is to possess God’s perfect happiness in our soul. Having God’s happiness always keeps adversity outside of the soul.
8.) God’s happiness can be lost to the extent that you lose Christian integrity and virtue. As integrity and virtue disappear from your life, so does God’s happiness. Pseudo happiness depends on or makes its happiness by making other people miserable through vilification, hatred, anger, revenge, etc. Arrogance plus anger means a psychotic condition.
9.) There are at least three main tenets in God’s happiness that apply to the life of the believer.
a) God’s happiness is not dependent on others, but on the thinking or mind of Christ, which is Bible doctrine.
b) God’s happiness prevents any stress, adversity, disaster from ever affecting us.
c) God’s happiness does not change with circumstances unless you permit it.
10.) Having God’s happiness in the soul is one of the greatest blessings when facing death, Phil 1:21-25. Phil 1:21, “For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.”
Psa 16:11, “You will make known to me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of happiness; at Your right hand are pleasures forever.”
Prov 3:13, “How blessed is (Happiness to) the believer who finds wisdom, even to the person who gains understanding of doctrine.”
“Blessed” [Hebrew – ESHER – אַשְׁרֵי (eh’-sher); Greek – MAKARIOS – μακάριος (mak-ar’-ee-os)] = Happiness, as in Mat 5:3-12.
John 15:11, “These doctrines I have taught verbally to you all, in order that My joy (+H) might keep on being in the sphere of you all, and your joy (+H) might be made full.”
1 Thes 1:6, “You also have become imitators of us and our Lord, having received the Word of God in much adversity with happiness from the Holy Spirit.”
Phil 4:11, “Not that I speak with reference to need; for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am.”
1 Tim 6:6-8, “But godliness is a means of great profit when accompanied with contentment; for we brought nothing into this world, it is obvious that we are going to take nothing out of it. However, if we have food and clothing, with these we shall be content.”
Psa 146:5, “How blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the LORD his God.” That is “Happiness belongs to the one whose confidence is in the Lord.”
Psa 128:1, “How blessed (happy) is everyone who fears, (is occupied with), the Lord, who walks in His ways.”
Heb 13:5-6, “Let your lifestyle be free from love for money, and be content with what you have; for He Himself has said, ‘I will never leave you and I will never forsake you,’ so that we may say with confidence, ‘The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What, therefore, can man do to me’?”
3) Faith Execution: which demands a foundation of humility within your soul, along with Christian professionalism: (knowledge and application of the Problem-Solving Devices), and integrity, (the Royal Family Honor Code which provides spiritual strength to execute the Problem-Solving Devices).
Isaiah 40:31 tells us of four specific kinds of strength a believer receives to overcome stress as he rests (waits) upon God.
Isaiah 40:31, “Yet those who wait for the LORD will gain new strength; they will mount up with wings like eagles, they will run and not get tired, they will walk and not become weary.”
The word “wait” is the Hebrew verb QAVAH – קָוָה (kaw-vaw’) and is one of the six main Hebrew words for faith.
1.) The first is AMAN – תַאֲמִין (aw-man’) which is a word for faith which means, “to confirm, support, and be faithful.” So, it means to use God as a prop or support, Job 39:12.
2.) The second one is BATACH – בָּטַח (baw-takh’) which means, “to trust, have confidence in.” It was originally used for two men wrestling, and one of them slams the other to the ground. Eventually the word meant to take your troubles and slam them on the Lord, Psa 9:10; 27:3; Prov 3:5.
Psa 9:10, “And those who know Your name will put their trust in You, For You, O LORD, have not forsaken those who seek You.”
Psa 27:3, “Though a host encamp against me, my heart will not fear; though war arise against me, in spite of this I shall be confident.”
3.) The third is CHASAH – חָסָה (khaw-saw’) that means, “to seek refuge, flee for protection, to put trust in (God), confide or hope in God,” Psa 36:7; 37:40. In theological context, the meaning extends to the sense of “putting trust in” God, even “depending” upon God with complete confidence. The Psalms present benefits for the person who seeks refuge in God in this manner. Such a person will not be condemned, Psa 34:22, and yet will be happy (“blessed” – ESHER – אַשְׁרֵי (eh’-sher)), Psa 2:12c; 34:8, and have an exulting, joyful heart, Psa 5:11.
4.) The fourth one is SELA – סֶ֫לַע (seh’-lah) with its synonym TSUR – צוּר (tsoor), (meaning a larger rock), that simply means to be facing something bigger and greater than you, and to fit into a “crack in the rock” where the fox can’t fit. The point is that the weak and helpless get into a crack where they are protected, and God is the Rock. And it means to use God as the Rock, Psa 18:2; Isa 22:16; 33:16
5.) The fifth is YACHAL – יָחַל (yaw-chal’) that means, “To wait, hope, or expect.” It comes from the meaning of being in extreme pain and to find relief in that extreme pain. So, it is for trusting the Lord under great pressure, Psa 31:24; 38:15; 42:5.
6.) So, we have our sixth word which is the verb QAVAH – קָוָה (kaw-vaw’). It means, “to hope, wait for, or to look for patiently,” Psa 40:1; 130:5.
Psa 40:1, “I waited patiently for the LORD; and He inclined to me and heard my cry.”
Psa 130:5, “I wait for the LORD, my soul does wait, and in His Word do I hope.”
In Isa 40:31, it should be translated, “but they that believe” or “they that trust the Lord,” because QAVAH not only means, “to wait for,” but “to collect or bind together.”
It speaks of a small thread that when wrapped together with many small strands, it becomes a thick rope. Therefore, if this thread is taken and weaved with hundreds and hundreds of other threads, or weaved into a great rope, then you have something that cannot be broken.
Therefore, QAVAH gives us the analogy of weaving together the promises and principles found in God’s Word, where you have something that is unbreakable. Having something unbreakable, you now have something that you can wholeheartedly trust in or to hold on to or that will hold you up; that’s the faith aspect of this word.
So, QAVAH means to trust in the sense of depending upon that which is unbreakable. In other words, depend upon the Strong One. And the Strong One is given to us in verse 28, who is the Lord Jesus Christ.
The words “gain new” or “renew” means to exchange something old for something new. We exchange human strength and human ability for Divine power and Divine strength. In other words, we have the Faith-Rest Technique.
Therefore, the believer who “waits,” or “faith-rests” in God, (Isa 40:31), “Will gain new strength; they will mount up with wings like eagles, they will run and not get tired, they will walk and not become weary.”
The Four Kinds of Strength that Come from the Faith Rest Drill under Faith Execution Include:
1.) “Gain new strength,” is God giving you inward strength through in the inhale of Bible Doctrine. That is, the perception and metabolization of God’s Word, which is His process of renewal, Rom 12:2.
2.) He “mounts up with wings as eagles” speaks of upward strength; having the spiritual strength necessary to be an overcomer in this life. This is God’s Power System of His Word and Spirit empowering and enabling you to execute the unique spiritual life. Cf. in regard to God’s protection, Rev 12:14.
3.) He can “run and not get tired,” referring to outward strength, that is the application of God’s Word to life, 1 Cor 9:24-26; Phil 2:16; Heb 12:1.
4.) He can “walk and not become weary,” which means he now has onward strength, which is the Divine Power to fulfill the Plan God has designed for our lives. It’s having Problem-Solving Device number eight, a Personal Sense of Destiny, Rom 6:4; 2 Cor 5:7; Gal 5-6.
The Believer can be sanctified in each of these areas of strength by simply waiting on God in the Faith Execution of the Faith Rest Drill.
Those who wait for the Lord are those who do not attempt to go in their own strength. Instead, they keep their hope and trust in the Lord and patiently keep trusting Him for grace and help. Then when God moves, they move along with Him. God is indeed their complete source of strength; physical, inner, and spiritual (or body, soul, and spirit.).
Those who do not wait upon God will not obtain these things. Instead they will:
1.) Grow weary, faint, and at times will react to others, because they have not learned the secret of waiting.
2.) Get frustrated due to impatience, not having their issues satisfied.
3.) Feel unloved having no relationship with God.
4.) Feel empty, having a void in their soul due to no relationship or fellowship with God.
Therefore, we must “wait,” (Faith-Rest Execution), upon God and receive inward, upward, outward, and onward strength. So, we gain “inward strength” as we look “upward for our strength,” and “outward strength” as we move “onward” or forward inside the Plan of God, utilizing the Faith-Rest Drill.
21.) The Problem of Christian Psychosis.
a.) There are five basic problems in the spiritual life.
1) The believer’s relationship with people taking priority over the believer’s relationship with God, Matt 10:37; Luke 12:25; 14:16-20, 26; 1 Cor 7:33.
a) People evaluate their spiritual life by their fellowship with other believers.
b) This trend occurred immediately after the original sin, when the man and the woman assumed that if they were adjusted to each other by clothing themselves with fig leaves, they would be properly adjusted to God. This is people emphasis taking precedence over God emphasis.
c) This trend erroneously assumes that if you are right in your relationship with people, you are right in your relationship with God.
2) The believer’s attempt to fulfill God’s Plan for the Church Age through human power and dynamics rather than Divine power and omnipotence. Psa 73:26; Jer 17:5; Eph 1:18-20; 6:10
a) God is perfect and His Plan is perfect. Under the law of equivalent power, the perfect Plan of God can only be executed by the perfect power of God. Therefore, God has provided His omnipotence for the great power experiment of the Church Age as part of the Angelic Conflict.
b) Each member of the Trinity indwells every believer and has made His power available as a part of the experience of the Christian life.
i) The significance of the indwelling of God the Father, John 14:23; Eph 1:3, 6, 12; 4:6; 2 John 9. It is related to the glorification of His Plan for the Church Age, Eph 1. It provides assurance regarding His work in eternity past on our behalf. He is the author of our Portfolio of Invisible Assets, the grantor of our escrow blessings, the mastermind of the Predesigned Protocol Plan of God, and the designer of our very own palace (God’s Power System – GPS), by which we execute that Plan of God.
ii) God the Holy Spirit indwells us to create a temple for the indwelling of The Lord Jesus Christ as the Shekinah Glory, to be a down payment of our royal inheritance, and to empower us in the execution of the Father’s Plan, John 14:16; Rom 8:11; 1 Cor 3:16; 6:19, 20; 2 Cor 6:16; Eph 1:13-14.
iii. God the Son indwells us for a number of reasons, John 14:20; 2 Cor 13:4-6; Rom 8:10; Col 1:27; Eph 1:3, including: As a sign or badge of the Royal Family. As a guarantee of the availability of Divine power in time. As a guarantee of life after death in the presence of God forever. As the depositary of special blessings for time and eternity, and as the escrow officer who will deliver these blessings to the believer when he reaches spiritual adulthood and when he appears before BEMA – βῆμα (bay’-ma) Seat of Christ, 1 Cor 3:13, 14; 2 Cor 5:10.
c) Divine power is guaranteed, available, and delegated. Through “renewing your mind,” Rom 12:2, (i.e., Post-salvation Epistemological Rehabilitation – P.E.R.,) via cognition of Bible doctrine, this power can be and should be utilized.
d) When believers depend on human power, it leads to a self-destructive process in the spiritual life.
3) The total ignorance of the Biblical subject of love and the total failure to execute the mandates regarding loving God and loving people, Deut 6:5; Mat 22:37; John 15:13; 1 John 2:4-11; 4:7-21.
Mat 22:37, “And He said to him, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38This is the great and foremost commandment. 39The second is like it, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets.’”
a) Many believers are aware of different mandates which require loving people and loving God, but they have no concept of the type of love that is required. No distinction is made between personal and impersonal love.
b) Believers fail in their priorities, because personal love for God must take precedence over impersonal love for all mankind.
c) Another complication is that personal love for the human race has neither virtue nor merit. Personal love in either romance or friendship, only has merit when that love has virtue.
d) Believers, who have rejected the whole concept of grace and spend all of their time trying to use their human ability to fulfill Divine mandates, are trying to perform an impossible task. It is impossible to love all the brethren with your human love. To try and extend human love to all people is insanity and is not fulfilling the Divine mandate. Compare with Eph 4:1-2; Col 3:12-17; James 1:21.
Col 3:12-17, “So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience; 13bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone; just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you. Beyond all these things put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity. 15Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be thankful. 16Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God. 17Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father.”
4) The malfunction of “renewal,” P.E.R., which is failure to be consistent or even to become involved in cognition and inculcation of Bible doctrine. Compare with Rom 12:2-3.
a) This is the problem of failure to understand and execute the Christian Way of Life, which is based on the fact that in ignorance or rejection of Bible doctrine, the Christian Way of Life cannot be accomplished, Rom 1:19; 10:3; 1 Cor 2:14; Heb 5:13; 2 Peter 3:16; 2 Tim 2:23.
b) This includes ignorance of our Portfolio of Invisible Assets related to the omnipotence of God the Father, ignorance of the Predesigned Protocol Plan of God related to the omnipotence of God the Holy Spirit, ignorance of the unique factors of the Church Age, failure to understand and use the Eleven Problem Solving Devices.
5) Christian Psychosis.
a) This believer has a split personality. He has two separate and distinct personalities; one may be legalistic, one may be antinomian.
b) The believer may have up to 100 personality states.
c) The word personality is used in psychology for the function of the soul in thinking about one’s environment and one’s self in relationship to that environment. Hence, dissociation results in two or more personalities existing in one person. It is a pattern which can develop over a short or long period of time. The creation of multiple personalities is a defense mechanism to retreat from the reality of life, including but not limited to the more extreme issues of abuse and neglect.
d) Prolonged bitterness, jealousy, vindictiveness, anger, revenge motivation, implacability, or hatred in the soul opens the door to adversity being converted into stress in the soul. This weakens your soul and is the beginning of the destruction of your spiritual life and Christian psychosis.
e) Prolonged Sin Nature control of the soul also opens the door to stress in the soul and reversionism which leads to dissociative multiple personality disorder.
22.) Spiritual Maturity Overcomes Stress in Your Soul, 1 Cor 14:20; Eph 4:13; Heb 5:14.
Eph 4:13, “Until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ.”
Heb 5:14, “But solid food is for the mature, who because of practice have their senses trained to discern good and evil.”
a) A mature person always thinks in terms of principles; in the Christian way of life, that would be Biblical principles or Divine viewpoint, Phil 2:1-5.
b) A mature person develops the ability to conceptualize, both in his personal life and in his profession or work. Conceptualization is to form concepts or ideas by mentally combining or actually developing the characteristics or particulars of a subject, for the believer, it is applying the Faith-Rest Drill to all situation of life.
c) A mature person accepts full responsibility for his own life, both his decisions and his actions. In the spiritual life, you develop and utilize humility and objectivity in regards to every situation, Eph 4:2; Phil 2:3; Col 3:12; James 1:21; 1 Peter 1:5.
d) A mature person does not think in terms of “I could not help it.” This is a sign of maturation arrest. The spiritually mature person understands that they have given over to the temptations of their Sin Nature and/or the emotions of their soul, and recognize their accountability; while at the same time understanding the Grace of God, 1 Cor 15:10; 1 John 1:9.
1 Cor 15:10, “But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me did not prove vain; but I labored even more than all of them, yet not I, but the grace of God with me.”
e) A mature person willingly defers immediate pleasure or reward when necessary and is able to tolerate frustration, 1 Cor 9:24-27; Phil 3:3-11.
f) The necessary ingredient of spiritual maturity is emotional stability under stress, Col 2:5.
g) A mature person looks at failure as an opportunity to make a change, Mat 11:29; Phil 4:11-13. Of our Lord, it is said in Heb 5:8, “Although He was a Son, He learned obedience from the things which He suffered.”
23.) Stress and the Sparrow Metaphor.
a) The subject of stress is dealt with in the sparrow metaphor of Mat 10:29-31.
Mat 10:29-31, “Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Therefore, stop being afraid; you are more valuable than many sparrows.”
b) If the integrity of God cares for a sparrow, how much more will the integrity of God care for the believer in Christ.
c) If God regards the sparrow as being so important (far different from man’s viewpoint) that no sparrow has ever died (or fallen to the ground) apart from the knowledge and will of God, it becomes obvious that stress is not a part of the spiritual life. We are of much more value than many sparrows.
d) There never has been anything in our lives worthy of stress in our souls.
e) The Gnomic Present, Middle, Imperative of the Greek verb PHOBEO – φοβέομαι (fob-eh’-o) with the preceding negative ME – μέ (meh), means, “to stop doing something which is happening now or is in progress.” This is a general timeless axiom, a mandate for all time; past, present, and future. Here again, the disciples had allowed the adversity they were facing to be converted into stress within their souls. They are commanded to stop having fear, (i.e. stress within their souls).
f) The phrase “more value” is the Gnomic Present, Active, Indicative of the Greek verb DIAPHERO – διαφέρω (dee-af-er’-o) that can mean, “to carry through,” as in God carrying you through the adversities of life. But it also means, “to differ, surpass, excel, or of more importance.” This is the reality of the situation. We are of more importance to our Father than a sparrow, so if He takes such good care of them, will He not take even greater care to see you through the adversities of life.
g) Therefore, Our Lord addresses their stress by teaching them about the Love of the Father via logistical grace blessing; which love exceeds that of a sparrow for which He cares so much.
h) The “hairs on your head” are analogous to problems. The number of hairs on your head are different each day; therefore, your problems change daily, just as the number of hairs on your head change daily. The point is that God is aware of your problems and He is aware of the changes in your problems too.
i) The counting of the hairs on your head indicates the intricacy and detail by which our Father watches over us and provides for us in all situations, including adverse ones that are trying to cause stress within your soul.
j) Therefore, having this knowledge of the Father’s love for you is another promise and problem-solving device that we can exercise so that the adversities of life are not converted to becoming stress within our souls.
24.) Paul’s Message on Stress, 2 Cor 4:6-9.
2 Cor 4:6-9, “For God (the Son), who said, ‘Light shall shine out of darkness,’ is the One who has shone in our hearts to give the Light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ. 7But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, so that the surpassing greatness of the power will be of God and not from ourselves; 8we are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not despairing; 9persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed.”
a) From verse 6we know that Jesus Christ is the Creator of all things. He is the One who said in Gen 1:3, “Light shine out of darkness.” Likewise, the formation and completion of the New Testament Canon is the mind or thinking of Christ, (1 Cor 2:16), and reveals Jesus Christ in hypostatic union. The result of that process is that Bible doctrine as light is shining in our hearts. (There is no infinitive “to give” in the Greek but the Accusative Preposition PROS – πρός (pros) that means, “for the purpose of, or in order that.”) This transitional verse is to remind us of the uniqueness of our spiritual life and the uniqueness of the Source of our spiritual life.
b) In verse 7, “earthen vessels” or jars of clay were used to store something of value. The treasure which we have is the New Testament Scriptures, which has enlightened us that we are more valuable than all the sparrows in the world. Therefore, there is no excuse for stress in our lives. Divine viewpoint from Bible doctrine in the soul is the “surpassing greatness of God’s power.” The other source of power from God is the filling of the Holy Spirit.
c) In verse 8, we are “afflicted” or pressurized [THLIBO – θλίβω (thlee’-bo) to press or afflicted] by adversity in every way. We will always have a certain amount of adversity from time to time. We are under adversity but not under the Present, Passive, Participle of STENOCHOREO – στενοχωρέω (sten-okh-o-reh’-o), that literally means, “to be made narrow, or to compress,” which is used to mean, “to be under stress.” Therefore, we are under adversity but not under stress.
d) In verse 9, “persecuted,” [DIOKO – διώκω (dee-o’-ko) = to put to flight, pursue]. We all receive unjust treatment in life. But we do not have to allow our souls to be destroyed by stress, because we are not forsaken by our Father [EGKATALEIPO –ἐγκαταλείπω (eng-kat-al-i’-po) = left behind, or deserted].
e) You cannot blame stress on others who are unjust to you.
25.) To Deal with Stress Objectively, a Person Must Understand that Much of Stress in Life is the Result of Their Own Failure in Some Form.
This failure has components which are the soul’s reaction to failure. There are five stages of the soul’s reaction to failure.
a) Shock or disbelief. The mature person absorbs the shock and does not break.
b) Fear and worry. These are horrible neutralizers which depersonalize the individual, (i.e., takes away their character, integrity, and norms and standards that were based on Divine viewpoint).
1) Fear is an emotional sin which converts the outside pressures of adversity into the inside pressures of stress in the soul.
2) Fear is a contradiction to the Predesigned Protocol Plan of God for the Church. Fear has no doctrinal content and erases doctrine. It has no ability to think or apply doctrine to any situation. It has no common sense and no Divine viewpoint.
3) Fear is irrational and converts adversity into stress.
4) Fear is the believer’s failure to apply Bible doctrine to the adversities and properties of life.
5) The more things you surrender to fear, the more things you fear. The extent to which you surrender to fear, you increase the power of fear in your life, and you become vulnerable to adversity.
6) Increasing the power of fear in your life, increases the conversion of outside pressure of adversity into the inside pressure of stress in your soul. The more things that acquire the power of fear in your life, the greater your capacity for fear. The greater your capacity for fear, the greater the stress you have in your soul, Rom 13:3; 1 Tim 3:14.
1 Tim 3:14, “But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled.”
c) Anger reaction to failure. Anger is used as an alarm system; if used toward others, it is sinful; if used toward self, it is motivation for making a change, Gal 5:19-21; Eph 4:26-27, 31; 6:4; Col 3:8; James 1:19-20.
d) Shame. This is a product of what we think others think of us, Phil 1:20; 2 Tim 1:8-16; 2:15; Heb 12:2.
e) Blame. This is loss of self-esteem and does not solve the problem. Cf. Job 1:22; 1 Thes 3:13; 5:23
26.) Virtue-Love Solves Stress.
a) One of the most important things in dealing with stress is memory; remembering how much God loves you, John 3:16. Therefore, the procedure of how to deal with stress is to remember God’s love towards you by remembering His doctrines, principles, and promises, so that you can utilize them under adversity and avoid stress inside the soul. It begins post-salvation by remembering the Rebound Technique of 1 John 1:9, which has to be overpowering within your soul, (i.e., knowing that by the grace of God your sins are forgiven, you are cleansed and can go forward in God’s Plan). Therefore, we have to remember the righteousness, justice, and love of God, which functioned to provide solutions to all of the problems we face in this life, 1 John 4:17-21.
1 John 4:17-21, “Because of this, virtue-love has been brought to completion with us, that we may have confidence in the day of evaluation (1 John 2:28); because just as He is, so also are we in this world. There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves punishment, and the one who fears is not perfected in love. We love, because He first loved us. If someone says, ‘I love God’ and hates his brother, he is a liar; for the one who does not love his brother whom he has seen, cannot love God whom he has not seen. And this commandment we have from Him, that the one who loves God should love his brother also.”
1) The secret to almost everything that is blessing in life, everything that is happiness, everything that is worthwhile, everything that is honorable, everything that is related to integrity is true love.
2) It is the integrity of God that turns around our spiritual life. It is not sentimental stupidity that turns our spiritual life around.
3) You are completed as you advance to PLEROMA – πλήρωμα (play’-ro-mah) status in the spiritual life, (fullness, full measure, or filled up); first as you advance to spiritual maturity, and then as you go from spiritual maturity to PLEROMA status. This advance is possible for any and every believer, because we have true equality. Every believer is a priest; therefore, we have equal privilege and equal opportunity to advance spiritually.
Eph 3:19, “And to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God.”
Eph 4:13, “Until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ.”
27.) Rest is One of God’s Remedies for Stress Relief.
Gen 2:2-3, “By the seventh day God completed His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done. 3Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made.”
There are times in our life where the stress levels seem to hit new highs. Sometimes it is because of work. Sometimes it is what is going on at home. Or, it could be brought on by the economy or loss of a loved one. Or, it can be a combination of any or all of the above. Stress can also be brought on by fear… fear of the unknown… fear of the future. A lot of that stress is self-induced by watching the news (which never seems to point out positives) or by worry.
Our Father understands us – after all, He created us. He created us in His image (Genesis 1:26). So, He set an example for us in this verse. He rested.
Does an all-powerful God need to rest? No. He was setting before us a prevention of stress; work hard for six days, but the seventh day you need to take a break from work and focus on Him for the day. Relax. Give your stress to Him and let Him show you true Stress Relief.
In 1 Kings, chapter 19:3-8, we read about the prophet Elijah, who, at the time, was so stressed out that he prayed to God that he might die. He was tired of dealing with the stress in his life. Let’s look at that story.
1 Kings 19:3-8, “And he was afraid and arose and ran for his life and came to Beersheba, which belongs to Judah, and left his servant there. 4But he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a juniper tree; and he requested for himself that he might die, and said, “It is enough; now, O LORD, take my life, for I am not better than my fathers.” 5He lay down and slept under a juniper tree; and behold, there was an angel touching him, and he said to him, “Arise, eat.” 6Then he looked and behold, there was at his head a bread cake baked on hot stones, and a jar of water. So he ate and drank and lay down again. 7The angel of the LORD came again a second time and touched him and said, “Arise, eat, because the journey is too great for you.” 8So he arose and ate and drank, and went in the strength of that food forty days and forty nights to Horeb, the mountain of God.”
What was God’s answer, God’s cure for Elijah’s stress? A couple of naps, rest, some good old “R&R,” and food, super food, just as we have the super spiritual food of God’s Word in our soul.
So, What is God’s Advice to Relieve Stress from Penetrating Our Souls?
a) Call out to Him (pray).
b) Give it to Him (surrender, oh – and then don’t take it back).
c) Trust in Him (have faith).
d) Follow His example (rest – take a day just focusing on Him)
Stress is real. Stress can lead to physical maladies. So, turn it over to our Father. Seek time to be alone with Him, and get His Word in your soul and use it. Then you will be like Elijah…ready to go forth and serve.