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September 8, 2011 - Contents Under Pressure

By Doug Clay

Have you ever seen a label on a can that says, “Warning: Contents Under Pressure”? I think there are a lot of people who should wear that label! People get stressed out.

If you are feeling a little stressed this morning, I want you to read out loud the following:

“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable — if anything is excellent or praiseworthy — think about such things” (Philippians 4:4-8, NIV).

(OK, read it again.)

Did you catch what Paul was suggesting? He said:

(1) Worry about nothing. I have heard people say, “I was just born a worrywart.” I don’t believe that. Worry is learned behavior, and the good news is, if you learned it, you can unlearn it! After all, Jesus said, “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?” (Matthew 6:25-27).

(2) Pray about everything. I have heard people say, “Well, I guess all we can do now is pray.” Kind of like prayer is the last resort. Peter said, “Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you” (see 1 Peter 5:7).

(3) Thank God in all things. I’ve heard people say, “I don’t have anything to be thankful for.” Really? Why not take five minutes right now and list points of gratitude in your life.

(4) Think about the right things. I’ve heard people say, “I just can’t help how I feel.” Not true. Paul was teaching that if you want to change how you feel, then change the way you think. Whatever you think about most … is generally what you become.

— Doug Clay is general treasurer of the Assemblies of God.

 

 

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