BY PASTOR DORAL PULLEY
“Man that is born of a woman is of a few days and full of trouble (Job 14:1).” Stress is a normal part of life. Everyone has felt stress at some point in their lives.
There many things in life that can cause us to feel stressed or under pressure. Loss is a major source of stress. We feel stressed when we experience the loss of loved ones or even the loss of job. Some other causes of stress are change in residence or change in transportation. Research shows that two of the highest stressors are relocating and getting married.
Stress is needed. It helps us to learn, grow and change. Like a guitar, we require stress on the strings of life to make music. However, too much stress causes the strings to pop and there is no music. We can have stressed without being stressed out, reaching a point where we are unable to function and complete normal daily tasks.
Jesus said, “In this world you will have tribulation but in me, you will have peace (John 16:33).” As a result of our faith in God’s unlimited supply, we can have trouble and not be troubled by our troubles. When we stand firm on the truth principles of the scriptures, we may feel stressed but we are not be stressed out. Jesus, the Christ, gives us hope and the power to overcome stressful situations (John 14:1).
When we affirm the words, “I AM blessed,” we are empowered to release any stress, tension and anxiety. In the face of stress, affirm: I AM too blessed to be stressed out!