Pastor Dave Martin, Cross Creek Community Church, September 8, 2019

“Living in an Upside-Down World”

Stress, part 4

 

Two overarching realities…

God’s unseen perfect eternity and fallen mankind on earth.

 

Stress: Generally temporary feelings of being under too much mental & emotional pressures… Stress may develop into anxiety, which is a sustained emotional issue, producing feelings of unease, worry or fear.

 

 

  1. God created me an emotionally complex being…

Proverbs 4:23 23  Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.

  • My Feelings can be unreliable.
  • My Feelings can be manipulated.
  • My Feelings can be managed.

 

 

 

  1. God’s plan for me is to be emotionally healthy.

1Th 5:16-18 Be joyful always; 17 pray continually; 18 give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

Nehemiah 8:10b “… This day is sacred to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the LORD is your strength.”

John 14:27 27  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.

 

 

 

III.  Living victoriously in God’s Peace…

  • God’s Presence is Promised!

Philippians 4:4-9 4  Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5  Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.

 

  • God’s Prescription is Prayer!

6  Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

 

  • God’s Pledge is Peace!

7  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

 

 

 

 

  1. Living a Blessed, NOT Stressed Life!

8  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. 9  Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me–put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.

 

Think Right = Feel Right = Live Right

 

Matthew 11:28 28  “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.  ~ Jesus

 

“No God, No Peace… Know God, Know Peace”