“The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” - Franklin D. Roosevelt
Stress is a heavy burden to bear and I think it weighs on us all often. Life moves so fast and we scramble to balance and juggle it everything while running this crazy life race. Sometimes we get tripped up and trampled over by stress and overwhelm.
Did you know stress triggers you fight or flight reflex just like fear. When we are in a stressful situation and approaching overwhelm we will either fight back, flee and avoid or sometimes just freeze. I am pretty big about just pretending that all stressful things don’t exist. One of my favorite books growing up was called Confessions of a Shopaholic. This woman was stressed! She shopped and shopped and then hid all the credit card bills in her freezer. I probably loved her because I identify with her. Bills don’t exist if you can’t see them right?
Anyways here are 10 wonderful Scriptures for Dealing with Stress.
Do not be anxious about anything, 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 understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
This is a command. Do not be anxious. Be thankful and pray about all the things that threaten to cause you to stress or worry. God commands it and He is a really good and loving God, mind you. He wouldn’t tell us to do something that was impossible to do. With His help and guidance this is possible. The command is followed by a promise. You do this, you get this. You learn to follow this command and the peace of God will be your constant guard!
2 Corinthians 10:5
We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ,
You are going to have to decide to go to war with your thought life. I was challenged last week in a women’s group bible study. The question was raised, “What consumes your thought life?” Huh. What consumes my thought life? Fear. Worry. Doubt. A need to be accepted. Fear of inadequacy. These take up far too much of my thought life.
I heard missionary say that she thinks of God all day. She is conversing with Him all day. At first I wanted to be like, “yea, right,” and cast her off as a show off because my life doesn’t look like that. It’s possible though. We are told to pray constantly (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18) so it has to be doable and it is possible that she does. I want that don’t you? Don’t you want to trade those nasty and destructive things that consume your thoughts for just more of God? You can.
You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you. Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord God is an everlasting rock.
This is one of those theme verses in our house. It’s such a great and sweet promise. When we decide to fight back the negative thoughts and things that consume our minds constantly and instead choose to think about the Lord, all that He is and has done for us we will find peace. Perfect peace.
When we choose to think on God we will remember that He is so trust worthy. I heard Steve Harvey (random I know) say once “You can’t name one thing that Lord hasn’t brought you through. And if you can He is currently pulling you through it.” Beautiful.
1 Peter 5:6-7
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.
That humble yourself concept can be difficult. In seasons when I am my most stressed I am usually trying to accomplish something huge in my own strength and I have exhausted my resources and myself and I have to choose to swallow my pride and confess to God (who already knows of course) that I need His help. Usually this leads to Him pointing me in the direction of someone else to help and I have to again swallow my pride and admit to someone that I could use their help.
Humble yourself and cast all your stress on Him. The word used there for “cast” is used one other time in Luke 19:35 when they bring Jesus a donkey for Him to ride through the city and fulfill a prophecy. Before Jesus gets on the donkey it says they “threw” their cloaks over the donkey. What are you carrying? I think we need to strip some layers off and throw them to Jesus who says He’ll carry them. He can bear them.
Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
I am one of those women who puts everything I own in my purse. I always say as long as I have my purse I could survive in the wilderness for at least a week. The problem is it’s heavy and I hate carrying it. It’s only heavy because I choose to load it with everything I own and the kitchen sink. Even though it’s my fault it’s heavy and it’s a silly purse, my husband still carries it for me when we’re out and about and it starts to bother me.
God will carry our load. What’s weighing on you? Are you tired? God offers rest.
I have set the Lord always before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken. Therefore my heart is glad, and my whole being rejoices; my flesh also dwells secure. For you will not abandon my soul to Sheol, or let your holy one see corruption. You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.
When I am stressed joyful is not a word I would use to describe myself. That is a great sign that I am not keeping the Lord “always before me.” Don’t you want to be unshakable? I do. This passage says keeping God before us is a great step in that direction.
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.
Peace is forever ours. Jesus paid a great price to give us peace. Sometimes we don’t feel it but that only because we are distracted. Think of Jesus as the sun. Just because the clouds of life are there doesn’t mean He or His gifts are gone. It will take faith and a bit more focus to walk in peace when our lives are cloudy but peace is still our nonetheless.
2 Corinthians 4:8-10
We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies.
More promises! We may be burdened but we will not be crushed. We may be completely baffled but we won’t be driven to despair. We may face hostilities and harsh treatment but we wont be we will not be forsaken. Even if we loose our lives we won’t be destroyed.
fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
I love that Jesus says we have nothing to fear because He is with us. We don’t need to waste our time worrying and fretting or completely bogged down. We don’t have to be tossed and shaken by the surprises life throws at us because God is our God. He promises strength, help and support.
“I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”
Life moves so fast. We spend so much of ourselves juggling and balancing everything while trying to keep up with the great race that is life. Jesus offers us this great perspective. Trouble, trials, persecution, obstacles and challenges are going to find us all. They’re coming. But we have the peace of Jesus guarding our hearts and minds. We have someone on our sides who has already overcame anything that could be thrown at us.
Take heart today! Some of your burdens need to be thrown to Jesus and some need to just be dropped and left where they lay. Either way know that as a born again child of God, peace is yours. Keep your minds on Christ and rest in the fact that He has your back always.
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