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Overcoming Stress (3 of 12)
Series: The Overcoming Life
Dr. Stan Coffey
I.THE PROBLEMS OF STRESS
II. THE PROMISE OF STRENGTH
III. THE PROGRAM FOR SERVICE
This morning I want us to turn to Isaiah Chapter 40 and Verse 28. We've been talking about the Overcoming Life. Today I want to speak to you about Overcoming Stress. We live in a very stressful time.
It is said that Americans take four and a half million pounds of aspirins every year. In the USA Today recently said that between 1985 and 1986 that the increase of people who were suffering from hypertension has been quite significant.
In 1985 they said thirty-nine million Americans suffered from hypertension and then in 1986 it says that we have increased that number to fifty-five million. People are living under a great deal of stress and fatigue and the word of God speaks to t his.
One lady said, "I'm so tired, I feel as though I've been ironing all day long on a low board in high heels with a cold iron." I mean she was really tired. And not only are believers tired physically, they are tired spiritually, they are tired emotionally. People are drained today; it's a stressful time.
I'm thankful that the word of God tells us that there is a soul's fountain of youth. The Bible says, "The outward man perishes but the inward man can be renewed day by day." We need to learn how to tap the resources of God that are available to us because we know that our resources are inadequate. They are never enough.
We need to realize the resources we have because as believers it is so easy to live in dependence upon the flesh, upon what I can do and not what God can do through me. God has much to say about that.
One fella was walking along one night along a path with which he thought he was familiar but it was right by a steep cliff and in the darkness, his foot slipped, he fell off the side but he managed to get hold of an old scraggly limb and barely hang on. He hung there for a lo ...
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