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Spafari (1 of 4)
Series: It's a Jungle Out There! - Guiding Your Way Through the Stresses of Life
Pastor Kerry Shook
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• Phil. 4:6,7 (NIV)
THREE STEPS TO PERSONAL PEACE IN THE SAFARI OF STRESS
1. ESCAPE FROM THE WILD ANIMAL OF WORRY
"Do not be anxious about anything …" (vs. 6a)
Stop worrying about anything
• Matt. 6:34 (NIV)
2. UNLOAD MY UNNECESSARY BURDENS ON THE SAFARI GUIDE
" … but in everything, by prayer and petition …, present your requests to God." (vs 6b)
That was just a little bit fake. Don't you wish we could navigate the jungles of life as easy as Indiana Jones did? I mean, Indy thrived on the pressure. He was always able to keep his cool to get out of every tight spot. But folks, those were Hollywood jungles where the dangers weren't real - they were all fake. But in the jungle of life, the stresses that you and I deal with are real stresses. That's why I am starting a new series today that I am calling "It's a Jungle Out There" because it is. We are going to learn how God can guide us through the stresses of life. So, take out your outlines. They are right there in your program. All your verses are there. There was an article in USA Today awhile back and it said this. Today people are sooped up, stressed out and over scheduled. In this brave new world, boundaries between work and family are disappearing. Everyone is mobile and every moment of the day is scheduled with daycare, school, after school activities and 10 to 12 hour work days. This pressure cooker lifestyle is so rare that anthropologists are now studying it to see how it will affect us. I can tell them in advance. The Bible says it rips apart relationships. It fragments families. It really paralyzes production and it hurts our health. We can't just blame society for our stress, though a lot of people do. Some people blame their spouse for their stress. Some people blame their boss for their stress. Some bosses blame their employees for their stress. Many times we blame our circumstances for our stress and we think if I could just get rid of that circumstance there would no longer be any stress in my life. Folks, that's a pipe dream. It's not true. It's impossible because stress is a part of life. If you don't have any stress in your life right now you are dead because stress is inevitable. In fact it is God's plan that you have a certain amount of stress in your life. Take a guitar for example. You have to put some stress on the strings to make music. If you stress the strings in just the right amount you make beautiful music. On the other hand, if you tighten the strings too much it snaps. It's God's plan that you and I have a certain amount of stress in our lives. You'll never be able to get rid of all the stress.