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Broken by Stress (9 of 12)
Series: Songs of the Broken Hearted
Our English word stress comes from the Latin word to draw tight meaning to strain. It is defined as: effort, pressure or urgency.
Stress has become one of the most powerful and commonly used words in our English language. We experience it in different forms and degrees everyday as go about our everyday lives.
Bill Crowder wrote, ''Stress is not a force of nature. It does not suddenly appear out of nowhere for no reason. It is a consequence of circumstances, events, relationships and a variety of other things at work in our lives.''
Stress can come from: family troubles or a health problem, or financial trouble, or job pressure, or school work. Stress is often the result of not having enough resources or time to do what needs to be done or what you would like to do because you are limited.
Sometimes our reaction is to become angry or frustrated because we don't feel that we are in control or because what has happened is completely out of our control.
Former President Lyndon Johnson was at a ceremony and told the audience he was feeling fine because he had followed the advice of an old woman who once said, ''When I walks, I walks slowly. When I sits, I sits loosely. And when I feels worry comin' on, I just goes to sleep.'' That is one way to ignore the worry.
When believers face stress they should ''sit loosely'' instead of being angry and frustrated, by trusting in God completely and waiting for him to change their situation.
This is one of the most quoted psalms in the New Testament and it is applied to the ministry and suffering of Christ as the Messiah.
This sermon is not going to focus on how it is applied to Christ, but rather how we deal with stress by trusting God.
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