What Jesus Says About Being Stressed
The single greatest source of stress in our life is when we refuse to allow Jesus Christ to be a part of every detail of our life. We were not meant to live apart from Christ. We were meant to live in fellowship, in connection, and in relationship with him and to have every area of our life under His domain.
If you’re stressed out, there is an incredible promise in the Bible. It is an offer that Jesus made 2,000 years ago that still stands today when you’re stressed out.
Jesus says this to anybody who’s fatigued, who feels like a failure, who’s frustrated, who’s full of fear, He says this…
Matt 11:28 "Then Jesus said, 'Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.'”
That means if you’re carrying a heavy load, it’s not a load God put on you, you put it on yourself, or you allowed it to be put on you.
That doesn’t mean the weight you feel on your shoulders isn’t real or heavy, it may very well be! BUT, it does mean, you aren’t meant to carry it by yourself. Surrender it to God. Talk to him about it, and then CHOOSE to trust him and LET GO of the weight.
I invite you to accept Christ’s offer today. Talk to him about it. Tell him that, for today, you will choose to let him fight your battle. Then, talk to him about it tomorrow too, and the next day. Our yolk is heavy when we don’t surrender it to Jesus.
Here’s another verse for you.
Finally, brothers and sisters, 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” (Philippians 4:8 NIV).
You can’t reduce stress in your life unless you change how you think. Our stress doesn’t come from the outside, but from the inside.
Your mind is a special gift from God. It’s capable of storing more than 100 trillion thoughts. It can handle enormous amounts of information. God has given you the freedom to choose what you think about, from among all of that information. In the verse above, Paul reminds us that we can choose what we think about, and he encourages us to think about the right things. What we put into our minds impacts how we live.
What you think affects the way you feel; the way you feel affects the way you act. Guard your mind. Keep your mind on the right things.
What happens when you do that?
You get what God promises in the prior verse: “And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:7 NIV).