Stress-Free Living

“Great is The LORD, and greatly to be praised; and his greatness is unsearchable” (Psalm 145:3). God’s greatness has no boundaries or limits. It’s time to believe God for the supernatural, like never before.

Thank you for your great tithes and offerings. Together, we claim a great harvest of abundance. I release my faith with yours for all bills to be paid in full, all debts removed and superabundance left over. Deuteronomy 28:11 (The Amplified Bible—Classic Edition) is yours today: “And The LORD shall make you have a surplus of prosperity.”

Pastor Terri and I were shopping at a department store some time ago, when I happened to stop at a CD music display. You know the kind. You can press the buttons and hear samples of the music. There were various genres of music: big band, movie hits, ‘70s, classical. I took note of one called “Soothing Sounds to Calm the Body and Mind.” I pressed the button and began to hear the sounds of a gentle stream, tweeting birds and soft strings. When I looked for the CD, I noticed it was the only one sold out. There were plenty of other CDs available—but “Soothing Sounds” was gone. The LORD had me take note of the fact that people live under constant stress and are looking for anything to help them escape the pressure.

The LORD has had me on a “spiritual cleanse” lately, based on Hebrews 12:1-2: “Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith.” I have been quick to obey when He says, You need to lay aside care, fear, pride, etc.

While preparing to write this letter, The LORD said, They need to lay aside stress and pressure.

There are many reasons why we should live stress-free. The negative effect stress has on the physical body is one of them. A sometimes dramatic illustration of the aging effects of stress is evident when you compare photographs of when a U.S. president first entered office and when he left. The visible aging is often astounding.

I have been spending much time meditating on Proverbs 14:30 (AMPC). It reveals a stunning truth about living stress-free. “A calm and undisturbed mind and heart are the life and health of the body, but envy, jealousy, and wrath are like rottenness of the bones.” The Living Bible says, “A relaxed attitude lengthens a man’s life; jealousy rots it away.”

Praise God, we don’t have to allow stress and pressure to enter into our lives! Psalm 34:19 (New King James Version) says, “Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but The LORD delivers him out of them all.” The word afflictions relates to stressful, pressurized situations. The LORD delivers us out of them all.

Jesus is calling out to all who have been experiencing an abnormal amount of stress. Together, let’s receive Matthew 11:28-30 (New Living Translation) as a personal word from Him:

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.

There is a special place of divine rest in the midst of whatever pressure might be swirling around you today. Take a moment right now to look at Jesus and receive His peace. He knows what to do. He has the answers for whatever you are facing right now. Receive His wisdom and guidance.

Here is a faith statement you can declare whenever stress tries to climb back aboard your life. Just say, “I refuse the pressure and stress. I choose instead to enter the rest.”

Receiving His rest,

Pastor George