HOW TO KEEP FROM “STRESSING OUT”

Phil. 4:6-13, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy C meditate on these things. The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you. But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly that now at last your care for me has flourished again; though you surely did care, but you lacked opportunity. Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content: I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” (NKJV)

I. DON’T WORRY ABOUT ANYTHING.

II. YOU TALK TO GOD ABOUT EVERYTHING

A. Stop talking to yourself about all of the stuff that’s stressing you out and start talking to God.

III. THE THIRD THING HE TELLS US TO DO IS TO THANK GOD IN ALL THINGS.
Phil. 4:6, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God;” (NKJV)

A. It doesn’t say thank God for all things.

B. You cannot be happy and ungrateful at the same time.

IV. THINK ABOUT GOOD THINGS.
Phil. 4:8, “Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy meditate on these things.” (NKJV)

A. This is extremely important because the stress and your war with stress in your life, that battle is going on between your ears.

B. The stress isn’t out there, it’s in your mind.

1. Your war with stress is won or lost in your mind.

2. You know the mind is like a computer. GIGO, garbage in, garbage out.

3. Whatever you allow in your mind is going to come out in your life.

C. Notice the Bible gives us eight tests of whether we should allow something in our mind or not.

D. Before you listen or watch or talk or say or hear you should ask:

1. Is it true?

2. Is it good?

3. Is it right?

4. Is it pure?

5. Is it beautiful?

6. Is it respected?

7. Is it excellent?

8. Is it worthy of honor?

E. WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT THINGS THAT ARE: TRUE, GOOD, RIGHT, PURE, BEAUTIFUL, RESPECTED, EXCELLENT, WORTHY, YOU KNOW WHAT THAT IS? THAT’S A PICTURE OF GOD.

1. If you fix your thoughts on God, He says, “I will keep you in perfect peace.” What you think about is going to determine how stressed and how worried you are.

2. Corrie ten Boom said in her book, “If you look at the world, you’ll be distressed; if you look within, you’ll be depressed; but if you look at Christ you’ll be at rest.”

HOW TO KEEP FROM “STRESSING OUT”

Phil. 4:6-13, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy C meditate on these things. The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you. But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly that now at last your care for me has flourished again; though you surely did care, but you lacked opportunity. Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content: I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” (NKJV)

I. DON’T WORRY ABOUT ANYTHING.

II. YOU TALK TO GOD ABOUT EVERYTHING.

A. Stop talking to yourself about all of the stuff that’s stressing you out and start talking to
God.

III. THE THIRD THING HE TELLS US TO DO IS TO THANK GOD IN ALL THINGS.

Phil. 4:6, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God;” (NKJV)

A. It doesn’t say thank God for all things.

B. You cannot be happy and ungrateful at the same time.

IV. THINK ABOUT GOOD THINGS.

Phil. 4:8, “Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy C meditate on these things.” (NKJV)

A. Whatever you put in your mind is going to come out in your life.

V. BE CONTENT WITH WHAT YOU HAVE NOW.

A. A lot of people think contentment means, “I have no ambition.”

1. Contentment is not laziness.

B. Contentment is enjoying what you have right now rather than waiting for something else
to happen in order for you to be happy.

1. Contentment is the opposite of coveting. Coveting is “when and then” thinking.

Phil. 4:11, “For I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content:” (NKJV)

C. Contentment is not natural.

1. You have to learn it.

Phil. 4:12-13, “I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” (NKJV)

D. How do you learn contentment?

1. Stop comparing.

a. You will always find somebody who’s doing a better job than you and somebody
who has more than you and you’re going to get discouraged.

b. You will always find somebody you’re doing a better job than and you have more
than and you get full of pride.

c. Most of us start out as originals and end up as carbon copies.

d. When you compare you get jealous or you get envious.

2. Stop thinking that having more is better.

a. You can’t control everything that happens in your life but you can choose how you
respond.

3. Learn to admire without having to acquire.

a. In other words, learn that you don’t have to own it in order to enjoy it.

Job 22:21-23, “Quit quarreling with God! Agree with him and you will have peace at last! His favor will surround you if you will only admit that you were wrong. Listen to his instructions and store them in your heart. If you return to God and put right all the wrong in your home, then you will be restored.” (TLB)

The real reason you’re not at peace is because you’re at war with God. You just will not surrender to His Will and His Ways.

HOW CAN YOU HAVE LESS STRESS IN LIFE?
BELIEVE GOD’S PROMISE IN PHILIPPIANS 4:19

 

I. PAUL ENDS THIS LITTLE BOOK WITH THE GREATEST PROMISE EVER GIVEN IN
THE BIBLE.

Phil. 4:19, “And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” (NKJV)

A. Why is this a great promise?

1. Because it’s so inclusive.

2. It’s so expansive.

B. It says “My God shall supply.”

1. Supply what? “All your need.”

2. If we would really believe this, it would be a stress reliever.

3. What is not included in that word “all”? Nothing.

C. Then why do you have so many unmet needs?

D. Why aren’t all your needs met?

1. They must not be needs.

2. One of our big problems is that we get our wants confused with our needs.

3. God has not promised to supply all of our wants.

 

II. THERE IS A CONDITION WITH EVERY PROMISE.

A. There is a premise with every promise in the Bible.

B. There are over seven thousand promises in the Bible and God says if you do this, then I’ll
do this.

C. In this passage of Scripture, Phil. 4:14-18, it talks about generosity, about giving.

1. Paul is bragging about the members of Philippi giving. Could God brag about your
giving?

D. There are really only two kinds of people in life. There are givers and there are takers.

1. You have to make a choice. This is one of the habits of happiness.

2. It’s not by accident that the word “miser” and the word “miserable” go together.

3. If you really want to be happy in life, you’re going to have to learn the habit of
generosity – of giving. Giving time, energy, money.

E. In this series on how to be happy in spite of your circumstances, we have learned that we
must learn:

1. In Philippians 1:9 he says, “You’ve got to learn how to love.”

2. In Philippians 1:10 he says, “You’ve got to learn what matters most. That will make
you happy.”

3. In Philippians 3:10 he says, “You’ve got to learn how to know Christ and what it
means to go through tough times, suffer with him.”

4. In Philippians 3:17 he says, “You’ve got to learn to be mature. The more mature you
are, the happier you’ll be.”

5. In Philippians 4:11 he says, “You=ve got to learn to be content with what you have
right now.”

6. Then in the last few verses of this book he says, “You’ve got to learn to be a giver.”

 

III. WHERE SHOULD WE START IN LEARNING TO BE A GIVER?

A. We should start with tithing to our church.

1. Why tithing? Because this is God=s command on how to support His Churches and
Ministers.

2. Tithing to support God=s work and ministers started way before the Law of Moses.

Gen. 14:18-20, “Then Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine; he was the priest of God Most High. And he blessed him and said: ‘Blessed be Abram of God Most High,
Possessor of heaven and earth; And blessed be God Most High, Who has delivered your enemies into your hand.’ And he gave him a tithe of all.” (NKJV)

Mal. 3:10-11, “Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be food in My house, and try Me now in this,’says the Lord of hosts.’ If I will not open for you the windows of Heaven and pour out for you such blessing that there will not be room enough to receive it. And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes.” (NKJV)

3. Do you think you would be happier if God was pouring out blessings on you over and
over?

B. Remember with every promise is a condition. The condition here is:

1. Bring all the tithes.

2. Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, which today is His church.

3. Some people give a tithe on all the first fruits, but they spread it out to the places they
want to instead of the place God has said to.

Are you:

  • Trying to learn how to love?
  • Trying to learn what matters most?
  • Trying to learn to know Christ more?
  • Trying to learn to be more mature?
  • Trying to learn to be more content?
  • Trying to learn to be a giver?

GIVING IS PROBABLY ONE OF THE EASIEST TO LEARN BECAUSE YOU CAN START DOING IT IMMEDIATELY.

HOW CAN YOU HAVE LESS STRESS IN LIFE?
LEARN TO BE A GENEROUS PERSON

I. There are two kinds of people in life, takers and givers.

A. Takers are always trying to figure out how to get more which produces more and more
stress.

B. Givers don’t worry about getting and have the stress reducing benefits of being generous.

C. One of the laws of the universe that God has established is this:

1. You’re going to reap what you sow.

2. Whatever you plant, you’re going to harvest.

3. Whatever you give out, you’re going to get back.

4. You’re always going to get back more than whatever you give out.

Gal. 6:7, “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.” (NKJV)

D. Here’s the point: Whatever you need more of in your life, you need to give some away.

2 Cor. 9:6, “But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.” (NKJV)

 

II. THE BENEFITS OF BEING GENEROUS-A GIVER-INSTEAD OF A TAKER.

A. The first benefit of generosity is that you earn the gratitude of others.

1. You go up in your reputation.

2. You go up in people loving and being grateful for you the more of a giver you are.

3. You earn a living by what you make; you earn a life of appreciation by what you give.

4. Question: Is anybody grateful for you because of your generosity of helping them?

B. Every time you are generous with your life for others, you show what really matters most.

1. What matters most? Things or people?

2. Life is not about the acquisition of things.

3. Why is regular church attendance and tithing important? It shows that God matters to
you.

4. He who dies with the most toys still dies.

5. Life is about learning how to love, how to have good relationships.

6. You are to use things and love people. If you start loving things you’re going to use
people.

7. Life is all about putting God first and loving people as much as you love yourself.

8. What interferes with people following Jesus= teaching? Materialism which is the idea
that having more will make you happier, more secure, and more valuable.

9. How do you break the grip of materialism in your life? There’s only one way,
giving-being generous.

If you pile it up here on earth, you die and leave it all. If you pile it up on the side of eternity, you will go to that pile when you die.

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