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RUSS HOBBS MINISTRIES-WHAT’S GETTING YOU DOWN?
August 1 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Stress & Worry
Not many versions of the Bible use the word “stress,” though it does mention a closely related term: worry. Probably the most well-known passage about worry is Matthew 6:25-27 “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?”
The anxiety spoken of in this passage translates into “worry.” It is important to note that Jesus is not condemning the chemical imbalance of anxiety disorders in the brain. Instead, Jesus is teaching us to focus on God’s love and promise to take care of us even down to our most basic day-to-day needs. It’s easy to think God only takes care of us in crisis, but the truth is He provides for and protects us each moment of every day.
It is impossible to worry about everything in the day without building up stress in our lives, which in turn lowers the immune system and general health, making it even harder to handle things. Many people are prone to finding things to worry about all on their own!