Finding God's Winning Spirit

Freak Not

November 11, 2013 | Greg Smith | Christianity

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If someone were to ask me what is the leading element in stress I would have to say it is worry.  We all know people who seem to go through life with less stress than others.  If we look closely at these people we tend to notice that they don’t seem to get flustered, uptight or freak-out as much as the rest of us.  In short, they don’t worry as much.

These “low stress” people live in the same world we do. Obviously they have the power to defuse stress thus changing the way they react to daily situations, responsibilities and other people. What makes them different? Are they just programed to not worry, are they just naïve or oblivious to the dangers and impending doom that surrounds them? Are they just dumb, fat and happy people whistling through the graveyard?

At the risk of sounding trite, they may simply be Christians. Theologically, the plain truth is that we as Christians have nothing to be stressed about. We have been promised everything we need and have all that we require. Isaiah 41:10 says it all, “Do not fear, for I am with you; Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.”

If you are someone who struggles with stress I would encourage you to stop and ask yourself where all this pressure is coming from? What is so important and why?  It helps to remember that worrying is something we do from the inside- out.  Most often than not, those things we worry about turn out to be insignificant.  How many times have we obsessed about something that never even came to pass?

Our relationship with Christ guarantees victory and value. The winning spirit of Christ is a stress-free spirit. In Romans 8 Paul writes, “What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who is against us?  He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things?  This is the kind of confidence that can overcome worry and anxiety.  It should not be our goal to just survive the day by overcoming anxiety and stress but rather to rejoice and celebrate life. This is the promise of John 10:10 –this is the promise of the abundant life –this is God’s winning spirit!

great stuff!!! keep it coming.
Posted by todd stewart on
Thanks for a great contemporary approach
Posted by Andy hepburn on
Very good reminder...I am sharing!
Posted by Joelene Vickers on
I finally get this! enjoyed reading your reminder! well said
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