Unexplained, unexpected changes can cause people to panic. When the explained happens, we react in any of three ways: we resent it, we resist it, or we run from it. But each of those responses causes stress in our lives. How do we deal with the unexplained and the unplanned changes that we will face in 2016? How do we deal with the stress of change – when we must let go of old things and have to grab on to new things?
A CHRISTIAN PERSPECTIVE FOR A NEW YEAR
Message by Todd Lester – January 3, 2016
THREE THINGS THAT CAUSE STRESS
1. Everything is moving faster
2. Every decision is becoming complicated
3. Every value is being challenged
THREE THINGS THAT WILL NEVER CHANGE
1. God’s love will never change
Malachi 3:6 I am the Lord, and I do not change…
Jeremiah 31:3 The Lord said to Israel: “I have loved you, my people, with an everlasting love. With unfailing love I have drawn you to myself.”
Romans 8:38 And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love.
2. God’s Word will never change
Isaiah 40:8 The grass withers and the flowers fade, but the word of our God stands forever.
Psalm 119:152 I have known from my earliest days that your laws will last forever.
Matthew 7:24 Anyone who listens to my teaching and follows it is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock.
3. God’s purpose will never change
1 Samuel 15:29 And He who is the Glory of Israel will not lie, nor will He change His mind, for He is not human that He should change His mind!
Psalm 33:11 But the Lord’s plans stand firm forever; his intentions can never be shaken.
Proverbs 19:21 You can make many plans, but the Lord’s purpose will prevail.
Romans 8:28 And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.
Psalm 56:11 I trust in God, so why should I be afraid? What can mere mortals do to me?
Psalm 46:1-2 God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble. So we will not fear when earthquakes come and the mountains crumble into the sea.
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