Do you ever get tired thinking of all the things you have to do? Have you ever felt like resigning from the human race so that just for one week you can do whatever you wanted to do? Do you ever feel like your life is out of control? If that describes you, then Jesus has a word for you in this message.

JESUS’ SOLUTION TO STRESS

Message by Todd Lester – April 17, 2016

Living Simply … We value uncluttered lives, which free us to love boldly, give generously, and serve joyfully.

Matthew 11:28-30 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.

HOW TO REDUCE STRESS

1. TURN TO JESUS

Matthew 11:28 Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you…rest for your souls.

Isaiah 40:29,31 He gives power to the weak and strength to the powerless… But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.

2. GIVE UP CONTROL

Matthew 11:29a Take my yoke upon you.

Matthew 11:30 For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.

Psalm 55:22 Give your burdens to the Lord, and he will take care of you.

Galatians 5:25 Since we are living by the Spirit, let us follow the Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives.

3. LEARN TO TRUST

Matthew 11:29b Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your soul.

23rd Psalm, Japanese Translation

The Lord is my Pace-setter, I shall not rush;
He makes me stop and rest for quiet intervals.
He provides me with images of stillness,
which restore my serenity.

He leads me in ways of efficiency
through calmness of mind,
and His guidance is peace.
Even though I have a great many things
to accomplish each day,
I will not fret, for His presence is here;

His timelessness, His all importance,
will keep me in balance.
He prepares refreshment and renewal
in midst of my activity,

By anointing my mind with His oils of tranquility.
My cup of joyous energy overflows,
surely harmony and effectiveness
shall be the fruits of my hours,
for I shall walk, in the pace of my Lord
and dwell in His house forever.

Toki Miyashina

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