Maximize Your Resources to Manage Stress

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As God’s children we have immeasurable resources at our disposal for managing stress effectively. God provides these resources so we can live abundant, fruitful lives even under great amounts of stress. They are our greatest source of help in times of stress.

          Paul’s prayer in Colossians 1:9-14 illustrates some of these resources. However, applying spiritual resources does not automatically keep us from experiencing distress.

          Jesus experienced profound distress as he went to the cross. See chapter 6. Let’s not fall into the trap of thinking that our spiritual resources aren’t working because we feel bad.

We have incredible treasures waiting for us to uncover. Each one is found in the Word. We encourage you to make a habit to spend time in the Word discovering all God has for you. In this chapter we will look very briefly at some of our key spiritual resources.

Let’s look at how knowing God the Father is a resource to help us manage stress. Study each of the verses below:

Identity: He is the Father of compassion and God of all comfort (2 Cor. 1:3).

Attributes: He is compassionate, gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love (Psa. 103:8).

Functions: He comforts us in our troubles (2 Cor. 1:4).

  • Past: He anointed us (2 Cor. 1:21), set His seal of ownership on us (2 Cor. 1:22), put His Spirit in our hearts (2 Cor. 1:22, 5:5), made His light shine in our hearts (2 Cor. 4:6), and reconciled us to Himself (2 Cor. 5:18).
  • Present: He comforts us (2 Cor. 1:4, 7:6-7), makes us stand firm (2 Cor. 1:21), always leads us in triumphal procession (2 Cor. 2:14), makes us competent (2 Cor. 3:5-6), renews us inwardly daily (2 Cor. 4:16), lives and walks among us (2 Cor. 6:16).
  • Future: He will deliver us (2 Cor. 1:10), will raise us and present us in His presence (2 Cor. 4:14), and will give us an eternal body (2 Cor. 5:1).

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Blessings on you,

Gaylyn Williams, co-author of The Surprising Joy of Exploring God’s Heart: A Daily Adventure with 365 of His Names