Five proven ways to end stress, depression and fatigue.
American life is now a battlefield of toxic messages, images of dread that produce fatigue, depression anger and other crippling emotions. The Bible says, “Men’s hearts failing them from fear and the expectation of those things which are coming on the earth, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken.” (Luke 21:26)
Here are 5 things that I learned to do about stress, depression and fatigue.
1. Talk to your soul to control your emotions: David did this in Psalm 42:5 “Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him for the help of His countenance.” Here you see David challenging the credibility of his feelings and commanding them to hope in God.
Your inner child’s tantrums must be stopped. Don’t allow voices of dread to go unanswered. Put them in their place! Remind yourself of how many times God pulled you out of seemingly impossible crisis.
The proof that you can do this is in Jesus’ own words, “Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” This command cannot be obeyed unless we the power to tell our heart what to do.
2. Intercept these toxic messages and replace them. You must flood your soul with victorious messages. Take a statement like, “I can’t believe I’ve lost everything and I have to start over at this age” and replace it with, “This is my chance to start anew and do better than before because I am smarter and stronger now”.
Replace questions of dread: “why did I have to be born in such an evil time as this?” with questions of hope like, “Isn’t it an unspeakable honor to be on earth for God’ greatest acts?”
3. Ask for a big life: The reason the little book The Prayer of Jabez received such wild acceptance is because it is a book about asking for a big life. Happiness has nothing to do with removing problems and challenges. It has everything to do with being fully alive. When your life is big enough the trials don’t count!
Jesus had walked with His twelve for sixteen chapters before He told them “Until now you have asked nothing, ask and receive that your joy may be full.” (John 16:24) Our joy comes from being fully deployed, firing on all cylinders and preoccupied with loving, giving, planning, and executing divinely imparted orders. This divine preoccupation will act like tank treads rolling over and crushing the problems of your life.
4. Travel Light: 2Timothy 2: 4 “No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please him who enlisted him as a soldier.”
When you fly 100,000 plus miles plus per year winning souls, you learn not to check luggage. I have no idea how much time and agony I have been spared simply by traveling light. This applies equally to life. Travel light!
This also makes sense in the midst of the disastrous American economy. You are not just cutting back to save money but to streamline the momentum of your life. Not only that, you do not need to have it all down here! You are going to an unimaginably glorious heaven.
As a warrior, you value speed, mobility, flexibility and simplicity. Get rid of what holds you back, holds you down and holds you up. Jesus told us the He would prune us so that we would bear more fruit. Plants are pruned so that energy can be focused on the fruitful parts. By simplifying you get more energy! You reduce stress because the cares of physical possessions are diminished.
Go ahead and love beautiful things; just don’t be weighed down with trinkets and frivolous status symbols that divert resources away from what’s important.
Traveling light also applies to relationships. Don’t tolerate co-dependent parasites or flaky friends that use you up. Love everyone, but remember you are not God. You cannot meet everyone’s need. You have an assignment and you must protect your momentum.
Traveling light has another important benefit: It increases your energy level and lowers your stress level because you have cut back your area of concern to a manageable size.
5. Chase that which is chasing you. Philippians 3:12 tells us, “Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me.”
Paul the apostle understood that the God had taken hold of him for a special purpose. He knew that his safety was in chasing what was chasing him. Even back then they had to practice time management!
Take our men and women in uniform, they are not safe just because they are American soldiers, they are safe because they stay true to their assignment.
Many naïve Christians assume that they are fully protected from the End Times merely because they are born again. You are safe in the End Times because you have answered two burning questions. (1) What is God doing in my time? (2) Where do I fit into what God is doing?
Answer those two questions; obey the answer to those two questions and you are instantly unstoppable!