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How to Handle Stress | Part 2

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March 4, 2021 7:00 am

How to Handle Stress | Part 2

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March 4, 2021 7:00 am

In stressful seasons of life, we can convince ourselves that we don’t have time to be still. But God calls His sheep to lie down in green pastures and to drink from the still waters. In this message, Adrian Rogers reveals how to handle stress, according to Psalm 23.

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What is the root of our stress. Listen to Adrian Rogers be made alive out around River pastors is that it delays me beside my stream brought up to make me lie down in green deleted me beside the still all I need an pipeline in the Lord Jesus Christ to see why we distress what we distress because we think our needs. Under the agreement will good to love worth finding featuring profound truth. Simply stated, by acclaimed pastor and Bible teacher Adrian Rogers. We go through stressful seasons of life. We often convince ourselves that we don't have time to be still rest yet God has called his sheep to lie down in green pastures and to drink from the still waters.

By his instruction we can learn how to handle stress.

If you have your Bible turn to Psalm 23 will be looking at verse two, as Adrian Rogers concludes this powerful message. How to handle stress well folks, I want to talk about how to handle stress there a reason why we distress out. They why were stress because we like sheep Hill Psalm 100 verse three says, and we are the sheep of his pasture. That's how God describes us we are the sheep of his pasture.

As I remember one of lie machine folks God was necessary trying to complements what he said we were like sheep. I mean, that's not really a complement. It's a description are she, it is an animal that that just is not too smart. What you say hey I'm pretty smart medevac.

I graduated the top of my class, you must understand what I'm saying. I'm talking now in the spiritual realm.

The Bible says there is none that understand, no not one in the spiritual realm we like sheep. Okay on not only the sheep down, but to something else about a sheet or she is pretty defenseless.

As a matter fact, the Bible speaks of as a lamb headed toward the slaughter. Just kind of defenseless you think of sheep as needing someone to defend and folks that's the way we are is reason why the apostle Paul had to say to the Corinthians.

Our sufficiency is of God that is weak, we all have them, not ourselves.

Not only you think of the defenselessness of the sheep and not only do you think of the bigness of sheep without a something else about sheep or sheep that have a good sense of direction. I sheep is easily lost. What is the Bible say in Isaiah chapter 53 verse six all we like sheep have done what going straight and what did God say about his people in Hosea chapter 11 verse seven.

My people might are the backsliding for me that means in plain English we have a tendency to get away from God. That's the sheep matron and when you think about these things when you think about the ignorance of the sheep in the end the weakness in the defenseless nature.

Machine and when you think about the propensity to get lost. SMC and then you think about the dependency receiver sheep need somebody take care of a sheep is so dependent by Mr. Keller, who wrote a book about she said that the sheep sometimes can become what we would call cast CAS T that is it a rolls over, sometimes on its back and can't get his calls are all up in the air and it doesn't have enough athletic ability don't have enough dexterity just to roll over and get up and somebody were lying down to just find yourself with its paws all up in the air and cannot get back on its feet.

It's vulnerable to the vultures and to the wolves, and so forth, but also the gases begin to build up on the inside and the sheep gets bloated and before long it will. The circulation is cut off and she is called cast. She will die.

I think that's what David had in mind when he said, why art thou cast down all my soul.

We get in the cash position and the shepherd needs to come and pick the sheep up and put the sheep back on its feet, has ever done that for you. I mean, when you were down, he couldn't get up and you could get yourself up. Thank God for the ship to see.

Listen folks like she and because we like to see.

That's why we have a tendency to be stress not necessarily a complement the call associate but it's a fact we are his people and the sheep of his pasture. Now, having said that, how do you handle stress what I believe verse two has a lot to say about how to handle stress. The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures he lead me beside the still waters. By different I want to tell you that when you understand that you may be weak like a sheet that you have a compassionate shepherd, caring shepherd and a courageous shepherd see the hireling flings the good Shepherd given his likely sheet you see in that same chapter and verse seven, John 10 verse seven Jesus said I am sure of the sheep. He says he the shepherd, or see the door answers yes the shepherd becomes the door I've seen the sheepfold, the shepherd will build an enclosure out of stones about so high just a big circle or square he brings all the sheep inside that's the sheepfold. He counsel and make certain that they're all secure and then the shepherd has an opening about that.

Why were the sheep come in and out and we just always keep in it all the sheep recounted the shepherd will lie down right across that opening. Nobody gets into nobody gets out without him knowing the shepherd is all I am the Lord Jesus is saying there is nobody can get to you to become through me you like that, but I like that that's the reason he said my sheep hear my voice and I know them and they follow me and I given them eternal life, and they shall never pair you see folks listen what you need in order to deal with the stress number one security. He maketh me. He lead me. I may be weak like a sheet but he's the strong shepherd. He's the good Shepherd.

That's the first thing I see in this verse is security and that security helps me to be a will stress out there. What else I say not only do I see security but I see sufficiency is a look at it. He maketh me to lie down in brown with her pastors is that it is easily beside muddy streams dried up water Brooks Ono.

He maketh me to lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside the still waters.

All I need and more I find in the Lord Jesus Christ to see why we get stress well you just rest because we think our needs are not going to be and we would just say all my goodness I don't have what I need to remember that passage over there in Matthew Lord is telling us not to worry, and he tells us. They say what people worry about is or was a no worry about what you're going to eat that food and don't worry about what you wear less fashion. Don't worry about these things, food, friends saying fortune fashion fitness and that that's what people worry about Jesus after all these things to the Gentiles seek was a Gentiles in an unsightly is not saying these things are not important is that it was not important but he said one safety first the kingdom of God's righteousness. All these things will be added to these things don't even take on significance into you at your deepest needs met.

You see, what is he talking about when he is talking about green grass and still waters. Do you think he's just talking about having your bank account full lesson Psalm 22 Psalm 23.

In Psalm 24. Our primitive song.

Now go back to Psalm 22 and look in verse 26 the me shout eat and be satisfied.

What shall they will look in the rest of that verse. They shall praise the Lord that seek him. You say that that's the food they shall praise the Lord that seek him like if you're willing verse 29. All David B fact upon the earth shall eat and worship the essay that all Libby fad. God was healthy she what does the green grass. Talk about.

It's the green pastor of his word. What the Stillwater speak the still waters of this fine my friend, your satisfaction and him and if you'll find your satisfaction in him you going to be stressed out, they will be stress because the deepest needs of your heart will never be met. Remember what Jesus said in Matthew chapter 4 verse four man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeded out of the mouth of God that the Bible is to you what brand is to the natural man. And then Jesus said in Matthew chapter 5 verse six Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness for they shall be filled hungering and thirsting after righteousness. Lord blessed me lately what Lord blessed me to record Macario's and it literally means happy or satisfied content to be congratulated a joyful dictate many words and roll them all in one, and you have the idea of this word blessed. Now this is what Jesus said in Matthew chapter 5 or six Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness. How many people you know today that a hungering and thirsting after righteousness. The green pastures of his word. The still waters of the Spirit. How many people do you know that have a hunger for the word in the thirst for the spirit how men will not many alum ask another question how many happy people you know not many listen what he said is this he did not say Blessed are those who seek after blessedness. Happy are those who seek after happiness. He said happy are those who seek after righteousness to take something most unhappy people in the world and the people are trying to be happy vigilante proof positive. Next time you go on vacation and go to resort look on the faces of those people walking the streets. Generally the most miserable places you ever see or in resort places. The happy faces of people working in a service station somewhere right at home working in an office just doing some but people who seek to be happy generally are not is a strange thing this is something you never find by looking for happiness is something you stumble over on your way to serve Jesus is just when you're serving the Lord Jesus Christ. Happiness is the byproduct of righteousness you want happiness comes from unhappiness comes from self-centeredness and saying, and God is engineered that way. God so loved you, that God is engineered that you would not be happy without Jesus.

That's the reason God said adamantly when they left the garden being cursed is the ground for your sake, not for your judgment, but for your sake, I put a curse on the ground. Thorns and thistles want to bring forth to you why we pick roses out when you walk in so why God wants your past to be thorny. God wants her roses to be thorny. Why the worst thing that ever happened. A sinful man would be to have a disease heart and live in paradise. Never know anything was wrong so God gives us thorns, and God gives us vessels and God gives us problems and God gives us heartache to say hey there's something wrong in this.

What is wrong is sin and what is the answer righteousness. Now what most people are trying to do is get rid of the thorns and thistles, but not deal with the problem because supposed to go to the doctor and you got a terrible headache and you got a fever and you got a pain in you got swelling. Evidently there's an infection on the inside but all the doctor does is give you some strong medicine to kill the pain and reduce the fever but he never deals with the infection but he's not a good doctor. I want him to kill the pain. If he can, but only to help to get at the infection. The problem now folks, people who are trying to be happy are only treating the symptom. If you seek after righteousness you be dealing with the infection. Seek righteousness and then you will be happy.

I mean, they knew there was stress he makes me to lie down in green pastures such as word makes me a drink of the still waters. That's his spirit what you mean is, is to have the deepest need of your heart and your life that it is to worship God is good drink of the spirit is to feed on the word of God that sufficiency. I mean the deepest need of your heart will be met only in Jesus our man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeded out of the mouth of God. When I say look in our good Shepherd, a we have in him security be we have in him, sufficiency, and see.

We then have in him, serenity serenity. He maketh me to lie.

He maketh me to lie down.

She will not live down until their content I've ever seen so many people hurrying.

Why go to the airport. I wonder where are these people going on the highway. All these people going as well as people coming this way while they just owe them. Those people still here every body is going moving.

I was reading in the newspaper a while back about an airplane, a fighter plane and this is not a joke. It literally happened. This plane fired his cannon was moving so fast it over to the boat and shut itself down literally. I had to reread that I thought I'd get putting on you but no. It was moving. The plane was moving faster than the shell and it literally overtook his own bullet was shut itself down and a lot of folks.

I noticed the same thing. I'm either shooting himself down.

They do not take time to slow down to be still and know that God is God to have that serenity that quietness is not a sin to be quiet so sin not to be quite limiting your subscription.

Listen to what God says here Isaiah 30 verse 15 in quietness and confidence should be your strength. Listen to this Psalm 46 in verse 10 piece piece and no that I'm God did what the sheep is doing when it lies down is chewing the cud sheet has a second stomach and it puts that grass at Sweet Grass that clover and that alfalfa puts that down there in that second stomach is loading up just loading then the Shepherd says now lie down and digest what you got.

And so the she brings it back up and begins to chew the taste. That is when she is growing. That's the most productive time for the she that quiet time that serenity a lot what that is, if the green grass is the word of God. What is the sheep doing what is chewing the is meditating, meditating in his law doth he meditate day and night for so many scriptures, all meditation just jot a few of them down.

Psalm one verses wanted to talk about that. Psalm 1914 let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in thy sight, oh Lord, my strength and my Redeemer. Psalm 104 in verse 34 my meditation, of him shall be sweet. I will be glad in the Lord.

Psalm 119 verse 15 I will meditate in thy precepts and have respect underlie ways.

Most of us will lie down in green grass and meditate. Even those of us who study the word of God. How much time do we take to really really digest and assimilate what God is given us. I mean, most of us think we've done God while favor we get to church on Sunday right and that if we can have. We understand what the pastor saying fine when you get home be really meditate on what you've heard when you study God's word in the morning you really have a quiet time you keep a spiritual journal to write down the thoughts that God gives you. Did you know that many of the things that I preach to you or things that God gives me after I read the word of God and sit back and think about is how do people know what's in the word again.

We get that one way to get it is to sit back and chew the ice. It had meditate and expect God to give you something they don't have a panel something to write it down with you. Keep a spiritual journal in his law doth he meditate day and I see some of us are just too busy if you don't have time to do this you too busy. You want to miss life of John chapter 10 is a good Shepherd.

Chapter Jesus said, I have come that you might have life and have it abundantly.

You going to miss life looking for. Sometimes I hear people tell young people.

This make all the money you can just so you make it honestly is not good advice because if you make all the money you can you be making money when you're to be doing something else. You have a making money when you're to be being quiet alone with God. I'm not against making money.

I'm not against business and I'm trying to tell you, folks, you need to stop and prioritize your life. You know what I think God is with some of us makes us lighter. He makes us alive enemy we won't do it unless he makes us. David said before I was afflicted I went astray. He said another place. It has been for me that I can affect he maketh me to lie down, wanted to just do it yourself on to say nevermind.

Lord, you have to go that way.

I just rather slow down. I want to get quiet. I want to be stale. I want to know about how you deal with stress. Remember Amy just stressed she is a she is not producing wool is not producing fat is not producing lambs it's not reproducing. He maketh me to lie down. Why does the Shepherd do that. Why because he loves the sheep and he was healthy she procure for stress finding Jesus Christ your security is the good Shepherd fighting him sufficiency the green pastures find in him. Serenity. He maketh me the maketh me to lie down.

Then you say is David said the Lord is my shepherd, not a shepherd.

We all know that you say he is my shepherd.

If not, may I help you right now, this moment, would you begin to pray a prayer like this just out of your heart. Just praying silently but fervently.

Dear God, I need you and I want you I want to know you personally. I want my sin forgiven. I want you to live in my heart I want strength for living.

I want to know that I'm going to heaven when I die.

Jesus you're the good Shepherd you died for this loss sheet you pay for my sin. Thank you for paying for my sin. Thank you that you love me so much.

Now Jesus come into my heart, forgive my sin save me Jesus did you asking then by faith. According to the promise of his word. Would you thank him for saving the Bible says, for whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

Would you just pray this way. Thank you Lord Jesus for saving me. I receive it by faith right now.

You are now my shepherd you're now my Savior, my God and my friend forever.

Now, Lord Jesus, I will live for you.

The rest of my life and help me never ever to be ashamed of you in your name I pray, amen. If you prayed to receive Jesus Christ just now we want to celebrate with you and we invite you to discover Jesus page go to LWF.org/radio and click discover Jesus at the top of the page to find answers, you may need about your newfound faith.

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