May 26, 2021 Pastor Steve Eicher



  Written by Elton Gingerich

 2 Chorinthians 1: 8-9 says 8. For we would not, brethren, have you ignorant of our troubles which came to us in Asia. That we were pressed out of measure above strength, insomuch that we despaired even life. 9. But we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves, but in the God which raised us up.

                 I would say that none of us have ever been in the situations that Paul was in in his lifetime. He was shipwrecked, beaten until near death, or had to be lowered over a wall in a basket at night to escape those who wanted to do him harm. Although we do have things in our lives that we allow to cause us stress. Some of them may be finances, jobs, people, relationships, planning a wedding, or planning 2 weddings. Stress has a tendency to cause us to do things or become someone that we don’t want to be, and make us vulnerable to satan's temptations. We snap at people, become impatient, or become depressed. Many times stress causes us to take our eyes off God, and focus on ourselves and our problems.

                 1 Peter 5:6-7 says. 6 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time. 7 Casting all your cares upon Him; for He careth for you.

                 Remember when you become stressed with the situations you find yourself in, trust God and give those things to Him and allow Him to calm the storm that is in you.