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“What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee.” Psalms 56: 3 KJV

Stress, worry, anxiety and mental pressure is something that we all see a lot of these days. How many times have you worried and stressed over bills, money or many of the other problems of life?

God did not design the human mind to live in a state of worry. He intended you to depend on him. The sin of worry can lead to a condition of anxiety, which will build up very quickly, and to such high levels, that it can cause your brain to effectively reduce or shutdown your bodies systems. Psychiatrists refer to this as an anxiety attack.

Even though some anxiety is not a bad thing, it is a mechanism that the body and mind use to do things such as raise your level of focus quickly during activities such as driving or in other situations that require a higher level of focus. However, anxiety should be temporary and then released by some type of relaxation. God designed the human body with these systems but, as with all humans, we tend to use things for the wrong reasons.

When we worry about things it will cause a stressful response, especially if the worry is prolonged. Your mind will stress over the worry and then enter a kind of fight or flight mode. The body releases chemicals into the blood that can cause the body to boost energy and strength. Now this can take place at many different levels. However, I am making the case here of why worry and stress can over work your body to the degree that it shuts down in the form of an anxiety attack.

There are many other conditions that can occur as well, such as a racing heart (first girlfriend/boyfriend?) or rapid breathing, when you are under no physical load. This condition can disrupt sleep patterns because of an overabundance of chemicals in the blood which your body produces. You will not get the proper amount of rest and so you will feel tired, or wear out easily during the day. Job was totally stressed out when he said:

“Even when I remember I am afraid, and trembling taketh hold on my flesh.” Job 21:3

God did not intend you to live like this, especially as a believer in Jesus Christ. God made many promises that each believer should use in order to live your life for Him. But first you have to be able to handle any situation that may arise in your life.

“…Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.” 1 Peter 5:7 – (KJV)

Now note how it is translated in the NASB.

“…Casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:7 – (NASB)

(Now unless you understand the old English phraseology and the thundering diction of the King James Version of the Bible the NASB can, at times, help you follow the text . This is why I say all believers, in their study, should own a KJV, NASB and NIV and there is a few others that are good too but these are a good basic study bibles. However after some time of reading the KJV bible you catch on as I do believe it to be the very best English version of the Bible. )

God is saying here, to cast your worry, stress, problems and anxiety on Him because he loves you. We should just start off by turning our problems over to Him as soon as they arise in order to save ourselves all of the needless anxiety. You can call on this promise from God at any time, or in any state, in your life. If you should find yourself in the anxiety state you should confess your sins to God and claim his promises.

Now you can trust that God knows far better how to handle any situation that may come into your life even though you may not. Only by faith can you attain this promise of God.

We are accustomed to thinking that “we” take care of ourselves and it is pre-programmed into us, so to speak, that we should handle our own problems. For the Christian however, this is NOT the case. God told us to cast our problems on him. As his child he wants to handle them for us so that we can maximize living our lives to the Glory of God.

Now I know I said a dirty word, “confess.” Many of us think of this as a big issue, requiring a priest of some kind, but I can tell you the Bible says nothing of the sort. God is our father and thus, HE is the one to whom we confess our sins.

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9 (KJV) – See also Leviticus 5:5 and Psalm 32:5

1 John 1:9 is, in fact, another promise from God. God is telling us that If we commit a sin (and you will) and you confess your sin, then he is faithful (always keeps his promise) to forgive and cleanse us of known and forgotten sins. (Note “from all unrighteousness”)

Now I wanted to point out 1 John 1:9 because, for me, this is THE most important promise from God other than John 3:16.

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16 (KJV)

This is what I call God’s first promise. If you accept Jesus Christ’s work on the cross (pardon for sin) then you are now one of God’s children. You are now a member of God’s Royal family. Once you have this package you need to know what I call God’s second Promise. 1 John 1:9.

At the time you accept Christ, you are what the Bible calls “Born Again.” You are born spiritually and your human spirit is quickened or made alive. Now, you need to know God’s Promise of 1 John 1:9 because, if you’re like me, before the day is out, you’ll commit some kind of sin. You should call on 1 John 1:9 anytime you know you have sinned. This should be a multi-time, per day habit. Just make it habit to confess your sins once you have realized you have committed one. It will become second nature and once you do this, you’ll start to notice what your habitual sins are. These are the things God wants you to change about yourself.

Suppose you often lust after women. Women can be very attractive, but you should be able to control your lusts. God wants you to form your mind around him but, if your mind is filled with sin, it will make it impossible to live your life for the Lord. Simply apply these verses to whatever sin is in your life. I’m not here to judge you about your sins, I’m just pointing out the method that God gave us to restore fellowship to him and move on with our spiritual life. So now you have God’s First and second promises to a believer. Let’s review the others.

“Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.” 1 Peter 5:7 – (KJV)

“Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.” Psalm 55:22 – (KJV)

“Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?” Matthew 6:25 – (KJV)

All of these promises are telling you to cast your burden upon the Lord God Almighty. It does not tell you to try and think your way though a seemingly impossible situation, nor does it tell us to worry about hard times. On the contrary, it tells us to give up our own efforts and turn our problems over to the Lord and then relax.

Yes, you guessed it; the next promise is a promise of Rest.

“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28 – (KJV)

“Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28 – (NASB) Also note: Jeremiah 31:25, John 7:37

It is God’s desire for you to rest in him, to have His rest. Now what do you think this would do for your body? When your soul and Spirit are able to use these promises from God your physical body can rest perfectly with the Lord for as long as you live.
How do you get this kind of rest? Just call on God’s promises by utilizing your faith in Him. Use these promises in your life day by day, hour by hour. You should always have need for the Lord God, not just when things get bad.

In closing I will leave you with this. Deuteronomy 6:5, Isaiah 41:10 also see Joshua 23:11.

“And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.” Deuteronomy 6:5 – (KJV)

“Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.” Isaiah 41:10-(KJV)