Sunday Morning, May 22, 2016

Stressed or Blessed?

Joshua 1:7 ~ “Only be thou strong and very courageous, that thou mayest observe to do according to all the law, which Moses my servant commanded thee: turn not from it to the right hand or the left, that thou mayest prosper whithersoever thou goest.”
When Adam and Eve sinned, not only did they lose their innocence, but stress entered the human family (Genesis 3).
They were fearful God would find them out:
* They covered their nakedness.
* They hid from God.
* They felt guilt.
* The serpent was blamed.
* They became accusatory toward each other.
* They even blamed God.
Joshua found his life filled with stress (Joshua 1).
Joshua’s stress:
* His respected leader, Moses, had died.
* He was grieving over the loss of a dear and close friend.
* He was feeling the pressures of his new role as leader of Israel.
* He was feeling the weight and responsibility of being the spiritual counselor and guide to a stiff-necked, hard headed people.
How do we live the blessed life?
* Begin by thinking positively ~ Philippians 4:8
Philippians 4:8 ~ “Finally brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”
* Raise your faith level (confidence) ~ Romans 10:17
Romans 10:17 ~ “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”
* Accept your position in God and know He is with you ~ Joshua 1:9
Joshua 1:9 ~ “Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.”
God is with you to:
* Give you direction
* Give you protection
* Reward you
* Encourage you
* Uphold you
Pastor Andy Lambert

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