A recent Gallup poll notes that over 80 percent of Americans feel stressed out at least some of the time and nearly half noting those feelings frequently. Stress is found at jobs, homes, and while driving. Life is supposedly easier and more efficient but has become more complex. American Psychological Association reports the top cause of stress is Money, followed by work and thirdly by the economy. We hear it on the news, collapse. foreclosures, ruin, and the uncertainty is beginning to take its toll on us. With 290 million people owning a TV we are constantly bombarded with bad news, this barrage of negative information is having tremendous effects on the souls and minds of men and women.
After a Doctor’s visit, a friend of mine told me his bronchitis was not clearing up and the doctor had prescribed a double dosage of the medicine he was taking. As a result of bad news slapping us in the face day after day we need a double dosage to correct the stress. Stress can cause headaches, muscle cramps, stomach problems, anger, and a host of other problems. Many times relationships are put to the test because of the stress around them.
We need a double dosage to relieve the stress of today.
First, double dosage your prayer. One preacher asked the question, “Is your prayer life adequate for the pressures you are facing?” Simply question but a difficult one to answer. But increasing the amount of time may not be the best answer; maybe creating a more fervent and heartfelt prayer is a better answer. Praying until God’s presence begins to soothe your doubts and fears. Inviting God into your todays and tomorrows is the beginning of a peaceful present. As Grace Hansen said, “Don’t be afraid your life will end, be afraid that it will never begin.”
Secondly, double dosage your Bible reading. Begin today with the three M’s; Memorize, Meditate, Make it your own. By taking the word of God and bringing it into your life, you are diluting the power of the world and increasing the power of the Spirit. Look at James 1:21 Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls. The antidote for filthiness and naughtiness is to “engraft” the Word of God. “Engraft” means implanted, to “make it your own,” to make it personal. Bring the Word of God into your own life.
Thirdly, double dosage your faith. The quicker you get rid of the thing that weighs you down the better you will feel. That’s why , 1 Peter 5:7 says, Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. “Cast” means to throw away, God encourages us to throw away our worry and anxieties because He cares for us. His concern for you and His care for you is deeper than anyone else you can depend on. The word “careth” in this scripture implies that God “continues to care” for you – He never quits. Leave your stress in the hands of Jesus and watch the strength of the stress disappear.