Expressions of faith: Living a stress and worry free life

Rev Monterey D Lee

Rev. Monterey D. Lee, Sr.

Have you ever wondered how to live a worry and stress free life? Not worrying about bills, job, family, school, tuition, car notes and/or finances? As Christians we have a chosen counselor who is always ready and able to aid and assist us in any life matter. “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen,” Hebrews 11:1. “For without faith it is impossible to please God,” Hebrews 11:6.

Stop! Yield yourself fully to God. Allow Him to remove all your worries as you walk and live by faith. It is a privilege as a Christian to rely on the word of God as the final authority that will direct our very outcome. God has told us which direction we should go. “Seek ye first the Kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you,” Matthew 6:33.

As a child of God, we have a built in booster system to help us conquer all of our problems. Each believer is responsible for his or her own actions of course. We have the presence of God in us for additional support. Whenever there is anxiety, worry, or fear the presence of God will enter in to conquer that anxious spirit and deal with the problem at hand. As a believer, we have God’s assurance of assistance and favor at any given time.

First, we must trust in the Lord with all of our heart and lean not unto our own understanding. In all our ways we must acknowledge Him, and He will direct our path (Proverbs 3:5-6). Secondly, we must consistently pray to invoke the presence of God. “Pray without ceasing, giving thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you,” 1Thessalonians 5:17-18. We all know that God loves us in spite of our many challenges. He is able to bear our burdens as we put our trust in Him.

Thirdly, we must rejoice even in the midst of tests and trials. “Consider it a great joy whenever you experience various trials and temptations, because you know that the testing of your faith produces endurance,” James 1:2.

So as you trust, pray, and rejoice, remain at a place of praise and thanksgiving unto God at all times. Your outcome will be great. “Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all the Land. Serve the Lord with greatness: come before His presence with singing. Know that the Lord He is God: it is He that has made us, and not we ourselves; we are His people, and the sheep of His pasture. Enter into His gates with Thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise. Be thankful unto Him, and bless His name. For the Lord is Good; His mercy is everlasting; and His truth endureth to all generations,” Psalm 100.
(Dr. Monterey D. Lee, Sr. may be reached at Celebration Christian Center, Inc., 1215 9th Ave. N., Nashville, Tenn. 37208.)