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Deal with the stress in your life



'My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.' Exodus 33:14 NKJV

Is life overwhelming you? You're not alone. Moses, one of the greatest leaders in history, got so stressed out with the responsibilities he was carrying that he wanted to die. You say, 'Surely that wasn't God's will for him.' You're right. But it's not enough to know God's will, you've got to do things God's way.

Moses was working from early morning until late at night, six days a week, with no holidays and no time off. He was eating on the run, planning appointments, meeting deadlines, and seeing everybody who wanted to see him. And the people close to Moses were either too busy to notice, or too needy themselves to care that he was suffering from exhaustion. But his father-in-law Jethro noticed it and said, 'What you are doing is not good. You and these people who come to you will only wear yourselves out. The work is too heavy for you; you cannot handle it alone' (Exodus 18:17-18 NIV).

Fortunately, Moses found the answer. And it was in two parts: (1) Delegate the work to qualified people and trust them to do it. The essence of good leadership is not about trying to do everything yourself, but getting it done through others. Or as nineteenth-century evangelist D.L. Moody said, 'Instead of trying to do the work of ten people, get ten people to do the work.' (2) Draw on God's strength rather than your own. God told Moses, 'My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest' (Exodus 33:14 NKJV). The word 'rest' means 'inner peace, well-being, security and confidence'. And God's will is for you to live that way.

Soulfood: Acts 10-11 Matt 9:1-13 Ps 118:19-29 Pro 15:33,

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Be wise; don't compare



'But they, measuring themselves by themselves...' 2 Corinthians 10:12 NKJV

Jesus said: 'Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, "God, I thank you that I am not like other men - extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this tax collector. I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I possess." And the tax collector, standing afar off, would not so much as raise his eyes to Heaven, but beat his breast, saying, "God, be merciful to me a sinner!" I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other' (Luke 18:10-14 NKJV). Whereas the Pharisee thought of himself as the best-dressed man in town, God saw his garments of self-righteousness as 'filthy rags' and rejected him (see Isaiah 64:6).

An unknown poet wrote: 'I dreamed death came the other night and Heaven's gates swung wide. With kindly grace an angel ushered me inside. And there to my astonishment stood folks I'd known on earth; some I'd judged and labelled as "unfit" or of little worth. Indignant words rose to my lips but never were set free; for every face showed stunned surprise - no one expected me!' We are all saved by grace, not works (see Titus 3:5).

We don't get into Heaven based on our performance, but on Christ's performance on the cross. That being true, don't try to lift yourself up by putting someone else down. Don't assume that you have the right to judge their character, heart motives or spirituality. When you do that, the Bible says you are 'not wise'.

Soulfood: Acts 8-9 Matt 8:28-34 Ps 118:10-18 Pro 15:31-32,

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Keep looking to Jesus



'Let us run...keeping our eyes on Jesus.' Hebrews 12:1-2 NLT

Glenn Cunningham was born on a Kansas farm and educated in a one-room schoolhouse. He and his brother were responsible for keeping the school's fire going. One morning as the boys poured kerosene on the live coals to get the fire started before school, the stove blew sky-high. Glenn rushed towards the door, then realised his brother had fallen and wasn't moving. He went back to help, suffering terrible burns in the process. In the end his brother died and Glenn was hospitalised with severe burns on his legs. The tragedy seemed to mark an end to his dream of running track. Still, he was determined to walk again - which the doctors said wouldn't happen, but he did. Then he began to run. Through many periods of discouragement and disappointment he kept running and getting faster. He mastered the mile. Eventually he set his sights on the international record for his distance and broke it! Then he went on to set a new world record. What kept him running? He said it was thinking about his brother.

When you feel discouraged and want to quit, think about Jesus: 'Let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honour beside God's throne. Think of all...he endured...then you won't become weary and give up' (Hebrews 12:1-3 NLT).

Soulfood: Acts 6-7 Matt 8:18-27 Ps 118:1-9 Pro 15:27-30,

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