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50 Days of Transformation // Part 2

From Stressed To Blessed

1. Romans 12:2 NIV
Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

2. Psalm 23 KJV
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.

3. Last week we talked about Spiritual Transformation.

Today we’re going to deal with physical health.

The Bible has so much to say to us.

God loves you and me so much that He’s given us a “How to Book” to direct our lives.

The problem for us is not that God isn’t speaking. The problem for us, far too often, is we aren’t listening.

4. So many of our physical problems and emotional problems and spiritual problems come because of our lifestyles.

  • Workplace stress costs American businesses over 300 billion a year.
  • Stress has been called the “health epidemic of the 21st century.”

5. I’d venture to say that almost every one of us deal with stress all the time. And it is for that reason we have so many acute and chronic issues. My daughter is a PA and she said about 60% of the care she provides deals with stress-related issues.

6. Let me give you a test. Complete these sentences for me.

  • I’m all stressed out.
  • I’m at the end of my rope.
  • I’m coming un-glued.
  • I’m about to come a part.

You are all “A” students on the subject of stress.

7. Have I got good news for us today! I’ve got a message that really will transform our lives!

8. There are 7 major sources for stress:

  • Worry
  • Work
  • Problems
  • Indecision
  • Loss
  • Opposition
  • Fear

9. The most beloved Psalm – the 23 Psalm – tells us how to handle these sources.

  • Psalm 23

1. Look to God to meet all my needs.

  • Psalm 23:1, “The Lord is my shepherd, I have all I want.” (also translated “need”)
  • Stop expecting others to meet needs only God can meet.
  • Romans 8:32 NLT
    Since he did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t he also give us everything else?
  • Our stress would drop dramatically if we only realized how much God loves us.
  • Stress reduction starts with looking to God.
  • Isaiah 30:15 NLT
    This is what the Sovereign Lord, the Holy One of Israel, says: “Only in returning to me and resting in me will you be saved.
    In quietness and confidence is your strength. But you would have none of it.

2. Obey God’s instructions about rest.

  • A lot of stress comes from overwork, which is driven by our insecurities.
  • I have to remind myself: God could have made our bodies to not need sleep. Instead we will spend 1/3 of our lives asleep.
  • We talked about this last month when God included the Sabbath rest in His Top 10 List.
  • God modeled rest in creation. He wasn’t tired. God never gets tired. He rested to enjoy His creation and to give us an example.
  • Here’s the deal, when I’m not smart enough to follow God’s plan and I keep pushing and pushing and neglecting a Sabbath of rest, my body will eventually make sure I stop.
  • Psalm 23:2a, “He makes me lie down…”
  • If you don’t take time off – your body will make time off.

My best requires I rest!

  • Exodus 34:21 NLT
  • “You have six days each week for your ordinary work, but on the seventh day you must stop working, even during the seasons of plowing and harvest.”
  • Even in your busiest season – you need to take a day off.
  • John Powell – Powell’s Plumbing
  • During the French Revolution, the government abolished Sunday as a day of rest. Within 2 years, it was reinstated because the health of the nation had collapsed.
  • Take a Sabbath.
    1. Rest your body – go home and take a nap.
    2. Refocus your spirit – you’re doing that now.
    3. Recharge your emotions – do something relaxing.

3. Recharge my soul with beauty.

  • Ever wonder why God mad earth so beautiful?
  • He created Adam and Eve and placed them, not in an office, but in a Garden.
  • Psalm 23:2-3a
    He lets me rest in green meadows; he leads me beside peaceful streams. He renews my strength. He guides me along right paths, bringing honor to his name.
  • That’s a scene we can visualize.

Many say I feel close to God in nature. Of course you do. He created it for your enjoyment.

Philippians 4:8 (MSG)
Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse. Put into practice what you learned from me, what you heard and saw and realized. Do that, and God, who makes everything work together, will work you into his most excellent harmonies.

  • Because of sin there is a lot of ugly in our world. But what you and I choose to give our attention to will raise or lower our stress.

    1. Start your day with God, not media.
    2. Get outside more.
    3. Listen to music or play an instrument.
    4. Take up a hobby that is relaxing.

4. Go to God for guidance.

  • A common source of stress is indecision.
  • We are faced with so many decisions we get overwhelmed.
  • A new psychological term is decision fatigue.
  • I used to could go to the store for toothpaste and it was Crest, Colgate, and Pepsodent.
  • I did a quick search and one site had 34 pages of toothpaste brands!
  • Let me simplify a complicated life for us: make God your number one source for direction in life – not your gaggle of friends.

Psalm 23:3 NLT
He renews my strength. He guides me along right paths, bringing honor to his name.

5. Trust God in the dark valleys.

  • A major source of stress is loss.
  • When we suffer loss we typically respond in one of two ways: grief or fear. Grief is good. Fear is paralyzing.
  • Psalm 23:4 NLT
    Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me. (shadows)
  • Psalm 142:3
    “When I’m ready to give up, He knows what I should do. “When I’m overwhelmed, You alone know the way I should turn.”

6. Let God be my defender.

Opposition and criticism are sources of stress.

Psalm 23:5 NLT
You prepare a feast for me
in the presence of my enemies.
You honor me by anointing my head with oil. My cup overflows with blessings.

Psalm 18:1-2
I love you, Lord; you are my strength. The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my savior; my God is my rock, in whom I find protection.
He is my shield, the power that saves me, and my place of safety.

  • Oh, how often do we want to lash out and take matters into our own hands, but God is your defender. God is going before you. God is taking care of things for you.
  • Peter said in I Peter 4:19 NLT
    So if you are suffering in a manner that pleases God, keep on doing what is right, and trust your lives to the God who created you, for he will never fail you.

7. Expect God to finish what He starts in me.

  • Psalm 23:6 NLT
    Surely your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me
    all the days of my life, and I will live in the house of the Lord

Worship Set

Open Up Our Eyes

- Mack Brock, Chris Brown, Stuart Garrard, London Gatch, and Wade Joye

Verse 1

Greater is the One who's in us
Greater is the One who calls our name
He will never fail

Stronger is the One within us
Stronger is the One who fights for us
He will never fail
You will never fail

Chorus 1

For Your love endures forever
Oh Your love endures forever
Open up our eyes surround us with Your light
Your love endures forever

Verse 2

Mighty is the One who's for us
Mighty is the One who's strong to save
He will make a way You will make a way

Misc 1 (Bridge)

Our God is fighting for us always
Our God is fighting for us all
Our God is fighting for us always
We are not alone we are not alone (yeah)

It Is Well (Kristene DiMarco) 

- Horatio Gates Spafford, Kristene DiMarco, and Philip Paul Bliss

Verse 1

Grander earth has quaked before
Moved by the sound of His voice
Seas that are shaken and stirred
Can be calmed and broken for my regard

Chorus 1

Through it all through it all
My eyes are on You
Through it all through it all
It is well
Through it all through it all
My eyes are on You
It is well with me

Verse 2

Far be it from me to not believe
Even when my eyes can't see
And this mountain that's in front of me
Will be thrown into the midst of the sea

Misc 1 (Bridge)

So let go my soul and trust in Him
The waves and wind still know His name

Misc 2 (Ending)

It is well with my soul
It is well with my soul
It is well with my soul
It is well it is well with my soul

Lord, I Need You 

- Daniel Carson, Matt Maher, Christy Nockels, and Jesse Reeves

Verse 1

Lord I come I confess
Bowing here I find my rest
And without You I fall apart
You're the one that guides my heart

Chorus 1

Lord I need You oh I need You
Ev'ry hour I need You
My one defense my righteousness
Oh God how I need You

Verse 2

Where sin runs deep Your grace is more
Where grace is found is where You are
And where You are Lord I am free
Holiness is Christ in me
Where You are Lord I am free
Holiness is Christ in me

Misc 1 (Bridge)

So teach my song to rise to You
When temptation comes my way
And when I cannot stand I'll fall on You
Jesus You're my hope and stay
And when I cannot stand I'll fall on You
Jesus You're my hope and stay

Chorus 2

Lord I need You oh I need You
Ev'ry hour I need You
My one defense my righteousness
Oh God how I need You
My one defense my righteousness
Oh God how I need You