Pastor Javier Rios

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Handling Life’s Difficulties: Stress
James 1:2-6

I want to talk to you about how you are managing your stress in these challenging times. Has anyone here ever faced that? Like no other generation, we have at our fingertips some of the world's greatest technological advances: the microwave oven, the computer, the world wide web, the cell phone, the remote control. All designed to make our lives much simpler, but in many ways, this is not the case.

On the contrary, we are under more pressure because of these technological advances, in addition, there are health problems that we are dealing with, financial problems, school problems, employment problems, and they all add their own share of stress.

Stress is the debilitating and maladaptive physiological, emotional, and behavioral response that results from the evaluation of a situation and the consequent belief that one does not have the adequate mechanisms and resources to face it. For those who didn't understand, let me put it another way. Stress is the result of feeling overwhelmed by a given situation and not knowing for sure how to improve it.

When we fail to find ways to effectively relieve some of life's stressful pressures, our health, physical and emotional, begins to deteriorate. But I have good news. God, in the goodness of him, has gifted us with the given ability to restore and heal ourselves when we fight stress, but we can only do so if we surrender ourselves to the power and presence of God in our lives.

If life is stressful, I encourage you to find hope during that stress. Know that the power and presence of God is with you. As James says, it is in times like these that our faith is forced to come out into the open and show its true colors. I can't say enough how helpful it is for me to find 15, 30, or 60 minutes a day to pray, meditate, and read the scriptures. This allows my spirit to connect with the Holy Spirit and allows me to feel the calming presence of God.

When we read James's letter, we can find learning how, through the power of prayer and God's wisdom, to endure whatever life throws at us, whether it's at home, or keeping up with technology, in between. From the hustle and bustle of family life, the pressures of our work, health problems, or just trying to find that TV remote, God is always there and always inviting us to trust fully in His grace, His power, His wisdom. and His presence to help us.


Pastor Ríos