TENSION

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WE ALL KNOW HOW TENSION WRECKS HAVOC IN OUR LIVES. IT MAY BE CAUSED AT WORK OR JOB LOSS, FINANCIAL DIFFICULTIES, STRESS IN A RELATIONSHIP WITH A SPOUSE OR SOMEONE ELSE, ETC. THE DICTIONARY TELLS US IT IS MENTAL OR EMOTIONAL STRAIN, ANXIETY, OR INTENSE SUPPRESSED SUSPENSE.

ONE OF MY BROTHERS RECENTLY TOLD ME A METAPHOR THAT APPLIED TO THE RELATIONSHIP WITH HIM AND HIS WIFE. NEAR A FORMER HOME, TWO TREES ON EITHER SIDE OF A RAPID FLOWING STREAM BEGAN TO LEAN AS THE WATER BETWEEN WASHED AWAY THE SOIL. THE TREES WERE IN EMINENT DANGER OF UPROOTING AND PERISHING. HOWEVER, THEY LEANED ACROSS THE STREAM TO TOUCH AND SUPPORT EACH OTHER. BY LEANING ON EACH OTHER, THE TREES DID NOT BECOME UPROOTED AND DIE, BUT LIVED.

SOMETIMES WE NEED TO REACH OUT AND LEAN ON ANOTHER TO OFFER COMFORT AND STRENGTH TO OUR LOVED ONES. THIS GIVES GREAT PLEASURE TO OUR CREATOR WHEN WE BRING HIM INTO OUR LIVES AND ASK HIM TO GUIDE US WITH HIS STRENGTH AND MIGHTY HAND.

PSALM 46:1-2**GOD IS OUR REFUGE AND STRENGTH, AN EVER PRESENT HELP IN TROUBLE. THEREFORE WE WILL NOT FEAR, THOUGH THE EARTH GIVE WAY AND THE MOUNTAINS FALL INTO THE HEART OF THE SEA. VERSE 10- 11** BE STILL, AND KNOW THAT I AM GOD; I WILL BE EXALTED AMONG THE NATIONS, I WILL BE EXALTED IN THE EARTH. THE LORD ALMIGHTY IS WITH US, THE GOD OF JACOB IS OUR FORTRESS.

PHILIPPIANS 4:7**AND THE PEACE OF GOD, WHICH TRANSCENDS ALL UNDERSTANDING, WILL GUARD YOUR HEARTS AND YOUR MINDS IN CHRIST JESUS.

MOST PEOPLE NO LONGER TALK TO GOD IN THE FORM OF HUMBLE PRAYER AND ASK FORGIVENESS AND HELP FOR WHATEVER THE ROOT CAUSE OF TENSION. THE AFFLUENT OF THE WORLD SEEK HELP IN THE FORM OF A PILL FREQUENTLY PRESCRIBED BY A DOCTOR THAT GIVES THE WRONG MEDICATION OR TOO MUCH TO FIX THE PROBLEM. TO FIX SIDE EFFECTS, HE PRESCRIBES MORE TO TRANSFORM THE PATIENT INTO A ZOMBIE (WALKING DEAD WITHOUT A WILL TO LIVE). MANY OF THE POOR WITH NO MEANS SEEK HELP FROM THEIR CREATOR IN THE FORM OF PRAYER. HAVE YOU PRAYED TODAY?

ROMANS 12:2**DO NOT CONFORM ANY LONGER 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 GODíS WILL IS---HIS GOOD AND PERFECT WILL. (WHICH LIKELY WILL BE A COMBINATION OF MEDICATION, PRAYER AND UNDERSTANDING; SO WE WILL ACCOMPLISH WHAT IS PLEASING TO OUR LORD AND SAVIOR?)

***SOLUTIONS TO TENSION***

AND THE PEACE OF GOD WHICH SURPASSES ALL COMPREHENSION, WILL GUARD YOUR HEARTS AND YOUR MINDS IN CHRIST JESUS AND TAKE AWAY ALL THE UNNECESSARY TENSION, STRESS AND ANXIETY. WHEN YOU SEARCH AND FIND THE PEACE OF GOD, YOUR HAPPY SOUL WILL FIND, ETERNAL PEACE AND JOY WITH YOUR CREATOR. WHY NOT HUMBLE YOURSELF NOW AND ASK GOD TO FORGIVE YOUR SINS AND REMEMBER YOU WHEN ALL MANKIND, DEAD AND ALIVE WILL SOON ENTER INTO HIS KINGDOM.