The stress and anxieties of life can be destroyed by faith in God, or faith in the finished work of God. Stress is mental and emotional strain and tension; it is pressure resulting from adverse or very demanding circumstances. It is usually the result of times where a person feels demands of their circumstances exceed their personal resources or when a person has a sense of little or no control over an event. These things cause stress, worry, and anxiety.
It is important to know that where anxiety begins, faith ends; but where faith begins, anxiety ends. Real faith in the grace of God is a rest and produces a relaxed attitude of trust within us. There is no rest outside of faith in the grace and finished work of God. When we understand grace, place our faith in that grace (the finished and complete work of God in Christ), it is the end of stress, worry, and anxiety.
Can I tell you what I have learned about anxiety and worry? Matthew 6:34 says, “Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.” Worry and anxiety are always future. It may be a future good thing and you want to be sure it really happens. It may be a future bad thing and you want to make sure it does not happen. We worry about what we do want and what we don’t want. When we worry, we are not acting like the work to take care of it is finished. We are acting like a work still needs to be done. What is interesting is that when we have anxiety and when we worry we are actually believing something but it is not God’s Word or promises. Even anxiety and worry are a belief. It is a belief that something bad will happen or something good will not happen. We need to fix our believing.
What we need is a greater revelation of the finished work of God on the Cross, which was a total work of grace. Yes, we need something done in our natural condition or circumstances to change, but the provision to change it has already been provided by God.
We can come to a relaxed attitude of trust (rest) because of the finished work of Jesus that has defeated our enemy and made all the provisions we would ever need available to us by a response of faith. We can receive rest for our stress by believing God’s promises Hebrews 4:1-3, 9-11.
“Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it. 2 For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it. 3 For we which have believed do enter into rest, as he said, As I have sworn in my wrath, if they shall enter into my rest: although the works were finished from the foundation of the world…. 9 There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God. 10 For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his. 11 Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.”