None of us can endure stress without negative consequences! The reason for this is because God designed us to function in an atmosphere of peace. His presence is the only place where we can live happily and successfully.

When I look back on the first thirty-three years of my life, I can’t believe I survived the stress I was under at times. I had physical stress, marital stress, financial stress, work stress, and other types of stress as well.

I was a young pastor with a growing church, a young family, and had a small salary on top of other stressors in my life. I was thankful the Lord was using me to help people and that our church was growing, but at the same time, I was consumed by the stress.

God used the Messianic prophecy in Isaiah, chapter nine, to heal my heart and lead me to a life of peace. “And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His government and peace, There will be no end…” (Isaiah 9∶6-7a NKJV).

Here is a simple truth that changed my life and ended the stress that was consuming me: The more Jesus rules our lives, the more we live in His peace. The more we rule our own lives, the more stress we experience. Yes, I was a believer and a pastor, but there were many areas of my life that I did not fully submit to the Lord. As a result, I was self-navigating and paying a high price for it.

And the same principle works in marriage. The more access you give Jesus in your marriage, the more peace you will encounter! God desires for your marriage to be happy, secure, and intimate. God loves you and desires to bless you, but His blessing resides under His wing!

 

Jimmy Evans
Founder & CEO of MarriageToday

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