Powerful Promises of God when Stressed or Overwhelmed

This is a work in process, so please feel free to comment on verses that you mediate on when you feel stressed or overwhelmed.

As I ponder over these words, there are some overall points that the spirit moves in my heart:

  • Be assured that God is with you, expect to be cared for, have an expectation of good.
  • When God leads – there is always a way!
  • Before we even call he hears us (Isaiah 65:24)!
  • God is our refuge and a very present help in times of trouble (Psalm 46:1)!
  • What do we believe? Do we believe that God wants us to have a full and wonderful life (John 10:10)?
  • Do we believe that God wants us to have peace (John 14:27)?
  • Do we believe that our vision and our hearts belief, largely dictates our life’s course (Proverbs 4:23; Colossians 1:22-23)?
  • Do we believe that we already have everything that we need? Do we believe that everything was given to us at the cross (2 Peter 1:2-3; Hebrews 9:13-14; 2 Corinthians 9:7-8; Ephesians 1:3)?

Powerful Promises of God when Stressed or Overwhelmed

Exodus 14:13-14 Amplified Bible (AMP)

The Sea Is Divided

13 Then Moses said to the people, “Do not be afraid! Take your stand [be firm and confident and undismayed] and see the salvation of the Lord which He will accomplish for you today; for those Egyptians whom you have seen today, you will never see again. 14 The Lord will fight for you while you [only need to] keep silent and remain calm.”

Numbers 14:9 Amplified Bible (AMP)

Only do not rebel against the Lord; and do not fear the people of the land, for they will be our prey. Their protection has been removed from them, and the Lord is with us. Do not fear them.”

1 Samuel 17:41-49 Amplified Bible (AMP)

41 The Philistine came and approached David, with his shield-bearer in front of him. 42 When the Philistine looked around and saw David, he derided and disparaged him because he was [just] a young man, with a ruddy complexion, and a handsome appearance. 43 The Philistine said to David, “Am I a dog, that you come to me with [shepherd’s] staffs?” And the Philistine cursed David by his gods. 44 The Philistine also said to David, “Come to me, and I will give your flesh to the birds of the sky and the beasts of the field.” 45 Then David said to the Philistine, “You come to me with a sword, a spear, and a [a]javelin, but I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have taunted. 46 This day the Lord will hand you over to me, and I will strike you down and cut off your head. And I will give the corpses of the army of the Philistines this day to the birds of the sky and the wild beasts of the earth, so that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel, 47 and that this entire assembly may know that the Lord does not save with the sword or with the spear; for the battle is the Lord’s and He will hand you over to us.”

48 When the Philistine rose and came forward to meet David, David ran quickly toward the battle line to meet the Philistine. 49 David put his hand into his bag and took out a stone and slung it, and it struck the Philistine on his forehead. The stone penetrated his forehead, and he fell face down on the ground.

Psalm 23Amplified Bible (AMP)

The Lord, the Psalmist’s Shepherd.

A Psalm of David.

23 The Lord is my Shepherd [to feed, to guide and to shield me],
I shall not want.
He lets me lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside the still and quiet waters.
He refreshes and restores my soul (life);
He leads me in the paths of righteousness
for His name’s sake.
Even though I walk through the [sunless] [a]valley of the shadow of death,
I fear no evil, for You are with me;
Your rod [to protect] and Your staff [to guide], they comfort andconsole me.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.
You have anointed and refreshed my head with [b]oil;
My cup overflows.
Surely goodness and mercy and unfailing love shall follow me all the days of my life,
And I shall dwell forever [throughout all my days] in the houseand in the presence of the Lord.

Psalm 28:6-9Amplified Bible (AMP)

Blessed be the Lord,
Because He has heard the voice of my supplication.
The Lord is my strength and my [impenetrable] shield;
My heart trusts [with unwavering confidence] in Him, and I am helped;
Therefore my heart greatly rejoices,
And with my song I shall thank Him and praise Him.
The Lord is their [unyielding] strength,
And He is the fortress of salvation to His anointed.
Save Your people and bless Your inheritance;
Be their shepherd also, and carry them forever.

Psalm 29:11 Amplified Bible (AMP)

11 The Lord will give [unyielding and impenetrable] strength to His people;
The Lord will bless His people with peace.

  • Orthodox Jewish Bible translates this as follows:

Tehillim 29:11Orthodox Jewish Bible (OJB)

11 Hashem will give oz (strength) unto His people; Hashem will bless His people with shalom.

  •  Strong’s Concordance Shalom means completeness, wholeness, health, peace, welfare, safety soundness, tranquility, prosperity, perfectness, fullness, rest, harmony, the absence of agitation or discord. Shalom comes from the root verb shalom meaning to be complete, perfect and full.

Psalm 46 Amplified Bible (AMP)

God the Refuge of His People.

To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of the sons of Korah, set to soprano voices. A Song.

46 God is our refuge and strength [mighty and impenetrable],
A very present and well-proved help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change
And though the mountains be shaken and slip into the heart of the seas,
Though its waters roar and foam,
Though the mountains tremble at its roaring. Selah.
There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
The holy dwelling places of the Most High.
God is in the midst of her [His city], she will not be moved;
God will help her when the morning dawns.
The nations made an uproar, the kingdoms tottered and were moved;
He raised His voice, the earth melted.
The Lord of hosts is with us;
The God of Jacob is our stronghold [our refuge, our high tower].Selah.
Come, behold the works of the Lord,
Who has wrought desolations and wonders in the earth.
He makes wars to cease to the end of the earth;
He breaks the bow into pieces and snaps the spear in two;
He burns the chariots with fire.10 
“Be still and know (recognize, understand) that I am God.
I will be exalted among the nations! I will be exalted in the earth.”11 
The Lord of hosts is with us;
The God of Jacob is our stronghold [our refuge, our high tower].Selah.

Psalm 61:1-4 Amplified Bible (AMP)

Confidence in God’s Protection.

To the Chief Musician; on stringed instruments. A Psalm of David.

Hear my cry, O God;
Listen to my prayer.
From the end of the earth I call to You, when my heart is overwhelmed and weak;
Lead me to the rock that is higher than I [a rock that is too high to reach without Your help].
For You have been a shelter and a refuge for me,
A strong tower against the enemy.
Let me dwell in Your tent forever;
Let me take refuge in the shelter of Your wings. Selah.

Psalm 103:1-5 Amplified Bible (AMP)

103 Bless and affectionately praise the Lord, O my soul,
And all that is [deep] within me, bless His holy name.
Bless and affectionately praise the Lord, O my soul,
And do not forget any of His benefits;
Who forgives all your sins,
Who heals all your diseases;
Who redeems your life from the pit,
Who crowns you [lavishly] with lovingkindness and tender mercy;
Who satisfies your years with good things,
So that your youth is renewed like the [soaring] eagle.

Psalm 112:6-8 Amplified Bible (AMP)

He will never be shaken;
The righteous will be remembered forever.
He will not fear bad news;
His heart is steadfast, trusting [confidently relying on and believing] in the Lord.
His heart is upheld, he will not fear
While he looks [with satisfaction] on his adversaries.

Proverbs 3:5-8Amplified Bible (AMP)

Trust in and rely confidently on the Lord with all your heart
And do not rely on your own insight or understanding.
[a]In all your ways know and acknowledge and recognize Him,
And He will make your paths straight and smooth [removing obstacles that block your way].
Do not be wise in your own eyes;
Fear the Lord [with reverent awe and obedience] and turn [entirely] away from evil.
It will be health to your body [your marrow, your nerves, your sinews, your muscles—all your inner parts] And refreshment (physical well-being) to your bones.

Proverbs 3:5-8 Amplified Bible (AMP)

Trust in and rely confidently on the Lord with all your heart
And do not rely on your own insight or understanding.
[a]In all your ways know and acknowledge and recognize Him,
And He will make your paths straight and smooth [removing obstacles that block your way].
Do not be wise in your own eyes;
Fear the Lord [with reverent awe and obedience] and turn [entirely] away from evil.
It will be health to your body [your marrow, your nerves, your sinews, your muscles—all your inner parts]
And refreshment (physical well-being) to your bones.

Isaiah 26:3-4 Amplified Bible (AMP)

“You will keep in [a]perfect and constant peace the one whose mind is steadfast [that is, committed and focused on You—in both[b]inclination and character],
Because he trusts and takes refuge in You [with hope and confident expectation].
“Trust [confidently] in the Lord forever [He is your fortress, your shield, your banner],
For the Lord God is an everlasting Rock [the Rock of Ages].

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The Changing of You

The Changing of You – Pastor Leon Fontaine (Sermon Notes)

  • One of the greatest tricks of the enemy is to make you believe that where you are is who you are
    • You are what you can’t do
    • You can’t change
    • Medical science teaches that the brain is hardwired
  • This is not true, science has found that the brain is so fluid that it can be changed
    • There is a process to change
    • Dr. Carolyn Leaf1 came in and spoke about Neuroplasticity2 and how your brain is so capable of changing
    • God’s word is true the thoughts that you think about yourself and life are powerful
      • Everyone thinks thoughts are just random
      • When you wake up in the AM and have a thought the thinking of your head determines a lot of what goes on with your body
      • One thought can have a physiological impact on the body – impacting bodily functions
      • The word of God says that your thinking controls your entire life
        • Romans 12 speaks about the fact that if we want to live according to the will of God, we must renew our mind3
        • What should I change to? What am I to become? How am I to renew my mind?
          • When someone becomes a Christian the first year of life they have the greatest impact on others. In one year more impact on others than the rest of your life. Why is that?
            • Don’t Christians often become something that they shouldn’t become?(e.g. spooky, religious, weird, judgmental, rebuking others, calling out sin)
            • Read from 2 Corinthians 3:17-18 (Amplified) Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty [emancipation from bondage, true freedom]. And we all, with unveiled face, continually seeing as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are progressively being transformed into His image from [one degree of] glory to [even more] glory, which comes from the Lord, [who is] the Spirit.
            • We are transfigured into His image.
  • What does God look like to you?
    • Do you even know what it looks like to be transformed from glory to glory?
    • 1,100 pastors a month leave the ministry in America
      • The Church is becoming irrelevant
    • Does God want us to rebuke people? Correct people?
      • Jesus never hunted down people who did wrong, He only corrected mainly the religious people (Scribes, Pharisees)
    • Do we always say “God bless you” and act religious when we are around others?
    • 1 John 4:17-19 (Amplified) In this [union and fellowship with Him], love is completed and perfected with us, so that we may have confidence in the day of judgment [with assurance and boldness to face Him]; because as He is, so are we in this world. 18 There is no fear in love [dread does not exist]. But perfect (complete, full-grown) love drives out fear, because fear involves [the expectation of divine] punishment, so the one who is afraid [of God’s judgment] is not perfected in love [has not grown into a sufficient understanding of God’s love]. 19 We love, because [a]He first loved us.
      • We shouldn’t be spiritual, religious, spooky, judgmental
      • We want to be as He is – as Jesus is that is the picture of how we want to change and be renewed
    • When you rise up and become like Him, you bring glory to God
      • We are God’s crowning creation and achievement
      • Religion has reduced us to being poor little bags of blood always looking for God’s glory
        • We have it; we are God’s glory. God’s presence is in you, get up and do something. Don’t look for a supernatural experience – just rise up and love as Jesus would, walk as a son of God
        • When you have done it to the least of mine you have done it to me.
  • Renewing our mind – practically walk out
    • Why your mind needs to be changed or renewed
    • Curse in garden had a brutal impact on our ability to believe and see
      • Impacted how we see ourselves and how we see God.
        • Adam and Eve hid from God sin has opened up feelings of:
          • Guilt
          • Fear
          • Shame
        • This is how the human race acts in the presence of God – we hide, we have guilt, we feel we are not good enough. We withdraw.
          • We carry shame and guilt
    • Everything that Jesus did was to stop the way we see God and ourselves. To stop us condemning ourselves and feeling shame and guilt
      • He said come boldly to the throne of God (Hebrews 4:16)
      • You are my son (Psalm 2:7)
      • We cry Abba Father (Romans 8:15)
      • Change how we see God – do we see a big bad mean God? If so, we need to renew this image in our mind
      • We need to change how we see ourselves – renew our mind
        • God needs to change our mind on these things
  • Meditation
    • Meditation I believe is the missing link that can take us toward renewing our mind and overcoming feelings of shame, doubt, etc.
    • How to meditate?
    • A great part of prayer is meditation – allow his presence to do something to you
    • Gods word has promises
      • We need to stand on God’s promises – how do we do this, how do we renew our mind in this?
    • Example – someone that is insecure
      • A person can look at an insecure issue in their life
      • As we look at the thing we are insecure about, we begin to feel insecure.
      • When we feel insecure, we begin to look for evidence to ratify our feelings
      • This creates a repetitive cycle where we are always looking for reasons to feel insecure
        • Creates a state of insecurity that can go on until we believe that this is the way we are
      • We try to serve God – If God has called us to serve kids how is he going to get our butt on the stage – He has to get us to rise up, to change our heart our belief about ourselves to overcome insecurity
    • Need to use God’s word to renew our mind and we will change
      • Joshua 1:8 (Amplified) This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall read [and meditate on] it day and night, so that you may be careful to do [everything] in accordance with all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will be [a] successful.
      • How is our prayer life? Do we fell that to be spiritual we must beg and bug God?
        • Tears and cry
        • Pray hour after hour – for many hours
        • Grab horns of altar
        • Pray for healing
        • This is an image that we passively wait and beg and plead for God to do something
        • This is not correct
        • Doesn’t God want to save our community and us and heal us more than we want it? Then why are we asking Him all the time, why are we crying and begging.
      • Praying looks different then some think – someone said that they never pray longer than 15 minutes or go 15 minutes without praying – constant connection
    • If we are insecure and want to change – what to do?
      • Find promise – “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13)
        • But we have known this word our whole life and we are still insecure?
      • Know truth but the truth is not setting you free! Head knowledge does not lead to freedom!
        • God’s word does not change you just because you know it
        • God’s word changes you when it goes to work on the beliefs of your heart
        • We want this word to impact our whole life
        • Now they tell me to meditate on this, what does that look like? Say it over and over?
      • This word impacts us not when we say it over and over, but when it impacts what we see in our heart, what we believe
      • We want the Holy Spirit to take the promise and paint new pictures for our future of what we will become of how we will change
        • Heart sees the end from the beginning
        • The brain always see the steps – how are we going to get there and the brain is sorting and managing
        • The heart doesn’t do that, it simply sees the answer, and it sees it done. This is why we need to get the change into our heart.
      • Another example
        • I want to teach kids but I am too insecure to do that
        • Take bible verse again, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”
          • See yourself in front of kids
          • See yourself teaching
          • Have a bible and the kids are laughing and rejoicing and you see yourself loving it and enjoying it
          • See the kids enjoying it
        • Now the word is changing what you see
        • We must change our heart images
    • No matter what you are believing for, you need to see it done. See the destination
      • God’s word needs to impact and change how you look at things
      • The Holy Spirit will help you to develop this vision
      • The Holy Spirit will show you things to come; the Holy Spirit will help you dream (Hebrews 11:1).
      • This is the process for everything in life
        • If you struggle with anger
        • You can be the Dad that you always want to be
          • God’s will is for you to be patient
          • You need to find the promise and meditate on it, you need to visualize it in your mind, what it looks like to be the Dad you want to be
    • Claim the word and allow it to change the way that you see yourself
      • Don’t plead for God to change you – visualize yourself changing, see the change, see the renewed you.
  • Focus each day – thank God for the promises in your prayer and see yourself as the new you
    • Mentally practice who you want to become
      • This sounds New Age
      • New Age got it from the bible
    • One definition of imagine in Hebrew is meditate (Young’s)
    • Imagination is part of your mind
    • You need to root out the negative thinking
    • Deepest thoughts of your heart are leading you to your future
    • Instead of begging God to take it away pray from position of power based on God’s word
    • You can change – what you want to change can be changed through God’s word; your current state can be changed. You can have liberty through God’s word
    • Need to break the guilt and the condemnation
    • You are not praying God’s word because He has forgotten it.
      • When you pray the word you are renewing your mind and reintroducing God’s dream for your life
      • Success comes from the heart, focus on God’s word and stand and renew your mind on God’s word
      • Ask God for a new vision
      • If job is stressful, meditate on the job being a joy based on God’s word
      • You believe what you see on the inside
      • Then God’s grace will go to work and His favor will go to work

1 http://drleaf.com/about/

2 The brain’s ability to reorganize itself by forming new neural connections throughout life. Neuroplasticity allows the neurons (nerve cells) in the brain to compensate for injury and disease and to adjust their activities in response to new situations or to changes in their environment.

3Romans 12 (Amplified Bible (AMP)) – Therefore I urge you, [b] brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies [dedicating all of yourselves, set apart] as a living sacrifice, holy and well pleasing to God, which is your rational (logical, intelligent) act of worship. And do not be conformed to this world [any longer with its superficial values and customs], but be [c] transformed and progressively changed [as you mature spiritually] by the renewing of your mind [focusing on godly values and ethical attitudes], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His plan and purpose for you].