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Stress can be caused have many sources. We all feel the effects of it at times, but too much stress can wear you down and make you sick. That’s where we find Moses in the sermon today. He was stressed and felt like he was carrying everything alone until someone showed up to give him some great advice.  Join us in “Overwhelmed: When Stress Leaves Me Stranded” and follow along with this 3-step strategy for relieving stress.

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Overwhelmed:

When Stress leaves Me Stranded

Then Jethro, Moses’ father-in-law, came with his sons and his wife to Moses in the wilderness where he was camped, at the mount of God. Exodus 18:5 NASB

Common Stress Points:

1)  (Relational)

2)  (Vocational)

3)  (Financial)

3-Step Strategy for Stress

1.  (Evaluate My Limitations)

It came about the next day that Moses sat to judge the people, and the people stood about Moses from the morning until the evening. Now when Moses’ father-in-law saw all that he was doing for the people, he said, “What is this thing that you are doing for the people?  Why do you alone sit as judge and all the people stand about you from morning until evening?” 

Moses said to his father I law, “Because the people come to me to inquire of God. When they have a dispute, it comes to me, and I judge between a man and his neighbor and make known the statutes of God and His laws.” 

Moses’ father in-law said to him, “The thing that you are doing is not good. You will surely wear out, both yourself and these people who are with you, for the task is too heavy for you; you cannot do it alone.”  Exodus 18:13-18 NASB

2.  (Delegate the Load)

“Now listen to me: I will give you counsel, and God be with you. You be the people’s representative before God, and you bring the disputes to God, then teach them the statutes and the laws, and make known to them the way in which they are to walk and the work they are to do.

Furthermore, you shall select out of all the people able men who fear God, men of truth, those who hate dishonest gain; and you shall place these over them as leaders of thousands, of hundreds, of fifties and of tens. Let them judge the people at all times; and let it be that every major dispute they will bring to you, but every minor dispute they themselves will judge. So it will be easier for you, and they will bear the burden with you. If you do this thing and God so commands you, then you will be able to endure, and all these people also will go to their place in peace.” Exodus 18:19-23 NASB

3.   (Communicate with the Lord)

Pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us.  Psalm 62:8 NASB

“Ask, and it shall be given to you; seek, and you shall find; knock, and it will be opened to you.”  Matthew 7:7 NASB

“Do not worry then,…for your Heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.  Matthew 6:31-32 NASB

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