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God's Remedy for Stress- Part 1

Chris Holland
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Chris Holland is speaker/director of It Is Written Canada. 

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  • December 31, 2016
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It has stood the test of time with God's Book the Bible still relevant in today's complex world. It is written messages of hope around the world. There's a story told by the great literary giant of Russia. Leo Tolstoy he tells the story of a man by the name of a home pay home lived in a little village and there in that village he had a little farm and he had his white washed brick house and there on that little farm he enjoyed the fruits of his labor. But one day while pay home was out in the field. And he was working he pondered and asked himself the question how much land does a man need. As he began to contemplate that question how much land does a man need through the grapevine he learned of a people called the bashers now the Bashkirs lived in a picture rest place and they had lots of land. But the Bashkirs were going to be doing something special with their land they were going to be giving away a portion of their land. So pay home learned of how they would do this. Here's what the deal was for one thousand rubles which was a lot of money at the time you would give it to the basher tribe and then you would have the opportunity. At sunrise to begin a journey with a shovel in your hand and every one hundred meters you would dig a hole and drop a stake. And you had and. Sunset to make a full and complete circle and end up back where you started. Whatever you could do in that approximately twelve hours. That would be your land for one thousand rubles. So one day pay home made a visit to the Bashkirs and there he met the chief and he gave the cheap one thousand roubles and the chief said OK Pay home. Here's what you need to do. Here's your shovel here your stakes. Now go claim your land. And so pay home dashed and every hundred meters he would dig a hole drop a stake dig a hole drop a stake. It got to about noon and pay home said to himself I need to start turning back. So I get there in time because you see if you did not get there in time you would lose your money and you would get no land. But just as pay home was about to turn he noticed this beautiful lake and he noticed the woods behind the lake and he said. Surely I need this lake and I need those woods to provide heat for me in these long winters and so he hurried around the lake. He dug a hole. Every one hundred meters dropping a stake dropping a stake and he was pushing himself he was pushing himself and pushing himself and then as he was getting ready to turn back he saw this meadow with a little babbling brook running through it and he said certainly need the babbling brook. I need that meadow and so he pushed himself and he pushed himself digging every hundred metres dropping a stake digging every hundred metres dropping a stake and as he pushed himself it was one of those moments. Have you ever had one of those moments when you've been running or working hard in your chest starts to hurt because you've been working so hard and pay home was huffing and puffing and he was running and he was noticed the sun was setting and he could see in the distance the chief and he began to run even harder and harder. They would dig every hundred meters drop a stake. He past the woods he saw the chief of the Bashkirs off in the distance he knew that he would make it he would dig that hole every one hundred meters and as he finally arrived to the chief he fell down in exhaustion and all the Bhasker people were cheering. But then they noticed PE home was not moving and they turned pale home. Over thinking he had only been exhausted but pale home was not breathing. You see pay home died out of exhaustion and Tolstoy ends the story with this question How much land does a dead man need and the basket people answered that they buried pale and six feet of land. You see Tolstoy wrote this story as an allegory of what is happening in society of what is happening in society today. Some of you remember when the word multitasking did not exist in the dictionary but we live in a society where we drive and shave and eat and talk on the phone all at the same time we live in a world where we are pressed pressed pressed by the stresses of society and the stresses of the world in which we live and it leaves us asking the question is this really what God intended for our lives. The devices we have are supposed to make our life easier and more efficient and we live in a world where one device is not enough of a smartphone a tablet a laptop so on and so forth their friends we live in a society where there is no rest just press press press forward statistics tell us that this year one point three million Canadians will live. With heart disease over three hundred fifty thousand Canadians will be hospitalized with heart disease or stroke and sixty six thousand Canadians will die this year of heart disease and stroke with the major contributing factor to it being stress and anxiety in which they live. Dr nice a gold Beriah. Of the New York University School of Medicine says this chronic anxiety can significantly increase the risk of heart attacks at least in men. There's a correlation between the heart and the mind and an interesting study twenty five percent of Canadian workers actually say they have high stress and anxiety in their jobs. Three fourths of Canadian workers indicate that they experience some type of stress and when we talk about stress we're talking about on healthy stress. So here's the question I ask is this really what God intended for us. Or does God have the ultimate answer to the problem of stress anxiety tension and worry. Today we're going to take a journey back in time almost two thousand years ago two thousand years ago the Book of Revelation was written revelations last a message the true Jerusalem factor calls out to us that Jesus who is in the temple in heaven has placed before us a solution to the frantic pace of the twenty first century. It is a call to rest. Rest in our creator. The apostle John writing from that Rocky crag of an island and Patmos in Revelation Chapter four he witnessed the throne room of heaven and this is what he saw you are worthy Oh lord to receive glory and honor and power. For you created all things. And by your will they exist and were created. You see creation is a powerful concept. It should not surprise us that in the twenty first century. There is a great push back from the concept of creation. But in the bible creation this powerful concept. Leads us back to the one who made us and it gives us security and rest in His love and in a scare you see the call of the first angel in the three angels messages of Revelation chapter fourteen and beginning in verse six that call is to give glory to fear God and give glory to him why. And then the Bible says for the hour of his judgment has come. This is the final key of the Jerusalem factor and the reality of judgment is taking place in the heavenly sanctuary. Then the first goes on to say and worship Him who made heaven and earth the sea and springs of water. You see the call of the final days is a call back not just to be ready because we live in a time of judgement but it is a call back to the worship of the Creator. So how do we worship the Creator of heaven and earth and find rest and security in him we need to go back in time to the very beginning of time. Let's go back to the very first book of the Bible. Go back to Genesis there in Genesis. It records the creation week where God made the heavens in the earth and all that in them is. And he makes the trees the plants the water all of those things and then on the sixth day the Bible says that God said this. Let us make man in our image in the image of God He created him Al and female he created them. Creationism. Powerful concept because it connects us with the one who made us in a world that says all of this we see around us all of this is just the result of some grand accident. God puts the brakes on and says no no no no wait just a second. I made you I formed you. I thought about you you were by design the Bible says that God knew each of us before we were even born while we were yet in the womb. That creation week. God made everything perfect the Bible then tells us what that God did something on the seventh day he didn't create any objects but the Bible says in Genesis chapter two and verse to these words and on the seventh day God ended his work which he had done. And he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had done. Now let me ask you a question that seems rather obvious. Did God rest on the seventh day because he was tired. No God doesn't get tired. God rested on the seventh day with a specific purpose. What did God create on that sixth day God created mankind on the sixth day and then the Bible says He rested on the seventh day why why was it that God rested on the seventh day because God was able to understand that man would need a specified period of time in which he could reconnect with the Creator. So God created the Sabbath a window in time in which man could be revived restored and recreated so to speak in the presence of his creator. The Bible then says that God did something very special to that SAB that seventh day. What did he do in Genesis. Two three. It says then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it because in it he rested from all his work which God had created and made. The seventh day sabbath given at creation was to be God's perpetual reminder of our roots the seventh day. You have the first day of the week. The second day of the third day the fourth day the fifth day the sixth day and God comes to that seventh day and the Bible says that he blessed it. And when he blessed that he made it an eternal sign of the powerful creative acts of Himself and His infinite love and then the Bible says he sanctified it that word sanctify literally means to be set aside for a holy purpose and the Bible then says that he rested. Act creation God placed a seven day cycle into the very fabric of our being. Now let me pose a few questions for you. How long is a year now this is not a trick question by the way. How long is a year three hundred sixty five days now. Someone might have given the technical answer of three hundred sixty five point two five days but the point is three hundred sixty five days what is that time duration. That is how long it takes for the earth to go around the sun then you have the month thirty days long. How do we get the month but the cycle of the moon going around the earth. What celestial body tells us how long a week is is that how long. Saturn takes to get around. No there is no celestial body that tells us how long the week is the origin of the week comes from God Himself the origin is that seven day week and look at this fascinating study that's been done. Recent research in something that is called Chronobiology it reveals these weekly rhythms Susan Perry and Jim Dawson in the book the secrets our body clocks reveal they said this weekly rhythms known as Chronobiology. As circa Sept and rhythms are one of the most puzzling and fascinating findings of Chronobiology. Circus sucked and literally means about seven B.C. they studied the human body as well as other organisms outside of humanity and here's the amazing thing that they found the research concluded. The rejection of organ transplant seems to follow a seven day cycle the immune system response follows a seven day cycle. Blood and urine chemicals follow a seven day cycle blood pressure follows a seven day cycle heartbeat the common cold the coping hormones. They all follow a seven day cycle. You see it appears that God made us to operate on a seven day cycle. In fact in the book of Deuteronomy in Deuteronomy Chapter five and in verse thirty three the Bible says this. You shall walk in all the ways which the LORD your God has commanded you that you may live and that it may be well with you and that you may prolong your days in the land which you shall possess is a fascinating God promises that we would be well. Now what's even more intriguing about this verse is that Deuteronomy Chapter five. Earlier in the chapter records God giving to Moses once again the Ten Commandments. You remember the story of the Ten Commandments the children of Israel rebel after receiving the Ten Commandments. Moses throws down the tablets of stone and the tablets are broken. So he needs a second set of tablets. God rewrites those commandments on the tablets and the first. Portion of Deuteronomy Chapter five records that rewriting and then God says hey if you follow my ways. You'll live. You'll be well you'll prolonging your days. If you follow all of my commandments including the Sabbath commandment. You'll be well. Now did God know what he was talking about. Let's take a little journey into history during the French Revolution and during Stalin's time in Russia. Both of these ruling countries actually experimented and helped us understand this seven day cycle during the French revolution during the age of reason in the eighteenth century France decided to move from a seven day week to a ten day week. They theorized that they would get more productivity out of their workers but here was the problem. After they switched to a ten day week. Productivity actually decreased the new secular rational week of ten days was devised and approved by the ruling convention in October of seventy ninety three and it didn't work. France return to the seven day work week. Unfortunately for the Russians they failed to learn that lesson of history and so Russia under Stalin also went to a ten day work week and notice what happens after eleven years of disappointing production and epidemic irresponsibility in the workplace Stalin called it quits. He gave the Soviet people back their seven day week experiments have been done throughout history on shorter weeks such as a four day work week and all of these experiments have utterly failed. Why is that you see because when God created man he created man to function on a seven day week cycle. Now you'll remember when we've been studying the book of D.N.A.. Well that we've noticed some interesting things. Daniel in Daniel Chapter seven as a reminder of that is speaking of a power a little horn power a religio political entity. This is what he said about that power he shall speak pompous words against the Most High. He shall persecute the saints of the most high and shell intend to change times and laws whose laws this power trying to change. He's trying to change God's Law in fact the Bible tells us at the end of time that there would be an entity that would address God's law and times the Book of Revelation also talks about that issue Revelation Chapter thirteen. Beginning in verse three talks about the very same issue and all the world marveled and followed the beast. So they worshipped the dragon who gave authority to the beast and they worship the beast and he was given a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies he opened his mouth and blasphemy against God to blaspheme His name his tabernacle and those who dwell in heaven he was granted to him to make war with the Saints and to overcome them all who dwell in the earth will worship him whose names have not been written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. And here's the key that we must not miss in the context of the study the key issue at the end of time as outlined in the Book of Revelation is not where war will break out or who will be involved in that war or how that war will be administered. But the key question that the Book of Revelation addresses is Who will we worship. Many people are looking for a rebuilt temple in Jerusalem and friends that may well happen but the true Jerusalem factor is this to look up to the Heavenly Jerusalem not the literal of Jerusalem. And there we find Jesus our High Priest the one who we should worship. The Book of Revelation presents two entities. There is the dragon who is the dragon the dragon is Satan and then there is the Lamb who is the lamb Jesus the one who dwells in the heavenly sanctuary. The Book of Revelation presents two cities the city of Babylon the city of Jerusalem the Book of Revelation is all about choice. This is what the Book of Revelation is all about a choice on who where we worship in the Garden of Eden when God created mankind he gave mankind the seven day the seventh day Sabbath as a reminder that we wouldn't forget who the creator was that we would worship the One who made the heavens the earth and all that in them is and as a reminder of this in the Book of Revelation God's last a people who are faithful to him in the end times. What does the Bible say they do they keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus. Revelation fourteen twelve reminds us. Here's the patience of the saints here are they who keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus and so we have this crisis. God made mankind with a seven day cycle. He gave him the seventh day Sabbath to remember him so he wouldn't so mankind would not forget God which sounds a little obvious but that's why God did it. But that at the end of time we see this key issue of worship who will we worship and you see when God wrote the Ten Commandments got of could've written the Ten Commandments in any type of material you wanted to but what did he write the ten commandments and he wrote them in stone. You see he did not write them in sand because with sand the wind will blow away the waters will wash it away but the stone represents an idea of it. Pretty God did not write it on paper because paper can burn up. He wrote it on stone to represent the in durance of the law for eternity but more than the external tablets of stone as we have studied previously. God desires more for you which is why Hebrews eight verse ten says this I will put my laws in their mind and write them on their hearts. I will be their God and they shall be my to day God has made plain that he loves you and he loves me and he has not forgotten us and he desires that we would not forget him. Do you desire to walk with him. Do you desire to experience full rest in Him He came to this earth to die for you. So that you might live and today he invites you to live fully in him today he had bite you do experience the law of liberty and experience keeping the Sabbath holy and it shall be well with you as you walk in Him Heavenly Father we thank you so much that you have given us the Sabbath as a day that we can rest in you. We pray this in Jesus' name amen. I every line. So here's the dilemma. You want to eat healthy but you feel it's going to be expensive. Well I've got good news for you eating healthy can be very low cost with careful planning and preparation. You can steer at cheer for a dollar and still buy a whole some nourishing food that tastes great. Here's how to do it first avoid buying convenience food. They tend to be more expensive because the more that stand to food before you buy. It's the more you pay. Preparing food from scratch will help stretch your dollars and buy foods that will give you more bang for your buck for example purchase beans and vegetables like potatoes and carrots involve also purchase fruits and vegetables that are in a season for example by strawberries and early summer peaches in midsummer and Paris in the fall for more information on in season pride use visit the food land on Terrio website on the forks over night is the website. I read an article where the author was able to live on a budget of one dollar and fifty cents per day for five days by purchasing only potatoes carrots brown rice brown lentils brown rice pasta tomato sauce and oh meal. Sure it was a very limited menu but the author was creative it was nutritious and it worked. Here's some other helpful tips for eating inexpensively. Plan your food budget by planning your meals for the week make a shopping list and stick to it. Don't be swayed by the colorful packages that are vying for your attention on the store shelf check for sales and although it might be a little old fashioned use coupons if you've got. Also shop at farmer's markets. You can get a lot of pride to use a great prices and shop full of stomach. If you shop when you're hungry. You're likely to buy more than you're really needs been there done that. After you've planned your meals and done your shopping use some spirit time to make as many of the meals as possible and freeze them. When you arrive home during the week it will be easy to just reheat and you won't be tempted to spend money on take outs and the last plants your own garden and if you've got a backyard use it's. Grow your own organic food. Love it. Now a quick word about. Binion's really are a Best Buy item especially when you buy them dry and balck they're full of protein fiber and minerals they're low in fat and high in the good carbs what I've done here is up some I get soybeans given to me by it a certain supporter misses the Vilna of her growth in her garden and I've added them to a soup and salad and a spinach collard green tomato kind of this you can add to rice pasta baked goods and even peer review and use them as a gift for vegetables or on crackers like I'm doing here. This is the same as I get soybeans to put in the processor and look at that. And use your imagination and use beans often it's inexpensive and delicious to shop plans based I'll see you next time. My dear friends God created a day that we could remember him and draw near to him today. I'd like to offer you for free a magazine called A Day To Remember. There you can learn more about the Sabbath and drawing nearer to Jesus. During that time in addition to that offer I'd like to offer you the full set of The Jerusalem factor. You could have all eight episodes in two D.V.D.'s for any size donation. Here's the information you need for today's offer to request today's offer. Just log on to W.W.W. dot it is written canada dot ca if you prefer. You may call toll free at one eight eight eight call or if you wish you may write to us it is written box twenty. Ontario L. one H. seventy four. Dear friend. God loves you so much that he made a day entirely to spend with you that you would draw nearer to him if you'd like to learn more about drawing nearer to Jesus Christ. I invite you to go to our website. It is written candidate dot ca I hope you found true peace in Jesus. Today I hope that you'll join us again next week and tell them. Remember it is written man shall not live by bread alone but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.

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