Move from the Back of the Roller Coaster to the Front!

What stresses you?  What stronghold is producing the stress in you?

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The American Institute of Stress says this, “Stress is difficult to define because it is so different for each of us. A good example is afforded by observing passengers on a steep roller coaster ride. Some are hunched down in the back seats, eyes shut, jaws clenched and white knuckled with an iron grip on the retaining bar. They can’t wait for the ride in the torture chamber to end so they can get back on solid ground and scamper away. But up front are the wide-eyed thrill seekers, yelling and relishing each steep plunge who race to get on the very next ride. And in between you may find a few with an air of nonchalance that borders on boredom. So, was the roller coaster ride stressful?

The roller coaster analogy is useful in explaining why the same stressor can differ so much for each of us. What distinguished the passengers in the back from those up front was the sense of control they had over the event. While neither group had any more or less control their perceptions and expectations were quite different. Many times we create our own stress because of faulty perceptions you can learn to correct. You can teach people to move from the back of the roller coaster to the front, and, as Eleanor Roosevelt noted, nobody can make you feel inferior without your consent. While everyone can’t agree on a definition of stress, all of our experimental and clinical research confirms that the sense of having little or no control is always distressful – and that’s what stress is all about.”

Stress is basically a bad reaction to your present situation.  So how do we move you to the front of the roller coaster.  Change your thought patterns.  Try reading the following 23 declaration in the midst of the situation:

23 Declarations to relieve stress and overcome strongholds!

By Rebecca Greenwood

  1. I CAN DO EVERYTHING THROUGH HIM WHO GIVES ME STRENGTH     (PHIL. 4:13).

  2. GOD IS ABLE TO MAKE ALL GRACE ABOUND TO ME (2 COR. 9:8).

  3. I AM ACCEPTED BY CHRIST (ROM. 15:7).

  4. I HUNGER AND THIRST AFTER RIGHTEOUSNESS; I WILL BE FILLED   (MATT. 5:6).

  5. THE ANOINTING FROM GOD REMAINS IN ME (1 JOHN 2:27).

  6. I AM A CHILD OF THE HEAVENLY FATHER (GAL. 4:5–7).

  7. I AM AN HEIR OF GOD AND A CO-HEIR WITH CHRIST          (GAL. 3:29; ROM. 8:17).

  8. I AM ATTAINING TO THE WHOLE MEASURE OF THE FULLNESS OF CHRIST (EPH. 4:13).

  9. I BELONG TO GOD (1 PET. 2:9).

  10. I HAVE BEEN CALLED OUT OF DARKNESS INTO GOD’S MARVELOUS LIGHT (1 PET. 2:9).

  11. I AM BLESSED WITH EVERY SPIRITUAL BLESSING (EPH. 1:3).

  12. CHRIST IS MY LIFE (COL. 3:4).

  13. I AM FREE (ROM. 8:2).

  14. I AM A FRIEND OF GOD (JOHN 15:14–15).

  15. I AM PRECIOUS IN GOD’S SIGHT (ISA. 43:4).

  16. I LACK NO WISDOM (JAMES 1:5).

  17. I HAVE POWER, LOVE, & A SOUND MIND (2 TIM. 1:7).

  18. I AM NOT CONDEMNED (ROM. 8:1).

  19. I HAVE THE MIND OF CHRIST (1 COR. 2:16).

  20. I AM FAVORED (PS. 5:12).

  21. I AM GOD’S HANDIWORK (EPH. 2:10).

  22. GOD WILL NEVER FORSAKE ME (HEB. 13:5).

  23. I HAVE VICTORY THROUGH JESUS (1 COR. 15:57).

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