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Burst 13.1  07.24.20

Losing Control


Losing Control

by Skip Orem | Web Radio Today


13.1 BURST 07.24.20 TRANSCRIPT

Skip Orem (00:00):

I had a situation that came up last week, that brought it home to me that a lot of us are trying to deal with things that just seem so out of our control. 

Skip Orem (00:23):   

Personally, I consider it a gift from God that I don’t have this need to control. Well, this need to control everything. I like to be in control in certain situations and when a situation needs to be controlled and nobody’s taken control, I’d be the first to jump in and try to run things. But for the most part, I’m not what you’d call a control freak.

Skip Orem (01:00  ):   

There are people out there, maybe you’re one of them who just feel the need to control everything. Here’s the thing though, whether you’re like me or whether you feel that need to control everything, well, the thing is, there are just so many situations that are totally out of our control. Well, you can drive yourself nuts, trying to figure out how to get some of these situations under control. And then there are those times when someone we know or someone close to us is going through a rough time, maybe an illness. 

Skip Orem (01:40 ): 

And we just want to help them in any way that we can, but we don’t know what to do, or maybe we don’t have the means to go to them and help them. And then of course, most of us, we worry about tomorrow. We worry about the future and we don’t really have any control over that, but we sure try to control it. 

Skip Orem (02:07   ): 

All of this worry, all of this need to control things that we can’t control, this need to do something or help when we don’t know how to help, or we don’t have the means to help, this constant worry about tomorrow. It’s not good for us. It’s certainly not good for our health. It’s not good in helping us try to fight off diseases, because if we’re trying to stay healthy and prevent disease, eradicate a disease that might be inside of us, we need to do all that we can to lower our stress level. 

Skip Orem (02:44):   

How do we do that?  

Skip Orem (02:55): 

Well, we need to look to God. Jesus, he says in Matthew, 19:26, and I think this applies to this worry and control stuff. Jesus looked at them and said, “With man, this is impossible, but with God, all things are possible.” So take heart everybody. Isaiah 41:10 “Fear not, for I am with you. Be not dismayed for I am your God. I will strengthen you. I will help you. I will uphold you with my righteous hand.” That is strength right there to help you with your worries because we don’t have the strength to live each day, handle all these worries on our own. We certainly don’t have the strength to plan out and control every aspect of our lives, of our children’s lives, of everybody else’s lives. When we give that power to God, then we’re able to find relief. Matthew 11:28, come to me all who labor and are heavy laden and I’ll give you rest.