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This is the age of abbreviations. BTW – FYI: Why is abbreviation so long and never abbreviated. Recently my doctor said, “We have done an EKE, EKG, MRI, UTI, US, and you have TGA (Trans Global Amnesia) but the cause is unknown. I said, “Well I will just tell people that I have AGE.” He questionably looked at me and said, “I’m not familiar with that one.” BTW: His nurses roared with laughter! My new 3 ltr word is “SIP” Self Induced Pressure. Why? This is what I learned from two recent SIP episodes. SIP only exists in your mind and others are unaware of it. “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he” (Prov.23:7). It is simply mind over matter. SIP means that no one else is involved. There is no outside cure because it is an inside job. Pogo says, “We have found the enemy and it is us.” Warning: SIP can become contagious. Once you recognize and realize that SIP is a figment of your imagination you can un-imagine it. You must replace your Self Induced Pressure with Spirit Induced Peace (Col.3:8-10).

What you “think” can create either stress or peace.  Four times Scriptures state, “Take no thought” (Matt. 6:25-34) and to “think on these things” and “those things do”  (Phil. 4:8-9). Dwell on “these things”“those things do.” Take NO thought! So why do I keep thinking about it? Fact: You can only think one thought at a time so “Think of these things” and take no thought of “those things.”  Fact: Faith Fades FearsFears Fades Faith. You create un-existing and useless pressures by “dwelling” on them. One lady said, “When I feels good, I feels bad, cuz I knows I’m going to feel bad again.” Some sing, “Gloom, despair, and agony on me. If it weren’t for bad luck, I’d have any luck at all.” Don’t trouble trouble because when you trouble, trouble trouble will surely trouble you. Don’t create unnecessary and unexisting stress.

When you are consumed with SIP it controls you. SIP robs you of your peace and joy. What you concentrate upon controls you. Warning! There is a limit to SIP, even the camel should have avoided that last straw. “If stress could be removed it would eliminate 90% of all doctor visits” – Zig Ziglar. God can do for you, what you cannot do for yourself, if you will let Him.  No God – No Peace — Know God – Know Peace. 

Now that you know the cause, know the cure. “And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus” (Phil. 4:7). God may not still your storms but He can still you in the storm. There is no substitute for His peace. “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid” (John 14:27). Cause: Self Induced Pressure. Cure: Spirit Induced Peace!  SIP vs SIP – Which?

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