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Hurried. Busy. Tired. Many of us are all too familiar with the frantic pace of modern living and its painful side effects of worry, anxiety, and stress-related issues. Beloved, God can give you success without costing you your health and relationships! In this practical message by Joseph Prince, discover God’s answers to enjoying His abundant life free of fatigue. Learn how you can: • See your career, family life, and relationships flourish when you learn what it means to abide in Christ. • Start experiencing restoration of health and freedom from depression when you guard your heart from worrisome thoughts. • Live life restful and focused instead of worried and distracted when you prioritize doing the “one thing needful” (Luke 10:42)—feeding on God’s Word. • Stop dwelling on the past or worrying about the future, and live in the present where God’s supply of favor for every situation profusely abounds. Child of God, begin to live life in the rhythms of grace and experience good success as you are led by His peace and His Spirit! Excerpt Summary: 0:00 God Wants You To Slow Down And Live! 1:24 Lessons To Learn From The Story Of Martha And Mary 4:51 What Being Worried Means 6:33 What Being Troubled Means 8:01 Jesus Cares About Your Inside 9:32 His Finish Line Is Your Starting Post Subscribe for free official sermon notes at:

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We are a society that has
accepted the norm of culture

which is busyness
and hurriedness.

And we think that it is a
badge of honor and achievement

to be known as someone
who is busy.

And it’s a culture whereby

we think that being busy
is to be successful.

And God knows.

God knows that we are not
in a job, okay? For us to be lazy.

He wants us to produce fruits.

But remember what
Jesus said.

That when you abide in Him,
you will produce fruit.

Only when you abide in Him,
you will produce fruit.

The order there is you
will produce fruit,

more fruit and much fruit.

Now that applies for your
Christian life

as well as for your job,
your assignment that

you have in life or
whatever you’re doing. Amen.

If you want fruit in your life,
you want fruit in

your married life, you want
good kind of fruit

in your parenting
in your children.

Whatever area of harvest
that you want to see

good fruit in, God says,
first of all, Jesus said:

“Abide in Me.”

Now notice “abide” is the
opposite of running around,

hurried, and trying to
achieve this and achieve that.

And it’s almost like you’re
in a rat race.

And if you win a rat race,
you’re the number one rat. Okay?

So listen, friend.

We need to slow down
and start to live.

Slow down and live
for the glory of God!

“Now it happened as they went
that He entered a certain village.”

“And a certain woman named
Martha welcomed Him (Jesus)”

“into her house. And she had
a sister called Mary”

“who also sat.” Now,
say the word “sat.”

It’s a posture of rest.

“who also sat at Jesus’ feet
and heard His Word.”

So it’s not just hearing,
it’s first of all sitting, resting,

and then hearing His Word.

“But Martha was distracted
with much serving and”

“she approached Him and said,
‘Lord, do you not care that’”

“‘my sister has left me
to serve alone?’”

“‘Therefore tell her to help me.’”

So what happened
to Martha here was that

Martha, she had a guest-of-honor,
the Lord Jesus Christ Himself,

God-incarnate. Amen.

The Creator of the heavens
and the earth.

And she was busy preparing
food for Him and then

she got angry, right?

She got mad at her sister
and also at the same time,

instead of talking to the sister
directly, she blamed the Lord.

“Do you not…do you not care
that my sister has left me alone?”

And that happens to us when
we are stressed,

when we are hurried,
when we feel like

no one is helping us and
“I’m doing this all by myself.”

Maybe you are doing something
that God is not calling you to do.

Maybe He’s telling you:
“You know what? Leave all that.”

“After all, I fed more than 5,000
with only five loaves and two fish.”

“I know, I know the
formula of feeding,”

“so you don’t have to
worry about feeding Me.”

“Just sit down at My feet
and let Me feed you,”

“Let Me minister to you.
Let Me bless you.”

“Receive from Me.”

Maybe that’s what the Lord
wants you to do

so that you can be free
from that stress.

Whenever we are stressed,
it is an indicator that

we are not on the paths of peace.

Remember that when
the Lord leads you,

He always leads you
with peace. Amen.

The Bible says:

“You shall go out with joy
and be led forth with peace.”

Notice: “Be led.”
You are led by peace.

So whenever you feel unrest,
when you feel anxiety,

when you feel like
you are stressed,

you know for sure you’re
not being led by the Spirit. Amen.

You’re not walking down
the paths of peace,

the path that He has for you.

You know, it seems like everything
is moving fast in these last days.

And we need to catch
the moment. Amen.

And rest in that moment.
Don’t hurry. Amen.

See what the Lord
has to say in that moment.

Praise the Lord!

But you say: “Well if I don’t hurry,
then I’ll miss the bus.”

“I’ll miss the success that’s
waiting for me.”

“I’ll miss that kind of thing…”

No, friend. Do you know
that many a times,

your hurriedness is the very thing
that’s causing failure in your future?

Many a times you find that
God’s people, when they

abide, all of a sudden,
they find that even

their business churns up
more profits when they rest.

In the ministry, when I rest,
I come back, praise the Lord,

full of the Word of God
and I want to spend time

sharing the Word,
I want to spend time

ministering to the people
in the church.

But if I’m depleted and
I have nothing to supply.

Friend, whoa.

You don’t want to hear me
when I’m depleted.

Friend, we cannot keep on
hurrying like Martha did.

Alright? And she was exasperated,
she said to the Lord:

“Don’t you care?” Why?

“Martha was distracted.”

Notice? “Distracted with
much serving.”

And if you look at verse 41,
Jesus said: “Martha, Martha,”

“you are worried and troubled
about many things.”

Now look at the words
“worried” and “troubled.”

“Worried” is the Greek word


And the word “merimnao”
comes from “meris”,

which is a part.

Later on, He will tell her:
“Mary has chosen the good part.”

“Meris” or “a part.”

But “merimnao” means to be
divided into many parts.

It’s literally to be drawn apart
in many many areas.

Distracted, okay?

In other words,
worry is predicated on

the fact that you have been

you have been pulled
in different directions.

Literally the word
there “merimnao”,

the word “meris” is apart.

But “merimnao” means to be
divided into many parts.

That means you are pulled
in many different directions.

You are now distracted.
Therefore, you are impatient.

I find that it’s hard for me
to be kind,

it’s hard for me to be patient
when I’m in a hurry.

“Oh, I think I got to fulfill
this assignment.”

Then when Justin comes to me,
I can be a bit impatient.

Or if my wife says
something sometimes,

a little curt word might
just escape.

But I’ll tell her: “I’m sorry, my
mind is on this thing.”

And haven’t we
all done that?

Friend, slow down!

Slow down and live
because the life

that you are saving
may very well be your life. Amen?

Slow down.

Slow down and live.
Praise the Lord.

Praise the Lord!

So back to Martha and Mary again,
Jesus said: “Martha, Martha,”

“you are worried and troubled
about many things.”

So “merimnao” means to be
pulled in different directions.

Now “troubled about
many things.”

“Troubled” is the word
“thorybazo”, okay?

“Thorybazo” is a very
interesting word.

This is the word “thorybazo” or
“troubled” as a verb

but actually it comes from
the word “thorybos.”

And “thorybos” actually means,

“thorybos” from where this word
“troubled” comes from,

It’s actually a word that talks
about a riot, a tumult,

a crowd, a tumult,
a riot, a crowd of a riot

and a lot of noise.

That is the picture of
that word “thorybos”

from where the word
“troubled” is taken from.

So if you put them together,
that means in the mind of Martha,

who is troubled, there is
a lot of noise in her head

telling her: “You need to do this.
You haven’t done this yet.”

“You haven’t done that yet,”
you need to do this!”

“You need to do this.
Quick, do it. Do it.”

And there’s a lot of noise,
a lot of noise in the head.

So many directions and
she’s being pulled in

different directions, worried.

That’s what the definition
of worry is.

And then “thorybos” is a
noise like a crowd,

a lot of thoughts,
a crowd of thoughts

making all kinds of noise
in your head and

that’s the reason why
Jesus said: “One thing.”

Just focus on one thing.

When you find yourself
getting busy on the inside,

I’m not talking about
being busy on the outside.

The Lord wasn’t rebuking
Martha for being busy outside.

But she was troubled
on the inside

“Merimnao” or “worried”
means being pulled

in different directions inwardly.

When you look at her,
she might look okay.

She’s a busy person, a very
successful person. Amen.

A lady who is responsible.

Based on society, she’s in
good standing. Right?

But the thing is that as far as
the Lord is concerned,

He cares about your inside.

Because friend, “out of the
good treasure of your heart,”

your inside, “you bring forth”
that means outside,

“good things.”

“An evil man out of the
evil treasure of his heart”

“brings forth evil things.”

“A good man out of the
good treasure of his heart”

“brings forth good things.”
Praise the Lord!

So Jesus said: “Martha,
you are worried.”

“Merimnao” and “troubled
about many things.”

“But one thing.”

Say: “One thing.”
One thing is needful.

Martha is troubled about
many things. Why?

Because she didn’t do
the one thing.

What is the one thing
that Mary did?

Not just listen to His Word,
she sat.

Now I’m not referring to
just physical rest, alright?

In this word that God
has for us.

Yes many times, it may
involve physical rest.

We need to have times of rest.
Even God Himself rested.

Not because He was tired
but because of a posture of rest.

His work was finished.

And He rested.

To not rest, to be in haste
is actually not trusting God.

“But how can I? How can I be at rest
when the work is not yet finished?”

And that’s why you need to
read Hebrews 4.

The Bible says: “Let us labor
to enter the rest.”

And it says that “although
the works were finished”

“from the foundation of the world”
So He told them to rest.

In the economy of God,
in the mind of God,

in the reality of God,
which is a reality above

every other reality,

all the works needed
for our provision,

for our completeness,
for our life,

has all been finished as far
as God is concerned.

So God finishes everything
and then God tells us to

start where He finished.

That’s why the Bible tells us
that “as you have received”

“the Lord Jesus,
so walk ye in Him.”

You are complete in Him!
Now, walk in Him. Amen.

So you’re complete in Him!
Now, walk!

In other words, God put
the finishing post, alright?

If you’re an athlete, you
understand what I’m trying to say.

The finishing post.

And you know what God does?
Alright? It’s out of this world.

Okay? He takes the finishing
post and puts it right at

the starting lineup
and He tells you:

“You are there! It is finished.”

“You didn’t have to finish it,
My Son finished it for you.”

“Now you start where He finished.”

You start to walk out
your completeness.

And that’s why many a times,
when we walk in the Spirit,

we try to walk in the Spirit
and end up in the flesh.

You know why?

Because we’re not walking
out of completeness.

We are trying to become

what God has declared
that we already are.

We are trying to complete what
has been completed at the cross.

We are trying to
finish what Jesus did.

When He declared:
“It is finished.” at the cross.

We are trying to defeat
an enemy that

has already been defeated

and the very act of trying
to defeat him is unbelief. Amen.

So God completes the work
and then God says:

“Start where I have completed.”

“Start where I have finished.”