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By taking a closer look at Paul’s many experiences, you can check out what circumstances are most likely to cause stress. If the pressures in your life are not being used to press you closer to the Lord, you may be on the way to a blowout!

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CAUSES

1. Conflict

Reasons You Can Experience Conflict

1. Opposing values of family and friends

2. Unresolved anger in relationships

3. Unrealistic expectations of another person

Lack of open communication in a relationship

Paul was met with extreme opposition from others.
2 Corinthians 11:23–24 ESV
Are they servants of Christ? I am a better one—I am talking like a madman—with far greater labors, far more imprisonments, with countless beatings, and often near death. Five times I received at the hands of the Jews the forty lashes less one.

2. CRISIS

Reasons you can experience conflict

Death of a friend or family member

Separation or divorce

Severe illness or sudden handicap

Unexpected trauma of any kind

2 Corinthians 11:25–26 ESV
Three times I was beaten with rods. Once I was stoned. Three times I was shipwrecked; a night and a day I was adrift at sea; on frequent journeys, in danger from rivers, danger from robbers, danger from my own people, danger from Gentiles, danger in the city, danger in the wilderness, danger at sea, danger from false brothers;

3. CHANGE

Reasons you go through change

Change in:
Environment or employment
financial or marital status
cultural or spiritual values
sleeping and health habits
2 Corinthians 11:26–27 ESV
on frequent journeys, in danger from rivers, danger from robbers, danger from my own people, danger from Gentiles, danger in the city, danger in the wilderness, danger at sea, danger from false brothers; in toil and hardship, through many a sleepless night, in hunger and thirst, often without food, in cold and exposure.

4. CONDEMNATION

Reasons you experience condemnation

Rejection by significant others

Lack of support from coworkers

Betrayal of a friend

False accusations by family members

2 Corinthians 11:26 ESV
on frequent journeys, in danger from rivers, danger from robbers, danger from my own people, danger from Gentiles, danger in the city, danger in the wilderness, danger at sea, danger from false brothers;

5. CONCERNS

Reasons you can carry concern

Unsaved or rebellious loved ones

Unpredictable or uncertain future

Recent or frequent fear of failures

Perfectionism or excessive attention to details

2 Corinthians 11:28 ESV
And, apart from other things, there is the daily pressure on me of my anxiety for all the churches.

6. COMPETITION

Reasons you can experience competition

Self-acceptance based on superior performance
Comparisons between family, friends, or coworkers
Envy or jealousy among neighbors or business associatess
Significance or security based on outperforming others
2 Corinthians 11:30 ESV
If I must boast, I will boast of the things that show my weakness.

7. CONSCIENCE

Reasons you can challenges conscience

Self, others, or things seem more important than God.

Self-effort is perceived as the best way of meeting needs

Personal needs eclipse the needs of others

Acknowledgement of sin is considered an admission of weakness.

1 John 3:20 ESV
for whenever our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and he knows everything.
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