August 2

Your Health or Stress

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A bad relationship with frequent conflicts could have serious detrimental impact on your health.  Here's an example in the Bible where the collision of stress took it's toll.  Genesis 42:41 says, "and they said one to another, we are truly guilty about our brother, for we saw the distress and anguish of his soul when he begged us [to let him go], and we would not hear. So this distress and difficulty has come upon us."

Have you ever begged or asked someone you love to stop treating you badly or not do the hurtful things they do anymore?  That's what Joseph did when his brothers sold him into slavery.  He pleaded with them not to sell him.  But, they insisted; they refused to listen to Joseph.  Sound familiar?  Can you imagine riding away with men who just bought you as a slave?  Indeed, this strife caused Joseph much heartache and pain to the point where he wept without them knowing when they showed up in Egypt to buy grain during a great famine.

When the body detects stress, it reacts.  You can think of it this way...your body has it's own natural alarm system that responds to high emotions, strenuous physical activity or fight or flight situations.  To help the body manage stress reactions, the adrenal glands produce and release Cortisol, the stress hormone, into the bloodstream.  The "not-so-good-thing" is that to much Cortisol can do unnecessary damage.   This is why managing stress levels is important, particularly as you age.

According to Mayo Clinic, stress can effect more than your body.  It can effect your behavior, thoughts and feelings also.  In fact, one can attribute an illness to a disease in the body, when it may be totally stress related.

Relationships should be enjoyable and stress free, in particular, marriage that's instituted by God, not man.  As Christians, we live stress free in Christ, because we have HIS Peace (John 14:27) in us.  We avoid arguments at all costs (2 Timothy 2:23), because we are peace makers (Matthew 5:9) and king-priests (Revelation 1:6).

We overcome by the Blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony (Revelation 12:11).  Glory to GOD!  Here's a few suggestions from Scripture to help you manage stress.

  1. Accept that the Lord is with you.  When you received Jesus as your Lord, you became one spirit with HIM.  He is always with, even if you allow your emotions to think so.  Christ lives in you (Colossians 1:27).
    Deuteronomy 31:8 says, "it is the Lord Who goes before you; He will [march] with you; He will not fail you or let you go or forsake you; [let there be no cowardice or flinching, but] fear not, neither become broken [in spirit—depressed, dismayed, and unnerved with alarm]."
  2. Let GOD'S Word be medicine for your heart and soul.  Isaiah 26:3 says, "You will guard him and keep him in perfect and constant peace whose mind [both its inclination and its character] is stayed on You, because he commits himself to You, leans on You, and hopes confidently in You."
  3. Always have reverence for the Lord who is with you.  When we put Jesus first in our thoughts, we perceive things differently and therefore, we respond to things differently.   When King David's heart was grieved and embittered he said in Psalm 73:23-24, "nevertheless I am continually with You; You do hold my right hand, You will guide me with Your counsel, and afterward receive me to honor and glory."

    To enjoy good relations with people and marital bliss, extract stress from your life, living GOD'S Way. 

Post References:
Mayo Clinic, April 4, 2019, Stress Symptoms: Effects on Your Body and Behavior, accessed August 29, 2020, https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/stress-management/in-depth/stress-symptoms/art-20050987

Matthew Thrope, MD PhD, April 17, 2017, 11 Natural Ways to Lower Cortisol Levels, Heathline, accessed August 29, 2020, https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/ways-to-lower-cortisol

Word Power

I've got the Divine Life of Christ in me.  My body permeates with the Divine Life of Christ.  Stress cannot live in me.  My body is healthy.  All of my organs are functioning as they should.  I'm strong in the Lord and I'm at peace in my mind, in Jesus Christ's Name!  Hallelujah!!

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