In physics (which I know very little about), there is a principle relating to the stress resulting from a force of tension. I believe this principle is quite profound and explains many things that take place in the physical, emotional and spiritual realms.
One of the biggest enemies we all must deal with is stress. Stress is the mental, emotional or physical strain caused by things such as anxiety or relentless dealing with a taxing situation. Stress causes elevated blood pressure, depression, lashing out and a whole host of other unpleasant things. In many respects, stress is the single biggest enemy that breaks our bodies down, wears us down mentally and causes cracks in our emotional and spiritual armor.
A million things can cause stress, but the single greatest one is worry. Worry and anxiety drain us and set off a chain reaction of negative responses in our physical bodies and minds that bring us to our knees spiritually. Obviously one of the favorite tactics of the enemy is to produce stressful situations with the hope they distract us and in turn break down our spiritual defenses.
Dealing with an ongoing difficult situation of any kind produces stress. Demands on our time, energy and resources produce stress. Financial and physical difficulties produce stress. Any situation that produces pressure (tension) will in turn produce stress.
In the old days, when a person became disabled due to stress it was called a nervous breakdown . That term is not used as much today but perhaps it should be. When a person starts REACTING to stressful situations instead of fighting to remain calm and trusting in God, the inevitable result will be nervousness, anxiety, worry and dread. When these things stick around for any length of times, physical and emotional problems will certainly appear.
My mom used to fret about everything. She was a very nervous person who rarely experienced peace in her life. I have always believed that the constant stress she put herself under contributed greatly to her menagerie of serious physical ailments which in turn produced even more stress in her life. My heart hurts knowing how miserable she was much of the time due to the unending cycle of stress and pain.
Stress is no laughing matter. It is a condition that MUST be brought under control in our lives or it will cripple us physically, emotionally and spiritually. Unless we can bring into subjection to Christ every situation that seeks to arouse anxiety and/or tension, we will fall prey to stress.
Philippians 4 tells us to be anxious for NOTHING. We must replace anxiety with trust as we cast all our cares upon God who cares for us. When we, through prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, fully give the things that produce tension in our lives to God; He in turn gives us His perfect peace that passes all understanding.
Peace and stress cannot co-exist. If we have stress, it means we have not fully given a situation to God to take care of. If we have peace, it means we have rolled our cares to the Lord and relinquished control of them to Him.
When we completely give to God what is troubling us; God floods our heart and mind with His peace. This peace is His answer that everything will work out and that He is in control. Peace slays stress and renders it harmless. We have peace when we fully and unconditionally trust God. Obviously, we must strive to let go and let God handle things instead of worrying about them, getting worked up into a frenzy or breaking down due to tension and stress.
Thank you and Blessings 2 You!
This is something I battle with. It was subtle because I wouldn't call it worry. I would refer to it as "problem-solving" but I have come to realize that while there is nothing wrong with having a plan of action, it is easy for that to develop into worry and stress if we are not careful. Now I know that I must be proactive in regards to how I handle stress and worry or I will get into deep trouble.
I find it terribly difficult at times to "Let go and let God" . Something I need to keep working on.
Read this article just recently at http://alzheimers.mercola.com/
New Trigger of Alzheimer’s Identified: Stress
This revealing new study found that nearly 3 out of 4 Alzheimer's patients experienced this during the 2 years before their diagnoses.
Very important blog - thank you.