15th October 2018

Be Still and Know - 'Give All Your Worries And Cares To God'

(from www.premierchristianradio.com)

 

Welcome to our daily devotional. We hope you will be blessed by Dr Micha Jazz's inspiring thoughts every Monday - Friday.

 

1 Peter 5:7 NLT

 

'Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.'

 

Stress is primarily a physical response to external threats. When stressed, the body thinks it is under attack and switches to ‘fight or flight’ mode, releasing a complex mix of hormones and chemicals such as adrenaline, cortisol and norepinephrine to prepare the body for physical action. This can be a clear physical threat, like a growling dog, or a psychological threat, like preparing a big business presentation. This threat causes a number of reactions, from blood being diverted to muscles to shutting down unnecessary bodily functions such as digestion. Through the release of hormones, we’re enabled to focus our attention and quickly respond to the situation. Today the ‘fight or flight’ mode still helps us survive dangerous situations, such as reacting swiftly to a person running in front of our car by slamming on the brakes.

Our challenge occurs when our body goes into a state of stress in inappropriate situations. When blood flow is going only to the most important muscles needed for fight or flight, brain function is minimised. This can lead to an inability to ‘think straight’; a state that is a great hindrance in both our work and home lives. If we are kept in a state of stress for long periods, it can be detrimental to our health. The results of having elevated cortisol levels can be an increase in sugar and blood pressure levels, and a decrease in libido.

Most adults face stress regularly, the most common causes being money, work and health. So how can we take charge of stress, so often an unseen foe unhealthily impacting our lives? Over the next few days we shall explore stress and God’s offer of worry free living (Matthew 11:30).

 

QUESTION: Where do you experience stress in your everyday life?

 

PRAYER: Thank for your loving care and your willingness to carry burdens too heavy for me.


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