Saturday, February 14, 2009

Stress, The Silent Killer

I don’t know about you, but what I see and hear going on in our country troubles me…it causes me “stress”. Stress is actually an engineering term. It describes the forces that try to tear a structure apart such as weight, wind, temperature and pressure. In humans it is much the same, certain pressures try to tear us apart. Sometimes these stresses come from inside of us; sometimes the pressures tearing us apart come from the outside. Where does stress begin? Stress is caused by change – any change. Change requires us to rearrange our priorities to meet new circumstances. Stress is the accumulation of all the things that pull us apart. The antidote to change is homeostasis. The Greek word “stasis” means to stand still or to stand equally. It describes a point where the tug-of-war balances out and motion ceases. Can you imagine that? Homeostasis is the ability to adjust our internal environments to create balance. We are created with it. Just imagine all of the stresses pulling you apart every day. What balances that tug-of-war? God’s Word tells us to STAND against the devil’s schemes. To STAND our ground, and after we have done everything, to STAND. STAND FIRM. Isn’t God awesome that he would create within us the ability to “stand still”, an antidote for the pressures pulling us apart? Our “homeostasis” is the Armor of God.

The Armor of God

Ephesians 10-20: "Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord's people. 19 Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should."

Have a homeostasis week!