- Regina Collins
Stress vs Faith - Chapter 6
An actual stress test shows us how our heart works during activity. One way is an exercise test that makes our hearts pump faster, which in turn reveals problems. In a sense stress is our diagnose-r! When squeezed what inside is what comes out! Stress reacts while faith responds!
All this stress vs. faith are our prescriptions for life! Our written instructions or our recommendations that are authoritatively put out for all to read by the wisdom of God and his Holy Spirit. Seeing how stress is in our lives daily in all sorts of forms, the enemy has ramped up its forces. Stress is at an all time high! People are on edge. It does not take much to push us over. God in his great wisdom has his EKG monitor (the Holy Spirit) hooked up to our hearts and is at work!
LET FAITH RESPOND!
COMPLAINING and GRATITUDE
Stress attracts and triggers complaining. Our bodies release a stress hormone and we vent. We let it out, usually expressing with negative emotions. Mostly complaining the problem instead of solving it.
While faith attracts gratitude. Faith brings us into a higher awareness of the gap between our expectations and our reality. Faith is our spiritual hormone!
SORROW and GLADNESS
Stress attracts sorrow. Stress and sorrow walk hand in hand. They precipitate one another. Their relationship lowers our mood and they work to make our days gloomy, angry, foul and anxious!
While faith attracts gladness. Faith fans the flame of hope. The strength of joy is our fuel that keeps us going. Serve the Lord with Gladness!
DISCOMFORT and COMFORT
Stress attracts discomfort and if left unchecked wears down our body and our defenses. It plagues us with aches, pain, fatigue and sleeplessness. Eventually leaving us hopeless.
While faith attracts comfort and a soft place to land where we should have care of one another in the arms of love. A place of care, correction, patience and where love never fails!
TENSION and WISDOM
Stress attracts mental tension and it promotes double mindedness, unstable in all his ways. Our mental tension of stress keeps us in a place of being tossed around or unsteady!
While faith attracts wisdom and works towards a prosperous soul. May you prosper in all things and be in health just as your soul prospers. Faith leads us to wisdom and fear of the lord is the beginning of wisdom!
Stress serves to deconstruct us. It hits us in our soul realm. It serves to take us apart with the intentions of exposing our flaws, inconsistencies and our weaknesses. Its goal is to subvert the life of Christ in us to succeed in our faith.
While faith rebuilds us. The just live by Faith. It constructs us, it fashions us and molds us. Watch, stand fast in faith, be brave and be strong! Faith builds a house, we are God's fellow workers; you are God's field, you are God's building.
Stress serves to empty us. When stressful situations arise we tend to grasp for meaning and we fumble right out of faith. Stress attacks our reserves and if we are not filled up it will leave us empty.
While faith fills us if we exercise our trust in God and brings to bear who and what we believe in and on. Living by faith brings a quiet confidence that God is faithful!
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28
Remember STRESS reacts and FAITH responds