NUGGETS FOR LIFE by Barbra Burton

When I gave my testimony last Saturday at the AEGA conference I ran out of time before I got to share about how fear affects the body.

“Even relatively short periods of stress may cause changes that leave brain cells hypertensive for weeks, reports Israeli scientist trying to uncover the molecular root of post-traumatic stress disorder.” Washington Associated Press.

“Pregnant women who often stressed out could be programming their fetuses nervous systems for heightened actions to stress and a greater lifetime risk of heart attacks, scientists reported over the weekend”.  USA Today.

We all know by now the negative effects of fear stress and anxiety to our bodies. Angina, arrhythmias, asthma, allergies, high blood pressure, IBS, tension, headaches, stroke, insomnia, diabetes, prostatitis, malabsorption and eczema to just name a few of many diseases to be stress related. Doctors are only now starting to study this mind/body connection. This new field of study is called Psychoneuro-immunology!

But God has told us about the connection in His Word. 1 Thes. 5:23 and the very God of peach sanctify you wholly, and I pray God your whole sprit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Our enemy, however, understand our bodies quite well. He knows about our mind/body/soul connection. He knows that we are only sustained in health and sanity to the degree that we match up to the nature of the living God. He knows that by controlling our thoughts, he can control our biology. He uses stress, fear and anxiety to break down our bodies.

To be continued…..

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