A good portion of the population shrinks into fear when faced with a problem. Fear is not a problem per se, but the constant state of fear is.
When the mind is out of balance, and turmoil sets in fear can creep in and change our biochemistry. The limbic system in the center of the brain will transmit through the nervous system danger signals that prepare the body fight or flee. The reaction releases hormones through our body and makes us ready to face the challenge. The result is known as the fight or flight response.
In our modern day society, the fight or flight response is regularly turned on by the demands of the world. The reaction is helpful when we encounter the potential for physical harm, but when worries continually trigger it, the effects are corrosive. Worst yet they affect the brain in ways that lead to even more stress perpetuating the negative cycle, and many people die from the affliction every year
The stress-related disorder is an epidemic that is on the rise. For decades, data collected by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows how stress leads to despair and eventually to heart disease, obesity, and diabetes.
The negative cycle begins with external stimuli that cause anxiety; when the mind triggers the fight or flight response its ability to think to full capacity and creativity substantially diminishes. In the event of an emergency, the process helps us focus on only a few life-saving options while negating anything that might be considered frivolous at the time.
During financial difficulties, relationship problems, or any other non-life-threatening hardship it creates a barrier to creative problem solving and ultimately a healthy more peaceful existence.
Stress narrows our ability to think which can cause even more stress. According to economists Anne Case and Angus Deaton, the cycle is the culprit to working-class Americans more rapidly dying at middle age, reversing the long-standing trend toward greater life expectancy across all social classes and races. Additionally, mounting evidence shows that social despairs are the root to opioid addictions, drug-induced overdoses, suicide, and alcoholism. To curve the advance of the epidemic, they argue that we need to understand the underlying reasons why this is happening which stems from lack of finances and promotion in life.
The lack of gain has always been and always will be an issue of personal development. A person who holds thoughts of despair, low self-esteem, and poverty will view life with negativism and will in some mysterious way reap from the seed sown in mind.
Our greatest key to coming out of any difficulty, challenge, or problem with light and limitless blessing is to think of God.
Here's a perfect example of what I mean. In the book of Matthew chapter nine verse twenty-two it explains that a woman suffering from years of bleeding, and who was given no hope from doctors, had infinite hope in a man named Jesus. All of her mental capacity and faith centered on a vision of healing prompted by directly touching the hem of Jesus' garment.
Undoubtedly she repeated the image over and over in her mind until the day arrived when Jesus came to town. In the midst of her weakness, she summoned every ounce of energy to make the envisioned contact with Jesus.
With a tremendous loss of blood, she probably staggered with dizziness through the crowd. Dazed, she pushed her way to Jesus collapsed to her knees and touched His garment. The miracle happened. Power surged through her body. She stood up and was now facing Jesus who said, "Be of good cheer, daughter; your faith has made you well."
The reality is that life has problems and we can be mentally and spiritually beaten down by bad news, or we can envision something good and go for it. Envisioning something good and going for it is the way divine power is released.
Some of you might say that it isn't right to live in this manner. My response is to look at how Jesus replies to such activity. His answer to the woman is, "Be of good cheer." Jesus verbally applauds the woman for approaching her problem with tenacity, faith, resiliency, determination, vision, and her stubborn will to be healed and live.
Her actions reveal how losing oneself in a mission is powerful enough to cause supernatural results. That's how we need to live, and that's how we turn problems into blessings.
There's another dimension to all this that resoundingly changes who we are in the face of adversity, light. A downcast attitude is a darkness in the human soul. Hope, faith, love, and visions of God in mind established by the study and meditation of God's word is light. Where there is light, there is God, and where there is God, there are endless possibilities.
If you receive nothing in the physical realm, at the very least, you have brought the blessing of God's light into your being. Your inner life will be better, more harmonious, peaceful, loving, and eventually, your will change.
I'm praying for you every day. God bless you. See you in the kingdom.