Strength of Character

We’ve heard the old saying “Survival of the Fittest” and the famous one “God helps those who helps themselves.” Is this Biblical? Who are the fittest and the ones to whom God helps that help themselves?

Mental illness along with illnesses of the body are usually not found in those that consider themselves “strong.” Even the “strongest” person admits they have weaknesses. So why don’t we acknowledge our illnesses, particularly mental, as our weaknesses? We admit our character defects which for the most part include our sins. So why don’t we consider our infirmities as weaknesses? After all when you struggle with something for a long time it can wear down your body’s immune system. This is especially true when as we get older and prolonged years of stress & anxiety “weaken” our immune system and we end up having to take medicine as we get older.

So who are the ones who are the fittest? Some have a strong faith in God and some are strong in and of themselves. However no one is entirely that strong in and of themselves apart from God. Therefore it’s God who gives you the grace to make it through each day. You’re just deluded into thinking you’re such a “good person” in and of yourself.

Years of being grounded in the Word of God can “strengthen” your character as well. As you pray and seek God you can better discern His Will for you life so that you know almost exactly what to pray for. Then you stand on the Word and trust in God’s timing for the answer. God for the most part either says Yes when He grants it to you or wait. He only says no if it goes against His Word. Although all your prayers have their yes in Messiah Yeshua as everything you ultimately seek can be found in Him; security, significance, salvation, purpose,

So to sum it up Survival of the Fittest can best be attributed to Survival of the Faithful. Although no matter how godly or faithful you can get you can always get struck down with cancer, heart disease, mental illness. You will be healed of it even if it kills you; i.e. if God uses it as His means of Grace to call you home.

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Sick body or sick in spirit?

Prov. 18:14. . .”The strong spirit of a man sustains him in bodily pain or trouble, but a weak and broken spirit who can raise up or bear?”

Ever known someone who was negative or pessimistic? That’s signs of a broken spirit. Even though your days are ordained by God, a person who is strong can will himself to live or overcome any adversity (even mental problems). Technically it’s actually God who’s giving Him strength whether he acknowledges it or not. And if you’ve received Christ as your Lord & Saviour you have no reason to have a weak and broken spirit by the power of the Holy Spirit. I know I’m guilty of this too sometimes but that’s no way to justify it. If this devotional speaks to you, get up off your mat and Go after God!!! Do whatever He’s calling you to step out in faith and do and quit using your thorn as an excuse. Remember God gives you that thorn so that His grace may be sufficient for you. Whatever the Lord is calling you to do-whether it’s to pursue that godly man/woman you want to spend the rest of your life with, or that business you want to start, or that mission trip you want to go on, or that church you want to plant

Let the good stress in

Stress can be the number one killer as well as the root cause of most every sickness. Of course who am I to say these things since I don’t have a license to talk about anything medical or psychological. I am just a self-educated blogger. Self-education doesn’t count for much in a scientific world. Even if you read all the right stuff and know just as much as any medical professional.

Most people don’t know that there are two kinds of stress; there is distress and there is eustress. Distress is the one that most of us are more familiar with. This is the state of suffering, agony, and state of being in trouble. The distressed state is normally temporary but won’t feel like it when it is being experienced.

You have to be at a higher state of awareness to understand eustress. This is defined as psychological stress that is moderate or normal and can be beneficial. Just like there can be healthy fears. The healthy kind of fear and stress is that which motivates us to do better and achieve more; as long as we are balanced about it and don’t get too caught up in our life’s work. The latter can turn to distress really quick.

Practicing mindfulness can help us to alleviate the distress and allow more of the eustress in and help keep us focused in our life’s pursuits.

What are we so afraid of?

You ever notice how people always talk about how they are getting old? Some people start doing this as young as 20. The healthiest people and those who live the longest lives all tell us that age is just a number and we are only as old as we feel. So why do we tell ourselves how we are getting old and falling apart?

For one reason, most people don’t understand the power of their own self-talk. The more we tell ourselves how old we feel, the more it will appear that we are falling apart. If we affirm that we are in good health and strive to take care of ourselves, we will actually start to look and feel better.

Part of the fall of man is the descent into the negative mindset. This is very hard to overcome. A growing number of people are aware that they are slaves to negative thinking but they feel powerless to change it. In order for positive affirmations to actually work, you have to actually believe what you are trying to tell yourself.

Maybe at its core, we do not fear getting old. It’s the fear of our inevitable death that haunts us, with each day bringing us closer to our fate.

When we come to the knowledge of God and understand that life is eternal and we will live forever somewhere, that fear of death instantly gets replaced with more positive energy; if we really believe it anyway. Remember the Bible also says that perfect love casts out fear. Faith is the opposite of fear. Since most sicknesses are the result of stress, anxiety and hidden fears, walking by faith is the proverbial cure all that will heal us. Sadly, don’t expect most doctors to tell you that you have the power to heal yourself of pretty much every disease.

Spiritual roots of anxiety

Prov. 12:25. . .”Anxiety in the heart of man causes depression, But a good word makes it glad.”
Ever wonder why a lot of people have anger & emotional issues? Or even depression, for that matter? Since I’ve struggled with this in the past, I’ve come to realize (by the grace of God) that depression/anxiety isn’t necessarily a chemical imbalance. Of course, in a way it is, I don’t knock the use of medications, maybe some people do need them.

I heard on a christian radio show one day that the main cause of anger was unfulfilled expectations. On the same station I also heard that depression is a result of quenching the Holy Spirit in some way. So if a person struggles with these they may have something that God is calling them to do that they haven’t realized yet. Probably due to feelings of inadequacy or even doubts that God wants to use them or bless them in a certain way.

Remember the best way to discover God’s will for you life is by asking what desires are in your heart? (Psalm 37:4). As you delight (or surrender) yourself in the Lord, He gives you whatever desires He wants you to have. Of course it’s human nature to doubt due to fear or unbelief, so many people end up living average lives with unfulfilled dreams.

Every christian has a God-sized dream that God wants them to accomplish that requires a closer walk with Him to carry out.