Vital Signs - Friday, April 3, 2020

Anxiety can have a devastating effect upon your health. Imagine you’re a psychiatrist or psychologist. You spend eight or more hours of every workday listening to people pour out their heartaches, problems, and burdens. You listen to the same people share the same thing week after week. And no matter how wise or well-trained you are in your diagnoses and treatments, removing the anxiety isn’t going to happen without God’s help and intervention

Today’s medical doctors give you something you can take to quiet down. But God created us to live an abundant life filled with joy, peace, and activity.

For the person who is continually troubled with anxiety, it becomes a real disorder in his or her life. Cardiovascular disease, heart disease, hypertension, most headaches, colitis, ulcers, skin disease, psoriasis, eczema, acne, and weakened immune response can all open a person to more serious illness. I can hear you asking, “You mean to tell me that anxiety can cause that?” That’s what the medical profession says. That’s what people who deal with anxiety day in and day out have to say.

And there are many books in print from godly men and women who’ll tell you about people they’ve counseled and the things that have happened to them physically. So much of it can be traced back to this matter of anxiety. When anxiety clears up, physical things begin to clear up. That’s the way God created our bodies. He made this body to function properly. And when I’m not thinking right and am full of uncertainty, dread, fear, and frustration, it’s going to affect my body.

People are physically sick because of their anxiety. They won’t deal with it, or they don’t know how to deal with it. Therefore, they ignore it. Find out what God has to say in His Word about anxiety and how He instructs us to think and deal with anxiety, then put that into practice.

Gods word is our RX for anxiety and fear.

“Anxiety in the heart of man causes depression, But a good word makes it glad.”

‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭12:25‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

“The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.”

‭‭John‬ ‭10:10‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

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