Life and Death

Being in a life and death situation can be very scary.  I don't mean horror movie scary.  I mean, break out in a cold sweat, heart palpitating, scare the livin' daylights out of you scary.  

I was recently reminded that when our brain perceives something as a threat, it releases a chemical called cortisol. According to Psychology Today, "The stress hormone, cortisol, is public health enemy number one. Scientists have known for years that elevated cortisol levels: interfere with learning and memory, lower immune function and bone density, increase weight gain, blood pressure, cholesterol, heart disease... The list goes on and on."  

As I said, When your brain perceives a threat, it reacts.  It releases cortisol into your system which leads your brain to think of ways to survive.  But the question we need to ask is, "Is the threat real?" While the answer would be a resounding, "Yes!" in many situations, it would also be, "No!" 

Our brains are stupid, to put it bluntly.  It doesn't know the difference between fantasy and reality.  If we don't have the proper boundaries established in our life that determine right from wrong or good from bad, our poor brain is left to its own devices.  Have you ever worried or fretted about something that afterwards led you to this statement?  "Why did I worry so much about that?"  

Well, the answer is found in Proverbs 18:21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits.

With the Word of God as our guide, the Holy Spirit as our empowering teacher and the church with its gifts to help us grow in our relationship with Jesus - we can choose our thoughts wisely and react accordingly. Choose to follow Philippians 4:8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.

PRAY:  Dear Jesus, help me to think LIFE, not death today. AMEN! 

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