2 Corinthians 9:6, 10: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully…He who supplies seed to the sower, and bread for food, supply and multiply the seed you have sown and increase the fruits of your righteousness.
What we choose to do with anger, fear, frustration, and upset will determine our health and our relational health.
It is true that you can eat all the right foods in the world and miss many of their helpful benefits because your emotional and spiritual health are not good. How can we be healed if we harbor anxiety, anger, fear inside? Here is where we can make the connection – diseased minds equal diseased bodies.
Jesus bought our peace on the cross. He paid for us to enter into Hebrews 4 rest. While the world tells us to STRIVE to gain peace and happiness, Jesus says, “I have already accomplished it legally. You can never earn a place of rest. Rest comes by being in right standing with Me. Come to Me, for my yoke is easy, and My burden is light. I do the ‘heavy lifting’ so that you don’t have to!” These promises from the Lord give us the ability to kick out destructive emotions and oppressions.
Anger and unforgiveness actually produce poison in the body that not even superfoods can totally eradicate. Anger signals a personal goal that has been blocked. Additionally, anger causes great inner tension and turmoil, which leads to pain. Our bodies can manifest this issue as stomach ulcers, reflux, heart disease, and more. Fear is also devastating, and has been shown in the research of Be in Health ministries and other Spirit-filled ministries to be a major contributor in the lives of those battling cancer. We are 3-fold beings, and we can’t separate our physical self from our emotional and spiritual selves. It’s part of God’s design. If you think about it, the design is ingenious. It allows us to know when we’re not living in total freedom, so that we CAN receive what God has in the way of His perfect release.
Worry also robs us of our wellbeing, in ways both subtle and obvious. Worry and fear aim to lower the immune system’s function. Spending time worrying is like biting into a sugary donut – it feels desirable at first, but ends up putting us at risk for sickness. Resentment, bitterness and unforgiveness are not our friends, either. There’s a saying that goes, “Bitterness is the poison we drink hoping that someone else will be harmed”. It’s so true!
Jesus is really the example we look to when assessing how to conduct ourselves while on this planet. Being human in form, He experienced weariness as a result of the normal day-to-day activities and travels. At the end of the day, He certainly felt that He had spent Himself and given of His physical energy. Yet He never suffered with the bad health brought on by anxiety, fear, worry, and the like.
Did you know that even less than 15 minutes of ungodly anger can sap you of a large quantity of strength that you could have applied toward productive living? It’s true. God has blessed us with the ability to help grow His Kingdom, and if we spend our vigor on unworthy, ungodly things, we are actually holding His grace in contempt.
But, not to invite condemnation, for there is NO condemnation for those in Christ, who cling to a life surrendered to Him.
If we sow to self-pity and selfishness, we will reap a harvest of them. If we say “YES” to God and the life He has given us, we will reap the fruit of the Spirit. Sometimes we find ourselves in a place of frustration over our situation in life, and we are tempted to be ungrateful, angry, frustrated, and unloving. It’s understandable. However, we cannot give the darkness free reign. We must “take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ”. We have been given divine authority, and we must choose to use it. Using it requires a choice to exercise our will and our discipline, which we cannot freely do without the supernatural empowerment of Holy Spirit.
Be blessed as you begin to agree with God and line up with His heart for you.