“Nervous?”

Posted: November 2, 2014 in Christian Life, Decision Making, James, Salvation

Is your life filled with anxieties and fear? Are you nervous about many things including your past, present, and future? Do the cares of this life weigh you down? Are you enjoying the “Faith/Rest” life that God wants each of His children to have while we’re living here on earth (Hebrews 3, 4)? Is your conscience weak, defiled, evil, and seared, or is it good, pure and void of offense?  Is it a reliable guide for life?

When the ‘nervous’ [person] is under a continuous strain of fear and anxiety for a long period of time, the tension may release itself through and into various parts of the body, causing physical symptoms and disease conditions, and sometimes death [1 Corinthians 10:30; 1 John 5:16]. In other words, so-called nervous conditions do not always remain in the mind as worry, but may produce physical symptoms and organic diseases-somatic diseases.

Therefore, when the emotional (psyche) state causes bodily (somatic) disturbances, we call such a condition ‘psychosomatic.’

Psychosomatic symptoms signify that the individual is having a war within himself [Romans 7:15-25]. This warfare has created emotional tensions which can affect any part of the body (soma).

Nervous tensions may be the whole cause, or at times only the exciting factor, of certain forms of eczema, sweating hands and feet, warts and skin rashes, allergies, asthma, hypertension, nervous heart, dyspepsia, nervous stomach, gastric ulcer, chronic gall bladder, chronic appendicitis, vomiting spells, hiccoughs, diarrhea, constipation, mucous colitis, spastic colitis, rectal conditions, urinary disturbances, certain forms of arthritis, goiter, migraine headache, painful and irregular menstrual cycles, and sexual problems in both men and women.  Yes, worry can involve the whole body.” – Dr. L. Gilbert Little, M.D. “Nervous Christians” pp. 44, 45

God wants each of His children to display a Christ like spirit (disposition) to those around them no matter what trials we face or what He allows to come our way. “Spirit filled Christians” (Ephesians 5:18) will have a singing heart, a thankful heart, a submissive heart (Ephesians 5:18-21). They will have the Christ like “Fruit of the Spirit” (Galatians 5:22, 23) to display to others who are around them.  This is how we glorify God by making Him known through our lives (1 Corinthians 10:31).

Serious Questions

Are you absolutely sure that you will go to heaven the moment you die (1 John 5:13)? Why do you think God should let you into heaven (Ephesians 2:8, 9)? If you believe that you are going to heaven, is there anything you could do or fail to do that would cause you to lose your salvation (John 10:28, 29)? Is your life free from all known sins (1 John 1:9)? What’s the difference between assurance of salvation and absolute security?

Do you struggle with and give in to some temptations often (Hebrews 12:1)? Would you like to live a victorious Christian life and sin less (1 John 2:1)? Is sinless perfection possible in this life? Are you teachable and willing to change (2 Timothy 2:2, 15)? Admitting that you have a need is the first step toward recovery (1 John 1:9) and/or a new life in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17).

God gave Pastor/teachers (Ephesians 4:11-16) and other gifted believers to the church to help newer and younger believers “grow in grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 3:18). If you want spiritual help, ask for it (James 5:14).

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