Refuge

stressed-man

Refuge is a condition of being safe or sheltered from pursuit, danger or trouble. We may not be running or hiding for our lives on a daily basis but we are in a battle with our minds. We face doubt, fear, anxiety, depression, pain, financial problems, family problems and frenemy issues. We desperately need help daily to deal with these moment by moment issues. These problems could easily overwhelm us and most people are overwhelmed to the point of illness and disease. Stress to the body is sickness. It is a slow and painful death.

According to Stress.org:

There are numerous emotional and physical disorders that have been linked to stress including depression, anxiety, heart attacks, stroke, hypertension, immune system disturbances that increase susceptibility to infections, a host of viral linked disorders ranging from the common cold and herpes to AIDS and certain cancers, as well as autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis and multiple sclerosis. In addition stress can have direct effects on the skin (rashes, hives, atopic dermatitis, the gastrointestinal system (GERD, peptic ulcer, irritable bowel syndrome, ulcerative colitis) and can contribute to insomnia and degenerative neurological disorders like Parkinson’s disease. In fact, it’s hard to think of any disease in which stress cannot play an aggravating role or any part of the body that is not affected (see stress effects on the body stress diagram) or. This list will undoubtedly grow as the extensive ramifications of stress are increasingly being appreciated.

We all need a refuge from stress. A place in our minds to retreat, to hide from the problems of the day. Jesus offers the only hope we have. He will take our problems and give us peace. “Trust in him at all times, O People, pour out your heart to him, for God is our refuge” (Psalm 62:8). How do we do this? Whenever problems or concerns come to mind, talk to God. Tell Him what you are feeling and what you need to do and memorize His promises, like Psalm 62:8 or Proverbs 3:5-6 (there are thousands). Pick your favorite most comforting promise of God and recite it when problems attack you. He will flood you with peace that is beyond understanding! That’s another promise: “And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Phil 4:7).

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