Health Threats, Chapter 3

But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. 1 Corinthians 1:27

The cerebral cortex is the largest site of neural integration in the central nervous system. It plays a crucial role in attention, perception, awareness, thought, memory, language, and consciousness.

Normal Response-Thoughts or actions that lead to and usually produce a positive outcome.

Working in Behavioral Health taught me that the mindset and thoughts that a person possesses either produce positive outcomes or result in negative consequences. The most prevalent and common factor among those who suffer from mental and emotional instability is the lack of a normal response to any given situation.

Not everyone who has unstable thought processes and makes terrible decisions is diagnosed with mental illness. Many factors contribute to why a person makes inappropriate responses. But, the most significant factor is knowledge deficit and the inability to understand cause and effect.

“In essence, the cause is the thing that makes other things happen. The effect refers to what results. To put it concisely, the cause is why something happened, and the effect is what happened.”

Unfortunately, there are people who lack the ability to reason, which places others in harm’s way if they have to rely on that individual to make the best decision in a situation.

So, let’s put this concept to the test. If you ask someone, “How much is 1+1?” the expected response is “2.” If you receive other answers, then maybe you need to rethink whether it is in your best interest to depend on this person. Believe it or not, I have received different responses that include; “Is this a trick question?” “Are you serious?” “11,” “I don’t even know anymore.” A simple question or scenario can be utilized to ask, “What would you do?” to determine if an individual can reason and possesses sound judgment.

Our lives are shaped by the beneficial or the maladaptive experiences of our past and our present. God is fully aware of your life from the moment you were conceived, and He knew the path that you would be required to take. Even so, He does not take a cookie-cutter approach for guiding each of us to reach our fullest potential.

No two people are alike. Our personalities are as unique as our fingerprints. And speaking of fingerprints, there are 7.8 billion people in the world, and none of us have the same fingerprints. Only God! We can have a connection to the source and experience God’s incredible power for ourselves.

What if you have a history of making inappropriate responses that continually lead to mistakes and adverse outcomes? This is not about placing the blame on others. If you matured from a child to an adult in an unhealthy environment, and you are reading this blog post, then you also have the opportunity to change. We do not have to end up where we started!

Faith, Determination, and Perseverance are the building blocks to achieving a complete spiritual, mental, and emotional transformation.

Faith is simply believing in God. It is not complicated; there are no complexities to believing in an invisible God. When we take the giant step of praying and admitting that we do not know who God is, but we express the desire to know Him, we have taken the first step to invite Him in by opening the door to our hearts. It is at that point that God reveals himself in mighty and miraculous ways. Before they call, I will answer; while they are still speaking, I will hear. Isaiah 65:24

It takes an up-close and personal relationship with God to reap the benefits of having a healthy and productive life.

How we perceive ourselves, and the opportunities that exist, determine our ability to relearn and grasp new ideas, and practice behaviors which produce positive outcomes. Believing in oneself is the second most crucial factor in accomplishing even baby-step goals. If we feel that we cannot do what is required, then we cannot change or replace our misdirected thoughts and actions.

God has no limits! For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you.… Jeremiah 29:11-12

We can experience growth without limits when we are willing to accept Divine Intervention. Yes, there will be an intense struggle. There is no easy way to avoid falling rocks when we travel the Road of Righteousness. Even so, it can be done, and many are traveling the upward path with their spiritual guides. “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world, you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33

Are you ready to develop and reach your fullest potential? The journey that is before you is not one that you can travel alone. The Spiritual team of God the Father, Jesus His Son, the Holy Spirit, and a heavenly host of angels, are always ready to guide you in your earthly journey. Believers view life from a spiritual perspective. Every word, action, and pursuit should honor God. We confess and repent daily to maintain our purpose and our goal to obey God. Know this, that when we seek God, He gives us the strength to travel our spiritual journey, which is a life-long pursuit.

Without a spiritual transformation, our accomplishments are severely limited. Humanity has a common bond. Our cerebral cortex is unable to develop to the point that we do not make mistakes. Our Creator reiterates that He created us with boundaries: “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. Isaiah 55:8-9

There is a more significant threat to our health than the virus causing the global pandemic. Without a strong connection that develops from a sincere and prayerful relationship with God, our Spiritual health fails, and a state of well-being is non-existent. There is a path before each person that seems right, but it ends in death. Laughter can conceal a heavy heart, but when the laughter ends, the grief remains. Proverbs 14:12

The reality is that many of us live with so much chaos and confusion that we have adapted and accepted a New Normal long before the Coronavirus emerged. We have not resisted and stood firm against the declining modern norms and values of our societies. As a result, our faith has diminished, and we have embraced the self-reliance that permeates the thoughts and actions of unbelievers.

Has the pandemic shaken your faith in God? Are you focusing on your finances? What thoughts are prevalent and consuming the majority of your day? If you are attempting to figure out your current or future financial status, then you are at the highest risk of losing everything, including Eternal life!

Reflect! Under normal circumstances, you have prayed for guidance and have relied on God. In fact, you have always reflected on your blessings and have used your powers of reasoning–the cerebral cortex to determine the difference between truth and error. Despite your history, now you are caught up in the opposing struggle of having faith in God and self-reliance.

Cause and effect: We are not to be led by the status quo. When did we begin to accept the compromising values and declining morals of the majority? Self-evaluation is required to identify the reasons that caused us to take a detour from the Path of Righteousness. Yes, the process of eliminating the people, and the worldly pleasures that are influencing us to sin against God is challenging. However, now we have to deal with a discontented mind from our wavering faith and experience the consequences of disobedient decisions.

The remedy is to get back on track by praying and aligning our thoughts with God’s thoughts and plans as we prepare for Eternal life! Pray for forgiveness, grab your Bible, turn to Matthew chapter 6, and make the necessary changes to place your hands in the hands of the One who said, “Peace be Still.” Matthew 8:23-27. The same peace that Jesus Christ placed on the stormy sea is available to everyone who puts their faith and trust in God.

31 “Therefore, do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For after all these things, the Gentiles (Unbelievers) seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its trouble. Matthew 6:31-34

Whether you are accepting God for the first time or returning to your first love, Jesus Christ is our only choice. By faith, we confess, repent, believe, obey and victory is ours. Remain spiritually aware of the changes that are occurring that indicate Jesus Christ is coming to give us Eternal life.

Dear children, do not let anyone deceive you about this: When people do what is right, it shows that they are righteous, even as Christ is righteous. But when people keep on sinning, it shows that they belong to the devil, who has been sinning since the beginning. But the Son of God came to destroy the works of the devil. 1 John 3:7-8

But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away! 2 Timothy 3:1-5

Avoid the rebellious mindset of the status quo, as evidenced by their actions: “I don’t care about your God.” And Pharaoh said, Who is the Lord, that I should obey his voice to let Israel go? I know not the Lord, neither will I let Israel go. Exodus 5:2.

We must intentionally place ourselves in the position to obey the Voice of God. God is our Jehovah Jireh!

Pray for God’s guidance. Pray for peace, pray for strength, pray for an increase in your faith, and pray for God’s blessings upon your life. Knowing God is the total acceptance of His plan. God’s love, grace, and mercies release us from all fears. The decision to follow God is one of freewill. Thankfully, our acceptance of the Plan of Salvation gives us a sound mind and a worry-free life. We never have to make terrible decisions again. Life with God places us in the position to reach our fullest potential and keeps us in alignment with God’s plans to give us our greatest reward: Eternal life!

Bible Reading: Matthew 6

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By profession, I am a Registered Nurse, with a passion for helping others overcome the obstacles in their lives. I am a writer of Devotionals, Romantic Poetry, and Research Articles. The recent development of Mentoring and launching as a Motivational Speaker has prompted me to address real-life issues for women from a spiritual perspective.