Do you not know that your body is the temple (the very sanctuary) of the Holy Spirit Who lives within you, Whom you have received [as a Gift] from God? You are not your own, You were bought with a price [purchased with a preciousness and paid for, made His own]. So then, honor God and bring glory to Him in your body. — 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 (AMPC)
Adapted from the resource New Day, New You – by Joyce Meyer
The word stress was originally an engineering term used to refer to the amount of force a beam or other physical support could bear without collapsing.
In our time, the word has been expanded to refer not only to physical pressure, but also to mental and emotional tension. As human beings, God has created us to withstand a certain amount of stress. We have problems when we push ourselves beyond those limits. But like so many people, because I have things to do, many times I’ll just keep pushing myself even though it’s causing me physical damage.
Of course, when either Dave or I feel sickness coming on, we immediately pray for healing. But if we become sick as a result of running our body down by pushing it beyond the limits God has set for us, we need rest as well as prayer to restore our health. The boundaries He’s put in place are for our own good; when we stay within them, we’ll experience more peace in our body and soul.
Prayer Starter: Father, please show me where my boundaries and limits are, and how I can stay within them. Thank You for giving me the wisdom and strength I need to honor You in the way I take care of myself. In Jesus’ Name, amen.