What Causes Stress? A Message From Pastor Michael

What causes stress is noted as being the features of arousal and fear; this occurs when the neurotransmitters are set in motion in our brain area, which called the hypothalamus. These transmitters trigger neutrons throughout the brain and release chemicals throughout the body. This in turn activates two nervous systems called the autonomic and the endocrine nervous systems (Comer 2009, p. 141).

The autonomic nervous system is a complicated set of fibers that connect the central nervous system (the brain and the spinal cord) to all of the other organs in the body. These fibers help control the heartbeat, blood pressure and perspiration (Comer 2009, p. 141). Likewise, there is the endocrine nervous system, which is a network of glands that are located throughout the body and these glands release hormones into our bloodstream which go on into other organs in the body (Comer 2009, p. 141).

These two system use two different pathways in our body’s, one is the sympathetic nervous system and the second is the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal​ pathway. It is the sympathetic nervous system that reacts when we face dangerous situations, as this group of autonomic nervous system fibers work to quicken our heartbeat as well as producing other changes that we experience as fear and or anxiety (Comer 2009, p. 141).

The hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal​ pathway secretes the adrenocorticotropic hormone this in turn stimulates the outer layer of the adrenal glands an area also known as the adrenal cortex; which in turn release a group of stress hormones called corticosteroids which includes the hormone cortisol and these travel to other body organs where they produce arousal and fear reactions. It is the reaction in these two pathways that are collectively referred to as the, “fight of flight response, simply because they arouse and prepare our bodies for a response to dangerous situations and or circumstances that make us uncomfortable (Dallman & amp; Hellhammer, 2011, as cited by Comer 2009, p. 142). There is also a second group of nervous system fibers that react when danger, arousal and or fearful situation have passed; it is called the parasympathetic nervous system (Comer 2009, p. 142).

Treatment of Stress Disorders, with the many levels of stress and the number of types of stress disorders, it is imperative to diagnose the type of stress that you are dealing with to best assist the client or patient. There are identifying differences in stress, one being that for most people the reaction subsides after the danger or arousal situation passes (Comer 2009, p. 142).

However, the other difference is that for others the arousal and or fear persist long after the situation is over and this is what is known as acute stress disorder or what’s currently being identified as posttraumatic stress disorder, which are patterns that arise as a result of a traumatic psychological event (Comer 2009, p. 142). These psychological traumatic events occur when a person is exposed to a life threatening situation, serious injury, and or sexual violation (APA, 2013, 2012, as cited by Comer 2009, p. 142).

Somatic disorders are the result of a person that suffers from excessive stressing or obsessing, concerns and anxiety about bodily symptoms that they may be experiencing and one’s life is greatly disrupted as a result of the symptoms. The symptoms can be long lasting and ultimately have no real known cause and the concerns of the individual are usually disproportionate to the seriousness of the person’s bodily problems (APA, 2013, 2012, as cited by Comer 2009, p. 240).

There are two distinctive patterns of the somatic symptom disorder, one being the somatization pattern and the other being predominant pain pattern. The somatization pattern is where the individual experiences a large varied number of bodily systems and in the predominant pain pattern, the person’s primary bodily problem is the experiencing of pain (Comer 2009, p. 240).

As for me personally, when I was suffering from my life of worldliness, I was prone to be stigmatized and diagnosed to be suffering from every type of stress and disorder that could be applied to one human being. From traumatic stress, depression, anxiety, with a bi-polar diagnosis, and server addiction tendencies, it wasn’t until I decided that I was not going to be the person the world said I was and instead allow the Holy Spirit to guide me in becoming what God had preordained and predestined me to become, that I started to experience the newness in and through Christ.

I decided to trust His word and promises on my life, which mean, yes, I started to read the word of God daily and not only reading it, but believing it and receiving it, in on and over my entire existence, in every situation and every circumstance, no matter what it looked like, I made a choice to trust what Jesus said and not what the world was telling me about me. Today I am truly what God said I am, I mean I literally have witness the word of God transform my very existence to that which He preordained and predestined me to be, see, do, speak, experience and share.

Today I live a life of freedom, victorious in Christ Jesus, with no doubt that I am the head and not the tail, that I am above and not beneath, I am no longer the borrower, but the lender. As I now live a life full of perfect peace and joy; free from the chaos of the world, this can only come from Jesus Christ. Today I have learned to stay prayed up and suited up; for the war has begun and I am a new creature in Christ, geared for battle, as I am a soldier for the Lord. A pastoral warrior constantly doing battle for the Lord, as He so purposed my life and prepared me for the test of this life, in this boot camp called earth, with all of its diagnosis and stress.

Which by the way, no longer apply to my life, because He has set me apart, as I now know that, not only has the price been paid for my freedom, but I have an inheritance called grace and salvation. Transformed in my mind, I am the redeemed of the Lord, so I have no more need to stress or allow anyone to tempt me to become stressed, “who the son sets free; is free indeed”, because Jesus paid the ransom, “once and for all.”

Blessing to you all,

Pastor Michael

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Thank you great man of God for sharing info and your personal testimony.
Be ever blessed to be a blessing.

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A message from the Pastor,

Greetings All,

The Lord has put upon my heart to share this message, I pray that it will be received as it has been given, “in love.”

Scripture reminds us that, “Whoever sows injustice reaps calamity, and the rod they wield in fury will be broken” (Proverbs 22:8 NIV) and “As I have observed, those who plow evil and those who sow trouble reap it” (Job 4:8 NIV),

But also, to our favor scripture tells us that, “Those who sow with tears will reap with songs of joy” (Psalms 126:9 NIV), and “A wicked person earns deceptive wages, but the one who sows righteousness reaps a sure reward” (Proverbs 11:18 NIV).

I also love this, “The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance” 2 Peter 3:9 New International Version). This to me speaks to Gods willingness to love us unconditionally in-spite of ourselves; even those that continue to sin against Him and continue to be rebellious over and over again, as we all seem to do every day.

My wife and I are going out with Gods Ministry to give out coats and some food and hygienic type items to people on the streets and shelters, please be in prayer with us for those that are in need.. There’s a special feeling of joy that comes from the one which allows one to give back; I believe it’s Gods provisions that afford us the spirit and provisions to give to those in need.

I love the discussion we’ve engaged in, it’s fulfilling… I hope your Turkey day is a day of true thanksgiving… I’m still a soldier. and military minded, just for the Lord now… So I have to go out and do battle on Thanksgiving, to let people know that Gods hasn’t forgotten them and still loves them dearly and that there is still time and plenty of hope….

Even though they continue to do the same thing over and over, if we would just put our faith in Gods faithfulness, it might be the one time that God uses us to reach that one soul, who might make a change and choose to say yes to the Lord. I just have to be the willing vessel to sow the seed of love and hope and watch God do what He does best, “love unconditionally.” I pray that this message will become food for the spirit and soul of the readers and that as it was sown and received; it shall also be reaped, “in love.”

Blessings All,

Pastor Michael

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“Oh, let the wickedness of the wicked come to an end, but establish the just; for the righteous God tests the hearts and minds” (Psalm 7:9 New International Version).

This week’s devotional is one that reminds me that life itself is a test, as this is the training ground, or boot camp, (Military perspective) for God’s people to learn how to exemplify the ways of Christ and thereby set the examples of how one who serves God should live.

Scripture also reminds me of how I should respond to the testing by God, as it states, “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything” (James 1:2-4 NIV).

What I know now from my own personal journey is that, “But God” negates everything prior to it, so when I look back on the trials I faced along my life’s journey; before I truly allowed God into my heart and developed a close and personal relationship with Christ Jesus. I can look back with joy now and not sadness or resentment, because when I look back now I see that nothing I experienced happened without Jesus’ approval. You see I believe the enemy has to get approval to test us and Jesus allows only so much temptation and testing to occur because, “He never allows more than we can handle.”

Ultimately each of these test and trials are meant to build us up and make us stronger, every attack, heat-break, loss, let down, and disappointment, is meant to help us grow stronger for service unto the Lord. This is how we learn to develop an attitude of servitude and gratitude, this is how we learn that the blessing of the Lord comes through our giving, as well as our receiving, this is how we learn to become the “victors and not the victims”, this is how we learn to become the “head and not the tail”, in all situations and circumstances.

This is how we learn that it is Christ who sustains us through our trials in life, this is how we learn to have confidence in God’s faithfulness and not just our faith and deeds. Because scripture also reminds me that,

What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it (James 2:14-26 NIV).

The world often times questions God and why He allows trials, but this I believe is how He draws us closer to Him, I use to always question God why? But now I have found that I find more peace in just trusting Him and having confidence in His faithfulness and promises to love me and never leave me.

So now I look for Him in the test and trials and He always seems to reveal Himself to me and there is where and when I find peace, not that it’s not challenging, but the joy is in the trusting, having confidence and in the knowing that He’s got me covered. Amen

Blessings all, and Happy Holiday’s,

Pastor Michael

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