Insights into Cardiovascular Disease
How Fear and Stress Affect Your Body
Part 1 of 2
Have you ever wondered what causes cardiovascular disease?
Did you know that there are heart malfunctions which are classified as heart disease but are not a disease at all? They are syndromes – the heart is malfunctioning although there is no organic problem behind it. Medical research shows that many of these diseases including angina, atrial fibrillation, mitral valve prolapse, high blood pressure, hypertension, arrhythmic heart problems and more, are fear, anxiety, and stress related. In the Bible, God has placed insights into what fear is and how to overcome it. In fact, the Bible directly links fear to heart problems. These insights into cardiovascular disease may be just what your heart needs to be returned to health and peace and to function the way God designed it to.
Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth… Luke 21:26 KJV
How fear and stress affect your heart
Our body directly responds to our thoughts. We can use angina as an example: when a person is struggling with fearful and anxious thoughts, it can cause a constriction of the heart muscle. This makes it more difficult for the blood to travel freely through the blood vessels. This binding is what causes the pain of angina.
What's so bad about fear?
Many people ask us, what is so wrong with fear? Weren't we created with it for self-protection? Yes… and no. God designed us with a fight or flight mechanism so that when we recognize a danger, our body can redirect our energy into the necessary muscles that will help us to either fight or flee from the danger.
The problem comes when we become fixated long term on fearful or stressful thoughts, our body remains in this state of stress long term and what was designed for our self-preservation becomes unhealthy to us. Breakdown begins to occur in our body.
This is a trick that the enemy uses to keep us in bondage, he will feed us thoughts of worry or dread that rob us of our joy today and try to project evil into our future. He wants to keep us from being able to completely trust God with our lives and submit ourselves to Him.
The enemy knows that in that place of trusting God, we will have victory over him and over the disease.
The LORD [is] my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, [and] my high tower. Psalm 18:2 KJV
And the LORD shall help them, and deliver them: he shall deliver them from the wicked, and save them, because they trust in him. Psalm 37:40 KJV
Down the family tree
It has been noted by the medical community that many of these heart diseases follow family trees. They often see the same condition affecting a person that affected their parents and even grandparents before them. There is evidence in some of these situations of genetic markers leading to a predisposition to these diseases. But may we submit that a genetic predisposition is actually a spiritual predisposition as well?
From our observation, a spirit of fear, anxiety, and stress can track with the generations just as any other type of iniquity can. It becomes a learned behavior that is so familiar, many of us don't even know or recognize the difference. It looks like this: perhaps a grandparent struggled with fear, stress, and anxiety, then their child learned and came into agreement with that same pattern of thinking and then, in turn, passed it on to their children.
A spirit of fear will take whatever open door it can into the next generation in order to program and train each person in its ways. It can even come in from the womb if the mother is struggling with fear and stress during her pregnancy.
The LORD [is] longsuffering, and of great mercy, forgiving iniquity and transgression, and by no means clearing [the guilty], visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth [generation]. Numbers 14:18 KJV
Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear [the guilty]; visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children’s children, unto the third and to the fourth [generation]. Exodus 34:7 KJV
What does God say about it?
We have to be careful that we don't get so preoccupied with what science says about our condition that we forget to take time to find out what God thinks. He created everything and He knows everything, including the innermost thoughts and intents of your heart. If that's the case, don't you think that He might have some answers for your life?
For the word of God [is] quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and [is] a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Hebrews 4:12 KJV
It may be that He wants to heal you and deliver you from all your fears and your diseases. He holds the keys to releasing you and your subsequent generations from the consequences of your iniquity. If you ask Him to and seek Him about it, He truly can deliver you from all of your fears.
I sought the LORD, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears. Psalm 34:4 KJV
The Be in Health® Team
Read part two of this article to learn how to overcome fear and stress in your life and be restored to wholeness of life and health in God.
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