February 9

Rest for the Weary

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?
1 CORINTHIANS 6:19

The first key to overcoming stress is to recognize or admit we are experiencing it, and look for the source of it. There was a time in my life when I was constantly having headaches, backaches, stomachaches, neck aches, and all the other symptoms of stress, but I found it very difficult to admit I was pushing too hard physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. I wanted to do all of the things I was doing and wasn’t willing to ask God what He wanted me to do. I was afraid that He would lead me to give up something I wasn’t ready to give up yet.
Although the Lord gives power to the faint and weary, if you are worn-out from continually exceeding your physical limitations, you will have stress. Our bodies are the sanctuary (home) of God, and we are in disobedience when we push ourselves past God-ordained limitations and live in continual stress. We all have limits and we need to recognize what they are and eliminate excess stress from our lives.
If you wear out your body, you can’t go to a department store and purchase another one, so take care of the one you have!

Getting regular rest is one of the wisest things you can do.

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