Romans 12:2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
There is a passive killer in this fallen world and it is called stress! This is not only a Biblical truth but many branches of medicine all concur that stress really does kill. It will cause hypertension and the constriction of your blood vessels making your organs to start to fail.
I believe the medical community wandered on this phenomenon when they test on small animals. A small animal if put through a fear will sometimes just drop dead on the spot. The stress of the situation killed them. The various stressors could be seen as the cause, thus concluding this healthy animal died due to stress on their system.
In Romans 12, Paul exhorts “do not be conformed to this world”. He said this in my view for one thing (not the only reason) because he knew as every medical expert knows that the world is a stressor, and stress will kill you. He was also saying that being conformed to this world will cause spiritual degradation and death, not just physical death.
He then said “but be transformed by the renewing of your mind”. This is something we can do, which is it RENEW your mind. Stop stressing on negativity, and focus on positivity. Tony Robbins in his book “Unlimited Power” goes through an exercise. He explains that each of us has programmed our brains, so if we dwell 99 percent of the time on negativity and stressors, our brain is programmed this way. I believe he was correct!
Renewing your mind is a DEPROGRAMMING! It is taking the negative sin and fallen nature out, and reprogramming it with positivity! Robbins exercise was for the individual to replace a negative thought IMMEDIATELY with replaying the happiest moment in your life, and it could be several moments. For a Christian this could be when you realized Jesus saved you 2,000 years ago on the Cross. For others it could be the birth of a child, a graduation, a cure which was announced, these are all blessings from God by the way. But be that as it may, it DOES reprogram your brain from the degenerate negativity to positivity.
Removing STRESS is to renew your mind, deprogram the negatives out of it and replace the thoughts with positive ones.
Think on those times of stress in the past and then try to state anything good which came from it. There has been studies to indicate that many college kids come down with a illness just after their Finals, all due to the stress they went through.
Stress will KILL you! So remove it from your life!