Hypertension: Taking the Pressure Off - Part 4

Hypertension: Taking the Pressure Off - Part 4

Freedom From Guilt and Resentment

Guilt and resentment cause hypertension. Freedom from guilt 351 and resentment 352 lowers blood pressure. Okay, how do I do that? Easier said than done! Well, it’s not really something you can do on your own. You’re going to need help. Only God can accomplish this, with your cooperation. Are you ready?

Guilt comes from sin. “Sin is the transgression of the law.” 354 Being out of harmony with the loving God of nature and the universe; of this you must first be conscious. You probably already have a sense that something isn’t right, that you could use some more peace in your life?

How do I know if I have guilt? One of two ways: 1. Compare your life to the standard of God’s holy law 355 and see if there is a disparity between what you are and what it enjoins, “for by the law is the knowledge of sin.” 356 Go to the law, read the first commandment, 355 and ask God to reveal to you if you are in harmony with it. Then proceed to the following commandments and ask the same questions. 2. Compare your life with that of Jesus Christ, “Who did no sin.”, 357 meaning that His life was an example of what it is like to be at complete peace with God and keep His law free of guilt. Read His biographies at the beginning of the new testament (Mathew, Mark, Luke, John) of the Bible and ask God to reveal to you the differences between what you are studying and what your life could have been like if you had been like Jesus. This is another way of comparing your life to what the law enjoins and discovering where you may have sinned.

If, after trying this, you find yourself believing that you are problem free, it may only indicate that you have undertaken this comparison too superficially and need to spend a little more time with it. A thorough investigation will reveal that, “all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;”. 358 And, “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.” 359

God’s Holy Spirit will help you and your conscience will be awakened to see the evil of sin, its power and guilt. Sin separates you from God and peace, and brings you into bondage. It brings feelings of guilt that result in physical symptoms like hypertension. The more you struggle on your own to escape, “the more you realize your helplessness. Your motives are impure; your heart is unclean. You see that your life has been filled with selfishness and sin. You long to be forgiven, to be cleansed and to be set free. Harmony with God, likeness to Him, what can you do to obtain it?” 360

“It is peace that you need: heaven's forgiveness, peace and love in the soul. Money cannot buy it, intellect cannot procure it, wisdom cannot attain to it; you can never hope by your own efforts to secure it. But God offers it to you as a gift, "without money and without price." Isaiah 55:1. It is yours if you will but reach out your hand and grasp it. The Lord says, "Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool." Isaiah 1:18. "A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you. Ezekiel 36:26.” 360

Confess your sins, and in heart put them away. Say, “Dear God, I have sinned and have suffered the results of a sense of guilt and have the disease of high blood pressure. Please forgive me and give me a new heart to know you and live free from offence toward you and others.” Resolve to give yourself to God. “Now go to Him, and ask that He will wash away your sins and give you a new heart. Then believe that He does this because He has promised. This is the lesson which Jesus taught while He was on earth, that the gift which God promises us, we must believe we do receive, and it is ours. Jesus healed the people of their diseases when they had faith in His power; He helped them in the things which they could see, thus inspiring them with confidence in Him concerning things which they could not see--leading them to believe in His power to forgive sins. This He plainly stated in the healing of the man sick with palsy: ‘That ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (then saith He to the sick of the palsy,) Arise, take up thy bed, and go unto thine house.’ Matthew 9:6. So also John the evangelist says, speaking of the miracles of Christ, ‘These are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through His name.’ John 20:31.” 360

To maintain peace; freedom from blood pressure raising guilt, “Fight the good fight of faith,” 361 believe that God has taken care of your past sin(s), read daily His word to learn new things that will help keep (blood pressure raising) guilt away and “press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” 362 “To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honor and immortality, eternal life:” 363 Rest in the assurance of eternal life and a good afterlife.

Resentment and Bitterness: Resentment and bitterness arises out of misunderstanding between people. It comes from not forgiving someone else. It is a form of anger. Resentment and bitterness grow if not checked. Do not allow the wound to fester and break out in poisoned words, which taint the minds of those who hear. Do not allow bitter thoughts to continue to fill your mind. “Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people, but thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself: I am the LORD.” 364

Go to your brother, and in humility and sincerity talk with him about the matter. “Moreover if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone: if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother. But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established. And if he shall neglect to hear them, tell it unto the church: but if he neglect to hear the church, let him be unto thee as an heathen man and a publican.” 365 At this point you have done your part, no matter what the outcome, choose to let God have the feelings of resentment and bitterness and fill your mind with glad saying like from the Bible books of Psalms or Proverbs. Patience and Forgiveness Lower Blood Pressure

People who cultivate the characteristic of patience enjoy much more normal blood pressures. 366 This reminds me of a very important passage 9 in the last book of the Bible, “Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.” 367

A spirit of forgiveness has been shown to bring blood pressure down. 368 “Forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you.” 369

Religion, Bible Study and Prayer Lower Blood Pressure

In stressful situations, prayer has been shown to lower blood pressure. 370 Further, people who attend religious services, 371 and pray or study the Bible frequently, have a 40% lower risk of hypertension. 372 People who substituted religious media (TV or Radio) for personal experience and social contact with other believers suffered elevated blood pressures. 372

Most people find wars and natural disasters like hurricanes and earthquakes stressful. In the wake of earthquakes and other stress raising natural disasters more people come down with high blood pressure. 373 I would advise you to avoid this source of stress, but I would be misleading you if I asserted that these situations were going to become less frequent. “For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be earthquakes in divers places, and there shall be famines and troubles: these are the beginnings of sorrows.” 374 In other words, you have not seen anything yet. And as we get closer to the second coming of Jesus Christ these things will be come more and more common. Stress management needs to be God derived to meet such impending devastation.

Does Love Last Forever?

We have already discussed the impact of major stressful life events on the development of high blood pressure. One such major stressful life event is the loss of a loved one. A study out of the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor), revealed that older adults who lost a loved one to death, but who believe in a good afterlife were much less likely to develop hypertension. 375 This raises an important question; do we have reason to believe in a good afterlife? If not, we’re all headed for high blood pressure. If God is, as many religions teach, just waiting to roast sinners in the fires of hell for eternity, stage II hypertension here we come! But what is the truth about the afterlife?

Jesus was right up front in telling us, that after He left this earth, He would be preparing to have us join Him. “Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.” 376 When are we going to join Him? When do we get this reward? “For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works.” 377 He will be rewarding everyone at His second coming.

How will He know who to give the good rewards to and who to exclude? “I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom;” “Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.” 378 God makes a decision on that in a court setting called the judgment. 379 Clearly no judgment has been made or reward given at this point in history; it does not occur until His second coming. Even Paul waits for that day to receive his “crown of righteousness”. So all, dead or alive, good or evil, are still awaiting for the judgment and their reward.

What about those who have already died? Jesus said, “Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.” 380 Jesus has yet to raise the dead so that they can receive their reward. No one is currently burning in hell or enjoying heaven.

What are the dead doing right now? Can I talk to one of them? Will any of them remember me? What says the Scriptures concerning these things? The beloved David declares that man is not conscious in death. "His breath goeth forth, he returneth to his earth; in that very day his thoughts perish." 381 "In death there is no remembrance of thee; in the grave who shall give thee thanks?" "The dead praise not the Lord, neither any that go down into silence." 382 Solomon bears the same testimony: "The living know that they shall die; but the dead know not anything." "Their love, and their hatred, and their envy, is now perished; neither have they any more a portion forever in anything that is done under the sun." "There is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest." 383

When will this resurrection take place? “For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive [and] remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive [and] remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words.” 384 That is really comforting and helps produce good blood pressure.

Even the Old Testament character Job was aware of this future resurrection: “If a man die, shall he live again? all the days of my appointed time will I wait, till my change come. Thou shalt call, and I will answer thee: thou wilt have a desire to the work of thine hands.” 385

What change was Job anticipating at the ressurection? Paul answers this for us, “In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.” 386 If you are faithful to God, you have the promise of a new body at Jesus’ return, free from diseases such as hypertension.

The outcome of the judgment at the second coming of Jesus is that the righteous go to heaven and the wicked to hell. For some people the resurrection is the beginning of a happy afterlife, these are the ones we discussed earlier who believe in a good afterlife and experience lower blood pressure now. “And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.” 387

And what is the punishment of those who choose to reject God’s offer of forgiveness and mercy? Is hell forever? Contemplating hell is daunting, and the thought of being condemned to go there could certainly raise blood pressure. Why should there even be a hell? “Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:” 388 Hell was never intended for you or I. It is for the devil and his angels who oppose God. But, if we join the devil in sin, in fighting the righteous law of God, then we are choosing to join the devil in his plight. Really, God would rather we repent and choose His way of life: “The Lord is…longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” 389

Do the wicked suffer in the fires of hell through all eternity? “For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the LORD of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch. And ye shall tread down the wicked; for they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet in the day that I shall do this, saith the LORD of hosts.” 390 So really, although it is a fearful ordeal, it is self-limited, it comes to an end, all that is left is ashes. Matthew speaks of this, “Whose fan is in his hand, and he will throughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.” 391

Burned Up!

Has this ever happened before? It has: “Even as Sodom and Gomorrah, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves 10 over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.” 392 These cities were very rebellious against God and His Law so God destroyed them with eternal fire as an example of hell. Are they still burning? Of course not, but they did burn to ashes, to be trodden under foot, as the wicked will be.

Okay, but what if my loved ones choose a life which lead to hell, won’t this be on my mind through all eternity? No, “And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes” 393 “For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth: and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind.” 394

Will God bring a complete end to all sorrow, pain, the high blood pressure? “What do ye imagine against the LORD? he will make an utter end: affliction shall not rise up the second time.” 395

While those who do not embrace God’s ways and law are “as though they had not been.” 396 , the righteous will be enjoy being with Jesus and eating from the Tree of Life whose leaves are for healing, “In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.” 397 Perhaps for healing even of hypertension. We know that there will be no disease in heaven. “And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.” 393 What a wonderful day that will be! Don’t you look forward to that—Total freedom from death, sorrow, crying and pain? Are you ready to be healed?

Review and Recap

Let’s review: Blood pressure is a produce of the pumping of the heart, the size of the blood vessel through which the blood must flow, the thickness of the blood, and the volume of blood to be pumped.

A fast heart rate pumps more blood than normal and increases blood pressure. We call this tachycardia. Common causes of tachycardia are: stress, having poor cardiovascular fitness (being out of shape), caffeine, tobacco and dehydration.

If the blood vessels tighten up or constrict, making the blood vessel size smaller, higher blood pressure is required to get the required amount of blood to its destination. We refer to this tightening up effect as vasoconstriction. Vasoconstriction is caused by: psychological and physical stress, thermal stress from cold exposure, caffeine, tobacco, and dehydration.

Blood vessels normally expand and relax with each heartbeat. If the blood vessels become hard, their stiffness resists the free flow of blood and up goes the blood pressure. Atherosclerosis is an example of this process, so are sugar glycation, endothelial dysfunction, and stiffness of the blood vessels running through muscles from a sedentary lifestyle.

If the blood becomes thick and sludgy, more pressure is required to carry it through the blood vessels and hypertension results. When blood gets thick we say that the viscosity has increased too much. Examples of the blood thickening threats include: dehydration, overeating, psychological stress, a diet too rich in fat and refined carbohydrates, and high blood cholesterol or triglycerides.

If the blood vessels are being choked by something pressing on them from their sides, the effect is like putting your thumb over the end of a garden hose, the result is increased blood pressure. We call this external compression. Things that press on the blood vessels include tissue swelling, atherosclerotic plaque, sugar coating called glycation (usually from diabetes), inflammation, and especially tight clothing like belts and elastic bands.

Finally, if the volume of blood increases, this increases the amount of blood entering the heart, which in turn increases the amount of blood leaving the heart and with each beat this increases the overall blood pressure. We often refer to this phenomenon as fluid retention. Lifestyle habits causing volume overload include eating too much salt, obesity, a sedentary lifestyle, poorly clad chilled extremities and kidney failure. Summary: Letting Hypertension Go! • Keep well hydrated with pure vitalizing water; add a little fresh lemon juice too. • Take regular time for enjoyable exercise in the great outdoors, far from traffic, pollution, cities and stressful crowds. • Get plenty of warm sunshine and invigorating fresh air. • Eat a delicious unrefined whole plant based diet, high in fiber, minerals, vitamins and antioxidants; low in salt, with no refined carbohydrates, processed fats, or hypertension causing animal products. • Avoid the pitfalls of tobacco, caffeine, alcohol, drugs, fried foods, fructose, sodium, MSG and overeating. • Make weight control a habit. • Guard your sleep and evaluate its quality for effectiveness. • Let God know you need Him to release you from stress, guilt, fear and hypertension. Rely on Him for guidance as you come more into line with His original plan for diet and lifestyle.


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