This is my comfort in my affliction, That Your word has revived me and given me life. (Psalms 119:50 AMP)
The word used for affliction in this verse means a state of misery, oppression or discomfort; this can be physically, mentally, or spiritually. Basically, it means any kind of stress. A new documentary was recently released, “One Nation Under Stress”. The title is a play on words from the USA pledge of allegiance line, “One nation under God”. I have not seen the documentary but I’m willing to guess that it did not make a correlation between a person’s level of faith in God and their level of stress.
Faith comes by hearing a Word from God and believing it. Faith and hope in God relieve stress. Believers in Christ face problems like everyone else, but they also have hope in God and comfort from His Word and Holy Spirit.
Now more than ever people need to be very careful about their sources of information. A word from God carries an impartation from God of His light, life and love. A word from someone with the wrong perspective carries the opposite. If you receive a word it becomes a thought, thoughts become speech, and actions follow. A word takes you somewhere and changes what you are conscious of. A word that you meditate on will become a part of who you are. It will change who you are, for good or bad. Choose to listen to words of life. Life is in the Word of God.
Jesus answered and said, “It is written, ‘MAN SHALL NOT LIVE ON BREAD ALONE, BUT ON EVERY WORD THAT PROCEEDS OUT OF THE MOUTH OF GOD.'” (Matthew 4:4)