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Question What do these "hot flashes" mean?

I experience waves of heat, some more intense than others. The heat is usually felt in my torso up through my neck. It is not a medical phenomenon, but a spiritual one. I know this because, even though I haven't yet figured out what they mean, they go away if I change my thoughts and they return if I change them back. I am having a very hard time identifying the pattern.

I also experience chills when I am really "getting" the Holy Spirit--when my mind is completely focused on Him and I feel totally united with Him. I have heard other Christians talk about these chills or goosebumps--good ones, not creepy ones--when something significant spiritually seems to be happening.

I am wondering if these "hot flashes" I am experiencing are the opposite--a sort of warning or foreboding that is being given to me from God.

If you've had experience with this or if you have any insights at all, I would really appreciate it. It would also mean a lot to me if you could pray for me, especially about this. I want to discern God's will and make good decisions with a clear conscience, and there is something about this feeling that is getting to me. I am experiencing some general spiritual confusion right now.

Thank you, and God bless you.
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Why couldn't it be medical, or more properly stated, biological? Your brain is a part of your body, so perhaps certain thoughts are triggering your brain to stimulate your body.

For example, fear stimulates the brain to produce adrenaline, which causes a dramatic physiological reaction.

I would assume hot flushes to be more associated with some kind of bodily happening than anything of a supernatural origin.
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What exactly are you thinking about when the hot flashes happen?

Have you prayed and asked God for wisdom and discernment concerning this happening to you?
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There is this scripture that says we experience heat as a test. It's like a fire that forges us into something solid and reliable. Sometimes God uses problems and adversity to force us into relying on faith and not on health and wellness. Sometimes I experience this too, and can't stand it, but apparently it's God's will for us to go through. Try to dive into the peace of God and quote good scriptures to yourself. Like, the Lord is friendly and His goodnes endures forever. When we have it really hard and still God wants us to go through that hard time, He will also help us when we need it.
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Originally Posted by LWB View Post
Why couldn't it be medical, or more properly stated, biological? Your brain is a part of your body, so perhaps certain thoughts are triggering your brain to stimulate your body.

For example, fear stimulates the brain to produce adrenaline, which causes a dramatic physiological reaction.

I would assume hot flushes to be more associated with some kind of bodily happening than anything of a supernatural origin.
I think that it is in part biological. I just wanted to clarify that these aren't hot flashes from menopause or something like that.


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What exactly are you thinking about when the hot flashes happen?

Have you prayed and asked God for wisdom and discernment concerning this happening to you?
Here is an example from yesterday. A teacher asked me to substitute for her. God has made it pretty clear to me that this school is not a good place for me, and yesterday was going to be my last day there. But I was thinking that it would be good to have the money. Plus, it is very difficult for me to say no to people. I said yes, and as she started talking about the plans and what not, I was swept over again and again by this hot feeling. I realized that I should have said no, but my weakness for pleasing people and wanting money led me to say yes. So, I told her that I couldn't do it and the feeling left me. Then, I felt guilty and told her to e-mail me if she was in a pinch and couldn't find anyone, and the heat returned.

I have prayed for wisdom and discernment regarding this issue. I've also prayed for God to make it clear to me when I am involved in something good or something bad. I believe this may be the answer to that prayer.

I get confused by this feeling because I don't always know which way it's pushing me. Sometimes it happens when I have conversations with people and it is quite clear. I think about bringing something up, for example something gossipy, and I feel the heat. If I don't talk about the topic and stop thinking about it, it goes from me. If I do, it continues, often even after I stop talking.

But then there are times when it seems to happen for no reason whatsoever, when I'm by myself and not conscious of my thoughts. I find that confusing.


Originally Posted by lutherangerman View Post
There is this scripture that says we experience heat as a test. It's like a fire that forges us into something solid and reliable. Sometimes God uses problems and adversity to force us into relying on faith and not on health and wellness. Sometimes I experience this too, and can't stand it, but apparently it's God's will for us to go through. Try to dive into the peace of God and quote good scriptures to yourself. Like, the Lord is friendly and His goodnes endures forever. When we have it really hard and still God wants us to go through that hard time, He will also help us when we need it.
This is helpful information. Do you know which Scripture that is? What sort of situations make you experience the heat? Does it go from you once you focus on God and His Word?

I have prayed while I had the feeling, but I don't always find relief from it. In fact, sometimes I feel it even more intensely.

I think that my confusion is my stumbling block right now. I just need to trust that I do know, but I become very uncertain. I feel like the double-minded man who doesn't know what he looks like right after seeing himself in the mirror.
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It is very hard to say that your "hot flashes" aren't medically related especially since you are a woman. Women experience hot flashes for menopause and as well as during your menstrual cycle. Hot flashes can come during embarrassment, adrenaline rush, fear etc a number of things and since you said sometimes they just happen for no reason...I would think it would be more so one of these things. God bless.
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1 Peter 4:12 Beloved, think it not strange at the fiery suffering among you that is coming to try you, as if a strange thing were happening to you,

What I experience does not seem much like physical heat, it's just a certain spiritual impression of heat and intensity that seems too much for me to handle at times. I don't have it often, just very rarely. Sometimes I think it means love but then it is very uncomfortable and I don't quite know what to make of it either. That's why I like to quote refreshing bible verses like the one I mentioned in my other comment. I also like to remember the Holy Spirit whom Jesus calls the Water of Life.

And I don't know if this verse is about the same thing actually, in my german bible "fiery suffering" is given as heat but it may simply refer to the heat of persecution so please take all this with a grain of salt.

Pray, read your bible, go to church, stay in touch with other christians and try to act wisely, and you should be fine.
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Well I can suggest that you can put some of this to rest by going to the Dr and asking him to give your endocrine system a checkup and make sure everything is "all good" there.
We can get a heated feeling from stressful things and it can be "normal". BUT if it were "normal" for someone it should have been happening "all along".SO since this seems to be something relatively new for you it would be very wise to get a checkup.
Have you been having ANY other issues no matter how minor that have also started since this?
There is a thing called reactive hypoglycemia that can cause a "heated feeling" when your blood sugar drops to far. It causes an endocrine and sympathetic nervous system cascade in an attempt to compensate for the problem. This disorder can easily be missed with routine blood work. It is also expensive to do the test required to confirm it so a Dr will want to be REAL confident it is an actual problem before ordering this test.
To make sure this is not what is happening to you you can do some things at home to help you know if you need to bring it up to the Dr or not.
Do this on a day you don't work or have to drive anywhere. In the morning when you first wake up eat something super sweet. Like have an iced doughnut and a super sweetened cup of coffee. Yes it will gross if you don't care for sugar. Do not consume any milk or protein of any kind. Do not eat or drink anything else but water for the next four or five hours. Go about your business (don't just sit on the sofa but don't drive)
If you begin to feel ANY symptoms at all write them down and the time they happened. If you get real weak or dizzy or feel like you are going to pass out quickly drink a glass of orange juice and eat a piece of cheese. Then call the Dr right away and get an appointment asap. have someone stay with you while you do this.

If nothing happens and there is no heated feeling or other symptoms then a routine blood panel and regular checkup should be able to put your mind at rest.

If all is well physically then you can keep praying and asking God to help you "hone" this gift He gave you. You can always ask God more than once or ten times if we have to when we are trying to be obedient to Him but are unsure of ourselves. The Lord is very patient with us.
You are going to need to work hard at standing firm when God tell you to say no. I understand how hard that is. I have struggled with the same problem when I was younger. It took a lot of work to learn how to say no to people when God was saying "NO, don't do it". Just because something would not be a sin to do doesn't mean God always wants us doing it anyway.
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Originally Posted by Forealzchola View Post
It is very hard to say that your "hot flashes" aren't medically related especially since you are a woman. Women experience hot flashes for menopause and as well as during your menstrual cycle. Hot flashes can come during embarrassment, adrenaline rush, fear etc a number of things and since you said sometimes they just happen for no reason...I would think it would be more so one of these things. God bless.
I absolutely agree with you.
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It could be an adrenal reaction to the stress you feel when saying yes and wanting to say no plus the stress of wanting money and wondering if this is the avenue for it, etc. However, your adrenals would not do this if they were not themselves stressed. this could be your body warning you that your stress level is too high. because I am recovering from a long term illness of the adrenals, I can tell you this is not something to take lightly. It could be that your adrenals are sending you a warning shot with these flashes. take heed when you think you stand lest you fall. I fell into adrenal fatigue and it ravaged my life. Like Job, I'm getting it back step by step, but it's been hard road to travel. If you can avoid it, do. Learning to say no is a great place to start. If you have adrenal questions feel free to pm me. I've learned a lot--the hard way. and don't want others to have to learn that way.

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