Often time, the word “health” is misunderstood.
How do we achieve optimum health? Many of us think this only pertains to eating habits. But that couldn’t be further from the truth.
To reach true optimum health, we must be diligent in mind, body and spirit. In order to accomplish this, we must honor God and acknowledge that we are His workmanship. Romans 12:1 (NIV) says: “Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.”
Maintaining our health is one of the best gifts we can give to God. Along with prayer, exercise and healthy eating, there are many ways to worship Him daily. Here are 5 ways to maintain health in spirit:
- Speak The Good News. “Death and life are in the power of the tongue” (Proverbs 18:21). Speaking light not only builds the Kingdom, it also helps to keep you healthy through faith and hope (Isaiah 61). There is a difference between having a negative thought and actually speaking that thought into existence. Try to speak of the positive aspects of life. If you speak only of the negative, not only will those negatives come to fruition, others will distance themselves from you. Speak positivity!
- Live by faith, not by sight. A large percentage of what enters our bodies daily is not through our mouths, but through our eyes and ears. Be sure that the media you ingest daily is edifying and your family, and for the Kingdom. We live in a secular world, that isn’t always prone to providing the best examples of Christian living. It is important to remember that our faith resides in the Lord, not in his earthly children.
- Our attachments can make us sick. As Bishop Blake said on Sunday, we can’t plant our seeds in a thorn bush. Bad habits can be destructive to health, but even in our compassion for others, we can sometimes internalize their afflictions and demons. Gently remind others that laying their burdens on Jesus connects them to an eternal wellspring of life and health.
- Physician, heal thyself! More and more, we’re relying on statistics, pills, and physicians who do not share our faith in the transformative, healing power we have through Jesus Christ (Matthew 8:1-17). Talk to yourself and talk to Jesus. He will steer you in the right direction in terms of healing, whether that be through a change in diet, a medical expert, or just a change in lifestyle!
- Guard your heart. According to the Center for Disease Control, heart disease is the number one killer of Americans today. Maintaining the health of your heart, and accessing the power of God’s universe through Christ, is key to a healthy and abundant life (Prov 4:23). Do your research. Determine was in good for your body and heart, and what isn’t. Don’t rely on others to tell you. God wants you to care for yourself and those around you!