How To Live Spiritually Strong And Healthy?
Sickness and disease brings hazard to our health. It can take away our precious life. It is a great threat not only to our health but also to our daily activities. That's why people take a nutritious diet, take supplements and exercise to keep their body strong and healthy to repulse the free radicals from entering the body.
Spiritually; there is also free radicals like temptations, worry, fear, problems, hardships, sufferings, troubles and all forms of trials that want to have an entrance in our spiritual life; so we must also be strong and healthy.
How to Live Spiritually Strong and Healthy?
Are you hungry?
1. Eat the Bread of Life (the Word of God)
Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God (Matthew 4:4)
The Importance of Food
If we do not eat we become weak, get sick and die. Food is one of the most important things for living and nutrition. We must have a balance diet to have a right nutrition for our body. Man is a tripartite being compose of body, the physical, visible and tangible part, and spirit and soul, the spiritual, invisible and intangible part.
The Importance of the Bread of Life
If we feed the physical part we must feed also the spiritual part in order to live. Jesus said, man will live not only by material bread but by spiritual bread.We must take the bread of life, the word of God in order to live spiritually strong and healthy. It can satisfy our hunger. It is our spiritual food for our growth and nourishment. We must study and meditate the word of God day and night (Joshua 1:8). We must hold and use the word of God to overcome trials and temptations that want to invade our lives. It will empower our spiritual immune system.
As a low earner street food vendor, worry and fear about the future of our three little kids will always strike my life. I use the word of God to extinguish the flames of this free radicals. I'm holding God's promises to gain victory.
Jesus Used the Word of God to Overcome Temptation
Jesus overcome temptation at the wilderness because he use the word of God to defeat Satan. He is spiritually strong and healthy enough to stand the test.
Are you thirsty?
2. Drink the Living Water (the Holy Spirit)
On the last and greatest day of the Feast, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him. By this he meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were later to receive. Up to that time the Spirit has not been given, since Jesus has not yet been glorified (John 7:37-39).
The Necessity of Water
Water is also important to our body; if we do not drink we will faint and dehydrated and our health will be put in danger. Right amount of water everyday is needed by our body to sustain our health.
The Necessity of the Living Water
We must drink also the Living Water, the Holy Spirit to be strong and healthy spiritually. The Holy Spirit is the spiritual life giving water to quench our thirst. We must be full of the Holy Spirit to avoid spiritual illness. The Living Water will strengthen us in times of trials, sufferings and temptations.
The Living Water Empowers the Apostles to Stand Against Trials
The apostles after receiving the Holy Spirit, their spiritual health change. From weakness to strength and power; from fear to courage and boldness. No persecutions, oppositions, hardships, and threats hinders them from spreading the good news of salvation because of the power of the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:8).
The Living Water Empower Jesus to Triumphed Over Satan
Jesus triumphed over Satan during the temptation at the desert because he was full of the Holy Spirit. The spiritual free radical cannot penetrate the spiritual health of Jesus.
What supplement you take?
3. Take the Spiritual Food Supplements
The Importance of Food Supplements
We take vitamins and minerals, and energy booster supplements to energize our body to strengthen our immune system.
The Importance of Spiritual Food Supplement
Spiritually there are supplements full of anti oxidants that can repel the free radicals.
Prayer is one important spiritual food supplement necessary for our spiritual health. Prayer is communion or fellowship with God. It is our spiritual link to God. Because of the presence of God in fellowship man will have a full spiritual energy to drive back the free radicals. To energize our spiritual life; we must pray and connect to God continually (1 Thessalonians 5:17).
Prayer As Charger
Prayer is like charging a cellular phone. If it is in a low battery condition we charge it to make the battery full again. Prayer is the charger that connect from power source to the phone. The cellular phone is the Christians and the power source is the living God.
The Apostles Prayer
The apostles got warnings and threats from Sanhedrin; the highest Jewish Council with the High Priest as the President, not to preach and proclaim Jesus. They raised their voice together in prayer to God (Acts 4:24). They connect their lives to the Lord. Their prayer brought energy to their spiritual health because they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly (Acts 4:31).
Jesus' Prayer at Gethsemane
In Gethsemane; Jesus have been attacked by overwhelming sorrow to the point of death (Matthew 26:38). His sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground (Luke22:44). After surrendering his will to God in prayer, He was empowered to face his terrible death to save mankind from spiritual and eternal destruction.
Fasting As Filling Process
Fasting means abstinence from food and drink. It was like filling water to an empty container. To abstain from food and drink means we are making our self empty to be filled by the presence of God. Material and worldly cravings can weaken Christian's spirituality. We must fast to be filled with the Holy Spirit in order to energize our spiritual life to combat the free radicals.
Jesus Fast for Forty Days and Forty Nights
Jesus at the stage of testing beat Satan because he was full of the Holy Spirit. He fast for forty days and forty nights making his life full of energy (Matthew 4:2). The devil think Jesus was weak because he was hungry. The first temptation was about food. Satan was wrong because Jesus was strong.
C) Praise and Worship
God's Presence and Power Will Flow Through Praise and Worship
Praise and worship means to exalt or to honor God. By doing things God's presence will flow making us strong and healthy to stand against the free radicals.
Paul and Silas Prayed and Sings Praise and Worship Songs to God
Paul and Silas at the city of Philippi was attacked by the crowd, stripped and severely flogged and thrown into prison with a fastened foot. At midnight they prayed and sing hymns to God, and God's power create an earthquake and saving the jailer and his household. After their release they met and encourage the brothers at Lydia's house.
Their prayer and songs of praise and worship to God energize their life to encourage the believers and continue their missions. The hardships and injustice they had been encountered did not move them from spreading the good news.
Fellowship Brings Encouragement and God's Presence
Fellowship means companionship or association. Fellowship with the believers are important in our spiritual health as a Christian. When we meet together with our Christian brothers at the church, home or missions, we gain encouragement from them (Hebrews 10:25). The presence of God surely be with us because Jesus said, for where two or three come together in my name, there I am with them (Matthew 18:20). If we gathered together to glorify God he will join us in that fellowship to bless, guide and to energize our spiritual life. The early church expand because of the fellowship of the believers, showing love and helping each other, teaching, praying and praising God (Acts 2:42-47).
Do you have a regular exercise?
4. Have a regular Spiritual Exercise (our Obedience to God)
Have nothing to do with godless myths and old wives' tales; rather train yourself to be godly. For physical training is of some value but godliness has value for all things, holding the promise for both the present life and the life to come (1 Timothy 4:7-8).
The Value of Physical Exercise
In order to have a resistance from sickness, man undergo physical exercise or training. Many do walking, jogging, biking and some aerobic exercises. Others go to a fitness gym to build a strong muscles. They want to build a strong immune system to repulse the free radicals.
The Value of Spiritual Exercise
Spiritual exercise also is necessary to build a strong and healthy spiritual life. It also increases our resistance to spiritual sickness and diseases. It also build a strong spiritual muscles.
Paul Want Timothy to Have a Spiritual Exercise
Paul urge Timothy to have a godly training because godliness is more important than physical exercise. This spiritual training will produce life and strength to us.Godly training means to set our whole life in obedience to God.
Christians Must Have a Spiritual Exercise
We must have a walk with God daily through obedience. If we obey the will of God we will stand against the storms of life because our life has been founded on God, the rock (Matthew 7:24-25).
To live spiritually strong and healthy, we must eat the bread of life, drink the living water, take the spiritual food supplements, and have a regular spiritual exercise.