Healthy Body

A New Year is approaching w/ new resolutions, new ads); get in shape, join a gym, try a new diet – most stop after a few weeks.

I’ve done the same.  

Flashback to my annual physical appointment …..“Everything looks good, except you have High LDL cholesterol (Low-Density Lipoprotein)”   “that’s not a problem unless someone in your family has died of a heart attack”.

LDL= fragments of cholesterol (plaque) attach to blood stream wall and clogs the arteries causing heart attacks and strokes more likely.

2 options: medication or treat myself (discipline)

Doctor List of foods to eat, not eat

Appointment on same day with a brother to discuss some spiritual areas that I was struggling with & I realized I was both physically and spiritually unhealthy.

I/we want to be HEALTHY, physically and spiritually living and growing and loving.

Ephesians 4:16 – He makes the whole body fit together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love.

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5 healthy habits 

  1. Eat Right (nutrition)– strengthens my body
  • Physically eat:
    • More whole foods (vegetables, fruits, fish, Drink lots of water)
    • Less processed foods (baked goods…)
    • In moderation (pork, red fatty meats, eggs)
  • Spiritually eat:

John 6:55-58– “For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink. 56 Anyone who eatsmy flesh and drinks my blood remains in me, and I in him. 57 I live because of the living Father who sent me; in the same way, anyone who feeds on me will live because of me. 58 I am the true bread that came down from heaven. Anyone who eatsthis bread will not die as your ancestors did (even though they ate the manna) but will live forever.”

Matthew 5:6– “God blesses those who hunger and thirst for justice, for they will be satisfied”

Acts 2:42– “All the believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, and to fellowship, and to sharing in meals (including the Lord’s Supper, and to prayer”.

Hebrews 5:11-13 – There is much more we would like to say about this, but it is difficult to explain, especially since you are spiritually dull and don’t seem to listen. 12 You have been believers so long now that you ought to be teaching others. Instead, you need someone to teach you again the basic things about God’s word. You are like babies who need milk and cannot eat solid food. 13 For someone who lives on milk is still an infant and doesn’t know how to do what is right.

  1. Exercise Routinely – conditions my body
  • Physically – exercise more by being active:
    • walking
    • aerobic activity that exerts the heart (swimming, running, biking)…sports
    • reading
  • Spiritually – exercise

1 Peter 1:13 –“So prepare your minds for action and exercise self-control.”

1 Timothy 4:8– “Physical training is good, but training for godliness is much better, promising benefits in this life and in the life to come.”

1 Corinthians 14:4– “A person who speaks in tongues is strengthened personally, but one who speaks a word of prophecy strengthens the entire church”.

  1. Eliminate Rot – rids my body
    • Physically –eliminate (cut out) the fat; unnecessary clutter, burden, stress, distraction
      • Belongings (Spring cleaning)
      • Activities
      • Technology (TV, social media, media, talk radio)
      • Relationships (toxic)

Proverbs 16:24 – “Kind words are like honey, sweet to the soul and healthy for the body.

Proverbs 20:6– “Many will say they are loyal friends, but who can find one who is truly reliable?”

  • Spiritually – eliminate (cut out)
    • Sin

Job 11:13-15 – “If only you would prepare your heart and lift up your hands to him in prayer! 14 Get rid of your sins, and leave all iniquity behind you.15 Then your face will brighten with innocence. You will be strong and free of fear.”

  • Evil behavior –

1 Peter 2:1 – “So get rid of all evil behavior. Be done with all deceit, hypocrisy, jealousy, and all unkind speech.”

  1. Expand Rest – recoupes my body
    • Physically –expand rest time for the body & soul; (sleep, naps, sit), Sabbath, vacation
    • Spiritually –expand rest (spending time with Jesus and knowing him)
      • Rest

Matthew 11:28-30 – Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.29 Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls.30 For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.”

Hebrews 4:10 – “For all who have entered into God’s rest have rested from their labors, just as God did after creating the world.”

  • Peace (God gives strength)

Psalm 29:11 – The Lordgives his people strength. The Lordblesses them with peace.

John 14:27– “I am leaving you with a gift—peaceof mind and heart. And the peaceI give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.”

  • Examine Regularly – checks my body
  • Physically –have your body and your blood examined by a physician (outside and inside)
  • Spiritually – have your soul examined by the great physician

Psalm 139:23-24 – “Search me, O God, and know my heart;test meand know my anxious thoughts.Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life.

When I think back about the 2 options: medication or treat myself.  I could have easily chosen the easy way out and just take the drugs for the rest of life and accept that as my future.

I also think how I got there & how I’ve been so complacent and comfortable physically and spiritually for a long time.

Movie – WALL-E

Main character (WALL-E) – waste collector droneWaste Allocation Load Lifter,

Space-faring cruise shipfull of obese, infant like consumers (Americans) who are too bloated to walk and too lazy to think,spend their days immobile in hovering lounge chairs, staring at ads on computers screens.

Satire of humanity – Wall-Etells us that if we don’t change the way we live, we’ll all get really fat and destroy the world. The plot begins with the idea that a megacorporation called Buy N Large has essentially taken over the planet and induced so much consumption and waste that humans must escape their dying planet on an enormous, space-faring cruise ship. Once onboard, their self-destructive tendencies only get worse: After 700 years adrift, humans have grown too bloated to walk and too lazy to think.

John 10:10 NKJV The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy.“I have come that they may have life, and that they may have I more abundantly

God did not create us for salvation followed by comfort and complacency as we wait for eternal life.  We were created for life abundantly now.

Death and life are in the power of the tongue.  Death and life are in the blood.

Hebrews 12:1 – Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sinthat so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.

How’s your health?

When was the last time you relented and were examined by the Great Physician?