MGHM Healing Brief, 12/14

The Ultimate Healthy Lifestyle

The world’s recipe for healthy living is a frenzied search for the best nutritional advice, the best workout, foods to avoid by all means, the most up-to-date herbal regimen, and what not. These things have their value, of course, but worldly wisdom never seems to grasp that miracle foods and miracle exercises are not really enough to do the trick.

In fact, the frenzied search itself is a health-buster: lots of anxiety, confusion, frustration. When we add these to the standard list of respectable sins such as resentment and gossip, it’s hardly surprising that health nuts aren’t necessarily healthier than the folks who spend their lunch-hours eating cheeseburgers.

Stay plugged into the power of God

What’s missing from the recipe? A member of our ministry team calls it "spiritual exercise"-- doing what’s necessary to stay plugged into the power of God. And how is that different from worldly exercise? Well, for starters, it’s not a process of self-torture with an ever-growing list of "do’s" and "don’ts." It’s not something we can do while texting with one hand and lifting a barbell with the other. And we can’t do it in the forty-five seconds it takes to walk from the parking lot to the office.

So we'll just have to turn off the frenzy, take a deep breath in the silence, and realize that we’re created to be with God--and that we can’t be fretting over the world’s concerns and intimate with God at the same time. The one difficult thing about "spiritual exercise" is that it can’t coexist with distraction. It requires our attention.

Drawing on His strength and energy

But once we’ve put the world’s clamor on hold and started waiting on the Lord--letting Him renew us as we worship Him, search His Word, pray, and listen for the guidance of the Holy Spirit--we can begin drawing on His strength and energy for daily living. And soon we’ll arrive at wholeness--good health, righteousness, peace and joy, plus everything we need to deal with what the world, the flesh, and the devil may be throwing at us on any given day.

To set you up for wholeness in 2015, I’ll borrow a few remarks from my Brief for June 2010: "Daily life in the Word will equip us to deal calmly with any evil, not just disease. By steeping ourselves in the Word until our thoughts are God’s thoughts, we prepare ourselves to serve as faith- conductors for the power of heaven to earth.

With the confidence of mature faith

"Then we go into action. We speak God’s Word with the confidence of mature faith, and God releases His power through our words. There’s no need to limit ourselves to health issues. We’re free to buy or sell houses by faith, choose spouses by faith, bring up children by faith, go shopping by faith, deal with the boss in faith, do the laundry and cook breakfast in faith, sleep and get up in faith--all in the strength that God supplies."

Dear one, may you live in the strength that God supplies, the fullness of His power and peace, all during the year to come--and forever!

                                                                                     Mary Graff  

Don't forget that . . .

God should be our first resort, not our last resort. Start taking time right now to build up the faith you need to receive His healing.

God is ready to heal us in every wayspiritually, physically, emotionally, and mentally.

God heals all types of disease, pain, sorrow, and infirmity. Nothing is too hard for Him.

God wants us to be healed, to be "whole" persons enjoying abundant life.

God expects us to cooperate with Him in getting healedthrough medicine, diet, exercise, and straight thinking. Everything that promotes healing is a gift from Him.

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