Ultimate Healthy Lifestyle
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.
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
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
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.
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!
forget that . . .
God should be our
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
physically, emotionally, and mentally.
God heals all
types of disease, pain, sorrow, and
infirmity. Nothing is too hard for Him.
us to be healed, to be "whole"
persons enjoying abundant life.
God expects us to
with Him in getting healed—through
medicine, diet, exercise, and straight thinking.
Everything that promotes healing is a gift from
Healing Briefs here