FIVE HEALTHY HABITS
3 John 1:2 - Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.
Proverbs 3:7-8 - Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil. It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones.
The spiritual life is associated to some degree with the physical life, as 3 John 1:2 indicates. In seeking spiritual transformation, it can be helpful to also focus on developing healthy physical habits. Five healthy habits include: Healthy people... 1. Eat healthy foods, 2. Think healthy thoughts, 3. Manage their energy, 4. Enlist supportive friends. 5.Depend on God.
1. HEALTHY PEOPLE EAT HEALTHY FOOD
Daniel 1:15 - And at the end of ten days their countenances appeared fairer and fatter in flesh than all the children which did eat the portion of the king's meat.
1 Corinthians 6:13 - Meats for the belly, and the belly for meats: but God shall destroy both it and them. Now the body is not for fornication, but for the Lord; and the Lord for the body.
2. HEALTHY PEOPLE THINK HEALTHY THOUGHTS
Luke 11:34 -The light of the body is the eye: therefore when thine eye is single, thy whole body also is full of light; but when thine eye is evil, thy body also is full of darkness.”
Unhealthy focus – bad life
Healthy focus – good life
Proverbs 4:20-23 - My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings. Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart. Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life. Put away from thee a froward mouth, and perverse lips put far from thee.
Be careful what you think because your thoughts rule your minds:
Romans 12:2 - And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
1 Corinthians 6:19 - What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?
3. HEALTHY PEOPLE MANAGE THEIR ENERGY
Two things are needed in energy management – rest and exercise.
Psalm 127:2 It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows: for so he giveth his beloved sleep.
1 Timothy 4:7b-8 - But refuse profane and old wives' fables, and exercise thyself rather unto godliness. For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come.
4. HEALTHY PEOPLE ENLIST SUPPORTIVE FRIENDS
Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 - Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour. For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe to him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not another to help him up.
Hebrews 10:25 - Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.
5. HEALTHY PEOPLE DEPEND ON GOD
Luke 17:19 And he said unto him, Arise, go thy way: thy faith hath made thee whole.
GREATER MOTIVATION - 1 Corinthians 10:31 Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.
GREATER REWARD - 1 Corinthians 9:25 And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible.
GREATER POWER - Philippians 2:13 For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.”
Terry has been the Senior Pastor of Liberty for 28 years. He and his wife, Karen, have 4 children, 10 grandchildren, and 1 spoiled dog named Cooper.