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Sleep Is God’s Gift
Throughout the day, and when you sleep, your heavenly Father watches over you in love. Sleep is God’s gift, andto accept that gift is an act of trust. He restores your body and energy through sleep.
God’s Unlimited Resources Are Available to You
As you work to become healthier, you may find stress pulling you away from your goals. The problems of everyday life often tempt us to make unhealthy choices out of convenience or as a temporary fix for handling stress.
Think Clearly About What You Eat
When Daniel refused to be defiled by eating the food of King Nebuchadnezzar’s court, he presented the guard with another option: “‘Test us for ten days,’ he said. ‘Give us vegetables to eat and water to drink. Then compare us with the young men who are eating the food of the royal court, and base your decision on how we look.’ [The guard] agreed to let them try it for ten days. When the time was up, they looked healthier and stronger than all those who had been eating the royal food” (Daniel 1:12-15 GNT).
Commit to What’s Best and Not Just What’s Good
Many of us believe we can multi-task without limits. However, our brain isn’t a computer; it can’t run different programs simultaneously. When we think we are “multi-tasking,” we are actually switching rapidly between tasks. Our attention is divided. That’s why people crash their cars when they try to text and drive.
To Be Healthy, Focus on Today
Notice Matthew doesn’t say, “Give us today our weekly bread” or “Give us today our yearly bread.” God wants you to trust him one day at a time. You don’t need to be concerned about tomorrow until tomorrow. You don’t need to be concerned about next week until next week.
Stay Healthy By Accepting Others
God accepts us, despite our messy lives, impure motives, and irritating attitudes. One of the ways we reflect God’s love and bring him glory is to accept each other just as he accepts us. This means we accept others’ quirks and look past their faults in order to see a person created in the image of God.
Live a Joy-filled, Generous Life
Many people think the Bible is only filled with commands labeled “Thou shalt not …” They assume the Bible is all about restrictions that lead to a boring life. But God wants you to live a joy-filled, healthy life. Here are two more factors that the Bible says supports good health -
God’s Power for a Healthier You
God never wastes anything. God doesn’t waste the physical resources of water and energy in our environment. He reuses them in multiple ways. God doesn’t waste pain. If you give your pain to him, the Lord will use it to help others.
Make Time for Exercise
One of the ways we train for godliness is by maintaining our physical health. The truth is, your body was not designed for inactivity. God created you to be active. Even a daily walk will make a difference in your physical and spiritual well-being.
We’re Never More Like God Than When We Give
Heart disease is a serious problem in the western world. According to the Center for Disease Control, one in four American deaths are from heart disease.
Did You Know Worry is Optional?
You have three basic choices when it comes to the stress in your life: You can worry, you can ignore your stress, or you can relax and trust God.
Laugh, Play, Pray, and Hope
God meant for you to enjoy your life, not just endure it. He formed your body in a way that illustrates that truth. God’s Word is clear: Enjoying your life will lead to a healthier year.
How Can You Maintain Your Enthusiasm?
In order to reach your goals, you have to figure out how to maintain your enthusiasm over the long haul.
The Healing Power of Confession
It’s not just swallowing too much food that’ll torpedo your health. Swallowing your sin can have even more disastrous results.
Confession Keeps You Healthy
Confessing your sin is good for your health — any psychologist will tell you this. It’s good to clear your conscience and get things off your chest. Your body is not made to hold guilt inside you. When you do, it’s like shaking up a soda can with the top on. It will blow eventually.
Trusting God Is Good for Your Health
God has given you the gift of your body, and it comes with an owner’s manual: the Bible. In it are all the instructions you need to take care of yourself and live a long life.
God’s Prescription for Good Health
If there were a pill that promised to add years to your life, you’d probably pay a lot of money for it. But what if I told you that, as a Christian, you already have the key to a long life and that it’s free?
God’s Solution for Loneliness
The Bible encourages us to consider several things when we grapple with loneliness: First, focus on the needs of others. We can choose to turn our eyes toward other people, instead of staying focused on ourselves. And we can look for specific ways to serve them. The apostle Paul focused on telling more people about Jesus: “But the Lord stood at my side and gave me strength, so that through me the message might be fully proclaimed and all the Gentiles might hear it” (2 Timothy 4:17a NIV).
When You’re Angry, Slow Down and THINK
We save ourselves a lot of pain and heartache if we follow one simple rule: Slow down when we’re angry or hurt. The Bible says, “Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry” (James 1:19b NIV).
Every Day God Gives Opportunities to Help Others
Every day God gives you little opportunities to show kindness to people around you. As he does, he’s watching to see if you’re going to be self-centered or if you’ll notice the people who need a word of encouragement or a pat on the back or an errand done for them or some other practical means of help.
What’s Your Emergency Strategy for Temptation?
We talked about temptation just a few weeks ago, but I want to continue that lesson today. We need an emergency strategy for when we face temptation.
Delayed Obedience Is Disobedience
The Bible is full of life instructions. They’re called the commands of God. And he expects us to obey his commands right away. Imagine if a parent tells a child to do something and he or she says, “I’ll think about it.” Wouldn’t there be consequences?
Regardless of your story, God can use your past...
One of the best ways to discover how God wants to use you in the future is to look at how he has used you in the past. God doesn’t want you to waste your past. God wants to use it.
No One Else Could Have Made You, You
God planned every single day of your life. Before you took your first breath, God knew every single event of your life. Long before you were conceived by your parents, you were conceived in the mind of God. It is not fate, or chance, or luck, or coincidence that you are breathing at this very moment.
God’s Plans for You Started Before You Were Born
If you want to live a life of purpose and meaning, maximize the strengths God has given you. Find ways to do more of what you do well and less of what you don’t.
Articles last updated at Jun 24, 2017 01:36:39am.
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