There is a maxim that says “Health is Wealth”. The well-being of the human body is dependent on how well you take care of yourself. Maintaining Personal Hygiene, Exercising regularly, Eating well, Taking fruits and above all taking Water Regularly. All these are the medical tips proffered by Doctors.
Bear in mind that failure to Abide by these health tips can result in Deficiency. As it is in the Physical, so it is in the Spiritual. There are also Spiritual tips for Christians to live a Healthy life. But first we must note that man is a spirit being because he emanates from God. It’s from God that man finds his existence and it is on this note that when God in Genesis Chapter 1:26-27 and Genesis 2 shot man from eternity in to time, he began to exist as a living being.
Based on the foregoing, for a Christian to live a healthy life, there are tips to be followed. These are:
1. Living outside the Box of Sin
Sin as I define it is ‘Satan in nature’. This is because it is going against the will of God. There are laid down laws by which an organization is governed so does God. He gave a law to Adam not to eat of the tree of life and death but he did and this brought great consequences to him and mankind. Suffice, living in sin brings about an unhealthy Christian life. Paul the apostle in Romans 3:23 write that “For all have sinned and have come short of the glory of God”. The CCC Hymn 205 says “However little the sin, cannot come near thee (God)”. The more we go into sin, the farther we become from God thereby causing an unhealthy life.
2. Constant meditation on the word of God
Paul the Apostle in Colossians 3:16 writes that “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord”. This is because the word of God after it has encompassed the heart of man, it begins to grow and the Holy Spirit will work on it for the edification of the Spirit (Romans 5:5).
Joshua understood the essence of the word of God when he wrote Joshua 1:8. Just as food is essential for the Body, so also is the word of God a necessity for the Spirit. As we have mentioned earlier that man is a spirit being. The desire or thirst for more of God will prompt the reading and meditation of the Scriptures.
Permit me to say that God speaks to man through diverse media. Which can be through the Scriptures, Direct Revelations (visions or dreams), through books, Through Prophets (his messengers) at times through nature (as he did with Elijah).
3. Seeking to do His will
I say this that God is a being of intent and purpose. The determining factor whether a man will sail or sink in the life is his desire to do the will of God. Before the advent of the world, God saw the earth that it was null and void, suffice it made no meaning (Genesis 1). So He decided to make meaning out of the world. Before He did that he had a desire (a goal to fulfill) and this was made known in Genesis 1:28. Further more, Jesus in Luke 4:20 was reported to have found a place. For me, the place found was to Do the will of God. Jesus in Matthew 6 whilst teaching his disciples said “Thy will done on earth”. A while ago, I was sharing thoughts with my fiancée about ‘Doing the will of God’ and she said to me “The maxim Every disappointment is blessing in disguise, is wrong”. So I asked How? She said that for a man to walk outside the will of God will always result in disappointment and if such an individual tries that same thing again, he will get the same result. It was then that it dawned in me that everything a man walking in the will of God does will be successful. That is why we find that most people engage in a business producing low income but live large like he earns more. That is where I draw the line that doing the will of God will make life easier for man. And as such, births a Healthy Christian Life.
4. Understand the secret into God’s Presence
There are diverse ways into the presence of God. One of these ways is Praises and Prayer. Prayer is a form of spiritual labor. David understood these secrets and that is what won him the title as ‘The man after God’s own heart’. Prayers is a form of spiritual labor as David Oyedepo puts it. Living a Healthy Christian Life depends on how well you know your way into God’s Presence.
I would like to make mention amongst other things that Praising God and Prayers are activities that cannot be carried out by the flesh. The help of the Holy Spirit is required. This guarantees you the ability to live a Healthy Christian Life because the Holy Spirit will be the one responsible for your actions as it guides you all through.
Paul in Romans 8:14 wrote “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God”. To be able to live a Healthy Christian Life the Holy Spirit is required and as we made mention earlier that man is being. Man’s composition is made up of three elements (Body, Soul and Spirit). Living a Healthy Christian Life requires total submission to the will of God.
By OLUSOGA, Michael Ayomide
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