HEALTH, GOD’S WORD ON
Health is well-being-physical, mental, emotional, moral, spiritual. We can be
physically sick while mentally, emotionally, morally, socially, and spiritually well.
Or we can have health and sickness in any other combination.
Tragedy strikes when several of these gang up on us, as they often do.
Sometimes emotional sickness or spiritual sickness induces physical sickness.
Or sometimes we are so physically ill that it takes us down emotionally
and spiritually. At the headwaters of all health is spiritual health, being fit
spiritually, in tune with the Lord God himself.
HOW CAN GOD USE MY SICKNESS IN A POSITIVE WAY
2 Corinthians 12:7-9 . . . To keep me from getting puffed up, I
was given a thorn in my flesh . . .Three different times I begged the Lord to take it
away. Each time he said, “My gracious favor is all you need. My
power works best in your weakness.”
Romans 5:3-4 . . . We can rejoice, too, when we run into
problems and trials, for we know that they are good for us-they help us learn to
endure. And endurance develops strength of character in us, and character strengthens
our confident expectation of salvation.
We never welcome sickness, pain, or weakness. But we rejoice in the
fruit that often comes from these things-patience, reliance on God’s strength, and
gratitude to God for what we do have.
HEALTH IS A TREASURED GIFT FROM GOD
Psalm 103:1-3 . . . He forgives all my sins and heals all my
SIN IS A TERMINAL ILLNESS. GOD IS THE GREAT PHYSICIAN
Jeremiah 30:12-13, 17 . . . You are beyond the help of any
Romans 6:23 . . . The wages of sin is death, but the great gift
of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.
These verses show how incurable sin is: It is a terminal disease,
leading not merely to death, but eternal death. But God can heal and restore
spiritual health through his gift of salvation.
HOW CAN MY ATTITUDE AFFECT MY HEALTH
Proverbs 17:22 . . . A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a
broken spirit saps a person’s strength.
It’s both a Bible truth and a fact of life-a positive, cheerful
disposition has a positive impact on our health.
WHEN YOU ARE AFFLICTED WITH A HEALTH PROBLEM, LET GOD SHOW HIS GREAT STRENGTH TO
YOU. HIS POWER IS GREATEST IN OUR WEAKNESS
2 Corinthians 12:7-10 . . . I was given a thorn in my flesh . .
. Three different times I begged the Lord to take it away. Each time he said, “. . .
My power works best in your weakness.”
When we are weak, God’s power and strength can be more easily seen in
us. When we think we are self-sufficient, God will not exercise his greatest strength
WE SHOULD NOT REJECT A FRIEND WHO IS SICK
Galatians 4:13-14 . . . Even though my sickness was revolting to
you, you did not reject me and turn me away.
Sickness in a friend or loved one may be unpleasant, but that is no
reason to reject anyone. It is easy to stay away from older family members when their
health fails. We should treat others, even when they are sick, as though they were
angels from God.
EXERCISE IS GOOD FOR US PHYSICALLY AND SPIRITUALLY
1 Timothy 4:8 . . . Physical exercise has some value, but
spiritual exercise is much more important, for it promises a reward in both this life
and the next.
As our body needs exercise to keep physically fit, so our soul needs
exercise, practicing being a better Christian, to keep fit spiritually.
WHY DO WE GET SICK
1 Corinthians 15:43 . . . Our bodies now disappoint us, but when
they are raised, they will be full of glory. They are weak now, but when they are
raised, they will be full of power.
Our physical bodies are victim to physical ailments. But our souls are
also victim to spiritual ailments. God can heal either or both.
HOW DO I FIND REST IN TIMES OF POOR HEALTH
Psalm 73:26 . . . My health may fail, and my spirit may grow
weak, but God remains the strength of my heart; he is mine forever.
Whether we have good health or poor health, we must rely on God for
strength of spirit. He gives us the strength to hold on to our hope of eternal life
where there will be no more health problems!
HOW DO I KEEP MY SOUL IN GOOD HEALTH
1 Timothy 4:7-8 . . . Do not waste time arguing over godless
ideas and old wives’ tales. Spend your time and energy in training yourself for
spiritual fitness. Physical exercise has some value, but spiritual exercise is much
more important, for it promises a reward in both this life and the next.
Spiritual exercise is as purposeful and strenuous as physical exercise.
But the benefits of spiritual fitness last for eternity while the benefits of
physical fitness last only as long as our bodies last.
PROMISE FROM GOD:
1 Timothy 4:7-8 . . . Physical exercise has some value, but spiritual exercise
is much more important, for it promises a reward in both this life and the next.