“The body is finely tuned and resilient, yet requires proper care and feeding. Similarly, our spirit needs healthy allocations of God’s Word.”
Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – April 25, 2022
Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. John 8:31-32, NKJV
My wife Rita and I are learning the science behind carbohydrates, protein, fiber and fat. Each necessary for healthy living, all working together to fulfill God’s design. The health of our Creator’s beautiful body grows stronger with the proper allocations of these four food elements. Too many carbs can lead to elevated blood sugar, excessive protein can cause a metabolic burden on the bones, kidneys and liver, high fiber may result in bloating and stomach cramps, and too much fat means we are more likely to become overweight. The body is finely tuned and resilient, yet requires proper care and feeding. Similarly, our spirit needs healthy portions of God’s Word.
Jesus is the Word of God made flesh, so abiding in the Lord and His word reveals truth. What exactly does Jesus mean to abide in Him and His words? Jesus is the living Word who invites us into dependance on Him and intimacy in His love. Spiritual stamina comes from resting in our belovedness in Christ, which grows trust and clarifies understanding of His ways. In addition, comprehension of His words and teaching is the fruit of the Holy Spirit’s revelation as we marinate our mind and heart in Scripture and as we joyfully obey what we are learning.
“Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. He who calls you is faithful, who also will do it” (1 Thessalonians 5:23-24).
Spiritual nutrition is linked to our spirit, soul and body. Our spirit is eternal destined to be with Jesus. Our soul is our mind, will and emotions and our body the temple of the Holy Spirit. So, as we live out the greatest command to love the Lord with our heart, mind, soul and strength, we purify our spirit, heal our emotions, renew our mind, submit our will and discipline our body, all for God’s glory. Spiritually healthy Jesus’ followers love others like they care for themselves.
What is your routine for spiritually healthy living? Community with other Christians in church and a small group is essential for growth. Corporate worship is a symphony for your soul and spirit to celebrate and rest in your salvation. Bible teaching renews your mind with truth, grows your faith to follow God, as the Holy Spirit leads your submitted will in His wise ways. Communion grows your love for Christ with joy and gratitude. Small groups done well, have transforming outcomes. Prayer support, feeling known and not alone, and processing pain out loud contribute to healthy spiritual living. Exercising emotions in a safe environment protects you from pride, lies and self-deception. So, what next? Find a friend and craft together a plan for spiritual health. Follow a spiritual health plan to maximize your abiding in Jesus and His words.
“If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples” (John 15:7-8, NKJV).
Heavenly Father, give me clarity and conviction to design and follow a spiritual health plan for my life, through Christ’s love and in Jesus’ name, amen.
Consider asking a friend or your spouse to co-create a spiritual health plan for the two of you to work on together.
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