Praise the Lord and Pass the Cake2
Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers. (3 John 1:2) OK...I’m going there. But first let me tell you my story.
Several years ago, during a yearly check-up, the doctor noticed my blood pressure was high. I was just 34! He explained the seriousness of the matter by saying “high blood pressure is called the silent killer because there are no symptoms. Left untreated it’s the leading cause of stroke.”
Like a good Christian I immediately asked God for healing. Thirty days later I returned to the doctor…and found my blood pressure was still high. I went back 30 days after that. My blood pressure was still high…even though for two months I had earnestly prayed “Lord, please heal me!”
One day, God actually healed me! Not through a miracle or medication…but through stewardship. The change happened 19 years ago during morning prayer. God told me “If you’ll take care of what I gave you, you won’t have this problem.” Yes, the doctor said it first. But obviously I tuned him out. But when God says “you take care of it” in response to prayer for healing, you’ve got to pay attention!
I first put a plan together to eat healthier and exercise. Then I followed through. In ninety days I lost 40 pounds, and my blood pressure returned to normal.
Have you ever noticed that when you walk into a church or cathedral, you become more aware of your words and actions? We don’t use certain words at church. We don’t yell at our kids (most of the time!) Reverence and respect comes over us because ”we’re in the house of God.”
But Scripture tells us we are the house of God…
Don’t you realize your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body.
– 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 (NLT)
A recent study revealed that Christians are by far the heaviest religious group. 30% of Americans who identify as Christians fall into the obese category.
In a recent blog Dr. Scott Stoll wrote…
The contemporary church culture has unwittingly contributed to the rise in overweight and obese parishioners. Today it is rare to hear a sermon preached on the stewardship of the physical body and even more rare on the vice of gluttony; it has become a secret and acceptable vice in the modern church.
Not too long ago an elder said to me, “If I had known I would live this long, I would have taken better care of myself. Those words really hit home!
I’m right there with you in the struggle. My prayer is that you will consider your physical health from a spiritual perspective. God wants to empower you to live in a healthy manner. The choice isn’t easy in a world filled with fast food and sugary drinks. But with the help of the Holy Spirit, you can make positive changes that honor God’s true temple!