READ : 1 THESSALONIANS 5 : 23 – 24.
23 And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole
spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord
24 Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it.
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR : AMOS 4 : 6 – 6 : 14 AND MATHEW 9 : 9 – 26.
Every rational being wishes to be healthy, wealthy, fulfilled and enjoy
longevity. The desire to live long and be healthy is scriptural. Psalm 91 : 16
“With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation.”
Man is a tripartite being. The Bible teaches that man consists of the spirit,soul
and body. God is interested in our good health ( 3 John 1 : 2 ). He desires for us
to be sound and complete in our spirit, soul and body. The working of wholeness
in man starts in his spirit. It begins when God touches our spirit by the Holy
Ghost ( 1 Corinthians 12 : 3 ). Has your spirit been touched by the Holy Spirit?
The first miracle God does is to liberate man’s spirit from sin. He justifies us
from sin and reconnects our spirit man to Himself ( 1 Corinthians 6 : 11 ). He
then continually bears witness with our spirit that we are God’s Children
( Romans 8 : 16 ). After releasing our spirit from sin, the Holy Spirit works His
way to our soul to heal and restore it. The soul of man is the seat of his
emotions, intellect and will. The soul is the dwelling place of healthy and
unhealthy emotions. It is thus possible for the soul to be healthy or sick.
The human body is that part of man which is aware of and interacts with the
tangible, empirical world. The whole body of man is built around a bony
framework of skeleton and consists of great number of different parts. The
human body consist primarily of cells, which together form tissues, which form
organs, which work together as systems to carry out specific functions. It is
worth noting that healthy living guarantees longevity. To enjoy longevity, you
need to eat proper balanced diets. Experts in nutrition teach that our foods
can be classified into two classes. One class consists of fruits and vegetables.
The other class consists of fat, starch and proteins. A proper balance of these
two classes of food will provide good health and a long life. An improper balance
will bring poor health, sickness and can result in early death. Fruit and
vegetables provide vitamins and minerals. Proteins supply building blocks for
the body. Fats and starch supply heat and energy to the body. According to
many health books, we should eat 75% fruits and vegetables, while 25% should
be protein, fats and starch . This 75 : 25 ratio should form the basis of the
daily diet of every living person. To obtain and maintain good health, you must
eat foods that contains generous amounts of vitamins and minerals. Food low
in vitamins and minerals lead to poor health, ailments, suffering and death.
Enjoying longevity in good health is however not limited to the food you eat .
Your state of mind and pattern of life can either accelerate or slow down the
aging process. These also affect your good health. In addition, learn to
exercise your body. Don’t forget: ‘ bodily exercise profiteth little.’
ACTION POINT :
Take stock of how you are treating your body. Adjust your nutrition and
lifestyle if necessary.
AUTHOR : Pst. E . A ADEBOYE.
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