I am amazed that Americans spend literally billions of dollars on weight loss products, vitamins, and supplements every year. You hear things like, “Have a mammogram every year, have your colon checked every three years, make sure you get annual physicals.” We are told how much water to drink, what to eat and not eat, how many times to exercise per week and what kind of exercise to do and I AM ALL FOR THESE THINGS!! BUT, when was the last time you did a self-examination of your heart? I don’t mean your physical heart, but your soulish heart? If we put the time, research and effort into examining ourselves spiritually like we do physically, not only would we be happier, but those around us would be, too!
When you are a blogger you are given statistics and can see what people are reading. You can see the “terms” they searched the internet for. I am amazed by the lack of searches for devotions, Bible verses, and Christian literature in general. The very thing that can extend your physical life is inclusive with the condition of your soul and how much you apply God‘s Word. Timothy wrote and told us this very thing. In 1 Timothy 4:8 God’s Word Translation it says:
Training the body helps a little, but godly living helps in every way. Godly living has the promise of life now and in the world to come.
Training the body helps a little. Does this mean we ignore what is good for our bodies and just let ourselves go? Of course not! But look at the rest of that verse…”but godly living helps in every way.” Here we have a wealth of information! Godly living is the secret to good health and it helps more than anything else you can do. You can have the best doctors in the world, take all the right supplements, eat all the “cleanest” foods, and if you are bitter, wrought up with anger, upset, have uncontrolled stress, and anxiety you are harming your physical body! Your major organs take a beating from this. Adrenalin pumps too much into your system which can cause ulcers, tachycardia (which left untreated can lead to a weakened heart), high blood pressure, migraine headaches, and bone and muscle damage!
A study was done some time ago. Doctors wanted to know how closely the mind worked with the body in either keeping it healthy or causing it to be diseased. They found in the participants of this study, those who prayed or were prayed for were more than ten times more likely to recover than those who did not!
My father has worked in medicine for over 40 years. One of the doctors he worked with saw such a difference in patients who were “religious” versus patients who were not, he hired a minister to do rounds and pray and speak encouraging, healing scriptures over his patients! This was back in the 70s before the previous study I mentioned was even thought of! Sure enough, his patients recovered faster, had fewer complications, and needed fewer follow-up visits than others who did not have this advantage! Oh, and the minister he hired was one of his heart patients! This man lived for many, many years to come and thrived in his health! This doctor soon developed quite a reputation in the community. He is in his eighties today and still practices!
Faith not only removes mountains, precious friend, but it prevents disease and lengthens your life! Obedience is better than sacrifice because it causes literal physical laws to be set in motion that keeps you healthy and whole spirit, soul, and body. I will leave you in a different way today. I am going to leave you with Gos-pills! The Bible is full of them. They will not only lengthen your life but give you a reason to live in the process! They are the best “supplement” to your diet that I know. They are power packed and guaranteed to work. Where else do you find a miracle like that? Pay as much attention to your spiritual condition as you do to your physical. Take as much care of it, if not greater, and see miraculous results!
The fear of the LORD prolongeth days: but the years of the wicked shall be shortened. (Fear here means to reverence God, not be afraid of Him). Proverbs 10:27
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding. For by me thy days shall be multiplied, and the years of thy life shall be increased. Proverbs 9:10-11
My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments: For length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add to thee. Proverbs 3:1-2
Honour thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise;) That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth. Ephesians 6:2-3
Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding. For the merchandise of it is better than the merchandise of silver, and the gain thereof than fine gold. She is more precious than rubies: and all the things thou canst desire are not to be compared unto her. Length of days is in her right hand; and in her left hand riches and honour. Proverbs 3:13-16
What man is he that desireth life, and loveth many days, that he may see good? Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile. Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it. Psalms 34:12-14
Ye shall walk in all the ways which the LORD your God hath commanded you, that ye may live, and that it may be well with you, and that ye may prolong your days in the land which ye shall possess. Deuteronomy 5:33
A tranquil heart gives life to the flesh, but envy makes the bones rot. Proverbs 14:30 ESV
Blessings, my precious readers! I will see you soon!! Simply, Juliana
I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone—for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. 1 Timothy 2:1-24.
6 All who are under the yoke as slaves must regard their own masters[a] to be worthy of all respect, so that God’s name and His teaching will not be blasphemed. 2 Those who have believing masters should not be disrespectful to them because they are brothers, but should serve them better, since those who benefit from their service are believers and dearly loved.
Teach and encourage these things. 3 If anyone teaches other doctrine and does not agree with the sound teaching of our Lord Jesus Christ and with the teaching that promotes godliness, 4 he is conceited, understanding nothing, but has a sick interest in disputes and arguments over words. From these come envy, quarreling, slander, evil suspicions, 5 and constant disagreement among people whose minds are depraved and deprived of the truth, who imagine that godliness[b] is a way to material gain.[c] 6 But godliness with contentment is a great gain.
9 But those who want to be rich fall into temptation, a trap, and many foolish and harmful desires, which plunge people into ruin and destruction. 10 For the love of money is a root[f] of all kinds of evil, and by craving it, some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pains.
11 But you, man of God, run from these things, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance, and gentleness. 12 Fight the good fight for the faith; take hold of eternal life that you were called to and have made a good confession about in the presence of many witnesses.
13 In the presence of God, who gives life to all, and of Christ Jesus, who gave a good confession before Pontius Pilate, I charge you 14 to keep the command without fault or failure until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ. 15 God will bring this about in His own time. He is
the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings, and the Lord of lords,16 the only One who has immortality, dwelling in unapproachable light; no one has seen or can see Him, to Him be honor and eternal might. Amen.
17 Instruct those who are rich in the present age not to be arrogant or to set their hope on the uncertainty of wealth, but on God,[g] who richly provides us with all things to enjoy. 18 Instruct them to do what is good, to be rich in good works, to be generous, willing to share, 19 storing up for themselves a good reserve[h] for the age to come, so that they may take hold of life that is real.
20 Timothy, guard what has been entrusted to you, avoiding irreverent, empty speech and contradictions from the “knowledge” that falsely bears that name. 21 By professing it, some people have deviated from the faith.
Grace be with all of you.
5 Do not rebuke an older man, but exhort him as a father, younger men as brothers, 2 older women as mothers, and with all propriety, the younger women as sisters.
3 Support[a] widows who are genuinely widows. 4 But if any widow has children or grandchildren, they must learn to practice godliness toward their own family first and to repay their parents, for this pleases God. 5 The real widow, left all alone, has put her hope in God and continues night and day in her petitions and prayers; 6 however, she who is self-indulgent is dead even while she lives. 7 Command this also, so they won’t be blamed. 8 But if anyone does not provide for his own, that is his own household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.
9 No widow should be placed on the official support list[b] unless she is at least 60 years old, has been the wife of one husband, 10 and is well known for good works—that is, if she has brought up children, shown hospitality, washed the saints’ feet, helped the afflicted, and devoted herself to every good work. 11 But refuse to enroll younger widows, for when they are drawn away from Christ by desire, they want to marry 12 and will therefore receive condemnation because they have renounced their original pledge. 13 At the same time, they also learn to be idle, going from house to house; they are not only idle, but are also gossips and busybodies, saying things they shouldn’t say. 14 Therefore, I want younger women to marry, have children, manage their households, and give the adversary no opportunity to accuse us. 15 For some have already turned away to follow Satan. 16 If any[c] believing woman has widows in her family, she should help them, and the church should not be burdened, so that it can help those who are genuinely widows.
17 The elders who are good leaders should be considered worthy of an ample honorarium,[d] especially those who work hard at preaching and teaching. 18 For the Scripture says:
Do not muzzle an ox while it is treading out the grain,[e] and, the worker is worthy of his wages.
19 Don’t accept an accusation against an elder unless it is supported by two or three witnesses. 20 Publicly rebuke those who sin, so that the rest will also be afraid. 21 I solemnly charge you before God and Christ Jesus and the elect angels to observe these things without prejudice, doing nothing out of favoritism. 22 Don’t be too quick to appoint[f] anyone as an elder, and don’t share in the sins of others. Keep yourself pure. 23 Don’t continue drinking only water, but use a little wine because of your stomach and your frequent illnesses. 24 Some people’s sins are obvious, going before them to judgment, but the sins of others surface[g] later. 25 Likewise, good works are obvious, and those that are not obvious cannot remain hidden.