Sunday, February 22, 2015

50 Days of Transformation - Physical Health

Temple Maintenance
III John 1:2
God loves you just the way you are.  He loves you unconditionally.  But he loves you too much to let you stay that way.  So he wants to help you grow.  He wants to help you become more like his Son.

Does God really care about our health?  

  • Jehova-Rapha was a name for God as our healer.  III John 1:2; Exodus 15:26; Psalms 103:2-3; I Corinthians 6:12-20
Our Lifestyles Are Hard to Change  Ephesians 4:22-24
  • We are creatures of habit.  Any lasting change I make is going to have to begin as a thought, become an action and then be repeated until it becomes a habit.

God’s Instruction About Rest  Psalms 127:2; Exodus 34:21

  • My best requires rest.  Resting is Refreshing
  • What am I supposed to do on my Sabbath?
o   Rest my body.
o   Refocus my spirit.
o   Recharge my emotions. 
  • There are only two ways that you can create energy: rest and exercise.
  • The Bible spoke more about not being lazy than exercise. Proverbs 13:4; Proverbs 21:25

Mind Changing Truths About Our Bodies  I Corinthians 6:19-20

  • God’s Spirit lives in my body. Ephesians 1:13-14a
  • My body belongs to God.  Ephesians 1:14b
We are practicing dualism: the idea that your mind or spirit is important, but your body isn’t important spiritually.
  • Jesus paid for my body when he died for me on the cross.  
  • God expects me to take care of my body.
Taking care of my body is an issue of spiritual stewardship.

Five Elements For Lasting Change

  • Lasting change requires accepting the truth.
  • Lasting change requires making wise choices.
  • Lasting change requires new ways of thinking.
The biblical word for changing your mind is “repentance.”
  • Lasting change requires God’s Spirit in your life.
  • Lasting change requires honest community.

You obey the law of Christ when you offer each other a helping hand.  Galatians 6:2 CEV

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