Healthy Spirit and Healthy Body Tips
Lyndia Grant | 9/6/2012, 2:29 p.m.
Sorry to break the news to you, but we're born as sinners, and we don't have to do anything at all to sin - we're going to sin - it's inevitable. Scripture reminds us, "If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us." 1 John 1:8
To be saved, we must accept Christ as our personal Savior. We will continue to be sinners if we don't accept Christ. Scripture tells us in 2 Corinthians 5:17, "Therefore if any man is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things are passed away; behold, new things have come."
Christianity takes a special effort on our part. We must accept Christ as our personal Savior; we must change our ways, turn and go in new directions; separate ourselves from the world; and be a light to lead others to Christ. We please God when we lead others to his son.
The same applies for those of us who wish to have good health; we've got to change our diets and adopt healthier eating habits, if we don't try, we will continue to eat foods that we thoroughly enjoy but are detrimental to our health and well-being. It's synonymous with temptation: it's lurking in every crevice and corner - fast food restaurants abound; good home cooked meals, even though they may raise our cholesterol or our blood pressure, we eat the food without thinking twice about our bodies and the consequences that may result from ingesting those meals. Ultimately, our health hinges in the balance.
If we want a healthy body, we've got to put forth special effort, the same way as when you accept Christ. So eat fewer carbohydrates, less sweets; more green leafy vegetables and plenty of protein. Then, make it a point to exercise daily; it's not guaranteed, but you will certainly have a better chance of enjoying a far better quality of life.
We have to take a look at this comparison, and realize that for a healthy spiritual life, Christianity takes work on our part, just like you work to maintain your health by taking those daily walks. Our health will continue to deteriorate if we don't take the time to do what's required.
On the other hand, our faith and trust in God will decrease if we don't meditation; do what's necessary to make us strong, stay in the Word, go to church regularly, go to Bible study, read the Bible, treat others with dignity and respect, love one another, and treat your neighbor as yourself!
And when you accept Christ as your personal Savior, you won't be perfect with that either; but as long as you are humble and sincere, and follow some guidelines that include spending time with the Master on a daily basis; pray without ceasing; listen and hear His voice, but better than that, be sure to do what He tells you to do; ask for forgiveness, also forgive others; ask Christ to use your body as His vessel for His will.
I hear His voice as I write this column. This week, I've written for three days, hearing what the Master is instructing me to tell you. You've got to put forth effort too, giving it your all. When you find yourself like Paul, with evil all around you; remember God still loves you, even when you find yourself in a mess. He can and will turn your mess into your message, and he's no respecter of persons. What He's done for others, He'll do for you as well.
Sin entered the world when Adam ate the forbidden fruit. God told Adam "... of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die." Genesis 2:17
Lyndia Grant is a writer and radio talk show host who lives in the Washington metropolitan area. Contact her with comments at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 202-518-3192.