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YOUR BODY.........And Living in Divine Health - What they have in Common!

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INTRODUCTION

The human body is the container housing our Spirit and Intellect.  Our body is the temple of the Holy Ghost and it is the Lord's and must be kept free from sin.

The human body is as important as the spirit, as you cannot operate on earth without a body.  So, when a believer presents his body a living sacrifice unto God, which is his reasonable sacrifice, such a person is serving God with his body as well and the Holy Ghost will dwell with him/her.

The body need physical and spiritual care to function properly.  On the physical side, we can take the following steps:

Step 1
Eat a healthy diet with food from all of the food groups: dairy, fruits and vegetables, grains and protein. Food provides vitamins and minerals your body needs, like calcium and iron. Start each day with breakfast, and choose healthy snack food between meals. Limit the amount of sugar in your diet, and drink water.

Step 2
Clean your body by taking a bath or shower. Wash your entire body from head to toe, including your face, and wash your hair regularly. A clean body is healthier, smells fresh and makes you feel good about yourself. Let your parents know if you are ready for deodorant and skin care products.

Step 3
Brush and floss your teeth after meals and snacks. If you take good care of your teeth, they can last your whole life. Healthy teeth have fewer cavities and less plaque build-up. Keep your breath fresh by keeping your teeth and gums clean.

Step 4
Control germs by washing your hands often with soap, especially if you or someone near you is not feeling well. Wash your hands before meals, after using the bathroom, after taking out the garbage and after blowing your nose. Wash your hands before setting the table or touching food, and cover your mouth and nose when you sneeze or cough.

Step 5
Exercise your body every day by finding ways to stay active. Play games that involve jumping, running and playing. Take walks, go swimming or help out with household chores. Exercise and physical activity keep your heart healthy, strengthen bones, help you to stay in shape and improve your thinking processes. According to The President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, physical activity is a good way to make friends and have fun with your family.

Step 6
Get enough sleep. Your body needs sleep to get ready for the next day. According to the National Sleep Foundation, your brain needs sleep so you can concentrate, remember and solve problems. While you are asleep, your body is growing, finding new ways to fight illness and building strength.


SCRIPTURAL:

The suffering and death of Jesus Christ on the cross was primarily meant to free mankind from the yoke of sin and sin-related problems like sicknesses and disease. 

God's word has been proved for centuries to be health to the body: “My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings. Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart. For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh.” (Proverbs 4:20-22). 

Obedience to God's word coupled with faith and prayer can produce better health in us and reduce our hospital visits and reliance on pills. Daily intake of God's word keeps you from sinning. And this is the sure prescription for a healthy living for the mind, body and soul. In other words, the surest way to avoid sickness is to avoid sin like a PLAGUE.

So, if you study and meditate on the Word daily and obey it, you feed your spirit with its own food, develop  resistance to sin which keeps sickness away from you and you glow in divine health.  However, if you do all these things and yet have people you are keeping malice with, people you cannot forgive the offence they committed against you, then you are not doing well.

If you hold bitterness, grudge, anger and any kind of unforgiveness against anyone, you put your spirit-man into bondage.  When you are holding someone in your heart, you are holding yourself in the spirit.  When you imprison yourself through bitterness, anger, envy and strife, you become spiritually sick...and with time the spiritual sickness will become physical sickness, and usually the Killer kind of sickness is what the body develops as a result of spiritual sickness.

Medically, it is proved that many of the illnesses people suffer, and how long they suffer a particular sickness, are closely linked to wrong negative attitudes of the mind. Such diseases or sicknesses which thrive on negative mental attitudes, medical experts term psychosomatic diseases. 

Psychosomatic diseases are silent killers because they destroy subtly and imperceptibly.

Sinful lifestyles and bad habit and practices causes the body to fall sick as well.  If you walk in divine health, you must take care of your spirit soul and body, avoid sin and unprofitable habits and lifestyles.  Some of such habits and practices include:

(1) Worry and anxiety: You cannot be worrying and anxious and hope to enjoy divine health.  Stop worrying - Worrying does not solve any problem.  Be anxious for nothing!  These divine wisdom people should obey , but if in response to environmental and social demands, you set yourself up for worry about so many things - what to eat, where to live, how to take care of the children (unborn ones inclusive), how to settle bills, getting along with husbands and in-laws etc. This increases tension and may lead to hypertension.

(2) Having too much to do without proper plan and balance: This often leads to stress and confusion. Plan your work and avoid 'biting more than you can chew' in a day.

(3) Lack of rest and over-activity: Getting enough rest is imperative to living a healthy lifestyle and when you do not relax and get enough sleep you are putting yourself at the risk of illness as well as other dangerous side effects. When you don't get enough rest you will have difficulty concentrating, thinking clearly, and even remembering things. You might not notice this at first or blame it on your busy schedule, but the more sleep and rest you miss, the more serious these symptoms will become.

(4) Fear fed by unbelief in the heart: Women have a lot of fears - fear of children's security, husband's fidelity, prevailing disease in the community, fear of what might happen to the baby in the womb, etc. What many do not realize is that fear creates turmoil and chaos in our lives and contributes to ailments such as migraines, panic attacks, high blood pressure, and depression. The human body is not meant to live in a state of fear. Adrenaline was made for emergency situations only. Yet people are imperceptibly subjecting themselves to fear and anxiety every single day. It is no wonder our health suffers. But "...God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of love, power and of a sound mind…" (2Timothy1:7).

(5) Allowing build up of stress from responsibilities:  There is always too much things to do for busy couples, both in the office and at home.  There is need for proper planning and a kind of balancing out, so that a little will be left for rest.  For the woman: she may be a wife, mother, secular worker and Christian worker, saddled with so many responsibilities. When these are not properly planned and balanced they become stressful and make the woman to be nervous. The same apply to men and it cold be well noticed in the office as such as man would be lagging behind in his duties and report in the office. 

(6) Anger and rage: These trigger excessive production of certain hormones in the body which may result in stroke, heart attack, or paralysis. According to new research findings, all of the negative energy exerted in moments of anger isn't just a waste of time or a minor nuisance; it can lead to serious health complications that shorten lifespan and interfere with quality of life. 

(7) Bitterness and unforgiving attitude: Some women are known to be experts in these negative attitudes, which can cause both physical and spiritual illnesses. There may be loss of appetite, loss of weight, peptic ulcer and psychosomatic problems. 

(8) Allowing self pity and depression: Depression involves sadness, pessimism, a preoccupation with personal problems, and feeling sorry for oneself. It could also be accompanied by fatigue, excessive sleeping, insomnia, anguish, crying, and hopelessness. Other possible symptoms include poor appetite, heavy eating, weight loss or gain, feelings of inadequacy or worthlessness, anxiety, regrets, decreased productivity, poor concentration, or recurrent thoughts of death or suicide. 

(9) Bad feeding habits: Skipping meals, overeating, eating at irregular times, eating the wrong types of food and unbalanced diet can predispose the woman to excessive weight gain (obesity), and diabetes mellitus. Women, by their privileged position in preparing meals at home, tend to eat in-between meals. This contributes greatly to their weight gain. 

(10) Smoking of cigarettes, cigar, pipes and taking of snuff: This predisposes one to heart attacks and cancer, especially of the lungs. 

(11) Taking hard drugs (cocaine, heroin, marijuana, etc): This could lead to serious mental problems.

(12) Non-chalant attitude to health matters: Some women don't pay much attention to health-related issues, ideas and discussions. This set of people leave everything, including their health, to fate. They believe they can't do much to improve their health and this makes them flout health rules and shun helpful ideas about their health. This is a very dangerous attitude.

(13) Laziness/Lack of exercise: Lack of exercise causes lots of physical and psychological setbacks. It increases one's chances of developing heart disease and increases the risk of obesity, diabetes and high blood pressure. 

(14) Flirting and adultery: These immoral attitudes could lead an individual to contracting sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), HIV/AIDS, loss of self respect, and debasing of the dignity of  
manhood/womanhood.

(15) Poor personal and environmental hygiene: A woman unable to maintain a good personal and environmental hygiene will expose herself and members of her household and even neighbours to numerous health hazards.


CONSEQUENCES OF WRONG HABITS, UNFORGIVENESS: - Diseases 

Some common killer diseases caused by these killer habits include: 
(1) Obesity: This is an excessive accumulation of fat in the body which leads to great increase in weight. It is determined by the index of BMI (Body Mass Index) whereby the weight in kilograms is divided by the height in metres squared. Overweight is defined as a BMI of 25 to 29.9, while obesity is defined as a BMI of 30 or more. The primary cause of obesity is consumption of more calories (food) than the body needs or uses. It is also caused by insufficient exercise. Obesity favours the development of many other diseases such as diabetes mellitus, gall stones, hypertension, inguinal and hiatus hernia, varicose vein, uterine prolapse and tiredness from overwork on the heart and lungs. 

(2)Diabetes mellitus: This is a metabolic disease characterized by excessive urination (with sugar in the urine), weight loss (due to excessive urination), excessive craving for water, and general body weakness. It has an attendant raised blood-sugar level as a result of inadequate secretion of a hormone called insulin. Contributory factors are overeating, alcohol consumption, excessive craving for sweetened/sugary foods and drinks. This, if not well controlled, will affect many other systems of the body and can cause diseases and/or untimely death. Change of feeding habit, regular exercise, and weight-shedding will go a long way to prevent diabetes.

(3) High Blood Pressure (Hypertension): High blood pressure means high pressure (tension) in the arteries. The arteries are the vessels that carry blood from the heart to all of the tissues and organs of the body. Normal blood pressure is between 90/60 and below 140/90mmHg. Thus, a blood pressure of 140/90 mmHg and above is considered high blood pressure. The top number, which is known as the systolic blood pressure, represents the pressure in the arteries as the heart contracts and pumps blood into the arteries. The diastolic pressure, which is the bottom number, represents the pressure in the arteries as the heart relaxes after the contraction. The diastolic pressure, therefore, reflects the minimum pressure to which the arteries are exposed. 85-90% of people with high blood pressure have primary hypertension where the cause is unknown. 10-15% of people have secondary hypertension which is caused by other ailments such as kidney disorder or hormonal disorder. Hypertension can lead to heart-disease, stroke, paralysis and death. Predisposing factors include obesity, diabetes, emotional tension, stress and heredity.

(4) Tuberculosis: Tuberculosis is a chronic bacterial infection. It is spread through the air and usually infects the lungs, although other organs and parts of the body can be involved as well. Most people who are infected with tuberculosis at the latent stage harbour the bacterium without serious symptoms. Symptoms associated with this stage include weight loss, fever, night sweats, and loss of appetite. If the affected individual is adequately treated, he gets cured. However, if left untreated, the latent TB will degenerate into the active TB disease, which has chronic and debilitating symptoms, including severe cough, chest pain, and bloody sputum. 

(5) Cancers: Cancer is a disease of cells. It is an abnormal growth of cells which tend to proliferate in an uncontrolled way and, in some cases, to metastasize (spread). First, cells begin to grow out of control in the body. Second, those cells have the ability to travel from their original site to other locations in the body. If the spread is not controlled, cancer can result in death. The most common forms of cancer are skin cancer, lung cancer, colon cancer, breast cancer (mostly in women), and prostate cancer (mostly in men).

(6) HIV/AIDS: AIDS is a chronic, life-threatening condition caused by the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV). By damaging or destroying the cells of your immune system, HIV interferes with your body's ability to effectively fight off viruses, bacteria and fungi that cause disease. This makes you more susceptible to certain types of cancers and to opportunistic infections your body would normally resist, such as pneumonia and meningitis. The virus and the infection itself are known as HIV. The term Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS) is used to mean the later stages of an HIV infection. Immoral sexual relationship, use of infected sharp instruments like needles, tattooing instruments, razor blade, shaving instruments, and transfusion of infected blood could cause HIV/AIDS and its attendant problems.

CONCLUSION

 Repent of your sins and give your heart to Jesus Christ, then enter into a covenant relationship with God to serve His Son Jesus Christ in spirit and truth.  A covenant relationship is one that gets you committed to living holy and righteous before God, and this kind of relationship gives access to the blessings of God in abundance.

This lifestyle gives you right to enjoy all the covenant blessings of the Lord in all areas of your life - spiritual, health, finance, family, etc. (Exodus 3:25; 15:26; 3John 2).


Friends, all the talk about healing and miracles will come to an end one day and the question is "Where will you spent eternity - in heaven or hell". This is the time to work out your salvation...Now is the acceptable time.

Beloved, there are many spirits speaking to people today, asking them to do the wrong things - Suicide, divorce, kill and destroy.  But the Spirit of God guides you to the right choices and tells you things to come. That Spirit of God comes into your life when you give your heart to Jesus.  He will give you a new life, victory and eternal life.
  
All you need to do is to Repent of your sins and sinful ways, believe the word of God and His Son Jesus Christ.  Will you accept Him today?

Say this Prayer: 
Lord Jesus I come to you as a sinner.
I am sorry for my sins, forgive me.
I believe you died for my sins, and was raised for my justification. 
Come into my heart be my Lord and Saviour, 
Give me the grace to serve You in truth and spirit. 
Thank You for saving my soul - I am born again!

His grace be with you all. 




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