Does this sound like any Christians in your life?
“Why is God allowing Satan to attack my health?”
*Orders an iced coffee with 25 pumps of syrup.*
“God is testing me!”
Trash In, Trash Out
If you have a garbage diet, you’re going to have garbage health.
- It’s not Satan.
- It’s not demons.
- It’s not God neglecting to protect you.
This is you suffering the consequences of the choices you made with your own free will.
As a matter of fact, your physical health is directly related to how well you’re taking care of your body through diet, exercise, and sleep.
Putting God To The Test
Remember, we’re not to put God to the test;
“And he took him to Jerusalem and set him on the pinnacle of the temple and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down from here, for it is written,
“‘He will command his angels concerning you, to guard you,’ and “‘On their hands they will bear you up, lest you strike your foot against a stone.’”
And Jesus answered him, “It is said, ‘You shall not put the Lord your God to the test.’” – Luke 4:9-12 ESV
We Trained For This Moment
When Abraham went to fight against the Giants in Genesis 14, who did he take with him?
“When Abram heard that his kinsman had been taken captive, he led forth his trained men, born in his house, 318 of them, and went in pursuit as far as Dan.” – Genesis 14:14 ESV
Keyword: “his TRAINED men.”
Part of that training is keeping your body healthy so that you can complete the task in front of you.
Are You Battle Ready?
Paul uses the illustration of an athlete many times in his letters, but we cannot physically complete our spiritual mission if we’re handicapping ourselves with a poor diet and sedentary lifestyle.
With this in mind, consider this. If you’re rotting away in bed because you won’t get your health under control, who are you sharing the gospel with? How many more people could you share Jesus with if you didn’t die early from preventable diseases brought on by poor lifestyle choices?
Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it. Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as one beating the air. But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified.” – 1 Corinthians 9:24-27 ESV
Preparing For War
This Yom Terurah, (Feast of Trumpets) remember, the trumpets were blown to call the people together and to prepare for war.
Ephesians 6:1-18 tells us that we’re to put on the full armor of God so that we can fight the good fight. You’re not going to be an effective spiritual fighter when you’re making yourself sick.
We all have areas to work on, myself included. Go to the doctor and get your health in order so that you can physically complete the mission God has put before you.