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4 Ways To Build A Strong And Healthy Spiritual Life

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Sickness and diseases can bring hazard to our health. It can snatch our precious life. It is a great threat not only to our health but also to our daily activities. That is why people take a nutritious diet, take supplements and undergo exercises to keep their bodies strong and healthy to repulse the free radicals and to combat diseases.

Spiritually, there is also free radicals like temptations, worries, fear, problems, hardships, sufferings, troubles and all forms of trials that want to have an entrance in our spiritual lives. We must build a strong and healthy spiritual lifestyle to stand against the spiritual free radicals and illnesses.

4 Ways To Build A Strong And Healthy Spiritual Life

1. Eat the Bread of Life (the Word of God)

Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God (Matthew 4:4)

The Importance of Food

If we do not eat we become weak, get sicked and die. Food is one of the most important thing for living and nutrition. We must have a balance diet to have a right nutrition for our body. Man is a tripartite being compose of body, the physical, visible and tangible part; and spirit and soul, the spiritual, invisible and intangible part.

The Importance of the Bread of Life

If we feed the physical part we must feed also the spiritual part in order to live. Jesus said, man will live not only by material bread but by spiritual bread. We must take the bread of life, the word of God in order to build a strong and healthy spiritual life. It can satisfies our hunger. It is our spiritual food for our growth and nourishment. We must study and meditate the word of God day and night (Joshua 1:8). We must hold and use the word of God to overcome trials and temptations that wilfully invade our lives. It will empower our spiritual immune system.


Jesus Used the Word of God to Overcome Temptation

Jesus overcome temptation at the wilderness because he uses the word of God to defeat Satan. He is spiritually strong and healthy enough to stand the test.

The Word of God, the Bread of Life

The Word of God, the Bread of Life

2. Drink the Living Water (the Holy Spirit)

On the last and greatest day of the Feast, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him. By this he meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were later to receive. Up to that time the Spirit has not been given, since Jesus has not yet been glorified (John 7:37-39).


The Necessity of Water

Water is also important to our health. If we do not drink we will faint and will be dehydrated and our health will be put in danger. Right amount of water everyday is needed by our bodies to sustain our health.

The Necessity of the Living Water

We must drink also the Living Water, the Holy Spirit to build a strong and healthy spiritual life. The Holy Spirit is the spiritual life giving water to quench our thirst. We must be full of the Holy Spirit to avoid spiritual illness. The Living Water will strengthen us in times of trials, sufferings and temptations.

The Living Water Empowers the Apostles to Stand Against Trials

The apostles after receiving the Holy Spirit, their spiritual health change. From weakness to strength and power; from fear to courage and boldness. No persecutions, oppositions, hardships, and threats hinders them from spreading the good news of salvation because of the power of the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:8).

The Living Water Empower Jesus to Triumphed Over Satan

Jesus triumphed over Satan during the temptation at the desert because he was full of the Holy Spirit. The spiritual free radical cannot penetrate the spiritual health of Jesus.


If the body needs water, our spirit and soul needs also the Living Water

If the body needs water, our spirit and soul needs also the Living Water

The Holy Spirit, the Living Water

The Holy Spirit, the Living Water

3. Take the Spiritual Food Supplements

The Importance of Food Supplements

We take vitamins and minerals, and energy booster supplements to energize our bodies to strengthen our immune system.

The Importance of Spiritual Food Supplement

Spiritually there are supplements full of anti oxidants that can repel the free radicals.

A) Prayer

Prayer is one important spiritual food supplement necessary to build a strong spiritual life. Prayer is communion or fellowship with God. It is our spiritual link to God. Because of the presence of God in fellowship man will have a full spiritual energy to drive back the free radicals. To energize our spiritual life; we must pray and connect to God continually (1 Thessalonians 5:17). Prayer is the charger that connect the phone (Christians) to the power source (God).

The Apostles Prayer

The apostles got warnings and threats from Sanhedrin; the highest Jewish Council with the High Priest as the President, not to preach and proclaim Jesus. They raised their voice together in prayer to God (Acts 4:24). They connect their lives to the Lord. Their prayer brought energy to their spiritual health because they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly (Acts 4:31).

Jesus' Prayer at Gethsemane

In Gethsemane, overwhelming sorrow attacked Jesus to the point of death (Matthew 26:38). His sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground (Luke22:44). After surrendering his will to God in prayer, He was empowered to face his terrible death to save mankind from spiritual and eternal destruction.


The charging process of prayer

The charging process of prayer

B) Fasting

Fasting is one spiritual food supplement needed to build a strong and healthy spiritual life. It means abstinence from food and drink. It was like filling water to an empty container. To abstain from food and drink means we are making our self empty to be filled by the presence of God. Material and worldly cravings can weaken Christian's spirituality. We must fast to be filled with the Holy Spirit in order to energize our spiritual life to combat the free radicals.

Jesus Fast for Forty Days and Forty Nights

Jesus at the stage of testing beat Satan because he was full of the Holy Spirit. He fasted for forty days and forty nights making his life full of energy (Matthew 4:2). The devil think Jesus was weak because he was hungry. The first temptation was about food. Satan was wrong because Jesus was strong.


Fasting as filling process

Fasting as filling process

C) Praise and Worship

Praise and worship is one spiritual food supplement necessary to build a strong and healthy spiritual life. It means to exalt or to honor God. By doing things God's presence will flow to empower us to stand against the free radicals and diseases.

Paul and Silas Prayed and Sings Praise and Worship Songs to God

Paul and Silas at the city of Philippi were attacked by the crowd, stripped and severely flogged and thrown into prison with a fastened foot. At midnight they prayed and sing hymns to God, and God's power create an earthquake and saving the jailer and his household. After their release they met and encourage the brothers at Lydia's house.

Their prayer and songs of praise and worship to God energize their life to encourage the believers and continue their missions. The hardships and injustice they had been encountered did not move them from spreading the good news.


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D) Fellowship

Fellowship is one spiritual food supplement to build a strong and healthy spiritual life. It means companionship or association. Fellowship with the believers are important in our spiritual health as a Christian. When we meet together with our Christian brothers at the church, home or missions, we gain encouragement from them (Hebrews 10:25). The presence of God surely be with us because Jesus said, for where two or three come together in my name, there I am with them (Matthew 18:20). If we gathered together to glorify God he will join us in that fellowship to bless, guide and to energize our spiritual lives. The early church expand because of the fellowship of the believers, showing love and helping each other, teaching, praying and praising God (Acts 2:42-47).

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the body take food supplement, the spirit and soul take the spiritual food supplements

the body take food supplement, the spirit and soul take the spiritual food supplements

4. Have a regular Spiritual Exercise (our Obedience to God)

Have nothing to do with godless myths and old wives' tales; rather train yourself to be godly. For physical training is of some value but godliness has value for all things, holding the promise for both the present life and the life to come (1 Timothy 4:7-8).

The Value of Physical Exercise

In order to have a resistance from sickness, man undergo physical exercise or training. Many do walking, jogging, biking and some aerobic exercises. Others go to a fitness gym to build a strong muscles. They want to build a strong immune system to repulse the free radicals.

The Value of Spiritual Exercise

Spiritual exercise is necessary to build a strong and healthy spiritual life. It increases our resistance to spiritual sickness and diseases. It also build a strong spiritual muscles.

Paul Want Timothy to Have a Spiritual Exercise

Paul urge Timothy to have a godly training because godliness is more important than physical exercise. This spiritual training will produce life and strength to us. Godly training means to set our whole life in obedience to God.

Christians Must Have a Spiritual Exercise

We must have a walk with God daily through obedience. If we obey the will of God we will stand against the storms of life because our life has been founded on God, the rock (Matthew 7:24-25).


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how-to-live-spiritually-strong-and-healthy

To live spiritually strong and healthy, we must eat the bread of life, drink the living water, take the spiritual food supplements, and have a regular spiritual exercise.


Comments

Rosualdo Ponce (author) from Gawad Kalinga Village Ticad, Bantayan, Cebu, Philippines on February 22, 2015:

No one can have a Christian spiritual exercise apart from Jesus. He must first be united with Christ to undergo this exercise. Obedience to God's words means obedience to Jesus' words. Obedience is a Christian spiritual exercise.

Rosualdo Ponce (author) from Gawad Kalinga Village Ticad, Bantayan, Cebu, Philippines on February 22, 2015:

Thank you MsDora and Anneegma for this encouraging comments, It is a great blessing for a newbie like me to have this comment. God bless to both of you.

Jasmine S from Pennsylvania on February 22, 2015:

Absolutely brilliantly written! I totally agree with spiritual exercising. I'm only just learning how to do that now! Thanks for writing this, voted up.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on February 22, 2015:

A beautiful comparison of our physical and spiritual needs and resources. Voted Up, Useful and more. Also sharing. Thanks for this well-written article.

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