Rosualdo is just an ordinary person with an extraordinary God, who wants to spread God’s words and love through writing articles and poems.
Sickness and diseases can bring hazards 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. The dangers brought by sickness and diseases fueled people to take a nutritious diet, take supplements, and undergo exercises to keep their immune system strong and healthy to repulse the free radicals from entering their bodies and to combat the outcome from the infectious diseases.
Spiritually, there are also free radicals like temptations, worries, fear, problems, hardships, sufferings, troubles, and all forms of trials that want to have an entrance into our spiritual lives. We must build a strong and healthy spiritual lifestyle to stand against the spiritual free radicals and illnesses. The four simple yet powerful ways will provide the power to build a strong and healthy spiritual well-being.
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 things for living and nutrition. We must have a balanced diet to have the right nutrition for our bodies. Nutrition plays a vital role in building a strong and healthy body to withstand sickness and diseases.
The Importance of the Bread of Life
Man is a tripartite being composed of body, the physical, visible and tangible part; and spirit and soul, the spiritual, invisible, and intangible part (1 Thessalonians 5:23). If we feed the physical part we must feed also the spiritual part to the right nutrition to live. Jesus said a man will live not only by material bread but by spiritual bread. We must take the bread of life, the word of God to build a strong and healthy spiritual life. It can satisfy our hunger. It is our spiritual food for our growth and nourishment. We must study and meditate on 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. The word of God will empower our spiritual immune system to fight against spiritual sickness and infections. A life filled with God’s word is a life that builds a strong and healthy spiritual life.
Jesus Used the Word of God to Overcome Temptation
Jesus overcomes temptation in the wilderness because he uses the word of God to defeat Satan. He is spiritually strong and healthy enough to stand the test.
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. The right amount of water every day is needed by our bodies to sustain our health. Water is necessary for the overall functioning of the body organs to deliver the vigor of the body.
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. A life indwelled by the Holy Spirit is a life that can stand against spiritual sickness.
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 hinder them from spreading the good news of salvation because of the power of the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:8). They are spiritually strong and healthy to survive against trials.
The Living Water Empower Jesus to Triumphed Over Satan
Jesus triumphed over Satan during the temptation in the desert because he was full of the Holy Spirit. The spiritual free radical cannot penetrate the spiritual health of Jesus. He is spiritually strong and healthy to conquer Satan’s luring temptations.
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. Supplementary nutrition is necessary when we lack the needed nutrition from the food we take. It will supply the required nutrients that the body needs. It will strengthen the body’s immune system to fight diseases.
The Importance of Spiritual Food Supplement
Spiritually there are supplements full of antioxidants that can repel the free radicals. It will provide the needed spiritual nutrition we need to build a strong and healthy spiritual life to combat deadly spiritual diseases.
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 the 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 connects the phone (Christians) to the a 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.
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 into 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 a Christian's spirituality. We must fast to be filled with the Holy Spirit 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 thinks Jesus was weak because he was hungry. The first temptation was about food. Satan was wrong because Jesus was strong.
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 creates 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.
Fellowship is one spiritual food supplement to build a strong and healthy spiritual life. It means companionship or association. Fellowship with the believers is important in our spiritual health as 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 is 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 energize our spiritual lives. The early church expands because of the fellowship of the believers, showing love and helping each other, teaching, praying, and praising God (Acts 2:42-47).
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
To have resistance from sickness, man undergoes physical exercise or training. Many do walking, jogging, biking, and some aerobic exercises. Others go to a fitness gym to build strong muscles. They want to build a strong immune system to repulse the free radicals and to keep them away from sickness.
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 builds strong spiritual muscles that can carry heavy spiritual loads and burdens. It will be a strong armor to beat the spiritual illness.
Paul Want Timothy to Have a Spiritual Exercise
Paul urges Timothy to have godly training because godliness is more important than physical exercise. This spiritual training will produce life and strength for 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).
Building a strong and healthy spiritual life are the best defense and offense against spiritual sickness and diseases. To live spiritually strong and healthy, we must eat the bread of life, drink the living water, take spiritual food supplements, and have regular spiritual exercise. Victory over spiritual illness comes from what we built on our spiritual life.
© 2015 Rosualdo Ponce
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.