As a child and young adult, I ate whatever I wanted and did not make much connection between food, exercise and health.
I was diagnosed with ‘asmatic bronchitis’ on several occasions and so every time I got a cold or flu, I was concerned and my mother was concerned and it was off to the doctor and regularly became a long affair…. fever, antibiotics, coughing and wheezing for one, two or even three weeks at a time depending on severity.
I missed a lot of school as i did not want to go when I was feeling sick and my mother was also fearful to send me. I developed a fear of sickness and I am sure this made me feel a lot worse and prolonged my bouts with illness as it combined with my negative outlook in always expecting the worst.
But it was only after my father died of heart attack (two major heart attacks in less than 48 hours…. the second one while in ICU at the hospital after the first)….. that I started trying to unravel the mystery of the correlation between health, diet and exercise.
Having changed my diet and started regular sustained exercise, the improvement in my health was dramatic….. years went by without seeing a doctor or swallowing a pill….. furthermore all my ‘allergies’ simply disappeared.
I became a health fanatic… but the most serious part of it all was that in my good health I wandered away from total reliance on God and became a very ‘worldly’ person.
Some people never find God at all, whether sick or not…. but for those who have known God, most call on Him more when they are sick than when they are well….. it’s not that we abandon God altogether, but rather we get caught up with our lives and simply do not draw as close to Him as when we are sick.
So He has used sickness in my life (from time to time) to get my attention and teach me what He wants to teach me.
The first thing I had to learn was that I should NOT ‘expect’ a natural outcome….. looking up stuff on the internet can provide helpful information from a ‘natural’ or ‘material’ point of view, but as ‘children of God’ the ‘natural’ does not automatically determine our fate.
The Bible contains many precious promises that God has made to us and all it takes for them to come true for us… is the ‘faith to believe’.
As I look back over the past year….. I have been thru things that keep people in bondage for their entire lives…… insomnia, various manifestations of anxiety and panic disorder…. I learned ‘first hand’ that real physical symptoms can be caused by what people who are not afflicted would regard as ‘silly mental states’.
I am now aware more than ever how people are kept in bondage for their entire lives by their own mental ‘ideas’.
Whether a person is a Christian or not….. the demonic forces that are seeking to get control over people start with the mind.
Here is the warning…. even those persons who do not believe in demons and think that ‘mental illness’ is nonsense and can never affect them….. are easy targets for control because they just do not realize that most of the stuff they think is their own is actually planted in their mind and they just execute it.
How many people monitor their thoughts constantly and ask where did that thought come from ?….. Very few…. because most do not even stop to ask the question where do thoughts come from in the first place ?
2 Timothy 2:26 “And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will”
It’s a heyday for demons…. planting evil ideas in peoples minds and getting them to execute them….. and why do they execute them ? ….. because there is no moral compass in their lives…. no standard of right or wrong…. no fear of the consequences …… and no fear of God…… any of us can resist executing any idea that comes into our heads (because we have been given a free will) but we need to have a REASON to RESIST…… we resist executing evil ideas because we know it’s wrong…. without a sense of right and wrong… we are just animals seeking for whatever our flesh desires at the time…. sex, food, pleasure, etc….. and easily controlled by evil spirits.
‘With God all things are possible’ (Matthew 19:26)…. I urge you today to take control of your life and give it to God….and do not let evil spirits run your life for you.
What are the Healthy Habits I started with ?…. sure diet, exercise and sleep benefit the physical body…… but negative emotions like anger, hatred, resentment and FEAR undo most of these bodily benefits ….
The healthy habits you need are….
1. Talking to God regularly during the day. (Prayer)
2. Actively trusting Him to oversee your day and your life.
3. Studying the Bible to find out right from wrong and how He expects you to behave (gaining True Wisdom from God’s Word concerning human affairs)
If you will develop these habits (and they will be hard at first because the evil forces are not going to give up on your life without a fight) the physical, mental and emotional benefits will exceed anything you might have imagined possible….
The Bible says, “For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him.” (2 Chronicles 16:9)
Absolutely nobody has ever practiced those 3 healthy habits and regretted it….. but rather,what happens is, people give up practicing healthy habits for all sorts of reasons and you can be sure the demon(s) close to you will suggest many reasons into your mind and try to distract you in many ways….. it’s up to you to set your WILL to RESIST and to cry out to God for help when you need it….. God is on your side, He wants you to develop Healthy Habits.
‘For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.’ (2 Timothy 1:7)
Do not let the world, the flesh and the devil ruin your fellowship with God because it’s not worth it.