Health

Avoiding Spiritual Heart Disease

The number one cause of death for the last couple of generations in America has been heart disease. While physical death cannot be avoided (save Christ’s return), the problem with heart disease is that often it is something that results from an intentional lack of care and awareness on our own behalf. Sadly, physical heart disease has a spiritual counterpart.

Many of God’s people have given into, are suffering from or have died with spiritual heart disease (Proverbs 4:23; Matthew 15:18-20). This is a condition that CAN BE AVOIDED in many of the same ways that physical heart disease can be. Consider these suggestions for a moment:

DIET

Now when the tempter came to Him, he said, “If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.” But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’” (Matthew 4:3,4). Our spiritual diet matters!

EXERCISE

For bodily exercise profits a little, but godliness is profitable for all things, having promise of the life that now is and of that which is to come. This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance.” (1st Timothy 4:8,9). Our spiritual exercise matters!

REST

Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30). Our spiritual rest matters!

Sounds like directions right from the page of a doctor don’t they? It’s because they are – The Great Physician’s Handbook! (2nd Peter 1:3) The same Physician that not only told us how to avoid spiritual heart disease, He showed us how with His own life. EA

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The Week Poison Ivy Took Me To School

When I was little I often took poison ivy (or at least its effects), pink polka dots and all, to school with me. Eight years removed from school, me and my dreaded foe met once again (we have our own little reunion about every two years); only this time it took me to school and the lessons learned were not fun!!! Here are only three of them:

Lesson #1 – Appreciate Your Health

The little plant with no hands practically managed a KO on me physically. With eyes swelled half-shut and fingers swollen two to three times the normal size I sure did miss my poison ivy free skin. I missed time from church and work. I could not sleep for waking up every two to three hours with an itch that could not be scratched. Concentration on anything other than the TV was nearly impossible. I spent more time in the doctor’s office in one week than I usually do in one year.

The only thing that was not afraid to touch me was my cat! I seriously missed my normal health (3 John 1:2). Over a week and a half later the skin I loved to be in finally started making a comeback. Good health is a blessing that is easy to take for granted. God forgive us when we do.

Lesson #2 – Patience, Patience, Patience

Most people do not like to admit his or her flaws. But admitting one’s flaws and being “proud” of them are two different things. One of my flaws that the poison ivy made apparent was my patience. A couple of days into my “ordeal” I was ready to wage war on my own skin. I knew that the breakout would not last forever but I was ready for it to be gone yesterday. There was not a medicine that could work fast enough, although I must brag on the shot the doctor gave me.

There are things in life that must run its course I have been told. Easier said than remembered when the “things” are being experienced, right? Seriously though, I do have to remember that there will be times in life when patience is not just the best route to take, it is the only route. (more…)