Sep.15, 2002


Volume 12 - Number 37     

Some Requirements for Spiritual Health

“Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.” 3 John 2

We need to be concerned about our spiritual health, even more than our physical health. Like most good things, spiritual vitality and strength must be worked at. Conscious thought and effort are required. (2 Peter 1:5-11)

What are some of the things needed to acquire and maintain spiritual health?

A FUNCTIONING IMMUNE SYSTEM

An immune system serves to ward off disease. Without a healthy immune system, we can be killed by relatively small threats to our health. Spiritually, how strong is our ability to withstand temptation, false teaching, persecution, etc?

Temptation and spiritual hardship are inevitable. We can’t live in a “bubble.” Going “out of the world” to avoid all contact with temptation is not possible. (John 17:15; cf. 1 Corinthians 5:9-10; 1 John 5:18)

Spiritually speaking, we need to build up our “resistance.” (James 4:7) We must “take heed.” (1 Corinthians 10:12) We must “gird up” the “loins” of our minds. (1 Peter 1:13-14) We must live “circumspectly.” (Ephesians 5:15-17) We must put on the “whole armor” of God. (Ephesians 6:10-11) We must “arm” ourselves against the devil. (1 Peter 4:1)

EXERCISE

Spiritually, as well as physically, we thrive only when we work, when we are active and productive. Compare “sluggish” in Hebrews 6:11-12.

The Lord’s church is a realm of activity. (Ephesians 2:10) In the Lord, there is work to be done. (Titus 3:8, 14) We have been “saved in order to serve.” (Note: Matthew 20:27-28) Each of us individually has work to do. (1 Corinthians 12:6, 7 & 18; cf. 2 Timothy 2:20-21) We must work while there is time and opportunity. (Galatians 6:9; cf. John 9:4)

We each need to “exercise” ourselves unto godliness. (1 Timothy 4:7-8)

REST & REFRESHMENT

When we have “exhausted” our energies and resources in productive work, these need to be replenished and rejuvenated. From time to time, we must stop and “sharpen the saw.”
There is great value in solitude, meditation, and reconnection with nature (the things God has made, as opposed to manmade things).

Spiritually, as well as physically, the Lord designed us to function best within the round of cycles and seasons that alternate between work and rest. We are made such that we need some “downtime.” Periods of “retreat” characterized the Lord’s ministry. (Mark 6:30-31)

To survive spiritually, we will have to have adequate rest and refreshment. The biblical picture of the spiritually strong person is the image of “restful” (rather than “frantic”) strength. (Psalms 1:3; 23:1-3; 92:12-14) The Lord Himself took time for the quiet disciplines of spiritual strength. (Mark 1:35; Luke 5:16)

Rest doesn’t necessarily mean doing nothing. It means doing something different that will refresh us and restore our energy for work.

Whatever the content of our usual activities, we simply cannot remain spiritually strong without significant periods of Bible study, prayer, and quiet contemplation of the things of God.

NOURISHMENT

Just as we need rest, we need nourishment. (See: Hebrews 5:12-14)

Health-giving nourishment involves both the assimilation of nutritious food and the avoidance of toxic substances. “Sound” doctrine is literally “healthful” doctrine. (Titus 1:9; cf. 2:1) The Lord’s words are “words of life.” (John 6:63, 68) We ought to have a natural desire for God’s word. (1 Peter 2:2-3)

We do not “live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.” (Matthew 4:4)!

Any “sickness” ought to be a matter of grave concern, especially illness of a spiritual nature. (James 5:13-16) We need to identify our weaknesses. (Hebrews 12:12-13) And we need to work at making spiritual progress. (1 Timothy 4:15-16)

 


AM SERMON:
"In God We Trust"
Psalms 20:1-7
PM SERMON:
"Recovering From Defeat"
Joshua 8:1-29

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