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Four Biblical Truths About Health - Part 1

FOUR BIBLICAL TRUTHS ABOUT HEALTH - PART 1

TRUSTING GOD FOR OUR HEALTH


In the last 18-19 months, as Covid has been the topic of news and media, fear has been spread. The fear of getting sick or dying from this virus, fear of spreading it to others, and now there is fear because of vaccinations or the removal of restrictions. Before that, people were being made to be afraid of climate change, pollution, the food we eat. If these are not problems enough, there is the fear of what the future might bring.

While these may be genuine concerns that we live with, we need to know what the Bible says about these subjects as Christians. We need to know what we can trust in God. We need to understand how to walk in peace, without worry or anxiety during these times?



Introduction - As Christians, we are not to live in fear.


2 Timothy 1:7 - For God has not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, and love, and self-control. (sound mind, disciplined)

Often, we don't realize it, but fear is spiritual. Paul wrote to Timothy, that God has not give us the spirit of fear. Fear is spiritual. It touches the inner being, the heart, which is why it is such a powerful influence upon us. If it is not kept in check, fear can push in and replace logical and sound reasoning. Fear can create a condition in which self-control is abandoned. Interestingly, fear often looks like wisdom to those who live in fear. Reversely, faith looks like foolishness to those who live in fear. Yet, the only remedy for fear is faith. Faith has to take the place of fear. When we are filled with God, there is no room for doubt and fear.

Notice Paul says that God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of (or a Spirit, the Holy Spirit) Power, Love, and Self-Control (Sound Mind).

So before moving further into this subject, while we live in a world filled with fear, our life in Christ is empowered to live in a place of power, love, and soundness of mind. We live in a position of hope and peace because the Holy Spirit empowers us to do so as Christians.

In the rest of this post, I want to give you Four Biblical Truths On Health. Faith comes by hearing. Hearing is hearing what God's Word says. So while we are in this fallen world, we have to deal with the surroundings we live in, but we can trust God to take care of us.



FOUR BIBLICAL TRUTHS ON HEALTH - PT 1


Here is the first truth.


WE SHOULD NOT TO FEAR DEATH

Revelation 12:11 - They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they loved not their lives unto the death.

This is an interesting verse, and it says they did not so love their lives that they were unwilling to die as martyrs. The principle we can take from this verse is our lives cannot be so valuable to us that we are not willing to die if need be. We cannot shrink back when threatened with death but must remain firm in our attachment to our Saviour, even if it means leaving a dying testimony to the truth and power of faith in Christ.


Death is not a subject we often celebrate. We don’t celebrate loved ones, even Christians, who have died. It doesn’t feel very normal or even right to think; I wouldn't bother me to die. That is quite natural, and I believe the desire to live is built in us.


But Paul said, “To die is gain” - Philippians 1:21. He is saying, it is more profitable for him to die. We may not like the process of transition. We may be nervous about how that feels. But we must remember that death is not the end for the believer. In some sense, death is the doorway into the eternal existence that God has for us.


Hebrews 2:14-15 - So then, as the children share in flesh and blood, He (Jesus) likewise took part in these, so that through death He might destroy him who has the power of death, that is, the devil, 15 and deliver those who through fear of death were throughout their lives subject to bondage.


Hebrews tells us that the fear of death has ruled as a tormenter over humanity. It has held people in a place of bondage or slavery. For the person who doesn’t believe in God, who thinks that if they were to die today that it is all over, that must be rather frightening. For the person who believes in God but looks at the outcome of dying based upon pleasing or displeasing God? However, they are entirely unsure of the answer. That can be a bondage of fear; fear of the unknown.

But Christians should have no fear of death, not because death is a friend, but because it is a defeated enemy who now serves God’s purpose in the believer’s life.

2 Timothy 1:10 - but is now revealed by the appearing of our Savior, Jesus Christ, who has abolished death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel,

Jesus has abolished death. That is not saying we don’t physically die, but that it is no longer feared. Jesus has robbed it of its sting and turned it into a blessing. Death is now a servant of God, which brings the soul of the believer to heaven. It is the servant rather than the master.


We should also remember the Bible says that some won’t die.


1 Thessalonians 4:13 - But I would not have you ignorant, brothers, concerning those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as others who have no hope. 14 For if we believe that Jesus died and arose again, so God will bring with Him those who sleep in Jesus. 15 For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will not precede those who are asleep. 16 For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet call of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we shall be forever with the Lord. 18 Therefore comfort one another with these words.

There is nothing in this world worth going to hell over. The Lord‘s return could come at any moment, so live ready to meet Him, whether that comes by dying or through His return.


Go to Part 2 for the next Three Truths

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