5 Spiritual Secrets to Good Health and Long Life



Five Spiritual Secrets to Good Health and Long Life

In 3rd John 1:2 and many similar Bible verses, we see that it is God's desire for His children to walk in health and live long even as our souls prosper. Although there are events that make people build contrary opinions to this, the fact still remains that God does not want His children to be sick or die untimely. God is a good Father; in fact, you cannot compare how good a Father God is to the best earthly father, because God's goodness transcends the goodness of any mortal being. Now, I have not seen any earthly father who desires that his child should be sickly and live a short life. Any responsible  father would want the best for his child so, it is ridiculous to think that God who is far richer in goodness and mercy compared to any man will want His children who are believers to live a sickly and short life. Well, don't just take my defence for God's goodness as the final; check out what Jesus has to say about God the father in Matthew 7:9-11

Which of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone? Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent? If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?

God is a good and loving father and it is totally irreconcilable that a good and loving father will put something as evil and wicked as sickness on His children.

 Having established that God is good and He wants every believer to live a long and healthy life, we must therefore answer the question: if God wants us to be healthy and live long, why do believers fall sick and many times die untimely? God's will for His children is health and long life, but this does not mean His children do not have a part to play. From the scriptures, we must realize that God's will for humanity is that everyone should be saved and that none should perish(1 Timothy 2:4, 2 Peter 3:9), yet many people are still sinners today and many still go to hell. This is to show that because something is God's will does not mean it will automatically come to pass. The will of God needs the cooperation and willingness of man to be fulfilled in man's life. Therefore, if believers who are God's children want to live long and healthy lives, there are things that they must do to cooperate with God's will of long life and health.

1.   1. Study and meditate on God's word

Joshua 1:8

[8]This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.(King James Version).

God's word is the key to enjoying all of the provisions of God for His children. A Christian that does not study and meditate upon God's word is an imprisoned Christian, such a Christian is bond by ignorance which can keep him in sickness and lack because the truth that you do not know cannot set you free.

Genesis  to Malachi which is referred to as Old Testament was written in the Hebrew language and the word meditate that was used in Joshua 1:8 was translated from the Hebrew word: “hagar” which means to ponder, murmur or mutter. Therefore, meditating on God's word and doing it the way it was said in Joshua 1:8 is to ponder upon God's word, mutter God's word day and night.

Feeding on God's word and meditating on God's word is essential for a healthy life because God's word is medicine for our flesh.

Proverbs 4:20-22

[20]My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings.

[21]Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart.

[22]For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh.

Giving attention to God's word, keeping God's in your heart and muttering or speaking God's word is medicine to your body. (King James Version).


2.    2. Practicing and Doing God's word.

It is not enough to hear or know God's word, the word of God that you hear and know, but fail to practice cannot do you any good. It is not the amount of knowledge or information that you have from God's that blesses you, but the amount of God's word that you do.

James 1:22-25

[22]But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.

[23]For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass:

[24]For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was.

[25]But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.(King James Version).

There is a blessing that comes from doing God's word. The person who gives himself to doing God's word will walk in the blessings of God and shut the Devil out. Many believers give the Devil entrance into their lives because they fail to do God's word and give themselves to God's word. God gives healing and health, but sickness is an offspring of it's mother sin and it's father the devil. The reason why many believers are not walking in health is that they are not putting God's word to practice, they are  giving the devil an inroad to their lives and they are failing to rebuke the devil, because if they do, both sickness and the devil will flee.

James 4:7

[7]Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

 The way to submit yourself to God is by doing God's word. Esteeming God's word in your life and submitting  yourself to God's word by doing it will shut the devil and sickness out of your life. (King James Version).


3.     3. Confessing God's word and confessing health.

The principle of faith is simple: you shall have whatever you say. Well, I didn't establish this principle, God Himself did. God is a faith God, the Bible says God calls those things that be not as though they were, which means God does not see then speak. Instead, He speaks and then sees; it what He speaks that creates what He sees.

Hebrews 11:3

[3]Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear. (King James Version).

As God's children, we are to act like God and follow His example. A believer should always confess health and long life even when the body feels sick and weak. Jesus made a very important statement that governs the life of many people today in the book of Mark:

Mark 11:23

[23]For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.(King James Version).

A man's life is a reflection of the things he believes and confesses with his mouth. Consciously or unconsciously, people always say what they have in their heart with their mouth for the mouth speaks from the abundance of the heart( Matthew 12:34).

To live a long and healthy life, you must continually confess health and long life.


4.    4. Honour your father and mother.

Ephesians 6:2

[2]Honour thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise;) (King James Version).

People who want to live long must honour their parents.  Honouring one's parents carries a promise of long life with it. Christians must intentionally and deliberately live lives that honour their parents and the elders around them.


5.    5. Live with wisdom and balance.

This is very important. Some believers many times become so zealous that they act ignorantly. A believer is a supernatural and spiritual being that has God's Spirit, but the believer is also natural. As long as we are on this earth and in this earthly body, there are natural things and laws that we cannot bypass. Bypassing such laws and things can cut a person’s life  short and deny one of good health. Eating, sleeping, resting, etc. These natural things are very important and nobody can survive without doing them. Wait, I will show you something:

Mark 11:11-13

[11]And Jesus entered into Jerusalem, and into the temple: and when he had looked round about upon all things, and now the eventide was come, he went out unto Bethany with the twelve.

[12]And on the morrow, when they were come from Bethany, he was hungry:

[13]And seeing a fig tree afar off having leaves, he came, if haply he might find any thing thereon: and when he came to it, he found nothing but leaves; for the time of figs was not yet.(King James Version).

Did you read the verses of scriptures referenced above? Jesus, God in man, the one who is one with the Father, he was hungry and not only was he hungry, he went to look for food and was ready to eat if he had found food. It is good to fast, but fasting must be done wisely else it may bring a person’s life to a fast end.

Let's check another scripture  

Matthew 8:22-24

[22]But Jesus said unto him, Follow me; and let the dead bury their dead.

[23]And when he was entered into a ship, his disciples followed him.

[24]And, behold, there arose a great tempest in the sea, insomuch that the ship was covered with the waves: but he was asleep.

I have proven from the scriptures that Jesus was not always fasting, there were times when he was hungry and was looking for food. Now, I am also showing that Jesus was not always having vigils or preaching, he had time to sleep.

Well, I am not blaspheming but I want to state it categorically that if Jesus was not eating and sleeping, he would not have had to be killed by being nailed to the cross, he would have died of hunger and fatigue.

It is God's will that believers live a long and healthy life, but believers are not without responsibility. To live a long and healthy life, believers must cooperate with God and live the way they are supposed to live.

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