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This month’s scripture writing theme is about Health
Scriptures about health? Why?
You cannot listen to the radio or watch a TV program (or YouTube video) without hearing a commercial for something health related. Every friend on Facebook has some awesome product to help with creating a good health and wellness routine. We wear watches and monitors to help us track our exercise. We join gyms and Facebook groups to find accountability partners.
But at the end of the day, why do we do it all?
Exercise is a good thing. Paul uses it to show us what a godly life looks like:
– running a race (1 Cor. 9:24; Gal. 2:2; Phil. 2:16; )
– competing in games (1 Cor. 9:25; 2 Tim. 2:5)
– boxing (1 Cor. 9:26; 2 Tim. 4:7-8)
All of these references make the point that we need to have self-control. “but I discipline my body and make it my slave, so that, after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified.” (1 Cor. 9:27 NASB).
We are to “run with endurance”, the Hebrew writer says in Hebrews 12:1.
James 1:12 tells us that if we persevere we will “receive the crown of life”.
Our goal is a spiritual one.
So why worry about the physical health aspects?
Because God does!
Does God care about our physical health?
While God’s teachings are always with a view towards Heaven, He does still take notice of and provide for our physical health and wellness.
Take the widow in 1 Timothy 5 for instance. Paul goes into great detail to teach who should take care of widows. The given is that widows do need someone to help them out. Paul makes the point right off the bat that this is what family is for – to take care of the parents who took care of them (1 Tim. 5:3-8, 16). But if a woman were to outlive her husband AND all her children, what would she do then? Paul establishes that in this situation alone, the church can support her physical needs. I believe that the underlying assumption is that when our physical needs are not met, our faith may struggle. After all, some of Jesus’ earliest teachings are about how we are not to worry about our food and clothing (Matt. 6:25-34). We need to know that God has our physical needs covered.
As you will see in the Scripture Writing plan, God provided for our physical health from the very beginning. What we need to be “fruitful and multiply”. He created our bodies and He gave us a purpose. It follows that He provided to keep those bodies functioning to meet their purpose.
Where will we start writing scriptures about Health?
We will begin by writing 3 John 1:2. This verse is John’s expression that the brethren will grow in prosperity and health just as their spiritual health grows. While God doesn’t promise everyone exactly the same experience on earth (wealth, health, family, etc), He does promise that being strong in faith and obedience will have an impact on the experience here on earth. He offers many things to care for our physical, mental, and emotional needs.
The Ultimate Source of Healing
As I hope the Scripture Writing plan will bear out, the ultimate source of all healing – physical and spiritual – is the Lord God Almighty. If we will look to Him and trust Him even as we make use of whatever earthly means are available to us then we should be able to find comfort and support, even in the hardest trials.
God gave us a mission. In order to fill all of the requirements for it, we need to be healthy. It takes energy to be a wife and mother, just on the everyday responsibility side. It takes emotional and spiritual energy to fight the battle against Satan and all that follows him. God is our advocate in all of it. He knows how the physical drains on the spiritual. But He also knows that learning to be content in any circumstance is in our best interest (2 Cor. 12:7-10; Phil. 4:10-14).
Writing these scriptures out should help to put on our hearts the attitude that our health is to be a concern in direct connection to fulfilling our purpose for the Lord.
For the next 31 days, spend each day writing scriptures about Health.
I encourage you to go beyond just writing the verses too.
The writing of the scriptures alone will give you a deeper understanding than just reading them. Meditating on those scriptures through the day AND praying that God help you see how to apply them in your life will take you even deeper.
PS – Please share your scripture writing on social media. You never know who you could encourage by sharing the work you are doing to grow in God’s word!
Connect with us in The Women Walking in Diligence Facebook group. Once a week I do a Facebook Live chatting about what we are learning from the Scripture Writing Plan and sharing Bible Marking suggestions.
You can share in the Women Walking in Diligence Group, on Facebook, Instagram – wherever you “hang out”. Use the hashtag #DWScriptureWriting or #ScriptureWritingClub so we can search and find what you have shared.
Wouldn’t it be fun to see God’s word all over the internet this way?
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