Christian Healthy Living - Do You Want to be Made Whole?

(Luke 2:8-20; 12/21/14)

Introduction:A key idea in today’s Sunday School material is that shepherds learn about the birth of Christ and began to tell others about Him, as they praise the Lord. Prayerfully, we will be challenged to be witnesses for the Lord and those who are known for praising Him.

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DO YOU WANT TO BE MADE WHOLE? - Healthy Living – God’s Way

(Sis. Daphene Baines, 10/14)

John 5:6  When Jesus saw him lying there, and knew that he already had been in that condition a long time, He said to him, “Do you want to be made well?”  7 The sick man answered Him, “Sir, I have no man to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up; but while I am coming, another steps down before me.”  8 Jesus said to him, “Rise, take up your bed and walk.” 9 And immediately the man was made well, took up his bed, and walked. 

This lesson is an attempt to respond to the special teaching request on healthy living.  Today we will discuss 3 simple principles and practices for living a healthy lifestyle God’s way.  At the end of this discussion it’s our prayer that we will leave with a mind to live a healthy lifestyle the way God intended.

 Principle #1 – It’s your choice to be healthy.

Galatians 6:9 (NIV) 7 Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.    

Summary of scripture – don’t fool yourself because God is not fooled.  Whatever you put out is what you get back. 

·   Key idea - God has given humans the ability to make their own decisions. “The 3 C’s of life – Choice, Chance, and Change” can help us with this principle. 

·   Practical Points - Because humans have been given free will, they have the ability to make a choice to take a chance to make a change in their lives. Let’s make choices that will be pleasing to God and lead to healthy lifestyle changes.

·   What are you committed to doing because of this principle?

 Principle #2 – Being healthy includes all dimensions of mankind.

1 Corinthians 6:19-20 (NIV) 19 Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; 20 you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies. 

Summary of scripture – Your temple/body is God’s temple which was bought at a price.  We should respect God with taking care of our bodies.

·   Key idea – The body is body, mind and soul. Working on the whole person will lead to ultimate health or wellbeing – physical, spiritual, intellectual, emotional, social, and occupational.

·   Practical Points – Physical – eat healthy by following tips from www.choosemyplate.gov. and move your body – 150 minutes of physical activity each week.  Spiritual – get closer to God by studying, serving and giving. Intellectual – exercise your mind with reading, taking a class, doing puzzles and other things to stimulate the brain. Emotional – let go of negative thoughts and replace them with positive thoughts and learn to de-stress. Social – work on building and strengthening relationships.  Occupational – do something you love every day.  Let’s treat our bodies like they belong to God.

·   What are you committed to doing because of this principle?

  Principle #3 – Doing things in moderation is important. I Corinthians 10:23 (NIV) 23 “I have the right to do anything,” you say—but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything”—but not everything is constructive.   ·   Summary of scripture – mankind has the right to do whatever is desired, but it doesn’t necessarily help them or help others.  ·   Key idea – God will help you find balance in your life. Many things you do are acceptable, as long as it is in moderation.

·   Practical Points - Spending too much time working out, sleeping too much, obsessive mediation, obsessing over what you eat, and working 80 hour weeks are all unhealthy. It’s ok to let yourself go…occasionally. Remember we all need to eat carbohydrates, fat, and protein, but in proportion.  Find out how many calories you need to eat a day and try your very best to stick to that during the week.  Let’s learn to do all things in moderation and trust God to help us make it through.

·   What are you committed to doing because of this principle?

 

Conclusion:  Let’s live by the 3 principles and practices for a healthy lifestyle.  God will bless us according to our faithfulness.  

 

 

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