Journey to Ultimate Health

February 5, 2024
by Trisha Walker

Understanding the significance of how having a healthy body impacts us personally, in our relationships and even in our spiritual walk has been a journey Thomas and I have been on for the last eight years.  For Thomas, he struggled with being overweight, having high blood pressure, having high cholesterol, and was in the pre-diabetec range.  

In July 2022,  Thomas faced uphill battles of losing weight but then gaining it back.  He was seeing a cardiologist due to years of heart issues as well.  His cholesterol was 222, blood pressure was 170, his weight was 270 and was heading down a spiral road of diabetes.  The Lord told him one night that he needed to stop drinking alcohol for him to be able to walk out the assignments that He has for him.  July, 2022 was the last time he took a drink.  He wasn’t a binge drinker or anything like that, but it was affecting his ability to be healthy, have total focus, and walk out a surrendered life with God.

Thomas realized that he was going to need to make changes in his life if he wanted to live a long life of health and not have a lifetime of disease.  It took him setting goals, being focused and having intention.  1 ½ years later, he has lost 40 lbs, his cholesterol is down to 151, his blood pressure is 120, he is out of the pre-diabetic range, and his cardiologist doesn’t want to see him back for several years😃.   

“Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well.” 
3 John 1:2 (NIV)

As Chritstians, to have total health, it requires us to be well in our body, soul and spirit.  It can be easy to neglect our soul or not know how to have a healthy soul.  Our soul is our mind, or will and our emotions.  Here are some insights on how to be healthy in each of these areas of your life.

Mind 

First and foremost, we must understand what it means to "not be conformed to this world." In simple terms, it means not following the ways of the world, which are often selfish, greedy, and focused on material things. As Christians, we are called to live differently, to live according to the teachings of Jesus. This doesn't mean we have to completely isolate ourselves from the world, but rather we must strive to live in a way that reflects our faith and values.

Now, how do we actually go about renewing our mind to Christ? The answer is through studying and meditating on God's Word, the Bible. The Bible is not just a book of stories, but it is the living, breathing Word of God. It is through reading and studying the Bible that we gain understanding, wisdom, and guidance on how to live our lives according to God's will. As it says in Joshua 1:8, "Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful."

“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”
Romans 12:2 (NIV)

Will

Let's understand who Father God is to us. As the most loving father anyone will ever be able to have, he wants the best for us. He has plans for our lives that are greater than we could ever imagine. However, in order to fully live out these plans, we must be willing to align our will to His.

Aligning our will to God does not mean giving up our free will or becoming robots. God has given us the gift of free will and He wants us to use it wisely. It simply means surrendering our desires and plans to God's will and trusting that He knows what's best for us. This can be a difficult concept to grasp for many of us who are used to being in control of our own lives. But as we let go of our own will and align it to God's, we will experience a sense of peace and fulfillment that surpasses our own understanding.

In the Bible, Jesus himself models this act of surrendering to God's will. In the Garden of Gethsemane, facing his crucifixion, Jesus prays to God saying, "Father, if you are willing, please take this cup of suffering away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine." (Luke 22:42) Here we see Jesus, fully human, struggling with his own will but ultimately trusting in God's plan for him.

So how can we align our will to God's? It starts with communication. We need to have a constant and open dialogue with our Heavenly Father. This means spending time in prayer and seeking His guidance in our decisions. It also means being still and listening for His voice. It may not always be easy, but as we continue to seek His will, He will reveal it to us in His perfect timing.

Another important aspect is obedience. Once we have clarity on God's will, it's important for us to obey and take action. This may mean stepping out of our comfort zone or making sacrifices, but we can trust that God's plans for us are always for our good.

Emotions

As human beings, we are complex creatures with a wide range of emotions. We were created in the image of God, who also experiences emotions. However, we can often struggle to properly handle and express our emotions. This is where Jesus comes in. He wants to help us navigate the ups and downs of our emotional landscape. In fact, He invites us to cast our burdens on Him because He cares for us (1 Peter 5:7).

But how exactly can Jesus help us with our emotions? Firstly, we need to understand that God is our creator and He knows us better than we know ourselves. He knows every thought, feeling, and emotion that we experience. He understands the root cause of all our emotions and is able to guide us through them. When we turn to Jesus in prayer, He can give us insight and wisdom that we may not have on our own.

Secondly, Jesus offers us a sense of peace that surpasses all understanding (Philippians 4:7). When we are feeling overwhelmed or anxious, we can ask Him for peace and he will graciously provide it. This peace is not something that we can achieve on our own, it is a gift from God. By allowing Him to help us with our emotions, we can experience a deep sense of calm and security.

Thirdly, Jesus encourages us to come to him with our emotions, no matter how messy or difficult they may be. He doesn't want us to hide our feelings or put on a facade of fake happiness. He invites us to be vulnerable and honest with him. This can be a freeing experience, as we no longer have to carry the weight of our emotions alone. We have been promised for our burdens to be carried if we give it to Him, and then all things will work together for our good to those who love Him to bring about what is good.

Remember God (three in one) is a loving and compassionate Father, a brother closer than any other, the Holy Spirit who will teach us in all things.  He cares for us on a deep and personal level. He is always interceding for us and desires to comfort us and guide us through His word, prayer, and worship among the few. This is a relationship that we get to build with Him.  The more we know and trust Him, the easier it becomes to allow Him to guide us. 


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Trisha & Thomas Walker have been married for 27+ years, live in the San Francisco Bay Area and have three children. They are relationship coaches and founding Directors of LGLP Ministries, Inc. (Love God Love People), a 501c3 organization since 2014. They were both certified as Couple Communication™ Coaches in 2010 and then as ThriveSphere™ Relationship Map Facilitators in 2020. The minisry’s vision is to see healed and whole families that impact their communities with the love of God to bring restoration, unity, and transformation

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