Category Archives: Health and Wellness

I’m Awake

Living for Christ is living for true freedom. I used to think that being able to do whatever I wanted was freedom. As long as I got what I wanted I was free. Lately I’ve been realizing how being a slave to Christ is true freedom. Let me unpack that.

The world has all kinds of lures. It has sex, drugs, gambling, etc. All of which seem so fun and entertaining. We are free to indulge in things though once we do we find ourselves ensnared. We’ve eaten from Eve’s apple. In a moment we’ve passed up our freedom for something that will drag us back to it, over and over and over again. If only we hadn’t taken the bite.

At first we chose our addiction. Then our addiction chooses us. In the beginning we weren’t a slave to it, but after we’ve tasted it we’ve become hooked.

I don’t want to live like that.

Living for Christ is like waking up everyday and choosing to be alive. When we enslave ourselves to Him, when we forfeit our shackles to Him, He in turn sets us free. When I first believed in Christ he took my sin and set me free. Like a slave who is unaware of his freedom I kept wandering back to my sin. We need to realize that we’re free. We need to renew our minds. We need to choose freedom.

I want to wake up alive each morning. I want to choose life. I want to suck the life out of life itself. Do not forsake this wonderful gift God has given us called life. Each moment passes and the more we bother with busy work or procrastinate from real work the more like a zombie we become. If we have any true realization as to what God has done our lives we should rip off our lukewarmness and passionately pursue Him with everything we’ve got.

Many people struggle to fall asleep each night. I don’t think that its because of our sleeping habits. I think its because we haven’t truly done enough with our day. We’ve taken our day and tried to just survive it, trying to hold out for whatever is coming to tomorrow. What we’ve actually done is act as poor stewards with our time today. We aren’t given much time as it is. Shouldn’t we do most we can with what we’ve been given?

Is the way your living your life keeping you up at night? Are you waking up feeling empty because your life is full of things that are far from God’s heart?

Jesus says to not live in our past because he’s freed us from that. He also says to plan for the future but don’t live in the future because He holds our tomorrows.

God wants to know us today.

You’ll be surprised what can happen if you truly give all of yourself to God each day. If you exhaust yourself for Him each day he will provide you strength and make you stronger but its people who try to hold onto their energy or passion and conserve it who are the ones who ultimately lose it. Before long the worries of stress and anxiety combined with fears and concerns expend all the energy we should have invested in God. Shouldn’t life be simpler then that?

It is.

We should give everything to God each day, knowing that he is faithful to provide what we need for tomorrow.

-Jake

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Putting the Flesh to the Test

Recently I read over an insightful blog about running: Running every day keeps aging away: the most complete list of running benefits. After reading this I realized that living our lives in such a way that we exhibit self-control has more then just spiritual implications. It seems that our flesh benefits increasingly as the Spirit leads. I consolidated some of what I thought were the major points of the article.

Running Benefits include:

-Growth of brain cells

-Increased mental sharpness

-Ease symptoms of anxiety and depression

-Prevents osteoporosis, or bone and muscle loss

-Improves cardio

-Helps fight the early stages of dangerous diseases such as diabetes, breast cancer and hypertension

-Releases endorphins, or “runners high”

-Weight loss

-Anti-aging benefits

-Doesn’t kill your joints

-Inner sense of confidence

-Coordination

-Muscle tone

-Improved sex life

After thinking about this I realized just how important it is for us to become disciplined. Paul puts it this way:

 1 Timothy 4:8-10

“Physical training is good, but training for godliness is much better, promising benefits in this life and in the life to come.” This is a trustworthy saying, and everyone should accept it. This is why we work hard and continue to struggle, for our hope is in the living God, who is the Savior of all people and particularly of all believers.

One thing I particularly admire about runners is how much they hate it. Very rarely will I find someone who truly deep down enjoys torturing their body. Each and every day disciplined runners wake up to put their flesh behind them. They have to overcome aches, pains and apathy every single day. How many of us would receive spiritual blessings by overcoming the flesh everyday? I’m not saying everyone should become a runner. I’m simply saying that each of us as we pursue godliness should incur the blessings of activities that exhibit self-control, patience and joy. For some this maybe eating healthy, others this may be watching less television or going for a walk. I don’t want anyone to become to discouraged. Even if an activity seems daunting realize that you who believe have the Spirit of Christ living in you who empowers you to start new habits, get rid of old ones and pursue after Him in all aspects of your lives.

Ephesians 1:3-6

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will— to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves.

Jake

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