Living Life to the Fullest!



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Quoting the Danish Twin Study, Dan Buettner, author of The Blue Zones, stated that “only about 10 percent of how long the average person lives, within certain biological limits, is dictated by our genes. The other 90 percent is dictated by our lifestyle.” Evidently, people have a great ability to affect—positively or negatively—how long they live! But God’s plan isn’t just that we live long lives on this earth. He wants us to live eternally. What does the Bible say concerning our physical health? And is there any connection between physical and spiritual health? The Bible contains the keys to a happy, healthy—and very long—life.
How important is our health?

Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in _______________, just as your soul prospers.

The subject of health is one of the most important subjects of the Bible. The Apostle John wished for his friends to prosper both physically and spiritually. Whatever affects the health of the body will affect the whole person. This includes the way we feel, think and interact in our relationships. When you care for your body physically, your mind will also do better. A clear, sharp mind is more easily connected with God, providing a platform for true health and happiness.
Why did God share principles of good health with His people?

You shall serve the Lord your God, and He will bless your bread and your water. And I will take ___________________ away from the midst of you.

God gave His people health principles to protect them from sickness and keep them from premature and unnecessary death. As the Creator God, He knows what is best for our health. Many years ago, God gave us a number of principles that are still very important today.
What sort of life does Jesus promise us?

I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more _______________________.

God’s desire is that His people—while preparing for everlasting life—live life to the fullest!

God wants us to flourish. An abundant life includes the personal presence of Jesus, who longs to give us a life of health and happiness beyond our imagination.
What does the Bible call our body?

Do you not know that your body is the ________________ of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? . . . Therefore glorify God in your body.

Some people have the attitude of “it’s my body, and I can do what I like with it.” But the human body was intended to be a dwelling place for the Holy Spirit. As such, we have a responsibility to care for ourselves physically and emotionally—to keep ourselves in the best possible condition to maintain a loving relationship with God. If the mind is dulled, communication with God is made more difficult and spiritual growth is stunted. Having vitality and good health helps us understand the Bible and establish a close relationship with God.
What are some practical ways we can enhance our health?

Whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the _____________ of God.

Notice that God wants us to glorify Him in all we do—including how we eat and drink. It is easy to imagine ways of eating and drinking that are not to the glory of God. In His Word, God gives us clear instruction as to how we can treat our body temple in a way that glorifies Him.

In the Garden of Eden, before the appearance of sin and death, the diet God prescribed for Adam and Eve did not include animal flesh. Meat was not a part of God’s original dietary plan for the human family. And God’s original dietary plan was clearly effective. Following this plan, Methuselah lived to be 969 years old! (Genesis 5:27)

God made it clear that should people decide to eat animal flesh, they should not eat unclean animals—including pigs, rabbits, camels and horses. Only animals that have a split hoof and chew the cud are acceptable for human consumption.
Were the restrictions on eating unclean animals intended only for the Jewish people?

You shall take with you seven each of every clean animal, a male and his female; two each of animals that are _________________, a male and his female.

As far back as the time of Noah, God clearly distinguished between clean animals and unclean animals—and Jews didn’t yet exist in Noah’s day! He told Noah to take onto the ark seven of every clean animal, and two of every unclean animal. God’s intention was not that the unclean animals would be eaten. If they were, the species in question would have become extinct. God’s instruction to Noah—long before the first Jew lived—clearly shows that restrictions against eating unclean animals do not apply only to the Jewish people. God’s principles for honoring Him and enjoying good health are for everyone!

In an attempt to protect us from illness and disease, God asks that anyone eating creatures that live in the water refrain from eating certain creatures that were never intended to be food for human beings. Filter feeders, such as oysters and other shellfish, have a very important role in the ecosystem. They cleanse waterways by ingesting water and filtering out impurities. Lobsters, crabs and other bottom-feeders cleanse rivers and oceans of dead matter. The same is true for catfish and other similar creatures. While not intended as food for people, these creatures perform the important task of helping to cleanse the planet’s water supply. And notice: God said that the eating of unclean animals is “an abomination to you.” Nowhere in the Bible did God ever declare something to be an abomination that He later declared to no longer be an abomination. God stated that unclean food is an abomination, and never reversed that declaration.
What instruction did God give with regard to eating birds?

These you shall regard as an abomination among the birds; they shall _________ be _____________ , they are an abomination: the eagle, the vulture, the buzzard . . .

Birds of prey and birds that feed on carrion (the flesh of dead animals) are declared by God to be unclean. While chickens and turkeys are clean birds, eagles, vultures and other similar birds are declared by God to be unclean.

The Bible speaks very clearly about the dangers of alcohol use. While it is true that many people in the Bible drank alcohol, the Bible never portrays such alcohol use in a positive light. Bible figures also practiced bigamy and owned slaves, yet such flawed behavior cannot be used to justify similar practices today.
What “wine” does God recommend people freely consume?

As the new wine is found in the _________________ , and one says, “Do not destroy it, for a blessing is in it,” so will I do for My servants’ sake, that I may not destroy them all.

The “wine” God permits His people to drink is that which is found “in the cluster”—the unfermented juice of the grape. While some people point to Jesus turning water into “wine” at the wedding feast at Cana (John 2:1–11) as justification for drinking alcohol, there is nothing in the story that suggests Jesus created alcohol rather than grape juice. It would be clearly inconsistent for Jesus to inspire Bible writers to speak strongly against alcohol use, and then create many gallons of alcohol to be consumed at the end of a wedding feast!
Does it matter to God if people smoke or use other tobacco products?

You shall not ________________.

Reliable science reveals that every cigarette smoked causes tremendous harm to the human body and mind. According to the Centers for disease Control and Prevention, 90 percent of lung cancers—and many other diseases—are caused by smoking. Causing intentional and significant harm to the body temple—God’s dwelling place—cannot possibly be construed as giving glory to God. (1 Corinthians 10:31)



Just as an athlete trains and prepares wholeheartedly in his or her pursuit of a prize that will one day perish, the Christian should strive to prepare in every possible way to receive God’s great gift of everlasting life.

While salvation does not come through adhering to health principles— salvation comes only through faith in Jesus—those who have faith in Jesus will want to honor Him in every way possible. As we honor God with our bodies and also yield to Him our minds, He can fill us with His presence and communicate with us more clearly.
An example of this principle is found in the book of Daniel. Captured from his home in Jerusalem, the teenaged Daniel refused to eat the unhealthful food set before him by King Nebuchadnezzar—even though in doing so, he knew he could incur the king’s wrath.
As a result of his faithfulness, God blessed Daniel and his friends to be “ten times better” than the rest of the wise men in Babylon. (Daniel 1:20) Daniel—who conscientiously honored God with his body—was blessed by God to receive some of the greatest prophetic messages ever shared by God with the human family.

Through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, God is well able to not only provide strength to make changes in our lives, but also to be the strength we need to live lives that are entirely committed to God’s glory. What seems impossible to us in our human weakness is possible with God in His divine strength. God is able to help anyone enjoy the blessings that come from following His principles for good health.

Are you willing to surrender your life to God and accept His principles for better physical and spiritual health?