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While many teachers focus directly on the Trinity, in these messages, my objective is to focus attention to the Bible, God’s Word. This is the tool with which God teaches us how to live a righteous life so that we can have an intimate relationship with Him. This was true for all the people during the writing of the Word as well as all generations. The passages I cite, for the most part, link to the King James Version.  My posts link to “Bible Gateway“, where you can change the version for easier reading if you wish. With God’s unfailing Grace, we have this user manual with which to learn the experience of a righteous life.  If you’ll  notice, the welcome includes the phrase “A Mustard Seed”. I aspire to plant the seeds of the Word to expand Christ’s church  across the Internet, and with God’s blessing, across the world.

The Health of our Bodies

Most believers have heard “Your body is a Temple for the Holy Spirit”. (1 Corinthians 6:19-20) I believe this whole-heartedly.  The health of The Spirit living inside of you reacts with your body and can make you physically feel bad or good.  Just like your body, your Spirit requires the correct nourishment and excersise to remain healthy.

I can tell you from my own experience that while neglecting the Word, I become impatient, judgmental, irritable, anxious and even combative and depressed.  Neglecting the Word interrupts the flow of endorphins that we experience when we are uplifted by reading it.  This, in turn, also strengthens and feeds the Holy Spirit making us feel better, making us more prosperous. (Josh 1:7)

As followers of Jesus, there is no excuse (other than neglecting the Word) for us to experience depression. (Rom 8:28) (James 1:2-4)  I am not saying that we should not feel sad.  We all feel sadness, but keeping in the Word feeds and strengthens our Faith which, in turn, feeds the Spirit and stops sadness from spiraling into depression.  We need to read, stop and concentrate on the Lord waiting for His wisdom instead of wallowing in desperation in our circumstances. (1 Kings 18:36) (Psalm 46:10)

Keep yourselves in God’s Word, remain in the path of His Will for your life and your body will be healthier for doing so.1

1. There is increasing research evidence that religious involvement is associated both cross-sectionally and prospectively with better physical health, better mental health, and longer survival. These relationships remain substantial in size and statistically significant with other risk and protective factors for morbidity and mortality statistically controlled. In this article, we review the social and psychological factors that have been hypothesized to explain the health-promoting effects of religious involvement. The four potential psychosocial mechanisms that have received empirical attention are health practices, social support, psychosocial resources such as self-esteem and self-efficacy, and belief structures such as sense of coherence. Evidence concerning these potential mediators is mixed and inconsistent, suggesting there is more to be learned about the pathways by which religion affects health. Other possible explanations for the salubrious effects of religious involvement on health and longevity are discussed.
(https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1207/S15327965PLI1303_04)

Blending In

Jesus Christ is probably the most famous name in human history. “All of the legislative bodies that ever sat and all of the kings that ever reigned
All of them put together have not affected the life of man on this earth so powerfully as that one solitary life” (Johnny Cash from “Here was a man“). Yes He was famous – but why? He didn’t sing or dance, He didn’t have money, He didn’t own a home, everywhere He went He walked, He never traveled more than 30 miles from His homeland and He only lived for 33 years.

Yet His name is known the world over. And it doesn’t matter if you believe in Him or not, it doesn’t matter if you believe in God or not. No matter what race, religion, creed, color, sex, beliefs, no matter what – YOU KNOW THE NAME JESUS CHRIST!!!

He is the most notable name in history. You see He stands out among all other humans – ever! Now, what about you? Will you hide your beliefs under your breath from your friends and colleagues – just to look cool? Brothers and sisters in Christ: You were not saved in order to blend in with your environment.(Romans 12:2) If we have Christ in us, if we are to live our lives like Christ, if we are to be as Christ-like as possible, THEN WE NEED TO STAND OUT!!!(Matt 5:14-16)

Why hide what you believe?(Luke 12:8-10) That’s is no way to get into God’s kingdom for eternity. You must LIVE your beliefs and openly show what you believe.(Matt 7:21-23)