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Monday, June 5, 2017

Essentials for Healthy Spiritual Lives

There are a number of things that are essential in life, things that we need on a daily basis. We need to eat in order to provide the nourishment that our bodies need. If we go for too many days without food, our bodies will break down. We also need sleep. Sleep restores our bodies and is necessary to maintain physical, emotional, and mental health. Then, there are things needed for personal hygiene, such as brushing and flossing our teeth. Those things are needed to keep our teeth strong and healthy.

There are also things that are essential to our spiritual life. They are things that, as followers of Christ, we also need on a daily basis. Just like our bodies need nourishment from the food that we eat, our souls need nourishment as well. That nourishment comes from the Word of God. We read in His Word that man cannot live on bread alone. He also needs the Word of God (Matthew 4:4). Jesus is the Word and the bread of life (John 6:48). We need to read the Word daily and we need to keep that Word in our hearts. When we keep the Word in our hearts, it will help us to avoid sin (Psalm 119:11). When we read the Word daily, it can transform our hearts and minds and will be a weapon readily available to fight against the attacks of the enemy (Ephesians 6:17).

Prayer is another thing that is essential to spiritual life. The Bible tells us that we should be constant in our prayer (Romans 12:12) and continue in prayer without wavering (Colossians 4:2). Prayer is our lifeline to the Father. When we spend time in God's presence, talking to Him through our prayers, we allow God's presence to take its place in our lives. When we have His presence in our lives, like a shepherd He will lead us on the right path, restore our souls, and give us the comfort and protection that we need in times of trouble (Psalm 23:1-4).

Another essential to our spiritual life is praise. Every day of our lives, we should be giving God the praise He deserves. Our hearts and our mouths should be filled with His praise and glory all day long (Psalm 71:8). God inhabits the praises of His people so, when we give Him praise, He is right there with us. And, when God is with us, nothing can stand against us.

Spend time with God every day, reading His Word, praying to Him, and giving Him praise. When we do these things, we will enjoy a spiritual life that is both healthy and growing day by day.

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