Eight Principles to Living a Healthy Life: Part 9
By now, you may have come to realize that you need help to improve your health and live in harmony with the NEWSTART principles. Perhaps you have been trying to improve your lifestyle, but you realize that your efforts to change the habits that may have impaired your health have been fruitless. The ninth blog on the NEWSTART principles is going to focus on trust in divine power.
Question: Have you considered that the power to change may need to come from outside of you rather than from within?
For some people, the changes that need to be made are only small ones, but for others the changes may seem insurmountable. Regardless of the changes that need to be made, achieving good health (and maintaining it!) may best be accomplished not by “trying” to make the changes, but by “trusting” that the changes can be made. Lasting change can only come when you realize how ineffective your own efforts have been to fight the disease or the habits that have brought on the disease. Maybe your doctor has already warned you of an impending stroke or heart attack. When this realization of the gravity of your situation sinks in, you are headed in the right direction. The next step is to develop trust. But trust in what? Some addiction recovery groups say to put your trust in a higher power. At The Road and with the NEWSTART program, we believe the only Higher Power that is worthy of our complete trust is God, the Creator of the universe, our forever Friend.
Question: When life is a mess, do you wig out and become really stressed or do you have peace because you trust in God?
“The peace that God gives goes right to the soul, relieving the heart and mind.”
God inspired writers of the Bible to instruct and encourage us on this topic:
“Trust in the LORD with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding.” Proverbs 3:5-6
“My God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19
As Jesus was preparing to depart earth and be with his Father, he told his disciples, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” John 14:27
Paul expresses his trust in God this way: “Casting all your anxiety upon Him for He cares for you.” (1 Peter 5:7).
Anxiety (or worry) is a state of mistrust and has led to many dire and evil consequences from drug addiction to suicide. It can cause high blood pressure, heart disease and even cancer. Resentment, hate, and anger cause anxiety. Anxiety and resentment may indicate a lack of the necessary trust that leads to a peaceful and content existence (see Matthew 6:25-34). Anxiety is gripping our nation due to natural disasters, economic insecurity, broken families, and social deterioration. This is the time to cast your anxiety upon God and trust Him. Won’t you consider giving Him a chance to show you what He can do? He’s waiting to give you strength and comfort like you’ve never had before.
When we feel we cannot change our bad habits, then trust that God can! Hand over control and trust in His power to give you the strength to make the right decisions. The result? Jesus said, “I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” (John 10:10).
The Bible reveals the God of love who wants you to live a long, happy, and healthy life.
Question: Are you committed to walking by faith and trusting God’s ways and not your own? Are you willing to educate yourself so you can live your life in power, strength and confidence?