Spiritual Health / Physical Health
When our body is in pain or we are sick, we cannot function to the best of our ability. This will even interfere with our relationship with our Lord. You may question your own faith if you are sick long enough. Others may cause you to question your faith as well and make you ask yourself, “What have I done to deserve this?” Read Job and you will see that his friends did not come to comfort him, but criticized him. Even His wife at one point told him to curse God and die. Not something that is very encouraging. We come together to encourage one another to edify each other and to share the love of Jesus with each other. We are many parts but we belong to one body. Our individual bodies need attention too, and that is what these lessons will be about. For scripture does tell us our bodies are His temple.
1 Corinthians 3:16 Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in your midst?
John 2:21 But the temple he had spoken of was his body.
1 Corinthians 6:19( ESV) Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own,
We need to take care of our body, and we do this by seeking wisdom and applying what we learn to our life. Our body belongs to God we are its care taker.
James 1:5 – If any of you lacks wisdom let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.
Romans 12:1 (NIV) Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.
Matthew 4:4 (ESV)4 But he answered, “It is written, “‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”
We need to feed our body and our spirit. We feed our body food and our spirit His Word.
Proverbs 4:20-23 (ESV) 20 My son, be attentive to my words; incline your ear to my sayings. 21 Let them not escape from your sight; keep them within your heart. 22 For they are life to those who find them, and healing to all their flesh.23 Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life.
We need to continually feed on the Word of God. If we do not we grow spiritually weak. We also need to have fellowship with other believers.
Hebrews 10:25 (ESV) not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.
If we do not feed our body properly we make it weak and it becomes easier for it to become sick. Today we shall focus on protein. This is a nutrient that if we do not continuously feed on we lose because our body does not keep it stored. It is used by the body and needs to constantly be replenished. Just as our spiritual muscles are weakened by neglect our body suffers if it is neglected as well. Our muscles need protein. We also need to exercise our muscles. This does not mean we have to lift weight and become body builders or athletes. If water does not move and no fresh water comes into it the water becomes stagnate. This water is then useless and it stinks too! If we do not keep our body fed and moving it too will become stagnant and worthless.
Now meat is one way of getting protein, but beans are an excellent source of protein as well and they also contain fiber which is good for our body as well.
|Serving Size 1 cup|
|Amount Per Serving|
|Calories from Fat 6
|% Daily Values*|
|Total Fat 0.7g||1%|
|Saturated Fat 0.18g||1%|
|Polyunsaturated Fat 0.3g|
|Monounsaturated Fat 0.06g|
|Total Carbohydrate 39.74g||13%|
|Dietary Fiber 16.6g||66%|
|Serving Size 1 cup|
|Amount Per Serving|
|Calories from Fat 134
|% Daily Values*|
|Total Fat 14.85g||23%|
|Saturated Fat 1.978g||10%|
|Polyunsaturated Fat 7.263g|
|Monounsaturated Fat 4.819g|
|Total Carbohydrate 34.13g||11%|
|Dietary Fiber 8.3g||33%|
What’s New and Beneficial About Black Beans -Recent research has shown that black beans provide special support for digestive tract health, and particularly our colon. The indigestible fraction (IF) in black beans has recently been shown to be larger than the IF in either lentils or chickpeas. It has been shown to be the perfect mix of substances for allowing bacteria in the colon to produce butyric acid (Role in Digestion Humans have this acid in their digestive tracts, too, and it is one of many stomach acids that helps break down food for energy. The colon also produces it as a byproduct of some types of fiber digestion, particularly oats and raw bran. Many experts say that this acid is the main reason human gas and flatulence smells bad in so many instances.)
Now we should begin exercise with learning to stretch and to breathe.
We all breathe but it is what is called shallow breathing. Just like our muscles need protein, it needs oxygen as well. Deep breathing increases the oxygen our body needs. Breathing deeply can also calm the body and lower blood pressure.
When we practice deep breathing exercises, the breath helps to remove toxins from our vital organs and promote improved blood flow throughout our body.
Check this out with yourself right now. Turn your attention to your breathing. Do you see anything moving? If the answer is no, you are likely taking shallow breaths. Where there is stress, there is usually shallow breathing. The good news is that with very little effort, deep breathing can become an easy and unconscious practice.
First, sit upright in a comfortable position, with your hands on your knees and your shoulders relaxed. Now, in your mind, make a conscious decision to focus on your breath. Close your eyes and exhale completely. Your lungs first need to be empty in order to allow you to inhale fully and deeply. Slowly breathe in through your nose for a count of five. Breathe deeply into your lower abdomen. If it helps, picture your lungs expanding with air as you breathe in. As your lungs expand they push down on your diaphragm causing your belly to expand. Once you have taken a good deep breath in, hold in your breath for a count of three. Then slowly exhale the air out through your nose while counting to five. At the end of your exhale, hold once again for a count of three. Take another slow breath in through your nose, again counting slowly up to five.
Remember to breathe deeply down into your belly and let your belly expand as far as is comfortable. There is no need to force it.
Repeat this deep breathing exercise 5-10 times, which should only take a few minutes.
When you do this deep breathing exercise, expect your mind to wander. That is what the mind does. When you notice this, simply bring your attention back to your deep breathing and begin your count again.
If you practice this deep breathing exercise on a regular basis you will notice that it becomes easier to focus on your breathing and eventually you will notice that you regularly breathe deeply without having to think about it at all.
We can also use this time to meditate on a scripture of your choosing. You can replace counting with a scripture.
Now we should stretch
Let’s learn a stretch we can do while sitting.
- With legs wide, slowly curl your spine forward, dropping your torso toward your thighs.
- Allow your head to relax and your hands to reach down toward your feet. Hold for 20 -30 seconds and slowly rise back up. You can increase time as you become more limber.
This stretch will elongate your spine and increase blood flow to your head. Use caution when you first rise from this exercise. You may become dizzy, this is why this a good exercise to do while seated.