Spiritual Health

HOW TO GET CLOSER TO GOD

50 Days of Transformation - Part 1 (Spiritual Health)

The further away you get from God, the more your life is troubled

The closer you get to God, the more your life is transformed.

THE LOST SON & LOVING FATHER: LUKE 15:11-24

Jesus told this story: “A man had two sons. The younger son told his father, ‘Give me my share of your estate now, instead of waiting until you die.’ So his father divided his wealth between his sons.

A few days later the younger son packed all his belongings and left home to live in a distant land. (He got as far away from his Father as he could.) There he squandered the gift he’d been given and wasted his life and money on wild parties and reckless living. About the time all his money ran out, a severe famine hit the land, and he began to starve because he was left with nothing.

The only job he could find was feeding swine on a farm. He became so desperate and hungry that even the pig slop he was feeding the swine looked good to him. But no one would give him anything for his hunger.

 When he finally came to his senses, he said to himself, ‘This is crazy! At my Father’s home even the lowest paid workers eat well, while I’m far away dying of hunger!  I’m going to return home to my Father and humbly say: Father, I have sinned against both God and you, and I am not worthy to be a part of this family or called your son. But please just make me one of your servants who works for you.’ With that attitude, he headed back home to his Father.

But while the son was still a long distance away, his father saw him coming. Filled with love and compassion, he ran out to his son, threw his arms around him, and kissed him! The son said ‘Father, I’ve sinned against both God and you, and I’m no longer worthy of being called your son.’ But the father said to his servants, ‘Quick! Bring me the finest robe in our house and put it on him. Then get my signet ring for his finger and shoes for his feet. Then roast the calf we have been fattening. We’re going to celebrate with a feast of eating and drinking. For this child of mine was distant and dead but now he’s back and alive! He was lost, but now he’s found! So the party began!’”

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“...he wasted it all…he had nothing left…he got desperate and hungry…he finally came to his senses...”  Luke 15:13-14, 17

GOD: “You’ll find me when you get serious about finding me and want it more than anything else.” Jeremiah 29:13 (Mes)

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“When he came to his senses, he said...“I have sinned against God and you...”  Luke 15:17-18

“Your sins have separated you from your God, and have hidden his face from you...”  Isaiah 59:2

“Be merciful to me, O God, because of your constant love. Because of your great mercy wipe away my sins! Wash away all my evil and make me clean! I recognize my faults and I am Conscious that I’ve sinned against you.”  Psalm 51:1-4 (TEV)

“The Lord says, ‘No matter how deep the stain of your sins, I can remove it. I can make you as clean as freshly fallen snow.’”  Isaiah 1:18 (NLT)

The HABIT of a Regular Spiritual Check-up:

“Test yourself to make sure you’re solid in the faith. Don’t drift along taking everything for granted. Give yourself regular checkups. If you fail the test, do something about it.”  2 Corinthians 13:5 (Mes)

“A man ought to examine himself before he eats of the bread and drinks of the cup.” 1 Corinthians 11:28 (NIV)

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The son drifted away saying, “GIVE ME MY share...”  Luke 15:12

He returned to the Father saying, “MAKE ME a servant” Luke 15:19

“Because God is merciful to you, OFFER YOURSELVES as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship. And do not conform to the pattern of this world, but BE TRANSFORMED by the renewing of your mind.”  Romans 12:1-2 (NIV)

THE FATHER’S RESPONSE

“Filled with love and compassion, he ran out to his son, threw his arms around him, and kissed him!...Bring the best...” Luke 15:20, 22

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“We’re going to celebrate with a feast of eating and drinking...He was lost but now he’s found! So the party begins!”  Luke 15:23-24

“Sing to God, sing praises to his name; LIFT UP A SONG to him...  his name is the Lord!”  Psalm 68:4 (ESV)

“I will sing to the Lord because he has been so good to me!”   Psalm 13:6 (NLT)

“On the night he was betrayed, the Lord Jesus took bread and spoke a PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING. He broke the bread and said, ‘This is my body, which is given for you. Do this to remember me.’” 1 Corinthians 11:23-24

 

 

THIS WEEK IN YOUR SMALL GROUP:      Seven Habits For Spiritual Health

Setting Goals

Setting Goals

SETTING PERSONAL GOALS BY FAITH

WHY ARE GOALS IMPORTANT TO CHANGING MY LIFE?

 

 

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Paul: “I know that I am not yet what God wants me to be.  I haven’t reached that goal, but I keep moving toward it to make it mine because Christ made me and saved me for this.  I know that I haven’t yet reached my goal, but there’s one thing I always do.  Forgetting the past and straining toward what is ahead, I keep my eyes focused on the goal so that I may one day win the prize that God has called me to receive through Christ in the life above.  All of you who are spiritually mature should think this same way, too.”   Philippians 3:12-15

 

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       “According to your faith will it be done to you.”  Matthew 9:29

 

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“I do not run without a goal.  I fight like a boxer who is hitting something—not just the air.”  1 Corinthians 9:26 (NCV)

 

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      Job: “I do not have the strength to endure.  I do not have a goal that encourages me to carry on.”  Job 6:11 (NLT)

 

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      Paul: “...I keep striving toward the goal...”           Philippians 3:12 (TEV)

 

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      “If your goals are good, you will be respected.”   Proverbs 11:27 (TEV)

      “All athletes practice strict self-control.  They do it to win a prize that will fade away, but we do it for an eternal prize.  So I run straight to the goal with purpose in every step.”       1 Corinthians 9:25-26a (NLT)

 

WHAT KIND OF GOAL DOES GOD BLESS?

3 questions to ask:

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“God paid a great price for you.  So use your body to honor God.”  1 Corinthians 6:20 (CEV)

“When you eat or drink or do anything, always do it to honor God.” 1 Corinthians 10:31 (CEV)

       “We make it our goal to please him...” 2 Corinthians 5:9 (NIV)

 

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      “Everything you do must be done with love.”   1 Corinthians 16:14 (NLT)

      “Let love be your highest goal.”  1 Corinthians 14:1 (NLT)

 

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      “We plan the way we want to live, but only God makes us able to live it.”                   Proverbs 16:9 (Mes)

 

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“You will not succeed by your own strength or power, but by my Spirit, says the Lord.”        Zechariah 4:6 (NCV)

 

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“Keep this Book of the Law on your lips.  Recite it by day and by night, that you may carefully follow all that is written in it; THEN you will successfully attain your goal.”  Joshua 1:8 (NAB)

 

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      “By yourself you’re unprotected.  But with a friend you can face the worst.  And a group of three is even better because a rope braided with three strands is not easily snapped!” Ecclesiastes 4:12 (Mes)

 

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Jesus: “Wherever two or three gather together in my name, I will be right there with them.” Matthew 18:20 (LB)

Paul: “I’m writing these instructions… so you’ll know how to live in the family of God. That family is the church…” 1 Timothy 3:15 (NCV)

 

WHAT DOES A SMALL GROUP DO?             ACTS 2:42-47

 

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“They committed themselves to learning the teachings of the apostles…” (Mes)

 

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“They joined with other believers in fellowship…” (NLT)

“They were like family to each other…” (CEV)

“They committed themselves to life together…” (Mes)

 

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“They shared in fellowship meals…” (TEV)

“They ate meals together in their homes, eating with great joy and generosity…”

 

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“They spent time praying together…” (NCV)

 

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“They shared everything with each other… and helped each other when anyone in the group had a need…”

“God has given each of you some special abilities; be sure to use them to help each other.”  1 Peter 4:10 (LB)

 

HOW CAN I GET THE MOST FROM MY GROUP?

 

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“Let us not give up the habit of meeting together. Instead, let us encourage one another.” Hebrews 10:25 (TEV)

 

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“Don’t try to act important but enjoy the company of ordinary people. And don’t think you know it all!”  Romans 12:16 (NLT)

“Never let selfishness or pride be your guide. Instead, be humble and give more honor to others than to yourselves. Do not be interested only in your own life, but be interested in the lives of others.”  Philippians 2:3-4 (NCV)

 

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“Welcome with open arms fellow believers who don’t see things the way you do. And don’t jump all over them every time they do or say something you don’t agree with—even when it seems that they are strong on opinions but weak in the faith department. Remember, they have their own history to deal with. Treat them gently.”  Romans 14:1 (The Message)

“We must bear the burden of being considerate of the doubts and fears of others…”  Romans 15:2 (LB)

 

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“If we live in the light, as God is in the light, we can share fellowship with each other… (But) if we claim we have no sin, we are fooling ourselves, and the truth is not in us.”  1 John 1:7-8 (NCV)

“Admit your faults to one another and pray for each other so that you may be healed.”James 5:16 (LB)

 

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“Help carry each other’s burdens. In this way you will follow Christ’s teachings.”Galatians 6:2 (GW)

“As holy people whom God has chosen and loved, be sympathetic, kind, humble, gentle, and patient.”  Colossians 3:12 (GW)

“If one part of the body suffers, all the other parts suffer with it.”  1 Corinthians 12:26a (TEV)

 

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“Let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.”  Hebrews 10:24 (NIV)

“I want us to help each other with the faith we have. Your faith will help me, and my faith will help you.”  Romans 1:12 (NCV)

 


Five Habits of Healthy People

Preparing for 50 DAYS OF TRANSFORMATION

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I pray that all is well with you and that your body is as healthy as I know your soul is! 3 John 2 (NLT)

Don’t depend on your own wisdom. Instead respect the Lord and refuse to do what’s wrong.  Then your body will be healthy, and your bones will be strong!  Proverbs 3:7-8

 

THE FIVE HEALTHY HABITS

THE DANIEL PLAN

When the time (of the contest) was up, Daniel and his three friends looked healthier and    stronger than all those who had been eating the royal food. Daniel 1:15 (TEV)

 

#1: HEALTHY PEOPLE _________________________________________________

(FOOD factor)            

You know the old saying, ‘First you eat to live, and then you live to eat?’ Well, your body is only temporary, but that’s no excuse for either stuffing your body with food, or indulging it with sexual immorality. Since the Lord honored you with a body, now honor him with your body!”  1 Corinthians 6:13 (Mes)

 

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   (FOCUS factor)       

Your eyes are the lamp of your body. So, if your eyes are healthy, your whole body will be full of light, but when your vision is bad, your body is full of darkness. Luke 11:34 (ESV)

God: Don’t ever forget my words, always keep them in mind. They are the key to life for those who find them; and they bring health to the whole body. Be careful what you think, because your thoughts run your life!  Proverbs 4:21-23 (NCV)

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      (FITNESS factor) 

It is senseless for you to work so hard from early morning until late at night, fearing you will starve to death; for God wants his loved ones to get their proper rest.  Psalm 127:2 (LB)

Keep yourself in training for a godly life. Physical exercise is good for your body but spiritual exercise is valuable in every way, because it not only helps you in your present life, but prepares you for the life to come.”           1 Timothy 4:7-8 (TEV)

 

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      (FRIEND factor)

Two are better off than one, because together they can work more effectively. If one falls down, the other can help him up. But if someone is alone and falls, there’s no one to help him. Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 (TEV)

Let us not give up the habit of meeting together, as some are doing. Instead, let us encourage one another all the more…  Hebrews 10:25 (TEV)

 

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      (FAITH factor)

Jesus said to the sick man, ‘Get up and get going! Your faith has restored you to health!’ Luke 17:19 (Amp)

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Whatever you eat or drink or whatever you do, you must do it all for the glory of God.1 Corinthians 10:31 (NLT)

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Athletes train and practice self-control in order to win a reward that will soon fade and be forgotten.  But we do it for one that will last forever! 1 Corinthians 9:25

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God is now working IN you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him. Phil. 2:13 (NLT)

 

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