Friday, 20 February 2015

On Gaining Perfect Health

I believe we all like to be healthy, well balanced in our lifestyles, free from unnecessary stress. But there is more to life than this. You can have perfect health, a well balanced lifestyle, a relatively stress free life and still be empty inside. Life can still be meaningless.  

Perfect health isn’t a goal.
It’s a side issue.

Don’t get me wrong. I know what it feels like to have very poor health, with stresses mounting on every side. Unable to get out of bed. Everything hurting. It’s not fun in any way. I know what it feels like to nearly die at age 39 and possibly leave three young children motherless. It’s a horrible feeling.

But in the end, it doesn’t really matter.
It’s not the end of the world.
I know that might shock you.

This blog...although it provides information on healing the body is more about healing the spirit and the soul. You see, the spirit lives on long after the body dies. It is eternal. What really matters is where you will live eternally.

“What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses his soul?” (Matt 16:26)

There are two choices.

  • We colloquially call one ‘heaven’ but really the bible describes this as a ‘new heaven and a new earth’.

‘Then I saw a “new heaven and a new earth” for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away.’ 

‘Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people and he will dwell with them. They will be his people and God himself with be with them and be their God.’

‘He will wipe away every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.’ 
(Rev 21:1-4)

  • The other choice is called hell.

‘But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars -- they will be consigned to the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.’ (Rev 21:8)

Where you live eternally depends on which type of righteousness you have.

What is righteousness?

'Righteousness' or rightwiseness, as it was formally spelled, means to have the quality or character of being right and just.

I teach my children, it is to be wise about what is right in any given situation, according to the Lord Jesus and God’s Word.

But the bible speaks of two types of righteousness and one is more important than the other, though they are not mutually exclusive.

Earthly Righteousness:

This comes from doing what is right on this earth. Think ten commandments.
Do not lie, steal, cheat, commit adultery or murder, honour your parents, have nothing to do with witchcraft, be just and honest, care for the poor, needy and oppressed. Treat others how you would like to be treated. It is what the bible calls a righteousness that comes from the law - the law of God that tells us what is right and what is wrong. It pricks our consciences. It is a good thing. We are supposed to obey this law. Most would agree.

But many, many people rely on this earthly righteousness as a way of determining where they will live eternally. They misunderstand what the bible teaches. Their assumption is that at the end of their life, Yahweh will weigh up all the good they have done against all the evil they have done and as long as the good outweighs the bad, then all is honky dory for a life of eternal bliss in the new heaven and earth.

This is wrong.
You can be exceptional at earthly righteousness and still lose your soul and spirit eternally to hell. 

“Therefore no one will be declared righteous in God’s sight by observing the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of sin.” (Rom 3:20)

Because not one of us has ever been perfect in earthly righteousness. We have all done evil at some point and Yahweh demands perfection. So, we have a BIG problem. What is to be done about our lack of perfection?

If we pursue perfection as Yahweh defines it, in word and deed, will that fix the problem?
Although not a bad thing in itself at all, it is simply not enough.

We still have a BIG problem.

But the good news is there is a second type of righteousness, totally different to this so called earthly righteousness. This righteousness doesn’t originate on this planet we call earth. It comes from Yahweh himself.

It’s called God’s righteousness.

It is totally separate from earthly righteousness or a righteousness that comes from the law of God about what is right and wrong. It’s of a much higher standard and supersedes the earthly righteousness because it originates with Jesus himself.

This is the type of righteousness that is needed to live eternally in the new heaven and the new earth, rather than eternally in hell. It is by this righteousness alone that one can be saved from eternal damnation. It covers the gap for the evil deeds we have done in our lives in the past.

“But now a righteousness from God, apart from the law, has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.” (Rom 3:21-24)

Yahweh offers it to us as a gift.
He longs for all mankind to be saved from hell.
But you have to receive the gift.

How do you receive such a gift?

  • First you must see you that you need God’s gift of righteousness. If you can not really see your need for this, ask Jesus to show you. He will. He longs to teach us.

“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith - and this not from yourselves, it is a gift of God - not by works, so that no one can boast.” (Eph 2:8,9)

  • Secondly,  you must see that when Jesus suffered on the cross 2000 or more years ago, Yahweh was punishing Jesus for your sin, right then and there. That is how the price was paid for our evil deeds. For all evil must be punished if Yahweh is just and good. Jesus’ resurrection is proof not only that he is God, but also that our sin was paid for on the cross, through Jesus’ horrendous suffering.

“God presented Jesus as a sacrifice of atonement, through faith in his blood. He did this to demonstrate his justice.” (Rom 3:25)

  • Thirdly, you must see that Jesus is God, the creator of the universe and acknowledge this with your mouth before other people. If you deny him in this way, he will deny you your salvation.

“That if you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.” (Rom10:9,10)

  • Fourthly, you must see your need to worship God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength. This will influence every single aspect of your life. How you eat, dress, talk, live, parent, mother, love. It is a full submission to the Word of God as the only authority over your life.

“I preached that they should repent and turn to God and prove their repentance by their deeds.” (Acts 26:20)

Many people lead good, moral lives in comparison to others on this earth. Please don’t think that is all you need. Ask for God’s righteousness.

“For in the gospel a righteousness from God is revealed, a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: ‘The righteous will live by faith’.” (Rom 1:17)

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