8 Laws of Natural Health:
T R U S T I N G O D
Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil. It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones. Proverbs 3:5,6.
As parents there are many reasons why we decide to bring children into this world. As love grows between a husband and wife, they desire a greater expression of their love. This is done by having children, and thus they cement their relationship even deeper and create a wider family circle. We then want to pass to our children a legacy that will leave our stamp of character upon their lives and give to them the best of life's blessings and benefits.
This was why God decided to create the human race. One of the aspects of love is that it always seeks to grow and develop. In seeking more companionship, God created a race that was to be made in the image and likeness of Himself. We were to look like God (His image), and we were to develop a character like Him (likeness). The mind and heart of Adam and Eve were to be actuated by the principle of love. This was to be the controlling force that governed their impulses, reactions, thoughts, words, and deeds. Their characters were to be developed by daily obedience to the laws of Divine love, through their faith and trust in God.
To Adam and Eve, God was the loving, benevolent, tender Heavenly Parent. He had created everything for their need and well-being. As long as they trusted and obeyed Him, their home was to be the Garden of Eden, a paradise beyond human description. Daily, they held open communion with Christ as He opened up to them the secrets of creation.
One day this all changed. Eve, being deceived through the serpent (Satan in disguise), doubted God's express word and by her own desire to be as wise as God, partook of the forbidden fruit and served some to Adam. This seemingly small act of disobedience to God's word seems insignificant to most people, but it has had a dire consequence for the human race. Adam and Eve lost faith in God's word that day. Up until then they had perfect trust in Christ, and from all appearances they had developed perfect characters. But when their characters came under test, they didn't hold onto the word of God, but trusted the word of another created creature, the serpent.
Today, six thousand years later, mankind has the same problem, only to an even greater degree! Millions deny that God created the world and universe, or that He even exists!
Sadly, the vast majority of those who profess to believe in God and His word pick and choose what they will believe and practice. Many confess to believe in God, but in reality they have no real faith or trust and when times of testing and trials come into their lives, they react as if God didn't exist.
Why is FAITH and TRUST in God's word so important for us? His instructions on our entire lifestyle of how to live, eat, think, and act is subject to His design. In other words, God created each one of us to fulfill a divine purpose for our existence! "God's Word" is like an instruction and repair manual for our lives, much like the one we get when we purchase a car or an appliance. Because God designed and made us, only He really knows how we function. The Psalmist David wrote: "Thy hands have made me and fashioned me: give me understanding, that I may learn thy commandments." Psalms 119:73.
This is why faith and trust in God's word is so vital to our existence. When we understand what God wants us to do with our life, when we trust Him in the daily stress and trials, when we come to Him often in prayer and study, and by His grace and power we perform His directives, then we are placing true faith and trust in God and in His word.
Faith And Stress
There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it. 1 Corinthians 10:13.
Our Creator never desired or purposed that we live in a world of stress, problems, sickness and death --in short the results of sin. It was His intent that all humanity live in a world of perfect peace and harmony. But sin has destroyed our peace and harmony, and it is only by living a life of faith and accepting God's grace to obey His laws that we can regain this peace.
When stress enters our life we need to claim the promises of our Heavenly Father for His aid and protection. The promises in His word will help us in dealing with any life situation that comes our way. Our Heavenly Father did not create us to leave us orphaned or stranded on the rocks of despair. Though sin was not in God's plans and purposes for humanity, He has made ample provisions for dealing with sin and its results, if only we will trust Him! When we truly put our faith in God, by obeying His instructions, then He will be responsible for opening doors for us that will amaze us and fill our hearts with praise and gratitude.
When we fail to put our trust in God, the effects upon the body and mind are very destructive. Worry, anxiety, doubt, fear, and stress are all negative thoughts which produce negative emotions. These negative emotions are really neuro-chemicals and hormones that can do much damage in the body. In many ways we create a war zone of negative neuro-chemicals and hormones within the body every time we indulge in negative thinking. This is one of the greatest causes of sickness and disease today. There is a lot of research devoted to the mind/body connection. Many scientists are discovering what the Bible has taught for thousands of years, that those who put their trust in God are happier, healthier, and live longer.
Christ Our Example
Though He were a Son, yet learned He obedience by the things which He suffered: And being made perfect, He became the Author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey Him. Hebrews 5:8,9.
As we look at the life of Jesus Christ while He lived among us, we see that He could handle every situation of life. If we would study His life and follow His example and teachings, we would experience a lifestyle that would give us perfect peace, happiness, and good health.
As the Son of God, Christ could have chosen any situation in life that He wanted. He could have chosen to be born to a wealthy, powerful king or ruler, but He chose to be born into a poor working-class family. This teaches us that Christ saw the benefits of honest, skillful labor that provides a service for the community.
He was educated at home by His parents, Mary and Joseph. They taught Him from the Scriptures the important lessons that He had, through inspiration, directed holy men of old to write. Early in life, as a young boy, Jesus learned to love the Scriptures, and to follow the important principles that forever guided His life. Day by day, as problems and trials crossed His young life, He found help in God's word and hope in His promises.
Jesus, in His adult life, handled very well many extremely stressful situations. He had a simple childlike faith in His heavenly Father, and no life crisis could shake that trust in God. He was a Man without money, power, or authority, yet He found security in His Heavenly Father's love.
Mark 4:35-41 records an example of how Christ handled a life crisis. He had worked hard all day, teaching the principles of God's kingdom and healing many with disease and sickness. He was very tired, and the sun was setting in the West. They were by the Sea of Galilee, and in order to escape the crowds of people, Christ asked His disciples to row across the sea to the other side. As the fishing boat glided over the peaceful lake, Jesus, overcome by weariness and hunger, laid down in the stern of the boat and fell into a deep sleep. The last rays of light disappeared in the western sky behind them. As night fell suddenly a storm burst upon the lake and within minutes the once peaceful waters became an angry foaming tempest.
The disciples were skilled fishermen and had experienced many storms, but this storm had increased in fury, and wave after wave crashed over the sides, threatening to engulf the boat. With all the strength and skill the disciples could muster, they toiled against the overwhelming forces of nature, to no avail. They saw the peril of the situation, and all hope left them as the boat filled with water.
They had been so absorbed in their own efforts to save themselves that they had forgotten Jesus. Remembering that it was at His suggestion they cross the lake, the disciples looked for their Master. In the stormy darkness the lightning flashed, and the peaceful sleeping form of Jesus could be seen in the stern of the boat. In desperation the disciples cried, "…Master, carest Thou not that we perish?" The boat is about to sink, but these hardy fishermen can't bail the water fast enough. As Christ awakes from His deep sleep, He sees the water filling the boat, He feels the pouring rain and the driving wind, He reads the fear in His disciples faces as they cry "...Lord, save us: we perish." Matthew 8:25.
Amidst the wind and storm, Christ stands up, and in a calm but authoritative voice commands the storm, "...Peace, be still." Suddenly, the wind dies down, the tempestuous sea that was ready to swallow them, becomes calm, and serenity steals over the lake.
The disciples are dumb-founded, for only moments before they were at death's door; now they view a calm and placid sea. They turn with questioning eyes to Jesus. He asks quietly "...Why are ye so fearful? how is it that ye have no faith?" Mark 4:40.
There is a very important lesson for us to learn from this experience in the life of Christ and His disciples. Christ trusted in His Heavenly Father. We must also learn to have perfect trust in the same Christ who commanded the wind and the sea to be still. Day by day as problems, trials, and stresses surface we need to go to Christ for help, wisdom, power, grace, and comfort, or life will surely overwhelm us. Remember, that every disappointment, heartache, hurt, or problem is a call to prayer. Christ stands with His arms wide open saying, "Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest." Matthew 11:28.
Christ always revealed a thankful and rejoicing attitude for the things that God and His fellowmen did for Him. Before each meal He thanked His Heavenly Father for his food. He always appreciated the gifts, no matter how small, that were given Him in love. Once while He was in the home of Simon, a rich Jewish leader, Mary Magdalene, wanting to express her deep gratitude and devotion to Him, poured a pound of very expensive spikenard oil on His feet. Some that were with Christ criticized Mary for her gift, but Christ rebuked them, and praised Mary for her great gift of love and sacrifice. (See John 12:1-8).
O give thanks unto the LORD; call upon his name: make known his deeds among the people. Sing unto him, sing psalms unto him: talk ye of all his wondrous works. Glory ye in his holy name: let the heart of them rejoice that seek the LORD. Psalms 105:1-3.
"Low I Am With You Always"
From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I. Psalms 61:2.
It is the purpose of God to re-establish the relationship that man once had with his Creator in Eden before sin. This was the mission of Jesus Christ, who was sent to our world by our Heavenly Father to reconcile the human race to God. In all this we can see the true love of God in action. Christ has promised to all those who sincerely want to be reconciled to God that He will be with them at all times. Before He left our world He promised "Lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world." Matt. 28:20.
Christ, our elder brother, is standing by the throne of God in the heavenly courts. No human tears are shed but He hears the cry. No pain is felt but that He also feels. No prayer is whispered that He does not hear. Day by day, it is Christ that sends help, encouragement, grace, strength, and light into our lives to give us wisdom to cope with life. It is He that protects us, cares for us, and provides for our needs. As we become conscious of this FACT, we need to come to Him often in prayer, seeking for His divine advice, help, and grace to live a life according to His plans and purposes.
His promise for us is, Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid...These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world. John 14:27, 16:33. To us, living today at the close of this world's history, He asks, "when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?" Luke 18:8.
Much of this article was extracted from an article by Dr. Michael Casey and Ashley Cunningham, Our Creator's Plan for Excellent Health, www.pathwaytoeden.com