by Apostle Dr. S.W. Anthony | Contributing Writer, I AM Kingdom Brands
Rarely do we find the world system agreeing with Kingdom principles of the Word of God. However, your medical doctor will suggest to you to obtain long life you must submit to living a healthy lifestyle.
The Apostle Paul appeals to us in Romans 12:1-2, to present and dedicate our bodies as a living sacrifice to God for it is well-pleasing to The Lord and it exemplifies true worship – suggesting a long healthy Christian life.
Ministry can bring about stress and if we are not careful unhealthy habits. Often we can be found taking care of everyone but ourselves and it is easy to do because of our love for God’s work and His people.
We have to make sure that we do not leave an opening for dis-ease to wound us as we go about advancing the Kingdom of God. Because if we are not able to function due to poor health in the earth; we will not be able to advance the kingdom of God by bringing heaven to earth as His conduits and vessels of light.
This is the decree Apostle John spoke over his dear friend, Gaius in 3 John 2. “Beloved I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.”
The Apostle is confident that Gaius’ work of the Gospel is essential therefore, he is inspired by Holy Spirit to speak to the whole man for continued restoration. It is the plan of God for us to live an exemplified balanced life spiritually and physically.
It is our position to be accountable for keeping our temples fit, proper and tempered for battle in every way. Apostle John makes 3 significant points in his decree:
1. To prosper in all things
2. Be healthy
3. Even as your soul is prosperous
John speaks to the prosperity of the whole man to ensure “all things are possible to them that believe” in the Father. Then he sidesteps to pin two connecting areas of life to thrive divinely. He connects good health with the soul or mind of a man. Like John, we know that the condition of a man’s body (physical health) is the key for the soul (mind, thoughts, will, emotions) to prosper.
Therefore, as a woman in ministry, I take the sound doctrine of Apostle John in the Word of God and the advice of earthy doctors to ensure my temporary stay in the earth is divinely purposeful, eventful, healthy, and long.
Here a couple of things I follow to stay tempered:
1. Keep a divine relationship and connection with The Father at all times – for spiritual strength
2. Eat and drink nutritiously (vitamins, pre and probiotics and plenty of water)
3. Exercise and be physically active
4. Get good rest and sleep
5. Take short sabbaticals often
6. Schedule physical exams regularly
1 Cor. 2:16, says “..., but we have the mind of Christ.” “... we have been given Christ’s way of thinking.” And if He can sleep soundly on a boat in the midst of a storm - I must learn to do the same. I release all thoughts to The Lord constantly for unloading. Doing so brings about a peace that passes all understanding. Phil 4:7; Isaiah 26:3.
When you over exhaust the soul the body will become feeble and unable to function. Temperance is necessary. Temper means to harden by reheating and cooling with oil causing the material to be stronger and more resilient.
No matter how anointed you may be to preach, teach, prophesy and raise the dead - I don’t know about you. But I prefer to be tempered and able to do ministry standing on my own two feet.
Live long and strong to finish well!