Spiritual health. Yeah, it’s a thing. One thing I’ve been learning lately- especially during the school semester and all the craziness that life brings- is that it’s actually crucial to make sure you’re keeping yourself well.
You’ll feel the difference.
Keeping yourself well (spiritually) is similar to how you keep your physical body well- when you get tired, you need sleep. When you have a cut, you let it heal. The difference is that with physical health we are usually much more attentive- we notice when something’s wrong because we feel the pain and see its effects on our body. We’re not trained to pay attention to our spirit and what’s going on in the same way. The pain of a spiritual wound- like sin for example- can show up all over our lives in subtle ways. Because of this, we don’t often recognize that we even have the wound, so we don’t deal with it. That, my friends, is why we need to make sure to do spiritual check ups!
If you don’t maintain your spiritual wellness, you can’t spiritually, emotionally, mentally, and physically be at your fullest potential. You can’t help others. You can’t serve God. It takes energy to serve God, and if you’re drained for whatever reason, then you can’t serve him well. The right way. God calls us to do our best in everything. One of the many verses this is mentioned in is 2 Timothy 2:15: “Concentrate on doing your best for God, work you won’t be ashamed of, laying out the truth plain and simple”.
Another reason is that we’re God’s house, “Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in your midst?”-1 Corinthians 3:16. God lives in us.Keep his house neat.
How to do it
It should be a daily task. When you first wake up in the morning and do your daily review- look at your agenda for the day, remind yourself of God’s promises and of important scriptures that are relevant to your season- you should also be doing self check-ups.
Here are the different ways you can maintain your wellness:
- Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal to you what you need to fix, clean, redo etc. The Holy Spirit will answer- it’s what he does! We just need to ask. There are so many things we want to know from God, so we just need to pick which things to ask him, otherwise he’d never stop telling us things! That’s one of the reasons he lets us come to him first. Once you’ve heard from the Holy Spirit, pray through it and make a “next steps” plan.
- Listen to your spirit: The key is to take time to stop and listen- or else you’ll just keep getting stuck. In life. In the problems you’re going through. In the arguments you’ve been having. What’s really bothering you about it? Dig deep to figure it out.
Here are some examples of common things we feel, but often times don’t work through the right way:
Do you feel heavy? If so, here’s what you need to do
- Write a list (or have a mental one if that works for you) of every single thing- (big or small, no matter how random) situations, relationships, specific people, specific things those specific people did- of things that are bothering you. Yeah, actually sit down and go through it all. You’re not going to know what it is that’s bothering you until you take time to listen to your mind and heart and think about it.
- Once you’ve completed your list, pour each thing out to Jesus. Pray through each one of the things until you either have peace about it from Jesus or you might even get a word or scripture for it.
Jesus is our savior. He’s here to take our burdens. God is the God of peace. He’s here to give you peace over every situation. The holy spirit is our counselor. He’s here to help you!
Honestly this is something I do really often. If I wake up with a negative feeling towards my day, or feeling stressed or overwhelmed about life or all the things I have to get done, or an annoyed thought of a person- I do it.
Do you feel thirsty for God? Maybe you feel guilt? Emptiness? Boredom? Yup, that’s what this is. Thirst for God. You’re always going to feel like that if you’re not getting filled with God. The only answer is to go to him- sit at his feet and ask him to speak to you. Tell him what you’re feeling and that you need him. Once you tell God that you need him, it will all change. He doesn’t delay. He’s faithful to come if you’ll only cry out to him. “Seek and you shall find!” *Song for the moment to play in the background* Here’s some evidence:
“Draw near to God and He will draw near to you” – James 4:8. (Notice it says WILL, not can, could, or might. He WILL.)
“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” – Matthew 7:7. Some versions say “ask and keep on asking, seek and keep onseeking…”. Don’t give up!
The last two things you should be doing (daily) to keep yourself well are to:
- Ask yourself if you need to confess something. The thing is, confessing shouldn’t be this thing we save for once a month when we’ve done an extra bad sin or something. Confessing is something we should be doing every single day. Checking ourselves.
- Ask yourself if there’s anything you need to forgive anyone else for. (It’s a biblical command!) Unforgiveness is something that can hold us back from our gifts, calling and even lives. If there’s something big you’ve been struggling to let go of, I’d suggest talking to a trusted older Christian about it. One thing that helped me learn to forgive is when I heard this: Forgiveness is not letting someone off the hook. It’s letting someone off of your emotional hook, and putting them onto God’s. He loves you and he will protect you, heal you and take care of you. Don’t let unforgiveness hold you back.
Jesus taught us to pray “like this” in the Lord’s Prayer in Matthew 6:9-13. Note that he doesn’t say “pray these exact words”. He says pray “like this”. So breaking it down to what areas Jesus says to focus your prayer on is the key. (I only put the relevant part of the verse here but I encourage you to study this scripture- there are many studies on it- and pray it every day!)
“…give us today our daily bread and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.” – Matthew 6:11-12.
Hope this helps your daily spiritual check-ups and thanks for reading!