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Trust Leads to Good Health-Rick Warren Devotional

A peaceful heart leads to a healthy body;
jealousy is like cancer in the bones.-Prov. 14:30

Trust in the LORD with all your heart;
do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do,
and he will show you which path to take. Don’t be impressed with your own wisdom.
Instead, fear the LORD and turn away from evil. Then you will have healing for your body
and strength for your bones.-Prov.3:5-8

Trust Leads to Good Health

God has given you the gift of your body and it comes with an owner's manual - the Bible. In it are all the instructions you need to take care of yourself and live a long life.

You already know the basics - proper nutrition, exercise, a good night's rest. Today I want to look at the first of four health factors you may not have thought of for living long and well.

Trusting God is good for your health -- "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding." (Proverbs 3:5 NIV) Why is trusting in God good for your health? When you trust Him then you don't worry.

Psalm 116:7 says, "I said to myself, "Relax, the Lord is going to take care of you'" (NCV). If you really trust in God, you're going to be less stressed.

You have a choice - You can either worry or worship. You can either pray or panic.

The more you pray, the less you'll panic. Relax, because God will take care of you!

The Bible says in Proverbs 14:30, "A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones" (NIV). It's not just what you eat that matters, it's what eats you. You can have all the right macrobiotics and organic food, but if your body is filled with resentment, worry, fear, lust, guilt, anger, bitterness, or any other emotional disease, it's going to shorten your life.

Psalm 116
1 I love the LORD because he hears my voice
and my prayer for mercy.2 Because he bends down to listen,
I will pray as long as I have breath!3 Death wrapped its ropes around me;
the terrors of the gravet overtook me.
I saw only trouble and sorrow.4 Then I called on the name of the LORD:
“Please, LORD, save me!”5 How kind the LORD is! How good he is!
So merciful, this God of ours!6 The LORD protects those of childlike faith;
I was facing death, and he saved me.7 Let my soul be at rest again,
for the LORD has been good to me.8 He has saved me from death,
my eyes from tears,
my feet from stumbling.9 And so I walk in the LORD’s presence
as I live here on earth!10 I believed in you, so I said,
“I am deeply troubled, LORD.”11 In my anxiety I cried out to you,
“These people are all liars!”12 What can I offer the LORD
for all he has done for me?13 I will lift up the cup of salvation
and praise the LORD’s name for saving me.14 I will keep my promises to the LORD
in the presence of all his people.15 The LORD cares deeply
when his loved ones die.16 O LORD, I am your servant;
yes, I am your servant, born into your household;
you have freed me from my chains.17 I will offer you a sacrifice of thanksgiving
and call on the name of the LORD.18 I will fulfill my vows to the LORD
in the presence of all his people—19 in the house of the LORD
in the heart of Jerusalem.
Praise the LORD!

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