Introduction: How important is your health? Would you like to wake
up every morning feeling great? If money is any gauge, I have read
that in the United States alone over two trillion dollars (trillion,
not billion) is spent each year on our health. Does God care about
our health? Is there a connection between righteousness and health?
Do we have an obligation to God to do our best to stay healthy?
Let’s dive into our new series of studies to see what the Bible has
to say about health!

  1. Reasons for Praise

    1. Read Psalms 103:1. What does it mean to praise God with
      our “inmost being?” (This is not superficial praise. This
      is praising God from our core – from deep inside.)

    2. Read Psalms 103:2. I often hear people say we should
      praise God “because of who He is.” What additional
      reason does the Psalmist give us to praise God? (He gives
      us benefits! This seems a selfish reason to give praise,
      but it is natural (and easy) to praise someone who helps

    3. Read Psalms 103:3-5. What is the Psalmist describing?
      (The previously mentioned benefits that God gives us!)

      1. Let’s list these benefits. (Forgiveness of sin.
        Healing disease. Pulling us out of a pit. Giving us
        love and compassion. Satisfying our desires with
        good things. Giving us youth.)

        1. As you look at this list, do any of these
          benefits have anything to do with health? (Yes!
          Giving us a youthful feeling and getting rid of
          our diseases.)

        2. Do you attach any importance to the fact that
          when the Psalmist lists our benefits he lists
          the forgiveness of sins first and healing of
          diseases second? (Eternal life is logically
          more important than life on earth.)

          1. Let’s look at these two benefits –
            forgiving our sins and healing us from
            disease – in more detail.

  2. Praise for Forgiveness of Sin

    1. Read 2 Timothy 1:9. When did God formulate His plan to
      fix our sin problem? (Before the beginning of time.
      Before the beginning of our existence.)

      1. What does this suggest about God’s thinking when He
        created us? (He created us with the knowledge that
        we might reject Him.)

        1. Assume you are a parent and your child has
          rejected you. If you could turn back time and
          not have this child born, would you do it? (A
          parent who says, “I would have this child
          anyway” shows incredible love. Our God has
          shown incredible love to us.)

    2. Read Ephesians 2:8-10. Do we deserve to have our sins
      forgiven and eternal life? (No. It is a gift from God,
      and not the result of our works. However, we have been
      created to do good works.)

    3. Now we understand why the Psalmist in Psalms 103:3
      praises God for forgiving our sins.

  3. Praise God for Healing Disease and Giving Us Youth

    1. Read Exodus 15:26. What connection is there between
      obeying God and sickness? (God says that if we obey, he
      will not bring the diseases on us that He brought on the

      1. Does this mean that when we get sick it is because
        we sinned? (Perhaps.)

      2. What does the book of Job teach us about this
        subject? (Job’s “friends” were telling him that he
        was sick and suffering because he had not been
        obeying God. But, we know from the first chapter of
        Job that God told Satan that Job was “blameless and
        upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil.” Job

        1. What should we conclude from Job and Exodus
          15:26 about the origin of illness? (Sometimes
          we get sick because we have not followed God
          and sometimes we get sick because we have
          followed God. In addition, our common sense
          tells us that sometimes we get sick simply
          because we live in a sin-filled world.)

      3. Let’s look again at the last few words of Exodus
        15:26: “I am the Lord, who heals you.” Is there both
        a negative and positive involvement of God in our
        health? (God seems to say He is a healing God. That
        is His normal attribute, the positive side of
        health. However, He also brings diseases on the
        disobedient. God is involved in our health in both a
        positive and negative way.)

    2. Read Jeremiah 7:22-23. Could God have just given the
      people commands about worshiping Him? (Of course. This is
      the way people viewed pagan gods.)

      1. What else did God do for us? (God is not just
        seeking our worship, He is seeking to have a
        relationship with us. He wants our lives to go well
        – and for that reason He has given us a series of
        commands. This is the positive side of obedience,
        the “healing” side.)

      2. What examples do we see of this in the Bible? (If
        you skim over Leviticus chapters 11-15 you will find
        numerous regulations that God gave Moses to keep the
        people healthy and disease-free.)

    3. Read Proverbs 3:7-8. Avoiding arrogance, fearing God,
      shunning evil: do these have any obvious connection to
      health and strong bones? (This suggests a connection
      between spiritual health and physical health. This seems
      more than the idea of God putting diseases on us as a
      judgment or a test, or healing us as a blessing. There is
      some inherent connection between righteousness and
      health. The natural result of obedience is a strong and
      healthy body.)

  4. Praise Sacrifice

    1. Read Romans 12:1. I thought Jesus was the Lamb of God who
      died to take away our sins. Why are we sacrifices?

      1. Let’s work through this problem. What is the reason
        for us to be sacrifices? (“In view of God’s mercy.”
        This is a reference to the mercy Jesus showed us by
        dying for our sins. As His followers, we need to
        have the same sacrificial attitude.)

      2. How is our sacrifice different from that of Jesus?
        (We are a “living” sacrifice. I’ll choose that over
        being a “dead” sacrifice!)

      3. How is this worship? (As part of our worship to a
        God who gave His life for us, we make some

      4. Now for the tough question, what kind of sacrifice
        are we talking about? What does it mean for you to
        “offer” your “body” as a “living sacrifice?”

    2. Read Romans 12:2. What does this suggest is the answer to
      the prior question? (Our “sacrifice” is to conform to
      God’s will and not the will of the world.)

      1. Romans 12:1 referred to our body and this refers to
        our mind. Are both involved in this living
        sacrifice? (Clearly, there is a physical component
        to this. A healthy body reflecting a positive
        relationship with God is part of the “sacrifice.”
        Our actions begin with attitudes of our minds. We
        need to present a total sacrifice: mind and body!)

      2. Is health a part of this? (The parallel seems to be
        a renewed mind and renewed body. These reflect our
        total worship of God.)

      3. All sorts of people worship their body. This is one
        of the main goals of our age. Is that what is being
        discussed here? (The text warns us about conforming
        to the pattern of the world. Instead, our worship is
        a mind and body reflecting the greatness of our

    3. Friend, if you have not thought about the relationship
      between health and spirituality, if you have not thought
      about taking care of your body as part of your worship of
      God, will you consider it today? Why not commit today to
      asking God to help you renew not only your mind, but also
      your body as part of your “living sacrifice?”

  5. Next week: The Power of Choice.