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Pastors, Your Physical Health IS a Spiritual Matter

5. Reduce or avoid drinking alcohol.

Ephesians 5:18 says, “Don’t get drunk with wine, which will ruin you. Instead, be filled with the Spirit.”

Health conscious consumers are sobering up America. There’s been a dramatic change in America’s drinking habits. A growing number of Americans are beginning to view alcohol as unhealthy or downright dangerous.

It’s not surprising industry-wide sales are dropping. These are not religious people. These are just people who are concerned about their health. And for some surprising statistics about alcohol, see this infographic.

6. Live in harmony With God.

Proverbs 14:30 says, “A heart at peace is life to the body.” Our emotions have a tremendous effect on our physical health just like our physical health has a tremendous effect on our emotions.

You cannot fill your life with guilt and worry and bitterness and anger and fear and expect to be in optimum health. A heart at peace gives life to the body. If you feel bad, it affects every area of your life.

It’s a part of stewardship. Your body is a gift from God. What are you going to do with it?

NOTE: As I write this, my 10th book has just hit the shelves today—The Daniel Plan: 40 Days to a Healthier Life—and it’s a book about what changed MY life. In addition to the book, there’s an interactive website where you can track your own health progress, small group studies and other resources to help you get healthy!  

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Dr. Rick Warren is passionate about attacking what he calls the five “Global Goliaths” – spiritual emptiness, egocentric leadership, extreme poverty, pandemic disease, and illiteracy/poor education. His goal is a second Reformation by restoring responsibility in people, credibility in churches, and civility in culture. He is a pastor, global strategist, theologian, and philanthropist. He’s been often named "America's most influential spiritual leader" and “America’s Pastor.