Health Devo: Understanding Your Doctor and Taking Care of Your Temple

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{devotions for healthy living}

“Understanding Your Doctor & Taking Care of Your Temple”

by Dr. Asha S. Fields Brewer
1 Corinthians 3:16-17 Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.
If I were to ask, “Why do you go to the doctor?” there are sure to be a variety of responses.  Some would say, “Because it is right.” Others would say, “To find out what’s wrong.” With all the varying reasons, we lose sight of the real purpose we should be visit medical clinicians.  As  Christians…as GOD’s PEOPLE, we should  ultimately be visiting the doctor in order to take better care of His Temple.


{Ask Questions}
Proverbs 4:7 Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.
Your doctor is your doctor for a reason. He attended undergraduate school and many years of doctoral studies and clinical training.  Not only did your doctor have to perform exceptionally well in school to earn a degree, but he then had to take one or more exams to be recognized by his clinical board.  Even still, your doctor had to take more exams to be licensed to practice within your state.  (Phew! That’s a lot of exams).  So instead of passively visiting the doctor,  be active in your appointment. Take advantage of your doctor’s training and experience.  Ask questions such as, “How does this diagnosis affect my body?  What changes can I make to support my health and promote healing? What can you expect in my treatment plan, and how often should I follow-up?” These are just a handful of the things you should know and understand before leaving your doctor’s office.   
It is better to ask a trained clinician than it is to ask the Internet.  
{Take Personal Responsibility}
Mark 4: 14-15 The sower sows the word. And these are the ones along the path, where the word is sown: when they hear , Satan immediately comes and takes away the word that is sown in them.
Your doctor may lay the seed, but you must cultivate it.  Once you are equipped with the knowledge, let change take root. Don’t let the information go over your head and accept confusion and misunderstanding from family and friends who think the know.  Don’t let the information fall on stony ground, where you’re motivated about change today, but you’re lack of full understanding has you back into unhealthy habits by next week. Refuse to let Satan sweep by and steal what your doctor shares with you.  Nurture the seed by doing research, using sound, regulated, and patient-friendly resources, such as www.cdc.gov,  www.eatright.org, and your local health department.  Your doctor is not responsible for your well-being, YOU are; so take the knowledge and RUN!
You can’t bear healthy fruit, unless you sow and cultivate healthy seeds.

{Don’t Stress Over the Unknown}
Matthew 6:34 Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.
Stress has a way of sneaking up on the body.  It may linger for a while, but we often don’t realize it’s presence until we are enduring its side effects.  Stress will not only affect your mental well-being, but your spiritual and physical well-being also.  Spiritually, stress attacks our faith and opens the door for doubt.  Physically, stress affects blood pressure, blood sugar, muscle tension, digestion, sleep, food cravings, mental stability, and so much more. You can actually be worsening your condition by stressing over it! We already know that the enemy comes not but for to steal and to kill and to destroy (John 10:10a).  That’s not news to us.
By letting stress in, we are just rolling out the red carpet.  

{Share Your Testimony}
2 Timothy 1:8  Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner: but be thou partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according to the power of God;
It is our job to be living sacrifices for God (Romans 12:1), but it does nothing to keep this experience to ourselves.  We must tell our stories!  Don’t be embarrassed to share what you’re going through, even while you’re going through it.  You never know how your story can encourage someone else, promote your faith, and be the catalyst for your own healing.
We are always on assignment.  


I leave you with some final thoughts:
1. Pray for your doctors.  Pray that God will connect you with a medical team that operates under His direction and His influence.  Pray that they minister to you both spiritually and physically to provide healing in your life.  2. Whenever you visit the doctor, whether it be a well-visit or a consultation,  take advantage of the knowledge that is before you.  
Develop a rapport with your doctor, purpose to understand him, and learn how to take batter care of your Temple.

~Dr. Asha 🙂

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