We at Tekoa approach health and healing using a Biblical philosophy. The Bible is replete with principles that demonstrate a particular care and consideration for the holistic health of the human family. I am not going to argue points and try and to convince any of you that the Bible is divinely inspired or of the definite and personal existence of the Creator. I am not trying to force you into my worldview, I am just, in short form, highlighting, what the Bible says regarding this subject, in order that you might understand where we are coming from, no strings attached. I invite you to choose, with an open mind, to intently consider the following.
The Apostle John opens his third epistle writing, “Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.” 3 John 1:2 KJV
Jesus summarizes the keynote of His existence by contrasting His objective with that of the Adversary, “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” John 10:10 KJV
and in another place,
The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, To preach the acceptable year of the Lord. Luke 4:18, 19 KJV
The Old Testament also highlights God’s desire to see us in optimal health, “Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits:Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases;” Psalms 103:2, 3
Is not this the fast that I have chosen? to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke? Is it not to deal thy bread to the hungry, and that thou bring the poor that are cast out to thy house? when thou seest the naked, that thou cover him; and that thou hide not thyself from thine own flesh? Then shall thy light break forth as the morning, and thine health shall spring forth speedily: and thy righteousness shall go before thee; the glory of the LORD shall be thy rereward. Isaiah 58:6-8 KJV
And said, If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the LORD thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the LORD that healeth thee. Exodus 15:26
Every promise, however, is alike conditional, in the following sense. God calls for the most basic of human necessities to be provided for, clothing, shelter, food, and water. Humanity has been brought in as co-laborers and, ideally, extensions of God’s desire in providing these things for those who are unable to provide it for themselves. Not welfare; a providing for those in genuine need with genuine disabilities or adverse circumstances, that prohibit them from providing for themselves or their own households.
The conditionality is regarding our personal decisions as it relates to our personal health (physical, mental, spiritual, and social). This is the rule, not the exception. And this is where we must spend the majority of our consideration and effort, because the statistics are reflective of this rule, and we are in dire need of change. There are many core principles that, if diligently followed, will produce better health and longevity. We will refer to these core principles as the 8 Keys to Longevity or the 8 Laws of Health. We will be spending some time in our blog to flesh these out, so that we might see how we can experience the abundant life that God designed us to enjoy.