Lesson 15 - Our Greatest Need—New Lifestyle!

Some time ago the president of the American Medical Association was addressing a large group of heart specialists in New York City. He began his speech with these words: “America’s greatest need is for a new lifestyle.” Even a casual look at the health habits of a majority of Americans indicates these words are indeed true. Degenerative diseases directly related to faulty habit patterns are on the rise. Heart disease, stroke, cancer, and diabetes have soared to epidemic proportions in the United States.

There is a close relationship between our physical well-being and our spiritual well-being. God is deeply interested in our physical health. The apostle John states it succinctly, “Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers” (3 John 2, NKJV).*

The book of Revelation clearly teaches that God’s message of physical health is a significant part of His last-day message for the world.

  1. What specific instruction does God give in Revelation 14:7 that includes our total lifestyle?
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  2. How do we give glory to God? Does giving glory to God have anything to do with our physical health habits? 1 Corinthians 6:19, 20; 10:31
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  3. What earnest appeal does the apostle Paul make regarding our bodies? Romans 12:1
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  4. Will the group awaiting Jesus surrender all their physical habits to Him? 1 Thessalonians 5:23
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  5. What does the Bible teach about the use of intoxicating drinks and alcoholic beverages? Proverbs 20:1; 23:29-33
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  6. What clear warning does God give that applies to those who defile their bodies by alcohol, drugs, or tobacco? 1 Corinthians 3:16, 17
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  7. What was the original diet given to human beings by God? Genesis 1:29; 2:16
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  8. How many classes of animals did Noah bring into the ark? Genesis 7:2, 3
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  9. How can you tell if an animal is clean or unclean? Leviticus 11:1-4
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  10. What does God say regarding the swine or pigs? Leviticus 11:7, 8
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  11. What general principles does God give regarding seafood? Leviticus 11:9-11
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  12. What amazing promise did God make to Israel if they followed His principles of health? Exodus 15:26
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  13. What does the Bible say will happen to those who continue to rebel against God by defiling their bodies in certain respects, although they know better? Isaiah 66:17
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  14. What Bible promise does God give to those who desire victory over physical habits that have defeated them for years? Philippians 4:13
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  15. Where does all power for victory come from? How do I receive it? John 1:12
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* Texts credited to NKJV are from the New King James Version. Copyright © 1979, 1980, 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.