“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
Philippians 4:13 (WEB)
Faith is the foundation of The Daniel Plan, teaching us to depend on God for everything we need to make the changes that will create and sustain a healthy lifestyle. No longer relying on our own willpower, we tap into the ultimate source of power and wisdom: our Creator. God’s power is the key to every transformation change in our lives, including our health.
You may have tried other wellness programs with limited success, but focusing on only physical health doesn’t provide you with the foundation you need to sustain a healthy lifestyle in the long-run. Many of us are disciplined when it comes to spiritual practices like reading our Bible or going to church, but we may not have that same discipline when it comes to caring for our physical health. Others are careful about eating habits, but ignore caring for the soul. The reality is that our spiritual health and physical well-being are intimately connected — and each can strengthen the other.
Where God guides, he provides. What he calls you to do, he equips you to do. All that’s required is your commitment. His invitation is one that offers an abundant life, creating a vibrant faith, an energetic body and a resilient mind. Choose to rely on Jesus. Don’t succumb to worry, instead choose to follow him.
“Let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus,
the pioneer and perfecter of faith.”
God has given you a unique mission in life, and therefore only you can fulfill it. In order to run the race he has set before you, it is imperative for you to be physically healthy and strong. Start by building your faith by plugging into God’s power and moving into a deeper relationship with him. Each day set aside time to talk with him, read his Word, and pray. This daily practice will set the foundation for your journey, a journey that will transform you from the inside out.
The Daniel Plan is built with love as the motivation. It is an experience framed by God’s unconditional love for you. As you enter into an intimate, loving relationship with Him, you will learn to love him back, and love whom God made you to be, while learning to give and receive love from others.
“For I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from his love. Death can’t, and life can’t. The angels won’t, and all the powers of hell itself cannot keep God’s love away. Our fears for today, our worries about tomorrow, or where we are—high above the sky, or in the deepest ocean—nothing will ever be able to separate us from the love of God demonstrated by our Lord Jesus Christ when he died for us.”
Romans 8:38–39 (LB)
The Bible tells us that lasting change begins with committing your body to God. Romans 12:1-2 says, “... give your bodies to God… Let them be a living and holy sacrifice - the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him. Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.” (NLT, emphasis added)
Practical next steps
Open your Bible and choose a verse that encourages you. Write it down where you can refer to it, or put it in your mobile device. Read it every day. Try memorizing it, and share it with someone you love. Consider memorizing one verse each week, and soon you will have a library of truths and promises to call upon when you need them in your daily life.
Watch Session 1 of The Daniel Plan 6-Week Small Group Study