The Zombie Apocalypse is coming! Zombies are everywhere. What are you going to do to escape the destruction? How will you survive?
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Zombie culture has invaded our society in unbelievable ways. I know someone who’s greatest fear is a zombie invasion. She has nightmares about zombies taking her children from her. These zombie nightmares have affected her life to such a degree that she is receiving therapy and has been prescribed psychiatric medication!
On the other hand, some people actually enjoy zombie culture. The Walking Dead, first a comic book, has become a hit TV show and video game. A friend of mine participates in zombie runs – dressing like a zombie and running 5K obstacle races.
Zombies are fictional, yet in real life, you see the walking dead all around you. I have treated patients who are so immersed in the standard American lifestyle that they appear lifeless, like nothing more than an scarcely animated body. They consume an abundance of lifeless, nutrient depleted, processed foods. They drink plenty of sugar-laden soda, sweet tea, and alcohol; while water is something fish swim in but definitely not a beverage. Exercise of any kind is a foreign concept. They are happy to take a pill for every ill and often believe that they are doomed to ill health. They believe and regularly recite all the reasons why they cannot be healthy. I am sure that you know people just like this – if not, look in the mirror, it may be you!
Unfortunately, some people are unwilling to break this cycle, falsely believing that they are unable to achieve a state of wellness. However, those who do put forth the effort and adopt a Lifestyle of Wellness, gain amazing health and change their lives forever! In fact, I never ceased to be amazed when I see these transformations occur in people’s lives.
In addition to achieving wellness in our physical and mental states, spiritual wellness is a vital component of a wellness lifestyle as well. People who live a life apart from God are, spiritually speaking, the walking dead.
And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience—among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind.” Ephesians 2:1-3
This passage from the Bible explains the former life of a Christian and the present life of one who is not a Christian. One who lives a life apart from God is spiritually dead, he lives according to the ways of this world. He is alienated from the life of God (Ephesians 4:18).
He mistakenly believes that he is free – doing what he wants to do in life. In fact, he is in bondage and living according to the dictates of this world, this society. He doesn’t do what he wants to do. He does what society and the principalities and powers of this world influence him to do.
John MacArthur addressed this in a sermon called ‘Coming Alive in Christ’. Quoting John Eadie, he stated:
…it isn’t just a question of being dead and inanimate, it’s like John Eadie, the great Scotch commentator said; “It’s a case of death walking.” They are literal spiritual zombies, because they don’t know they’re dead, they’re still going through some motions. Death walking.”
The spiritually dead are “dead in trespasses and sins.” In the book of Romans, Paul teaches that all of us are born in sin, that is, we are born spiritually dead (Romans 5:12). Our spiritual deadness is not so much based on what we do but on what we do not do. God’s mark, His target is perfection and, regardless of what we do, we have all fallen short of this mark (Romans 3:23).
One who is physically dead is completely unable to respond to anything. No matter how much nutritious foods, vitamins, water, or physical therapy given to that dead body, it will not respond. It is dead. Spiritual deadness is the same.
The spiritually dead individual is not able to respond to God until he is spiritually awakened by the Spirit of God. That, however, is the Good News! We can be awakened to God spiritually and we can walk in perfect relationship with God – in perfect spiritual wellness, if you will. This; however, cannot be achieved by our own efforts. It literally takes an act of God!
I believe that this is a vital aspect to our overall wellness. In order to fully achieve a state of overall wellness, we must be made alive (spiritually) unto God through Jesus Christ!
Part 2 of this article series will address how this happens. Stay tuned!