The Theme for 2023

The theme for the year of 2023 will be Transformed into His Likeness!

The seal of God’s character upon His people will be the impact that will change the world for the better!  In 2023 RTFM will be sharing materials, podcasts, lessons and videos on how to experience the transformed life in Christ!  

We believe that when the Character of Christ is reproduced and revealed in His people, He will come to take them home. (Revelation 7:1-3; 14:1; 14:12; Revelation 22:2-4: Galatians 5:22-23) Each day as we journey in this life God, through His Spirit, is seeking to work in our experience so that His character can be seen in and through us. 

So, the year of 2023 will be dedicated to the encouragement and the seeking to having the experience of being truly transformed into the image of His dear son:

But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.  2 Corinthians 3:18 NKJV

For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren.  Romans 8:29 NKJV

The year 2023 is going to be an exciting year as we yield our lives to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

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Best Deal – Black Friday?

As people run about today seeking the best deals, let us seek to be bearer’s of light remembering and sharing that the best deal that was ever offered mankind was on the Cross of Calvary!

“For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that you through His poverty might become rich.”    2 Corinthians 8:9 NKJV.

For we ourselves were also once foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving various lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful and hating one another. But when the kindness and the love of God our Savior toward man appeared, not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior, that having been justified by His grace we should become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.

Titus 3:4-7 NKVJ    

                                                                                                                                                                                      

He has not dealt with us according to our sins, Nor punished us according to our iniquities.  Psalms 103:10  NKJV 

“Christ was treated as we deserve that we may be treated as He deserves. He was condemned for our sins, in which He had no share, that we might be justified by His righteousness, in which we had no share. He suffered the death which was ours, that we might receive the life which was His. ‘By His stripes we are healed.”    Desire of Ages

May your weekend  be a blessed one!

Pastor David and the RTFM Team

Lessons From the Life of Samson

I am going through the book of Judges and was studying the life of Samson.  You know, Samson: The weakest strong man.  Samson had great physical strength but… he was weak in character.  His lack of self-control ended up hurting his life in so many ways.

Samson’s name in Hebrew, Shimshon, meant the son of the sun. Why was he named after the sun we are not clearly told in scripture. One commentator shares that it was given to him, as he was the future deliverer of Israel Samson bore the name of God, who is called “a sun and shield” in Psalms 84:11. As God protected Israel, so did Samson watch over it in his generation, judging the people even as did God.

Samson eventually did deal with the LORD’s enemies.  However, he lacked the ability to keep to the agreement to stay true to his lifelong commitment of the Nazarite vow.  In violation of that vow, Samson, drunk wine, touched dead carcasses, and cut his hair; and, he did so intentionally!  What is the Bible trying to teach us here?

In reviewing the life of Samson and coming to a greater understanding of who Yahweh is, I can only see the love, mercy, patience, forbearance and kindness of God in action. In spite of Samson’s rebellious life God continued to reach out to Him in love in order to encourage Him to change his way.  The Bible says: “The Lord is longsuffering towards us not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.” (2 Peter 3:9)

The Father loves His children.  He also desired to deliver His children from the hand of their enemies so, He used the “best” that was available to do so.  The “best” at that time was Samson.  So, God, as He often does, takes what we give Him and seeks to help us see our need of Him in order that we change and also so that those around us get the opportunity to be saved as well. This was the case in the life and the time of Samson.

We must also understand that man looks at the outward appearance but God looks at the heart (I Samuel 16:7).  While we look at what was happening on the outside of Shimshon’s (Samson’s Hebrew name which meant the protector of Israel) life, we fail to be sensitive to the reality that he was acting out as a result of his upbringing as a Danite with no real land.  Samson lived among a halfhearted, non-fully devoted people who kept seeking and serving themselves as well as other deities. This seems to have had an impact on his life.  However, through this all our heavenly Father was seeking to help Samson see his need for Him!   God’s Spirit often stirred and came upon Samson to lead, guide and help him (see Judges 13-16).  Yet, Samson always possessed the freedom of choice to be totally guided by the Spirit of God or to take the reins of his own life and act selfishly.  Too often, when God was moving Samson in a certain direction, Samson did move in the direction God wanted him to at first and then quickly decided: “I will do things my way!”  Sad indeed.

So, Samson violated his Nazarite vow.  He drank wine, touched a dead carcass and cut his hair all in violation of that vow.  In the book of Numbers chapter six (6) you will find that if the vow was broken unintentionally there was a sacrifice that could be offered.  However, Samson intentionally broke the vow so there was no sacrifice that could be made for his sin… or, was there?  Follow me as this is deep!

According to the law there was no sacrifice that could be made if one intentionally broke the Nazarite Vow.  Samson willfully discarded this vow and this slowly led him to indulge in the sin of the flesh.  However, God was not through with Samson.  Yahweh never gives up on His children, he pursues us with an everlasting love! 

One day, God allowed Samson to be captured and to be made a spectacle of.  As Samson was reaping the consequences of his sin in Gaza, he was alone and had much time to think about his life.  As he was imprisoned with his eyes gouged out and turning a large millstone and grinding grain, he must have thought of his broken vow and the broken heart of his heavenly Father.  It was here that he realized that his life did not have to end in disgrace, in sin, and with the loss of true meaning and purpose. 

So, as the Bible says, one day the Philistines were having a feast and making great sacrifices to their god Dagon, they decided to make fun of Samson and his God and place Shimshon (the protector of Israel) on disgraceful display.  As Samson was brought before the jeering crowd, he remembered his vow and his purpose in life.  As he heard the screaming of the mocking crowd he repented of his sins, cried out to his loving Heavenly Father and found mercy, love, forgiveness and grace!  Samson then presented the greatest sacrifice that could be given as a token of his remorse and repentance while at the same time fulfilled his life calling.  Samson gave his life!  He gave his life to God, and gave his life for his people. And as Samson cried out:

“O Lord God, remember me, I pray! Strengthen me, I pray, just this once, O God, that I may with one blow take vengeance on the Philistines for my two eyes!” 

The Spirit of God came upon Samson and the true Protector of Israel worked through his son Shimshon to deliver His people.  What an amazing story of great love and deliverance. 

Think about it, Samson was delivered from sin, himself and selfishness while at the same time God’s people were delivered from their enemy and Satan was defeated in so many ways!  Samson is now listed in the book of Hebrews Hall of faith!  (Hebrews 11)

My friend, I don’t know where you are in life right now.  You may feel that your life is going nowhere and that you have let your Heavenly Father down.  However, the story of Samson is a reminder that when all seems to have been lost, we can cry out to Yahweh and say:  

“O Lord God, remember me, I pray! Strengthen me, I pray, just this once, O God, that I may with one blow take vengeance on the enemy that has bound me.” 

And when we do, our Father God will come to our side, and the walls will come tumbling down, the chains will be broken, and we will be set free! 

What Does the Future Hold?

Since 2019 the entire world seems to be in a tailspin. The world we live in does present many challenges today. Many are looking to the Bible for answers and others are saying the end is near. Many are wondering what does the future hold?

The Bible does have a lot to accurately say about the future. However, what is says and how we interpret what it says is two different things. Over the years, I have seen many persons attempt to teach what the Bible has to say about prophecy by utilizing prepackaged lessons and present prepackaged seminars with the attempt to convince others and lead them to their own personal conclusions and church. Over the years, I have found that Bible teachers are just following a pre-canned lesson and then when asked some serious questions they really don’t have answers.

What puzzles me is that this wasn’t even the Saviors approach. His directive was actually to go and teach all things that He has taught us and go and make disciples. It’s really that simple!

The key to knowing what the future holds is to take the Bible out for yourself and let Yeshua teach you through His Spirit. Isn’t that what He said in Matthew 28 and John 13-17? “Come to me and let me teach you and I will direct you through my Spirit.”

You see, what the future holds depends on how we approach the way that we will live today! Today, if you would take time to set aside special moments to get into His word for yourself and walk away from those pre-canned lessons and presentations; and really seek Him for yourself you will be amazed what He will do. I know this may appear like a monumental and/or insurmountable task, but with God all things are possible. And, if you do it … trust me, your tomorrow will be much different and it will be filled with peace. How do I know? That has been my personal experience for the last seven (7) years.

Seven years ago, I began a journey. You see, I use to be one of those guys that used prepackaged lessons (I am not saying they are all bad by the way) and presentations thinking that what was prepared in them was 100% accurate. Now the thing is that I always had questions about them but I would just hush the discomfort of my mind and push forward. However, the Holy Spirit starting working on me one day and impressed me that the only way I would find true freedom and peace was to silence those questions of discomfort with what was really truth. Yes, you shall know the truth and the truth will set you free. (John 8:32-36)

As I followed His prompting I turned to the Bible and more specifically the Books of Daniel, Ezekiel, Zechariah, Revelation, etc., and my eyes were opened to things that I had never seen before and I also acquired deeper understanding of truth and Bible Prophecy. The future became clearer! I was also more at ease and filled with peace. The wonderful thing is that as I studied I thoroughly researched history and discovered so many things that enlightened and deepened my understanding. I also discovered things that helped me to correct so many misunderstanding that I had.

One question you should ask any Bible Prophecy teacher is this: “Where did you get this understanding and what documented proof can your provide to substantiate your conclusions and claims. Please, I would encourage you to not accept their document but THE DOCUMENT! It is so easy to cut-and-paste part of a document to make it say what you desire it to communicate. Now, I am not saying that anyone is intentionally misleading people (although, sad to say, some actually are) what I am saying is: check the sources of the presenter/lesson and make sure the sources are credible.

I believe in second coming of Jesus Christ! I believe that what the Bible said will happen will take place. In matter of fact much of what it has predicted has already come true and it appears that there is not much left to take place before we will see King Jesus riding on His White Horse of deliverance. You see that is what the future really holds! The future that awaits those that have accept Christ as their Savior is deliverance from this world and an eternity of peace with Him!

May The Father bless you as you seek to find peace through the study of His Word and as each day you have a deeper relationship with the Prince of Peace!

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*If you desire to learn more about my personal journey and even study the Books of Daniel and Revelation verse by verse and chapter by chapter then contact us at:

contact@rekindletheflameministries.org or call us at 715-575-1824

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Ministry Updates

Hi Everyone:

We pray that you have a great week!

We want to make you aware of a few new things that are up and coming with Rekindle The Flame Ministries.

The first is that we are going to have weekly videos of the Youtube Channel

They will be divided into three areas:   Ministry Updates,  New Messages and a Weekly Q & A .

So if you can or if you would like, email us your questions on a weekly bases or text your questions to:

715-575-1824  That would be great.

                                              What we do here at RTFM

 Rekindle the Flame Ministries is a ministry is about building the Kingdom of God through:

Relationships

Discipleship

Missions

Relationships:  We seek to live out and show others what it really means to have an effective and life changing relationship first with God and then with others.

Discipleship:  As a ministry we seek to follow and then show others how to follow the Savior!  We seek to fulfill the Gospel Commission as given to Christians in Matthew 28:16-20

Missions: We are a mission minded ministry and seek to help our communities experience the gospel in a real living way on how we serve.  We also seek to do mission trips locally or in the U.S. to impact communities for Christ. 

The services you find on our website are with these three objectives in mind.

Please pray for us as we seek to fulfill God’s calling on our lives.

If you or someone you know would like to know more about RTFM or would like to use our services and even have us come to your location and speak or do a training then contact us at (715) 310-2196 or email us at

conact@rekindletheflameministries.org  or click reply to this email and send us a message.

Trust Services

We now have a trust services department that is handled by Thrivent Financial.  It is also what we call Planned Giving.

Planned giving is building around trusting God for the future of God’s ministry through RTFM.  It is simply giving towards the future of RTFM in a variety of ways.

It is giving things like stock, bonds, real estate, retirement assets, cash, insurance by way of donations to the work and ministry of RTFM while at the same time benefitting from your donation now and in your future.  It helps keep RTFM in place until Jesus Comes!

If you would like to talk to us about this please do  contact us via our website.  You can also call Thrivent  and mention the Rekindle The Rekindle the Flame Ministries Thrivent Fund – Fund Id 443855.  They can answer your questions as well and direct you giving to the right account.

Well, thanks for taking the time for reading this update and we look forward to serving you now and in the future!

Blessings,

Pastor David

What A Headache!

Ho! Everyone who thirsts, Come to the waters.

Isaiah 55:1 

Yesterday afternoon for no rhyme or reason, I developed a really awful headache.  I thought o myself:  “maybe it was because I had not had enough water.”   I took in the necessary amount of water form the next few hours and still had the headache.  What made matters worse was that my condition did not get any better. In matter of fact the headache seemed to be more intense.   I took a nap thinking maybe I needed some rest and when I woke up… still no relief!

I managed to get to the end of the day.  Eating meals did not seem to help either.   As I went to bed that evening I felt like maybe my blood pressure was low and after my wife took my blood pressure,it was a reading of  120/62.  This is a pretty normal reading as I generally run 118/60  So no big deal here.  We prayed and I slept pretty good for the night.  

At around 4:30 AM I was awakened and the Holy Spirit led me to read Isaiah chapter 55 as I read I found the words Ho! Everyone who thirst, come to the waters.  As I read on I found these words:

Ho! Everyone who thirsts,
Come to the waters;
And you who have no money,
Come, buy and eat.
Yes, come, buy wine and milk
Without money and without price.
Why do you spend money for what is not bread,
And your wages for what does not satisfy?
Listen carefully to Me, and eat what is good,
And let your soul delight itself in abundance.
Incline your ear, and come to Me.
Hear, and your soul shall live;

As I read these words and kept reading the chapter the Holy Spirit impressed me that the reason for my headache was that I was drinking from the fountain of the chaos and controversy of this world so much that unbeknown to me it was effecting my state of being and causing me a headache!  I thought to myself: “NO WAY!”   As I did the Holy Spirit shared with me that lately I was paying to much attention to the news.  The war in Ukraine, the new variant and spread of the Coronavirus in China that may now come to the USA,  etc.  As I listen to God He shared with me that while I need to watch and be ready these events should not be allowed to consume my thoughts!   This is so true!  You see, we become what we focus on!  The Bible says: “as a man thinks in his heart so is he.” Proverbs 23:7.  

I know that I am not alone.  Today’s world is sure out of control.  If we allow the state of the world to take over our minds then we will become just as out of control emotionally and maybe even medically if we do not balance our approach and our response.  

As I spent time in the Word of the Father this morning I allowed Him to speak to me and He invited me to drink from His well of life. He shared with me that today I needed to start my day with Him, and place my confidence in the fact that He is in full control.  He then impressed me to play some soft music in the background today that would inspire my soul.  He then shared that a little lavender in the humidifier would also be quite relaxing for my mind, body and soul! 

Let me invite you today to turn to Him, look to Him and live. For Isaiah 55:12 tells us that when we do:

“You shall go out with joy,
And be led out with peace.”

Today, my headache is all gone!  Today, I have decided that I will place the majority of my focus in His Word, His goodness, His love and His assurance!

God be with you!

Until next time,

Pastor David

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The Missing Piece

Puzzles can be a relaxing, and at times, a very adventurous activity. The most pieces I have every put together (with help of course) was a 1000-piece puzzle.  Overtime I have put together quite a few.   How about you, do you like puzzles? 

For me one of the most frustrating things that can happen when putting together a puzzle is when you are just about to get done and you discover that one piece is missing.  Just when you thought that the masterpiece your purchased was to be completed you are robbed of the joy of completion because of The Missing Piece.   

As you look around the world today doesn’t if feel like something is missing.  As a Christian, as you are looking for answers, hope and peace, do you still have this kind of empty feeling like something is missing

I have been on a five-year journey on a personal prayerful in-depth study on the book of Revelation.  Now my study has been different.  I have done research (not just reading) on the book, on each chapter, the original language of the words in the book and more.  What has surfaced has been amazing.  In my studies I looked not to be biased or opinionated.  I let the word of God speak for itself.  One approach I took was asking questions like:

“If I were the early church, how would I have interpreted what John wrote?” 

“If I were one of the Seven Churches, what would I have thought about the book of Revelation and how would I have interpreted it?”

 “If I were out in the bush somewhere, and I was reading the book of Revelation how would I have understood and interpret the book of Revelation?”     

You see in my study, as I prayed, I ask myself many questions.  I asked God many questions. I labored and prayed asking the Holy Spirit to guide me and I discovered many new things and had to unlearn some old things.  The Missing Piece and the puzzle came together one day for me.  Yes, one day. the entire picture of came together and I saw something I had never seen before.  Here it is:

The book of I John was written after the book of Revelation.  After leaving the Island of Patmos and having sent out the message of Revelation to the Seven Churches etc,  John is inspired by the Holy Spirit to write I,2 and 3 John.  In these books John the Revelator talks about the Antichrist and false teachers.  However, one thing that he seems to highlight (especially in I John) is LOVE!

Yes, John seemed to be moved by the Holy Spirit to communicate that the most important piece in life, as time on earth is running out, is that we as the Children of The Father possess LOVE.  In matter of fact In I John alone he uses that word love thirty-three (33) times. Each time the word is used, John uses the word agape or the unconditional love of The Father.

 One of his biggest emphases is that we love one another! This is The Missing Piece in our walk with God.  In matter-of-fact John says that if we are truly walking with the Father, then we are walking in the light and we are having true fellowship with one another (I John 1:7).  John shares that when we are walking with the Father that we are experiencing true love for one another (I John 3:11) and we will not walk in hate! (I John 2:9,11; 3:15; 4:20).   

One of the most important characteristics of an end time Christian is that they are demonstrating the character of love to the world and in the church.  If God dwells in the believer and the Holy Spirit is dwelling in the believer then as God is love and the fruit of the Spirit is love so we will reflect that which dwells and lives in us! Yes, we will love like God!

Love is The Missing Piece in the times in which we are living!   Yeshua said “by this shall men know if you are my disciples if you have love one for another.” (John 13:35) The questions that we should be asking ourselves are:

“Do I truly have, possess and abide in God’s love?” 

“Do I treat other with the lovingkindness of Yahweh?”

“In my home, do my family members see me as a loving person?”

“In my church am I known as a loving person?  “Do I say and do loving things as a member in my church?”

“In the community do they see me as a loving individual?

“As a pastor, elder, church administrator do I treat people with love, respect and kindness?”

My friends, God is love!  If He indeed and truly dwells in us… then we are love too!

Love is The Missing Piece!  Love conquers all! (I John 13).  May God help me to be a loving person in the sight of God and my fellowman!  We are living near the end of time.  Love is the missing piece!

Taking the Next Steps in Brain Health

We have heard it before: “We are what we think.”  And it is true.  What we think about ourselves, others or a given situation becomes our reality; be it true or not.  That is because the mind is a very powerful thing! 

It reminds me of a true story. Many years ago, a grocery worker in fear of the freezer door locking shut while stocking the store freezer, would keep the door propped open with a wedge under the door in order to make certain that the door would never shut and lock him in.  One day, as he was stocking the freezer, his worst nightmare took place.  He heard the door slam shut behind him.  He panicked, screamed, pounded and pounded and no one responded.  He sat in a corner and began to feel the chill. He shivered, and it got colder and colder and colder and finally he froze to death!   When someone arrived and opened the door, they found this poor man frozen.  There was only one thing that seemed to puzzle the person that discovered this unfortunate situation:  THE FREEZER HAD BEEN UNPLUGGED!   Yes, this man imagined that it was freezing so… he froze!   As a man thinks in his heart so is he (Proverbs 23:7).

In life in many ways this type of scenario happens all the time.  Our minds can tell us things that are not true and if we believe them, they become our reality!  The truth sets us free (John 8:32) and so a lie, a lie will place us in captivity or bondage.  And that is what the enemy of our soul desires!  He desires to trap us, chain us, place us in bondage and enslave us.  He can do this though the avenue of our minds.   So, the question is:  how can we get and/or remain free?  That will be the theme of our next two articles that I will be sharing with you.  Let me start with the first two principles today.

Principle number one:  Fill your mind with the truth!   You see, truth is what will set and keep us free!  However, in order to know truth, you have to live in an environment that promotes the truth.  I know this may bother some of you, but the world of technology is a virtual reality that often times is not real.  Living a life that indulges in social media can feed our brain with so much of what is not true that you can live a life that is guided by untruth… LIES!  I would encourage you to minimize the use of social media and not feed into everything that you read, see, or hear.  Also, this type of approach of feeding off of media and social networking (including Smart Phone use) creates what Dr. Lusting calls a stress-fear neuropathway (see his book The Hacking of the American Mind) that drives our neurotransmitters crazy and causes a dopamine serotonin imbalance that results in mental health issues.  May I encourage you to make some life adjustments in this area? Begin today to place yourself in an environment where you are in touch with reality.  Get into the real world.  Get out into nature and build relationships with people in a living (not a simulated) environment.

Our last principle for today is of paramount importance and is connected to principle number one and that is this:  while seeking for truth to fill your mind with let it be found in the reading, meditating and memorizing scripture – God’s word.  Think about it, if we become what we focus on, then following the ancient advice of Isaiah 26:3: “You keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on you” to be a principle that we live by can help us arrive at a level of mental health that is completely satisfying.  So today, take time to direct your mind towards the one who created you and allow His words to flood your soul through the avenue of your mind.  If we do, He has promised us that we will have perfect peace!  

We are what we think!  If we place ourselves in an environment that promotes truth and then take the time to fill our minds with the truth, our mental health we be placed on the pathway of peace!

In His Service,

David Guerrero

Pastor David Guerrero, M.DIV, ND, BCC, BHC

Say a Prayer

Hello Friends of RTFM!

We pray that your 2022 is off to a good start.   We are wondering if as we have now entered in to February if you would be willing to take time each day or as often as you can to say a prayer for us as a ministry.  

We have several projects, and we are looking to expand our territory for Christ. 

We are also looking to place monthly videos on the RTFM YouTube channel. In our desire to expand the channel we have improved on our equipment and now have a person to take over that department so you should be seeing an improved production. 

We also will be seeking to have monthly devotional thoughts on the RTFM blog The 2022 theme is Renewing the Mind! 

 As our team has prayed we feel that our heavenly Father desires for us to daily become more and more like Jesus.  This all begins in the mind.  We will be sharing message on this topic on the RTFM YouTube channel as well as the RTFM blog 

We also will continue to take speaking engagements.   While God has blessed, and we have increased in this area overtime, the enemy still continues to work hard in blocking these engagements from happening.  Please pray that God will remove these obstacles that keep coming up more and more often.  

Our counseling and life coaching ministry is growing, and we have now included monthly marriage or counseling 3-5 intensives to help couples and individuals with their relationships and mental health. 

God continues to open doors at our local university campus and our team continues to be able to enter in and spread the message of salvation on a secular campus. 

Last year, as a result 3 people gave their lives to Christ and joined God’s church! Lastly, spread the word about us and even follow the RTFM Facebook page 

We want to thank you for your prayer support!  We want to thank you for your financial support over the years!  Of course, we can never do anything without God, so we praise Him.  We also know that God has used you as part of this ministry, and we could never do it without you! May God bless your 2022 is our prayer! 

Until next time, Pastor David

COVID-19 Health Routine*

Important Lifestyle Needs During the Pandemic

David Guerrero, ND, CNC, M.Div., CHC

We are in the midst of a pandemic that does not seem to be going away.  It surprises me that I have not seen a total health response by people in government or healthcare leadership.  I know that the typical contemporary healthcare response is treat symptoms with medication or surgery; I get that.  However, looking at that most complications during this pandemic with individuals with comorbidities that a lifestyle change approach would be part of the plan (like, let’s closed down or at least strong urge people to stop eating fast foods which is killing America.)  

Today I am going to share with you some health and wellness principles that can possibly help make a big difference to help you get through this pandemic safely.  Here we go:

Mindset

A healthy mind makes a healthy life.  As the Bible explains: “As a man thinks in his heart so is he” (Proverbs 27:3).   We are what we think and what we think is what we become.  It should be a lifestyle practice to refrain from complaining, criticizing, judging, gossiping, and any mindset that tends towards being negative.  Negativity causes the secretion of hormones that tends toward the suppression of the immune system and production of chemicals in the body that poison the body system.  Not only should we refrain from a negative mindset but we should look for things to be thankful for, express thankfulness as well seek to do go for others.  All these will tend to build up and preserve good health and our bodies life forces.

Nutrition

We are truly what we eat and as the great Greek physician Hippocrates once said: “Let food be thy medicine, and let medicine be thy food.”   To optimize our health and keep our immune system at peak performance seek to have about five (5) servings of fruit and five (5) servings of vegetables a day.  They are rich in antioxidants and phytochemicals. Antioxidants are chemicals in fruits and vegetables that protect the body from damage caused by free radicals, also known as cancer producing agents. Phytochemicals are organic components in plant foods that are good for disease prevention and overall health.  A diet rich in fruits and vegetables will maximize your health and have protective tendencies towards COVID-19 and any of its variants.

Water

Staying properly hydrated is key to good help.  Our cells, organs and blood need the right amount of water in order to function properly, efficiently and effectively.  The right amount is half your body weight in ounces.  So, if you way say 150lbs you should be drinking 75 ounces of water a day.   Also try hot cold contrast showers daily (or as often as you can) to keep your immune system boosted.

Exercise

Exercise is a key component to good overall health.  Try strengthening exercise as well as cardio exercise.  Movement helps to clean the lymphatic system. Your lymphatic system is a central part of your immune system.  Your body relies on your lymphatic system to remove waste, like bacteria, viruses, toxins and abnormal cells that can lead to cancer. And every step you take helps it do its job. That’s because the lymphatic system does not have an organ like the heart to pump fluid around your body. Lymph fluid relies on movement and the contraction of your muscles to make it flow. 

Shoot for at least 4 days a week of exercise that includes strengthening and cardio exercise to get the total benefits of an exercise routine. Physical activity helps flush bacteria out of the lungs and airways. This should reduce your chance of getting a cold, flu, or other illness. Exercise causes change in antibodies and white blood cells (WBC). WBCs are the body’s immune system cells that fight disease.

Also try to get outside at least one time daily for about 30 minutes to get the health rays of the sun to acquire your vitamin D.  You can also be creative in breaking your time up say 10 minutes three times a day in order to get your 30 minutes a day in.

Rest

Making sure your body has a chance to rest and recover from the day is important for your immune system to function at full strength. When we sleep, our bodies produce a protein called cytokines, which target infection and inflammation, creating an immune response.  Getting 7-8 hours of sleep a day is optimal. 

Relationships

A Harvard medicine study linked disappointing or negative interactions with family and friends with poorer health. One intriguing line of research has found signs of reduced immunity in couples during especially hostile marital spats. Having a network of important relationships with social support can also make a difference[1]

Seek to be in positive uplifting relationships with other.  Seek to live peaceably with all people (Romans 18:8).  Let love for God and others be the mantra for your life.  When you do that, He (Yahweh) will keep you in perfect and the potential of good health is maximized

Quality of Air

Let me start by saying that we all should make sure that we are daily taking in an oxygen cocktail in each day. Deep breathing results in helping you to relax. Deep breathing is one of the best ways to lower stress in the body. This is because when you breathe deeply, it sends a message to your brain to calm down and relax.  When you are in a relaxed state your body is poised to operate optimally.  Also make sure to keep a window in your home and office slightly open ensure the circulation of fresh air.

Supplements

The following supplements have been found to maximize the function of your immune system and have helped many individuals do quite well during this COVD pandemic.

NAC – N-Acetyl L-Cysteine: N-acetylcysteine has been shown to help increase the number of lymphocytes in the blood when a virus is responsible for lowering it.[2]  It also helps ease breathing as well.  NAC helps boost the immune system and fights viral infection. Suggested dosage is 600 mg 2x daily

 Other supplements would include Vitamin D3 (5000 IU), Vitamin C (3000mg), Zinc 50 mg and Quercetin with Bromelain 800 mg.  Take all on a daily basis for 30 days then take Mon-Friday and weekends off. 

It is advised to check with your doctor before taking any supplements or if you have any other health problems or taking any medications.  These can also be taken as preventative measures.

It is my hope and prayer that you experience optimal health in 2022! 


[1] The Health Benefits of Strong Relationships

https://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/the-health-benefits-of-strong-relationships

[2] A Study of N-acetylcysteine in Patients with COVID19 Infection

https://www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/treatment/clinical-trials/search/v?id=NCI-2020-03373

*Always check with you doctor before pursing any health regiment.  This article is written with no intention to diagnose or treat any illness or disease.

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