Taking Care of Our Body, God’s Temple
The Bible tells us to honor God with our bodies. That means we are to take care of ourselves. If we are going to lead others to Christ, the first person we need to lead is our self. This means honoring the Word of God even when it is difficult, or something that we don’t like. When we disagree with scripture, guess who needs to change?
“Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price, Therefore honor God with your bodies.” – 1 Corinthians 6:19,20
The Word of God is clear. Take care of our bodies. Eat healthy. Exercise. This gives us energy to win the race. If the Holy Spirit is living in us, we should take care of it’s home, since Christ is living there. There is no time like the present to crank up our fitness. There is no time like the present for us to have a right relationship with food, to make healthy choices, and eat in moderation. There is not time like the present to honor God with our bodies, our temporary earth suits. And this is not for our ego and vanity, but for the glory of God, so that we can properly run this race set out before us.
Our lives were bought with a price. Jesus Christ died on the cross for us, so that our sins would be forgiven and we could have life with purpose and without guilt. And he gave us the power of God which is Christ Jesus living in us. Do we think that controlling what we eat and doing a little exercise is difficult? Try going what Jesus suffered on the cross! Time to kick it up my dear brothers and sisters. Time to honor God with our bodies which are the temple of the Holy Spirit. For all things let us do unto the Lord.
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Dear heavenly Father, thank you for this Word. I know that I need to take better care of myself. Help me to prioritize exercise, and to make great choices in what I eat. Reveal to me exactly what I need to eat to live a long, healthy, abundant life, and to excel in all that I do for your glory. We love you Lord, and seek you first. Fill us with your goodness, and help us to be more like you. Fill us with health, wealth, peace, love, joy, respect, honor, integrity, strength, power, wisdom, and all good things that come from You. Help us to break the strongholds that try to hold us back. Your Word says that with God, all things are possible. We believe your Word, and receive your blessings now, in Jesus mighty name. Amen.
Today’s full reading: Josh. 9-11; 1 Corinthians 6
Scripture References From Today’s Reflection:
- “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.” – (Hebrews 12:1-3)
- “And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” – (Colossians 3:17)
- “Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it. Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable.” – (1 Corinthians 9:24–25)
- “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters” – (Colossians 3:23)
- “For God will break the chains that bind his people and the whip that scourges them, just as he did when he destroyed the vast host of the Midianites by Gideon’s little band.” – (Isaiah 9:4)
What an awesome read! Often the body of Christ forgets that the body really is a temple of God, how is this true? Because we defile our bodies so much with junk food, overeating and foods that are not meant to be digested within the body according to the Leviticus Laws. This passage reminds me of these 2 scriptures:
16. Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?
17. If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are. (1st Corinthians 3:16,17) KJV
This deals with your Spiritual and Physical body,
And i’ll end it with this…… Take care of God’s Temple and it will take care of you!