HOW’S YOUR BODY? – HOW’S HIS TEMPLE?
The following is a post I wrote in February of 2012 called “Your Body – His Temple – Healthy and Fit or Rundown and Sick”.
I felt impressed to re-blog it this morning as a reminder to us of the importance of, and responsibility we have as members of the Body of Christ to take care of our bodies as best we can.
What type of house would you choose?
Whatever the design, size or location of the house you choose, I am pretty certain that you would at the least make sure it has a firm foundation, strong walls, a good roof and doors, no plumbing or electrical issues, adequate ventilation and lighting and be clean and secure.
1 Corinthians 6:19-20
“Do you not know that your body is the temple (the very sanctuary) of the Holy Spirit Who lives within you, Whom you have received [as a Gift] from God? You are not your own,
You were bought with a price [purchased with a [a]preciousness and paid for, [b]made His own]. So then, honor God and bring glory to Him in your body.” (Amplified Bible)
I Corinthians 6:19 clearly tells us that our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit and that He lives in us.
I have a question?
Knowing this, why are so many of us Believers/Kingdom Citizens/Christians so careless about His accommodations, neglecting the well-being of our bodies and taking our health for granted?
If Jesus were to manifest in the natural realm and come to live in your house, wouldn’t you make sure that your house is in the best state that you could make it?………of course you would!
So then, if you are not doing so, why is it that you do not do the same for your body which His Spirit dwells in?
Why are you not keeping it in the best state you can?
Really, think about it.
Why is it okay in your mind to “fix up” a physical structure to the best standard possible to accommodate Jesus but not extend that same concern, zeal and determination to “fix up” your body that His Spirit actually dwells in?
I believe there is something wrong with that picture!
Saints, it is time for us in the Body of Christ to stop playing around and be more vigilant about our health and physical well-being.
There are far too many of us who have the Holy Spirit dwelling in run down, overweight, temples infested with lifestyle diseases and/or conditions that we can take measures to improve or eliminate, but refuse to do so.
Now please note that I am not addressing persons who practice healthy living and good temple maintenance and are still smitten with some disease or medical or physical condition, nor am I addressing those who are born with certain illnesses or medical conditions or who develop certain illnesses or medical conditions that are beyond their control.
I am addressing persons in the Kingdom who simply have a lackadaisical attitude toward the state of their bodies and the preservation of their health and who know they can and ought to take better care of themselves but won’t make the effort to do so.
When we allow ourselves to be in such a state, what do you think we are showing the world/unbelievers?
What kind of message are they receiving when they see Christians who claim to have a personal relationship with this mighty, wise, all-knowing God and to have His actual Spirit dwelling in them afflicted with preventable diseases and/or medical conditions simply because of poor lifestyle choices and a lack of discipline in their lives?
Believe you me it is not a good message and I have heard many, many negative comments by unbelievers in this regard. These actions on our part bring great reproach to the Name of Christ and the Kingdom of God……………..Saints this is serious stuff!
Listen, you and I only get one body on this earth for the Lord to work in and through and as Kingdom Ambassadors, we need to be good stewards of it and do all that we can to make sure that it is healthy and fit.
Let’s face it, when we are physically run down or sick, we are not much good to ourselves yet alone to anyone else and God not only needs spiritually and mentally fit soldiers in His end-time army, but physically fit ones as well.
So, what is it that you need to do to improve your health and physical well-being? What is it that you need to do to renovate and upgrade your temple?
Eat a more healthy and balanced diet?
Increase the amount of water you drink to make sure you get 6-8 glasses per day?
Begin and maintain a regular exercise program?
Get 6-8 hours of sleep each night?
Carve out some time for relaxation?
Spend more time meditating in the presence of the Lord?
Spend more time reading His Word which according to Proverbs 4:22 is life and health to our flesh?
Pray more, which is proven to lower levels of stress in a person’s body?
Go to your doctor and get that physical that you have put off for far too long and you know it?
Stop practicing a sexual sin, it is a sin against your body?
If you don’t know, ask the Lord. Ask Him to show you the lifestyle adjustments you need to make to help you to improve your overall state of health and physical well-being and thereby improve the state of your body, the dwelling place of His Holy Spirit.
I have an aunt who is a Spirit-filled medical physician and on many occasions she has said to me that it grieves her spirit to see so many of God’s people sick and even die, simply because of their lifestyle choices and lack of discipline when it comes to eating and taking care of their bodies.
Saints, it’s time to wake up and close this open door that the enemy uses to attack our bodies and when possible, take our lives.
If you know that the Spirit of the Lord is speaking to you through this post, please do not harden your heart to His voice or take offense.
Instead repent and by His grace, His divine enabling power, take action and let today be the day of new beginnings in this area of your life and walk with the Lord.
God bless you and be encouraged!