" The more you have control of your flesh, the less your flesh controls you. "
What does it mean to be physically healthy for Christ?
Most people automatically read this question and start thinking about eating healthy and being active, which are both good things. But today, I want to go a little deeper.
Taking care of our outer body is essential because it's the home for our Spirit that helps give us the ability to be like Christ to others.
But, nowadays, society has distorted our views of what it means to honor our body as a temple. We idolize our flesh and outward appearance to please the eye of man. But God did not give us a body so that we could spend our whole life trying to become that "perfect image" in our head.
Being healthy isn't about losing weight or gaining muscle.
It's much more profound. It's about learning how to have healthy boundaries for yourself.
The more you have control of your flesh, the less your flesh controls you.
Y'all, we are made for so much more!! And it's time we start honoring our bodies like the Women and Men we were created to be.
Not to just look healthy and want more for yourself but to understand your why behind it.
Which brings me to our first point:
1 - KNOW your Why
1 Corinthians 6:19 says, "Don't you KNOW that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God?"
Why you want to be healthy, matters more than actually being healthy!
Because your identity drives your actions.
If you believe you are lazy and depressed, odds are, your actions will say that you are lazy and depressed. If you are full of joy and peace, your actions will tend to reflect that.
How many of you have been out in public and have seen two people argue. Without even having to know what they are saying, you can tell they are angry by their actions.
The way you treat yourself is an exact reflection of the way you honor God.
For a long time ( like a longgg time), I dealt with the Spirit of comparison and insecurity that went deep, like a sword into my chest. Except, I was my own victim, bleeding out on people that never hurt me. I honestly hated myself so much; I would get so triggered by anything anyone said.
I couldn't love people the way God loves me, because I didn't love me.
But the minute I changed my mindset of being healthy to please man, to being healthy because I want to please God. I started naturally becoming healthier.
It was no longer this idolization of wanting to look a certain way. But to love myself enough to give God back my worship.
Know your identity in Christ and then treat yourself like you know it.
2- KNOW who you're honoring.
Being healthy isn't just about you.
1 Corinthians 6:19 says, "Don't you know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, WHO IS IN YOU, whom you have received from God?"
Your body is a temple for your Spirit.
Jesus gave His body as a sacrifice for us.
So, it's time we give our body back to Him.
When you think about being healthy as a way to honor God, being healthy no longer becomes this impossible task. Because we were made to use our bodies to worship. Jesus is for YOU. He wants you to be healthy and have the desires of your heart more than you even want for yourself!
How would you feel if you gifted a home to somebody, and then they walked inside and started destroying it? I would feel dishonored; I would feel angry, used, unappreciated, the list could go on. But this is what God knew that we were going to do to ourselves. Yet, He chose to gift us life anyway.
When we neglect and mistreat our bodies, we are neglecting and mistreating our temples.
1 Corinthians 3:17 "For God's temple is holy, and you are that temple."
God used to abide in the temple in Jerusalem, and now He chooses to live in us.
So, the next time you feel like giving up.
Remember, "Greater is He who lives in me than He who lives in the world." - 1 John 4:4
If we don't acknowledge who lives in us, we are separating us from the Love of God. The enemy wants nothing more than for you to continue overeating, starving yourself, harming your body, and filling it with addictive toxins. Because He knows the power our bodies hold that he cannot take from you, so He will take your flesh and manipulate your desires.
Which leads to my last point
3- KNOW what you have received
1 Corinthians 6:19 says, "Don't you know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom YOU HAVE RECEIVED from God?"
When you start to understand why we are called to be healthy, and who we are made to be healthy for, you'll understand the value of the life we have received in Jesus.
1 Corinthians 6:20 continues to say, "You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body."
Being healthy is a choice, just like following Jesus.
But it's a choice already paid for.
We are not meant to be slaves to food or the gym.
Our bodies are supposed to be a blessing for our spirits, not a burden.
Think about if every moment we have spent looking at ourselves in the mirror was instead, used to look at ourselves through the bible, how much more freedom would we have in Christ.
There is no better way to look at yourself than through the eyes of God.
1 Timothy 4:8 says this, "For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come."
Christ shed his blood for you so that you could walk out in the fullness of God. Having freedom from the things keeping your heart captive.
He chose to dwell inside of YOU. Making you in His image.
Jesus knows our struggles; He understands our temptations.
Hebrews 4:15 tells us:
"For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin."
He endured the devil's temptation with food. And He gives us the perfect example of how to respond;
"Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, left the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, where for forty days he was tempted by the devil. He ate nothing during those days, and at the end of them he was hungry. The devil said to him, "If you are the Son of God, tell this stone to become bread. Jesus answered, "It is written: 'Man shall not live on bread alone."
When I first read this, I was like, "Why wouldn't Jesus just turn it into bread and show Him He was all-powerful? What was the big deal."
But it wasn't about the bread. It was about the messenger; it was about who was asking Him.
Satan- the father of lies!
Before you receive any message, consider the character of the messenger.
Jesus does not follow the voice of the devil. And you shouldn't either.
You have received this same power! Jesus shows us we can choose to respond to our flesh without reacting to it.
Jesus didn't go where the Spirit didn't lead Him.
So, the next time you make a decision, I want to challenge you to ask yourself, if yielding to that temptation will steal, kill, or destroy something you care about.
Choose to be healthy, not just for yourself, but to give a healthy home for your spirit to thrive.
We are made for more. So, believe it, declare it, choose to walk out it in!
All of heaven is for you!
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