1 Corinthians 6:19-20 New King James Version (NKJV)
19 Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? 20 For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body[a] and in your spirit, which are God’s.
As I was in my quiet time with the Lord this morning a thought came to my mind as I believe the Holy Spirit was speaking to me the following words: "Did you take care of my body?" His statement kind of shocked me this morning as I realized I had not done a good job of taking care of my body.
The theme of this blog is to hear the words of Jesus says to me when I stand before Him, ". . . Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord." Matthew 25:21 This morning, however, the thought came to my mind instead of hearing "Well Done" He ask me, "Did you take care of My body"? I immediately felt shame as I knew that I had not always been faithful in taking care of my body, which is actually His body because He purchased me with His own blood. His sacrifice of death, burial and resurrection freed my entire being. My body, soul and body was redeemed from the curse of death that I was born into the world with. When I accepted Him and what He did for me He became my God, my Lord and my Savior. My life, my body, soul and spirit are no longer mine as I now belong to Jesus.
Not only is Jesus my savior from the curse of sin and death (hell) He is also my source of everything. He is my Lord and Master and not my job is to trust in Him in every part of my being. Jesus not only saved my spirit man He also saved my mental and physical man. He paid the ultimate price for every part of my being.
In my early years I did not understand this therefore did not understand the importance of giving my body and my health to Him or to trust Him as my source for not only salvation, but also for healing of my body and my soul (my mind, will, and emotions).
Rather than bore you with my life's history of illness since my preteen years I will say that it all started when I became addicted to sugar and high carb foods. Since age twelve I have been overweight and was first diagnosed with high blood pressure at age thirteen. Back then I did not have any idea of why I was always so hungry and why I could not stop myself from going back for seconds.
There was a period of time during my late twenties when I changed my health due to a diet that my doctor put me on. It was called the "Lipid Lowering Regimen". When I began the diet I weighed over 200 pounds and after three month on the diet I lost down to 165 pounds and dropped my pant size from size 38 to 34. The good new is the doctor stated that my blood work numbers were totally normal and I no longer needed any medications. The bad new is my wife, at the time, complained to my doctor that I was losing too much weight and convenience him to take me off the diet. The rest of the bad news is the doctor took me off the diet and I gained all my weight back plus much more. Why did I gain the weight back? Unrestrained eating caused me to becoming addicted to sugar and carbohydrates again.
Another thought came to mind this morning: "My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge"
Hosea 4:6 New King James Version (NKJV)
6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.
Because you have rejected knowledge,
I also will reject you from being priest for Me;
Because you have forgotten the law of your God,
I also will forget your children.
The enemy is doing his best to steal, kill and destroy us and I suspect there are three areas that he is the most effective in his destruction strategy: (1) money (2) food and (3) sex. The enemy's plan is to cripple us in one or more of these three main areas. Today we are focused on food, but in later posts I will share more of what the Lord has revealed to me on the other two.
The following scripture reveals what I believe are the tools the enemy uses against us:
For all that in the world—the lust of the flesh (money, food and sex), the lust of the eyes (food, money and sex), and the pride of life (money and sex)—is not of the Father but is of the world.
One other thing the Lord inspired me to say today is that my job is to share what I have learned with all who will listen as a mentor. I pray today's blog post has been a blessing to you and that you too will share what the Lord has revealed to you as a mentor..
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