Do you not know that your body is a temple 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 body.
— 1 Corinthians 6:19-20

 

This is going to be a painful and transparent confession but its time I stop playing around with it - I struggle with taking care of my body. Why is it so hard? Or maybe another way to put it is, why is it so easy to abuse my body through eating the wrong kinds of food and lack of exercise? This body is the only one I have and will have, I need to care for it - but it is so so difficult for me.

Could it be that even though it is my physical body, it is a spiritual battle to care for it? I mean think about it. If my body is a temple of the Holy Spirit and I am to honor God with my physical body - then doesn't it make sense that Satan and the forces of darkness will wage war with me to not care for it? The less I care for my body - the temple of the Holy Spirit - the more I play into the strategy of Satan to destroy that which should be honoring and glorifying God?

I will take steps of faith and tackle capital campaigns, financial issues, depression, marriage, parenting, prayer, etc. Why am I not taking steps of faith and tackling the care of my physical body? (To be honest, its because I am not a good example of it and it hurts to be real about it.)

For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
— Ephesians 6:12

If it's a spiritual battle more than a physical battle, I need to fight it both spiritually and physically. It doesn't sound very deep spiritually to pray and ask God for the strength to lose weight and take better care of my body. Shouldn't I be praying for a deeper faith or something more spiritual like that? And THAT is the problem. I don't think it is a spiritual issue. But it is.

Rick Warren has a plan, a teaching/message series called "The Daniel Plan". I'm going to look into that. I need it AND I don't think I am the only one struggling with this - losing weight, proper exercise, proper eating. Maybe this is something we need to tackle as a church. I mean we support each other in so many ways - why not support each other and work together in taking care of our bodies?

It's time I (and we) get serious about this. It's not primarily a physical matter of taking care of our bodies, it is a spiritual matter of taking care of the temple of the Holy Spirit. It is a matter of glorifying God with the way we treat our bodies.

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