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Honoring God with our Bodies

 by Pastor Tim

Keeping pure before God would rank right at the top of what I would consider the most difficult areas of many disabled peoples lives. And why? Likely its for the same reasons that anyone struggles with keeping a pure heart before the Lord. We are bombarded with all kinds of impure imagery coming at us from everywhere. Magazines at the doctor’s office, junk mail from advertisers, bill board on every highway in America, images from the junk we get on the internet and many more examples. The Bible has a quite a lot to say about this issue and we have to take what it says seriously.

1 Corinthians 6:19 (NIRV) Don’t you know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit? The Spirit is in you, and you have received the Spirit from God. You do not belong to yourselves

Have you ever thought about what this verse is saying about us not belonging to ourselves? We really shouldn’t be to unfamiliar with this concept; after all at one time in our lives, when we were small, we didn’t belong to ourselves then either. God entrusted us into the care of our parents to watch over us, care for us and prepare us for the day when we were on our own.

Now the Holy Spirit helps us live a life that is pleasing to God and because He lives within us, our bodies are now referred to as temples of the Holy Spirit. And where God lives there isn’t ownership in any other person other than Him. For who has greater authority than God Himself? I’m certainly not going to argue that I gave Jesus full control of my life when I asked Him to be my Lord and Savior.

Now that I have Jesus as my Savior isn’t there standards or things God expects from me? Most certainly there are and honoring God with my body is one of those things. And why is this so important to God? Because its one of the areas that we can cause the greatest harm to ourselves. We sin against our own bodies when we engage with others sexually or entice ourselves by taking into our minds the things that the Bible tells us not to do. We can read this in Corinthians 6:13 NIRV …But the body is not meant for sexual sins. The body is meant for the Lord. And the Lord is meant for the body.

Our call as believers in Jesus is to live to a higher standard than what we see everywhere around us. It doesn’t matter what others may do – we are called to live to a different standard. And the great news with that call is that comes with rewards.

Friends, I have never heard anyone say they regretted keeping their bodies pure from sexual sin and staying clear of the many bad images on computer devises and the TV. On the other hand, many people struggle in life living in regret and guilt over the bad decisions they’ve made in their past. If you are trapped in any of these sins – seek the help of your pastor so you can get back on track with God again. Most of all, if you are in a good place with this, keep making the great decisions to honor God the way you are. You will never look back and regret it. Make sure you join us on Friday at the Able Church as we discuss more “Honoring God with our Bodies.”

Pastor Tim.

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