“Don’t you know that your body is a sanctuary of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought at a price. Therefore glorify God in your body.”
1 Corinthians 6:19-20
Day 8: 1 Cor. 6:19-20
Day 9: 2 Cor. 12:9
Day 10: Isaiah 40:29-31
Day 11: Phil 4:13
Day 12: 2 Tim 1:7
Day 13: Proverbs 3:7-8
Day 14: Phil 1:6
In week two of the Study Transformation by Pastor Rick Warren we learned several key elements for improving our physical health and why it is so important to our overall wellbeing. We are to be stewards of our physical bodies. As in the beginning, the Word said that God dwelled in the tabernacles, and then David built the temple for God’s presence. When the temple was destroyed, God would not reside there. God is not willing to remain in darkness and sin, and in knowing that our bodies are the current temple for God to remain through the Holy Spirit, it would only make sense that it would have to be properly taken care of and nourished. Satan knows this and does everything in his power to tear down and destroy the physical structure that God uses to reside in us. It is not that God cannot reside there, for He has all powers, but that He will not reside there in sin.
We internalize our bodies as a self-reflection of our own souls. If we love ourselves, and have a positive self image, we will take better physical care of our own body. It is through the physical vessel of our body ( our energy) that God equips us to fulfill His purposes. Just as a automobile is used to transport a person from one destination to another, our physical health is our transportation for fulfillment of our Purposes.
What are we suppose to do to maximize wellness? We are to prepare our body as a holy, living sacrifice to worship God. We are to remain pure, wholesome, and physically fit so that God has a place to dwell in us, by taking good physical care of our body, our mind, and our spirit. Worshipping God by providing our body with proper nutrition, adequate sleep, lowered stress, and exercise are the physical ways that we show God our commitment and desire for His presence. (Romans 12:1).
In the Bible for every promise that God gives, there is a premise. The premise is something that we either have to do, or it has to occur in order for the blessing (reward) to be fulfilled which results in His action (His Promise).
When we as his children honor him positively with our physical body (premise), this results in maximum health sustainment including weight loss, and other positive physical qualities of life. (His Promise).
“I call heaven and earth to witness this day against you that I have set before you life and death, the blessings and the curses; therefore choose life, that you and your descendants may live and may love the Lord your God, obey His voice, and cling to Him. For He is your life and the length of your days that you may dwell in the land which the Lord swore to give to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.” Deuteronomy 30:19-20
I highly recommend that you participate in the Bible Study “The Daniel Plan” at Saddleback Church.
The website www.danielplan.com is full of so many great suggestions, Scripture, and other ways to maximize optimum physical health.
Take a look at the Essentials that were taken from the website www.danielplan.com :
• Faith: God is the power and energy behind all transformational change and that includes making the lifestyle choices necessary for you to become healthy. As you follow The Daniel Plan, you will discover that you have a part to play in getting healthier, but God will energize your efforts and give you his strength to do it (Philippians 4:13).
• Food: The Daniel Plan is about abundance, not deprivation. You will be invited to eat delicious whole foods that bring vitality and energy to your body and mind. It’s all about learning that even your food choices can honor God and his purposes for your life (1 Corinthians 10:31).
• Fitness: We believe the most effective form of exercise you can do to achieve lifelong health is the one that you will actually do. We encourage you to discover movement that you will enjoy and treat your body as a gift from God (1 Corinthians 6:19−20).
• Focus: In a world where so many distractions compete for your attention, it is more important than ever to renew your mind with truth (Romans 12:2) and break negative thought patterns. Focus your thoughts on God’s plan and priorities for your life. Express your gratitude to God and make the choice to dwell in God’s goodness.
• Friends: When it comes to getting healthy, two are always better than one (Ecclesiastes 4:9). The Bible says God created the universe in such a way that we need each other. One of our key beliefs in The Daniel Plan is that everybody needs a buddy because, in truth, we are better together.