“How does it glorify me when you don’t take care of the body I have given you?” the Holy Spirit told me. He said a little bit more. Then this. “You need to glorify me with all things including your thoughts, words, and actions. And this includes taking very good care of the body I have given you.”
Oh, but He was not done. He then made abundantly clear He wanted me to deliver this message to you who are reading this.
This is what I heard the Holy Spirit speak to my heart: “TELL PEOPLE TO TAKE CARE OF THEIR BODIES. THIS IS A MUST.”
So are we? Am I? Are you? Are we who follow the Lord taking really good care of the bodies He has given? Our bodies belong to THE LORD!
The Lord was reminding me that despite progress I have made through the years, I still need to do a better job. I work exceedingly hard in ministry and struggle with slowing down and resting, I sleep poorly and need rest all the more, I still battle anorexia especially in my thoughts and need to be vigilant in pleasing the Lord with eating enough, I injure myself caring for my handicapped ministry dogs partly because of their needs and also because I am often thinking of other things as I hurry around getting everything done in my excitement to get back to helping people to find and follow the Lord Jesus Christ, and at times I do not get to the doctor and dentist for checkups and to address issues when it would be best to do so. Yes, I needed the Lord’s chastening!
How about you? Are you glorifying the Lord in your body? Are you pleasing and honoring Him in the way you care for your body? In what you eat, drink, how you rest, and concerning exercise? Sexually are you pure for the Lord if you’re not married and faithful to your spouse if you are? Do you take care of your health, etc.? Are you under a doctor’s care if you have health issues? Are you refusing to make the changes you are certain the Lord wants you to make? Is your body fully yielded to Christ?
Yield yourself to the Lord as His Holy Spirit speaks to your heart and brings any conviction, chastening, and a call for change. And join me in making a wholehearted effort to glorify the Lord in ALL areas of your life – your body included!
Lord, probably every human on this earth has room for improvement in this area, or most of us anyway. Our flesh so wants to run the show. And we fall so very far short, don’t we? Forgive us, dear Lord, for any way in which we are lacking in caring for these bodies you have given us. Speak to our hearts and show us where we need to make changes, what we need to let go, where change is needed, how you want us to move forward, how we can be more pleasing to you with these bodies in which you live. Help us oh Lord, and, Father, THANK YOU! AMEN!
“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? For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.” 1 Cor. 6:19-20
“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.” Romans 12:1
“Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” 1 Corinthians 10:31[please note the Holy Spirit of God lives inside His followers. If you do not yet have a forever relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ, please contact me at lara@GoodNews.love. I would be honored, blessed, and privileged to help you enter into a forever relationship with the Lord!]