“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. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” Romans 12:1-2

“For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.” 1 Corinthians 6:20

“Put your hand on your belly,” the Spirit of God spoke to my heart as I lay for a minute or two on my bed tired and needing to snatch a snippet of rest before getting back to my ministry work.

Was it really the Lord? I have faced a decades-long battle with an eating disorder and long ago sensed the Lord wanted me to stop putting my hand on my stomach. Why? Because that had always been my way of telling how “fat” I was. But this time, I had a sense the Lord wanted me to go ahead and do it. Why?

I put my hand on my stomach.

“Whose body is this?” the Lord asked me.

“Mine!” I declared.

“No, it isn’t,” the Lord strongly admonished me. “It is mine.”

Conviction. Chastening. Truth. How do I know it’s true? The Bible says so. Please see the scriptures above. Plain and clear. When we receive God’s forgiveness and the promise of everlasting life through turning from our sins and believing in Christ as Lord who died on the cross to pay our sin penalty and was raised from the dead, we are to TURN TO THE LORD AND HIS WAYS. We are born again spiritually and given a fresh start. We enter into a forever relationship with the Lord. TRUE FAITH IN CHRIST AS LORD bears the fruit of our hearts and lives being devoted to Christ. We learn to LIVE FOR HIM and not ourselves any longer. And OUR BODIES AND WHOLE LIVES now BELONG TO JESUS!

Oh how He humbled me once again! My body is not mine. It is His. So is my whole life.

Have you surrendered your whole heart and whole life to the Lord Jesus Christ? Are you living entirely for Him? Or is there more to surrender? I needed the reminder. Do you?

Whose body is it? Whose heart is it? Whose life is it?

Do you belong to Jesus? Are you living your life accordingly? Oh, may it be so for us all!

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