1 Corinthians 6:19 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? 20 you were bought at a price. Therefore, glorify God with your body.
Praying and doing go hand-in-hand. Many times, we pray about sickness, fatigue and pain in our bodies. But for some of these things, making slight changes to our lifestyle can make a wealth of difference in the way we feel. When you think about your body, do you think in terms of it not being your own? Of course not. In the natural, we don’t consider that our bodies are a temple, and it belongs to the Lord. The Lord requires that we take care of this body. Have you ever read this scripture? 1 Corinthians 3:17 If anyone destroys God’s sanctuary, God will destroy him; for God’s sanctuary is holy, and that is what you are. This scripture makes it plain that God is calling our bodies His Church. It is important that we take care of our bodies so that we can be effective and more vigilant in the things of God. Spend some time in this new year thinking about your health. What areas of your body have been attacked? What can you do to make a difference? What areas are you not disciplined in? When you pray about the illness, pray to be more disciplined. Remember, doing our part is key. Faith without work is dead (James 2:17). God will always do his part.
Here are a few Scriptures to remind us:
He sent His word and healed them (Psalms 107:20)
Healing is the children’s bread (Matthew 15:26)
By his stripes, we are already healed (Isaiah 53:5)
Jesus made sure of it by his sacrifice on the cross. As we believe God for healing, we must also believe Him for wisdom, knowledge, and understanding of the principles that govern health. One example, we’re believing for lower blood pressure, but we are breaking the rule that covers better blood pressure by having too much sodium intake, or not releasing stress, just to name a few. God desires for us to be healthy. There are times that God will do it super naturally, when there is no other alternative available to the situation or circumstance. But other times, we can do some things to help ourselves. Such as getting knowledgeable about what’s going on with your body and what you can do to help. There are times I’ve gone to the doctor, and he told me to do some things that would help my condition. It wasn’t until I started listening that things improved.
What are some preventive things you can do to avoid certain illnesses? How healthy are your eating habits? Are you exercising or resting enough? Listen to what your body is saying to you because it does talk. How disciplined are you? The scripture tells us that we are in control and if we’re not in control, this is the area we need to pray about. Romans 8:9 tell us; You, are controlled not by the flesh, but by the Spirit, if the Spirit of God lives in you. A healthy lifestyle, includes nourishing the body, physical activity, rest, and self-care. I’ve told you small changes can make a world of difference.
Here is one: Modest weight loss can benefit your health and well-being.
Improved heart health: Losing weight, even a small amount, can help reduce the risk of heart disease and lower blood pressure. It can also lead to lower levels of "bad" LDL cholesterol and triglycerides, which are risk factors for heart problems.
Reduced risk of type 2 diabetes: Weight loss can help improve insulin sensitivity and reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes or improve management for those already diagnosed.
Eased joint pain: such as the knees and hips, potentially reducing pain and improving mobility. Enhanced sleep quality, Increased energy levels.
(All of this information was found during a Google search)
Closing Prayer: 3 John 1:2 Beloved, I pray you to prosper concerning all things and to be in good health, just as your soul prospers. My prayer is for strength, wisdom, and grace to honor your body as the temple of the Holy Spirit. Amen! It's important to remember that weight loss should be pursued in a healthy manner (having a balanced diet and regular physical activity). I am not a healthcare provider. I’ve made some changes by praying and gaining knowledge in my own life and saw great results.
Be blessed. Please share with others. Leave your comments, and questions. I look forward to staying connected to you!