Training the temple

1 Corinthians 6:19-20 ” Do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God?  You are not your own; you were bought at a price.  Therefore honor God with your body.”

In the ancient world temples were the center of society.  In Exodus God gives elaborate and detailed instructions for building the Tabernacle.  It was God’s idea and God’s design.  Temples served as a meeting place between God and man.  In 1 Corinthians God likens our bodies to temples for that reason.  We are God’s idea, God’s design.  We were built for a purpose.  We are given detailed instructions from Him.

We are flooded with information today about what is “good for us”.  Where do we go for truth?  Much of it we have to sift out for ourselves individually as we all have different bodies with different needs.  The bible, however, gives us excellent advice even in the topic of health.

Stress  Philippians 4:6-7 “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

Moderation Galations 5:22-23 “But the fruit of the Sprit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.  Against such things there is no law.”

Food/ Diet Daniel 1   I am not going to re-write the entire first chapter of Daniel, but read it yourself for insight on how Daniel and his men ate differently then others in training, and had better results.

Attitude/ Emotional health Proverbs 17:22 “A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.”

Keeping strong physically Isaiah 40:31 “but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.  They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”

Keeping strong spiritually  Ephesians 6:10 “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.  Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.”

Just as God had expectations about the building of the tabernacle in Exodus, so does he have expectations about how we treat and care for our “temples” today.



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