Stretch to the left, Stretch to the right! You can do it, do it!
Our bodies are miraculous and intricate. They are battery factories with the ability to produce volts of energy unlike any other body on the planet. Can we be stronger than a horse? Ask Sampson that question. Could we be stronger than a bear or out maneuver a lion? Ask David that question.
These men of the Bible did amazing things with their physical bodies, and today men and women continue to break new records for strength, health and endurance. But why should we as Christians care about our bodies? I mean, after all aren’t we going to have new spiritual bodies when Jesus Christ returns?
Yesterday, we talked about financial and today we are working the physical. Having the right perspective about our bodies is paramount, but it will surprise you what that perspective is. (I’m going to shock some of you today…I just know I am.)
“But God giveth it a body as it hath pleased him, and to every seed his own flesh. All flesh is not the same flesh: but there is one kind of flesh of men, another flesh of beasts, another of fishes, and another of birds…” 1 Corinthians 15: 38-39
All flesh, as given by God, is different. Each has a different use or purpose. Animals have only body and soul. People can have body, soul and spirit or our inner man, as God calls it in Ephesians 3:16 as soon as they believe God raised Jesus Christ from the dead.
Massive amounts of research, time and money go into the study of the natural human’s physical body. We study how to heal it, strengthen it and change it. By comparison, not even one-tenth of that much fuss goes into studying the inner man, our spiritual body, and how it affects the physical body. Here’s a statement for you. A strong INNER MAN will inspire, stabilize, strengthen and heal a physical body faster, with more ease and with greater accuracy than natural man could do it alone.
Here’s my wager.
A person who is moderately active but uses his or her strong “inner man” for stability, competence, and mastery is more readily fitted for life and EVEN the tasks of the most strenuous athlete, than a man of just body and soul with no spiritual influence.
Why? Because the man/woman born of God’s spirit and aware of God’s direction has a hidden ability. They have, and depend, on a SUPER human strength and an EXTRA-sensory understanding. What do I mean. Can a man without God’s power heal himself with herbs and medical attention? Yes. It happens time and again. In fact, even animals such as chimpanzees will eat certain leaves to cure intestinal bugs. Natural man has reasoning, he could figure that out. But what if the man was blinded or had a birth defect like a crooked arm?
“And looking round about upon them all, he (Jesus) said unto the man, Stretch forth thy hand. And he did so: and his hand was restored whole as the other.” Luke 6:10
“Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk. And he took him by the right hand, and lifted him up: and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength. And he leaping up stood, and walked, and entered with them into the temple, walking, and leaping, and praising God.” Acts 3:6-8
Okay, so there’s healing. But that’s not the only path to an amazing physical body. What about exercise and eating right? Aren’t those important too Terri?
Very! But why are you obsessed? Is it because every media images you see communicate to you that your body is not good enough? So many women beat themselves up until they are fighting constant condemnation and criticism in their own mind to the point of sinning against God over it. So I always ask people, first figure out what the motivation is for what you’re doing. Why are you exercising? Why are you punishing yourself mentally? Why are you breaking fellowship with God over eating a cookie? There is NEVER anything so important that it should break your fellowship with God. Condemnation isn’t of God. Guilt is not of God. Accusations are not of God. So where could those things be coming from? The world. And who is the god of this world? Satan. So ask yourself why and really be honest.
Is it okay to be over weight?
Is it okay to be skin and bones? Before you can determine that you must be honest about the “why”. Remember, I said leadership is an inside thing. Here’s the facts. Your thoughts come first before the perfect body, the wealth, the relationships, and the success. All these start with your thoughts and that inner man. Sin is harmatia, or missing the mark which causes broken fellowship with God. Being overweight, of itself, is not a sin, being out of fellowship with God because you’re overweight is. Get that straightened out and you are GOLDEN!
For me, I’ve struggled with weight for a long time. The struggle had control over me. I wanted to be skinnier so I could look like a model, right. Just like everyone else. Then God pointed out one day that my weight, just like all these other areas, was a renewed mind problem. I didn’t have the perspective HE has about it.
He created our bodies for a purpose. What is our purpose?
“But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, 5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) 6 And hath raised [us] up together, and made [us] sit together in heavenly [places] in Christ Jesus: 7 That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in [his] kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. 8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: [it is] the gift of God: 9 Not of works, lest any man should boast. 10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.” Ephesians 2: 4-9
What is our purpose?
To walk in the good works which God before ordained that we should walk. God knew in His foreknowledge that we’d choose HIM. So even with our bodies we must choose Him. We let Him help us make our bodies well enough, fit enough and healthy enough to do those good works. That’s all. This body is just a vessel. It is not something to worship. It just has to carry us around for the next lifetime. Everyone’s assigned “good works” are different. For instance. What if you have a marathon ministry? Wouldn’t it be ideal if you had a strong enough set of legs to take you to the end of that marathon? What if you didn’t have a marathon ministry but just enjoyed a good long run? Is that okay? ABSOLUTELY! Here’s what you do.
God if you were me, what weight would you strive to get to?
God if you were me, what training would you put your body through?
God if you were me, what food would fuel your body with?
God if you were me how would you think about your physical body?
Do you get the idea? Let God have some say in this “program”. Then you are making the most of your super human and extra-sensory powers. You are now employing GOD’s wisdom, instead of just the worlds’.
I’ll leave you with this.
14 For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, 15 Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, 16 That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; 17 That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 May be able to comprehend with all saints what [is] the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; 19 And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God. 20 Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, 21 Unto him [be] glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.” Ephesians 3:14-21
God bless you today!
Did you know there are five areas to life?
These areas surround us like five spokes on a wagon wheel. When one breaks or weakens, the wagon must stop and work out the issue.
These supports must be there and in good condition for a person to succeed in any endeavor they have. For instance, I’m passionate about ART and the ART business, but if I cannot make any money selling my art, I can’t keep doing it. I need financing. Or I have a problem. Or another example, I have a close relationship criticizing every piece I produce. That relationship would be crumbling in that part of my wheel. Disaster!
Just think for a minute, if any one of these spokes where missing, or unattached, it poses major problems and possible threat for the wagon. A wagon’s purpose is to get somewhere, for protection from the elements and enemies. It hauled their belongings and hopes over long distances. Our lives are similar, we start out in one place and hopefully we follow our dreams forward and pioneer our own journey into the wild unknown. I see people trying to make this work all the time with broken wheels and broken lives. Imagine trying to lead!
The great thing is, God covers every single area in the Bible. He tells us how to be more than conquerors and victorious with each one. He tells us how to fix our spokes! HOW COOL IS THAT!? This wagon comes with a manual. Over the course of the next few posts in this series on “Leadership Rocks!”, I’ll go over each spoke in our wheel.
“All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.” 2 Timothy 3:16-17
Do you know what you don’t see everyday?
A working wagon with all the working wheels. That person is rolling in style. When you do, it blows everyone’s mind.
God bless you today!
To catch up on the series, click on the posts below.
If God breathed and we received a soul,
“And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.” Genesis 2:7
what would happen if God sneezed?
“And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.” Acts 2:1-2
I’m kidding! I’m sure that God didn’t sneeze. But sheesh, IF that were the case, I’m glad God doesn’t have allergies. Lol…The first breath and mankind received a soul, or breath-life, the next time he received life quickening spirit!
That life quickening spirit is as universe altering in its reality and ability to change our lives, as the first man as he lay in the dirt as a clump of skin and bones. When Adam opened his eyes and looked around for the first time he was a whole man. He had fingers, toes and probably even a naval. He was just as whole. God didn’t give him one arm and two legs and say, if you’re good, you can earn your other arm. He was a whole man, just the way he was created.
When we receive our inner man, that life-quickening spirit it is like the moment Adam opened his eyes and found he was whole and ready to run. We have all nine manifestations of the spirit, all the appurtenances and abilities of a whole inner man. Look at this beautiful verse in Corinthians.
“But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal.” 1 Corinthians 12:7
I bolded the “profit withal” so we could look closer at it. The sentence hardly makes sense to our modern English-speaking ears and tongue because the King James is try to interpret one Greek word with two English words. The Greek word there is “sympherō” which means, to bring together for a profit. We get our English word “symphony” from this word. The beauty is there are many parts of a symphony, but all the oness is on the end result, the end sounds and music. The end manifestation of that one “bring together of” sounds.
“Manifestation” is just the outward proof and acts of the inner reality/symphony going on. Spirit is invisible. So is the wind. When we see the trees move, we know that it is windy. When we see people manifest their gift of holy spirit, we know they are born-again. So as I look here at the Greek Interlinear Bible, here’s how it should be interpreted directly from the Greek.
“But to each is given the manifestation of the spirit for profit.” vs 7
The amazing reality here is, we were given the whole inner man, the whole package and why? For a profit a benefit, for a use and purpose. What is the purpose? Well, why did Adam get two arms and one nose? Why did he get two lunges and one mouth? It was God’s pleasure to give him everything at one time that he needed to survive this life and prepare him for every circumstance he could possible run into.
“For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.” Philippians 2:13
Why would God give one person speaking in tongues, and then another working of miracles? Why would He give one person healing, but then not give him word of wisdom word of knowledge? Wouldn’t that be favoritism? God is no respecter of persons. Or why would God tell us all about these manifestations and then make them not available to us at all? What kind of loving God would give us a human physical body and then say…you can’t use that. The use of those legs I gave you “died with the apostles”? Which is a common argument against speaking in tongues. No. Let us not be tricked into a lie, and the error of our beautiful inner man.
You have a very whole and very real spirit. It’s all yours, you have all of it, and you can do all nine all the time. What are all nine manifestations of the gift of holy spirit?
- Speaking in Tongues
- Speaking in Tongues with Interpretation
- Word of Wisdom
- Word of Knowledge
- Discerning of Spirits
- Gifts of Healing
Now it’s just a matter of learning HOW to use them properly and by God’s direction. Now it’s time to learn how to walk and how to RUN with God.
God bless you today!