MY BODY, HIS PROPERTY

OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL
DATE : WEDNESDAY 12 NOVEMBER 2014
THEME : MY BODY, HIS PROPERTY
MEMORISE
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye
present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto
God, which is your reasonable service.
Romans 12:1
READ: 1 Corinthians 3:16-17
3:16 Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the
Spirit of God dwelleth in you?
3:17 If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy;
for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR : 2 KINGS 21-19-23:27 and PROVERBS
25:1-14
The passion of God behind the admonition in today’s memory
verse is evident. The goodness of God and His commitment to
our wellbeing is far beyond our imagination. Can you
comprehend this: that having paid the ultimate price for our
redemption, He is still passionately pleading with those of us
that are His, for our own sake, to keep our bodies? Though it is
in our own best interest, yet He pleads with us. To start with, a
person that says he or she is enjoying himself with cigarette
smoking or taking of hard drugs does not know what he is
saying. Such a person is destroying himself in bits. Likewise,
the fellow given to alcohol is destroying and cutting short his
age systematically.What about the fornicator and adulterer?
The major vehicle for HIV infection is no other than sexual
immoralities such as pre-marital sex, homosexuality,
lesbianism and the likes. Presenting your body as a living
sacrifice means denying your body the fashion or pleasures that
are at variance with the ways of the kingdom you belong to.
This includes denying yourself such aberrations like exposing
your body through clothes that are in vogue.
If the body of the believer in Christ is the temple of God, and
God is holy, how does a child of God think he or she will be full
of the Holy Spirit while unabatedly indulging in evil habits?
Somebody must be deceiving himself or herself somehow. The
Bible warns us not to grieve the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 4:30).
What other possible ways could the Holy Spirit be grieved, if not
by rendering His habitation non-conducive for Him to dwell in?
Is it not that those defiling His temple (our bodies) are asking
Him (the Holy Spirit) to pack up and go elsewhere?
The care of our body includes feeding it with the right things –
good food and not junk food that causes obesity, and taking the
right quantity of food at a time (gluttony is condemned by the
Bible). Likewise, drinks must be non-alcoholic and non-
nicotinic. Spiritually, feed on the word of God. Besides, treat the
body with natural means for its refreshing like sleeping
moderately and not inducing yourself with drugs to sleep. Also,
use your body rightly. It is good to work hard, but then, learn
also to give it its due rest. Don’t use the body for immorality in
any form. Learn not to pamper your body either, it may crave
those things that would make it to incur God’s wrath, it is your
duty to deny it those things. You can do all these because the
power of God through Christ is now in you. God is not
demanding what you cannot do.
KEY POINT:
God desires purity of the heart as well as purity of the body.

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