Sunday Morning 8-12-2012 Your Health is Your Wealth

Posted by Sherry


YOUR HEALTH IS YOUR WEALTH
1 Corinthians 6:19,20
CBC 8/12/2012 SM & COPchurch 8/12/2012
We all possess God given “potential” while we are residents on this planet
  • God’s instruction book, the Bible makes it pretty clear what we need to have in order to reach our potential
    • Clear Mind
    • Clean Heart
    • Balanced Schedule
    • Healthy Body
TEXT:19 Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself, 20 for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body.
IMPOSSIBLE TO REACH OUR POTENTIAL W/OUT TAKING CARE OF OUR BODIES
  • Our Bodies have 3 different aspects, (Physical, Emotional & Spiritual)
    • our body is God’s Temple
    • what’s the difference in the “church” house & our body?
    • might say one is built out of “bricks” & the other is “flesh”
    • (old song, something ‘bout a “brick house”...lol)
  • Actually God has chose the human body as His dwelling place on earth in the 21st Century
    • Paul told Corinthians:
      • you do not belong to yourself
      • God made all the bodies & has the copyright to them as manufacturer
      • Jesus paid the full price for all of us on the cross (whosoever...)
      • We are to honor God with our body (by reaching our potential, which is God’s purpose for us)
INCARNATION AN OBJECT LESSON OF THE IMPORTANCE OF OUR BODIES
  • God took on the form of a man & walked among us
    • Jesus hurt & felt pain
    • knelt & prayed
    • reached out w/ his hands
      • carpenter
      • held children
      • healed sick
      • raised dead
      • washed disciples feet
        • (servant’s heart, greatest will be servant of all...)
      • served the last supper
      • drove cheating moneychangers from the temple
    • Because He had a body, He understands
      • what it’s like to be loved
      • how it feels to be betrayed
      • the joy of a sunrise or sunset
      • the dampness of sleeping outside all night under the stars
  • Is Everybody’s body the “Temple of God”?
    • believers as well as unbelievers?
    • is a church building still a church building on Monday when there are no church members inside of it?....Yes,
    • EMPTY...but everybody that drives by will tell you, “that’s a church building”
    • every single human body was created by God to be a dwelling place for His Spirit to reside inside.
    • Just b/c it may be EMPTY doesn’t change it’s design & purpose by the Creator
      • holster is a holster whether the weapon is inserted or not...
      • insert the Holy Spirit by a simple request, “Jesus, I need you to take Your place in Your Temple, ME!
  • Temple, empty or occupied is a sacred place
    • we have a responsibility to take care of these bodies
    • God can use these bodies to bring satisfaction to both Himself & us
    • God can do things with these bodies that we can’t do ourselves
      • ILL: Peter didn’t walk on water w/out the assistance of Jesus that night...
      • Peter did have to cooperate w/ the Lord to accomplish the task
  • an unhealthy body can prevent us from reaching our God appointed potential
    • disclaimer: there are exceptions where God uses an unhealthy body to bring glory to Himself
    • the point is, keeping our body healthy is our responsibility, not somebody else’s responsibility
WE ARE RESPONSIBLE TO TREAT GOD’S TEMPLE, THE BODY WE RESIDE IN, THE BEST WE KNOW HOW
  • Knowing “our body is not our own” should be enough to motivate us to treat it correctly
    • IT’S GOD’S BODY...HE MADE IT!
    • our body was designed to run on good energy sources
      • not empty calories (fast & junk food)
      • substances that “alter” the function of the body
      • the “it’s my body, my choice” just got a .45 caliber hole shot through the middle of it...(another sermon/another time)
      • God blessed us with freedom of choice, but not freedom to sin (transgress what He knows to be right & best for us)
  • Any enemy to our body is an ENEMY TO OUR POTENTIAL
    • if it’s not good for my body, it’s an enemy to the Temple of God
    • God created us and put us in this “Earth Suit”...
      • for His purposes
      • to fulfill His will
      • and to bring honor and glory to Him
    • Misuse this body if you will, but be sure there will be negative consequences
      • America most progressive nation, yet we’re the sickest
      • tried to get a parking place @ the hospital lately
      • ever been to the ER working or patient that the waiting room was empty?
      • 2.3 Trillion spent on Health Care in 2008 (CBS news)
    • some misuse that comes to mind is obvious, but what about...
      • Stress & Worry
      • Matt 6:25 “That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing?
      • someone said, “negative attitude led to bad health & a 7 1/2 yr shorter life
CONCL:
The message is not intended to make us all feel guilty for the ways we’re desecrating God’s designed Temple on this earth...
Message is, do what’s necessary so that we can REACH OUR POTENTIAL
How fast can you run the mile and a half?
How many push ups can you do? 
Retired Marine asked me, “Can’t you do just one more?”
Remember, this is the body God gave us, but He just gave us ONE!
...therefore, glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s!
GOD WROTE IT, I JUST READ IT

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