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Your Body Temple: God’s Dwelling Place

body templeSo many people suffer from a negative body image. But, consider this truth as a follower of Jesus Christ:

Your body is precious not because of how it looks on the outside, but whom it contains on the inside!

Pause and think about that for a moment.

What if you could learn to see caring for your body as an honor and a privilege, not a burden?

1 Corinthians 6:19-20 says:

Or 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? For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.”

After meditating on this scripture, I looked up the definition of the word ‘glorify’.

Here are synonyms for the word ‘glorify’:

  • Praise
  • Worship
  • Adore
  • Admire
  • Honor
  • Magnify
  • Thank

These are actionable words!

How do you glorify God in your body temple?

 

Think about your typical day. Do you often relate to God in the ways listed?

For example, do you consider how you might honor God with your daily health choices? Adore Him? Thank Him?

Renewing your mind to glorifying God in your body means shifting your focus away from:

  • Your body’s flaws
  • What you’ve lost
  • What you lack

And shifting your focus towards:

  • Your body’s daily purpose to glorify God
  • Enjoying what you have
  • Thanksgiving to God for making you fearfully and wonderfully

Just think of it as like shifting gears in a car! If you find yourself in the wrong gear, just make the adjustment right then.

Now, let’s update that list slightly:

  • Praise God
  • Worship God
  • Adore God
  • Admire God
  • Honor God
  • Magnify God
  • Thank God

Questions to Consider

 

So here are some questions I’d like you to consider:

  • How does this list increase your understanding of your body as God’s temple?
  • Does your current size stop you from doing these things?
  • How can you glorify God within the body you have today?

PRAYER:

Lord, I am so thankful for the honor of You dwelling within me! I worship and adore you. Help me to appreciate my body as Your temple, Your dwelling place. Give me wisdom to make wise choices in how I care for Your temple. I desire to serve You with thoughts and acts fitting for the God I serve. Help me to use this temple to impact my world positively for Jesus. I thank You and praise You, in Jesus name. Amen

I’d love to hear your thoughts about this. Please share in the Comments.

Be blessed with health, healing, and wholeness,

Kimberly Taylor

Creator of the Take Back Your Temple program

P.S. When it comes to weight loss, do you often know what you should do but have a hard time doing it?

I struggled with this issue on my own weight loss journey, but I discovered that “Nothing is different until you think differently.” – Pastor James MacDonald

The value of the Take Back Your Temple program is that you will learn how to think differently through Biblical truth. You’ll discover how to win the Spiritual and mental battle that often causes us to become inconsistent and get off-track on our weight loss journey.

Join a community of like-minded Christians discovering how to release weight and keep it off.

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  • Terri says:

    I loved the article! I am doing some biblical counseling right now and the main verse I am supposed to concentrate on is “whether therefore, you eat or drink or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God”. I have to really ponder that when I am planning my food and when I am tempted to eat what I shouldn’t. She is also having me study Romans 6. We are dead to sin. We are free! We do not have to participate in this sin any longer. Thank God!

    • Kimberly Taylor says:

      Amen, Terri! To me, it means choosing foods that keep us energetic, strong, healthy and vibrant so we can enjoy our lives and fulfill our calling – and taste good. It’s the best of all worlds. May the Lord bless you!

      • Terri says:

        Yes! That is so true. I want to serve the Lord and be a good testimony, but I can’t do it when I’m involved in overeating. I thought there was no way out of this prison of overeating, but I never really applied Romans 6 to my problem. I really truly want to bring glory to Him by how I eat and He gives us all the help we need!

  • Katrina M Balarezo says:

    THANK YOU FOR CONFORMATION THAT I SHOULD FEAR GOD AND BELIEVE IN HIS PROMISES.NOT FOCUS ON THE TRICKS OF THE ENEMY OF FEAR DOUBT AND WORRY OF THE WORLD VIEW OF ME..ONLY OUR HEAVENLY FATHER..MY BODY IS A TEMPLE FOR OUR FATHER..GODBLESS YOU ALL MY SISTERS.IN CHRIST.

    • Kimberly Taylor says:

      You are welcome, Katrina. I believe when we focus on our daily relationship with God, then what is in us can overcome everything in our circumstances. When God’s love overwhelms us, His perfect love casts out fear.

  • Jen Roland says:

    A powerful message and I love that you’re offering an audio version! As a blogger myself, I have thought about doing this. What app or program did you use to insert the audio file into your post? Thank you and keep sharing God’s Word and encouraging others to care for their body as a gift! You are reaching so many!!

    • Kimberly Taylor says:

      Hi Jen, thank you for writing! I actually am using the WordPress theme ‘Rise’ from ThriveThemes, which gives you the ability to insert audio into your blog posts. I started to give you a link but found they are working on a new version and aren’t offering the old one anymore. But you can check out their site at http://www.thrivethemes.com. Thanks again for your comment!

  • Sophia says:

    Thank you for this inspiration to be better stewards of our bodies. I’m so grateful to God for his patience during my struggle.

  • Kealy says:

    I have thought a lot about God’s love and forgiveness. While this is foundational, so is obeying God’s words to the best of my human ability… Loving God with ALL my heart, soul and mind…Since we are the temples of the Holy Spirit, please let me honor that in all ways…including nourishing my body.

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