Let’s Change the Way We Think About the Body
Alright, Weekend Warriors! We’re taking authority today!
Did you know that you have authority over your physical nature? Yes, it’s a complex part of creation; yes, its intricacies are still being discovered; however, your body is subject to your command. For example, does food force its way down your throat, or do you elect what things to take into your body? Maybe we wish we could blame the food, but the truth is, our will controls eating habits! In the same way, we have authority concerning every part of our natural being.
The physical nature exists to serve that which is eternal- it houses the spirit man within you (See 1 Corinthians 6:19). Much of what is taught today in our world concerning the physical being is contrary to truth. The inaccurate focus is to serve your body so that you may live longer. This belief has no representation in the Bible, and since the Word of God is eternal, we need to change the way we think about the body and align ourselves with truth!
I have become all things to all men so that by all possible means I might save some. I do all this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings… I beat my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize (1 Corinthians 9: 22-23, 27).
- Paul’s race is a spiritual one. Likewise, out of our personal relationship with Jesus, we minister to others, doing all for the sake of the gospel. That which is eternal holds true value for life’s purpose. Therefore, we should run with all we have so that we plunder hell and populate heaven!
- Paul’s body was his slave. He took authority over the physical nature, not so that he would live longer but for the goal of being welcomed into God’s eternal kingdom.
I can hear an objection even as I write! “But my health limits me from doing what I know God wants me to do!” Wrong thinking! The purpose of God in making disciples of Jesus Christ is the greater reality than our physical state of being, so we push through physical limitation to keep our focus on the kingdom of God. The Christ- follower understands the incomparably great power that resurrected Jesus from the grave is within him; therefore, he refuses to accept a detour in the spiritual race to the eternal prize.
Surely He took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows… He was pierced for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon Him, and by His wounds we are healed (Isaiah 53:4-6).
Jesus chose limitation when He chose the nails. Keep in mind, He did so for our peace. It was an exchange. When you make an exchange at the store, do you take away the item that you went in pursuit of? Do you take it home with you after you return the original purchase! Of course! You want to get something of value for your expense. Christ wants you and me to get value for His expense. He offers us a limitless life in Him- one that begins now and carries us into eternity! Believe it or not, a shopper can absent-mindedly walk out of the store without the item he intended to receive in the exchange. It’s happened to me. The store employee said, “Ma’am, you’re forgetting something!” If we can fail to take hold of a physical exchange, something right before our eyes, then we can easily fail to appropriate a spiritual exchange. Sometimes, we treat the blessings of God as savings bonds- we’ll cash in on them when we get to heaven!
It is important that we understand the meaning of peace in the context of the Isaiah passage above. In Hebrew, salom means to be safe, be complete. Health, security, tranquility and welfare comprise the believer’s scriptural understanding of peace.
Armed with truth, try this: name the physical systems of your body and declare aloud the peace of God over them as afforded you by the blood covenant of Jesus Christ. For example, say, Immune system, I bless you with peace by the blood covenant of Jesus Christ. You are whole. Continue this exercise until you have pronounced peace over every part of your physical being. But don’t stop there, trust the blood covenant of Christ for your peace with God. In fact, start right there! Everything flows from our being welcomed into God’s grace and identified as His child. Trust the blood covenant of Christ for peace in your finances, peace in your mind, peace in your relationships with others. Remember, peace is wholeness. You are a three-part being, so you lack wholeness if either your soul, body or spirit is not at peace.
A quick review:
Why do you live? To live a life pleasing to God! Delighting yourself in delighting Him produces fruit! That means you win some! Plunder hell and populate heaven through the act of making disciples!
What’s the goal? It’s not to have a great bod! You and I run hard for the prize awaiting us in Christ Jesus!
What role does my physical being serve in this pursuit? It is your slave. Take authority over it through alignment with truth!
God bless you, mighty warrior!
Salom definition: AMG’s Word Studies (Lexical Aids)