There is a WAR RAGING right now! I’m not talking about the military battles being fought in foreign lands but rather the battle being waged right here on domestic soil. The war that is killing 1 in 5 Americans DAILY! The war that is causing a pandemic of biblical proportions! The war that is decimating the health and wealth of our nation. The adversary we as a people currently face may be more devastating than we could have ever imagined! This new enemy is OBESITY and all the array of disease and devastation that accompanies it!
Our food environment has become toxic and confusing as it has grown plentiful. The food we consume on a regular basis is full of calories but low in nutritional content causing us to over indulge. The jobs & technology we depend on allows for considerable less physical activity causing us to become sedentary and allowing the accumulation of soft, inactive fat cells to dominate our bodies. This is a recipe for disaster. For the first time in human history children are expected to LIVE SICKER & DIE YOUNGER than their parents.
All is not lost! In order to regain our health and wellness we must reframe the way we look at fitness. We must all remember that Gods greatest gift to each of us is our HEALTHY TEMPLES. God made us PERFECT in His image and has given us everything we need to be Good Stewards over our greatest gift!
It would be considered blasphemy if someone vandalized a church or temple yet we vandalize our bodies, the true Temple of God, routinely! If we are to truly please God and receive in His abundance of health, wealth, and spiritual blessings we must edify Him in everything we do and with every opportunity we get, including our fitness!
Begin to look at working out as your PHYSICAL PRAISE & WORSHIP! Workout all your stress & frustration through the building and maintaining of your Temple. Ask God to anoint your workout and empower you to remain consistent and dedicated to your glorification of Him. Recruit other members of your natural and church family to join your “praise party” and physically praise and worship together while you fight obesity, minimize disease, build strength, reverse aging, create a stronger fellowship and extend the length & quality of your life.
Use these key biblical verses as inspiration & motivation as you embark on your new Fitness Ministry. God wants you to be healthy and strong so you can be of great service to his Kingdom. Will you give God an opportunity to Bless your life through PHYSICAL PRAISE & WORSHIP? (All verses are from the NIV84 unless indicated otherwise.)
Edify your BODY & SOUL:
“Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well” (3 John 1:2).
“The LORD will guide you continually, watering your life when you are dry and keeping you healthy, too. You will be like a well-watered garden, like an ever-flowing spring” (Isaiah 58:11, NLT).
“Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit lives in you? If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him; for God’s temple is sacred, and you are that temple” (1 Corinthians 3:16-17).
“Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body” (1 Corinthians 6:19-20).
“Food does not bring us near to God” (1 Corinthians 8:8a).
“When you go out to dinner with an influential person, mind your manners: Don’t gobble your food, don’t talk with your mouth full. And don’t stuff yourself; bridle your appetite” (Proverbs 23:1-3, MSG).
“Do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life” (Matthew 6:25-27).
“The earth is the LORD’s, and all its fullness” (Psalm 24:1, NKJV).
“But Daniel resolved not to defile himself with the royal food and wine, and he asked the chief official for permission not to defile himself this way… ‘Please test your servants for ten days: Give us nothing but vegetables to eat and water to drink. Then compare our appearance with that of the young men who eat the royal food, and treat your servants in accordance with what you see.’ At the end of the ten days they looked healthier and better nourished than any of the young men who ate the royal food” (Daniel 1:8, 12,13,15).
“Remember that in a race everyone runs, but only one person gets the prize. You also must run in such a way that you will win. All athletes practice strict self-control. They do it to win a prize that will fade away, but we do it for an eternal prize. So I run straight to the goal with purpose in every step. I am not like a boxer who misses his punches. I discipline my body like an athlete, training it to do what it should. Otherwise, I fear that after preaching to others I myself might be disqualified” (1 Corinthians 9:24-27, NLT).
“‘Everything is permissible for me’ – but not everything is beneficial. ‘Everything is permissible for me’ – but I will not be mastered by anything… Therefore, Honor God with your body” (1 Corinthians 6:12, 20b).
“The road to life is a disciplined life; ignore correction and you’re lost for good” (Proverbs 10:17, MSG).
“He who works his land will have abundant food, but he who chases fantasies lacks judgment” (Proverbs 12:11).
“All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty” (Proverbs 14:23).
“Don’t drink too much wine and get drunk; don’t eat too much food and get fat. Drunks and gluttons will end up on skid row, in a stupor and dressed in rags” (Proverbs 23:20-21, MSG).
“You’re blessed when you’ve worked up a good appetite for God. He’s food and drink in the best meal you’ll ever eat” (Matthew 5:6, MSG).
Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious – the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse” (Philippians 4:8, MSG).