Over the next two weeks I’ll continue blogging about ALIGNMENT. Alignment is such an important topic. When things are aligned they just work better.
Our bodies are the vehicles of our destiny.
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. (1 Corinthians 6:19-20 NKJV)
And the Lord said, “My Spirit shall not strive with man forever, for he is indeed flesh; yet his days shall be one hundred and twenty years. (Genesis 6:3 NKJV)
The bible is filled with promises of salvation, love, destiny, purpose, wealth, health, and long life. Some say it shouldn’t be used as promoting a “prosperity gospel” but for me, I’d much rather live in prosperity than lack. I don’t want to live in lack in any area of my life. This whole blog series is about being aligned for God’s best to manifest in our life. When our spirits are aligned we have the promise of salvation, love, destiny, and purpose. When our souls are aligned we have the promise of happiness and peace in our minds. Some of us still don’t feel prosperous because our physical well-being is either in pain or drastically out of shape.
I remember when I first got into ministry 20 years ago. I was slim and trim, super fit and really in shape. This was because I had worked construction and many other physically demanding jobs my whole life. Then I got into ministry and I gained a ton of weight and I just started to feel bad physically. I needed a change. I needed to get back to physical activity and a change of diet. Over the years I’ve fluctuated but even just a little while ago I realized I needed to get back to the gym when I climbed a flight of stairs and was actually out of breath! You might be thinking, “What does this have to do with serving and living for God?” Well, simply put, EVERYTHING! We have to realize that our bodies are the vehicles of our destiny. We are charged to care for our bodies. We could see all of our possessions go away but the one thing the majority of us have is a healthy body. Barring any major illnesses, this is the one thing that we are in control of. If we are having health problems it will limit what we can do for God!
We are all created different and there so many weight loss fads and trends but really the issue isn’t about weight or appearance, it’s about health. It’s living healthy for you. I personally take vitamins, love drinking wheatgrass shots, drinking protein shakes, and going to the gym. I eat healthy for the most part and obviously don’t smoke, drink, or do drugs of any kind. For me this is healthy, I want to continue to get better but not for anyone else except myself. I want to receive and achieve the promise of 120 years on this earth!
In the church today, I’ve seen physically unhealthy people judge and call out spiritually unhealthy people. Listen, if someone is in adultery or if someone is eating 40 Twinkies a day or if someone is spreading lies about others… is there a difference? In God’s eye, sin is sin and we are all level at the foot of the cross. This definitely leans more towards being non-judgmental but it’s so important when talking about this topic because we want to compare what we have and what we look like. Our job isn’t to be better than anyone else, it’s to be the best us we can. Hopefully this post we help motivate us to evaluate our health and continue to move towards the promise of a long life on this earth so we accomplish everything God has called us to without any physical hinderance.
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Please leave your thoughts if you feel led and let’s continue the conversation! May God bless you!
what you are saying is very true. Most of the time we Christians neglect our physical bodies.
Thank you for your article Ashley, it needed to be said.
There are so many Christians out here doing more condemning and judging than satan himself.
Whilst going around with very unhealthy bodies.
Hi Ashley. Powerful article!! Love the statement you made that we are all level at the foot of the cross. Makes so much sense. Blessings!
This very true, and needed. Thank you.
Oh my word its so true.. I really need to get back to my gym.. good kick for me… Joyce Meyers said a similar thing.. great minds think alike. . think i will share this with my cell too..
Thank you so much for the article that is reality and to me as I have known of our bodies being the vehicles to our destiny… I pray I use it wisely to get there. Thanks