Sunday, 10th October, 2021
By Pastor Chris Oyakhilome
"I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service" (Romans 12:1 KJV)
Being born again, though your body is the temple of God, you’re its caretaker or custodian. It’s your responsibility to manage your body and keep it in health, in its utmost shape for God to use. Satan will try to do anything to ravage your body; he’ll run rampage in your body if you let him; but you must say, “No!”
Recall what we read in our theme verse; it says, “… present your bodies a living sacrifice….” God doesn’t do the “presenting” for you; rather, He tells you to present your body to Him. He gave you the authority to manage your body. This is why some Christians, even though they’ve received the Holy Spirit, can still be sick in their bodies. The reason is they’re the ones in charge of their bodies. God has a right to rule your body, but He appointed you to rule it for Him.
Imagine the Mayor of a city; he has the authority to run the city, but he doesn’t run the individual homes in the city. He leaves the running of your home to you. It’s the same with your body; you have to stop the devil from manipulating any part of your body. Use the authority that’s been granted you in Christ; use the Name of Jesus.
Furthermore, the Bible says you were bought with a price; therefore, glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s (1 Corinthians 6:20). You’re a spirit; you have a soul and live in a body. Your soul is the seat of your mind, your emotions and your will. God doesn’t control your will, your emotions, and your mind; He tells you to do that.
The Bible says in Romans 12:2, “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind….” Just as it’s your job to manage your mind, it’s your responsibility as well to manage your body. Renewing or managing your mind is done through the Word—meditating on the Word! That’s also how to manage your body and keep it in divine health. The Bible says the Word of God is medicine—health to your physical body (Proverbs 4:22).
"Sickness isn’t in my nature. I’m a new creation in Christ Jesus, and Christ has consummated the plan for my divine health; therefore, I refuse to be sick! I have Zoe, the supernatural life of God that makes me divinely healthy. Glory to God!"
Proverbs 4:20-22; Isaiah 33:24
1 YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN:
Colossians 3:1-4:1 & Isaiah 50-51
2 YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN:
John 5:1-9 & 1 Kings 16