Detox Your Body

We tend to think that just because God bestowed free will upon us that we’re entitled to do anything to our bodies that we want. That’s how the world ends up with drug addicts, alcoholics and 900-pound people, right? God’s view is completely the opposite.

Know ye that the Lord he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. Psalm 100:3

We had nothing to do with the creation of our physical bodies, but we seem to think that because we’re in them 24/7 that we have supreme control, and that just isn't true. We do make the choices of what foods we put in them, how we exercise them, how much rest they will receive, but ultimately God is the only one who determines how they function, how well they function and how long they will last.

God only gave us this shell for the short while that we’re here on earth, and as temporary as it is, it’s still His creation. From that first breath of life in Genesis 2:7, God uses these human vessels as transportation for His creation. Even as we wear out and break down, our body is a glorious gift.

What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20

What is a temple used for – worship. And think about how your behavior should be a little different in the house of God – a little more reverent, a little less distracted. Imagine being that way with your body. Being more aware of the things you eat, how much you eat, how much sleep you get, how much time you spend on the couch, the way you medicate, simply because your body is a gift from God, a temple given by the Creator.

There are no magical ways to detox your body, no get-healthy-quick schemes that will have you feeling better and moving better in just minutes a day. The not-so-secret secret is always found when you're in the presence of the Lord.

My son, attend to my words; incline thy ear unto my sayings. Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart. For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh. Proverbs 4:20-22

Life and health from the reading of the Word. Here’s just another benefit of daily Bible study. Imagine what all we can find day after day, week after week, year after year on any number of topics just looking through God’s Word. He put here for us to have access to it, for it to be a lifeline, we just have to take the time to look for what we need. There is always something new in the Word of God, something you see differently or understand that you didn't before. That’s motivation to continually be in the Word to feed both body and soul.

All of the answers we need for getting all of the contaminants and toxins out of our bodies are found in Scripture. Reset your mind to think of your body as a temple and then make everything you do with that temple into a contract with God. Then study His Word and learn day by day how to feed that temple, exercise that temple and rest that temple. It may not add years to your life, but it will add joy to your life.

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