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Joyce Meyer - Your Body Is God's Home



Well, I'm doing a series this weekend about how to be healthy, spirit, soul, and body. Jesus didn't just come for a part of us, He came to restore the whole entire being.

And in 1 Thessalonians 5:23 , it says, "Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you through and through separate you from profane things, make you pure and wholly consecrated to God; and may your spirit and your soul and your body."

Please notice, "Your spirit, your soul, and your body be found preserved sound and complete and found blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ."

Now, I think a lot of times that we think that our bodies are just ours to do whatever we want to with, and we just think we can abuse 'em, and mistreat 'em, and do whatever we wanna do, and it just doesn't matter. But I wanna tell you that it does matter.

This morning, we're talking about your body, and if you think, "Well, I don't really wanna hear that," well, it's too bad. God got you here to this session and we prayed that the people who needed what I'm gonna say today would be here.

And you know, if you're in great physical shape, and you do everything right to take care of yourself, and you feel wonderful, then you can just sit there today and just, "Amen, amen, amen." But probably there's more people here today that don't feel good than those that do. Woo hoo! Woo hoo! Woo hoo!

Listen, when my mom was my age, she had already been on a walker for 5 years. And you say, "Well, you know, I don't think she could help that." Well, I think she could've done a lot about a lot of it if she would've known what to have done. For one thing, if she would've stood up to my dad and not let him abuse me, then she wouldn't have been loaded down with guilt all of her life, which also takes a toll on your health, and she would've done better things to take care of herself.

But there was not a lot of knowledge years ago about how to take care of your health. For one thing, we didn't have all the stress and the pressure coming against us years ago that people do today, but let me tell you something.

Today, if you don't go the extra mile to take care of yourself, your physical body will break down under the strain of just being alive. Can anybody say amen to that? And years ago, food was healthier. A lot of people, they grew their food, and they ate better food, and it wasn't full of hormones, and pesticides, and on, and on, and on, and on, and on.

So, we need to do things to combat that. And I'm gonna say a couple things to you today that you may go away thinking, "Well, I don't know if I agree with that or not," but how many of you know the Bible says, "To know what is right to do and to do it not is sin"? That's a scripture, okay? I didn't make that up.

That's a scripture. If you know what's right to do and you don't do it, it's sin. Just like there are sins of commission. There are things that we commit that are sinful and there are things that we omit out of our lives that are also sinful. So, if you say, "Well, I know I need to get more sleep, but I just don't."

Thank you, the one or two people that are gonna like this can talk to me today. Well, you know. You know, to be honest with you, I'd probably rather just not do this because I could just talk about how much God loves you and everybody'd clap, and cheer, and think it was the most wonderful thing ever.

But I can't stand to see people dragging themselves around feeling bad all the time. When you don't feel good, you're grouchy. When you don't feel good, it's easier to get angry, it's harder to pray, it's harder to hear from God.

So, to think that your body doesn't affect your spiritual life is totally wrong, because I can tell you the truth. If you feel lousy all the time, you are probably not gonna end up doing all that God wants you to do with, and in, and through your life.
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