And do not present your members as instruments of unrighteousness to sin, but present yourselves to God as being alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God.
God’s Tool, God’s Temple
When it comes to our bodies, the Bible declares that we don’t own them. “You are no longer your own. God paid a great price for you. So use your body to honor God” (1 Corinthians 6:19–20).
Use your body to indulge your passions? To grab attention? To express your opinions? No. Use your body to honor God. “Use your whole body as an instrument to do what is right for the glory of God” (Romans 6:13). Your body is God’s instrument, intended for his work and for his glory…
What work is more important than God’s? Doesn’t it stand to reason that God’s tools should be maintained? …
Maintain God’s instrument. Feed it. Rest it. When he needs a sturdy implement—a servant who is rested enough to serve, fueled enough to work, alert enough to think—let him find one in you. He uses you…
Your body, God’s tool. Maintain it.
Your body, God’s temple. Respect it.
“God owns the whole works. So let people see God in and through your body” (1 Corinthians 6:20).
Manage God’s house in such a way that passersby stop and notice. “Who lives in that house?” they will ask. And when they hear the answer, God will be honored.
[It’s Not About Me]
Our bodies belong to you; they do not belong to us. We are your children, and we want to use our bodies as tools to honor you. Help us to be faithful to care for our bodies with proper food and rest and exercise. Teach us how to be good stewards of the bodies you created for us. Forgive us when we do not take care of what really belongs to you. May we be faithful to maintain and respect our bodies in a way that brings honor and glory to you,
I discipline my body and bring it into subjection.
[1 Corinthians 9:27]
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?
[1 Corinthians 6:19]
To be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.
~ Max Lucado ~
I pray that you will be blessed with a supernatural strength during persecution. May you bless those who curse you. May you give a kind answer to those who slander you. When you are persecuted and judged because of your faith, I pray that you will endure it. I pray you will not be concerned of what people might say, but be more concerned of how God sees you. If the world should dishonor you and call you a fool because of Christ, I pray that even in persecution, you might find joy.
In Jesus' Name, Amen.
I AM A GOD of both intricate detail and overflowing abundance. When you entrust the details of your life to Me, you are surprised by how thoroughly I answer your petitions. I take pleasure in hearing your prayers, so feel free to bring Me all your requests. The more you pray, the more answers you can receive. Best of all, your faith is strengthened as you see how precisely I respond to your specific prayers.
Because I am infinite in all My ways, you need not fear that I will run out of resources. Abundance is at the very heart of who I AM. Come to Me in joyful expectation of receiving all you need—and sometimes much more! I delight in showering blessings on My beloved children. Come to Me with open hands and heart, ready to receive all I have for you.
How priceless is your unfailing love! Both high and low among men find refuge in the shadow of your wings. They feast on the abundance of your house; you give them drink from your river of delights. For with you is the fountain of life; in your light we see light.
“I will bless her with abundant provisions; her poor will I satisfy with food.”
When they had all had enough to eat, he said to his disciples, “Gather the pieces that are left over. Let nothing be wasted.” So they gathered them and filled twelve baskets with the pieces of the five barley loaves left over by those who had eaten.
~ Sarah Young ~
The Only Way to True Joy
These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may be in you, and that your joy may be made full.
~ JOHN 15:11 ~
I saw some good news on television recently. A newscaster reported on a 29-year old policeman in Los Angeles who pulled over a driver for having an expired license plate, only to discover that the man was his father! The two had been separated shortly after the young man’s birth. His father had re-married, had another family, and never located his son. Father and son were re-united against almost unbelievable odds, and were glad to find each other. (No ticket was issued, just a warning, and an invitation for dinner.) What a joyful surprise!
We need a lot of things in this world. We need wisdom. We need love. We need insight. We need commitment. But I think more than anything else, our world might just need an overwhelming dose of joy. Mother Teresa was asked once what it took to do the work she did, and she simply smiled and said “A willingness to work hard, and a spirit of joy.” Joy. It is not the same as happiness. It is not “circumstantial goosebumps.” It is not the absence of pain or suffering. It is another domain entirely. When C. S. Lewis became a Christian, he described the experience as being “surprised by joy.” Lewis, one of the most brilliant apologists who ever lived, did not “think” his way to Christ. He fell into a joy so deep that he recognized it as true.
~ Dr. Edwin Young ~
EXAMPLES OF PASSION
He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers.
It was said that John Wesley did more for England than her armies and navies. He lived meagerly, having given away thousands of dollars in his lifetime. Abused and maligned, he left his reputation and soul in the hands of God. It has been estimated he traveled 225 thousand miles on foot and horseback and preached twenty-four hundred sermons. Much of the established church despised him, but he brought fire into her cold heart. He had the reputation of being out of breath pursuing souls.
Ordained at twenty-two, George Whitefield began preaching with tremendous eloquence and effect. His power came from his passion for souls, and he used every one of his God-given abilities to lead men to Christ. He crossed the Atlantic thirteen times and preached thousands of sermons. His gravestone reads that he was a soldier of the cross, humble, devout, and ardent, preferring the honor of Christ to his own interest, reputation, or life.
Though these men are wonderful examples, the perfect example of One with passion for the lost is Christ.
~ John MacArthur ~