1 Corinthians 6:19-20 "Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own, you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies."
I’m always filled with joy when I remind myself that I am full of His Spirit, I like to remind myself daily :) . Something that the Lord has been revealing to me lately is the importance of having a healthy temple. Not only is my physical body essential, but my mental (emotional), and spiritual part of my being are assets of my temple as well. I want to cultivate a dwelling place for Holy Spirit to come and fill and overflow in my life everyday, and it starts with a daily discipline of dying to the flesh (my sinful nature) and encountering the Father.
I have to be deliberate with my time with God understanding my need for him is great and only he can satisfy it. The more I see my need for God the more desperate I am for him. When I read his Word, I’m beginning to read it with expectation, because his heart is to reveal himself more to me (Luke 12:32), and he does.
The Lord has given us a mind to think, process and feel. The more I educate myself on my mental and emotional health the more I see it’s importance, and how it shouldn’t be overlooked. I recently have been taking action in that by attempting to journal everyday. Writing down what is on my mind provides a window into my heart that allows God to shine His truth into my mind where fear, lies, or unhealthy thinking might be dwelling. My journal consists of: me simply writing down what I did for the day, addressing how I feel and what God showed me that day, the ups & downs, the good and the ugly. I think of David when he was writing the Psalms; all his trials and blessings he lived through were written down as a conversation to the Lord and because of that, great truths were discovered
(example Psalms 3). It's the process of shifting my earthly mindset to a kingdom mindset.
The Lord has opened my eyes more to the reality that my body is a tangible representation of my spirit man, and how each part of my being is part of the other. When I workout in the gym (Physically), it is a Mental exercise for the Spiritual warfare that is at hand. The enemy is always at war, and does not want me to lead myself well, so why would I forfeit my temple in any way. I have to be strong. When I’m hungry, it’s just a physical portrayal/ reminder of my spiritual need, and I have to be intentional to feed both, otherwise my mental health will suffer as well. Worship is a mental, physical, and spiritual action. It aligns my whole being with the will of my Father. I Worship him daily.
In the Old Testament the temple was a place where the people of God gathered to worship Him. It was a holy place, built and stewarded with excellence and a deep reverence for the Lord. Because of what Christ did on the cross, and the gift of his Holy Spirit, our bodies are now temples and we can walk in the authority of that truth. I will honor and glorify God with my whole being.