Physical Fragility vs Spiritual Strength

Sermons

conclusionIt has hit me full force today how physically fragile the human body is.  Over  the last few months my blood pressure has been teetering on normal to hypertensive.  I made an appointment with my primary doctor to check out why this was happening.  Over the course of the past month it was determined that I needed to start a blood pressure medication.  I did not realize how hard it hit me until this morning when I had to begin my new and only medication.  Change is hard, I felt weak and unsure.

I brought this distress to a few of  my family members, and laughingly they told me to stop being a baby,   they had to take 2 or more medications on a daily basis and it was no big deal if it was going to help me and it could possible save my life. God’s word tells us that our physical bodies will pass away and they will be given a new spiritual body :

1Corinthians 15:45-49  45 So it is written: “The first man Adam became a living being” the last Adam, a life-giving spirit. 46 The spiritual did not come first, but the natural, and after that the spiritual. 47 The first man was of the dust of the earth; the second man is of heaven. 48 As was the earthly man, so are those who are of the earth; and as is the heavenly man, so also are those who are of heaven. 49 And just as we have borne the image of the earthly man, so shall we bear the image of the heavenly man. 

So where does this leave me, these feelings of sadness that my physical body is now showing that it is frail and is now succumbing to my family genetics and my own unhealthy choices that I’ve made over the last 40 plus years.  I could sit in my misery and dwell on this fact or I could raise my hands and praise God because he has given me hope.   It is not my physical body who will live with Him but rather my spiritual body.  This scripture fans my hope:

Phillipians 3:20-21 20 But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, 21 who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.

Why is it we always wait until something happens before we take action?  I understand that my body is a temple where the Holy Spirit resides.  I know this, I have read this many times, I have taught it to others who have come into my life, but yet, I still feed my physical body with unhealthy food and a lack of consistent exercise.

Change is hard, uncomfortable, leaves you feeling a bit off balance until change becomes integrated into your daily life, in your heart, mind and spirit.  With God at the helm I will steer to change one unhealthy choice in my physical self.  I will with God at the helm begin to treat my physical body with the respect it deserves because I know that my heavenly Father wants that for me.

It has been proven time and again in my life, when I am feeling physically strong I am able to serve and bring glory to Jesus all the more.  Realizing and owning that fact is the fuel that I need.  Simply put my journey to change begins today.

by Sister Diana

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