“My Body And Me”

Posted: October 8, 2011 in 1 Corinthians, Christian Life, Salvation

   “We live in an age infatuated with the human body.  Each year billions of dollars are spent on cosmetics, exercise equipment, fitness clubs, fashion, vitamins, and diet books.  Beautiful, finely tuned bodies are paraded before us in every form of media.  The perfect body, we’re told, is the one with the sleekest form and firmest muscles.  [People are obsessed] with sex that has reached insane proportions.” – C. Swindoll

  Californians.  The Corinthians, like many Californians today, had a perverted view of the human body.  The Apostle Paul set out to correct their distorted views (1 Corinthians 6:12-20).

  Ascetics.  These people believe the body is evil and the prison of the soul.  In an effort to curb their base desires, they sometimes go out into the desert or to a monastery, take vows and resort to self denial and/or to self-mutilation.  They still have a serious problem.  They can’t escape from the sin nature that resides in them (1 John 1:8; Psalm 51:5).

  Hedonists.  The “Playboy” seeks to gratify any desire that the body has.  “Eat, drink, and be merry for tomorrow we die.”  Yes, as a general rule, we’re all destined to die (Hebrews 9:27;1 Corinthians 15:51-53) but then what happens and where will we go?  If there is no resurrection from the dead there is nothing to fear and Christians should be pitied (1 Corinthians 15:19). But if there is life after death we should ask, “Where will I spend it?  What will it be like?”  Jesus answered these questions (John 14:1-3; Matthew 25:30, 41, 46). 

  Red Letter Christians.  You who think that only the actual words of Jesus are inspired, don’t call Him a great teacher if He lied about heaven and hell.  He is either a liar, a lunatic, or He is Lord (God manifested in human flesh –John 1:1-18; Philippians 2:5-8).

  Liberty.  Freedom has its limitations.  My freedom to swing my hands and arms ends before it reaches your nose.  As a Christian I should consider how the use of my freedom might affect the well being of other people, especially those who have a weak conscience (1 Corinthians 8:7-12).  Furthermore, “Will the use of my freedom end up in my becoming a servant to my sinful passions or will I rise above them and live a clean and pure life that would delight God?”  He said, “Be holy (morally clean), for I am holy” (1 Peter 1:15, 16). 

  Motivation.  If my motivation for wanting to be morally pure is simply because I want to protect myself from getting a venereal disease, to prevent a pregnancy, to protect my mental health, or to protect my marriage, then I have come short of the ultimate purpose for maintaining moral purity. 

  Purpose.  My purpose should be to bring honor and glory to the One who purchased me out of the slave market of sin and who set me free so I don’t have to obey or yield to my sinful nature or the devil any longer (1 Peter 1:19; Romans 6:14).  Everyone, including all Christians, has a sin nature (1 John 1:8).  It tempts us to engage in the “works of the flesh” (Galatians 5:19-21).  All of them are perversions of good things.  Are you engaging in any of these things?  Are you addicted? 

  Down And Out?  Have you stopped trying to resist the devil and/or your evil passions by saying, “It’s no use trying.  I just can’t be victorious.”  Take heart.  That is how the Apostle Paul once felt (Romans 7:15-25).  But he learned the “secret” to victory.

  Interested?  First things first.  You can’t/shouldn’t expect to live victoriously over your evil passions if the Lord Jesus Christ isn’t your personal Savior.  For that to happen you must admit that you are a sinner and that you can’t save yourself by your good works (Romans 3:10, 23; 6:23; Ephesians 2:8, 9).  Then you must believe on Him as the One who died for your sins…and who rose again bodily from the grave on the third day (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3-8).  Only a living Savior can help you.  He’s alive and seated at God the Father’s right hand (Ephesians 1:20).  Did you know that He intercedes to God the Father for those who belong to Him (Hebrews 7:25)?  Are you absolutely sure that you are one of His (2 Peter 1:10)?  Why should God let you into heaven?

  Flee.  The Apostle Paul told Timothy to “Flee youthful lusts.  Pursue righteousness, faith, love, peace with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart” (2 Timothy 2:22).  The song writer said it well, “Yield not to temptation, for yielding is sin.”  Being tempted to sin merely gives us the opportunity to demonstrate our greater love for God than for the pleasure we might derive from engaging in some sinful act (James 1:12).  Did you know that you can earn the “Crown of Life” for overcoming temptations?

  Pleasure.  Yes, there is pleasure in sin for a season (Hebrews 11:25) but afterward there is bitterness and mourning if or when your body gets infected and consumed by an incurable disease (Proverbs 5:11).  Emotional scars linger for a long time.  Sadder still, if a person ends up in hell, he will still have the sinful passions of his sinful nature but he will never be able to find gratification (Revelation 22:11).  It’s like a drug addict’s having a craving that can’t ever be satisfied.

  Yield.  When a Christian reckons (considers) himself dead to his sin nature, and alive to God, he will rely on God the Holy Spirit to fill him (Ephesians 5:18) and to kill the sinful passion and render it ineffective in his life (Romans 6:11-14; Galatians 5:16-25).  We must do this each time when we are tempted by our sin nature.  We will have it until we die or until the Rapture takes place (1 Corinthians 15:51-57).

  M. O.  When faced with temptations from the devil or the world system, a Christian must use other Biblical methods of operation.  We have three spiritual enemies, and three distinct ways to overcome them.  Confusing these things will result in our sinning (acting lawlessly –1 John 3:4). 

  Choices.  We are given the opportunity to make choices in this life.  The most important one has to do with what we will do with the Lord Jesus Christ.  Will you receive Him or reject Him as your personal Savior?  If you’re a Christian, you have a choice as to whom you will serve: yourself, the devil, or God.  Believe me, there is joy in serving Jesus.

  Help.  If you need additional information, call us at 805-238-3549 or visit our web site at www.kelseypeach.com.  We designed it with people like you in mind. We all have the same kinds of temptations in life (1 Corinthians 10:13).  There are answers in the Word of God for the tough questions in life.  “[Dig] and you shall find” (Matthew 7:7; 2 Timothy 2:15).  God’s Word has all we need for life and godliness (2 Peter 1:3).

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