A Habitable Dwelling Place – Beloved Women – June 25, 2020

READ: “Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.” (1 Corinthians 6:19-20 ESV)

TODAY’S ENCOURAGEMENT: Have you ever seen inside the home of a hoarder? A cursory glance may uncover stacks and stacks of stuff: clothing, books or other items that the owner deems worthy of keeping. They continue collecting, intent on cramming yet another thing in that overly occupied space. Today’s verse reminds us that our bodies are the very temple where the Holy Spirit resides. As such, we are called to glorify God in our bodies. How can we glorify God in a body that is already crammed with stuff? 

A surrendered body is a habitable dwelling place for the Holy Spirit. By surrendering our bodies and honoring them through proper nourishment, rest and exercise, we create a sacred space where the Holy Spirit can rest and stretch, as opposed to cramped quarters overrun with cookies, coffee, pastries, fried food, and chips. Eating less processed foods, limiting salt and sugar, eating more veggies, drinking more water, moving your body and entering into His rest are just a few ways you can honor the temple and glorify the spirit within. After all, you are not your own. Remember, you were bought with a sacrificial price.

PRAY: Lord, I repent for the times I have neglected to honor my temple. I understand the price that was paid through the life of Jesus. Equip me God to glorify the spirit that resides within me through proper nourishment, rest and exercise. My body will be a welcoming, habitable place for the Holy Spirit. In Jesus Christ’s name, I pray, Amen. 

REFLECT: In what ways are you honoring God in your physical body? What changes do you need to make to ensure you are glorifying God in your temple?

CONNECT: Find more encouragement from Tyra Lane-Kingsland at www.inspiredtolivefully.com.

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