Oh my goodness friends, last week I woke up with a swollen face and realized something is terribly wrong with my internal body process.I have been pushing my body to its limits at work for 12 months and exercise was basically non-existent. My adrenal’s are messed up and my sleep is disturbed. I have been using a sleep aid for YEARS, I mean YEARS and in December I slowly started to ease my way off the chemical. Don’t get me started on the pharmaceutical industry and how I was led into addiction by the health care system…let me just say be careful when you are prescribed a medication. Your body was not meant for chemicals. Yes, there are some medications that are necessary and important and good, but there are LOTS that tend to do more harm than good. ***RANT OVER.
This week I embarked upon a journey called “At Home in the Body”.
Do you not know that your body is a temple 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 body. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20
If you are a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ than He dwells in you. Your body is a living temple that houses the Holy Spirit. This verse follows a teaching on the body being the Lord’s and how all things are lawful but not all things are profitable. It talks about immorality and not defiling the flesh but for me it landed on verse 19..your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit.
When it comes to our body we can default to two different extremes. One is to be so caught up in our physical body that we ignore the Spirit of God that dwells in it. We become obsessed with the outer appearance and this can make us become part of the world.
Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will.Romans 12:2
The other extreme is to take the verse: But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a savior, the Lord Jesus Christ” Philippians 3:20 and decide that the body is sooooo temporary that we need not tend to it at all. It is soon passing away and we await our savior, therefore lets use this body to its furthest extremes or lets just neglect the thing all together.
I have gone both ways. As a matter of fact I swing both ways on a daily basis. When I found that my word for the year was “HOME”, meaning peaceful and secure dwelling places and undisturbed resting places, I began to evaluate various areas of my life and found some places that needed to be brought into balance. You can imagine that after having a swollen face for 2 days, the internal workings of my body became my first focus.
When we ignore areas of the physical body for such a long time, we have some upward climbing to do. I started on a pilgrimage toward restoring my bodies natural processes. My Cortisol levels are being brought into line, magnesium is being restored and I’m retraining my Pineal Gland to work the way God intended it to so that my body can sleep again, just like it was created to do. I’m tackling the headaches by getting my body functions back into balance and being gentle and loving to my body. I worked really hard a couple of years ago to get my physical health back and then I spent the last year using that healthy body to the point that it is a dried up well. I’m on the road to filling that well and establishing a peaceful dwelling place for the Holy Spirit.
I’m not as concerned about ME feeling at home in the body but I’m focused on remembering that I am a place where God dwells. This is sacred ground that is used by Him. He claims my body as His temple and I have a responsibility to keep it holy. I want to keep my body as a place fit for the Kings residence. This shell that I am in is God’s property and is sacred to His use and service. If I am beating it up with long hours at work and not feeding it well and not tending to the physical self, then the Holy Spirit is dwelling in the dirty basement and shame on me for providing such a place.
In the next week, I’ll share with you some of my health secrets and give you some ideas on how you can help rebuild your temple. I’m starting with the inner workings of the body and eventually I’ll get the outer physical body back on the exercise train. Thanks for journeying with me and stopping by to see what is up in the land of Tracy. I really use this as my own little journal but I know some of you enjoy following along and I welcome you!
God Bless you in your pilgrimage to health!
Making the Temple strong!