By Toneia Jones and Tionda Harris

In keeping with being a kingdom Citizen, we must realize that our physical body is vital to completing the tasks that God has gifted us, instructed us and ordained us to do. We must do things that will afford us good health so that we may carry out Gods will for us and his people.

When we neglect our bodies and health, we are in a state of sin and disobedience to the will and word of God. We know what we must do to keep our spirit in good health: Read the Word daily, study it and commit it to memory and carry out its instructions in our daily life. We must pray and praise God for all that he does for us. We fellowship with other believers coming together as a group and community in support of one another and worship unto God. We must do the same thing to maintain our body in good health and shape.

Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own. (1 Corinthians 6:19)

This simply says that we are not owners of our body. Our body belongs to God, his Holy Spirit dwells within us. Because we belong to God we must not violate his standard for living.

Therefore honor God with your body. (1 Corinthians 6:20)

“Everything is permissible for me” – but not everything is beneficial.
“Everything is permissible for me” – but I will not be mastered by anything.
(1 Corinthians 6:12)

This scripture was used by the Corinthians to justify their behaviors. You can do everything right: Exercise, eat properly, visit your doctor regularly and still fall ill. We live in a world that is imperfect, a world plagued with disease and sickness. Don’t allow the fact that you may come in contact with an illness to keep you from obeying God and doing what is right by your body.

What do we need to do to take care of our physical bodies?

Exercise daily 30-minutes to an hour.
Walking is one of the most effective cardio exercises a person can do. You can add one to two pound hand weights to make the walk more challenging.

Eat Healthy.
Eat a variety of foods in the right amount. Eat regularly (don’t skip meals so that you can enjoy a bigger meal later or because you are just too busy to eat). Eat fewer foods that are high in calories, cholesterol, saturated fat, Trans fat and sodium.

Know your family history.
Sit down with your mom, dad, aunts, uncles and grandparents and learn about the different illnesses that plagued your family. This will allow you to know what may or may not be present in your genes and help doctors accurately assess your physical state. Also, knowing your family history will allow you the opportunity to take precautions to prevent illnesses that may be common in your family history.

Get annual Health exams (wellness checks).
This allows you and the doctor to obtain a baseline of your health and a profile. All adults should visit the doctor at a minimum, once a year. Your gender, age, family history, and current health status will determine the type of exam to be completed.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, creator of heaven and earth, grant me the wisdom and knowledge to live on this earth day to day in good spirits and health; that I may serve you with all my heart, soul, body and mind in Jesus name. Amen.

References:
Starting Point Study Bible NIV
Life Application Study Bible

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