‘Your body is a weapon against Satan’
Question: Brother James asked: why is it important for a Christian to work out?
Answer: Paul says in Romans 6:13: Nor must you surrender any part of yourselves to God, as those who have been brought from death to life, and surrender your whole being to him to be used for righteous purposes’ (GNB). In other words your body should be used as a weapon against Satan. When it is time to fight, when it is ‘crunch time’ our bodies should be a fine tune weapon for the Lord. Your body is a living sacrifice (Rom 12:1), our bodies are temples of the Holy Ghost (1 Cor 6:19-20). Emphasis should be placed on keeping a sound body. One of the great doctrines of our faith is the Doctrine of Divine Healing. When you have been healed from a physical dilemma you should work diligently for God. God loves you more than anything imaginable. That is why God sacrificed His only Son for you to have everlasting life. God expects you to have a spiritual body as well as a good physical body.
Through-out Scripture one can find evidence of physical exertion to maintain your body. Isaiah speaks about a swimmer spreading his hands (Isaiah 25:11). John the Revelator expressed that we are good in health as well as in spirit (3 John 1:2). Paul mentions that physical exercise has some value’ (1 Tim 4:8). Paul speaks about being involved in an Olympic type event with strict discipline training’ (1 Corin 9:24-27). The Bible tells us to eat healthy, and not to get drunk. It is a hard task to concentrate on what the Lord is saying when you are experiencing physical turmoil. We must do all we can to workout. Start a training regimen. There are a host of local parks to take a walk. Instead of using the elevator take the stairs. Utilize better eating habits, lose some weight, cut down on the drinking and smoking. Fight time is here. God needs a spiritual mind as well as a physical body.
Reverend David Deal is the senior pastor at Every Christian Church in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. Rev Deal can be reached at the Westside Gazette, 545 NW Seventh Ter-race, Fort Lauderdale, Fla 33311, or by email at David.Deal55@gmail.com.