Don’t miss this week’s MDWK and Connect Podcast where we’ll dive into God’s Word to discover how the Church is like a family as we continue our study of 1 Corinthians. This week, we’ll be talking about how God wants us to view our bodies from 1 Corinthians 6:12-19. If you want to grow in your faith and make a difference in your world, this is for you.
1. Don’t misuse your body.
12 “I have the right to do anything,” you say—but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything”—but I will not be mastered by anything.
What actually will help and benefit me?
2. Don’t Forget what your body is for.
13 You say, “Food for the stomach and the stomach for food, and God will destroy them both.” The body, however, is not meant for sexual immorality but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body.
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well. Psalm 139:14
If you are an adult of average weight, here is what you accomplish in 24 hours:
- your heart beats 103,689 times
- your blood travels 168,000,000 miles
- you breathe 23,040 times
- you inhale 438 cubic feet of air
- you eat 3. 25 pounds of food
- you drink 2. 9 quarts of liquids
- you speak 4800 words, including some unnecessary ones
- you move 750 muscles
- your nails grow .000046 inch
- your hair grows .01714 inch
- you exercise 7,000,000 brain cells
3. Don’t forget the future.
14 By his power God raised the Lord from the dead, and he will raise us also.
Your body is a part of the body of Christ.
15 Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ himself? Shall I then take the members of Christ and unite them with a prostitute? Never! 16 Do you not know that he who unites himself with a prostitute is one with her in body? For it is said, “The two will become one flesh.” 17 But whoever is united with the Lord is one with him in spirit.
18 Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a person commits are outside the body, but whoever sins sexually, sins against their own body.
In a series of online messages, Brooklyn Nine-Nine actor Terry Crews opened up about his addiction to pornography, which he says “really, really messed up my life.”
Some people say, “Hey, man … you can’t really be addicted to pornography.” But I’m gonna tell you something: If day turns into night and you are still watching, you probably have got a problem. It changes the way you think about people. People become objects. People become body parts; they become things to be used rather than people to be loved. … Every time I watched it, I was walled off. It was like another brick that came between me and my wife. And the truth is, everything you need for intimacy is in your (partner).
And he said, “‘This explains why a man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one.’ Matthew 19:5 –
Your body is temple of the Holy Spirit.
19 Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God?
Choose to honor God with your body.
You are not your own; 20 you were bought at a price. Therefore, honor God with your bodies.
For you know that God paid a ransom to save you from the empty life you inherited from your ancestors. And it was not paid with mere gold or silver, which lose their value. 19 It was the precious blood of Christ, the sinless, spotless Lamb of God. 1 Peter 1:18-19
HOW TO HONOR GOD WITH YOUR BODY!
- Get plenty of sleep
- Eat healthy food
- Get plenty of exercise
- Visit the doctor regularly
- Reduce stress