A. Your physical body is going to perish (II Corinthians 4:16 and Hebrews 9:27).
- Dust thou art (Ecclesiastes 3:20-21).
- No matter how physically healthy you are, you can’t stop time and chance (Ecclesiastes 9:10-12).
- Don’t allow our culture to get you to start focusing on your physical image (Romans 12:1-2).
- When you focus so heavily on the physical, you’ll introduce a conflict in your life that will make focusing on the spiritual that much more difficult (Galatians 5:17).
II. Body: I Timothy 4:1-11
A. Food, for the most part, is an authorized liberty (Romans 14:13-20).
- Unless food becomes a spiritual stumbling-block, eating or not eating certain things does not matter one bit to God (I Corinthians 8:8).
- Food can be a problem if people cannot stop eating (Proverbs 25:16).
- Jesus allowed Himself to enjoy feasts (Luke 5:27-29).
- “Bodily” means: “Corporeal or physical: — bodily. Corporeal, bodily; having a bodily form or nature; pertaining to the body” (Strong’s # 4984).
- “Exercise” means: “training, i.e. (figuratively) asceticism: — exercise. The exercise of the body in a palaestra or school of athletics; any exercise whatever; the exercise of conscientiousness relative to the body such as is characteristic of ascetics and consists in abstinence from matrimony and certain kinds of food” (Strong’s # 1129).
- Focused on the end (II Peter 3:9-14).
- Not caught up, entangled in the physical (Luke 12:13-40).
- We cannot excuse an inability to have self-control (Galatians 5:22-23).
- We cannot become lazy people (Proverbs 6:6-11, Proverbs 24:30-34, and Hebrews 6:12).
- There is a degree in which we must think of and take reasonable care of our physical bodies (I Corinthians 6:12-20).
- a. We have to be cautious with this though, the context is about how your body wasn’t made for fornication (I Corinthians 6:12-7:40).
- b. Some say that anything that would harm your body is sinful. However, there are many things that inflict injury on the body, aside from certain foods, that are authorized (Proverbs 12:25 [Mark 14:33-34 and Romans 9:1-3], Galatians 5:6, I Timothy 5:14, etc.).
- My experience, which may or may not be yours or others… I lost over 130 lbs. in 2008-2009. Since then, people often comment on my eating, not eating, workouts, etc. However, they don’t know the whole story. Don’t look at me or others and wish something upon yourself. You cannot see with your eyes what is really going on (John 7:24). My quest for healthiness wasn’t; isn’t all bad. However, it hasn’t been all good either. Remember, the grass isn’t always greener on the other side (Genesis 13:1-13 and Genesis 18:17-19:29).
- Don’t rob yourself of enjoying the liberties the Lord has allowed for you, as long as you are not abusing them, because of the messages we get today about health and well-being (Ecclesiastes 2:24, I Corinthians 7:31, and I Timothy 6:17-19).
III. Conclusion: Live with the right focus (I Corinthians 15:45-58 and II Corinthians 4:16-5:1).
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