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Today’s Truth

“Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body.”

(1 Corinthians 6:19-20, NLT)

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The HGTV network has captivated many of us women by virtually touring us through a house that is in desperate need of repair and remodeling. And then—within the span of a one-hour program—we are left slack-jawed, marveling at beautifully re-configured and professionally decorated, “new” home!

Have you ever lived through a remodeling job on your own home? Let’s just say, one hour doesn’t get you too far along in terms of progress. Restoration is a multilayered process that, depending on the extent of the renovation, can take months, or even a year or more.

The same is true when it comes to the restoration of the Holy Spirit’s temple: the rebuilding and remodeling of our physical bodies. Here, too, there are no quick fixes. Health is a journey, not a destination. Progress towards increased wellness can only be made by crafting a thoughtful plan and by implementing it day-by-day, choice by choice. Then, as the months go by, a newly fortified Holy Spirit home will begin take shape, if we’re willing to put in the effort.

When you and I were first conceived, Jesus gifted each of our souls with a unique body. Once born, our primary caregiver was responsible for the care and maintenance of our physical bodies (feeding us, putting us to bed, making sure we got some outdoor activity). This likely continued until the day when we were deemed to be on our own. From then until now, we’ve had the responsibility (and privilege) of being our own caretaker.

So, we need to ask ourselves: How have I been doing with my responsibility?

“Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body.” (1 Corinthians 6:19-20, NLT)

These verses remind us of three important facts:

  1. Our physical bodies are the earthly home for the Holy Spirit.
  2. Our physical bodies don’t actually belong to us.
  3. We must honor the Lord with our physical bodies.

Given these three declarations, you and I have two choices. We can live as if they are true and be moved to act responsibly, or we can ignore these truths and reap the unfortunate physical and mental consequences.

The reason Jesus cares about the wellbeing of our bodies is multifaceted:

  1. He has gifted us with them—and everyone expects a gift they’ve given to be well cared for.
  2. He has plans for how He intends to use our physical strength and our mental acuity (Ephesians 2:10).
  3. He doesn’t want to see us suffer the effects of disease or an earlier expiration than we would have if we had taken better care of ourselves.

The fact is girlfriend, your body was created on purpose, for a purpose.

Many times, we can talk ourselves out of the responsibility to care for ourselves but focus on other spiritual pursuits—Bible study, prayer, church attendance, etc. But the Bible shows us that taking care of our temples, the very dwelling place of Holy Spirit, is important as well.

Let’s Pray

Lord, I humbly repent of the sin of neglect, abuse, or disuse that may have caused my physical body to become broken down. Today I want to takes steps towards improved health—first, for your Kingdom’s sake here on earth, and then for my own personal benefit.
In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Now It’s Your Turn

What is the one area of your health which needs the most immediate attention?
Pray and ask Jesus to give you direction, motivation, and self-control to pursue life change in that area.
Set forth a specific plan of action and then seek out an accountability partner.

More from the Girlfriends

Are you ready to begin your own Temple Makeover for 2021? Grab a copy of my book, Get Healthy for Heaven’s Sake.
Beginning with a study in Nehemiah and fashioned after his 7-step approach to rebuilding, it’s filled with easy-to-do, practical advice to restore your temple!

Also, check out Lisa’s Restoring Your Temple® resource collection and sign up to receive her Monday Morning Health Tips at www.LisaMorrone.com.

© 2020 by Lisa Morrone. All rights reserved.

10 Responses to “The 2021 Temple Remodel”

  1. Cheryl says:

    Happy New Year! And what an on-time message for the first day of the new year. Although the underlying focus was on health, this devotional spoke volumes to me about the gifts in general that God has given us and wants to develop in us – Ephesians 2:10. I have just been nominated for one of the highest positions in my church and would appreciate your prayers that I will allow God to perform His will through me.

    Thank you so much for this encouraging word that the Holy Spirit has used you to give to the body of believers. May His blessings continue to reign in you to always be a blessing. Amen!

  2. carol says:

    This posting is perfect for today!
    My 99yr. old Aunt,(since passed) used to make a reference to the fact that God let her live so many years, for a reason.
    I now, realize that it is a privilege to live as long as I have, and I have a responsibility to live up to what God has intended me for!
    2021 is going to be a year for me to take care of myself, better than I have before; healthier all the way around. “Renovations”,started last year, during pandemic quarantine, with studying the Word and exercise. My goal is to work towards the refining of my “remodel” through the help of Jesus, in the New Year!

  3. Angie says:

    This devotional spoke to me on a couple different levels. One regarding the physical health of my body and the other being spiritual health. I have swam in the sea of guilt and shame of not honoring God with my body. While my spirit may be willing, the flesh is weak. Today’s devotion helped me to see that with the Holy Spirit’s help, I can overcome (overtime,) and be restored back to righteousness and to the Father’s original design and intention for my body and life. Amen GIG.

    • Lisa Morrone says:

      Ah Angie, don’t fall for the Enemy’s tricks. Shame and guilt are his go-to’s. In Christ, there is conviction, not condemnation. When we are convicted by the Holy Spirit, our response is to confess, repent and follow HIs guidance for restoration and recovery. Go into 2021 in His power armed with this particular Fruit of Spirit: self-control!

  4. Lisa Morrone says:

    “Lord Jesus, you have fashioned Cheryl in a particular way so that she is able to step into this new role with Holy Spirit giftedness. May she lead with balanced boldness and humility, following after your example of servant-leadership. In the powerful name of Jesus, I pray, Amen.”

  5. Lisa Morrone says:

    Good for you, Carol! May the Lord provide you with everything you require to pursue both health and HIM in this new year!

  6. Brandy Richardson says:

    This is good stuff right here! I’m 47 and I restarted my health journey in August 2020. I’ve been in an unhealthy state for some time. My annual exam was mid-August and some labs came back unfavorable. It created a shift in mindset that I cannot keep playing roulette with my health and I need to get serious.

    The last 4 months I have been making it a priority to care for my body. I actively use my FitBit to reach daily goals, I started doing virtual races and then only miles I log are the ones that I earn intentionally through outdoors walks and stationary biking. Most importantly I have kept Christ at the heart of my journey and that has made a huge difference in how I view things.

    In 4 months I have lost 14.2 pounds. The old me would be disappointed that I didn’t lose more. My new mindset says I would rather do it the healthy way, lose it slow and keep it off than lose double by ridiculously restricting myself, only to regain it all back and then some. Like you said, health is a journey, not a destination. I’m learning to listen to my body and treat it in such a way that honors and glorifies God.

    • Lisa Morrone says:

      Great job, Brandy! You are going about this health pursuit in ALL the right ways! 2021 is going to be so great when you return to your doctor with a whole new health profile!

  7. Bernadette says:

    I need more sleep, I have not been taking care of myself in that area. When I don’t sleep, I can’t spend time with God because I am irritable.

  8. Lisa Morrone says:

    I’ve got the perfect resource for you, Bernadette: My book, Sleep Well Again! You can get it through Amazon, Christian books, etc.

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