Creating newness of life in body, mind, and spirit through Jesus Christ is the only way to change your entire world around from your former life to one that is in unison with God.
Perhaps when you think about changing yourself, or starting over in life in some shape or form, you may think about getting a new haircut, a new style of clothing, or working out at the gym to reduce your weight, or something physically noticeable such as these things. However, Jesus Christ is the only one who can change you from the inside out!
It's true that you may change your mood somewhat from negativity to positivity by attempting to change your outer shell, but if your heart has not been renewed and regenerated through Jesus Christ, then all your attempts of creating a new life become futile.
Consider all the many ways your life is affected even now as you look at your outside world from the perspective you have on it, coming from the inside.
If Jesus has saved you, then you see the world so differently, and therefore; you are compelled to approach the world's system in a completely different light; one that is separate from you.
Here it tells us in 2 Corinthians 6:14, "Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?" Yes, the saints of God are so different from the world.
We all know how our bodies deteriorate from year to year and that's how the Lord made us. From the moment of birth, until the day we die, our bodies have a time frame and time limit. Many times they show the wear and tear we put upon them as well.
If you and I do not take care of our bodies, we are destroying the mortal house God put our spirits in. It's supposed to last us until we have served His purpose for us here on earth.
Eating well and in a healthy way, exercising or keeping your body fit, and not overtaxing it, or putting harmful things in it has been said by health experts to extend it for a longer period of time. I do believe however, that it is God who knows the expiration date of every human being He created.
Yes, we are to treat our bodies as God intended it, and to not destroy or neglect this wonderful earthen vessel we have. God will honor you as you take care of what He has so graciously ordained and given you. Creating a way for God to use you as an instrument for Him and His purpose is what honors and pleases Him.
We are all guilty to some degree or another in destroying our bodies by neglecting them, or putting harmful foods and substances in them, or by just living a sedentary lifestyle which slows our bodies down. We can have optimal experiences within our own bodies if we just treat them well. I for one, am guilty of this from time to time also.
Our dear Lord has given us His instructions within His Word on how we should treat our bodies and use them for His glory only! Consider these passages of scripture as you think about how you treat and use your own vessel:
"An idle mind is the devil's workshop", so says H.G. Bohn, from the Handbook Of Proverbs. Many have thought this quote to be taken from scripture, but it's actually not. There are other verses similar to this line of thought, however; which demonstrate how idleness can be harmful to one's thinking and behaviors.
Of course idleness can be seen as being lazy or slothful at one's work, and in one's thinking. It affects everything you do or say actually. There are many people of different cultures who believe in clearing their minds through the practices of yoga and meditation. That is clearly what God does NOT want us to do. Because in clearing your mind, you are creating an environment of darkness, inviting the influences of Satan inward to do his dirty work in your mind and thinking processes.
Scripture supports this within these passages:
While creating newness of life within your spirit, you will want your complete self to be in unison with God and seeking out His purpose for you. Allow your own spirit to be lead through the Holy Spirit's leading and guidance. He will never steer you wrong.
When you go the way of the flesh, you will get into trouble every time! I know of this within my own personal life, as I've tried to go in the path of self, which consequently, led me on the path of heartache and destruction.
The Bible is there to show you and give daily instructions on how we are to be led by the Spirit. Here are a few wonderful passages of scripture to learn and stand on when being tempted to go your own path:
In conclusion, consider all these vital and important ways in creating newness of life in Jesus Christ. Our bodies, minds, and spirits should always be guided and guarded by a renewed Spirit, found only in Jesus Christ. He bore our sin and shame at the cross of Calvary, and for that we can give all credit and glory to God, who placed His Son in our stead.
Ask the Lord daily to continue to create a renewed heart and spirit within you, so that you can honor Him with your whole self, giving Him the glory that is due Him. May the Lord bless you as you walk in newness with Him.
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