We are currently looking at the importance of fitness in Christian Martial Arts.
In our last part we looked at our fitness efforts in five basic areas:
- Fitness of heart —> Love for God
- Fitness of soul —> Love for God
- Fitness of strength —> Love for God
- Fitness of mind —> Love for God
- Fitness of love for others —> Love for neighbor
We turn now to one of the great challenges for all of us.
The battleground for the human body is the human mind.
“For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be. So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God.” Romans 8:5-8
The act of sacrificial worship comes through a mind set on what the Spirit desires.
“And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” Romans 12:2
Our bodies are meant for the Lord. Our bodies are members of Christ Himself. We must be careful to care for our body because it is the temple of the Holy Spirit. We belong to God. We were bought with a high price.
“… therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.” 1 Corinthians 6:20b
God wants us to have healthy bodies. His wisdom will prolong our life many years. It will bring health to our body and nourishment to our bones. Something as simple as a cheerful look brings joy to the heart, and good news gives health to the bones.
“My son, do not forget my law, But let your heart keep my commands; For length of days and long life And peace they will add to you.” Proverbs 3:1-2
“Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the Lord and depart from evil. It will be health to your flesh, And strength to your bones.” Proverbs 3:7-8
“My son, give attention to my words; Incline your ear to my sayings. Do not let them depart from your eyes; Keep them in the midst of your heart; For they are life to those who find them, And health to all their flesh.” Proverbs 4:20-22
“The light of the eyes rejoices the heart, And a good report makes the bones healthy.” Proverbs 15:30
Jesus demonstrated the importance of good health and His power over the human body by healing thousands of people during His earthly ministry. Jesus sent His Spirit into believers and the Spirit of God gave the gift of healing to apostles and gifted members of the Body of Christ. A healthy body glorifies Christ and is able to be strong under the demands of service for God.
We’ll look at spiritual and physical insights into having a healthy body in the next part of our special series.
Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
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