By Pastor Sam Adeyemi
1 Corinthians 6:19-20 (NIV)
God wants us to enjoy good health. We know God wants us healed but healing is just a restoration of health that was lost however, God wants us healthy in the first place. Health is the absence of illness physically, mentally and emotionally. God has made provision for our health spirit, soul and body. I prophesy in the name of Jesus Christ for anyone who has had pain in the body for weeks now to enjoy freedom from that pain now; that pain stops now in the name of Jesus Christ.
As soon as Israel left Egypt; and for us, Israel is symbolic of the church; God made Israel a promise, He made them know that enjoying health was an important part of the covenant that He had with them; Deuteronomy 7:15. Hence, outside of the Christian experience, it may be normal to be sick. The sickness might be recurring for people out there, to a point that people now own them by saying it is my sickness. The day we accepted Christ as Lord and Saviour, we came into a covenant through the blood of Jesus Christ and those sicknesses were no longer ours. The day Israel splashed the blood of the lamb on the doorpost and God said to them when I see the blood I’ll pass over you, sickness and death passed over them that day. You and God are now one through the blood covenant. Exodus 23:25-26 shows also that if you’ll be healthy, your diet is an important dimension to it. God will bless your food and your water because what you take in will determine the quality of your health. The sentence of premature death set particularly over our environment called life expectancy is broken when you have become one with God; the curse of premature death is broken. The fear of premature death is removed from your heart in the name of Jesus Christ and this covenant with God will work for you.
We have a part to play. God has made His own promise and He will keep His part of this arrangement. You can’t climb to the roof of a 10 storey building and jump and be quoting this scripture that God said you’ll fulfil your days hence, you shall not die but live and declare the works of the Lord; amazingly, you’ll die and go to heaven and you’ll be received. So God has His part to play and we have our part to play in this arrangement. We have to handle our bodies with the attitude of stewards. In the covenant we have with God, you don’t own your body, God owns the body and you are responsible to God the way you treat your body. The context of 1 Corinthians 6 is talking about sex and how Christians cannot use their bodies for illegitimate sex; sex outside marriage. We can take this general principle from this scripture by learning that Jesus paid a very high price to purchase our bodies. Our bodies are God’s property. Our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit.
How do we care for our bodies? Care for the body begins with care for the spirit. This is essential because, in the structure of Man, it is the spirit that sustains the body. For the body to be strong, the spirit has to be strong; Proverbs 18:14. The spirit is more important, more enduring than the body. The spirit was cut out of God and as God lives forever, the human spirit lives forever. The body is from the soil; somewhere along the line the body gets tired, old and disintegrates but the spirit does not; it continues to live; it is more powerful than the body. The spirit can endure in sickness and hold-up the body but a crushed spirit, who can bear? If the spirit becomes weakened then there’s a problem. Hence, if the body is going to be sustained, we have to pay attention to the spirit first. Make sure that the spirit is healthy.
To achieve this, we must prioritise the feeding of the spirit; Proverbs 4:20-22. Pay attention to your spirit and feed it with revelation; revelation is to your spirit what physical food is to your body. When Jesus was tempted by satan, he quoted Deuteronomy 8:3; man shall not live by bread alone but by every word that proceeds from God’s mouth. For the spirit to hold up the body then it needs to be fed; feeding the body is of lesser significance to feeding the spirit. Revelation was so powerful for Israel that it even sustained their clothes. God takes us through different testing circumstances to see if we’ll value revelation over everything else. Hence, prioritize your spirit and prioritize revelation because it impacts your health directly. Feed your spirit daily just as you do your physical body. The problem sometimes is that we feed our bodies with a proper diet but our spirit with snacks and once the spirit is weak, in just a matter of time, it will hit the soul and ultimately the body.
If your spirit will be strong then, you’ll have to be deliberate about what you are seeing and hearing because whatever goes in through your eyes and ears is forming you on the inside. Spend time reading the bible daily and go beyond that by spending time in prayer. Spend time in study and meditation; once a while, go on a research on specific topics. In God’s economy, meditation is medication; dream in the word of God. Spend time listening to God’s prophetic word.