Our body is the temple of God as written in 1 Cor. 6:19, “Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God?” Its amazing how God has made us. Psalm 139:14, ” I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.”
The Lord has blessed us with intellect, wisdom and reasoning. He has developed a healing mechanism that comes in effect in case the body is attacked by sickness or other factors that try to weaken the body. Proper diet and regular exercise are essential for healthy body and mind. God in all his wisdom has not only blessed us with a physical body but also with a spiritual one. Our spiritual body has eyes, ears and mind and it needs proper food and regular exercise to maintain spiritual health and immunity.
The Lord has desired harmony between our physical and spiritual body but our flesh try to raise its head against the authority of inner spiritual man.
Some of us deliberately try to weaken the authority of the spirit by not listening to its gentle voice. Some may weaken a part of their spiritual body by not diligently putting it to the Kingdom work.
Some of us may have spiritual feet at work without the realization that our spiritual eyes are closed. Luke 24 talks about two disciples who were going to Emmaus. While on road they were talking about the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ and soon the Lord joined them but they couldn’t recognize him, since their spiritual minds were clouded by disbelief and doubts and despite talking about Jesus and walking with him, they couldn’t recognize him.
Many of us may have spiritual hands at work, with closed spiritual ears that are reluctant to hear and obey the Lord . Jesus says plainly to such workers in Matthew 7:21-13, ““Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’
How important it is to develop the strength of spiritual body by feasting on the revealed word of God every day! How important it is to diligently put to work all parts of the spiritual body so that the inner man may grow and raise to the stature of the image of Christ.
Paul says in 1 Tim. 4:8, “Physical training is good, but training for godliness is much better, promising benefits in this life and in the life to come.” Spiritual exercise takes us from one level of endurance to another by building spiritual muscles.
The Lord knows the condition of our spiritual health and prescribes a set of exercises that will take us from one level of endurance to another. Heavenly Father, in all his wisdom and love, uses a variety of equipment to help us build spiritual muscles. What we may see as trials or hardship may be a tool the Lord is using to turn us more into the image of Christ.
The trials that the Lord brings into our lives are not meant to torment nor to discourage us but to turn us into living stones that are ready to fit into the temple of God in which the Lord lives by his spirit.
Its hard to remain faithful during the time of spiritual warfare or trials but the Lord provides pure spiritual milk and meat to sustain us during this time.
No temptation is beyond what we can’t bear. The Lord is faithful and once we have been through the course of trials, He will provide a way out. We will come out more than victorious in Christ and find ourselves renewed in the light of the image of Jesus that heavenly father has destined for us, with strong spiritual muscles and much spiritual strength.