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Sunday AM Remix – 10.23.11

October 24, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments

How About a New … Body?

We’ve been in this series called Extreme Makeover, and we’re talking about how God in His compassion, brilliance, grace, and power takes average ordinary people like you and me, and radically changes us into people that honor Him in the way we think, act, and live.  Now, today we’ll be looking at one of the most glaring weaknesses in modern Christianity, and that’s our treatment of our bodies.

* QUESTION: Have you ever been frustrated, irritated, or even nauseated with your body?
* REALITY: First time in history there are more people dying from being overweight than dying from malnutrition.  
* 50 million people this year will die from weight related diseases alone.
* 61 percent of the population in the United States is overweight.  With 27% of all adults considered medically obese.

“And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind He will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship Him.” Romans 12:1 (NLT)

* THE PROBLEM: we have is that we’ve let Cosmopolitan, Glamour, GQ, Muscle & Fitness, Seventeen, Vogue and Vanity Fair and all those magazines set the stage for the body, as opposed to allowing Scripture to set the stage for the body.
* Most Americans are body conscious.  But the church should be even more body conscious than the world.

“. . . honor God with your bodies.” 1 Corinthians 6:20 (NIV)

“Glorify God with your body.” 1 Corinthians 6:20 (KJV)

* Honoring God with our body means we take an active approach in caring for it!
* QUESTION: If we can’t be obedient with something we can see like our body, how can we ever truly be obedient with things we can’t see like our heart, mind, or will?
* NOTE: A healthy body is not determined by being skinny, its about seeing your body as a gift from God and being as healthy as you can.  You can be skinny today, but not be healthy.
* REALITY: We have a tendency to condemn the alcoholic, and condemn the drug addict, and condemn the sex addict, but we excuse the food addict.

A NEW BODY REQUIRES ME TO …

1.  DEVELOP A HEALTHY ATTITUDE TOWARD YOUR BODY.

* Your attitude toward your body starts first with how you think about your body.

“As a man thinks in his heart, so is he.”  Proverbs 23:7

* REMINDER: You become what you think.
* The Body is the greatest engineering marvel on the face of the planet … and God expects us to take care of it.

  • Say ‘no’ to REJECTING your body!
  • Say ‘no’ to PERFECTING your body!
  • Say ‘no’ to NEGLECTING your body. 
  • Say ‘yes’ to RESPECTING and PROTECTING your body!

WHY?

A. Because God MADE your body.

“You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it. You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb. You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed.” Psalm 139:13-16 (NLT)

Here we have David talking about the fact that our bodies are handcrafted by God.  Genesis tells us that we are made of dust with God’s life blown into us.  In other words, we have a little bit of earth and a little bit of heaven in us.  You’re no fluke of evolution.  The best technology that we could muster up right now pales in comparison to our human bodies. Listen to some of these things:

– Our lungs inhale over two million liters of air every day, without even thinking. The surface area of the lungs is approximately the same size as a tennis court.
– The total length of your circulatory system stretches an amazing 60,000 miles. That is more than twice the distance around the Earth.
– Except for your brain cells, 50,000,000 of the cells in your body will have died and been replaced with others, all while you heard me read this sentence.
– Messages travel along the nerves as electrical impulses. They travel at speeds up to 248 mile per hour.
– Our eyes can distinguish up to one million color surfaces and take in more information than the largest telescope known to man.
– Our hearing is so sensitive it can distinguish between hundreds of thousands of different sounds.
– We exercise at least 30 muscles when we smile.
– You use 200 muscles to take one step.
– The acid in your stomach is strong enough to dissolve razor blades.

* You are a medical marvel and a medical miracle.  Your body is a gift from God.

B. Because Jesus PAID for your body.

“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)

* Value is determined by how much someone would pay for something.
* God showed us how valuable we are to Him when Jesus died on a cross to pay for our sin.
* Your body is a loan from God. We are not our own.
* Listen, life on this earth is a test.  It is preparation for eternity.  And God is seeing what he can trust you with.
* QUESTION: What are you doing with the opportunities, the abilities, the freedom, the wealth, the health, and … that God gave you?

C. Because the Spirit LIVES in your body.

“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)

* You are not just something God has made, but as a Christian, you are something that God indwells.
* Just as you would condemn the abuse of the church house from being desecrated because this is where we meet God, you ought to be upset and displeased when we abuse our bodies that are actually the place where God lives.

2.  DISCOVER A HOLY APPETITE FOR YOUR FOOD.

Interesting Facts about food in the Bible

    • The very first disobedience in the Garden of Eden was over food.  Adam and Eve wanted to eat that which they were forbidden to eat and sin entered the world.
    • Esau traded his birthright, which held all the privileges of being the firstborn son, to his younger brother Jacob for a bowl of soup because he came home famished from a hunting party.  He traded his future for food.
    • In I Samuel 4:18, Eli the priest was sitting on a chair when he heard some bad news and he fell off the chair backward and broke his neck because he was so fat.  His sons, the bible says, were gluttons, and if the people of Israel didn’t give them food, they took it from them.
    • What did the Israelites complain about most out in the desert?  Food.  You remember they begged Moses to take them back to Egypt because they said, “At least we had plenty to eat back there.”  They had forgotten about freedom, they had forgotten about the promises of God, all they could think of was their stomach.
    • When Jesus was tempted in the desert, what was the very first temptation Satan used on Christ?  Jesus had been fasting for 40 days.  Satan said, “Turn this stone into bread.”  Of course, Jesus refused, and said, “Man does not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.”  Just over and over and over again are stories where food played an important part in the deception and downfall of people.

“For, as I have often told you before and now tell you again even with tears, many live as enemies of the cross of Christ. Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach, and their glory is in their shame. Their mind is set on earthly things.” Philippians 3:18-19 (NIV)

* Some of us are digging our graves with our teeth.  We’re killing ourselves with our forks.  What we need is a holy appetite for our food.

  • Refuse to OVER-INDULGE. 

* Scripture teaches us over and over is that most things are fine in moderation, but nothing is good in excess.

“God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of love, and of power, and of self control.”” 2 Timothy 1:7 (NLT)

“It’s not good to eat too much honey, and it’s not good to seek honors for yourself. A person without self-control is like a city with broken-down walls.” Proverbs 25:27-28 (NIV)

* A person who has no self control is constantly making themselves vulnerable to the attack of the enemy.

“. . . and put a knife to your throat if you are given to gluttony.” Proverbs 23:2 (NIV)
“Do not carouse with drunkards or feast with gluttons . . .” Proverbs 23:20 (NLT)
“A discerning son heeds instruction, but a companion of gluttons disgraces his father.” Proverbs 28:7 (NIV)

A Dieter’s Poem
Lord, grant me the strength that I may not fall
Into the clutches of cholesterol
At polyunsaturates, I’ll never mutter
For the road to hell is paved with butter
And cake is cursed and cream is awful and Satan is hiding in every waffle.
Beelzebub is a chocolate drop and Lucifer is a lollypop.
Teach me the evils of hollandaise, of pasta and gobs of mayonnaise
And crisp fried chicken from the south.
Lord, if you love me, shut my mouth!

  • Rebound from SELF-DISCIPLINE to GODLINESS.

* We need to move from will power to God’s power.page1image31552

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“Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. Therefore I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air. No, I strike a blow to my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.” 1 Corinthians 9:24-27 (NIV)
* QUESTION: What race are you running? Who are you living for?
  • Remember to FAST.

“All the toil of man is for his mouth, yet his appetite is not satisfied.” Ecclesiastes 6:7 (ESV)

* Fasting is giving up one meal or two meals or three meals,  so that I can let God know that He is more important to me than eating.
* People who will not practice the spiritual discipline of fasting are making food more important than God and the things of God.
* QUESTION: When was the last time you fasted? What were some of the things you experienced?
* REALITY: If you want to get a healthy and holy viewpoint of your food, and break A stronghold of food in your life, begin to fast periodically.

  • Readjust your mealtime PRAYING.

“Now the Holy Spirit tells us clearly that in the last times some will turn away from the true faith; they will follow deceptive spirits and teachings that come from demons. These people are hypocrites and liars, and their consciences are dead. They will say it is wrong to be married and wrong to eat certain foods. But God created those foods to be eaten with thanks by faithful people who know the truth. Since everything God created is good, we should not reject any of it but receive it with thanks. For we know it is made acceptable by the word of God and prayer.” 1 Timothy 4:1-5 (NLT)

* REALITY: When you put God in control of your eating, He will let you know what to eat and how much.

SMALL GROUP DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

1.  What has been your overall attitude toward your body this year?  If there was one thing you could change about your body what would it be?  Why?

2.  What are some major differences between how a Christian views the body and how the world sees it.

3.  Read Romans 12:1 and John 4:23-24.  What does God expect from us in worship?  How is this difficult for most people?

4.  Why do you think God wants our body for worship?  What does that look like?

5.  Pastor Bob said there are three attitudes toward our body we must avoid: rejecting, perfecting, and neglecting.  What do each of these mean?  How do we see these attitudes displayed around us?  Have you ever struggled with any of these attitudes?

6.  Read Psalm 139:13-18. How should these verses inspire us?  What’s the most amazing aspect about the human body in your opinion?

7.  Read 1 Corinthians 6:19-20.  What does it mean that God bought us with a price?

8.  What does it mean that our body is the temple of the Holy Spirit? How well have you been caring for the temple?  What repairs need to be made?

9.  If you are to ‘honor God with your body’ what do you most need to start doing?

10.  If there was one area of your eating habits that needed to change what would it be?  What is God calling you to do?  How can your group help you get started?

MUSICAL WORSHIP SET

Holy Is The Lord – Tomlin

That’s Why We Praise Him – Walker

Holy, Holy, Holy

Great Is Thy Faithulness

We hope that you found Sundays Message and following Small Group Questions helpful. If you missed this weeks message, I encourage you to get it here.  While you are there, browse around our website … we think you will like it and find it to be a great tool in inviting friends to FBC Harvester.

As always, I hope you make plans to join us at FBC Harvester next weekend! If distance is a problem, you are always welcome to listen to any of the teachings from our worship service on our website. If you have questions, please feel free to contact us here. We would love the privilege of helping where we can and seeing God do amazing things in our lives together.

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