Posted On 23 Feb 2019
Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost
which is in you, which ye have of God and ye are
not your own (1 Corinthian 6:19)
You are God’s lovely dwelling place! Isn’t that a powerful liberating truth? No single truth has had a greater impact on the way I feel and think about my body than this one. The scriptures expressly state that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost. When a woman truly understands the meaning and implication of this powerful truth, she will certainly learn to see and treat her body in a whole new way that is powerful and pleasantly freeing than she has always done.
I do not say this to mean however that you may not have the usual weight challenges that haunt most women. I cannot also promise you that bad hair days are a thing of the past, neither do I promise you that the Scriptural reference we are considering portends that there may not arise dermatological issues in and around your body which may need to be well handled. Nevertheless in light of the truth of Scriptures, I make bold to echo to you, “You are the dwelling place of the Most High God.” I pretty much think that all dietary and dermatological care and treatments that your physical bodies may need, as important as they may seem, should not be your only preoccupation, rather God’s perspective of your body, beauty and worth should free you to focus more on the things that matter most, which is the development of the inner woman.
Since the dawn of the new covenant, the same powerful God whose presence could be found in the Ark of the Covenant has found a new dwelling place and your body is that dwelling place. Your body is His place of abode. That Ark of the Covenant referred to in Exodus Chapter Thirty Seven verse One to Seven is the Ark that represented God’s presence. The Ark was a box mentioned often in the Old Testament. However this was not an ordinary box. As a matter of fact, not only did the box contain the very presence of God, it was crafted with painstaking precision.
You may be asking yourself, “What has all this got to do with my body as a woman?” The truth is that if you have accepted Jesus as your Lord and Personal Saviour, your body is equally an Ark. You are His temple, you are His dwelling place. You were also crafted with precision and description equal to that given about the Ark of the Covenant. God knows how many cubits by how many cubits you are. He has inlaid you with good and golden things. Just like the Cherubims who stood facing each other on the cover of the Ark, God has given His angel charge over you to protect His presence in your life. Therefore, if you accept the revelation that your body is the temple of God and that you should have respect for your body and that of others, then that knowledge saddles you with the duty to care for your body properly (and not flaunt it openly anyhow) and to engage yourself in the campaign to counteract every false teaching and abusive practices in our local communities and society that degrade the dignity of the human body; practices such as female genital mutilation, tribal markings, pornography, drugs addiction and abuse, drunkenness, gluttony, obesity and every form of immorality – fornication, prostitution, lesbianism, homosexuality, bestiality and adultery. Over the years, efforts made to build up the sanctity of life have traditionally included teaching that abortion is wrong and providing a life affirmative alternative. In addition, these include working to prevent human cloning and the destructive use of human embryo, ritual killing and the like. It should also include the fight to eliminate the presence of grave problems that drive human trafficking and sex trade as enumerated above throughout the world.
Understandingly therefore, the “it is my body and I will do whatsoever I want with it” and “it’s between two consenting adult” attitude about immorality does not apply and should not be condoned. Your body is not your own, it belongs to the Lord, especially if you are called by His name as His child; you must depart from everything that can contaminate, corrupt and defile your body which is the temple of the Lord.
Prayer focus: Lord, help me to be pure and holy within and without always for you as your dwelling place in Jesus Name.
Quote: No woman can call herself free who does not control her own body.