God Never Changes
In Haggai 1:8, God commands the Israelites to "go up into the mountains and bring down timber and build the house (which means 'temple') so that I may take PLEASURE in it AND be HONORED." The commandment given to the Israelites in terms of the Old Testament temple, which was a building where God manifested His presence among His people, is the same for us regarding the New Testament temple of the Holy Spirit, which is your body. In other words, we are commanded to eat for God's glory, exercise for His glory, and otherwise take care of His holy temple in order to PLEASE and HONOR God not to attract a spouse or look good in a bikini.
The Holy Spirit dwells in (meaning He lives inside of) you when you accept Christ as your Savior. You become His home! "Do you not know that YOUR BODY is the TEMPLE of the Holy Spirit WHO IS IN YOU, whom you have received from God? For you were bought at a price (the blood of the Lamb); therefore, HONOR (or glorify) GOD WITH YOUR BODY and in your spirit which are God's." Furthermore, Jesus said he who loves Me obeys My commands (John 14:21). In 1 Corinthians 6:20, we are specifically commanded to honor God with our bodies. Likewise, we're further commanded in 1 Corinthians 10:31 to eat and drink for the glory of God.
This command was actually first given in the Garden of Eve when God told Adam and Eve to abstain from eating from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil but to partake from every other tree in the Garden. He made no exceptions when they disobeyed His command. On the contrary, He cast them out of the Garden of Eden, and as promised, they experienced death. The same held true for the Israelites when they broke their covenant with God which included eating for His glory. As promised, God punished them with enslavement and death as a result of the Babylonian attack on Jerusalem.
"Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8)." God didn't accept excuses for disobedience then, and He won't accept them now! As Adam and Eve and the Jews learned the hard way, you must also learn that God does "discipline those He loves like a father the son he delights in (Proverbs 3:12)." Since your body is God's house, it doesn't belong to you. That means you don't make the rules concerning it just as a child in the natural has to abide by his parents' rules while he lives in their home. Consequently, you don't set the limits on rebuilding and repairing the damage you've done to the temple of the Holy Spirit. God does!
Unless He says, "That's enough! I'm pleased and satisfied," you resist the temptation of cravings, you ignore the whining voice of fatigue, and you push through every plateau until the temple is a place that glorifies and honors God! You'll know when you reach that point because His presence will be manifested in you like never before just as it filled the physical temple in 2 Chronicles 5:14 when God was pleased because King Solomon and the Israelites completed construction of the Old Testament temple.
You can choose to obey His commands to honor Him with your body by eating and drinking for His glory, or you can continue to be lazy, procrastinate, or otherwise make excuses for your disobedience and suffer the consequences of hypertension, high cholesterol, diabetes, cancer, stroke, and ultimately, premature death. Tomorrow is not promised to you, and even if you do live to see it, it could be too late as heart attacks and strokes often occur with little or no warning.
But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose this day whom you will serve...but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord (Joshua 24:15)." If you’re ready to serve the Lord by eating and drinking for His glory, order your copy of the Eating as an Act of Worship Teacher's Edition TODAY at Amazon.com!
Practice What is Preached
EAW Ministries often receives e-mails, FB messages, and other inquiries about weight loss, including what diet plans to choose, suggestions about food to eat or abstain from, etc. The answer is always the same. EAW Ministries doesn't advocate one diet plan over another except to say that fad diets, liquid diets, miracle pills, etc. should be avoided at all costs. There several reasons why we don't tell people what to eat to be healthy. First and foremost, God commands that we don’t. In 1 Timothy 4:1-5, says that it teaching others to abstain from eating certain foods for spiritual purposes is to instruct them in the doctrines of demonic and deceiving spirits.
Second, it’s our assignment to teach you the Biblical principles so that the Holy Spirit can renew your mind, which is where true change takes place. Although we do not give instructions on WHAT to eat, we do teach participants HOW to eat as an act of worship. However, this does not occur until nearly the end of the 12-week course because you must first learn WHY you must eat as an act of worship in order to permanently change your unhealthy lifestyle. Otherwise, it would be just another fad diet that only works for a moment because the root of your weight problem hasn't been alleviated.
Lastly, we don’t tell people what diet and weight loss program to follow because each person is unique. Consequently, there is no one size fits all diet plan. You must pray to the One who fearfully and wonderfully made you to direct you to the plan that's right for you! The various recipes and diet plans referenced on our Facebook page are intended to give you a starting point as you learn about what's available. As you seek God's will, trust that He will provide what you’re praying for, then DO YOUR PART! If you don’t know what that means, let me explain.
Your part is to put into practice what God's Word teaches about your body, dieting, exercising, and maintaining a healthy body by eating and drinking for His glory as you put into practice the diet and weight lost plan He has revealed to you. By doing so, you prove your love and devotion to Him by being obedient to His commands (John 14:21). When you honor God with your body in this way, He does His part by opening the door to permanent and sustained weight loss, deliverance from eating disorders, increased health, and better physical fitness. Choose to do your part today and walk through the door that leads to the Promised Land of Healthy and Fit for Life!
Ann Wooten Taylor
Ann is an attorney who has been licensed to practice law in the State of Arkansas since 2004, practicing in the areas of child abuse and neglect, special education, and unemployment insurance law. Mrs. Taylor is also the C.E.O. of Eating as an Act of Worship Ministries and a Christian author. Her first non-fiction, Christian book entitled, "Eating as an Act of Worship Workbook" was published and released by Life to Legacy Publishing in 2015. Her second book, the "Eating as an Act of Worship Teacher's Edition" was published and released in December 2016.