Good Afternoon beautiful family,
Thank God it’s Friday! Again I say, thank God that you have a job and are alive to see this day! I hope you’ve had a blessed and fulfilled week and the Lord has really ushered you into greatness this week! I can’t believe how quickly 2013 is approaching! I remember the start of 2012; being unsure of what the year held for me but making decrees and prophetic declarations of freedom, greatness! I am just so glad that God has been so faithful! I could cry right now thinking of all He’s done for me! But let’s get on with today’s message; may the Lord give us all uncommon wisdom and understanding to hear what it is He wants us to hear today! Be blessed!
1 Corinthians 6:17-20– But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit. Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body. What? 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? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.
I always knew that fornication, adultery, masturbation and so on were sins against God and a sin against our own body but the greatest revelation of the Scripture above with regards to sexual sin was delivered by Pastor Bayo Adewole of RCCG Jesus House Chicago. Pastor Bayo said when we commit sexual sin, we are abusing the Holy Spirit, because our body is His temple and He dwells in it. But you may wonder- how? This was where I got my revelation. He asked- How many of you when you want to fornicate with your “girlfriend” or work colleague invite your brother to watch? How many of you invite your parents to watch you while you masturbate? Or do any of you invite your mother-in-law while you commit adultery? Please be honest- Have you ever said- “Hey dad, I am going to sleep with my boyfriend now, please come along and watch”? Who does that? So, if you can’t do that, how much more you invite the Holy Spirit? That is what we do! Simply put! Everytime we commit sexual sin, we take the Holy Spirit, we take God with us to witness such indecency! Isn’t that a wicked and shameful thing that we do? If you can’t see the picture of your parents, siblings and in-laws watching you fornicate or masturbate then why put God in that situation? Would you be happy to watch your unmarried daughter fornicate or your son-in-law cheat on your daughter? NO! So, why do we do this to our Father in Heaven? We take Him along with us every time because the Holy Spirit dwells in us! Did somebody catch that? Please and please, it doesn’t matter what you have done in the past, today make a stand that you will never insult God again by practising illicit sex! Please, the Lord created sex to be thoroughly enjoyed by husband and wife within marriage only! That means, sex outside of marriage i.e with anyone other than your spouse is forbidden! Masturbation/self stimulation is also forbidden! Incest, sodomy, bestiality and all these other things I’m sure you know are also forbidden!
I’m sure many of you thought I would just end at “sex”. However, respecting your body isn’t limited to refraining from sexual sin. It also has to do with what you consume and how you take care of your body from the inside! Your food intake! Now, I will be blatantly honest here and say I am one of those who abuses my body in this area! We as Christians need to be cognisant of what we ingest! Eat a balanced diet; restrict your “junk” intake! If you don’t believe me, just search for gluttony in the Bible; I sighted several passages that spoke against it. One of which is Proverbs 23:20-21- Be not among drunkards or among gluttonous eaters of meat, for the drunkard and the glutton will come to poverty, and slumber will clothe them with rags. Frankly, it is for your own health! Many of us have seen obese people who started by excessive eating and today are suffering from several health issues- diabetes, high blood pressure and so on. Many of whom are bed ridden and have to undergo surgery to save their lives! May that not be your portion in Jesus’ Name! Amen! It is extremely sad that they’ve become severely disabled and developed so many medical complications. It’s something that we need to decide and put our foot down on, starting a good balanced diet, drinking lots of water, eating our fruits/vegetable, limiting our sugar/carb intake and being very intentional about the things we eat/drink. The same amount of discipline we apply to refraining from sexual sin, we ought to put the same amount of effort from refraining from certain foods! I’m by no means asking anyone to go on a strict diet but to be conscious of what we put in our bodies.
Part of taking care of our bodies is getting regular exercise! I’m going to be honest here and put my hand up and say this is one area where I’m really lacking but I have decided that I will start up a daily exercise regime! At the moment, I’m 58kilos, I’m a UK Size 8 and so I am quite slim but I know that exercise is something that I need to keep healthy and fit, build my stamina, get by blood pumping and circulating. People who do regular activity have a lower risk of many chronic diseases, such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke and some cancers. Research shows that physical activity can also boost self-esteem, mood, sleep quality and energy, as well as reducing your risk of stress, depression, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. I think exercise is great medicine! I know many may automatically think about gym membership fees but you don’t need to join a gym. You can walk/jog/run around your estate or even up and down your street! You can do sit ups, push ups on your room floor! You can buy a skipping rope and skip while you watch Joyce Meyer! 30 minutes of moderate exercise everyday will go a long way to help strengthen your body! Please join me today 🙂
Here I mean substances put into the human body that alter/enhance behaviour/performance. I am not referring to foods or medicines prescribed by doctors. But I mean, alcohol, cigarettes, marijuana, cocaine, ecstasy, heroine, steroids and so on! We all know that all of the above are very harmful to the human body and have no actual benefits but they only destroy our bodies! They can cause serious addictions, liver damage, cancer, schizophrenia and much more! The Lord put us in this human body to dominate the world, discover our purpose, maximise our potential and that of others and to impact lives! We are not here to ruin our bodies! I will never ask anyone to use any of those drugs above as they are highly detrimental to your body! I think as a Christian, we should respect, preserve and protect our bodies and not use any of these harmful substances! Again, would you ask your mother to watch you while you smoked marijuana or injected heroine? I don’t think so; how much more the Holy Spirit. If it was something you struggled or are struggling with, ask the Lord to come in and help you, declare that you are no longer a drug user and get help! Get help immediately!
Simply put, see your doctor! Go for medical check ups at least every year! See your dentist and optician every year! Get your eyes and teeth checked! Check everything! I hate to say this but many people who survive cancer where the ones who discovered it early! Don’t wait to get ill before you make a visit to the doctor’s. I have to be very real with you! If you’ve been sexually active in the past, please go to a sexual health clinic and get tested for STDS! I will advice every single person to do this! Know your status today; especially your HIV status! You need to know all these things and you need to take care of yourself! Take your multivitamins and any medication prescribed by your doctor! Women, examine your breasts once a month for lumps, men examine your prostrate, be aware of your body and always observe any abnormalities!
Your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit! Protect its modesty! Been conscious of how you dress! Don’t dress shabbily or like someone with no self esteem! Dress well, dress nice, clean and sharp! At the same time, don’t over expose your body, don’t be offensive with your dressing! Dress appropriately for your size and frame, dress appropriately for your age! After a certain age, there are certain clothes that are best left for your children! While you’re a young woman as well, there are certain clothes that are best left for your grand mother to wear! Be confident in your dressing, always neat, clean and appealing to yourself and others!
I think as human beings, we need to take care of ourselves! Our face, skin, hair, nails and so on! There are certain things we shouldn’t do such as bleaching and extended exposure to the sun. These are two very harmful things that we should avoid at all costs! I’m sure you all know how dangerous bleaching is and all the toxins it introduces to your blood stream! Extremely dangerous my friends!
Face- Exfoliate once a week, wash your face twice a day with a mild facial wash, cleanse and moisturise! Always apply sun screen if you are going out into the sun!
Body- Take a shower/bath at least once a day, followed by a moisturising lotion to protect the skin.
Hair- Ladies, wash your hair weekly with a sulphate-free shampoo, apply leave in conditioner and seal in the moisture with a good natural oil or butter! Pay special attention to your edges and temples, while you sleep protect your hair by wrapping it in a silk or satin scarf/bonnet. If you relax your hair, please leave at least a 12 week gap in between and never leave the relaxer in for more than 20 minutes (depending on the specific instructions). Limit the amount of heat you use on your hair and always use a heat protector first; opt for roller setting instead of curling with an iron.
Nails- Eat a balanced diet, always apply top coat to prevent nails from chipping, splitting and breaking! Push cuticles back weekly and give yourself a manicure/pedicure every month.
That’s all folks! It’s Friday! Have a wonderful weekend and praise the Lord! I have one more week till I submit my dissertation project! Lord be with me! All the best, family! Have a great Friday and God bless you all!