The human body is declared by the Psalmist to be “fearfully and wonderfully made”. Every day in all we do it battles off unseen viruses and bacterium. It heals cuts, mends bruises, binds surgical wounds, knits together broken bones, and rebuilds diseased organs. It takes in the food we eat and turns it into energy for our benefit. To the best of its ability and as much as we help it, it continually cleanses itself of germs, dead cells, chemicals from foods we eat and removes all waste. It is constantly building, rebuilding, energizing, cleansing, and detoxifying; there is not a day nor minute nor second that goes by that every organ is not working together for the benefit of the whole. As 1 Corinthians 12:12,14 says, “For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ. For the body is not one member, but many.” It is marvelous in its design, a masterpiece of its Creator!
The greatest adverse effects on the human body are found in two components: what we ingest and what we think. Our foods today are not as innocent as you think they may be. Not only is fast food grease detrimental to our bodies, but also our vegetables which are laden with pesticides and chemicals, this is not to mention how hybridization and the genetic modification of plants might have an impact on our bodies as well. According to researchers, 13% of sicknesses are brought about by poor eating habits and other environmental factors.
It has also been determined by researches and scientists, including Dr. Caroline Leaf (neuroscientist and author of Who Switched Off My Brain), Dr. Candace Pert (neuroscientist and pharmacologist) and others, that what we think greatly affects the body. Every thought we think causes chemicals/hormones originating in the brain to be sent out to the rest of the body, whether good or bad. A good thought sends out good chemicals. A bad thought sends out bad. 87% of all sickness is brought about by our thought life.
Therefore, if we eat junk food all the time, it is inevitable that we are going to get sick. Or if we think bad thoughts about ourselves or soak in the deconstructive words that others aim at us, then we too will get sick in our bodies. So, whether we are eating poorly or thinking poorly, it will inevitably make us sick.
Now, let us go deeper. The human body is a sort of picture of the body of Christ. So, what are we eating as the individual members of the body of Christ? Are we getting the spiritual nutrients that we need to make the whole body healthy? Indeed, if the liver is sick, the whole body will be sick. Are each of us thinking biblical thoughts? Where are we getting our information to think on? What is our mind set on? Is what we are taking in and thinking making the body of Christ making us susceptible to disease?
Everyone prays for healing from cancer and other diseases, but there is a cancer very few think about or know about. It is in the body of Christ, and is not physical but spiritual. Ezekiel saw in a powerful vision a valley filled with bones upon bones upon bones as far as his eye could see. Can you see it? It was a valley of death. And then through a series of events and of Ezekiel’s obedience to the voice of the Lord, there stood before him an army of bones clattering together, muscles being built, and skin being stretched out over them. It must have been an awesome sight to behold! But, then, Ezekiel noticed something. As awesome as that was, something was missing. “And I looked, and behold, there were sinews on them, and flesh had come upon them and skin had covered them. But there was no breath in them” (Ez 37:8). Though this truly is a picture of Israel, it can also be applied to the body of Christ today.
As awesome as it is that the world is being reached with the Gospel and our churches are full, too many in the body sit in pews and chairs as bones with flesh and skin upon them but no Spirit. They appear to be alive, but they do not have the Spirit (Rev 3); they have a form of godliness but deny the power (2 Tim 3). But, God longs to breathe His Spirit in us once more! He longs for Christians to be a healthy, vibrant, and alive, the body of Christ, without spot and without wrinkle, holy and set apart. Jesus is returning soon and He warns us to “And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares. For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth” (Luke 21:34-35).
The Greek word for overcharged is baruno carries a meaning of “being heavy, even heavily oppressed or made dull or stupid.” That which oppresses and makes us dull, is dissipation/surfeiting, drunkenness, and the cares of this life. Surfeiting/dissipation, is the word kraipale which means “a headache”, a confusion in the head such as is caused by a hangover. Drunkenness is the Greek word methe which is stronger than merely being influenced by wine–one is overcome with it. When it talks about cares of this world, merimnes biotikes, it means that worry overwhelmingly interrupts our thinking and brings disorder to our minds and lives. The word for snare is pagis which literally means a “trap,” for even as a trap snaps down upon an unsuspecting animal, so the cares of this life “trap” believers in worry and headaches that they needlessly bear.
Therefore, let us no longer be unhealthy, making a meal of the fast food the world has to offer. Let us not think on things that have no eternal value such as watching movies that make us confused with the world’s philosophy and perspective on life and not God’s, listening to music overflowing with the lusts and hopes of the world that dulls our spirits to the Holy Spirit’s still small voice. Let us not be addicted to anything (drugs, smoking, sex, drinking, eating, to watching sports programs and even making money) that would cause us to be numb to the Word of God, dull in our spiritual senses, heavy with things violently destroying us within, rendering us inoperable while distracting our minds and spreading through the body of Christ as a deadly cancer.
Blessed Christians, remember that we are new creations in Christ; old things have passed away and all things have become new (2 Cor 5:17-18)! Thus, as new creations, we as members of the body are to think differently and live differently than the world; we are to live based on what we learn from God’s Word. “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God” Romans 12:1-2.
The day of Jesus’ immanent return is so close, the signs all point to His soon arrival. Will you be caught off guard like an animal in a snapping trap because your minds are disoriented and dulled by the things of this world? Or will you be ready and unpolluted by this world, edifying the body by being pure and teaching others through word and deed to do the same? The Spirit and the Bride say, “Come” to our awesome King Jesus. May we not only say it, but shout it in all that we do!!
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