“Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.” I Corinthians 6:19-20
We often take life for granted, living without any real responsibility for our bodies. We live self-willed lives, doing whatever we feel like doing, eating whatever we desire, indulging in every new and different fad, and never really considering the eventual results on our bodies. Exercise and proper diet are on the fringe of our priorities, but never THE PRIORITY of our lives. Yet, as Christians, the scripture above makes it clear that God is concerned about your temple! He bought your house, and you are expected to be a good caretaker of it.
Four years ago, my doctor’s tests showed I was moving towards type 2 diabetes. My first reaction was, “This can’t be true. No one in my family has diabetes. I’ll just watch what I eat a little more closely.” I then avoided going to the doctor because I felt I was okay. Then two years ago, I began to have a sleepy, tingling feeling in my feet and hands. So I decided to return to the doctor and test results showed that I definitely had diabetes along with neuropathy that was causing loss of function of the nerves in my feet and hands (side effects of diabetes). I was upset with myself because I knew that I hadn’t done all that I could have done. I still had my sweet tea more often than not and other sugary drinks and foods.
My doctor put me on pills to help my body process insulin. Then within a month, I suddenly had high blood pressure and swelling of my feet. Now I was put on high blood pressure pills. Then the doctor decided I needed to take metformin to help the insulin pills to work and if that didn’t work, I would have to take insulin shots. In the midst of all this good news, I was battling infections and was not feeling like my body was blessed. Well, contemplating have to jab myself twice a day and/or taking 7 pills a day hit me hard. As a Christian who believes in healing and divine health provided by Christ and a pastor who teaches the same , I said to myself, “SOMETHING IS WRONG HERE!” I did not want to live my life taking pills, shots,etc. and not feeling blessed in my body.
I began research on type 2 diabetes and natural cures. Was I surprised! First, the greatest recommendation is not to immediately take pills as they generally result in high blood pressure! Secondly, metformin has adverse effects on your body. But most importantly, you must make proper decision about nutrition and exercise to avoid this chronic disease! In other words, this means HONOR GOD WITH YOUR BODY! Eat to live; not live to eat!!!
I had to repent before God. I had been praying that He would heal and deliver me from sickness and He was trying to tell me to honor Him and seek His advise about the stewardship of His temple. So He has placed in my heart that I will not depend on pills and shots, but obedience to His ways. I have purposed to honor him with this temple, to work towards eliminating all medications, and to eat those natural God given things.
This part of my blog will keep you up-to-date about my progress and provide a forum to discuss Christian perspectives regarding living healthy, dealing with issues of chronic diseases in yourself and in others, and any other questions regarding God’s word and health. Please join me in help the body of Christ know the truth regarding good health.