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By his power God raised the Lord from the dead, and he will raise us also.  1 Corinthians 6:14


     If you are a follower of Jesus Christ, God is going to raise your body from the dead when Jesus comes back. This means your body matters to God as much as your soul does right now. God designed you to have a body, and it is of immense value to him.

     No earthly parent would say that she cares about her child’s soul but not his body. She counts the child’s fingers and toes,  and treasures every feature of his face. Your heavenly Father loves you more than any earthly parent, and he cherishes every part of your body.

     Your current body is also like a church, a holy house for the Holy Spirit. “Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom  you have received from God?” (1 Corinthians 6:19). How are you moved to take care of your body today?



Your future resurrection with a body means your body now is valuable to God.

The Daniel Plan 365 day devotional  page 221


This devotional humbles me today.  When I think over the past month and the lack of diligent and consistent care I’ve given my body by the poor quality fuel I’ve chosen to feed it and it still responds and does all I ask of it…and much more that I don’t ask and simply take for granted…I also feel shame and regret.   I can do better. I can value this body as God does...or at least work at learning to value it more.

The sentence above that states our body is like a church, a holy house for the Holy Spirit brings clarification that every choice matters.  I would never think to desecrate a house of worship and here I am doing that very thing with poor food choices or simply too much food.  I pray I would remember that each healthy choice or action I take is an act of worship and respect for this “house”, my body.  

I needed to read this today and soak in the great love our Savior has for me (for you too), and this body I navigate life in.   Especially in this Holy week as we observe His walk to the cross and His great sacrifice for our sins…even this sin of self-abuse through too much food.  A giant love of a Big God who cares about this journey we are on to complete wellness.  He gets this….He understands why we do what we do and loves us anyway.  He encourages us through the words of others we are surrounded with.  As I look around the groups of FAITH5 attenders I feel that love….His great love through those who attend and are so willing to reach out a helping hand through words of encouragement to each other. It’s a beautiful thing.  It is a thing of great value.  Let's cherish our body together through positive actions. 

I encourage you to put our meeting times on your schedules to come and experience this “beautiful thing” FAITH5 is becoming. 

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