Here are the extended notes from this morning's message at a2. This message focuses on the fourth area in life where a GAME PLAN is absolutely essential: our physical body. You can check out the podcast of the entire message by clicking here to go to our website or here if you prefer to access it via iTunes.
GAME PLAN Part 7
“Americans are fat and getting fatter by the year…”
According to the Centers for Disease Control, more than one third (34%) of all adults, that’s over 72 million people, were obese in 2005 – 2006.
Another report indicates that 65% of Americans are overweight…
Over the past three decades, childhood obesity rates in America have tripled… If we don’t deal with this growing problem, one third of all children born in 2000 or later will eventually suffer from diabetes… Others will suffer from stuff like obesity-related heart disease, high blood pressure, cancer and asthma…
Alabama now has the second worst eating habits in the nation, only following behind Mississippi. Alabama has the seventh highest obesity rate in the nation, and the second highest diabetes rate…
Unfortunately, Americans who struggle with obesity are “more likely to have diabetes, coronary artery disease, strokes, and certain forms of cancer.”
The journal “Health Affairs” reported that last year overall obesity health spending reached $147 billion in the U.S. That’s double what it was a decade ago…
According to the CDC, tobacco use has long been the leading preventable cause of death in America. But some research indicates that obesity is has now taken the lead as the leading preventable cause of death in America…
We are literally eating ourselves to death…
On top of that, we’re just down getting down right lazy…
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 60% — well over half — of all Americans are not regularly physically active… And even worse, 25% engage in little or no physical activity at all…
“Everybody ends up somewhere. Few people end up somewhere on purpose.” ~ Craig Groeschel, Chazown
This is especially true when it comes to your body…
1 Corinthians 6:19-20 (NLT), Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself, 20 for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body.
NOTES: The phrase “…God bought you with a high price…” contains the idea of redemption… The word isn’t used in the verse, but the concept is clear… In fact, sometimes the word “bought” ends up getting translated “redeemed” (Revelation 5:9; 14:13-14).
The word "redeemed" is the idea of buying someone back from bondage by the payment of a price… It’s the idea of setting someone free by paying a ransom… “Redemption” was the technical term for money paid to buy back a prisoner of war… ~ See ESV Study Bible
Mark 10:45 (NLT), For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.
1 Peter 1:18, “…you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, the sinless, spotless Lamb of God.”
1 Peter 2:24, He personally carried our sins in his body on the cross so that we can be dead to sin and live for what is right. By his wounds
you have been healed.
Matthew 8:17 (NIV), "…He took up our infirmities and bore our diseases."
"1) lack of strength, weakness, frailty or infirmity
a) of the body
b) of the soul
1) …want of strength and capacity requisite
(a) to understand something,
(b) to do things great and glorious,
(c) to restrain corrupt desires,
(d) to bear up under trials and troubles…” ~ See Blue Letter Bible
NOTES: When Christ paid the ransom price for His people, He also bought our bodies back from sin, slave and bondage…
Why We Need A Game Plan For Our Body
1. God cares about your body.
1 Corinthians 6:13 (NLT), You say, “Food was made for the stomach, and the stomach for food.” (This is true, though someday God will do away with both of them.) But you can’t say that our bodies were made for sexual immorality. They were made for the Lord, and the Lord cares about our bodies.
1 Corinthians 3:16-17 (NIV 2010), Don't you know that you yourselves are God's temple and that God's Spirit dwells in your midst? 17 If anyone destroys God's temple, God will destroy that person; for God's temple is sacred, and you together are that temple.
2. The Holy Spirit lives in your body.
1 Corinthians 6:19 (NLT), Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God?
NOTES: When God purchased or bought our freedom, He didn’t buy us out of slavery to sin and Satan, to make us His own personal slaves … God’s goal in redemption wasn’t to make us work for Him, but to make us FULL OF HIM… ~ John Piper
Ephesians 3:19 (ESV), …know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
Ephesians 3:19 (AMP), [That you may really come] to know [practically, through experience for yourselves] the love of Christ… …that you may be filled [through all your being] unto all the fullness of God [may have the richest measure of the divine Presence, and become a body wholly filled and flooded with God Himself]!
3. Your body will ultimately be raised from the dead!
1 Corinthians 6:14 (NLT), And God will raise us from the dead by his power, just as he raised our Lord from the dead.
1 Corinthians 15:35-38 (NIV 2010), But someone will ask, "How are the dead raised? With what kind of body will they come?" 36 How foolish! What you sow does not come to life unless it dies. 37 When you sow, you do not plant the body that will be, but just a seed, perhaps of wheat or of something else. 38 But God gives it a body as he has determined, and to each kind of seed he gives its own body.
1 Corinthians 15:42-44 (NIV 2010), So will it be with the resurrection of the dead. The body that is sown is perishable, it is raised imperishable; 43 it is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power; 44 it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body.
4. Some choices you make with your body can lead to freedom, and some can lead to slavery. You have the power to choose freedom.
1 Corinthians 6:12 (NIV 2010), "I have the right to do anything," you say—but not everything is beneficial. "I have the right to do anything"—but I will not be mastered by anything.
Two Questions To Ask:
• Is it helpful?
• Will it make me a slave?
5. Your body was not made for sin or immorality.
1 Corinthians 6:13b (ESV), The body is not meant for sexual immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body.
1 Corinthians 6:18 (NLT), Run from sexual sin! No other sin so clearly affects the body as this one does. For sexual immorality is a sin against your own body.
Titus 2:14 (NLT), He gave his life to free us from every kind of sin, to cleanse us, and to make us his very own people, totally committed to doing good deeds.
6. Your body was made to glorify God!
1 Corinthians 6:20 (ESV), …you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.
According to John Piper, to “glorify God in your body” means to, “…use your body in a way that will show that God is more satisfying, more precious, more to be desired, and more glorious than anything else your body craves…”
A Few Practical Tips:
• Eat healthy.
Here are some simple steps that basically all nutritionists agree upon…
(a) Eat smaller portions…
(b) Drink lots of water and avoid soft drinks…
(c) Learn to make wise, sensible, healthy choices…
(d) Substitute healthy snacks for junk food garbage…
• Exercise consistently.
• Get the proper amount of rest and sleep (Psalm 127:2; Exodus 20:8).
Psalm 127:2 (NIV), In vain you rise up early and stay up late… for [God] grants sleep to those he loves.
• Ask God to set you free from self-defeating habits and addictions.
1 John 4:4 (NIV 2010), You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.
• Release your stress and anxiety through prayer and worship.
• Claim God’s promises for healing.
Psalm 103:3 (NLT), He forgives all my sins
and heals all my diseases.
Psalm 107:20 (NIV), He [God] sent forth his word and healed them; he rescued them from the grave.
Isaiah 53:5 (ESV), …he was wounded for our transgressions;
he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his stripes we are healed.
Malachi 4:2, …the Sun of Righteousness will rise with healing in his wings. And you will go free, leaping with joy…
James 5:15-16 (NIV), And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise him up. If he has sinned, he will be forgiven.
1 Corinthians 6:20 (ESV), …you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.
Romans 12:1 (AMP), …make a decisive dedication of your bodies [presenting all your members and faculties] as a living sacrifice, holy (devoted, consecrated) and well pleasing to God…