A Body of Health


Cal Pierce

In the IAHR newsletter for October/November, 2009 I wrote a message titled, The Kingdom Health Care System. The article pointed to the fact that we have a pandemic of obesity in our country that contributes to unhealthy people. We are trying to get people healed who have unhealthy bodies that are receptive to sickness. This isn't working. The purpose of getting healed is to not be sick. God's ultimate goal for His Body isn't healing, it's what healing produces; a body that no longer has sickness in it. God's desire is that we live in health. If redemption redeems us from sickness (Gal. 3:13) then why should we have sickness that we have been redeemed from? Sickness is part of the curse.

We need to ask ourselves a question. Is God going to make us healthy, or is that our responsibility through stewardship? I noticed that when I didn't eat right and exercise, I became obese and had a heart attack. I became unhealthy because of poor choices. I couldn't blame God for that. I became unhealthy because I set my mind on the flesh and what my flesh craved which brought me to a heart attack and nearly killed me. The mind set on the flesh leads to death (Romans 8:6), but the mind set on the Spirit leads to life.

The Lord told me He wants His temple healthy. He took me to I Cor. 6:19-20. Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body.

The first thing I realized from this scripture is that I'm not my own. I'm the house of the Spirit of God. I have to stop messing up God's house. I have to stop eating what my flesh wants which isn't good for the temple of God. The second thing is that I have to glorify God in my body. My overweight and out of shape body didn't provide Him with much Glory. What benefit is the temple to God if it gets unhealthy and dies? As I partnered with the Holy Spirit that is in me, I began to make right choices which gave me strength and health. Now it's not I that live, but He lives in me. God's goal isn't to bring condemnation to people who are overweight, but to bring help that will deliver them into a healthy body. He loves His children and wants them well.