Don’t Let Your Body Bury Your Soul

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Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires.  Do not offer any part of yourself to sin as an instrument of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer every part of yourself to him as an instrument of righteousness.”  Romans 6:12,13

The Apostle Paul says here in his own words what Jesus said to the disciples before his arrest in the Garden of Gethsemane:

Watch and pray so you will not fall into temptation.  The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”  Matthew 26:41; Mark 14:38

Though we’ve given ourselves to Christ and been born again in the spirit, so long as we inhabit these mortal bodies we’re subject to temptation.  Satan constantly tries to exploit our  weaknesses to try to get us to turn away from God.  Until we die, he still has a chance at our souls, and he will not give up.

To keep him from succeeding, we must be aware of our weaknesses.  Many of those weaknesses stem from our imperfect bodies that crave gratification above all else.

Rather than allow temptation to get the better of us and lead us into sin and away from God, we must make a point of giving our bodies to God the way we have our souls.  Instead of just talking about how much we love God, we must make sure every part of ourselves is serving Him.

The scripture is our major source of strength.  We should immerse ourselves in its wisdom daily.  Just as Jesus used it to thwart Satan’s temptation in the desert, so too should we dwell on it until our minds automatically recall the verses we need for a situation.

And by using our bodies to glorify God, we can turn our weaknesses into our strengths.

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