It can be difficult for people to understand that obedience to God’s commandments is proof of your love for Him. It is even harder for them to equate worshipping God with being healthy and fit. Read today’s article to learn how health and fitness corresponds to your spiritual relationship with the Lord.

The word “worship” embodies many things.  In the Hebrew language, it means to bow down and give honor to a deity.  In English, it also means to adore, glorify, honor, be devoted to, and to love someone or something.  Jesus said those who love Him obey His commands (John 14:23).  That means He does not judge your love for Him by your emotional state.  On the contrary, He looks at your actions to determine if you really love Him. Consequently, as you live your life in accordance with His Word, you prove to Jesus that you love Him, and you exemplify true worship to the world.

In terms of weight loss and eating disorders, according to Philippians 3:18-19, “many live as enemies of the Cross of Christ” and have made their god their stomachs by committing the sins of gluttony and failing to obey God’s command to eat and drink for His glory (1 Corinthians 10:31).  They do not honor God with their bodies (1 Corinthians 6:19-20) by living a healthy lifestyle to maintain their bodies so He will take pleasure and be honored (Haggai 1:8).  Instead, they follow the whims of their stomach’s cravings and their obsessive eating disorders. Their idolatrous behavior results in the destruction of the temple of the Holy Spirit, which is their body, (1 Corinthians 6:19) just as the Lord allowed the physical temple to be destroyed due to Judah’s idol worship (Jeremiah 52:17-23).

The Father desires that we worship Him in spirit and in truth (John 4:24) and that we actively practice true worship on a daily basis by honoring God with our bodies and our spirits (1 Corinthians 6:20).  In order to do so, you must first accept the truth.  The truth is that you are probably overweight or suffering from an eating disorder because you are sinning against God. You must humble yourself before Him, which is another term for “worship” by the way.  You must also confess your sins and repent. Repentance means you express true sorrow for your behavior and turn away from it.  Finally, you must obey God’s command to eat and drink for His glory.  Then you will be a shining light to the world that proves worship is a lifestyle.

If you are ready to prove to God that you truly love Him, register today for the Eating as an Act of Worship Ministries Health and Fitness Master Class, featuring Dr. Tara Cannon, author of Health and Wellness for the Believer, Elsa Oliver, Christian nutritionist, and First Lady of Fitness, Debra Jones!  The classes are free!  There are no registration fees or membership fees!  Participants are only responsible for the cost of the class materials.  Classes begin online only on Monday, August 22, 2022, at 6:00 p.m. CST!  Space is limited.  Sign up now at www.eatingasanactofworshipministries.org! 
If you are unable to take the course, purchase your copies of the Eating as an Act of Worship Workbook and the Eating as an Act of Worship Teacher’s Edition online today at Amazon or Barnes and Noble.com.  In the books, you will learn the biblical principles regarding the body, dieting, exercising, and maintaining a healthy body for the glory of God.  Read our weekly blog for motivation to stay healthy and fit through Christ.  Follow us daily on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest for recipes, diet, and exercise tips.  Tune in to our syndicated radio show on the DFW Den Radio Station, the StudioW Buzz Radio Station, and Victory KVDW 100.9 FM, 95.3 FM, and 1530 AM in Little Rock, Arkansas for interviews and health and fitness trends.  Lastly, make your tax-deductible donation to Eating as an Act of Worship Ministries at www.eatingasanactofworshipministries.org!

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