Friday, 25 August 2017

You Do Not Own It.

I wish I own my life, my spirit, soul and body. I wish I could do what I want without giving an account to anyone of how I used it. I wish I could use my body, a visible part of me just the way I wanted. But it's unfortunate I can't just do that.
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No matter how beautiful your rented apartment was decorated to be, when you rent expires, you'll be forced to move out of it. It doesn't matter if you have made it more habitable than how you got it, when it's time, you'll be ushered out.
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Do you know that your body doesn't belong to you? I wish I could echo this over and over again. But it's unfortunate how that people use their bodies the way they wanted. You'd hear some say, "It's my life, I like the way I'm living it", some would even tell ladies "Use what your mama gave you". Who created your mother? Who made you? 
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I need not to remind you again that God created you and gave you a body. You're a human being, having a spirit and soul and you're living inside a body. 
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Your body was made from the dust and to the dust we shall all return. How are you using your body? To His glory, for your pleasure or to the devil's advantage? 
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Your body is a member of Christ, why make it a member of a harlot? Your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost, why make it agree with idols? What you do with your body is what you'd give account of.
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If you have been created in God's image and likeness, why recreate your body to conform to the standard of this world? The likes of bleaching, piercing, tattooing, cosmetic surgery, makeup and other things done to the body is a message been sent to God indicating that He failed to create you well, when all He created was good - and you were fearfully and wonderfully made.
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I'm not against taking care of your body, but why alter your natural skin, body and members to adapt to a particular style or culture? But why?
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It's not a crime to maintain it the way He gave you, exercise it, rest properly, wear a beautiful countenance, eat healthy and maintain a good hygiene. Isn't these moderate? 
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And to those who says God doesn't look at the outward appearance, know you not that what is in a man's heart determines his outward appearance? Your physical outlook is a reflection of the condition of your heart. If Christ is in your heart, He'll reflect in your appearance and if the world is in you, no one would have problem knowing it.
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Dear reader, regardless of your belief or school of thoughts, know that you're just a custodian of your body. You're a steward of it and it's required that you should be faithful on how you use it.
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Why expose God's temple to masturbation, pornography, premarital sex, abortion, extramarital sex, sexual immoralities and other detestable practice or the perverted use of the body?
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Come out from among them says the Lord. That you're in the world doesn't make you part of the world. To my fellow believers who are still friends with the world in their use of their bodies, you are bought with a price, therefore glorify God in your body which is God's. 
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Do not be conformed to the world in your dressing. Don't make your body a sex object or a temple of idols. It's a lie from the pit of hell that you own your body, you do not own it! If you have, you'd have permanent control over aging, wrinkles and the influence of death over your body.
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Maintain your body the way God gave you. You can make eternal impact in life and your body will disqualify you from receiving the rewards of your work. How? You can't be friends with the world and become God's best friend. 
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Let no one deceive you that God trivializes those extensions worn on your natural hair, additions to your natural nails, piercing to your ears, nose, tongue; tattoos on your skin and the alteration of your body members either for enlargement or reduction. 
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I know you may have contrary opinions to this piece but I also want you to know: God won't lower His standard to accommodate man's ignorance or negligence. Use your body to God's advantage - promote His kingdom and let men see His glory and manifest presence all over you. 
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There's no amount of money you spend on your body, it'll still return to the dust. Do not get me wrong, take care of it because it is the vehicle that would enhance you to fulfill God's purpose on earth. But place much care on your spirit and soul that would return back to God for judgment. 
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May you not use idolize your body and destroy your placement in eternity. 
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"Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves, who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen" - Romans 1:24-25
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"Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Shall I then take the members of Christ and make them members of a harlot? Certainly not!" - 1 Corinthians 6:15
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"For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s" - 1 Corinthians 6:20.
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© Oluwamayowa Adeniyi 2017

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