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Take Care Of What God Has Given You - Joyce Meyer Devotional 8 January 2021

Take Care Of What God Has Given You - Joyce Meyer Devotional 8 January 2021

Take Care Of What God Has Given You - Joyce Meyer Devotional 8 January 2020

Do you not know that your body is the temple (the very sanctuary) of the Holy Spirit Who lives within you Whom you have received (as a gift) from God? You are not your own. 

What if you went to a church and it was run-down? Peeling paint, broken doors, and smudged windows that didn't let the light in? You'd wonder about the pastor, wouldn't you? The church is his instrument for celebrating the glory of God, yet if he doesn't respect the church enough to take the time to keep it in good condition, what does this say about his relationship with God?

The same question applies to your own body—taking care of the body God has given you is the most important kind of "home maintenance" you can do! Your body is the home of your spirit where God dwells. To do the work you were meant to do, you need to keep it in shape.

I still have to remind myself of this. Once I hurt my voice by speaking in a seminar with an extremely sore throat. That morning when I woke up, I knew I shouldn't speak, but I thought about the disappointment of the audience if I didn't. So, I forced myself to speak, but the next day I could not make a sound. I couldn't the next day, either. I finally went to the doctor, who told me I had damaged my vocal cords. He said each time we push ourselves beyond reasonable limits, we do some damage, and if we do it too often, we get to a point where we can't recover. He said it might reach a point where I could not teach at all if I did not respect my voice and take care of it.

I nearly jeopardized my entire public ministry! If I had permanently damaged my voice, I would have wound up helping far fewer people and derailing my life's calling. Now I'm more careful about protecting the tools I need to do God's work—my voice, my mind, my heart, my emotions, and my body. Please take care of yourself so you can glorify God and do all that He has intended for you to do.

Prayer Starter: 

Lord God, thank You for the temple that is my body. Please guide me in how to take better care of myself. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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