Honor God with Your Body – Part 1

Theme Verse

Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; 20 you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.


1 Cor. 6:19-20

Honor God with Your Sleep

Health Benefits of Sleep

  • Improves Memory
  • Reduces Stress
  • Healthy Weight Management
  • Chronic Disease Prevention
  • Better Judgement
  • Mood Booster

Trust and Rest

Did you know that sleep is a form of worship? When we take time to get adequate rest we actually demonstrate our trust in God. In Psalm 121: 3-4 it says that “He will not let your foot slip; he who watches over you will not slumber; indeed he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.

This means we can be intentional with our times of rest and sleep. Resting assured that we have a God that does not sleep and is constantly keeping a watchful eye on us, protecting us from harm as we rest.

Sleep is God ordained. God created it, but doesn’t need it. He actually created sleep for us. Yes, us. You and me. He created us with a need for sleep. Even during the creation, we find God had to put man to sleep in order to create the woman in Genesis 2:21-23. He created us with the ability to sleep in order to create in and through us all that He desired for us to be:

And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof;
And the rib, which the Lord God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man. And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.

Genesis 2:21-23

Many times exhaustion, worry, anxiety about tomorrow keeps us from getting a restful night’s sleep. But God wants us to lay our little heads on our pillows at night and actually sleep. We can accomplish this by doing one simple thing as noted in Isaiah 26:3 and that is keeping our minds focused on Him:

“You will keep him in perfect peace,
Whose mind is stayed on You,
Because he trusts in You.”

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Isaiah 26:3

We can’t face tomorrow’s battles if we stay up all night worrying about stuff. We have to get some sleep and trust God to do the rest.

Jesus demonstrated to the disciples how to trust and honor God with lives through our sleep in Matthew 8:24-27:

Suddenly a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!”  He replied, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm. The men were amazed and asked,“What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the waves obey him!”

Matthew 8:24-27

It is interesting to note that at the end of it all, the disciples were more concerned about the miracle of Jesus telling the storm to cease than the mere fact that he chose to sleep through it. Jesus’ decision to sleep through a raging storm is a lesson in how we are to intentionally approach our own storms. Trust God and rest. Since Jesus was both God and man, he arose and demonstrated what God does for us in the midst of our storms, he calms them. He calms us. Instructs us not to worry or fret. That it is ok to get a good night’s sleep so you can wake up tomorrow and deal with whatever comes your way. Most of all He doesn’t want us up all night ruminating over our problems or the concerns of tomorrow. Today had enough battles of its own, and there is no need to lose sleep over what has happened nor over what may happen. Just go to bed.


A Prayer for Victory Over Anxious Thoughts

Spirit of the living God, search us and know our anxious thoughts. Guard our minds, that we may think only of that which is pure, lovely, and praiseworthy. Keep our minds focused on you, for when we do you promised to give us perfect peace. Thank you for watching over us as we sleep each night. Help us to never forget that our rest is in you.  In Jesus Name. Amen.


Don’t Be a Sluggard

Now there is a flip side to this theological concept of Honoring God with our Sleep. In Proverbs 24:30-34 we meet the sluggard. A sluggard is a person who essentially sleeps their life away, they live a very aloof life that lacks judgement. In Solomon’s observations of the sluggard he found that a little sleep, a little slumber, and a little folding of the hands to rest caused this person to become poor and have a life of scarcity.

So if I am supposed to rest; how is it that rest can make me poor? Glad you asked. So by definition, a sluggard is a lazy or sluggish person. I think Solomon was being generous in use of the word “little” in describing his observation of the sluggards activities. A lazy person or sluggard, sleeps, slumbers, or rests too much and too often. In doing so they are non-productive.

Personally, I have found that even being extremely busy can also render a person as being non-productive, as we’ve all heard the phrase too many irons in the fire. We have to approach life with a healthy balance. Not too much not too little, but just enough from day to day.

There are many factors that can come into play when a person is found to be acting as a sluggard. Depression, laziness, confusion, poor judgement, fear, a stagnant mindset, and overall impoverished living can cause someone to sink into the mindset and lifestyle of a sluggard. These mindsets are not of God. If we find our lives drifting in this direction, we need to seek God in prayer. Ask Him to help us break free of a sluggard mindset of living. Also, talk to a trusted friend, or be open with someone close to you if the notice signs of change in your overall well-being that could be as a result of a sluggard mindset. Bottom line, don’t let sleep and lackadaisical living take over your life.

A Prayer for Victory Over Sluggish Living
Spirit of the living God, search us and point out areas in our lives where we demonstrate lazy living. Break lazy habits that keep us bound. We bind the spirits of depression, laziness, confusion, fear, stagnation, and impoverished living. Help us to approach our sleep with
intentionally , so that we awaken with energy to walk in the freedom of the victorious life and everlasting love you so freely give us each and every day. In Jesus name.

Join me next week for Part 2 of the Honor God with Our Body Series entitled: Honor God with Your Food.

Until Next Time…Write from the Heart,

{Just Being} Candice Maria

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