Pastor Greg starts a new series called “The Sweet Life.” He shares how God exhorts us to sanctify (set apart) our physical, emotional/mental and spiritual life for His purposes and His glory. Living “The Sweet Life” is all about finding true satisfaction in life that really lasts. In this first week he teaches us how to experience “The Sweet Life” when it comes to our physical bodies.
If you missed the previous week’s messages in this series you can use the links below. Mahalo!
Week 2 ~ Week 3
Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you entirely; and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved complete, without blame at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. ~ 1 Thessalonians 5:23
“Live long and prosper.” ~ Spock
Although Moses was one hundred and twenty years old when he died, his eye was not dim, nor his vigor abated. ~ Deuteronomy 34:7
You have decided the length of our lives. You know how many months we will live, and we are not given a minute longer. ~ Job 14:5
I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful. ~ 2 Timothy 4:7
HOW TO EXPERIENCE THE PHYSICAL SWEET LIFE
1) Recognize your body is VALUABLE to God.
For You formed my inward parts; You wove me in my mother’s womb. I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Wonderful are Your works, And my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from You, When I was made in secret, And skillfully wrought in the depths of the earth; Your eyes have seen my unformed substance. And in Your book were all written the days that were ordained for me, when as yet there was not one of them.
~ Psalm 139: 13-16
Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect. ~ Romans 12:1-2
2) Do the necessary regular maintenance on your body.
… discipline yourself for the purpose of godliness; for bodily discipline is only of little profit, but godliness is profitable for all things, since it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come. ~ 1 Timothy 4:7b-8
Gumnazó (GREEK) ~ Discipline (ENGLISH)
Root of Gym and Gymnasium ~ diligent physical exercise
3) Do whatever is necessary to break your addictions!
Do not judge others, and you will not be judged. For you will be treated as you treat others. The standard you use in judging is the standard by which you will be judged. And why worry about a speck in your friend’s eye when you have a log in your own? How can you think of saying to your friend, ’Let me help you get rid of that speck in your eye,’ when you can’t see past the log in your own eye? Hypocrite! First get rid of the log in your own eye; then you will see well enough to deal with the speck in your friend’s eye. ~ Matthew 7:1-5
Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may win. Everyone who competes in the games exercises self-control in all things. They then do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. Therefore I run in such a way, as not without aim; I box in such a way, as not beating the air; but I DISCIPLINE MY BODY and make it my slave, so that, after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified. ~ 1 Corinthians 9:24-27
Hupópiazó (GREEK) ~ Discipline (ENGLISH)
To give someone a black eye ~ To punch in the face.
But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh. For the flesh sets its desire against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; for these are in opposition to one another, so that you may not do the things that you please. ~ Galatians 5:16-17
4) Remember your body, like everything else in creation, belongs to God!
Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body. ~ 1 Corinthians 6:19-20
ALOHA GROUP DISCUSSION QUESTIONS
READ: 1 Thessalonians 5:23
1) How do you differentiate between spirit, soul and body?
2) What does it mean to have a body that is preserved without blame?
READ: Job 14:5
1) Did this verse surprise you, that your exact number of minutes have already been pre-determined by God before you were ever conceived? How do you feel about that?
2) Does this give you comfort or anxiety about the eventual end of your life? Why?
READ: Psalm 139: 13-16
1) How does it make you feel to read about how intentional and involved God was in your design? According to this passage, whose decision was it to create your life? Who should have the choice to determine whether or not you will be born after being formed in your mother’s womb by the hands of God?
2) Can you think of any other Scriptures that seem to counteract this idea? If so, what are they?
READ: Romans 12:1-2
1) How, specifically, can we present our bodies as living and holy sacrifices to God? What does that really entail on a daily basis for us?
2) How do we know if we are allowing ourselves to be “conformed” to the pattern of the word versus “transformed” by the renewing our our mind?
READ: 1 Timothy 4:7b-8 and 1 Corinthians 9:24-27
1) Pastor G defined two different Greek words used in these two passages, both translated as “discipline.” What is the different between them? Why do you think English translators chose the same English word for both terms?
2) How intentional are you about “disciplining” your body in each of these ways? How do you go about it?