SPIRITUAL OVERWEIGHT & OBESITY

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Philippians 3:19 (KJV)
Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.

Body Mass Index (BMI) is an index used for categorizing people as underweight, normal, overweight or obese. At the spectrum end is the overweight/obese category. These have a high risk of suffering or in worse cases, dying from deadly diseases such as type 2 diabetes, stroke, hypertension, cancer, etc. In the light of these risks, a lifestyle change is a must in feeding, physical and emotional habits.

The overweight/obese category is more of what we see today in Christendom. Its signs include dull hearing of God’s word (Hebrews 5:11), idle works (2Thessalonians 3:11), no understanding of the truth (2 Timothy 3:7), prayerlessness, carnal mindedness, lack of self-control (1Corinthians 6:12), etc. With these and more, people have become liabilities (Philippians 3:18-19).

Hearing God’s word repeatedly without ever working it, and as such depriving those who otherwise should have benefitted from you is wrong and spiritually insensitive (Hebrews 5:12). Using James 1:22-25 for emphasis, it’s most likely that the spiritually out of shape believer won’t like what he sees when he looks at himself through the mirror of God’s word. If that is the case, then drastic measures are needed.

We are not called to be hearers only, but to be doers of the Word till we come to full maturity (Ephesians 4:11-14). The mature believer is a spiritual heavyweight who by discipline, building and exercising of his spiritual muscles in Word, meditation, study, praying in the Spirit, fasting, worship, and stewardship, has honed his skills over time and now has the strength to withstand the adversary (Ref Hebrews 5:14, 1Corinthians 9:26-27, 2Timothy 2:15, Daniel 11:32, Jude 1:20, Ephesians 3:16).

Become spiritually strong today by working out and exercising the authority of the Word and relying on the Holy Spirit as your instructor.
-Chibo E.C.

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