I was looking at my pantry, again! No surprise, I really have a sense of accomplishment when I look in that room. I have containers, lots and lots of containers. Some foods need to be stored in glass to protect the commodity inside, some just plastic or paper boxes. It all depends upon what preserves the contents most effectively. Dehydrated potatoes turn dark and unappetizing when stored in plastic because too much air is allowed to permeate the container. They do much better in glass. I couldn’t really freeze my homemade chili in mason jars, they would break under the pressure of expansion. It just shows me how very important the container can be and how taking care of those containers is crucial to preservation of what’s inside. One nick in the rim of a canning jar can prevent a proper seal and cause bacteria to invade. It’s imperative that I keep these containers clean and undamaged, ready to do the work I depend on them to do.
And so it is with us. We are spirit, our bodies are the container. Yes, it is fearfully and wonderfully made according to the image of God. But it’s the spirit that is who we are, our essence. They work together to function as an effective ambassador of Heaven. We have to be good stewards of our container, but at the same time, not give it power and pre-eminence. The container holds the jewels. It is utilitarian, it protects the goods. We need to feed our flesh yet fight it at the same time. The flesh, our carnal man, is cunning. It hears the lie of the devil and perverts the will of God for our lives. It hinders us from developing our spirits. Our flesh is a wonderful thing, but it only a vessel; a container. The enemy uses our container to deceive us, to tempt us. Our spirits are not tempted; the enemy can’t mess with that. So, we are spirit, housed in flesh and nourished by God.
My point is, you only get one container so take care of it. When not properly cared for, it can become weak and sick; bloated and worn out. It must be fed and cared for because it houses the precious Spirit of God. Our connection to God is our spirit. God is spirit, we are spirit. If the spirit is left undeveloped and immature, the flesh can hinder our communication with God. The spirit must increase; it must have the predominance. That’s not as hard as you think. It’s a lot easier to take care of your spirit than it is your flesh. You have to fight your flesh to get control, you spirit doesn’t give you any hassle. The enemy can try to distract you, but he can’t affect your spirit. If you determine to press in, to study the Word of God and worship Him, your spirit grows. By seeking first the Kingdom, you get your focus on Jesus. Your capacity for love increases, your spiritual gifts flow easily, you grow spiritually by leaps and bounds. You are set free from the earthly things that are such an annoyance!
So you say to me, but I’m too fat, I just can’t stop eating ice cream! It calls to me, it haunts me. Cravings show up like clockwork every night at 8 pm! Ok, I get that, I’ve batted that all my life. Finally, I understand that I have to take those thoughts captive and cast them down. What if you’re handicapped or just stubbornly abusing your body not even realizing it? You have a purpose, diligently seek God for that purpose and stop allowing the hindering of your mind! I have to talk to my body and tell it I (my spirit) can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. He has strengthened and enabled me to win this battle and claim this victory for His glory! It can be done! It is a battle and I have to get off the couch and pick up my sword. The struggle is real my friends, but by giving in, you deny yourself abundance. You deny yourself what the Lord has planned for you in its fullness. Yeah, you are still a Christian, you are going to heaven and you have an amazing portion in the Body of Christ. You are still gifted and still contribute to the Body. I’m just saying we are designed to win this battle to be strengthened in the inner man and to be more in the Kingdom than we are at any given moment. The battle keeps us sharp, it’s actually discussed in Romans. So if you don’t like your container, polish it. Lose weight, gain weight, take a shower, see a doctor, feed it with wholesome food, treat it well. But please don’t disrespect it. The devil would love to pervert your way of thinking. He wants to take you down. If he can get you to hate yourself, he gets you to hate what God created in His own image. He made you specifically just like you are and for his good purpose. Stop judging yourself and focus on the bigger picture. Forgive my bluntness, but it’s realty not all about you! Clean up the container and don’t allow it to dictate to you. Start speaking life to your body, renew your mind about the container you have been given. Nourish and protect your heart and mind. Call on God for healing, stand on the scripture and believe in His goodness. His ways are higher than our ways, just go with that! Be free! Thank God for your container, praise Him and rejoice that you have been given such a miraculous, amazing, perfectly functioning vessel. I don’t mean to offend; I’m actually speaking to myself! Blessings and love my brothers and sisters.
Romans 6,7, and 8.