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Physical vs Spiritual

Anything that affects our physical body affects our emotions and mind and therefore affects our relationship with God. Thinking of a lemon causes a physical response in my mouth. Fear can cause a ninety-pound woman to release adrenaline that enables her to lift a car. Sickness or pain can make me prone to irritability. There is a direct connection between the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual elements of our person. So taking care of our physical body affects us spiritually.

Our heavenly Designer gave specific instruction on how to care for His temple, including what we should and shouldn't eat and drink. If I want my new car to function optimally, I must pay attention to the manufacturer's manual. We don't have to follow the manual, but then the manufacturer no longer bears the responsibility for the malfunctioning of the machine. We can decide to put water in the gas tank, but the car won't run. God seeks to bless us, desiring to restore us to wholeness. When we follow His plan, we reap the benefits.

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