But [like a boxer] I buffet my body [handle it roughly, discipline it by hardships] and subdue it, for fear that after proclaiming to others the Gospel {and} things pertaining to it, I myself should become unfit [not stand the test, be unapproved and rejected as a counterfeit] – 1 Corinthians 9:27 (Amplified Bible)

There are people who have missed their time of visitation because they allowed their bodies dictate to them; by that, I mean, they have little or no control over their senses. They are those who find it difficult to fast and pray and eventually conclude that God will give them whatever they desire whenever He’s ready to give them. That’s not true! God doesn’t operate like that.

Romans 8:5-8 says, “5 For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. 6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. 7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. 8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.” And 2 Corinthians 5:7 tells us as Christians, “(For we walk by faith, not by sensory perception)”. In other words, God deals with us with our spirit, not our physical senses.

A lot of times when God wants to reveal deep things to you, He tries to catch your attention so that you can focus on Him. Every now and then, He wakes you up in the middle of the night to pray. If you haven’t learnt to master your body, you’ll continue sleeping and miss out on what He wants to do in your life. But if you have been able to master your body and senses like Paul the Apostle, you’ll never miss out on any of such visitations from the Lord.

Proverbs 25:28 says, “A man without self-control is as defenseless as a city with broken-down walls” (The Living Bible). The importance of being able to master your body can’t be downplayed, especially in the life of the Christian. Always remember that the life you have in Christ Jesus is spiritual, though you live in a body. Therefore, refuse to be ruled by your body (senses); rather build your spirit in God’s Word and in prayer until you’re able to master your body. This is how to remain sensitive to everything God is doing in your life. You’ll always be alert and in control of every situation around you; nothing will catch you unawares. Make up your mind to dominate your body today. It will save you much more than it costs!

For more, please read and study: 1 Corinthians 9:24-27; Proverbs 16:32 (Message Bible)

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Heavenly Father, I thank you for giving me the ability to discipline my body, everyday as I fellowship with your Word, I become more and more acquainted with how to walk in self control, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.