Abusing The Body - Part 1
March 15 | Taken from a message by Adrian Rogers
Sometimes, sickness is due to a violation of God’s natural laws. What do I mean by that? We flaunt God’s natural laws and expect to be well! For example, a lot of people poison their bodies with nicotine.
Now, somebody says, "Can I smoke and go to heaven?” The truth of the matter is, you may get there a whole lot quicker! Smoking won’t send you to hell; it’ll just make you smell like you’ve been there. If you smoke, you violate God’s natural law. God made nicotine to kill bugs, not people.
One pastor was asked to pray for another pastor who was sick. And that pastor said, “I’m not going to pray for him. Why should I pray for him? He does the work of ten men and eats everything in sight.”
Do you know what some of us want? We want God to allow us to violate His natural law, and then let us live a healthy life. And if we get sick and ask God to heal us, we think we don't have to be responsible for our personal choices and actions that made us sick in the first place.
Romans 12:1-3 says, "I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith."