I Am Not the Boss of Me


1 Corinthians 6:19-20 (TPT)

19 Have you forgotten that your body is now the sacred temple of the Spirit of Holiness, who lives in you? You don’t belong to yourself any longer, for the gift of God, the Holy Spirit, lives inside your sanctuary.[a

]20 You were God’s expensive purchase, paid for with tears of blood,[b] so by all means, then, use your body[c] to bring glory to God!

Ouch! Ouch! Ouch!

Whenever I read 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 my flesh begins to squirm. There are so many instances in my life where I have been challenged with this very text of scripture.

Every failed diet; every failed exercise program; every choice that goes against God’s desire for my life; every failed opportunity to appreciate and honor this body that houses the Holy Spirit of the Living God!

If you are anything like me, there are times when you wish that you never knew certain scriptures existed.

You wish that you were not committed to allowing God’s word to live in you.

You wish that this was too much knowledge to attain.

You wish that you could claim direct ownership of your own body and be free from the consequences of your choices.

Hey, I get it. It’s the world that we live in, or should I say, it’s the world that lives in us!

The Apostle Paul calls it just what it is:

Romans 8:7 The Passion Translation (TPT)

7 In fact, the mind-set focused on the flesh fights God’s plan and refuses to submit to his direction,[a] because it cannot!