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Many people in the Body of Christ are finally realizing that prosperity is not a side issue with God. Well, I'm here to tell you that health is not a side issue either.

The prosperity of your body is as much a part of your covenant as the prosperity of your finances. Health and wealth are spiritually linked. It's what I call the body/finance connection.

One afternoon, as I was praying for people's deliverance from food addiction, the Lord dropped these words into my heart. He said, "Trying to lose weight without presenting your body as a living sacrifice is like trying to prosper financially without tithing. It just won't work."

Any time we step outside of God's Word, we step outside of covenant rights and privileges. On the other hand, when we line up with God's Word, we activate supernatural power on our behalf.

Romans 12 says:
I appeal to you therefore, brethren, and beg of you in view of all the mercies of God, to make a decisive dedication of your bodies—presenting all your members and faculties—as a living sacrifice, holy, devoted, consecrated, and well pleasing to God, which is your reasonable, rational service and spiritual worship.
(Rom. 12:1 AMP)
A Living Sacrifice
In order to make a decisive dedication of our bodies to God, we must understand the motivation behind Paul's plea here. It is love. Why does God ever ask anything of us? So He can get something to us. The decision to present your body to God opens the door for blessings. All we have to do is line up with His Word.

His Word says there are three things that belong to Him: your spirit, your body, and your tithe. First Corinthians 6 says:
Do you not know that your body is the temple—the very sanctuary—of the Holy Spirit Who lives within you, Whom you have received as a gift from God? You are not your own, You were bought for a price—purchased with a preciousness and paid for, made His own. So then, honor God and bring glory to Him in your body.
(1 Cor. 6:19-20 AMP)
It honors God when we recognize the value of our bodies because it honors the blood.

Say this: "God lives inside me. I have my body because of God. It's not my own. I've been bought with a price. Father, I honor the blood of Jesus by submitting my body to You, a living sacrifice. Now, Father, I'm expecting You to bless it."

When you present your body to God, you are giving God your first fruits so all the rest will be blessed. It's an issue of stewardship. Luke 16:12 says:
And if you have not proved faithful in that which belongs to another, whether God or man, who will give you that which is your own, that is, the true riches.
(Luke 16:12 AMP)
Submitting your spirit to the Lordship of Jesus gives you eternal life. Submitting your tithes and offerings to God gives you prosperity. As you submit your body to God as a living sacrifice, He will get involved in your eating habits.

He will get involved in your weight loss. He will get involved in the health of your body. He wants you walking in perfect health and abundant wealth. He wants you walking in victory in every area of your life.

Health and prosperity are a part of your covenant. Grab hold of them! They are yours!

Meditate on this body/finance connection until it gets deep into your heart and becomes real to you, and go forth and prosper in every way. You've got the right — the covenant right!

Kenneth Copeland Ministries
All rights reserved. Used by permission.

Author Biography

Marty Copeland
Web site: Marty Copeland
Marty Copeland is a wife, mother of 3, a Master Personal Trainer and Nutritional Guidance Counselor. Most importantly, she is here, doing this, because she has experienced first hand that God not only desires to help us reach our health and fitness goals, but He has the perfect plan that will lead us to a lifestyle of freedom and self-control. She has come to know that true health is more than just having a strong and healthy body-though that is something we should all enjoy. True health also includes a strong spirit and soul. It is when our spirits are full and our minds are strong that living a healthy lifestyle becomes easy.

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