I will be satisfied with Your likeness when I awake.
You were made in God’s image—be thankful how God made you.
We, unfortunately, live in an age of liposuction and bulimia. Countless numbers of people, Christian and non-Christian, are disenchanted with the way they look and spend thousands to change the way God made them. Fortunately, the most important part of us, our spirit, lives in a temporary house. Someday we will get a new body just like Jesus has—one that will never rot or grow old.
. . . our citizenship is in heaven, . . . the Lord Jesus Christ . . . will transform the body of our humble state into conformity with the body of His glory. —Philippians 3:20-21
While we wait for that new body, be thankful for all things, including the way your temporary house was designed—because you were designed by God.
In everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. —1 Thessalonians 5:18
. . . the Lord, your Redeemer, and the one who formed you from the womb. —Isaiah 44:24
Is it wrong for a Christian to participate in Yoga classes? I’ve heard it both ways. Some say that it is participating in Eastern Mysticism. Some say that it is as harmless as eating Italian food and not becoming an Italian. I have never partaken, so I don’t know what it is about, although I know that visualization is part of it. Couldn’t someone just visualize about Jesus and heaven?
Doing Yoga and visualizing Jesus is no different than accepting an invitation from Satan to an art class just because you wanted to learn how to draw. Christians shouldn’t go near Yoga. Yoga is a form of meditation/prayer from Eastern Mysticism. It is one of the six major Hindu philosophical systems to be followed in order to obtain union (or Yoga) with the ultimate, the “Great,” all-pervading “Soul.” Practicing disciplined Yoga is believed to be the path to the realization of the good within, the “true self.”
The scriptural violations of Yoga are too numerous to list. In summary, Yoga is self-centered, not Christ-centered. Satan never says “Hey, you, worship this idol.” Rather, he uses disguises, so as not to scare off those who are less mature in the Word of God.
. . . even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. Therefore it is not surprising if his servants also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness. —2 Corinthians 11:14-15
Why look to Satan for your answer when God has already given you the answer?
. . . whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything is worthy of praise, dwell on these things. —Philippians 4:8
God wants you to ask Him for help in every area. You have, incredibly, direct access to the God of the universe—why go anywhere else?
. . . let your requests be made known to God. —Philippians 4:6
. . . casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you. —1 Peter 5:7
Some people claim they are just “stretching” and doing “breathing exercises.” If this is what you are looking for, you should just take a stretch class. Too many non-Christians and immature Christians are sucked into full-blown Yoga under these same auspices. Their compromises may eventually cause them harm, or worse, lead them into a false faith.
Keeping faith . . . which some have rejected and suffered shipwreck in regard to their faith. —1 Timothy 1:19
Additional thoughts on yoga: Once my pastor took a side-journey during his message with a piece of commentary on yoga that I thought was worth passing on. He mentioned that one of the first things they teach you in yoga is to “empty your mind” and he tied that to the following scripture in Matthew 12 (I bolded and underlined the key word “empty.”)
43 “When an unclean spirit goes out of a man, he goes through dry places, seeking rest, and finds none. 44 Then he says, ‘I will return to my house from which I came.’ And when he comes, he finds it empty, swept, and put in order. 45 Then he goes and takes with him seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter and dwell there; and the last state of that man is worse than the first. So shall it also be with this wicked generation.” ______________________________ ______________________________
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