About this time every year, I start thinking about diet and exercise. Anybody else?
But you know, the Bible says strenuous spiritual exercise is better than physical exercise.
And if ever, we need to be spiritually strong, it’s now, in these crazy times we are living.
Paul says to “exercise yourself toward godliness” (4:7).
The dear old Apostle uses words like “train”, “toil”, and “strive”.
He said, “ Have nothing to do with irreverent, silly myths. Rather train yourself for godliness; for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come. The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance. For to this end we toil and strive, because we have our hope set on the living God, who is the Savior of all people, especially of those who believe. (1Tim 4:7-10)
We are to toil, and strive, and train to learn biblical truth, remember truth, and remind each other of truth because the world is continually assaulting truth.
Truth sets us free and keeps us free.
As we daily work our spiritual muscles to remember God’s promises about each day and future days, we will be able to stand strong—regardless of what the crazy world is doing.
When the world tempts us to go our own way, we won’t, because we will remember WHO sits on the throne of our lives; and we’ve disciplined ourselves to surrender to Him daily.
Yes friends, WE are the church of the LIVING GOD, the pillar and ground of the truth—We have to be serious about working out our spiritual muscles so we can confidently hold the line of truth , because “in the latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons“ (1 Tim 4:1)
Did you see that “some will depart from the faith because of deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons”?
We can’t take this lightly for ourselves or those we love.
Though it takes time and effort, spiritual exercise protects our hearts and minds.
Every moment you spend actively setting your hope on the living God – seeking God through His Word and through prayer, and doing what He says will pay off! It’s worth it friend!
Because “The wisdom of the prudent is to discern his way, but the folly of fools is deceiving” (Prov 14:8)
“The simple believes everything,
but the prudent gives thought to his steps. One who is wise is cautious and turns away from evil, but a fool is reckless and careless.“ (Prov 14:15-16)
“In the fear of the LORD one has strong confidence, and his children will have a refuge”. (Prov 14:26)
God’s Word is SO GOOD!
Let’s commit to strengthen our spiritual muscles as we embark upon another year.
Join us Monday on this page as we begin our study of Colossians.
Happy New Years Eve!
One thought on “Thinking of exercising?”
I’ve been shoveling snow. Best, free workout EVER! Now, I’m going to eat lunch and take a nap!