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It is my hope that by reading this daily you will grow in your walk with Christ and be set free from any struggles in your life that are weighing you down. Be blessed to be a blessing.

Friday, September 6, 2013

SHAPE UP FOR CHRIST


How is your spiritual fitness level? Just as a person who stays in shape has a physical fitness level and usually schedules their workouts if it is important to them, so too your spiritual side needs a work out too or it will become "flabby" in the sense it will go unused. Muscles need to be worked out with weights to stay toned and to keep trim. Your spiritual workout should include a good dose of scripture to set your mind thinking like Christ.

Many people probably neglect studying and reading the word of God because to them they are church members and go to church each Sunday. That is not enough my friend. Church is not a social club, although you can make friends there, but it is a place we go to recharge, renew, and refresh each Sunday. This "refreshment" needs to be a daily thing.

Let's say that government forces one day make owning a Holy Bible illegal as it is in many nations. Do not be fooled this could happen in the United States because already "religious rights" have been trampled on in several areas. Would you have enough in your "mental storage banks" to help you through tough times?

What do you normally fill your mind with? Secular television, novels, magazines, gossip, and other things that in the big scheme of things do not matter a whole lot. If you continue this practice and do not include daily training in God's word, the Bible, you risk being unprepared for the attacks and battles Satan is sure to throw your way. You have to defeat the devil and his demonic forces with the word of God. Quote scriptures to him and tell him to leave you alone because you are a child of God!

1 Peter 4:12(NIV) says 'Dear friends, not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test yours though something strange were happening to you.' When trouble comes your way or a trial it is good to know scripture and be able to know that God is with you. In 1 Peter 3:15 it reminds us 'sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asks you for the reason of hope that is in you, with meekness and fear.' Fear here meaning respect.


It is a good thing to set aside time daily for a walk or gym trip to keep your "temple of God" in good working order but it is equally or more important to work out with the Word of God, the Bible as well. Do you desire to be spiritually fit? It is a discipline all children of God who want to grow in Christ should put on their daily schedule.
PRAYER: Lord I know it is vitally important each and every day to spend time with you. Not just saying grace at meals but getting serious about growing in Christ. Forgive me Lord when I have allowed worldly things to squeeze out my time with you, I choose today to start anew and get into the Bible. I refuse to allow Satan to keep distracting me. In Jesus' name. Amen.

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