Exercise Your Faith

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  1. HeDied4U

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    ** note: a friend of mine sent this to me. I am unsure of the origin, thus unable to say if it's copyrighted, but I wanted to share it with you all **

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    Hoisting several hundred pounds of free weights over his chest, famous
    49er Jerry Rice said, "I'm willing to make the sacrifices, to do the
    work. There's not many out there with my endurance or my desire."

    Some of us lift weights and burn calories for countless hours at the
    gym. Do we display that same determination in our spiritual lives? Since
    none of us can become godly by osmosis, we need to learn to exercise our
    faith. It takes exercise and effort to achieve spiritual fitness.

    "Without faith it is impossible to please God" (Hebrews 11:6). Can you
    define faith and how it has worked in your life? Faith isn't just a
    biblical term to study. It's a dynamic principle of living. If we
    experience it regularly, we will find ourselves in the best spiritual
    shape of our lives.

    How is your faith exercised?

    Sit-Ups
    Sit under the teaching of the Word of God every week. In Acts 20:7 we
    read that the disciples came together on the first day of the week to
    break bread and hear the teachings of the apostle Paul.

    100-Yard Dash
    Be ready to run to the aid of a hurting soul and demonstrate God's love.
    We were not created to live and function alone. We need one another for
    help and support. Ecclesiastes 4:9 says that "Two are better than
    one, for if they fall, one will lift up his companion."

    Push-Ups
    A traditional push-up strengthens your chest and shoulder muscles.
    Lifting up a person in need builds your spiritual muscles. The Father of
    mercies "comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to
    comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we
    ourselves are comforted by God" (2 Corinthians 1:4). Christians who have
    been encouraged by God should be the world's best encouragers.

    Deep Knee-Bends
    If you want the Lord's blessing on your life, pray. Paul urges us to
    "continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it" (Colossians 4:2).
    It takes effort and commitment to confess your sins before God, and to
    pray for guidance for yourself and others. Prayer is one of the most
    difficult disciplines, but it leads to spiritual fitness and vitality.

    Lunges
    Lunge into Christian service. When God shows you a need that you can
    fill, get involved and see the Holy Spirit work through you. "The
    manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all"
    (1 Corinthians 12:7).

    Stretching
    Stretch out in faith. As I watched my father stretch his faith in moving
    from a prosperous pastorate to an unpredictable presidency at a
    struggling Christian college, I learned that faith is a life-changing
    truth. As my father stretched way beyond his comfort zone in obedience
    to God, things began to take shape.

    Walking
    Walk in the Word daily. "Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every
    word that proceeds from the mouth of God" (Matthew 4:4). Reading the
    Bible is like exercise. Some days you don't feel like doing it, but you
    know it's good for you. Discipline yourself for godliness by making it a
    habit to read the Bible every day.

    Being consistent in practicing these moves of an active faith is key
    because a "stop-start" exercise regimen rarely produces lasting results.
    If you want to make a new start in your spiritual fitness routine,
    consult your physician-the Great Physician, Jesus Christ. Ask God to
    help you practice daily spiritual disciplines that will increase your
    faith.

    Runners come to a point where they can hardly put one foot in front of
    another. But as they press on, their energy is replenished, and they
    finish the race with a great sense of accomplishment. Likewise, the road
    of dynamic Christian living requires perseverance.

    The Bible provides incredible incentive to persevere: "Exercise daily in
    God-no spiritual flabbiness please! Workouts in the gymnasium are
    useful, but a disciplined life in God is far more so, making you fit
    both today and forever" (1 Timothy 4:7-8 The Message).

    Unlike bodily exercise, the benefits of spiritual fitness last into
    eternity.

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    God Bless!!!

    Adam [​IMG]
     
  2. Deacon

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    After parking some church members in a distant lot I usually comment that not only is the church looking out for their spiritual health by offering fellowship and teaching, but their physical health by encouraging physical activity.

    Rob
     
  3. superdave

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    I volunteered to park in the junior high parking lot next door to make room for visitors...and ride the shuttle van to the door of the church.

    Oh, well, so much for the exercise

    I agree, many people will spend the 30 min a day on a treadmill, but read a couple verses, and the daily crumbs, and call it devotion.

    We had Dr. Jim Berg in our church last month, and he described students at BJ, going to their mailbox and reading letters from a sweetheart. He said our Bible study should be the same way. Pouring over the words trying to grasp every shred of meaning out of it we can, and reading it repeatedly. The analogy was pretty good, since most people who are dating or engaged demonstrate the concept of devotion pretty well.
     

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