God's Fitness Program
Proper nutrition and exercise is vital to physical, mental and spiritual stamina. What is your source? I mean, what dietary sources do you use to provide not only your physical nutrition, but Spiritual nutrition as well. How do you exercise your faith?
Christian living must include ingestion of God's word, the Bible. Studying the Bible, not just reading it, but truly digging into the word provides the knowledge to establish and sustain growth or "maturing" in Christ. Not only must I ingest or consume the word, but I must digest it as well. Digestion of God's word allows for the breakdown of the "nutrients" or intended lesson to provide growth, understanding. Understanding allows one to the exert the word or in other words, do it ( James 1:21,22), Living out ( exercising) God's word allows others to witness His presence on earth 1 Thessalonians 1:2-10.
As I mature in my walk with Christ (sanctification), I am transformed to become more like Him. This "maturing" is evidenced by the development of a healthy mental, physical, and Spiritual balance, “for bodily discipline is only of little profit, but godliness is profitable for all things, since it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come”. (1 Timothy 4:8).
God's fitness program works off any unnecessary weight "spiritual strongholds", characteristics that inhibit my transformation. Do not fear the process. Yes, at times it may be painful, but the rewards are exceedingly valuable. Greater freedom, availability, and endurance to run the race.
"Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us," Hebrews 12:1