Physically Fit with a Box of Doughnuts

body modelBeing fit is hard work. It requires discipline in exercise, sleep, and diet. If you have ventured any distance into the realm of fitness this is what you will discover. Six days a week in the gym, a balanced diet with lots of protein and good sleep habits. The body you are looking for is on the other side. It is for anyone who wants it.

However, because we all want a short cut to a great body, businesses are grown and money. They know we would all like to be fit and amazing looking without the gym and of course lots of goodies! We do not want to diet but only want a pill. If you look into magazine from “Men’s Health” to “Body and Fitness” you will find beautiful people posing by a supplement bottle or a weight loss concoction. This is to sell you fitness in a bottle.

Ones see a beautiful person next to a miracle formula, guaranteed to burn fat and give you a six pack. What you do not know is that the body model in the add works hard in the gym and does all that I previously mentioned. Right before the photo-shoot they cut weight. This is why they look so great. Who knows whether they took the supplement or medicine? Through this they can sell you a miracle elixir; fitness in a bottle. They know what you want and make a lot of money.

It is bought even though it sounds too good to be true. You can’t take a pill, eat a dozen doughnuts, watch Duck Dynasty endlessly and have a lean, cut physique.

Being a Christian is the same. We want spirituality without the corresponding discipline required to get it. We want to be like Apostle Paul but we do not want to do what he did. Through asking Jesus into our heart, baptism, convenient theologies, church service, and other mixtures we hope that we will be that spiritual man or women we read about in biographies.

It doesn’t come. It won’t; it can’t! What will come, are disappointment and lethargy; spiritually fat and flabby. You may just conclude that God doesn’t have some great task for you or that he doesn’t want to use you in a spiritual way for his Kingdom. This causes you to do less. One simply leans back and expects nothing, doing only some minor exterior Christian religious acts…or go to another conference!

One wants to be like these spiritual greats, like Jesus, as cheaply as one can. This is a problem and a danger. It is a problem because this isn’t how it works. One can get a lot of knowledge in the process of being a “Christian” and feel they are mature in the faith. This is a well-supported delusion. However it is only pride in a disguise.

One can be part of a church and even be elevated to higher position and responsibility, but still be spiritually dwarfed. Others of lower rank in the Church look to that person as a spiritual giant and emulate them. The result is reproduction in kind: spiritually immature, biblically knowledgeable people with tenure.

There is a danger also. The threat is that one may find themselves, just close enough to the spiritual realm, that when Satan discovers a right time, he will destroy them. Even with all the assets just mentioned, one cannot stand against the enemy. These will be vanquished. One may respond “But, isn’t Jesus protecting me?” “I’ve read that somewhere in the Bible.” The answer is “Yes!” he is, however he protects one through a spiritual connection which once initiated is maintained.

There is only one way to get to spiritual fitness and continuous growth. This comes in a co-laboring process with the Holy Spirit. It is outlined in the scripture and it goes like this. Faith is initiated. One reads the Word, gets counsel from the more mature, and takes each thought captive to Christ. This is a good start. They use meditation and prayer to remain in a state of spiritual awareness. This is “Walking in the Spirit.” One must meet with other believers regularly to encourage each other in the faith. While meeting one must provoke and be guided to love and good deeds. Finally, one must carry out the will of God generated from love.

One must be aware that there is an Adversary and he works in the mind to destroy trust in Jesus. This must be kept in mind always. The spiritual in Christ must put themselves in a place to walk with the Spirit as I previously described. This is how he protects and guides the Christian.

In this process there are many spiritual trials that Christ uses to harden faith and develop higher levels of protection. The result is greater faith and intimacy with Jesus. From here spiritual maturity is gained. Acts of spiritual valor in Jesus name are displayed and spiritual power is exhibited.

There is no pill. No elixir will do it. The special conference won’t change you. Only the diligent application of the spiritual tools he has provided will cut the spiritual fat and give that nice cut look of the beautiful Spirit of Jesus. Through away the pills. Just say no to the box of doughnuts and sweat a little.

Daily Meditations

prayerThis page has daily posts to be used as a devotional. It is to inspire and encourage believers. The Daily meditations will also remind us of what we have in Christ and who we are in relationship to Jesus.prayer2

4/16 Stand Firm

James 5:8 …be patient and stand firm…

The onslaught of trouble can cause a quitters attitude in you. It can cause you to forget the Lord is near which will cause bitterness and cynicism that leads you to all forms of sin.

Be patient. How? It means keep loving after punched in the face. It means give yourself away when you have been robbed. Be maligned and speak blessing to your accuser. Trust Jesus and do what is right.

Stand firm as the devil tempts you to take it in to your own hands. He says give them what they deserve but you yield to the Lord. You bless the curse. Satan taunts you in your mind and you often tend to agree. But defy him. Send him to Hell with your submission to the Lord. Hug that abuser and see the Accuser melt like wax.

Take every thought captive and into submission to the Lord!

 

4/14 The Devil will Flee

James 4:7-8 Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God and he will come near to you.

What a weapon and what a promise this is. In submission to God, drawing near to him, we can push out the enemy from our lives.

In crushing, mental chaos, when you are down, when things seem dark, we can have our sanity back. We are not required to suffer in this place. We don’t have to give way to despair. The presence of God pushes out the presence of Satan

Hear lies the key. These are facts but will you take faith to push through is the question. Will you trust him enough to exercise these protective measures or find a weak substitute? Determine now to apply these in prayer…worship him, thank him and claim your hope.

4/13 Favor to the Humble

James 4:6 God…shows favor to the humble.

Humility is espoused as valuable amongst us. I’m not sure it is often something incredibly inspiring. It isn’t a place most strive to be in. I can see this even more as I read this definition: Humility – “having a feeling of insignificance, inferiority, subservience.”

God is kind and gives unfair partiality to those who willfully take this position before him; one of insignificance and subservience. What a place to receive from him special attention and favor.

Humility isn’t so much a posture, expression, or language in public and private discourse but one expressed toward God. Jesus often didn’t seem humble to his contemporaries but before God he was. He is our image, model and God.

“I have come to do your will oh God,” This is the position in attitude which is reflected in action.

Continue minute by minute. Take this posture before God and watch his loving hand work in a special way in your life. Thank him in prayer even now and in meditation see yourself yielding to him, saying “Yes” to your master.

4/10 Persevere

James 1:12 Blessed is the one who perseveres….receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.

Trails make you want to quit. This is true in any endeavor. In many things, the ramification of quitting are minimal and the venture is generally optional. When speaking of spiritual things in Christ much more is at stake.

Yes, there is much to be gained in Christ through trails yet more is at stake. The crown of life is at stake. Some have contended this doesn’t mean eternal life but this is due to their major theological bias. It is eternal life and even if it weren’t’ there are plenty of scriptures indicating persevering to the end is required for salvation. I’ll leave that study to you the reader.

Preserve and be saved and those who love him will. Determine to hold on and cling to him in His divine call on your life, especially through difficulties.

Plan in meditation and prayer to persevere in the next trial, because it is coming ready or not. Develop a spiritual kata as follows to use before the storm hits. Jesus is with you, he loves you and you can trust him. He is doing something wonderful in your life whether you see it or not.

Family verses Kingdom

family22Everyone wants a good family and a comfortable life. This is ordinary and I expect estimable. However Jesus has a little different angle on family. Jesus is calling us to trade the dream for the Kingdom.

I think you can live for one of two objectives in life, for pleasure or for purpose. This is in tune with what I’ve heard said from a preacher “When preaching you have a choice between entertaining or challenging.”

The church is a great place to build a family. I think with the constant reinforcement of positive values from the scriptures and an environment that supports this is important. These with a family life style exhibited at the direction of parents is essential. This will provide an opportunity for the greatest pleasure in life and the best possible family you could develop. Awesome!

However we need family to find its place in the hierarchy of God’s values. How does the family fit and where on His priorities?

Let’s look at three scriptures: Matt 6:33, Mark 10:29-30, and 1 Tim 5:8. In short Mark says to seek first His Kingdom and God will provide for you, the second says those who leave family for the gospel will gain eternal life and persecution, and the last in 1 Tim says provide for your family. Now how do we make these mesh? Kingdom first, leave family, and provide for your family.

Your family isn’t first but the Kingdom is. That means you put family behind the Kingdom while still providing for them. So what does that look like?

I don’t know what would be better than using your family to achieve the ends of advancing the Kingdom. Do what you need to do to provide for your family. Does this mean that you get everything the culture and Disney deem for your family? Of course not, you give them what they need. They need love, food, shelter, education and direction and most importantly Kingdom values.

Use kid’s sports and activities for the Kingdom. Use family events for advancing the gospel, prompt children to adopt careers for the purpose of extending God’s mercy. Go to work to have something to give to the poor and show the work place His Kingdom in your life.

In the church it normally looks like each is using God to advance their kingdom and pleasure. There is no salvation in this. This is self-serving and God sees right through it. You see it too, and that is why many call church the bless me club.

We gain a lot of blessing form adhering to God’s principles of living. But this blessing has a purpose. It is blessing of the dying world around us. It is your pleasure or His Kingdom, choose this day whom you will serve.