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A Spiritual Work Out
Anonymous - July 17, 2015
Devotional

A Spiritual Work Out I personally know that working out is hard. The desire and thought is simple, but actually getting up, moving, and doing it daily is exhausting. It takes courage, dedication, willpower and strength. We also need (as humans) encouragement and support when we need to make a change. Working out for improved health, losing extra weight, building muscle is a change that takes physical movement, everyday. When Jesus calls us to Him, to change who we are, this action also takes movement.Physically by picking up our Bibles, studying, going to church, and also spiritually, by praying, believing, and allowing the spirit to create change within us. “Whoever desires to come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me” - Mark 8:34. When I watch my son play football, or workout, I see the sweat, and the weariness, the frustration and denial of not being able to do it. But once he gets going, he's in it, he is there, and gives it all he has. Theres times when I have yelled out, “DIG DEEP SON!!!!”, as I need to remind myself also, to dig deep. I can only imagine, that the good Lord is on our sidelines, reminding us, "Keep going, don't give up, to dig deep, because Im here and I love you!" I wanted to see what these actions looked like in the Bible, so I thought of a few key words relating to working out, and how physically we need these qualities, but also how they can apply spiritually, and how deep down only Jesus can work in our lives what these scriptures say. Appearance: Man looks at the outward appearance, but the lord looks at the heart 1 Sam.16:7 Choices: Choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve..But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord."­ Joshua 24:15 Commitment: "Commit your way to the lord; trust in him and he will do this: He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn." Psalm 37:5­6 Courage: "Be Strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified...for the Lord your God goes with you." Deuteronomy 31:6 Discipline: Discipline brings peace in the family. Proverbs 29: 17 Strength: “ I can do everything through him who gives me strength.” Phil 4:13 Transform: "Who by the power that enables him, to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.:" Phil 3:21 Water: "Whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst, indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life." John 4:13­-14 Like the difference of black and white, or good or bad, the heads or tails, hot and cold, there is always two sides to the coins. Sometimes you need them both, but it always will be a choice in what you choose. So, let your mediation on the words of the holy, and wonderful God fill up your hearts, so in his time, we can fulfill our destiny and his plan for our lives as we physically and spiritually dig deep for Christ! Want to find out more about what it means to have a personal relationship with God? You can read more about God’s Plan of Redemption or contact the ministry team with any questions.