Power Workout

Posted on Jun 09 , 2014 in God's Word & Life Lessons

Power Workout

© By Brad L Hodges

According to Wiki Answers American’s spend about 2.6 billion dollars a year on fitness memberships.

Apparently there is a lot of physical working out going on in this country at any given time. It seems people are obsessed with gaining strength, losing weight and feeling good about their physical appearance.

But what about spiritual fitness? What kind of working out goes on to strengthen ones soul in America?

According to an article on Churchleaders.com; “While Gallup polls and other statisticians have turned in the same percentage — about 40% of the population — of average weekend church attendees for the past 70 years, a different sort of research paints quite a disparate picture of how many Americans attend a local church on any given Sunday. Less than 20% of Americans regularly attend church — half of what the pollsters report.”

If these statistics are accurate, America is a nation of spiritual weaklings. It is no wonder the moral compass in our country has spun off its axis.

Of course just because someone attends church it does not necessarily mean they are true believers in Jesus Christ as their personal savior, so these elusive statistics may be even more skewed as to what kind of spiritual workout folks are participating in.

A true believer knows that to remain spiritually fit and strong they must engage in consistent, disciplined, spiritual-power-workouts for their inner being, their soul.

How does one do that? What kind of ‘gym’ provides that type of program?

God’s ‘gym’ provides the ultimate spiritual workout and consists of a number of crucial workout stations to ensure the most complete program to make and keep one spiritually fit.

First there is the Bible station. God’s Word is the first place to start an active spiritual workout regime:

Hebrews 4:12 (NIV)
12 For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.

2 Timothy 3:16-17 (NIV)
16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

Romans 15:4 (NIV)
4 For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope.

Next there is the prayer station. In order to obtain the perfect spiritual workout one must be in constant communication with their personal trainer, Jesus Christ:

1 Thessalonians 5:17 (NIV)
17 pray continually,

Luke 11:9 (NIV)
9 “So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.

Romans 8:26 (NIV)
26 In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans.

Philippians 4:6 (NIV)
6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

Finally, working out with others spiritually can be very productive. There is joy and encouragement in engaging in a common spiritual fitness goal with fellow gym goers. So there is the spiritual social workout station:

1 Thessalonians 5:11 (NIV)
11 Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.

Hebrews 10:23-25 (NIV)
23 Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. 24 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, 25 not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

Galatians 6:2 (NIV)
2 Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.

1 Thessalonians 5:14 (NIV)
14 And we urge you, brothers and sisters, warn those who are idle and disruptive, encourage the disheartened, help the weak, be patient with everyone.

To remain a spiritual competitor, strong in faith and substance, one must fully commit to a daily workout in God’s gym. It is there He will strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being.

Ephesians 3:14-21 (NIV)
14 For this reason I kneel before the Father, 15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. 16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

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