Discipline and Exercise

It’s possible to eat right, get plenty of fresh air and sunshine, and still be flabby. This is bad when we are referring to our physical situation; it is tragic if we are spiritually flabby. How many who claim Jesus as Savior and Lord are, for all Spiritual purposes, “wimps?” There seem to be too many who enjoy all the benefits but are undisciplined and do not exercise. What do we mean by spiritual discipline and exercise? Have we disciplined ourselves to be faithful in a daily “quiet time?” Are we faithful to the local assembly? How about discipline in our finances and giving? Or do we do these things only when we are “in the mood?” What about exercise? Sharing our faith is exercise! However, it is only a part of our necessary exercise program. Some of the other exercise includes study: “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of Truth (II Timothy 2:15). Godliness: “….exercise thyself (rather) unto godliness.” (From I Timothy 4:7). Defending our faith (knowing what we believe and why and becoming able to teach and defend it): “But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and (be) ready always to (give) an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear” (I Peter 3:15). And: “….earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints. (From Jude, Verse 3). Christianity is not a game, a club, a means of entertainment, etc. It is war, a battle, an enemy, attacks, defense, conquests, etc. Paul understood, do we? He testified: “But I keep under my body, and bring (it) into subjection.” (From I Corinthians 9:27). Mrs. C. H. Morris offers these timely thoughts: “They who know the Savior shall in Him be strong, mighty in the conflict of the right ’gainst wrong; this the blessed promise given in God’s Word, doing wondrous exploits, they who know the Lord. Brave to bear life’s testing, strong the foe to meet, walking like a hero midst the furnace heat, doing wondrous exploits with the Spirit’s sword, winning souls for Jesus, praise, oh, praise the Lord! Victory! victory! Blessed, blood-bought victory!  Victory! victory! Vict’ry all the time!  As Jehovah liveth, strength divine He giveth unto those who know Him—vict’ry all the time!” (From: “Victory All the Time“). Selah! This is a time to develop spiritual muscle; it is not a time to make excuses for a lack of discipline and exercise.    Ron

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