Exercise Program for the Race

Since the exercise program is found in the “Training Manual,” this post will be mostly quotes from that “Manual” with a few comments. “….exercise thyself (rather) unto godliness. For bodily exercise profiteth little: but Godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come.” (From I Timothy 4:7-8). Applying and obeying God’s Word develops in us God-like and holy lives. Great exercise! In Acts 24:16, Paul speaks of very beneficial exercise: “And herein do I exercise myself, to have always a conscience void of offence toward God, and (toward) men.” Integrity, transparency, dependability, concern for others are very important ways to exercise. Another exercise is found in Jude 3: “….earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.” Defend and spread Truth. Explain convincingly the reasons for your faith: “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). These exercises will go a long way in helping us to run well! “Brother, keep straight on the Christian’s race, with your eyes on the heav’nly goal, where a rest remains for the tried and true in the homeland of the soul. Brother, keep straight on, in the old-time way which our fathers before us trod; tho’ the way be long, rough and toilsome, too, and is stained with martyr’s blood.  Brother, keep straight on, to the end endure, and the goal shall at last be won; till your weary feet tread the golden street, and you hear your Lord’s “Well done.” The Christian’s race is set before you, lay ev’ry weight and sin aside; keep ever onward, upward pressing, the Lord Himself will be your guide; a cloud of witnesses surround you, the promised land before you lies; keep ever onward, upward pressing, tow’rd the mark for the prize.” (“Brother, Keep Straight on in the Christian’s Race,”-by Mrs. C. H. Morris). Selah! Spiritual exercise makes us strong in the Lord. It overcomes flabby faith!    Ron

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