[Calvary Chapel] 2019-08-17 - Exercise

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1 Timothy 4:7 (NIV)--"Train yourself to be godly."

1 Corinthians 9:24 Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. 25 Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. 26 Therefore I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air. 27 No, I strike a blow to my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.

Three years ago, I was diagnosed with Guillain-Barre Syndrome. As a result, I lost the ability to walk for over six months. When my body began to recover, I underwent months of physical therapy. They didn’t help with recovery at all. But they did prepare my muscles to do the job, as I recovered. After the therapy sessions were completed, I continued the exercises for several years. In fact, I still go through the balance-building exercises each day. Once the disease let go of me, regular exercise was important in my recovery. The more I exercised my weak muscles, the stronger they got.

Likewise, daily spiritual exercise is important for Christians. Regular Bible reading, prayer, and worship are vital in building and sustaining one's faith. The more we exercise our faith, the stronger it gets. Are we exercising our faith? Are we getting stronger in Christ?

[email richard] Richard Moser, Jr

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