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Daughter of the King - born from above in 1989.

Deborah grew up in a military family and moved to Florida in the early 1970's.  She began her journey of creative writing soon after coming to know Jesus as her personal Savior. Her primary goal is to share her personal testimony with others while bringing hope and practical help through her writing.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Exercise Profits Nothing – At Least Not The Way You Think…

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There’s just no way to avoid it.  It blares loudly on the TV, broadcasts over the radio, and pops up repeatedly on the internet.  

Everywhere you turn there are gadgets to help you get fit and trim, companies trying to sell you another exercise or diet plan, and various programs extolling the virtues of the latest workout routine.

I was listening to a pastor’s message on the Christian radio station in my area, and heard a familiar verse that some have used in a humorous way. But as I listened to his sermon, I began to hear and understand it in a whole new light.

I Timothy 4:8 says, “For bodily exercise profits a little, but godliness is profitable for all things, having the promise of the life that now is and of that which is to come.”

Another translation puts it this way:  "...physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things ..."

A brisk walk lowers blood pressure, lessens your cholesterol, and reduces stress on the body. Engaging in some form of regular physical exercise will generally add years to your lifespan. Exercise helps to reduce harmful chemicals in our bodies, and provides a form of abreaction (letting off steam), helps to build up stamina, counteracts the biochemical effects of stress, and reduces the risk of psychological illness.

As Christians, we house the Holy Spirit, and our temple needs to be strong and fit.  Health and fitness are godly goals when they are balanced with common sense and right priority. 

In biblical times, physical exercise was not touted as necessary because people living in that time period generally walked everywhere and performed manual labor on a routine basis. Their diet consisted primarily of whole grains, vegetables, fruits, sheep & goat dairy products and fish.

However, exercise can become a means to an end that can mimic idol worship if it is not properly monitored.

Verse 7 prefaces the previous passage in I Timothy 4 with the following, “…and exercise yourself rather to godliness.”

Spiritually speaking, when we exercise godliness through prayer, bible study, and self-control, we keep our spiritual man healthy. But what good is it if we take care of the physical body, but neglect our spiritual man and coddle our sinful nature?

The eternal value mentioned in verse 8 is the promise of the life that is to come. Paul makes it clear that whatever we are doing for the here and now is indeed profitable – even commendable, but that which is to come, is of greater value and lasting. Taking care of the spirit man, which is incorruptible and lives forever, is far more important than maintaining a corruptible body that will slowly decay in this world.

Matthew Henry explains the passage this way in his Commentary:  “Those who would be godly must exercise themselves unto godliness; it requires a constant exercise…The encouragement which we have to proceed in the ways of godliness is evident. Will the profit balance the loss? Here is another of Paul’s faithful sayings, worthy of all acceptation – that all our labours and losses in the service of God will be abundantly recompenced, so that though we lose for Christ we shall not lose by him."

Exercise is not my god, nor do I place my fate in its hands.  Sure, I still go to body-pump and cycle classes at the local YMCA. I faithfully walk my two dogs every morning for almost an hour. I make it a point to stay active, eat right, and get a good night’s sleep. But for me, keeping my Spirit woman healthy and fit is a higher, God-ordained priority.

What has God spoken to you about your spiritual workout lately?  Do you need a "mini boot camp" to whip yourself into shape - or would a long-term maintenance plan be the best thing for your spiritual well being?

Share with me your successes or failures as we strive to stay in top spiritual shape...

Deborah is the author of a Christian non-fiction book titled “Mission Possible”. It is written for women who love the Lord Jesus, but their spouse doesn’t share their passion.  It will encourage and challenge the reader to embrace God’s promises for their spouse and future together. 

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Thursday, April 4, 2013

It's Not About Religion - It's About Relationship

Can you recall a time when a family member or friend came to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ?  Have you personally witnessed someone’s radical conversion to Christianity?  Maybe you were the one who changed so drastically that others could not believe it!

I was the one who repeatedly rejected God and anyone who tried to help me “see the light”.  For years I declined invitations to church and made excuses for not wanting to attend a service.

I was the one who thought it was all about church and religion.  I did not realize it was about a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

I met the Lord in 1989 - right around Easter time.  I was thirty-three years old and walked up the isle of my church, acknowledging that Jesus Christ was my Savior.

I had what you would call a “radical conversion” to be sure.  My life began to change right away – beginning with a burning desire to be in church, attend bible studies, and worship in a corporate setting with other believers.  God’s Holy Spirit had permeated me to the point that people who knew me (including my husband) noticed a change in me right away!

Sure – there were personal habits and routines that needed to be changed, and language that would eventually “clean up”, but for the most part – I was totally transformed that very first Sunday service.

This past Easter Sunday I attended church with my husband who normally does not attend church with me on a regular basis.  He sat attentively as our Pastor preached a relevant Easter message and very methodically went through the plan of salvation.  He also conveyed exactly what it was to be a “true” Christian believer before he extended an invitation to those in attendance. 

As I surveyed our church’s auditorium during the Easter service, I wondered how many in attendance were sure of their salvation. Many who came to church that Sunday believed they were Christians. Some attended every week, while others came only on special occasions.  Being in church does not make you a Christian.  Having parents or grandparents who are Christians does not make you a Christian.  

A Christian is a “follower and disciple of Christ”.  The one who keeps His commandments and does His will is a true Christian (John 14:15). 

Preachers have expounded on the passage in Matthew 7:21-23 which clearly states that not everyone who calls Him Lord will enter the kingdom of God.  There are many who enter through the wide, easy gate of destruction, and few who enter through the narrow, difficult gate leading to life (Matthew 7:13-14).

The Word declares that God draws us unto Himself.  In Luke 19:10 Jesus says, …for the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.”  Jesus also told us in John 15:16-19, “You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit… I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.”

Like many people in church at any given Sunday service, my husband thinks he is indeed a Christian.  You say, “How do you know he isn’t?   I say, “How do I know he is?

Scripture tells us that there are evidences of a true conversion.  Zacchaeus is a great example of someone who immediately wanted to make things right with those he had wronged (Luke 19:1-10).  Another example is that of Saul – later known as the Apostle Paul.  Once he hunted down and murdered followers of Jesus who called themselves The Way, and then he was ministering to saints and gentiles about the saving grace of Jesus Christ.  He preached across Asia Minor and much of the Middle East, and authored over two-thirds of the New Testament.

In most cases – a true conversion produces a changed life.  

Godly sorrow produces repentance, and that equates to a noticeable change.  Becoming a Christian requires a transformation from the “old man” to a "new creation" – a child of the Living God.

While you are waiting for your miracle (e.g. your spouse coming to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ) be sure to prayer Scripture over your mate. 

One of my favorite verses to pray is Ephesians 1:17-19.  I would pray something like this:  “Lord, I pray that You would give [insert spouse’s name] the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of who You are, that the eyes of their understanding would be enlightened; that they may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of His power towards them who believe, according to the working of His mighty power. Amen.”

In the meantime…Stay focused on the truth.  Pray that God will reveal Himself to your spouse in a tangible way.  Persevere in faith.  Wait with expectant hope.  Salvation is coming to your household!  (Acts 16:31)

Deborah is the author of a Christian non-fiction book titled “Mission Possible”. It is written for women who love the Lord Jesus, but their spouse doesn’t share their passion.  It will encourage and challenge the reader to embrace God’s promises for their spouse and future together. 

If you have been encouraged by this post - please take time to share it with others.



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