get your workout on
“…continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to His good purpose” (Philippians 2:12b-13, NIV).
Let’s seek to understand the practice of spiritually working out our salvation through the understanding of a physical workout.
When I physically workout, I challenge myself. If I’m going to take thirty minutes to an hour away from the demands of the day, I’m going to make sure the activity counts! So, my favorite workout is a wooded trail with plenty of distance and hills for running.
I can’t carry on a pleasant conversation while doing this workout- my entire focus is on breathing and conquering the next hill. Muscles fatigue about half-way through the workout, and the mind entertains thoughts of quitting. Still I go on, coaching myself to do the hard thing. I often quote something like, “I can do anything for fifteen more minutes.”
Does that sound easy? You’re right! It’s not easy! And if I treat the temporal part of my being with so great a challenge, then how much more should I work out the spiritual part of my being which is eternal?
Today I’m sharing Spiritual Disciplines that every believer should incorporate into his/her life. It’s not a matter of how much time you believe you have or don’t have. We all have the same twenty-four hours a day. It is what we prioritize in our lives that makes the difference. If I can shoot straight here, and you have always allowed me to be brutally honest with you in the past, then your decision to become spiritually disciplined or not will result in your bringing the realities of the kingdom of heaven to earth or your living a very carnal life with the confusing title of a believer. (I say the hard things because I love you!)
I’ll give you a moment to recover, because I know that was a gut-punch…
If you’re ready, let’s look at
Sharing Love and Truth’s 7 Spiritual Disciplines
- SEE what God is doing. The Son can do nothing by Himself; He can do only what He sees His Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does. -Jesus (Pray: Father, give me eyes to see what You are doing.)
- READ God’s Holy Word. Quantity is not the issue; reading for the purpose of revelation is. Apply each daily portion of “bread” to your life and re-evaluate your belief system in contrast to the newly revealed truth. Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God. -Jesus (Pray: Father, give me ears to hear You speaking to me through Your Word.)
- MEMORIZE passages of the Bible. I have hidden Your Word in my heart that I might not sin against You. (Pray: Father, develop my hunger to hide Your Word in my heart.)
- SPEAK God’s Word over yourself and others. Anyone can report the evidences of death and destruction in the world, but it takes a disciplined child of God to declare the anointed Word of God that produces life! The words I have spoken to you are spirit and they are life. -Jesus (Pray: Father, let my words speak life.)
- WRITE a record of revelation received and the transformation noted in your life. Write down the revelation. (Pray: Father, instill in me a desire to write what You teach me.)
- WORSHIP when alone and with other believers. I will extol the Lord at all times; His praise will always be on my lips..Glorify the Lord with me; let us exalt His Name together. -David (Pray: Father, I choose to give You the praise and adoration that You are eternally deserving to receive. No rock will cry out in substitution of my praise!)
- SHARE your testimony. Encourage others with what God is doing in your life. We cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard. -Peter and John (Pray: Father, lead me to opportunities to share Your goodness with others and equip me with boldness to declare Your Name and fame.)
- Matthew 5:19
- Matthew 4:4
- Psalm 119:11
- John 6:63
- Habakkuk 2:2
- Psalm 34:1,3
- Acts 4:20