I can remember about three years ago when me and my wife planned for our 10 year anniversary trip how excited I was. We where going to this beautiful adult only resort in Riviera Maya Mexico called Secrets Maroma. When we looked this resort up I was amazed at how beautiful the beach was. So of course my first thought was to make sure I get myself in shape before our trip. So before our trip I started a gym membership and was at the gym faithfully for 6 months. During that 6 months I got in great shape which was my goal. After our trip when we got back home I continued to go the gym but not as much. I also can remember a time when my wife trained for her first 5k run for the National Brain Tumor Society and Life with Cancer how she trained very hard for 6 weeks to get herself ready for her run. In recent times in today’s society there has been a huge push on being physically fit and having a proper diet. We have seen the First Lady and White House push this in schools and to America as a whole. There have been several reality television shows promoting great health and better dieting habits. We have seen professional athletes train hard for events like the NFL Scouting Combine, marathon races and all the events they participate in to get in shape to perform well. We have seen professional models watch their diets to have this beautiful figure they desire to have. As of recently I have heard people talking about making Santa Clause slim down because he is obese and I have recently seen a commercial where Chuck E Cheese was slim down. But where is the push for us to be trained up spiritually?
Promoting physical health through exercise and dieting is great. But what good does it do if we as people are spiritually untrained or out of shape? I have seen athletes who are in amazing shape only hear them say with their mouth that they don’t believe in God or Jesus or in heaven or hell. So what good does their physical appearance do for them in the end? We need to start promoting spiritual health more than physical health because that’s what truly matters in the end. God does want us to be physically trained but he also want us to be spiritually trained. Why does God want us to be spiritually trained? Because if we are physically trained we maybe be able to handle physical battles and situations. But what happens when we face battles of the spirit? No physical training will be able to help us face, fight and conquer that battle. In order to fight the spiritual battles we have to be in relationship with God. Lets take a look at some scriptures that God put on my heart to share that can help us become spiritually trained and win the spiritual battles when they come our way.
1 SAMUEL 30:6-David was greatly distressed because the men were talking of stoning him; each one was bitter in spirit because of his sons and daughters. But David found strength in the Lord his God. No physical attribute could have provided the strength that David needed at this time. It was in relationship with God that gave him the strength that he needed.
1 Corinthians 1:7-8- Therefore you do not lack any spiritual gift as you eagerly wait for the Lord Jesus Christ to be revealed. He will keep you strong to the end, so that you will be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. Once again no physical strength can provide this on a spiritual relationship with Jesus can.
1 Corinthians 10:3-4- They all ate the same spiritual food and drank the same spiritual drink; for they drank from the spiritual rock that accompanied them, and that rock was Christ. 1 Peter 2:2-Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk,so that by it may grow up in your salvation, now that you have tasted that the Lord is good. Vegetables and fruit are great to eat and so are other healthy foods but they have no eternal value. The food that has eternal benefits and what we should also be craving for is the Lord.
1 Timothy 4:7-8- Have nothing to do with godless myths an old wives’tales;rather, train yourself to be godly. For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come. 2 Timothy 4:17-18- But the Lord stood at my side and gave me strength, so that through me the message might be fully proclaimed and all the Gentiles might hear it. And I was delivered from the lion’s mouth. The Lord will rescue me from every evil attack and will bring me safely to his heavenly kingdom. To him be glory for ever and ever Amen. See Timothy knew where his strength came from and when everyone turned their back on him God was with him. His spiritual training in God brought him through.
Our spiritual training and relationship with God will help us fight the battles and win the battles that our physical training can’t win. In order to win these battles we must put on the full armor of God. Ephesians 6:13-13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Ephesians 6:16-17-16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
Today and tomorrow is not promised to us. We do not know the exact day and time we will leave here. Matthew 24:42-44-42 “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come. 43 But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into. 44 So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him. So let us not leave this place physically trained but spiritually trained so we don’t face the same consequences as the rich man did who died not believing only regretting it in the end. If you want to know the whole story read Luke Chapter 16. But I will share a little with you here.
Luke 16:22-24- 22 “The time came when the beggar died and the angels carried him to Abraham’s side. The rich man also died and was buried. 23 In Hades, where he was in torment, he looked up and saw Abraham far away, with Lazarus by his side. 24 So he called to him, ‘Father Abraham, have pity on me and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, because I am in agony in this fire.’ Luke 16:27-31-27 “He answered, ‘Then I beg you, father, send Lazarus to my family, 28 for I have five brothers. Let him warn them, so that they will not also come to this place of torment.’29 “Abraham replied, ‘They have Moses and the Prophets; let them listen to them.’30 “‘No, father Abraham,’ he said, ‘but if someone from the dead goes to them, they will repent.’31 “He said to him, ‘If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.’ God word is given to every one of us. In the end we will have no excuse because he has made his word available to us. Luke 12:4-5- is the last verse I will leave you. Luke 12:4-5- 4 “I tell you, my friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body and after that can do no more. 5 But I will show you whom you should fear: Fear him who, after your body has been killed, has authority to throw you into hell. Yes, I tell you, fear him. What God is saying is that we should not be to concerned with someone who can destroy the body, but that we should be more concerned about the one who can destroy the spirit.
I would prefer to be spiritually and physically trained, but if I was given a choice to either be physically trained or spiritually trained. I choose spiritually trained!!!! Lord I pray that you bless those who read this blog and that we take just as much effort to be spiritually trained as we do physically trained in Jesus name I pray Amen!!!!!