1 Timothy 4:7-8. But refuse profane and old wives’ fables, and 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.
Those who do body building understand that it is never done within a day. They exercise continuously and are disciplined to build their bodies. Sometimes they wake up at specific times of the day and give themselves targets to achieve.
They choose specific food to eat and specific drinks to take in order to build their bodies. Eventually they have what they want
Just as we have bodily exercise or training, there is also spiritual training. Although body exercise is important, the scripture above says that spiritual exercise is better than it.
In spiritual building, we also exercise. We discipline ourselves in the Word, we set targets to achieve, waking up at specific times to do some specific spiritual exercises such as prayer and fasting.
One of spiritual exercise for Jesus was going for prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane. Joh 18:1-2 “After Jesus had said all of this, he went with his disciples across the Kidron valley to a place where there was a garden, which he and his disciples entered. Now Judas, who betrayed him, also knew the place, because Jesus OFTEN MET THERE WITH HIS DISCIPLES.” Jesus used to go quite often to pray. Prayer was His spiritual exercise. Learn to build spiritual muscles by exercising in spiritual things
Just as physical exercise, spiritual one also entails hardships at times. For example, long hours of prayer and fastings may not be desirable for the body but are important in spiritual exercise. 2Tim2:3 WEB* “You therefore must endure hardship, as a good soldier of Christ Jesus.”
You are a spiritual soldier. All soldiers are well trained. Learn to be trained in spiritual issues.Psa 144:1 ISV* “Blessed be the LORD, my rock, who trains my hands for battle and my fingers for warfare,” You are trained in spritual warfare. Dont allow yourself to be unskilled soldier. You will be wounded easily.
Have specific time for prayer and stick to it
Have time for fasting and stick to it. We discipline ourselves for spiritual exercise.It may not look desirable but is of great importance( Heb 12:11).
Pro 22:6 WEB* “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it”. In the things of God we start as children as armatuers.
Then we train and discipline ourselves and then graduate to higher levels till we become fully matured or professionals. In this way you can’t go out of the way of that which you have been trained in. Train yourself for prayer now.
Train yourself in giving now so that when you start getting big big monies you will still be giving. Train yourself to serve others including the pastor so that when you grow big, you will not become proud.
Train yourself to fast now so that when they even cook you 3 course meal, you can still fast. Train yourself to win souls now so that even when you are too busy, you will still be winning souls.Train yourself in praying for one person now so that in future when you meet hundreds, you can still handle them.
Confession: I am trained for success. I move from level of glory to another level. I am winning in whatever I do. In Jesus Name.Amen.
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