EXERCISE

Exercise – "Regular or repeated exertion of a faculty or bodily organ in order to develop, improve, and maintain a specific capability or skill." To get into good physical condition and to maintain that condition one must undertake the hard work and commitment of physical exercise because there is no easy way to being physically fit. What is true of one's physical condition is also true of their spiritual condition. In the same way that it takes hard work and commitment to maintain a good physical condition, it also takes hard work and commitment to get into and stay in good spiritual shape. As one who desires to be physically fit must hit the gym regularly and put forth the effort it takes, even so, one who is going to be spiritually fit must hit the spiritual gym regularly and put forth the effort it takes to develop and maintain their spiritual health. One who will develop their spiritual muscles and be spiritually fit must commit themselves to spiritual exercising themselves to the point of a radical and fanatical devotion to God. Tom Landry, the football coach for the Dallas Cowboys once said, “The job of a football coach is to make men do what they don’t want to do in order to achieve what they’ve always wanted to be.”  That's what the Word of God teaches we must do to be godly in our Christian lives. We must make ourselves do what we don’t want to do many times and we must make ourselves not do what we want to do many times, in order to become godly. This is the discipline of exercise.  (I. 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."

 

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