Does your spirit need exercise?
Luke 1:80 'The child grew and became strong in spirit'
Are there different ways to be strong? I remember a person who went in for body building. He began at a young age as an ordinary looking person slightly on the short side. As years passed he had magnificent biceps, triceps, and other "ceps" ordinary mortals dream about. His strong muscular body resulted from effort, dedication and persistence it did not just happen.
Paul advised to 'train yourself in godliness, for, while physical training is of some value, godliness is valuable in every way, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come' (1 Tim 4:7-8) Does your spirit need exercise? Does a strong spirit come from constant discipline of body, soul and spirit requiring effort, dedication and persistence? Does deliberate kindness, truth telling, encouraging, prayer, fasting, taking up a cause, sitting up with the sick, and obeying authority strengthen the spirit? Vitalizing, energizing and building spiritual muscle? Is there such a thing as a spiritual couch potato?
[ Prayer for the Day ]
Father, each day let me practice with deliberate intention those things that pump iron into my spirit that I may glorify your name and serve you on this earth with a new vigor and effectiveness. Amen.
[ Reference Scriptures ]
1 Tim 4:7 [AV]
7 But refuse profane and old wives' fables, and exercise thyself rather unto godliness.
8 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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