Spiritual Fitness

Muscle is gained only by working through resistance. The strong, muscular, conquering hero didn’t get that way by easy living. To attain such a high level of physical fitness, he had to train hard. Through many years of running, weight training and self-discipline, he brought himself to the highest peak of condition. The harder he worked, the more developed he became.

Jesus, our Lord and Savior, wants to bring each of his soldiers to the highest state of readiness. Each of us is being refined by resistance. Our Father wants to build in us the muscles of strong and good character. He does not want us to get caught up in the world and the vanities of this futile life. He wants to teach us good judgment, self-discipline, perseverance, godliness and brotherly love. These are the rippling muscles that our Father wants us to show the world. These are the virtues of His Divine Nature, the qualities that Peter speaks of in 2 Peter 1:3-8.

According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue

You don’t have to have these to be saved, but you must add them to your faith if you want to be fruitful, if you want to stand boldly in the battle and ultimately, if you acquire these virtues, you will still be standing firm after the battle. Trials not only have the effect of driving us closer to God, but they also show us where we are in the process of maturing as a Follower of Jesus Christ. The soldier that fails the obstacle course needs more training…

Spiritual Fitness

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