Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Ephesians 6:10-12
You can just hear the trainer at the gym, “Come on baby one more. You can do it yea! Can you feel the burn? You can feel those muscles growing. Great work out!” I am a firm believer in exercise and proper diet. God gave us legs, arms and muscles for a reason and it is no coincidence that the harder we push ourselves, the stronger we become. I believe we should get the most out of what God has given us and care for the Temple Of God which we are. It helps us to endure, grow stronger and be more productive.
But while we are considering our physical development, we cannot forget that we are more than muscle, bone and flesh. We are mind, spirit and soul. This is the stuff that when properly developed can give us the will to go on, the faith to always believe, the psychological stamina to overcome tragedy, the drive to finish and the strength to never give up. It’s what keeps our conscious whole and enables us to differentiate between right and wrong. It guides us in all that we do. If we neglect our spiritual life we can easily fall to temptation or be crippled by the many challenges presented in our lives.
There is real power in the spirit. The disciples came to Jesus and said to him “why could we not cast out this demon?’ Jesus who had come to their rescue and had with ease rebuked the Demon, told them that this one only comes out through prayer and fasting, the ultimate work out for the Christian (Matthew 17:14-21). When we build our spirit through prayer, we can do great things.
When Jesus had his encounter with the devil in the wilderness scripture reveals that he was filled with the spirit. He just didn’t have the spirit. He was filled with the spirit to capacity. The Devil didn’t have a chance. Jesus was also armed with the word and used it effectively to counter every suggestion/temptation of the devil (Luke 4:1-13). Jesus was the greatest example of spiritual fitness.
While we are at the Gym trying to run one more mile, we cannot forget that the spirit needs some exercise too. We must be spiritually fit, exercising with the word, prayer and fasting. That’s the real total workout.
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