Tuesday, September 22, 2009
From God's Daily Promises 9/22/2009
This week's promise: God has conquered all our enemies
How well are you running the race?
Remember that in a race everyone runs, but only one person gets the prize. You also must run in such a way that you will win. All athletes practice self-control. They do it to win a prize that will fade away, but we do it for an eternal prize. So I run straight to the goal with purpose in every step. I am not like a boxer who misses his punches. I discipline my body like an athlete, training it to do what I should. Otherwise, I fear that after preaching to others I myself might be disqualified.
1 Corinthians 9:24-27 NLT
Running the Race
As he watched athletes training for and competing in their games, Paul saw an illustration of the struggles and victories of the Christian life. Although our final victory over death through Christ is always assured, we must strive for daily victory over the issues and temptations we face now.
We discipline ourselves, not in order to earn salvation, but to experience the joy and victory God intends for us now!
Look hard at your spiritual life. Are you vigorously participating in the game, barely keeping pace, or merely watching from the stands?
The most amazing part of this leg of my wellness journey is how closely aligned it has become with my spiritual growth. As I seek to worship, live, and work to the glory of God, I find that I nourish and exercise my body with the same goal in mind. It so totally isn't about Anita and what she can and does accomplish in and of herself, but rather what the faith and trust she has placed in God through the resurrection of Christ empowers her to achieve. Ultimately this truth remains..."I can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens me." ~~Philippians 4:13
With that faith and belief, daily devotionals like this one remind me how acutely the struggle impacts my spiritual and physical nourishment. Neither just happen by chance, and both require a concerted effort to create the habits that build toward success. So today, I can and will ask the question of myself again in this way...
Look hard at your spiritual AND physical life. Are you vigorously participating in the game, barely keeping pace, or merely watching from the stands?