Today’s society is all about appearances—being the right size, wearing the right labels, simply wanting to look good. As a result to the specific demand for bodily perfection all media outlets are seasoned with advertisements regarding the best programs for diet and exercise. Why? Dieting helps you to look good with your clothes on; while exercise helps you to look good with your clothes off. Eating the right things will cause your body to respond; maybe you will lose a few inches or drop a few pounds. Others will notice and may even comment, “Wow! What are you doing you look good”. The dieters response will be, “I’m not there yet but, it’s coming off”. Although they are happy about the weight loss there is no definition to the physique. This is where exercise comes in. Exercise allows for muscle toning, body shaping, and so forth. With the slimmer frame from dieting proper exercise will enhance that frame and cause the overall health of the body and its various systems to be strengthened. The combination then is amazing results!
What if you were to apply those same principles of diet and exercise to your spiritual walk. The Word of God tells us in Matthew 4:4 that, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God”. Meaning, your diet—the things that you consume, live on, are nourished by should be the very things that God has spoken over your life from His Word, the Holy Bible. You have to make conscious decisions to not devour that which is ungodly but, those things that are healthy–holy. We are told in Philippians 4:8, “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things”.
Having such a diet is good. You’ll begin to look good with your clothes on. Others will see you and notice a change, a difference. All of that weight you were carrying from the church hurt, the abuse as a child, the issues of life will begin to fall off. You will feel lighter and look better. But, there is still a need—exercise!
The Word says in James 1:22 that, you cannot only “listen to the word” but that you have to “do what it says”! Applying the Word is hard work but, with daily purposed submission not only will it become easier for you but, there will be a noticeable difference. You will become strengthened, renewed, and focused. Think about accounts of people who have experienced tremendous weight loss. Their stories often begin with recollections of how hard it was for them to stay on the Treadmill, complete a set of bicep curls, or whatever but, they stuck with it and their bodies got used to the exercise and eventually they were able to add more miles for the Treadmill with an incline and heavier weights. It is the same with doing the Word of God for your life. You’ll end up with strength in areas that before were weak or even dead.
A healthy diet and exercise regime produces results. For a similar outcome in your life begin to meditate on His words both night and day (Joshua 1:8) and do what it says because God calls you His friend if you do what He says (John 15:14)!
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