Feel Stronger and Alive Again


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A strong and healthy body helps with living a better life and accomplish God’s will in our lives. 

It is a loss to the world when people who have a desire to do more in their life for Jesus and their health does not permit them.  

I was moving into that place for a couple of years. I was not motivated and did not want to do any thing. I was gaining weight and was not caring for myself. I would get home and close the door for the evening and that was it for the day. My health and spiritual strength was going down hill fast.

Then one day a thought came to me; you need to enroll at the local gym, Frontier Fitness. What I did not realize is that we had a personal trainer in our church. I don’t remember how the subject was broached. It wasn’t long after I was scheduled to begin my training. That was about seven months ago.

I am much stronger now, but it was not without the challenge of pushing my physical abilities.

The lessons and benefits I have found through training.

  1. My mood improved
  2. My endurance increased
  3. I learned several spiritual lessons while training
  4. My head space cleared
  5. I can see clearly now; my vision for the work God is clear

One of the lessons I gleaned from training is how we approach church discipleship. Christians want more bible teaching and more information. Teach me, tell me more about the Bible, if I just attend another bible study I will be a better Christian.

In most cases church is reduced to an exchange of information rather than being a training ground for disciples.

Jesus taught the disciples as they traveled together. They watched him heal the sick, cast out demons. They ate with him, they rested with him, they experienced the rejection with him. This was the model Jesus used and tells us to do in Matthew 28:19-20. Jesus taught differently than what we see today.

Personal training demands that you learn the form and positions of the exercises you do. The trainer tells you what to do. When you sign up to personal training you sign up to do what the trainer asks you to do. For some people, that will be a challenge.   

I decided from the beginning of my training that I would DO what I was asked to do.

That is the difference between and exchange of information and training.  What I have noticed is that people go to church to get information; but when it comes to training not many sign up. It takes a person that is can to be told what to do and what to believe, that is part of growing as a Christian.

Here is a challenge for those of you that worry.

Excercise the thoughts of your mind focusing on the good thoughts, rather than going down the same gutter with the negative. Begin to focus on the promises rather than on the things you are afraid will happen. But overcoming worry will take some discipline and exercise.

Hebrews 5:14 But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.

Are you ready for training? You can start by going to Fortier Fitness in Benson and sign up with the trainer there. I am grateful for my sessions provided to me by my personal trainer. I am now looking forward to my workouts five to six days a week.

The the commitment to train is well worth it.

Watch your health. Keep your focus on Jesus and it will help you stay strong and focused on the mission he has given you to do.

  1. Have you ever wanted to start a training program?
  2. Do you make a good student; do you do what is asked of you?
  3. Do you see the correlation between physical exercise and spiritual exercise?

Now I can give Green (a friend of mine) 25 when he asks that of me, not that I will but I know I can.

Pastor Lupe Diaz, Grace Chapel – Benson January 25, 2012 



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2 Responses to “Feel Stronger and Alive Again”

  1. Ms. SpoolTeacher Says:

    just reading a little book called “the art of loving”. It says in practice, any art requires discipline. To be a disciple. Great advice again. Thanks Pastor. Now to practice.

  2. Lupe Says:

    And that is what takes time. Here is a verse that ties in to that thought. “For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe. But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.” Hebrews 5:13-14. Practice practice practice. By the way, how is “The Art of Loving” coming?