FIVE STEPS TO BECOME
As the New Year begins it seems that just about everyone makes new resolutions to be reached in the coming year. As we become determined in reaching these goals one of the most popular resolutions people have on their priority list is to become physically fit. Just like God wants us to be physically fit we need to broaden our minds in thinking how we can become more spiritually fit.
In this day and age it has become hard for people to lead a spiritually fit walk with God with all the distractions of worldly material things. Too many people have become malnourished than ever before. No matter where your walk with God is now, you never are as close as you could be. Here are a few steps to review on reaching the goal of leading a spiritually fit life.
1) Seeing the Great Physician- It is hard for people to break down and go see the regular doctor for things, let alone it is a struggle for us to breakdown and go visit the Great Physician when we have situations in our lives that we try to handle by ourselves or hope they will just resolve on their own. You see when you go to see the physician it revolves around the word “surrender”. It is hard for humans to “surrender” and humble ourselves to take our problems and burdens to God. We need to learn to allow God to heal our broken hearts and diseased situations and surrender them to Him. We need to have a close kind of encounter with God in order to have a personal relationship with Him.
“Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.” James 4:8
2) Exercise regularly- In staying physically fit we have to exercise regularly. It is the same for getting and staying spiritually fit. In exercising to stay spiritually fit you think in forms of worship, prayer, reading Gods word. It is best to do this daily to help you not lose the routine. Yes, it does take time out of your daily schedule, but the benefit is rewarding! If you find that your Bible pages are rusted shut or you become spiritually short of breath from just a few minutes of praying, or maybe your joints in your arms have become arthritic from not raising them in worship. It is not too late to revolutionize your exercising habits!
Psalms 32:8 “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you and watch over you.”
Discipline is a big part in exercising your spiritual walk. Gain encouragement from others that are working on their exercising habits.
I encourage you to give your Bible a work out and loosen those pages, strengthen your determination by communicating longer in prayer and most of all don’t allow anything to get in the way of worshipping the Lord. Exercise those joints in reaching out to our mighty King!
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Through worship we give praise, honor and respect to God. It is not confined in four walls on Sunday, but should be an everyday thing. “Offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God-this is your spiritual act of worship.” Romans 12:1
3) Eat a Healthy Diet- Experts will always have their opinion on what is healthy for us and what is not, but many religious experts agree that in order to have a spiritually fit life the Bible is the best diet to intake. Matthew 4:4 “It is written: Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.”
The scriptures hold the answers to all of life’s questions. It is food for the soul.
The fruits of the spirit are an outer appearance of Christ’s love in us. In Galations 5:22-23 you will find the fruits that God spoke about that we should consume in large quantities.
The Scripture Based Diet
(resource: What’s in the Bible for Women)
-Love: The love of Christ that united man with God and man to man
-Joy: the expression of celebration of God’s love
-Peace: live in harmony with God and man
-Longsuffering: the patience of God toward man and man’s patience toward others
-Kindness: gentleness, the outward expressions of our heart as we grow in Christ
-Goodness: our love is to be an action, our lives filled with acts of goodness
-Faithfulness: trustworthy; our faith and trust in God
-Gentleness: submitting to be like the gentle, kind spirit of Christ
-Self-control: the disciplines of our heart and actions to protect us both physically and spiritually as we follow God’s teachings.
4)Drink Plenty of water- Water is an important element needed in the human body. Drinking plenty of water is a must for weight loss and weight management. It serves as an appetite suppressant, removes fat and eliminates the toxins and waste in your body. Just like physical form, when we drink from the Living water that Jesus gives it will quench your thirst for righteousness. He will eliminate and cleanse the waste that lies in our polluted souls. Psalms 107:9 “For he satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things.”
Just like plants that don’t get watered, they wither and die; if we go without being replenished by the Living wa- ter our souls become lifeless and weary. God alone can water your thirsty soul, don’t be fooled into thinking something else can water you fully and completely like God can.
5)Get adequate rest- Our bodies require rest in order for us to function properly. If we are lacking rest we be- come fatigued, stressed and wore out. It is just like that for our soul if we don’t get enough spiritual rest in scrip- ture reading, prayer and meditation we will find ourselves as a spiritual zombie. God will give you rest and peace laying your burdens down before Him.
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” Matthew 11:28-29
God wants us to want all of Him, not just part; but all. He has so much he wants to give you if you only will ac- cept it. Gain the rest in peace in Him that you need for a better life!
So as 2011 begins ask yourself this question “What do I want to accomplish in my spiritual fitness lifestyle?” If you already have a fitness program you maintain strive to dig deeper and aim higher to raise the activity level to a high and see where God can take you.
If you are a beginner, just like regular physical workouts, take it small and read and pray for 15 minutes a day. Increase to a higher level as the weeks go on. Stretch yourself and watch as God takes you to new heights!
We are the young army of God and we are to Christ!
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1. Where in the Scriptures do you find the following: "Behold I stand at the door and knock." 2.Three things were placed in the Ark in the Tabernacle, what were they?
3.Who worked for 14 years to get two wives?
4.There was a mother who was so loving that she made her son a new coat every year. Who was she?
5.What Bible personality was transformed into a pillar of salt?
(Answers on bottom of page)
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Answers to Trivia
2.Manna, Aaron's rod, and the table of the covenant (the ten commandments). Hebrews 9:4
3.Jacob Genesis 29:16-28
4.Hannah (for Samuel) 1 Samuel 2:18-19
5.Lot’s wife Genesis 19:15-26
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Chicken Pot Pie
2 pie crusts - unbaked (Pillsbury ready to bake or homemade ) 1 1/2 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken breasts
2 cups chicken broth
1 1/2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
1 medium onion, finely chopped
3 medium carrots, peeled and sliced (1/4 inch thick)
2 stalks celery, sliced 1/4 inch thick
4 Tablespoons butter 1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup whole milk
1/2 teaspoon ground dried thyme 3 Tablespoons dry sherry
1/4 cup frozen peas, thawed
3 Tablespoons minced parsley (fresh)
1.Heat oven to 400 degrees, place oven rack in middle position.
2.Place chicken and broth in a stock pot over medium heat. Cover, bring to a simmer and simmer until the chicken is done (about 10 min.)
3.Transfer the chicken to a large bowl; reserve the broth in a separate cup or small bowl.
4.Place oil in the stock pot, turn heat to medium high.
5.Add the carrots, onion and celery. Sauté until just tender (about 5 min.). Season to taste with salt and pepper.
6.Shred the chicken meat into bit-sized pieces, then place the vegetables into the bowl with the chicken and set aside.
7.Heat the butter in the now empty stock pot over medium heat. Once melted, add the flour and cook 1 minute.
8.Whisk in the chicken broth, milk and thyme. Bring to a simmer, continuing to simmer until sauce thickens (about 1 min.). Season with salt and pepper, stir in the sherry.
9.Pour the sauce over the chicken-vegetables mixture, stir well. Stir in the peas and parsley.
10.Line a 9 x13 inch pan with one of the pie crusts. If using ready to bake pie crusts, roll the dough to fit the pan.
11.Pour the chicken mixture into the pan and top with second crust.
12.Bake in preheated oven until pie crust is golden brown and the filling is bubbly, about 30 minutes.
Welcoming the Dawn of a New Year by Phil Ware
These are the words of thousands, even millions, of us who look at the New Year and worry if we're really up to the changes we say we want to make.
Fear about change, uncertainty about opportunities, and worry about the future steal more from us than thieves ever will. There's just something in our human nature that makes us afraid. We don't want to lose what we have, so we pull back from anything that might threaten it — even "things" that might be a whole lot better. We fear the consequences of our possible changes. So most of our new year changes are short- lived and mere window dressing.
As Christians, however, we have the power to change without fear. We can reach out and embrace new op- portunities with expectation. We can welcome the future with excitement.
You see, God has promised his power to help us change. That power is the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 3:14-21). This is the same power that raised Jesus from the dead (Ephesians 1:17-19). This is power to not only change, but to be transformed (2 Corinthians 3:18).
While we change, God's grace assures us that the important things in our lives will not be lost. As our hearts seek after Jesus as Lord, we can welcome changes and seize opportunities knowing that nothing can separate us from his love for us (Romans 8:31-39). Jesus' love and presence will not change or leave us (Hebrews 13:5-8).
While some may fear the dawn of the New Year because of the changes it MIGHT bring, we can welcome the dawn of this New Year with anticipation. In this New Year, our Lord Jesus will be working to change us to be more like himself and to be more of a blessing to those around us. His work in us WILL happen. The real question is this: Are we going to let fear rob Jesus of his goal in us, or will we seize the opportunities and seek the changes that bring him glory?
Let's welcome the dawn of our New Year with anticipation and courage, remembering the apostle John's promise, "Perfect love drives out fear!" and the reassuring words of Jesus to his storm tossed disciples, "Fear not. I am!"
FROM THE MOUTHS OF BABES
“WHY DO WE PRAY?”
“To talk to God so He answers our prayers.”
“ To help us.” Elias Laverdure
“To thank Jesus.” Abraham Laverdure
“Because it’s a communication with God” Andrew Wittman
We pray so we don’t go to hell.”
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Fire, Water, and Reputation (book Youth Devotions)
Once upon a time three friends went on a long journey to- gether. Their names were Fire, Water, and Reputation.
“My friends,” said Fire to his companions, “we have far to go on our journey, and there are many hazards along the way. What should we do if we lose each other?”
“You are wise to think of that,” answered Water. “We should agree on a way to find each other if we become separated.” The tree friends grew silent for a few moments. Then Fire spoke. “If you should lose me,” he said, “simply look up to the sky. Where you see smoke, you will find me.”
“If you lose me,” suggested Water, “simply look down at the ground. Where you find low, marshy ground, you will find me.”
Fire and Water then looked to Reputation for his answer. But his face was sad. “If you lose me,” Reputation said, “do not bother looking. For when you lose me, it will be almost impossible to find me again!”
Those words are true. A good reputation is a valuable thing; once it is lost, it is hard to get it back again. Many people have been ruined or disgraced by dishonesty. Many reputa- tions have been ruined or disgraced by dishonesty. Many reputation have been shattered because of one dishonest word or act. That’s one of the reasons why honesty is in your best interests. That’s one reason why “honesty is the best policy”- because it’s one of the ways God tries to pro- tect you from harm and provide good things for you. Hones- ty establishes a good reputation; dishonesty can prevent-or ruin-a good reputation.”Choose a good reputation over great riches,” wise King Solomon said, “for being held in high esteem is better than having silver or gold.” (Proverbs 22:1). In other words, don’t risk losing a good reputation because of a dishonest word or act- you may never get it back again.
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FAITH WILL CONQUER
If you are going through a trial
And the burden is heavy for you
Surrender it all to Jesus
He knows what to do.
Increase your Faith every day
Keep pressing on and be strong
Faith will conquer every fear
God can fill your heart with song.
Even when you are so weary
And when tears dim your eyes
Trust in God to bring you through.
He is with you and hears your cries.
When discouragement touches your mind And your heart aches with pain
God will lift the hard times from you Be patient as He restores you again.
Pray to God for every moment
Lift your voice up in praise
It will help to lift your spirit
Let Him guide in all your ways.
Leona I. Miller
For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
A winning pattern for the New Year
Some anonymous wise person penned the following directions for living without bringing pain to others or oneself:
“You will never be sorry — for thinking before acting, for hearing before judging, for forgiving your enemies, for being candid and frank,
for helping a fallen brother, for being honest in business, for thinking before speaking, for being loyal to God and the church, for standing by your principles, for refusing to participate in gossip, for holding your words when tempted to demean another, for not entertaining impure or Hateful thoughts, for
sympathizing with the afflicted, for being courteous and kind to all.”
"CELL PHONE vs. BIBLE"
I wonder what would happen if we treated our Bible like we treat our cell phone?
What if we carried it around in our purses or pockets?
What if we flipped through it several times a day? What if we turned back to go get it if we forgot it? What if we used it to receive messages from the text?
What if we treated it like we couldn't live without it?
What if we gave it to kids as gifts? What if we used it when we traveled? What if we used it in case of emergency?
This is something to make you go.... hmm... where is my Bible? Makes you stop and think "where are my priorities?"
Oh, and one more thing. Unlike our cell phone, we don't have to worry about our Bible being disconnected because Jesus already paid the bill. And no dropped calls!
Call unto me, and I will answer thee...
Happiness keeps you Sweet, Trials keep you Strong, Sorrows keep you Human, Failures keep you Humble, Success keeps you Glowing,
But Only God Keeps You Going!
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In your bible we will show you where the Lord commands us, that we are to be born again.