Posted on September 28, 2018 by America's Keswick in Victory Call
Recently I have had some issues with my back that have affected my legs. When I went to physical therapy, they gave me some stretching exercises to do and told me to take walks. They told me that I need to do these exercises every morning and some of them at night, also. There are some mornings when I do not feel like doing them. That might be because I am rushed to go someplace, or my legs hurt too much, or I just want some extra sleep. I have the choice to do the exercises or not to do them.
What will happen if I decide not to do them? If I decide to stay in bed because it hurts too much to get up, I will end up staying in bed for good (or bad), because eventually I will not be able to get out of bed at all. Or maybe I decide to not exercise because I am too rushed. I get up and go about my routine, but at a really slow rate because my body is not ready. I have chosen to do them no matter how I feel. And after taking a walk, I feel great.
We have the same choice every morning to do or not do our spiritual exercises. We can make the excuse that we are too rushed and there is just not enough time to read the Bible or read a devotional and pray. We might pray, but while we are on the go. Maybe we are tired and want to sleep just a little longer. And, by the time we wake up, it is too late to have time with God.
What will happen if we choose to not exercise spiritually every day? We are going to be sluggish in our walk, in how we live our Christian life. Our spiritual muscles will weaken more and more each day. We may give in to temptations. When a hardship comes along, we will not be able to persevere. We will want to give up. We will get depressed and even wonder if God still loves us. But, if we choose to exercise spiritually, our spiritual muscles will grow strong and we will be able to walk with the Lord in a way that pleases Him.
Psalm 119: 11 says, “Your word I have treasured in my heart, that I may not sin against You.” If we treasure God’s word, we are going to want to search it every day to find those treasures. Each verse of Psalm 119 gives us a reason for loving and meditating on God’s word. You may want to read it some time.
Will you choose and commit to spiritual exercise every day to stay strong in the Lord?
Written by Denise Zambrano: Denise loves to teach the Bible and sing. She teaches a women’s Bible study and a high school Sunday School class. Along with her daughter, Linda, she is an advocate at A Baby’s Breath (a crisis pregnancy center). She loves being a grandmother to Tim, Becky, Alexander, and William (who is with Jesus). She was a missionary with Radio Station HCJB in Quito, Ecuador for 35 years.
Daily Quote: “Daily living by faith on Christ is what makes the difference between the sickly and the healthy Christian, between the defeated and the victorious saint.” – A. W. Pink
This Week’s Verse to Memorize:“Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, And whose hope is the Lord.” Jeremiah 17:7