For Optimum Results

I’m going to dare (blasphemy) to compare myself with Jude. He says in his epistle that he started to write about the good news, but God had other plans and he was given the words to what is uncommonly known as the Act of the Apostates. Stole that from Chuck Missler.
I want to write funny, clever, and inspiring pieces. Not today.
When we think of competition and competitive sports most often there is a person who comes to the forefront of our minds. Basketball – Michael Jordan. Baseball – Mickey Mantle. Hockey Gordie Howe. These and so many others have so impressed themselves upon our minds and all of history because they excelled at their game. Not only were they born with raw talent, they cultivated and enriched it, they spent countless hours in pursuit – even if not for fame, but for the love of the game. Eventually they had their images plastered on a box of Wheaties.
Wheaties (say it with me) The breakfast of champions.
So to say nutrition is very important is like saying Funny cars run high octane fuel. You want to be the best, you need to eat the best – high quality protein, the right kind of carbs, and just the perfect amount of fat to see that you have a well oiled machine.
Spiritual muscle is built the same way as fleshly muscle. A load or a weight is resisted, the muscle gets broken down, and then with the proper fuel and rest the muscle comes back stronger.
The muscle is broken in stress, it is rebuilt in rest.

I like to backup what I say with what God’s Word says…

1 Peter 5: 8-10

Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world. But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.

In American courts when you are called to testify they swear you in by saying ” Do you swear to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth – so help you God” I promise.

There is no spiritual growth without spiritual brokenness.

Oh, Jeff now you gone and done did it. OK

In King David’s great Psalm of repentance he writes in Psalm 51:10
Create in me a clean heart O God, and renew a right Spirit within me.
and in 51:17
The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit and a contrite heart.

We are the sum of the whole. Do we want to be excellent at what we do or are we settling for somewhat less. Are we stewards of what God has given to us – what will be our answer at his coming?

You will be tested and tried in the valley. The mountain top is where he gives us rest, a chance to catch our breath, and to look down to see how far we’ve come. The growth is in the journey.

May God bless you all this week by building your spiritual muscle


About tnman

I was born, then I was born again.
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