How many of you including myself have started a diet but, never finished it? We always seem to start off so disciplined, following our exercise and meal plans to the “T”. But, what seems to happen when the diet isn’t exciting anymore, the food just doesn’t taste good and you are too tired to get up to go to the gym. We often resort back to our old ways and find ourselves digging in a carton of ice cream late at night.
The same pattern seems to happen in our walks with God. We may go to church get saved or rededicate our lives to the Lord. Then we are off, we are excited to spread the Gospel of Jesus, we can’t wait to go back to church or open up that Bible or our newest devotional to learn more. Suddenly we are too busy to read or pray, we are too tired to get up for church or prefer to participate in other activities on Sundays. I’m not pointing any fingers because, we are all guilty of it including myself.
But, have you ever heard the saying that “if the only time you are praying is when you are in trouble…you my friend are in trouble.” So let’s figure out why this spiritual drought happens all too soon and often for many. It is quite simple God does not force obedience he gave each one of us the option of free will. However, many of us seem to fall short when it comes to lack of self control in order to mature spiritually.
1 Corinthians 15:58 states: Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord. According to Paul, we should stand firm, allow nothing to move us and always give ourselves to the work of the Lord. So why is this so important? In order to grow spiritually we must remain consistent. Daily studying of the word, daily prayer, attending small groups or fellowship with other believers at our local church it all makes a difference in strengthening our spiritual muscles.
So let’s start fresh with our spiritual workout plans:
– Try getting up an hour earlier than normal when it’s quiet, the kids are still sleeping and there are no distractions.
– Grab your Bible, favorite devotional, notepad, pen, hot tea or whatever else you may need.
– Don’t forget to talk to God it will set the tone for your day.
– Challenge yourself for a minimum of 21 days to create a new habit.
Trust me this is one workout that will completely transform you from the inside…out.
“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”
-2 Corinthians 5:17
“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”
-2 Timothy 2:15