Devotional: Building Strength In Weakness/Exercising Spiritual Muscles

We have made it half-way through the week already. It’s “garbage” night. Every week when My son was here at the house, I would remind him. Now that we have to take it, I have a hard time remembering it somehow!

Wednesday seems to roll around more quickly, the dishwasher appears to finish faster than when he unloaded for me and when I come home with groceries or large ticket items from thrift finds, I have no strong son here to haul in goods!

DEVOTIONAL

Philippians 4:13
I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

2 Corinthians 12:10
Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.

Before Thanksgiving, mason and I joined a gym. He started me on a workout program to get in better shape through losing weight, strength training and building muscle.

After we started this regime, he decided to attend school away from home. He was going with me, instructing on the different machines, teaching me which ones helped what muscle groups. (The pictures on the machines allegedly explain this, not so much for me).

As he was getting ready to go, my young man reminded me that when he moved, I was going to have to do these exercises on my own and he wasn’t going to be here to know I went to the gym regularly.

Additionally, he told me that if I didn’t go consistently, I wasn’t going to progress and could actually lose some evidence of effort I already put forth to get where I am now.

I’ve been given the necessary direction to take in order to change. It is my responsibility to grow or progress.

Have we realized and acknowledged the necessity for the Lord’s well-being plan for our lives? Do we pray, read and study the Word daily? Are we ready to accept that no one can do this for us? We cannot PROGRESS without actively engaging and pushing ourselves forward!

The Father, Son and Holy Spirit are there to train, coach and motivate us. Let’s lose that unsightly worldly weight, build up those spiritual muscles and strengthen our testimony!

CONSIDERATIONS

Going to the gym once a week, maybe twice, but indulging self

Attending church on Sunday morning, maybe Sunday night and Wednesday also; but continuing to follow personal rather than God’s will

Looking at the equipment not utilizing it

Do we simply HAVE a Bible or do we read and study it?

Hanging out at the gym just to visit with friends

Church is A place of worship, not a social organization! Yes, we fellowship with our brothers and sisters in Christ, but keeping perspective on our reason for coming together is spiritually critical.

PRAYER
Dearest Heavenly Father
Protector
Our Strength an Shield
We give You praise for Your Power

Show us, please how to exercise our spiritual lives
Please give us direction in how to study Your Word
Please give us a yearning to stay in constant communication with You
Our Great Creator
Master
King

O Great and Mighty Father
You Are our Stronghold
Without You
We can do nothing
But with You, Majesty
O, there is nothing we are incapable of
Through the blood of Jesus Christ
Who conquered death

Our Merciful and Precious Redeemer
Thank You
Amen

SONGS

“Let the Weak Say ‘I am strong””

“Get Down”

“You Are My Strength”

About voicevessel bwc

First, and most importantly, I love Jesus Christ and I trust in Him as my Lord and Savior. I was raised in a Christian home by a godly dad and mom (who planned and had me in July before turning 42 in August), and 5 older siblings. My father passed away when I was 7 and my mother (who went to be with the Lord in 2005 at 81) never remarried. As a child, I was bullied at school, so I did not have many friends. I didn't want to tell my mom this because I knew she had enough worry being a widow at 50. I know what it is like to be lonely. As an adult, God showed me the value of His Friendship and has blessed me, too, with rich relationships with dear friends who also love the Lord. My husband and I (married 31 years as of 2020), have three wonderful, adult children and son-in-law as well as three darling grandchildren. Along with many others, my husband lost his job, but we refuse to be fearful or angry. The Lord has provided for us and we are so thankful for the opportunity to express gratitude through personal contact and occasional memories I share through writing. I believe the Lord has given me a venue to engage with others and a means to share His Word. Thank you for checking out my page. I hope you enjoy what you read. If there is anything positive or insightful in the devotionals (NOT CALLING MY WRITING "INSPIRED" by any means!), I give all credit and glory to Jesus Christ! On the other side of that, when something makes no sense, that's all me
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