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Faith Workout: Purpose With Power

The purpose in a man's heart is like deep water, but a man of understanding will draw it out.

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Ephesians 3

REFLECT

“Why am I here?”  This is one of three most important questions we will ever ask.  We ask because we desire purpose.  We want our lives to matter.  We were designed to ask this question.  But even when we address this question accurately, we must ask two other questions to find power to truly live on purpose.

Question #1“Where did I come from?”  Purpose is empowered when we point to a Purposer.  Design demands a Designer, buildings point to builders, and the Bible proclaims “the Builder of all things is God” (Hebrews 3:4)  When we connect our purpose to the Creator we are empowered to truly live.

Question #2“Where am I going?”  Purpose is empowered when see eternal meaning in what we do.  This reminds us of the main reason people quit training.  When they can't see the long-term benefits they lose motivation.  We desire to know what we do matters now, but we can't be sure it matters if it's not guaranteed to last.

This is why the Bible points to an eternal power behind our purpose when it proclaims, “All athletes are disciplined in their training. They do it to win a prize that will fade away, but we do it for an eternal prize.  So I run with purpose in every step.” (1 Corinthians 9:25)

We find all three questions answered when we look to Jesus.  Our purpose in all things is to follow Jesus.  All things were made through Him and for Him.  Jesus paved the way for our eternal home through His resurrection, and He invites us to join Him.  He is the power to live our purpose forever.

AthleteWords OF THE DAY

But you are a man of God; so run from all these evil things. Pursue righteousness and a godly life, along with faith, love, perseverance, and gentleness.  Fight the good fight for the true faith. Hold tightly to the eternal life to which God has called you, which you have declared so well before many witnesses. – 1 Timothy 6:11-12

I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit.  Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him.” – Ephesians 3:16-17

 

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Faith Workout: Made For Power

“I will praise You because I have been remarkably and wonderfully made”

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Psalm 139

REFLECT

You were designed to witness and celebrate power.  Next week we will witness a show of power unequaled in the world of fitness.  Acknowledging this power is natural.  To celebrate this power is human.  Giving credit to the Creator for this power is what we were designed to do.

The power of our Creator is obvious when we look up.  “The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.” (Psalm 19:1)   Looking up provokes amazement of God in His power, but we can be equally impressed with our God when we look out to the power of these athletes.  Their strength, speed, and sheer work capacity cause us to be in awe of our God.

The most amazing fact the Psalmist ponders, however, is God’s concern for us in comparison to His massive creation.  “When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him?” (Psalm 8:3-4)

This is what Jesus came to this earth to proclaim.  God is all-powerful, yet he deeply cares for us.  He knows every hair on my head (Matthew 10:30).  Jesus invites us to come to know this all-powerful God by following Him.  Praise Him for His power, but let His concern move you to submit your life to Him.

“How precious are your thoughts about me, O God.  They cannot be numbered!  I can’t even count them; they outnumber the grains of sand!” (Psalm 139:17-18)

RESPOND

1- What part of God's creation moves you most?

2- How has the design of the human body amazed you?

3- Give glory to God for His creation.

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Faith Workout: The 3-Minute Makeover

“Be transformed by the renewing of your mind”

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Romans 12

REFLECT

Recently I have gone through a major transformation and it only took 3 minutes a day.  I responded to a challenge from a friend.  An 89-year-old spiritual giant challenged me to read Romans 12 every day for an entire month.  He promised it would change my life, and he was right.

The twelfth chapter of Romans contains 21 verses.  A slow, thoughtful reading only takes about three minutes.  The experience was amazing!

What happened?

After the first ten days of this consistent reading, I found myself looking for opportunities to serve more than I have in the past.  I reacted slower to hurtful comments.  I prayed more frequently and more boldly.  I asked God to give me, and those close to me, more of His gracious gifts.  And above all, I simply thought about what God wants.  This is the focus of Romans 12.  True worship is placing God at the center of everything we do.  It is valuing what God wants, and hungering to live it out.

Why did this happen?

1- Words are powerful.  God spoke the world into existence through words.  Jesus is described as “the Word,” signifying His central meaning to the universe.  Communication IS creation. (John 1)

2- These are God's words!  If words are powerful, then the most powerful being must use the most powerful words.  Why would we miss one day reading the Words of our Creator?

3- Consistent practice makes permanent.  This is why we must examine things we do on a daily basis.  Habits undoubtedly have the most impact on our character.  Knowing this, we can make the greatest positive impact on our lives by immersing our minds into God's Word everyday.

“Reverence for the Lord is pure, lasting forever.  The laws of the Lord are true; each one is fair.  They are more desirable than gold, even the finest gold.  They are sweeter than honey, even honey dripping from the comb.”Psalm 19:9-10

RESPOND

1- Begin today!  Read Romans 12 every day for a month.

2- If you want an additional boost.  Memorize one verse every day.  It will force you to meditate even deeper on the message.

3- Share your experience!