We’ve got your daily encouragement, written by Phil Woody.

 

Bible Reading:

“Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.”
‭‭Romans‬ ‭5:3-5

Word:

In CrossFit, Cardiovascular endurance is how well your body takes in and utilizes oxygen in the bloodstream in order to fuel exercise or work. But how do you develop it? You put your body through fatigue, hardship, and stress in order to force an increased flow of oxygen into the blood and to the muscles. By doing this your heart and respiratory system strengthen and can not only endure, but make light work of things that used to be hard work.

 

This is how our faith and spirit develop as well, according to Romans 5. This is also why we don’t baulk at hardship or avoid it any more than a good crossfit athlete never cherry picks workouts. We actually can, like the scripture explains, rejoice in it for what we know it is producing. The me that walks into the next challenge is literally a transformed me. My heart is full of life and strength of The Spirit.

 

But what most people avoid is often the very resource for transformation in our life. We like to be comfortable. But comfortable never makes us better. If you really desire to be different in an area of your life, the way you think and feel about something, instead of balking, dreading and avoiding the challenges of life, embrace them. Better, pray that Jesus use them in your life to produce sweeter fruit (love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, and self-control.

Prayer:

Lord give me the vision to see me at the other end of this challenge, not with the challenge just behind me, but the beauty the challenge created in me.  Now give me the strength to endure it so that work can be complete in me. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

 

Skillwork:

What challenge do you face that is dealing you a deck of frustration, anger, or weariness.  Instead of dreading it and trying to avoid it, ask God how he wants to use it in your life?  What is something this challenge, in God’s hands could produce in you?  Ask him to do it knowing He never fails.  Now rejoice ahead of time in what this challenge will produce and walk face forward into it!

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