5/10: On Eating and Exercise

 

Nutritious food and proper exercise go hand-in-hand when it comes to our having a healthy body. We are not doing all we can if we neglect either. If we eat good food but never exercise, we will be fat and prone to all kinds of diseases and problems that overweight brings on. If we exercise all the time yet don’t eat nutritious food, we’ll lack the energy necessary to get the things done which we should and we still open ourselves to diseases and problems that a poor diet brings on. The balance of the right food and the right exercise leads to health.

As it is with the body, so it is with the spirit. Some of us diligently spend our weeks in “spiritual” activity (reading the Bible, praying, attending church service on Sunday, and mid-week Bible study and prayer meeting), “eating” the Word, but not exercising it in our daily walk. On the flip side, some of us know a few Scriptures and “exercise” them as a cure-all for everything, never being eager to go deeper in God and learn more.

We will only reach Christian maturity if we feed our spiritual senses from the deep wells of God, and then exercise or put to use in our daily lives what we have learned. Hebrews 5:14 says, “But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, that is, those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil” (NKJ). Only as we diligently digest God’s word will we be in a position to discern the difference between what pleases God and what provokes Him.

And we don’t get there by sucking the bottle of “Christianity Lite,” by being unbalanced with our intake and choice of spiritual food, or by being lax in our exercise of obedience to God’s word. Spiritual good health happens “by reason of use.” We get the Word, and then as we use it – apply it – to our everyday lives, we mature and are able to discern between good and evil.

So what’s our word for today?

  • Eat right – no matter what God’s word is saying, take it in.
  • Exercise – make it your determination to discern good from evil and make the right living choices that will honor God.

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©2013 Sharon Norris Elliott. Feel free to forward this devotion in its entirety, including this copyright line. Leave comments, ask questions, read past devotions, or subscribe to receive these devotions daily in your e-mail at www.sanewriter.wordpress.com. Also, periodically check in at www.LifeThatMatters.net to see what’s going on in the ministry.

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~ by sanewriter on May 10, 2013.

2 Responses to “5/10: On Eating and Exercise”

  1. “…feed our spiritual senses from the deep wells of God…” oh how we need that living water. Today was a reminder that I cannot “exercise” a Christian Life without being fed by God’s Word. Just like faith without works is dead, so are works without faith. Thank you for this reminder!

  2. We are what we eat. My BMI, is great…Biblical Management Instructions. My walk with Jesus instills ample energy for praise. Thank you for your concern!

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