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Don't Get Mad-Get Fit!
1/1/2010

Don't Get Mad - Get Fit!
A New Beginning

Come now, you who say, "Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a profit;" whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away. Instead you ought to say, "If the Lord wills, we shall live and do this or that." James 4:13-15 (NKJV)

Well it's that time of year again, January 1st - a time to start a new year off.  For many people this day represents a new blank sheet of paper, and a new beginning.  Deep down inside I think every one of us likes having a chance to start over when we've not done something to the best of our ability.  For some, it's more than once every 365-days - that's why we hear phrases such as:

  • Tomorrows another day
  • Oh well, there's always next week
  • Tomorrow will be better

Or even better than that, we can read God's truth regarding this "New Beginning" that is available to us.

The faithful love of the LORD never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning. I say to myself, "The LORD is my inheritance; therefore, I will hope in him!" Lamentations 3:22-24 (NLT)

I was doing some cardio training the other day and my wife had a Shape magazine on the cross-trainer.  It was opened to a page titled, "Success Stories."  I read the story of a lady who had lost 60-pounds, and had kept it off for more than 2-years.  The story goes like this:  Years earlier she and her husband started a business together.  She had no time to work out and she ended up becoming stressed out.  Stopping all the healthy practices that kept her in shape, she begin to eat fast food, and as a result, she ended up gaining a bunch of weight.  

This women's husband had a great metabolism and even though he ate the same junk food, he didn't gain the weight.  He began to criticize her and their marriage suffered - eventually, they divorced.  

I started to think about how the enemy works on our marriages and all of our relationships for that matter, and I thought how this same thing happens over and over.  Maybe not exactly like this with the weight gain and all, but basically still in the same way.  

We stop reading our bibles, we stop going to church, and we stop fellowshipping with other believers. We stop feeding our spirit the good food of God's Word, and we begin to get out of shape in our spiritual walk - we become spiritually unfit, and spiritually unsuccessful.

The story of this lady continued with her taking out an old exercise video and she began to start to workout.  At first it was hard, she had lost the ability to do what she used to do, but she continued to do as much as she could and each day she would add a little more. Within a month, she lost 8-pounds.  She then started to eat differently - she thought about what her body needed, and added good food.  Soon, she lost an additional 27-pounds.  She was now ready to get back into the gym, and she added a stringent routine that enabled her to lose an additional 30-pounds.  She stated, "I didn't get mad, I got fit." 

Let me just say this, I don't think of this as a success story for the most part - A marriage was ruined by the enemy as two people made poor choices.  Weight should never have been a factor for the divorce, but it was - and this was because these people didn't make time for God; He was crowded out of their busy life, and the healthy practices for a successful marriage were replaced with poor habits of living for this world.  But even in this tragedy, we can glean some healthy principles to implement into our lives to assure us of success.  

Maybe we have made some poor choices with respect to our walk with God.  At times we may even find ourselves overwhelmed, and out of a healthy daily routine, and we can be tempted to simply give up - on our marriages, our jobs, on our relationships, on our Christian walk, or even on living.  But if we are just as determined to implement a consistent daily regiment with respect to our walk with God as this woman was in her physical exercise regiment, before you know it, we too will be transformed - we will be spiritually fit.   Thankfully, God has a workout plan to remedy this condition, and it comes with a guarantee.

This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. Joshua 1:8 (NLT)

Let's not be the type of person who makes a change only after significant damage and loss has occurred - let's make the changes we need to make today.  Are you out of shape spiritually?  Don't get mad - get fit?  You don't have to bail out on a relationship to start over - you just need to dive into a relationship with Jesus.

Hey Christian, today is the first day of the rest of your life - live healthy!  

STUDY QUESTION: What guarantee has God given us in His Word according to Joshua 1:8?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you meditating on God's Word day and night?  Are you abiding in what He has asked of you in His Word?

APPLICATION:  Seek the Lord today in everything you do.  His mercies are new and He is waiting to do a mighty work in your life.  He will make your way prosperous and you will have good success if you do.

Father, thank You for Your mercies.  Thank You that I can start over today, and every day that I get up.  Thank You for helping me to do the things that I am incapable of doing on my own.  I need You today so that I can be the man of God that You have ordained me to be.  In Jesus precious name, amen...

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott



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