CityLight Church’s One Year Bible Reading Plan
Monday, October 19th, 2015
1 Timothy 4:1-16
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
…and exercise yourself toward godliness. For bodily exercise profits a little, but godliness is profitable for all things, having promise of the life that now is and of that which is to come. – 1 Tim 4:7-8
Did you know it is your responsibility to exercise yourself toward godliness? To exercise toward godliness means to practice following God in word and deed. The transformation from who we are now, to who God invites us to become, doesn’t happen overnight. Exercise takes time. Exercise can be hard. But when we exercise properly, we will reap the benefits.
As you make a commitment to follow Jesus no matter what, your stamina will increase. Over time, you will be able to lift more spiritual weight: to handle weightier matters with ease. After a while, you will be able to face life’s biggest obstacles without even breaking a sweat!
Exercise isn’t always easy. But lucky for you, you have the greatest exercise Coach in the world: God’s Holy Spirit. When you’re tired, He will encourage you to keep moving forward. When you don’t know what to do next, He will point you in the right direction! God’s Holy Spirit is your Counselor and your Guide. Thank God you don’t have to exercise on your own!
Father, help me to exercise myself toward godliness. I want to exercise my faith by putting it into practice. I want to exercise obedience by listening to, and carrying out, Your instructions. Help me to get in spiritual shape!
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