SERIES: WORKING IT OUT By Pastor Philippi
Part 2: MOVE
You’ve heard the expression, ‘use it or lose it’. Sometimes we wish that person would just shut up. Use your muscles or they atrophy. Even though it may be painful to work out it is to your advantage.
Understand discipleship is more than just coming to church; it’s about being in shape. On the Mayo clinic’s website they gave seven reasons to exercise. They were all spiritual. The Holy Ghost spoke to me and said, “The way I made your body is the same way I made your spirit. The way you work out your body is the way to work out your spirit.”
Advantages to Exercise:
1. You control your weight. Hebrews says if you run the race you have to lose the weight.
2. You have better health; better blood pressure, diabetes is favorably impacted, etc. All this world has to offer is extra weight that causes sickness.
3. It can improve your mood. Some of you need this. You’re happier, not while you work out, but after. Spiritual maturity means spiritual health, not baggage, rather joy.
4. Your energy improves. You may be tired after you work out, but ultimately you have more energy. The devil in the long run is giving you more spiritual energy.
5. Your sleep improves.
6. It improves your love life.
7. It improves your fun quotient.
Thirty minutes a day can maintain your health. What if we prayed and got in the word 30 minutes every day? You can read two or three chapters in ten or fifteen minutes, you can then spend a few minutes praying over what you read.
If you want to lose more weight or build more muscle you may have to do more exercise. The disciples came across a demon they couldn’t cast out; that type required fasting. You may need to do more to go deeper.
You need to spend time with Jesus. We are the bride of Christ and some of you have a weird marriage. You say you are a Christian married to him, but you are never home. The trend in church now is twice a month. Prayer and seeking God aren’t happening anymore. I can’t help your real marriage simply by speaking over you, you must work at it. Even science tells us that a body that is at rest tends to stay at rest.
Hearing Doesn’t Build the House
Luke 6:46-48 “But why do you call Me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do the things which I say?
47 Whoever comes to Me, and hears My sayings and does them, I will show you whom he is like: 48 He is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. And when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently against that house, and could not shake it, for it was founded on the rock. 49 But he who heard and did nothing is like a man who built a house on the earth without a foundation, against which the stream beat vehemently; and immediately it fell. And the ruin of that house was great.”
You have to do, not hear only. He was building a house, building a relationship with God.
We Have to Dig Before We Can Build
Before he builds up, he digs down. He is removing dirt until he can get to the rock. There are things that hinder our relationship that need removed. The lazy guy doesn’t dig it. Philippians 2:12 Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; (NKJV) God is the muscle behind your shovel.
We get impatient and wonder why others are building faster than us. Others don’t live right and seem to be getting blessed. His house and your house may look the same, but he’s ahead. While he’s going up, you’re going down. You’re looking for a rock and he’s looking to look good. You can build on sand and your house may look the same as those on the rock, but the problem is there’s a storm coming. Those who build on the rock will survive the storm. You can build on a lot of things, but if you don’t build on the rock it will not stand. Psalms 127:1 Unless the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain who build it; unless the Lord guards the city, the watchman stays awake in vain. (NKJV)
A generation has been taught to name and claim it. They named and claimed that car, but now they don’t know how to make the payments.
Promise Needs Preparation
Everything that is not solid needs to be removed. We must go through the process to remove the sand so we can build on the rock. Where is God? He’s right under your feet, just keep digging.
Hebrews 12:27-28 Now this, “Yet once more,” indicates the removal of those things that are being shaken, as of things that are made, that the things which cannot be shaken may remain. 28 Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace, by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear.
There are things in your life that cannot be shaken, but the things that can be shaken, if you’re building on them, you must remove them so you will trust in Him instead of them.
It’s time to move. God is giving you a shovel, in fact He is the shovel. God is removing some things. You wonder why you keep having problems with the same kind of people? You need to shovel something out of your life so you can deal with all types of people, including those you struggle with. Some wonder why they can’t find the right man. When you finally shovel that stuff out of your life, Prince Charming will come. Recurring problems are a clue you didn’t shovel the dirt, you didn’t deal with the source of the problem.
God is trying to help you gain energy by working your spiritual muscles. He wants to be more in love with you. He wants intimacy with you! How about finding that work out time with God, those 30 minutes a day? Don’t hate that shovel, love it and the results!