For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come. 1 Timothy 4:8
Physical training is usually seen as high value. Doctors are always telling their patients that they need to get out and be physical, to do physical training–exercise. Traveling throughout many cities one will see many different gyms for working out in. Exercise is seen as something of great value.
While many people exercise to help themselves look good, there are also many who exercise to stay in good health. Exercising will help keep a person’s heart and lungs stronger, which in turn keeps their overall health much better. It will increase the likelihood of the person living a longer, healthier life.
Yet, exercise will stop there. Every person will die at some point. No matter how much physical exercise a person gets, they will die. In eternity, exercise means nothing. So it does have some value, but not a lot.
Training to be like Jesus and to be Godly has a lot higher value. In this life it can bring joy and peace where there is none. It removes all anxiety and fear. It helps build better relationships with people. It destroys selfishness and hatred.
When anxiety, fear, hatred are removed, a person will live a healthier life. Many illnesses come from fear, hatred and anxiety.
Not only does living like God help in this life, it also benefits a person after death. Following Jesus means one is striving to live like Jesus did–a Godly life. In return Jesus gives the person eternal life in heaven. This benefit never ends and gives perfect life and health with God. It removes all sickness and pain for eternity.
While it is good for you to exercise to build your physical self up and stay in good shape, it is only for a temporary value. Training to be like God will benefit you in this life and for all eternity.
Training to be like God is to live your life just as Jesus did. Acting, speaking, reacting, and listening just as Jesus did. This not only builds you up, but will also help build others up and make this world a little bit better. Then in the end when you step into eternity, the benefits will magnify increasingly for all eternity.
What are you training for today?
I pray today that you will train to be like Jesus; that God will show you how to act and speak as Jesus did; that your life will be on full of Godliness; and that you will se the benefit of living a Godly life for God.
The time will surely come when everything in your palace, and all that your predecessors have stored up until this day, will be carried off to Babylon. Nothing will be left, says the LORD. Isaiah 39:6
Hezekiah had faithfully followed God and led the nation towards God all his life. At some point, he came down with a sickness and was told he would die. After crying out to God, he was told he would live another fifteen years.
The king of Babylon had heard of Hezekiah’s sickness and recovery, and so he sent envoys to him with a gift. When they showed up, Hezekiah showed them everything that he had in his entire kingdom. Right after showing all of this stuff, Hezekiah was told that after he dies the kingdom would be taken from his descendants.
At first glance at this, one may ask why all of his stuff would be taken away? And what did he do that was so wrong?
As Hezekiah was showing off all of the stuff that had been accumulated over the years, he did it without giving God the credit. It was pride that was showing off everything. The king of Babylon had sent a gift because of the illness and recovery. It had nothing to do with what had been accumulated or done before.
It was a great opportunity to tell the king of Babylon how he had recovered from the illness. It was not the time to show off all of the treasures.
There are times when God may do a healing or some other miracle in a person’s life. Often, instead of pointing people to what God has done, they continue on with life and show off what they have done.
When God does some healing or miracle in your life, take the time to show people what God did in that situation. Point people to who God is and His great mercy on you.
Do not be like the rest of the world, and point them to what you have accomplished in life. The pride of the things you have accumulated will be a downfall and failure in the eyes of God.
You did not get all that you have because of your own power, it was blessed to you by God and His power.
Do not allow pride to bring your downfall at the end of your life.
I pray today that you will recognize God’s work in your life; that you will point people to God; that you will not show pride in your own things; and that you will give credit to God for all that you have and do.
“Your eye is the lamp of your body. When your eyes are healthy, your whole body also if full of light. But when they are unhealthy, your body also is full of darkness.” Luke 11:34
Jesus is talking about how a lamp is used. Lamps are put on a stand and turned on (lit in the Old Testament) to allow light to shine in a room or area. The purpose is to be able to see.
In your body, your eyes work in the same way as a lamp does. It allows your body to see light. Most of the time your eye is in good condition and you can see clearly.
When your eye is hurting or scratched from something that got into it, a patch is placed over it to help it heal. During that time you cannot see out of that eye. It makes it difficult to do things that need to be done.
In the spiritual realm, your eye is also a lamp into your body. It allows things to be brought into you. Things that you see can either be healthy or unhealthy for your soul.
What are your eyes seeing in books, pictures, movies, and even locations? Are these things good or damaging to your body and soul?
Many people will try to justify seeing some things by stating that is just a depiction of something that is real life. It is real how a man murders someone; it is real how two will have sex; and it is real how other sins are portrayed.
You are to flee all sin. All sin is darkness, a separation from God. When your eyes are filled with darkness, your body and soul are filled with darkness. Light and darkness cannot be in the same place at the same time.
Fill your eyes with things that glorify God. Fill with things that make you more like Jesus. Fill them with things that bring light and life into your body and soul, not death and darkness.
What are you seeing today? Is your lamp turned on to light or darkness? Are your eyes healthy or unhealthy?
I pray today that God will fill you with His Holy Spirit; that God will direct you to see things that will bring Him glory; that you will close your eyes to unhealthy sites; that you will have healthy eyes that glorify God; and that God’s light will shine in and through you.