Spiritual Exercise for the Soul
by Teresa Wiltz
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My four-legged babies and I went for a long walk the other day when the significance of exercise suddenly dawned on me. It was in that moment that I began walking faster and faster, trying to not only extend an outdoor adventure for my dogs, but also to burn more calories. The most interesting thought process began to formulate within my mind; if trying to preserve our bodies through daily exercise is this important, how much more so is it to exercise our souls. When using the term exercise, pertaining to the soul, it is intended as a means of conditioning, or controlling one’s thoughts in order to step into alignment with God, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit—the Trinity. It is in recognition and acceptance of the Trinity that expands our knowledge and strengthens our faith so that we are led in truth by the Holy Spirit.
Ephesians 4:20-24—“But that is not the way you learned Christ!— assuming that you have heard about him and were taught in him, as the truth is in Jesus, to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.”
Just as our bodies become transformed by the training of physical exercise, the same is true for our soul (the core of our mind). It is important to continually condition our mind so that our spirit will be transformed and equipped to live a righteous life based on the Word of God. In this life we are presented with many challenges, so living a Christian life is not an easy thing to achieve. However, the eternal rewards and promises ordained by God is more than enough incentive gracing us with enough courage to overcome all obstacles and times of disappointment.
Romans 12:1-2—“I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”
People who conforms their body and spirit to sins of this present life will not partake in the sanctuary of eternal bliss. It’s so easy to get caught up in all the so called happiness of this world that many of us never even realize the magnificence of existing in the afterlife with Christ. No matter how much we try to perfect our physical bodies, one day death will overtake the superficial shell covering the core of what truly matters in the end. Christ brought with Him the chance for our souls to dwell in the Kingdom of God, but it is by the choices of our free will that we actually earn a place of divine residency.
Colossians 3:2—“Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.”
1 Peter 1:13—“Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.”
Matthew 5:11-12—“Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. 12 Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”
Prayer: Dear God, it is my prayer today that this truth shared by Your Word will enrich the lives of all who read and receive the meaning herein. I pray for people to wake up and realize that this is a temporary state of being, and that the larger picture awaits on the other side for those with unwavering faith and self-control; and who take time to see past the things of this life, so they will collect their inheritance of the life yet to be…in Jesus’ Name…Amen!
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