I've decided to change my diet and I also began walking again after taking a short break. I've been in physical pain a lot, due to my poor eating habits and a lot of things started catching up to me, especially my extreme sodium intake. It's as if I can feel myself getting older and my body is letting me know to start taking it easy with my health. Physical exercise is not difficult, so I'm glad to be focusing on "easy work", for now. Exercising the spirit is the greatest challenge I've ever faced. Spiritually, it takes many years for a person's grip on God to become stronger, little by little; but physically, the body can begin growing stronger overnight. So, physical work is not a challenge for me at all.
If I were to compare my experience with both type of fitness, I would say that it's no wonder people refer to using physical fitness to try to prolong their life, much more so than using spiritual exercise; because it's literally, a thousand times easier and the results come quicker. Health experts say that stress is bad for the body, but God shows me, the lack thereof, is bad for the soul. God brings on trials and tribulations that are intended to weigh much heavier than dumbbells and it works the spirit much harder than what a treadmill or bo-flex machines could for the human body. Spiritual dead weight lifting is the sense of having to go through extremely heart breaking moments; and if a person survives the experience without letting it turn the love in their heart cold nor destroy hope and faith, then, they've worked out their entire spirit successfully.. But you know when there's a tear in your soul, when difficult times begin to turn your heart bitter and cold; but that's okay as long as you eventually heal before it becomes calloused.
One of the challenges I faced with spiritual fitness, is that, unlike the injuries caused by a physical workout, a tear in the soul can only heal during constant exercise, whereas, a physical muscle requires rest in order to mend. Another great challenge I faced in spiritual fitness: when it's time to work out the "body", hardships come all at once, exercising the spirit; but in the gym, you can work out one body part at a time and go at your own pace. People are able to have full control over the way they choose to become physically fit; but only God chooses for the man, the type of spiritual workout they undergo.
Who is the exorcist? Is it another man or the self? It is neither- for, the Spirit works on all mankind, like a professional trainer, training a man for their next biggest challenge: Furnace for gold, crucible for silver, but the Spirit tests the heart. (Prov 17:3). When people attempt to train another person's soul, they fill it with "yeast", that puffs up the person's pride, only for God to make them low again; because spiritual steroids are as bad as the physical narcotics used to cheat the human body. And every cheat comes with a heavy price.
Physical diet is also much simpler than spiritual diet. Fasting from junk food is not as easy as fasting from the entertainment of evil. People easily make false judgments all day long and they imagine evil things to satisfy the momentary desires of their heart with fantasies that could crush a person, if it turned into reality- and they often make it turn into a reality. If everyone closed their eyes and imagined the world to be as they wanted, I guarantee you, each one has at least some bit of violence, whether it seems righteous to them or not. And I doubt many people would even know what peace truly looks like unless they've fasted. For, fasting does not guide a man into peace, rather, peace comes to the man through fasting.
My history with both type of fitness goes back as far as my orphan hood. Physical diet and exercise is like lifting a feather compared to the other. My spiritual health improved slowly throughout the years and has very little results- but it is still considered a great accomplishment because my faith now has "roots". 'I am like an olive tree, flourishing in the "House of God".' (Psa 52:8). For, though it takes an olive tree, a ridiculously much longer time than most other trees to bear a single fruit or grow one inch, the first accomplishment is always seen as the greatest. For, a "rooted faith" is what the olive tree symbolizes. Now I know my faith in God will last forever because it has survived many trials, especially the tribulations that was meant to destroy it. Through the good and the bad, I've learned not to discard faith: through the good, because I don't allow prosperity and success cause me to forget and forsake God and through the bad, because I don't allow suffering to cause me to toss my faith in Him, away.
Spiritual exercise is good for the soul that will last beyond the years of your life on earth, why waste energy on the lesser important things? If you tackle the bigger things, the smaller things will be easy for you. Stress is a sign of a "storm" coming near. You know that it's time for spiritual fitness when it troubles your heart, the way the wind troubles the waters. How spiritually fit are you??
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