The Olympics vs. Your Spiritual Race

Incorporate Olympic Games training for spiritual growth.. 530 U.S. athletes will be competing in 32 different sports with the hopes of bring the gold home for the red, white and blue.

Ryan Hall, U.S. Competitor in the Men’s Marathon field, didn’t start training yesterday for the event. The 29-year old athlete has been competing since he was a junior in high school. One might say that Hall was definitely a prodigy. Even way back when he was starting out in the field, Hall’s records were impressive. But even Hall, as talented as he is, cannot complete a marathon in 2:04:58 without some intensive, long-term training.

Walking in faith is like training for a race. If we want to score an impressive finishing time, we must practice.
How do we reach the point in our spiritual lives when we can say, as Paul did, Paul gives us the answer in his letter to the church in Corinth: “Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it. Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as one beating the air. But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified.” (1 Corinthians 9:24-27) Continue reading

Delight In Jesus Daily

Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly…but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night. He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper.  Psalm 1:1–3

Delight In Jesus Daily…The Bible tells us, “Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly…” This means that while the ungodly can give counsel, the blessed man does not depend on it nor walk in it. On the contrary, his delight is in the Word of God, which is the person of Jesus (John 1:14).

Beloved, whose counsel are you walking in today for your provision? When it comes to your finances, be wary of ungodly counsel that promises you quick short-term gains that could cause you to get into a debt trap.

Let your delight be in Jesus. See Him in the Scriptures as you meditate on it day and night. As you spend time with Him, you will enjoy the blessings of abundance as a by-product of just being in His presence. As you delight in Him through His Word, you will bring forth fruit in season, your leaf (your health) will not wither and whatever you do becomes abundantly blessed! (JPMinistries)