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How to work out our spiritual muscles


Most people start the New Year working out just to find themselves bored, tired, and with flat line results. Then they eventually quit.

In the workout world, there are 3 golden rules to make a successful workout enjoyable long term.

These same rules apply to your spiritual muscles. Most Christians mean to develop their relationship with God. Yet they often find it boring and unrewarding. This eventually leads them to quit as well.

Put to practice these spiritual disciplines and you will find your relationship with God much more rewarding.

1. Variety

Study the Bible daily even if just one verse a day. For a more rewarding experience read the chapter that the verse or verses are in. Understanding the context of the verse will give you a richer understanding of God’s word in your life for today. The technical name for this process is exegesis.

Joshua 1:8 (NRSVCE)

8 This book of the law shall not depart out of your mouth; you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to act in accordance with all that is written in it. For then you shall make your way prosperous, and then you shall be successful.


2. Intensity 

Pray daily even if it is getting used to thanking God aloud in the morning or praying for your kids and spouse. Pray in your car while you wait in traffic. Ask God to forgive you of your sins. In
addition, let God speak to you, just listen as you pray. 


1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (NRSVCE) 


16 Rejoice always, 17 pray without ceasing, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.


3. Consistency

Attend Church and fellowship with brothers in Christ, there is no one that can replace Christian fellowship. We belong to the body of Christ. The body works best when its members work together.


Hebrews 10:25 (NRSVCE)

25 not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

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