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Five Steps to Spiritual Fitness

January 10, 2017

1. Find Encouragement

Christian community is important because we are “mutually  encouraged by each other’s faith” (Romans 1:12).


2. Pray for a larger comfort zone. 

If our entire world consists of  people just like us, chances are that we’re more focused on feeling safe than on spreading the Gospel. Our light can only “shine before others” (Matthew 5:16) if we interact, on a significant level, with people who are different than we are.


3. Warm up your faith muscles.

 To be on fire for God requires stoking our spirit with the fuel of daily prayer. Ask God to give you love that “burns like blazing fire, like a mighty flame”  (Song of Solomon 8:6). 


4. Get moving!

Vibrant faith doesn’t come to those who wait complacently, expecting God to turn up the flame. Somewhere in our lives there is a person who is hungry and needs to eat, thirsty and in need of drink; a stranger Christ wants us to care for or clothe; a sick person to serve, or a prisoner to visit (Matthew 25:3536). 


5. Turn setbacks into renewed determination.

Peter denied the Lord three times and Saul persecuted Christians before Christ chose him as witness to the Gentiles. The cross is proof that Christ can transform even the worst things into good. Our job is to pick ourselves up after we fail and to ask for renewed vigor to follow Christ. “For though a righteous man falls seven times, he rises again” (Proverbs 24:16).

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