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Spiritual Training

Physical training is good, but training for godliness is much better, promising benefits in this life and in the life to come. 1 Timothy 4:8

Physical training is exercising to promote bodily fitness and strength. Stretching helps us to become more flexible. Cardio is good for making the heart muscle stronger. Physical fitness helps with reducing stress, helps with fighting fatigue, and in some cases helps prevent diseases such as heart disease and diabetes just to name a few.

I personally don't exercise physically like I should, but training spiritually is something I pursue on a daily basis. I can say I reach this goal on most days, but I still fall short too. I would rather stretch my hands and arms to heaven in prayer and sing praises to the Lord. Keep my schedule flexible in the morning making time to put God first. Ask God to create in me a new heart. Cast my cares on Him and let Him carry my burdens. Thank God for giving me strength when I am weary and increasing His power when I am weak. When I am sick I trust in Him to heal all my diseases.

Spiritual training (like any other type of training) takes discipline! Spiritual training is all about living our lives being transformed from the inside out. It is constantly setting goals so we can become a better version of ourselves. This includes relying on the promises of God for our benefit. To sum it up means that we do our very best to submit/surrender every part of our life in order to strive for a godly life. This is how we strengthen our soul.

When we are training we should always set goals that are within our reach. Of course this will vary depending on where you are in your journey. Baby Christians should always start out small taking baby steps. Mature Christians might need a nudge to step out in faith more and set higher goals. Regardless of where you are it is important to keep moving forward and keep reaching for new heights.

Spiritual training will include goals such as these:

Pray without ceasing.

Be doers of the Word and not hearers only.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.

Humble yourselves and never be prideful.

Submit your ways to the Lord.

Exercise self-control.

Discipline yourself for the purpose of righteousness.

Deny worldly desires.

Encourage one another.

Run the race with endurance.

Love others as you love yourself.

Display the fruits of the Spirit.

Renew your mind when necessary.

Be slow to speak.

There is so much more to be said, so I encourage you to learn all you can from the Word of God. Spiritual training will be something to pursue for the rest of our lives here on earth. Simply do your best to live a godly life. Then when we step into eternity we can all hope to here these words "Well done my good and faithful child."

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