by Jeff Lynn

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How to Stay Spiritually Fit (1 of 13)
Series: "No Guts, No Glory"
Jeff Lynn
1Timothy 4:1, 6-9
Preached January 11, 2009

TEXT: 1Timothy 4:1, 6-9

This is the time of year that people make all kinds of resolutions when it comes to their physical well-being.
Health club memberships escalate about right now and then taper off toward spring break.

Why? People realize that they need to do SOMETHING to get rid of excess pounds or to get them in better shape when it comes to their heart.

I believe this is a great time of year to resolve to begin getting in shape spiritually.

Not that it's ALWAYS not a good time….but this time of year is a season of new beginnings.
It's my conviction that as much as you want to be in shape physically, you want to be in shape spiritually.

And, being in shape spiritually is SO much more important and valuable than being in shape physically.

Look at what Paul told Timothy:

"..for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come."
1Timothy 4:8

Notice the word "promise" in that verse.

You'll notice that all these weight loss programs and health clubs make "promises" that you will feel great, look good, etc.

Paul is saying that "godliness," which means taking on the character of Christ, has promise for THIS life as well as for all eternity.

Paul followed this up by saying that this is "trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance."

In other words, you can count on it!!

There are promises that God has made that He is waiting to make good if you become more like Christ.
Paul says that physical training has some value, while spiritual training has value in every way.

So, the need for us to train ourselves for godliness is of great value.

The apostle Paul compares the church of Jesus Christ to a physical "body"; each member having different functions.
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