Faith Heart Magazine Jewel Tankard - Page 19

Let’s look at another essential aspect of good health and effective weight management that ensures our good – exercise. Those things that limit our prayer, worship life and overall relationship with the Father. Things that shroud our hearts with fear or shame as we know it brings God no glory. For some I hear a few of us cringing as I do - I of us these could be challenges we personally hate exercise, but I know I have struggled with prior to knowing must do it at least 2-3 times a week. I Christ and even after. Paul again try but keep falling short of my target; shares our common obvious battles in however, I am determined. Galatians 5: 19-21. In plain terms these include obvious acts of the flesh like So, in the spirit, how do we exercise? Pride, Anger, Wrath, Malice, un- Paul tells us in Hebrews 12: 1 - forgiveness, Hatred, jealousy, envy or Therefore, we also, since we are even less obvious battles such as Greed, surrounded by so great a cloud of Lust, Several Addictions (Sexual, witnesses, let us lay aside every Food/Gluttony, Pornography) Lack of weight, and the sin which so easily self-control, lying (including little white ensnares us, and let us run with lies) Selfishness, Laziness, endurance the race that is set before Covetousness, Impatience, Gossip, us, looking unto Jesus, the author and Stinginess, Extravagance, Love of finisher of our faith. Money, Hostility, Haughtiness, Impoliteness, Idolatry, Sadness, If we look at this verse topically, we Moodiness, Vengeance, Slander, are to – lay aside every weight and Immaturity, Wickedness, Strife, sin that easily ensnares us (run light Contentions, Vanity to name some. weight), run with endurance the race set before us (with strength & We all fight one or more of these stamina). battles in our Christian walk, however, how do we really lay these conflicts How can we relate this to the spirit aside?  Historically the church’s focus man? What weighs us down? What has been telling us ‘what to do and sins, attitudes, behaviours which we what not to do,’ but never fully sharing know deep within hinders us from ‘how’ to lay aside and succeed in approaching God with confidence? overcoming certain warfare and maintaining our walk with God. FHM 19