The number one resolution for the New Year was... getting in shape. Not surprising when we know that man looks on the outward appearance. There is nothing wrong with exercise unless you end up worshipping the creature that God made rather than the God who made the creature. 1 Timothy 4:8 "For bodily exercise profits a little, but godliness is profitable for all things, having promise of the life that now is and of that which is to come." It is good to exercise, eat healthy, and try to lose a few pounds but don't forget about your spiritual shape. Hebrews 12:1-2 "Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God." Praying, forgiving, loving, being Godly, acting right, and encouraging others gives us the opportunity to tell people about Jesus. These are things that give us spiritual exercise and put us in Kingdom shape. Matthew 5:6 "Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven." Let's all try to keep in great spiritual shape for God in 2017.
This Sunday morning I will be sharing, 'Knowing You.' Do you know who you are? God made you special and our enemy tries to rob, kill, and destroy who we are, Jesus came that we might have life and have that life more abundantly.
Continue to pray for all those in need, looking forward to seeing you soon, lots of love, Pastor Kevin and Alice