A strong body and a strong mind, is desired, to accomplish our daily tasks.
We must exercise physically, if we would strengthen our bodies.
(My Doctor told me I would be in better shape, if I dug ditches, rather than sitting at a piano all the time). Who can argue with that.
I avoid exercise like it was the plague, then wonder why I am fat, dumb and happy. (Well, at least the first two).
Then there is this, at 1 Timothy 4:8
“For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come.”
Almost my motto, lol.
I love to search the Word. Whether it is a word search, people search, or subject search.
This is how I exercise my mind and spirit.
A few weeks ago at our Tuesday Morning men’s meeting, my friend, Pastor Nelson Hopkins, brought up Hebrews 6: 1-3.
“Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God,
Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, of eternal judgment.
And this will we do, if God permit.“
Leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ:
This just doesn’t seem right. Leave the principles of the Doctrine of Christ?
It’s appears, we are leaving our Salvation, but it is not. The writer is telling us that the Principle Doctrines are the Milk of the Gospel.
We must know them, live them, love them, and then move on to the Meat of the Word.
The only hitch is, a lot of Christians can not move on to the Meat, because they are unaware, that they have only been fed the Milk, and not even all of that.
Most Christians know and believe we are saved by Faith and not Works. The best definition of Faith for me comes from Hebrews 11:6
“Without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.“
We must believe He Is, not used to be, used to do, or God doesn’t do that, or speak to us anymore.
NO, NO, NO,… GOD IS.
He Is a very present help in times of trouble, He Is able to do above and beyond what we ask, think or even imagine.
He Is our Shepard, we shall not want, He will supply our needs,
Do we believe He Is? He said in John 14:12-14.
“He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.
And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.“
I see very little evidence in our Churches that we believe He Is able to do, that which He promised.
We should be experiencing Signs, Wonders and Miracles. We aren’t. Why?
We do not believe He Is.
I believe we know that first principle, we are Saved by Faith and not Works.
We must go on to the others, so we can go on to the Meat of the Word.