Monday, March 25, 2019

Fit Bit ( Reboot & Keep on Keeping on!)

Fit Bit (Reboot & Keep on keeping on!)
We are about mid way through Lent.  How are you doing on having a season of sincerely looking at yourself and cleaning out the old, that doesn’t honor God and bringing in the new that does?

Today on Bible gateway 1 John 1:9 popped up:

“ If we confess your sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and His word is not in us.”

When I read this I started to reflect on my Lent journey and realized I am falling back into old habits.  It is easy to do.  As a fitness trainer I have seen many people simply give up once they mess up for a bit.  The people that succeed almost never get it right away.  They have a continual struggle with leaving the old ways behind and putting on the new until one day the new is more of a habit then the old.  Once in a while you will find someone that changes their life “cold turkey” but usually it is a constant effort of intentionally turning away and turning toward. 

Don’t give up!! Reboot!!
Confess to the Lord where you are at, repent and ask Him for His provision to do what you know in your heart is your best way to honor God.

Currently I am taking a class on Bonhoeffer and the holocaust.  He reflects on why the Germans and others could participate in such a horrific slaughter.  Largely,  he says that the people ignored God and followed man.

Your sin is most likely not as horrific as the Holocaust, but what ever your sin is, if left un-confessed and addressed will erode you.  Today be inspired to Reboot and keep on keeping on. “ You can do all things through Christ who give you strength”.   Philippians 4:13

Be fit and be blessed,


Thursday, March 7, 2019

Fit Bit (Mourning into Dancing)

Fit Bit (Mourning into Dancing)
Psalm 30:11  “Thou hast turned for me my mourning into dancing. Thou has put off my sackcloth and girded me with gladness.”

Waking up on this Lent morning I am remembering the suffering Jesus paid for us.
Yesterday on Ash Wednesday, our pastor marked my forehead with the sign of the cross, as he said, from ash you come and from ash you shall return.  This reminded me of a plaque I have next to my bed;

 “Life on earth, soon will pass only what’s done for Christ will last”

I continued to think of my loved ones that have gone unto dancing with our Lord and realized the people that shaped my life the most are the ones that lived for Christ.

I am thankful that our mourning can be turned to dancing.

Here on this earth, we have trouble and sometimes pain way beyond our understanding.  I know people say it can come in waves and I think sometimes it can come in a tsunami.  Yet, no matter what the magnitude of my current condition here on Earth is.  I know I can trust God.  He loves each of us so much, He left His thrown in Heaven, came to suffer and die for us, so we could have our mourning turned to dancing.

Lent is a time to reflect on the suffering of Christ, to reflect on our fleshly sinfulness, to be convicted, with a truly repentant heart and TRUST in the salvation made possible for each of us if we simply believe.

I believe I am a sinner and I cannot save myself.
I believe Jesus came to this world to suffer and die for me paying the price of my sin.
I believe He imputes His righteousness upon me and I am renewed always.
I believe He conquered the grave, once and for all. (1 Peter 3:18/ Hebrews 10:10)

This Lent season, be inspired to remember, your mourning will be turned into dancing.  Jesus said in John 16:33  These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.”

Be fit and be blessed,