Faith, Fitness

Daily Dig: 4/23/21

Scripture: 1 Thessalonians 3, Ephesians 6

There’s a spiritual war among us. Two sides warring for our attentions and our souls.

For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. 

Ephesians 6:12

Paul knew this and he sent Timothy to check on the Thessalonians because he was worried they would be swayed by Satan’s lies:

Paul knew about Satan and his crafty ways. We should know about him too…and keep up our guard.:

Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm.

Ephesians 6:13

Paul also knew that even though he was far away from the Thessalonians he was not without the ability to defend them from these attacks.

He had the armour of God for himself and he had the power of prayer as a weapon:

We have this power as well. We only have to use it. Not only for ourselves but for other believers:

praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints

Ephesians 6:18

We have the right to put up a battle against Satan, and if we’re trusting the power of Christ we can be assured that we stand victorious:

From Precept upon Precept: 1 Thessalonians

Let’s go to battle, friends. We have victory in Jesus.

***Bonus: I happened to listen to this sermon by Skip Heitzig and it applies: link to Spotify: Satan’s Global Conflict


Journal: Write a prayer for someone you know who is struggling with their faith.


Move: Run day. Intervals or hills…your choice. Just get out and either find a hill or pick a landmark and run fast for a minute, recover, and do it again.

{Beginner’s run #2: Walk 5 minutes to warm-up, then run 2 minute/walk 1 minute x6, then walk 5 minutes to cool-down.}


Praise the Lord, and keep showing up!

Faith, Fitness

Daily Dig: 4/22/21

Scripture: Esther 4

Esther was in the king’s palace. She didn’t choose to be there, but the Lord had placed her there. He knew beforehand that she would be the one to save the Jewish people at this time.

“Do not think to yourself that in the king’s palace you will escape any more than all the other Jews. 14 For if you keep silent at this time, relief and deliverance will rise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. And who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this?”

Mordecai encouraged Esther in a straightforward way. He had faith that God would deliver His people and he knew that Esther had the opportunity to be used by God…she only had to accept the mission.

And she did:

16 “Go, gather all the Jews to be found in Susa, and hold a fast on my behalf, and do not eat or drink for three days, night or day. I and my young women will also fast as you do. Then I will go to the king, though it is against the law, and if I perish, I perish.”

Where are you now? What mission is before you? It may not be as certain and dangerous as Esther’s but through fasting and prayer the Lord may make it clear.

For me, homeschooling has been a call that I haven’t been able to deny. I may not face death like Esther, but some days are more trying than others. It is not easy and I mess it up a lot, but the fruits of the labor are abundant.  I get see how my children think.  They’re all so different and have different needs and strengths.  I’m able to witness how the Lord is growing them and using them. It’s what I’m doing for now, and I’m praying that I’ll be ready for whatever my next mission may be. Fasting and praying are great tools of preparation.


Journal: Write a prayer and accept your mission. Don’t know your mission yet? Write a prayer asking Him what task He has for you.


Move: Beginner’s run program starts over today! 8 weeks to run a 5k…follow along and get to your goal.

{Beginner’s run #1: Walk 5 minutes to warm-up, then run 1 minute/walk 1 minute x8, then walk 5 minutes to cool-down.}

If you’ve been running for a while already today we’re running 3-5 miles at a steady pace.


Praise the Lord, and just show up!

Faith, Fitness

Daily Dig: 4/21/21

Scripture: Philippians 4

again I will say, rejoice.

(And be reasonable.)

but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

(Thankfulness is the paint brush of peace.)

And…

That is…

the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding…

This picture of peace is beyond our understanding, but not beyond our reach.

whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.

(These thoughts are the paint.)

for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content.12 I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need.

(Contentment is the canvas.)

Thankfulness, controlled thoughts, contentment… not by our own power but through His strength.

He supplies what we need.

He gives us the tools to paint a beautiful picture of peace with our lives, and He gives us the ability to do it.

We only have to put our hand in His hand.

Let Him guide your heart.

Let Him paint the picture.


Journal: Write a prayer asking for the “supplies” you need for peace. Write a list of things you’re thankful for. Ask the Lord to help you think on good things. Ask for contentment. Feeling artistic: paint your own picture of peace.


Move:


Praise the Lord, and keep showing up.