Faith, Fitness

Daily Dig: 1/24/21

Scripture: 1 Peter 1

This chapter is jam packed!

Peter is writing to the believers who have been scattered because of persecution. He reminds them of their purpose and gives them instructions that fall to us as well.

How can we apply these instructions to our lives today?:

  • “Prepare your minds for action”
  • “Keep sober in spirit”
  • “Fix your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ” (vs.13)
  • “Do not be conformed to the former lusts which were yours in ignorance” (vs.14)
  • “BE HOLY, FOR I AM HOLY” (vs.16)
  • “Conduct yourselves in fear during the time of your stay on earth” (vs.17)
  • “Fervently love one another from the heart” (vs.22)

We do all this because of His great mercy to us…because even though we don’t see Him now, we believe in Him…because we have hope of His return...because we’ve been born again!

Journal: If you don’t understand any of the instructions listed above, or if one of them seems overly challenging to you, write it down, and pray about it. Ask God to give you wisdom and strength to obey His word. Let His Spirit make a change in you.

Move: 25 each of these exercises:

  • Tricep dips
  • Jump squats
  • Mountain climbers (25 each leg)
  • Jump lunges (25 each leg)
  • Air squats
  • High knees
  • Pushups to side plank (25 total)
  • Supermans
  • Sit-ups
  • Bicycle crunches
  • Burpees

Praise the Lord, and keep showing up!

Faith, Fitness

Daily Dig: 1/23/21

Scripture: Acts 6:1-8:3

What if all believers were like Stephen…”full of grace and power.” He was on fire!

He didn’t back down when faced with persecution, but became even bolder, preaching the Gospel by way of the Old Testament and calling out the Jews who had forsaken Jesus.

He was on fire because he had all the elements. He had knowledge (the wood) and the Holy Spirit (the spark and really the fire itself).

He calls the Jews persecuting him “stiff-necked” and “uncircumcised in heart and ears,” which means they’re religious on the outside but they resist the Holy Spirit….

They have the wood for the fire, but no spark. It’s useless knowledge.

Don’t resist the Holy Spirit. Pray and submit to God. Ask for the spark to light the fire in your heart!

Journal: Write a prayer asking God to equip you in case you need to answer for your faith.

Move: Find a hill and run up it (10-20 seconds), then walk or jog down and recover (60-90 seconds). If you did 4 last week, then do 5 this week. Progress!

{Beginner’s run #11: warm-up with a 5- minute walk, then run 5 minutes/walk 1 minute x4, then cool-down with a 5- minute walk.} Yep…it’s an easier day. Enjoy!

Start a fire.

Praise the Lord, and just show up!

Faith, Fitness

Daily Dig: 1/22/21

Scripture: 2 Samuel 1

In this chapter we see David mourning the deaths of Saul, king of Israel, and Saul’s son Jonathan.

It makes sense that he would mourn for Jonathan…they had been the closest of friends.

But it’s harder to understand why he equally mourns for Saul…Saul had spent a lot of his energy trying to hunt down David and kill him.

Maybe that’s why God says that David shares His heart:

22 And when he had removed him, he raised up David to be their king, of whom he testified and said, ‘I have found in David the son of Jesse a man after my heart, who will do all my will.’

Acts 13:22

David loved God and he respected that God had appointed Saul as King before him. But more than that we see a picture of God’s heart in the fact that David could love someone who gave him no love in return.

That’s God’s love for us…He loves us even when we’re unlovable.

Let’s show that love to others.

Journal: Write a prayer for one of your “enemies”… or for someone who gives you a hard time. Thank the Lord that He has a purpose even for our persecutions.

Move: Go for a mid-distance run (whatever that would mean for you). I usually do 5 miles.

Still can’t run? Keep walking…adding in running when you can. Can’t get outside? Get on the elliptical or treadmill, or jump rope and do lunges in the house. Don’t make excuses…make options.

{Beginner’s run #10: warm-up with a 5- minute walk, then run 5 minutes/walk 1 minute x5, then cool-down with a 5- minute walk.}

P.S. Don’t forget to stretch.

Praise the Lord, and just show up!