Faith, Fitness

Daily Dig: 5/14/20

Scripture: 2 Thessalonians 1

I make many resolutions to “do better”.

I want to pray more, read more, encourage more, move more, eat better, fast with purpose, love better, be a better wife, mom, friend, teacher.

And then there’s “affliction”. Most of it comes from me falling to temptations, or being lazy, or un-disciplined. A small bit may come from negative words or reactions from other people.

If you’re the same then you know there are two choices when afflictions come: fold in defeat or forge onward in faith.

Steadfastness in faith through persecutions and afflictions is the way to go (vs. 4). Our endurance will be rewarded.

when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with his mighty angels 8 in flaming fire, inflicting vengeance on those who do not know God and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. 9 They will suffer the punishment of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his might, 10 when he comes on that day to be glorified in his saints, and to be marveled at among all who have believed, because our testimony to you was believed. 

He will give us the power we need. He will give us the “resolve” to work toward our resolutions (vs. 11).

11 To this end we always pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of his calling and may fulfill every resolve for good and every work of faith by his power, 12 so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Journal: Write a prayer and renew your resolutions with the Lord. Pray for endurance.

Move: Run. I’m moving hills/intervals to Tuesdays now…just because I don’t think anyone will notice. Haha. So today. Just run, walk, move.

{Beginner’s run #11: Walk 5 minutes to warm-up, then run 5 minutes/walk 1 minute x4, then walk 5 minutes to cool-down.}

Praise the Lord, and just show up.

Faith, Fitness

Daily Dig: 5/7/20

Scripture: 1 Thessalonians 5

2 For you yourselves are fully aware that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night…

11 Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.

Live in peace with one another:

  • Admonish the idle
  • Encourage the fainthearted
  • Help the weak
  • Be patient with them all

Are you bold or fainthearted?

Matthew 26:41 – “Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”

Luke 22:32 – “…but I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned again, strengthen your brothers.”

  • Rejoice always
  • Pray without ceasing
  • Give thanks in all circumstances

“Hold fast what is good”

23 Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 24 He who calls you is faithful; he will surely do it.

Journal: Write a prayer of thanksgiving…you can’t do this often enough.

Move: Thursday is hill or interval day. Just break up a normal run with bursts up a hill or speedy segments between mailboxes. Get creative.

{Beginner’s run #8: Walk 5 minutes to warm-up, then run 4 minutes/walk 1 minute x4, then walk 5 minutes to cool-down.}

Praise the Lord, and just show up.

Faith, Fitness

Daily Dig: 4/30/20

Scripture: 1 Thessalonians 4

More and more…

Finally, then, brothers, we ask and urge you in the Lord Jesus, that as you received from us how you ought to walk and to please God, just as you are doing, that you do so more and more.

1 Thessalonians 4:1

This chapter contains encouragement to keep living holy lives until the coming of the Lord.

God wants us to be separate, and to live pure lives. Verses 1-8 have to do with sexual immorality. Abstain from it. This pleases God…walk in His ways more and more (vs.1).

For God has not called us for impurity, but in holiness. Therefore whoever disregards this, disregards not man but God, who gives his Holy Spirit to you.

1 Thessalonians 4:7‭-‬8

Don’t disregard God. Let the Holy Spirit do His work. Verses 9-12 are about brotherly love and man’s daily work. Keep loving each other and working quietly. This pleases God…walk in His ways more and more.

for that indeed is what you are doing to all the brothers throughout Macedonia. But we urge you, brothers, to do this more and more, and to aspire to live quietly, and to mind your own affairs, and to work with your hands, as we instructed you, so that you may walk properly before outsiders and be dependent on no one.

1 Thessalonians 4:10‭-‬12

Live quiet lives, mind your own business, and work with your hands. And have hope for the future. Verses 13-18 teach on the coming of the Lord. He will return…and we will always be with him.

For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord.

1 Thessalonians 4:16‭-‬17

Walk in His ways more and more until His return.

Journal: Pray for someone who you know needs encouragement.

Move: Run hill repeats today. Find a hill and run up it 4-10 times.

{Beginner’s run #5: Walk 5 minutes to warm-up, then run 3 minutes/walk 1 minute x4, then walk 5 minutes to cool-down.}

Praise the Lord, and keep showing up.