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Spiritual Atrophy

Spiritual Atrophy

But reject profane and old wives fables, and exercise yourself toward godliness. 1 Timothy 4:7 (NKJV)

I remember having my knee operated on years ago when I tore my ACL.  The pain and rehabilitation of the surgery was tremendous, but what really caught my attention was my quadriceps muscle atrophying.  It was almost like it disappeared overnight.  

Muscle atrophy is defined as a decrease in the mass of the muscle; it can be partial or complete wasting away of the muscle.  When our muscles atrophy it will cause them to be weaker.  Two of the greatest causes of muscle atrophy are, not using them, and starvation of the muscle.  When our muscles begin to atrophy our quality of life diminishes, as we are unable to perform certain things we once took for granted.  Needless to say, we need to use our muscles and exercise them if we are to keep them healthy and working properly and effectively.  

Well, we can take the same principle of muscle atrophy and apply it to our spiritual walk as well.   When we read and study God's Word daily, it is like doing a spiritual workout.  We read the Scriptures and meditate upon them and we become stronger in our Christian walk.  

But if we choose not to do our spiritual exercises by reading God's Word, then we will find we will begin to feel the effects of spiritual atrophy.  As this behavior continues we will soon see our attitudes and actions will change as we begin to become more apathetic to those dark things in our life.  We can find ourselves losing the very things we once took for granted in our walk with God.  

Hey, there's no doubt physical exercise is a good thing, and it is something each of us should be doing regularly.  Even so, we should be exercising godliness everyday.   

For bodily exercise profits a little, but godliness is profitable for all things, having promise of the life that now is and of that which is to come. 1 Timothy 4:8 (NKJV)

I want to encourage you to meditate upon these things today.  Let's choose to exercise ourselves in our Christian walk.  Let's choose to read God's Word and make it our goal to apply it to our lives.  

STUDY QUESTION: According to 1 Timothy 4:7 what are we to be exercising ourselves to?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you exercising yourself to godliness daily?

APPLICATION:  Let's guard ourselves against spiritual atrophy.  Let's exercise ourselves towards godliness.  

Let's Pray…

Father, thank You for Your Word and for keeping us on Your path.  Lord help us to remember how we are being given a chance to exercise towards godliness when we go through trials.  In Jesus' precious name, amen…

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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