BODY FOR LIFE | Week Four

Exercise // John 5:17

I. Work out!

A. Benefits of regular exercise

1. Boost happiness levels

  • It’s not a coincidence that you feel better after a good workout: It’s science. A Penn State University study found that people who exercised, whether it was a mild, moderate or vigorous workout, had more pleasant feelings than those who didn’t. Endorphins.

2. Reduce your risk of heart problems naturally

  • A meta-review of a variety of studies and trials conducted by researchers in 2013 ­— encompassing 305 trials with more than 339,000 participants — found that no statistically detectable differences existed between those who exercised and those who were given medications in the prevention of coronary heart disease and prediabetes.

3. Rest better

  • By strengthening circadian rhythms, exercising can help keep you more bright-eyed during the day and bring on sleep at night. It also promotes better quality sleep and rest.

4.  Increase strength and flexibility

  • Strength training, whether you’re lifting weights, doing bodyweight exercises or incorporating yoga moves, helps improve muscle strength and muscle mass, particularly important as we age.
  • It also keeps bones strong, thus serving as a great natural treatment for osteoporosis. Plus, increased muscle helps your body burn calories more efficiently long after your workout is over.
  • And don’t forget about stretching: It increases your body’s flexibility. It sends more blood to your muscles, improving circulation, and can lower the risk of cardiovascular disease. Just a few minutes a day of deep stretching can make a difference.

5. Become less susceptible to disease

  • From fortifying your immune system against future cancers to reducing the risk of breast cancer, regular exercise helps protect your body. Although researchers aren’t entirely sure how exercise boosts immunity, theories range from bacteria being flushed out of the body to a reduction in stress-released hormones that might increase the risk of illness.
  • While we wait for the science to catch up, it’s clear that engaging in moderate to intense exercise benefits your body in ways we’re not even sure of yet.

B. How much should I work out?

  • 20 min 3 times a week is a farce!
  • The people who say that also said a low-fat diet was good for you. Diet soda is Good.
  • You need to work out 5 to 6 times a week for 40 to 50 minutes. That’s a base line.
  • I can’t do that! Yes, you can. I can change your life. You want ta work out here it is. 
  • Run up and down your stairs 5 times and then go for a 40 min walk. It will change your life.
  • There is a work out for everyone. Just find yours.

>>> So if you want to be happy, reduce your risk of heart problems, get better rest, Increase your strength and flexibility resist disease you work out. It is the same for the mental and emotional and spiritual parts of your body for life.

II. Work out your salvation. 

John 5:17 - But Jesus replied, “My Father is always working, and so am I"

A. We used this verse all month.  Working is working out. Exercise.

The scripture says…

Philippians 2:12-13 - Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure. 
  • The same man who wrote the verses above also wrote, “by grace you have been saved through faith. . . it is the gift of God, not a result of works.”
  • So why do we need to work out our salvation when works do not save us? We are saved by God’s unconditional grace through the gift of faith, the works we do prove that our faith is real. Works are evidence of salvation.
  • That’s why on one hand Jesus says, “No one can come to me unless the Father. . . draws him” (salvation), and on the other hand he says, “If you love me, you will keep my commandments (evidence of salvation). He ties both together

B. Just like physical workouts, we get benefits.

1. Boost happiness levels

  • We get the same endorphins when we do good to others. Ever come home from OCC thinking man wish I wouldn’t have done that? No, your more happy

2. Reduce your risk of heart problems

  • When you serve you protect your heart from hurt and bitterness.

3. Rest better

  • When you serve doing good works your conscience is clear. You rest knowing that you have ALREADY done the good works he sent you to do.

4.  Increase strength and flexibility

  • You get stronger spiritually and more flexible. Your find yourself stretching. Doing things you never thought yourself possible of doing. You mature get stronger. Not only able to carry your burdens but burdens of others.

5. Become less susceptible to disease

  • You resist the devil, the lust of your flesh and the temptations of the world better.
  • It satisfies you. Fills you up and breaks your “I want more” meter.    

>>> God has created us, a masterpiece, then he saved us from our sin but for Good works and we need to workout. You know what gets between your workout and you? Unrighteous living.

C. Always dealing with consequences of sin.

  •  So many are dealing with consequences and reaping what they have sown. 
  • Have a good conscience. Quit talking about people, sneaking around. You’re just waiting around for your chickens to come home to roost.   Get past it. Get past yourself.

III. How Am I Gifted for Service- What’s my work out?

A. God gives me a spiritual gift.  My own way to work out that fits me perfectly.

1 Corinthians 12:7 (NLT) - A spiritual gift is given to each of us so we can help each other. 
  • Spiritual gifts, are the super abilities that God has given you to serve others and His church specifically.
Ephesians 2:10 (NLT) - For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.
  • In this scripture the good works refer to your Giftedness. Good works = spiritual gifts

B. Specific gifts

  • Gift of administration,  You are good at organizing things.
  • Gift of discernment. People come to you and say—what is going on?   You have good advice for them.
  • Gift of encouragement.  You encourage others.  You should practice that, if God calls some of us to do that.  
  • Gift of giving.  Here, it is primarily in the financial area.   You just love to give and stretch yourself in that area.  God calls all of us to give, but you love to go above and beyond.
  • Gift of leadership.  How do you know if you have the gift of leadership?  Look behind you is anybody following you?  It’s an easy test, okay?  You have heard the famous parable about leadership.  The person who says that he is a leader, but has no followers is merely taking a walk.  Anyway. . .  You can learn leadership skills but some people just leaders.
  • Gift of shepherding.  You remember about somebody’s sick relative, or you remember about their prayer requests and you ask them about that.
  • Gift of teaching.  You like to study.  You like to dig in, you know—teach.  You like to share what you have learned.
  • Gift of pioneering.   New things, new space, new challenges.  
  • Gift of evangelism.  Again, God calls all of us to share our faith, but some of you, man, you just love this and you think of ways all the time, creative ways to do that.  You teach the rest of us how to do it better.
  • Gift of faith.  Some of you have a high trust in God.  You have big faith, big goals.  
  • Gift of hospitality.  You Love for people to feel welcome to enjoy themselves no matter what it cost you. 
  • Gift of mercy.  Give them another chance.  "I know this is your fault but how can I help"
  • Gift of helps.  You pick up the paper on the floor as you walk out.   You see somebody doing a task, you want to help.  You love the first and the 15th of the month, because maybe you will get to help somebody move.  
  • Gift of wisdom/counseling.    

Summary 

Find your gift. So you can work out. 

Romans 12:7 - 8 (NLT) 7If your gift is serving others, serve them well. If you are a teacher, teach well.  8If your gift is to encourage others, be encouraging. If it is giving, give generously. If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously. And if you have a gift for showing kindness to others, do it gladly. 

Do it well and do it often. When you take the step God will take you deeper.  He will invest your gift with His power

Luke 6:38 (NLT) - 38Give, and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full—pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and poured into your lap. The amount you give will determine the amount you get back.”

God will bring into your life satisfaction based on your willingness to serve. You willing ness to do the work out. The workout he prepared for you from the beginning.

Prayer card

Father this is my one body I put on the whole armor of God to protect it for your work I drink deeply of the living water that you have placed in me so that I may live by the spirit. I choose to believe Your word as my nourishment and I step out to exercise my gifts. All of this I do as my worship. You are worthy of my life. In Jesus name I pray.