Daily Encounter – June 18th 2022

Silence and Centering: PAUSE FOR  2 MINUTES OF SILENCE

“Be still, and know that I am God; – Psalm 46:10

Confession:

O Christ, our Redeemer, If we have misused the freedom secured for us by Your work on the cross solely to build our own ego, forge our own way, and accumulate our own comforts, please forgive us. Remind us that Your Kingdom is our truest home, and that You are the truest King! Compel us again by Your love to live with passion for the Gospel, through Christ our Lord, Amen.

Reading & Devotional:

1 Timothy 4:8 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.

I try to exercise on a regular basis. I enjoy exercising and I know that it is good for my health. But though physical exercise has some value, training for godliness is even better. According to Paul, when we train for godliness, we are not only helping ourselves in this life but in the life that is to come.

The question some might ask is – “How do we exercise ourselves unto godliness? What does godly exercise look like?”Consider what Peter tells us.

2 Peter 1:5 But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, 6 to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, 7 to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love.

1) It Requires Commitment

Peter tells us to ‘give all diligence’ to grow in our faith. Those who are in great physical shape do not get there overnight. It requires consistent daily exercise. Not every workout is as enjoyable as others, but every workout is necessary if we want to see results. The same is true spiritually. If we want to grow and develop as a believer, we must give all diligence to our relationship with the Lord.

2) It Requires a Willingness to Change

Peter’s list seems to indicate a progression of growth. We begin with faith that brings us salvation. After faith comes moral excellence. Then comes knowledge which means a deeper understanding of who God is and what it means to be a Christian. Then comes perseverance and with perseverance comes godliness and with godliness comes brotherly kindness and with brotherly kindness comes Christ-like love. Becoming a mature Christ-like believer does not happen overnight. It takes years of exercising ourselves unto godliness and a willingness to submit ourselves to Christ.

3) It Rewards Us with Christlikeness

2 Peter 1:8 For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 

Peter promises us that if we will apply ourselves to exercising our godliness, we will eventually be rewarded with a more Christlike character. It won’t happen overnight, but it will happen!

If you do not exercise on a regular basis, I encourage you to begin so today. The older I get, the more I realize that God created our bodies to do some form of work. Physical activity is necessary for good health. But as important as physical exercise is, spiritual exercise is even better. Thank you for taking the time to study God’s Word with me each day. I pray that these devotionals stir your thinking and motivate you to action. Along with the study of God’s Word, we also need prayer and a way of serving others. Peter promises us that if these things abound in us, we will never be barren or unfruitful.  – Pastor Terry of Seeds of Faith

PAUSE FOR 2 MINUTES OF SILENCE

The Our Father (slowly pray this)
Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For yours is the kingdom, the power, and the glory forever, Amen.

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