Exercise for the Soul

Paul tells Timothy that the Word of God and prayer will be his defense against false teaching. As explained in 1 Timothy 4:6-16, being nourished in the faith will provide benefits for both his present life and eternal life. Also, those he leads in the faith will be given the benefit of spiritual health now and for the life to come.

The reason for daily Bible study in current times is to understand and apply God’s Word in our life. Similar to physical exercise, when we exercise our faith we are building faith muscles. Our faith muscles will protect against those that try to harm similar to protection against germs that try to invade our physical bodies. Daily Bible study gives the knowledge needed to warn us when wild religious ideas try to lead us and those around us down the wrong path.

In today’s passage Paul instructs Timothy to set an example for believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, and in purity (v. 12). To Study and practice what the Word of God teaches. Then Share with others using the strengths God has given.

We too should be an example for others to follow and use our God given strengths for the benefit of other believers. You may be good at teaching, encouraging, organizing, or in using technology to share the gospel.

Physical training has great benefits for your present physical health but it’s the exercise of the soul that provides an everlasting gain.

This day with You Lord, we are thankful that Your Word can bring truth in the areas of life in which we struggle so the lies are replaced with the Truth. As we memorize scripture, pray, and offer our praises, we are building up our faith muscles. We live in turbulent times but to handle these times, we need to invest in the body which Christ lives and build up these muscles of faith, seek Truth, experience joy, and recognize wonder. Amen.

About Mark Shields

Mark volunteers as a member of the media ministry team at his church. A few years ago, he started an on-line Bible study guide called “This Day with God Devotional”. He uses this as a tool in his journey through the Bible. We live in a very busy world with busy schedules so this tool has helped him continue with daily Bible reading and study. Each of the studies are designed to help apply our faith in the work place, at school, or at home. Join him on this journey or check in every so often to read his thoughts.
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