Now that we are into February, some of our resolutions, which we made less than two months ago, have become difficult for us to envision fulfilling. I pray you are steadfast in your resolutions, and that God would grant you success in reaching your goals.
Recently, I preached a message, on a Wednesday night, that many people said was of great help to them. The message was about working out our whole being. The idea being that, when we work out, we are trying to improve ourselves, physically, and benefit our overall health. My text was 1 Thessalonians 5:23, “And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” This verse tells us that we are, clearly, a three part being. A second passage, I used was Romans 12:1&2, “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” These verses tell us, among other things, that our bodies are to be presented to God, as a living sacrifice. Here, we are to follow the examples of Jesus Christ, and the Apostle Paul. The last verse used was 1 Corinthians 6:19-20, where the Bible reads, “What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.” Christians are commanded to glorify God in our bodies, and Spirits, both of which belong to God.
I will now give the outline to the message of “Working out The Whole You.”
I. Working Out Physically – Assuming you work out in a way to get your heart rate up, as
well as with resistance, the physical body can be helped in several ways. A. Breathing Oxygen – Our lungs are made for this, & it oxygenates the blood.
B. Building muscle – Helps burn fat, even at rest.
C. Burning fat, food, fuel – Eliminates calories & fat.
D. Burden your heart – Exercises the most important muscle.
E. Battling fatigue – Energy is increased, & endurance improves.
F. Beating stress – Vigorous exercise reduces stress.
G. Becoming fit – Increases what we can do with our body.
H. Buying time – Improved health can give quality & quantity of life.
II. Working Out In Our Soul, or, Interpersonal Relationships builds up the individual
& their relationships with other people.
A. Spend quality time together. More than just being in the same place.
B. Speak well of the other individual, to them , and to yourself, and others.
C. Seek to know them by asking meaningful questions about them, and those they love.
D. Seek God for them, and with them, in prayer.
E. Solicit their opinions and counsel, where they are strong.
F. Set up accountability with a friend you trust.
G. Seek their feedback regarding your interpersonal skills, and practices.
H. Seek the filling of the Spirit of God for all relationships.
I. Submit to things your spouse, friend, or other partner needs.
J. Share blessings with others.
K. Seek to be a blessing to someone who is a struggle for you, relationally.
L. Set a schedule to maintain & build relationships.
M. Serve God first, others next, & self, last. More blessed than you might think.
Scriptures to consider: Matthew 16:25 – “For whosoever will save his life shall lose it:
and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.”
III. Working Out Spiritually – Push for Spritual Growth
A. Salvation – You must be saved before you can grow Spritually. Trust Christ, and call
upon Him for salvation. You must be born again.
B. Scripture – Read, memorize, meditate in heart & apply to yourself.
C. Seek the filling of the Spirit of God – Ephesians 5:18 Ask and believe God.
D. Stay in church – Be faithful to a local church home.
E. Submit to preaching & teaching – Listen on purpose.
F. Seek the Lord, in prayer – Have a daily time of prayer, for self, and others.
G. Study the Bible – II Timothy 2:15
H. Separation – Draw near to God, and leave anything that would hinder you.
J. Share your faith – Witness to others of Jesus Christ. Tell what happened to you.
K. Sacrifice – Romans 12:1-2; Ephesians 5:1-2
L. Submission – Submit to God & those who are over you in authority in all areas of life.
M. Self Denial – Give up your will & plans to God.
There is more than one way to work out. I pray this outline has been a blessing. If so, please leave a comment. I will be posting a variety of things, so please check back, often. Remember, if I can be of help to you, please do not hesitate to contact me. Jesus loves you, & so do I.
Pastor Kevin Campbell