Stay strong in the Lord

Good Morning Everyone,
 
Our theme for this month: “Stay strong”
 
Our Bible verse for today: “Youths may become faint and weary, and young men stumble and fall, but those who trust in the Lord will renew their strength; they will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not become weary, they will walk and not faint.” Isaiah 40:30-31 (CSB)
 
Our thought for today: “Find your strength in the Lord.”
 
Throughout most of my twenties and thirties I was a committed weightlifter. I spent two hours a day in the gym, six days a week. My hero was Arnold Schwarzenegger. My bible was his classic book “The Education of a Body-Builder”, which was an excellent guide for an aspiring body builder.
 
In truth, I was never really that big. I was never even close to being a competitive body-builder. But I did have big biceps, and I could lift hundreds of pounds of weights, and I did have that silly habit so many body-builders adopt of wearing tee-shirts one size too small in an attempt to make their muscles appear to be exploding out of their shirt. (Don’t judge. You’ve done embarrassing things of your own and you know it. Remember those short-short hot pants from the 70s?)
 
While it is true that maintaining a reasonable amount of physical strength is important at all stages of life, getting carried away with it isn’t necessary or helpful. In later years I discovered that there’s a different kind of strength that’s much more necessary and infinitely more helpful. It’s spiritual strength. While being strong in your body is important and needed, being strong in your spirit is even more important.
 
All this month we will explore the topic of being and staying strong. We will briefly discuss various aspects of physical strength, and the stewardship responsibility we have from the Lord to take good care of the body He has given us, but most of our discussion will be about spiritual strength.
 
It is important to be strong, but as Isaiah teaches in Isaiah 43:30-31 (above), we need to find our strength in the Lord. I’m looking forward to exploring this important and helpful topic with you.
 
God Bless,
Pastor Jim 
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