Our Spiritual Muscles
We Have Spiritual Muscles – Part VII
Scripture Reading: Hebrews 13:6-21
Key Verses: Hebrews 13:20-21
Now may the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
The subject of spiritual muscles is important because our spiritual muscles guard us from anxiety and fear. Anxiety and fear are negative emotions that mean the same thing: “I don’t think I can handle what is happening to me”.
We do not feel anxiety and fear over things that we have the understanding and power to handle. This is why a reminder is useful for believers that God has given us all we need to handle whatever life throws at us. But, if we are unaware or do not exercise our spiritual muscles, then anxiety and fear rule over us.
The amazing news for Christ-followers is that there is nothing that can cause us anxiety and fear if we fully use our spiritual muscles. This is not an exaggeration nor is it some Christian cliché. But it does not mean that we like or understand all that comes our way.
Let’s take a devastating event that most of us can understand… the loss of a child. We do not need to act like it is okay or not deeply hurtful; it is all that and more. However, even in this case, God brings His grace and strength to us to keep trusting Him.
As a pastor, I have seen this over and over. It is amazing what God does to help people through the worst tragedies that happen in life. But we can allow ourselves to have anxiety and fear about the possibilities of these kinds of things happening if we do not control our inner thoughts, as scripture tells us to:
We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. (2 Corinthians 10:5)
The moment we realize that our minds are focusing on worrisome or fearful things, we can replace these thoughts with God’s promises to give us all we need to handle them.
Father, help me take captive any thought that causes me to fear and provide me with all I need to handle this life. In Jesus’s Name I pray, amen.