Our Spiritual Muscles

As a believer, you are responsible for getting the training you need to make sure you are conforming to biblical godliness

Our Spiritual Muscles
Training for Godliness – Part I

Scripture Reading: 1 Timothy 4:6-16

Key Verse: 1 Timothy 4:8
Physical training is good, but training for godliness is much better, promising benefits in this life and in the life to come.

When someone says they are doing physical training, we know what they are talking about. Sometimes training is simply for a person to get in better shape or lose some weight. Sometimes training is for a particular event, such as a marathon run. Other times, physical training is for being better prepared for abuse or attack from somebody who might want to hurt them.

Our Key Verse lets us know that it is okay for a Christ-follower to do physical training; however, training for godliness is much better.

The New Testament uses the Greek word “eusebeia” for godliness. It means that to be godly, a person voluntarily conforms to the known wishes of God. The word refers to a person’s morals.

When we trust and receive Jesus, God forgives our sins and works within us to give us a desire to be godly. We then become responsible for getting the training we need so that we conform to biblical godliness in our everyday lives.

What does training for godliness look like? The first part is “classwork training”. We study the Bible and learn what God wants for us who want to have Him in our lives. If a person tries to follow God only from what they have heard from others, they miss much of what God requires.

For example, I knew a man who golfed almost every day, but he never took any lessons. His daily golf games made his bad habits more ingrained.

We cannot be mature in our walk with God by simply repeating for years the same habits and information that are in our minds. I have met many Christ-followers who have been in the church for many years, but still do not show the true characteristics of Jesus in their daily life. They have not given themselves Biblical training in godliness!

With God’s help, these devotionals can provide you knowledge and understanding what biblical training is and how to apply it to your daily life.

Father, I give myself to You for godly training so that I can know Your wishes. In Jesus’s Name I pray, amen.

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