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Discover the Book - August 22, 2011

  • 2011 Aug 22


Is my life Fruitful & Pleasing to God?

To be fruitfully bringing glory to God from our lives we need to be healthy.

How Healthy Do YOU want to Be?

The question that should consume our attention is: am I allowing the Lord access to prepare every part of my life to be productive for His purposes? Here are some foundational truths about our fruitfulness.

  1. God is vitally concerned about your diet. Jesus said don’t just eat good food “bread alone” but He said be sure that you get fed by “every Word of God” as we see in Matthew 4:4.
  2. Matthew 4:4 (NKJV) But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’”
  3. God is also so very concerned about your exercise.He wants us to not merely listen to His Word proclaimed, but to become “doers” of what He says (James 1:21-27).

James 1:21-27 (NKJV) “Therefore lay aside all filthiness and overflow of wickedness, and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls. 22 But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. 23 For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; 24 for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. 25 But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does. 26 If anyone among you thinks he is religious, and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this one’s religion is useless. 27 Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world.”

We aren’t to live in a simulator, seeing imaginary images of what it may look like to do something. We are to be actually “exercising ourselves” in godly behavior (I Timothy 4:7). That is why nurturing discipleship is so vital (Titus 2).

  1. God also is critically concerned about your weight.Then we are to also regularly examining our lifestyles and see if there are any sins that keep tripping us up (easily beset us) and when we identify those, we are to “lay” them aside (or literally) “strip” them off (Hebrews 12:1-2).

Hebrews 12:1-2 (NKJV) “Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”

Just like a coat that catch fire can’t be left on, or a blanket we pick up and wrap around us that is infested with spiders, ants, or wasps would be ditched as fast as we possibly could—so sin that separates us from being pleasing to God MUST be ditched, stripped off, and abandoned. We are to be constantly abstaining from any type of evil (I Th. 5:22).

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