similarities to athletic training, as Paul suggested in today's
Scripture. We must study, communicate, exercise, and be tested--
the part we least like.
1. Maintain a relationship with God (communication);
2. Read the Bible and follow Godly teaching to learn (study);
3. Put what we learn into practice every day (exercise);
4. Use what we have learned in difficult situations (testing).
Someone would be downright silly to go to a gym to build muscles
without resistance training, e.g., lifting a bar without weights.
The same principle applies spiritually: No one will build any
significant spiritual strength without resistance.
People tell silly stories that don't agree with God's truth. Don't
follow what these stories teach. But teach yourself to be devoted to
God. Training your body helps you in some ways. But devotion to God
helps you in every way. It brings you blessings in this life and in
the future life too. Here is a true statement that should be
accepted without question: (1 Tim 4:7-9 ERV)