As we open to the New Testament epistle of 1 Timothy, we will find that God's Word has a guide for us. There are lessons about what really matters to God from the example of Christ's retreats for prayer and waiting upon His Father; and David’s Psalms from the alone times of reflection in the caves and wilderness; but we can see God’s priorities for us most clearly from Paul’s instructions to the Church through his training of Timothy.
Paul actually lays down a plan for Timothy to train the church he served, as well as individual leaders he nurtured. This plan has specific chosen “exercises” (as the KJV and NKJV call them); or personal “disciplines” (as the NASB calls them); or individual “training” steps (as the ESV and NIV call them).
These truths are all placed in one very powerful, very useful, very strategic chapter in God's Word: 1 Timothy chapter 4. Today we begin a brief look at what we may call:
Biblical Exercises for Spiritual Health & Fitness in 2014
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If we were to apply the truths or doctrines of the Scriptures as far as they relate to the current issues in human society, I would say that revealed in His Word:
• GOD is Pro-Life—God is opposed to Abortion and Euthanasia. He is the Creator of Life, the One who grants conception.
• GOD is Pro-Marriage—God is opposed to Gay Unions, as well as divorce, adultery, fornication, pornography, and any other form of immorality.
• GOD is Pro-Justice—God is opposed to murder, violence, discrimination, prejudice, and abuse of the weak, poor, and unborn; He invented capital punishment, and commands societies to have a just legal system.
• GOD is Pro-Work—God is against indolence, sloth, entitlements, oppression of the poor by the rich, and every form of false hope produced by gambling and lotteries.
Point One—Biblical Convictions start with the Bible