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Losing Spiritual Muscle

When we don*t eat enough protein we starve our muscles and they get smaller and weaker. When we don*t exercise them they atrophy and get smaller and weaker. There are similar things that weaken us as Christians. One is not reading the Bible which is spiritual food. The other is not serving God regularly which is spiritual exercise.

1 Peter 2:2: As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:

Acts 24:16: And herein do I exercise myself, to have always a conscience void of offence toward God, and toward men.

1 Timothy 4:7: But refuse profane and old wives* fables, and exercise thyself rather unto godliness.

Do we study our Bible every Day? Do we serve the Lord every day? I would suggest that the first thing we ought to do each day is to ask the Lord what He wants us to do this day. It would be wise to ask Him that same question repeatedly throughout the day.

2 Peter 3:17-18: Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own stedfastness. 18 But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.

We commit sins altogether too often that cause us to fall from our steadfastness and hinder our growth in grace. Sometimes our Christian walk is like two steps forward and one step back. At other times it seems like one step forward and two steps back. Walking backward is not good exercise for Christians. We ought not to make that a habit. We ought not to strengthen those muscles. Why not make all of our steps forward?

Charles Haddon Spurgeon on Genesis 41:4: The illfavoured and leanfleshed kine did eat up the seven wellfavoured and fat kine.

Pharaoh*s dream has too often been my waking experience. My days of sloth have ruinously destroyed all that I had achieved in times of zealous industry; my seasons of coldness have frozen all the genial glow of my periods of fervency and enthusiasm; and my fits of worldliness have thrown me back from my advances in the divine life. I had need to beware of lean prayers, lean praises, lean duties, and lean experiences, for these will eat up the fat of my comfort and peace. If I neglect prayer for never so short a time, I lose all the spirituality to which I had attained; if I draw no fresh supplies from heaven, the old corn in my granary is soon consumed by the famine which rages in my soul. When the caterpillars of indifference, the cankerworms of worldliness, and the palmerworms of self-indulgence, lay my heart completely desolate, and make my soul to languish, all my former fruitfulness and growth in grace avails me nothing whatever. How anxious should I be to have no lean-fleshed days, no ill-favoured hours! If every day I journeyed towards the goal of my desires I should soon reach it, but backsliding leaves me still far off from the prize of my high calling, and robs me of the advances which I had so laboriously made. The only way in which all my days can be as the *fat kine,* is to feed them in the right meadow, to spend them with the Lord, in His service, in His company, in His fear, and in His way. Why should not every year be richer than the past, in love, and usefulness, and joy?-I am nearer the celestial hills, I have had more experience of my Lord, and should be more like Him. O Lord, keep far from me the curse of leanness of soul; let me not have to cry, *My leanness, my leanness, woe unto me!* but may I be well-fed and nourished in Thy house, that I may praise Thy name.

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