Motives that Move the Master

Rev. Marcus Martin has been our revival preacher this week at Beulah. Tuesday night he spoke about “Motives that Move the Master” from Matthew 6:25-33, key verse 32.

You can’t move God to do what you want.

Change motives for why we want to get closer to the Lord:
1. Serve God; God doesn’t serve you. You weren’t there when God created the world.
2. Seek to get close TO God rather than get some things from him. Be in relationship to him because of who he is not so you can get stuff from him.
3. Seek the stuff ABOUT him. Be around him and some of him will rub off on you. Be willing to change who you are. Stuff will be added when the motive is right.

I know I need to re-examine why I want what I want…

And so we grow … grow in grace, which is God’s special favor. http://www.barbaraafbrehon.com
Point to Ponder: motives… What are your thoughts?

Temple Maintenance: Keep Moving

While in the pool for fitness sake today, I decided to blog about temple maintenance. My body is God’s temple and I must take care of it spiritually and physically. (1 Corinthians 3:16–17). I have to motivate myself to regularly exercise the body God loaned me so the Lord won’t have to dwell in substandard housing. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI enjoy the water so I have gone back to the pool daily. I offer my body back to God as a living sacrifice. (Romans 12:1). It’s a form of worship.

I was diagnosed with arthritis in my teens. I never liked physical activities that much and thought that was the perfect way out of taking P.E. in high school. However, Dr. Alston said what I needed to do was “keep moving.” He refused to write that excuse to exempt me from physical activities and years later I “keep moving.” I cannot use arthritis as an excuse. Folks don’t know I have it unless I tell them, in an effort to encourage them to keep moving. Then, they’re surprised.

I know I need low impact exercises and the pool is perfect. My instructor, Tanya Wade, does Yoqua (yoga in the water), Aqua endurance (more strenuous), and Aqua Fit (less vigorous) classes at the River Fitness Center. She reminds us to work within our own range of motion and pace. She keeps telling us to “keep moving.” Yes, I’m in the right place doing the right thing for me. Maintaining my temple for the Lord so he can keep using me. I must keep myself in check and guard against high cholesterol, obesity, hypertension, and diabetes. I even feel better when I keep moving.

Take an all-inclusive approach to caring for yourself and maintain your physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being to be the most effective instrument possible. Yoqua recenters and relaxes me. Balancing everything there is to do in day and fitting in fitness is worth the effort.

Point to Ponder: Temple Maintenance: What are your thoughts?

Read more in Beyond Discipleship to Relationship (pp. 17-18 and p. 34). http://bookstore.westbowpress.com/Products/SKU-000722842/Beyond-Discipleship-to-Relationship.aspx

(1 Corinthians 3:16–17; 6:19–20; 2 Corinthians 6:16; Acts 7:48; 17:24).

And so we grow … grow in grace, which is God’s special favor. www.barbaraafbrehon.com