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February 22, 2021 7:00 am
It's a sobering thought think we don't value good health until it's gone.
Listen carefully to the real Roger about how we value money more than hell. Money is the most in, but it is the least enjoyable is the least in. But it is the most enjoyed. That is until you when the wealthy man loses his help as well, but he doesn't think about that. Hell I'm talking about the simple principles of family fitness. Welcome to Leavenworth findings featuring timeless messages from pastor teacher and author Adrian Rogers in part one of today's message Pastor Rogers revealed that Scripture instructs us to take care of our bodies as if they are temples of God, that we may have some physical ailments that are out of our control. We are responsible for maintaining what we can control.
Family fitness is a matter of discipline in our dietary and exercise and rest and it's a matter of disposition. We must choose joy in every circumstance guard our hearts and minds from stress.
If you have your Bible turn to first Corinthians chapter 6 verse 19 as Adrian Rogers concludes the convicting message. Family fitness that your family thinks about your family being fit because when you naturally willingly violate the laws that God is laid down by my blog about natural laws. If you're not careful you will become a burden to yourself a burden to your family and your family will become a burden of the people you see God tells us that your mind and your soul is through your body. Just as your spirit ruse your soul, your body really is a servant but if you abuse that servant. If you use your servant, that is, your body, your body may rise up and smite you for your body is very forgiving about most folks value money more than they value health and that for they value money more than the value health. We value things more than we value health until we lose our help so many people spend the first half of their lives accumulating their wealth by wasting the health then they spend the last half of their life, spending their wealth trying to get the health back and happy in both houses of the line now.
It's funny thing about hell we value money more than hell. Money is the most in the but it is the least enjoyable health is the least infeed but it is the most enjoyed. That is until you lose when the wealthy man loses his health that he would give all of his wealth to get his health back. But he doesn't think about that help not talking about the simple principles of family fitness. Now I am not a doctor and I thank God for doctors.
I believe in doctors I have a personal physician that I love very much and I Jesus said they that only not a position but they that are sick.
Luke was called the beloved physician, and I thank God for what doctors can do what many of us are trying to do with trying to break God's natural laws and then go to the doctor and try to get them put the scramble eggs back in the shell were trying to get him to undo what we have done and that's not the purpose of medicine. Now let me give you four principles for family fitness. Are you ready for these number one. Family fitness is a matter of discipline that we call ourselves disciples. Well, the word disciple and the word discipline are linked together. We cannot call ourselves a disciple if we're not disciplined for example, we need to be disciplined in matters of diet the things that we many of us fail to understand that we are breaking God's laws concerning what we now you may think that the Bible doesn't say much about what we eat, but the Bible has much to say about what we eat and also the Bible gives us an injunction in first grade. This chapter 10 verse 31 which says whether therefore ye eat are great whatsoever you do to alter the glory of God that are to be put in our kitchen, maybe on your refrigerator.
Whatever we want and we bring you all to the glory of God. The Bible says if your man given to let me put up a knife to your throat if your man given to appetite. Not only do we need to be disciplined.
What we eat, we need to be disciplined in our exercise, but at first Timothy chapter 4 verse eight. The Bible says, for bodily exercise profit if little that some people take that as an excuse not to exercise, that's not what he say he saying there is profit and exercise. He saying that godliness is more profitable but is not saying that exercise is not profitable. Walking is the perfect exercise and you want to do more. Fine. But there needs to be a discipline in the matter of diet a discipline in the matter of exercise you need to get your kids out to need to get out yourself. Daddy managed to be disciplined in the matter grass Psalm 127 in verse two says it's vain for you to rise up early to stay up late eat the bread of sorrows, for he giveth his beloved sleep and Larry says he's given to you while you sleep. That is, you are taking care of business.
Wow, you are asleep, just like other simple things, diet, exercise, and that's just the ABC we need to be disciplined in all of these things now, here's the second thing.
Family fitness is a matter discipline number two.
Family fitness is a matter of disposition. That's the second thing is a matter of disposition hardening of the attitudes are just as bad as hardening of the arteries listen. Proverbs 15 verse 17 better is a dinner of errors that is a vegetable plate where love ends.
Bama stalled us and hatred bear with a vegetable plate is better than the filet mignon. If you have that vegetable plate with love rather than that hefty state where this hatefulness that disposition, emotions, emotional health, I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Your soul issue psyche.
The Greek word for soul's psyche is the work get psychology from psychiatric psychic from you see it's the seed of your motion and the two kinds of emotions positive and negative, healthy and unhealthy ways I can help my motion. Yes, you can you can choose your emotions like you can choose your friends, listen to what the Bible says in Philippians chapter 4 verses seven and following. He speaks of the peace of God which passes all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus Ludwig guard your heart. Guard your mind God's peace and then he says this.
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are good report, if there be any virtue and if there be any praise, think on these things. You can choose your thoughts like you choose your friends. I woke up at night with a negative thought I said.
I refuse that the name of Jesus Lord Jesus I praise you and went back to sleep while at the devil mess with your mind. You can choose your thoughts. You can reject bad thoughts and and choose attitudes to rejoice as a choice. If you're disposition gets upset. I was going to happen.
If you have an upset stomach, headaches, family arguments even have no memory of them cripple your thinking you can weaken your body, you're going to reduce your efficiency. I'm talking about negative stress, not positive stress is a good positive stress you will need to be just the dishrag but I'm talking about negative emotions, stress does great damage to the temple. Not every ulcer is caused by stress, but many are. And not only can the stress bring all those ulcers, but heart problems cardiologist tell you that if you're a type A individual you have a greater opportunity for heart attack. Once a type A person when his ambitious aggressive self demanding competitive constantly striving for success driven by the clock. Have you managed to be a woman. One man said I got up in the middle of night in the bathroom when I came back my wife and made up the bed. Type A people are seven times more likely to have a heart attack than type the individual may view type A person that's good because you achieve a lot, but you need to learn how to rest in the Lord. Physicians have long suspected. The stress brings own some cancers in the mind is the center stress my former doctor told me one day, said pastor all stress are self-imposed. All stress is self-imposed. I mean you have to agree to it in order to have it, the doctors talk about a psychosomatic illness cycle is the mind so mine is the body that is the mind making the body sick is only my mind really affect my body.
Oh yes, it what you think affects the amount of blood that flows to any organ what you think affects the secretions of the glands in your body, what you think affects the tension in the muscles.
Let me illustrate. One thought about Eddie ever seen someone black what causes a person black because what they thought about embarrassment causes the blood vessels in the face and the neck open up in the face turns red what they think has affected their bodies. If you have anxiety you going to cause blood to rush to your hand and in your skull is very hard and it doesn't given you got there because the salivary glands to dry up harassing the speaker get up and put a glass of water. There and man talk and drink and talk and break his mouth is dry, like a windmill pumping over dry hole and he's just they just drinking and and talking. Why because he sees terrified of standing up there to speed. The mind is controlling the body. The muscles tighten.
When you are filled with fear are frightened or angry and that causes pain. If you just take your fist and just clinch you will feel any pain but just clinch it and keep it there long enough and you will be able to keep it going for a long you will have to let go because it's going to begin to her yet a pain in the neck so often.
That's because you have a problem in your mind worry they tell us can cause arthritis you can wear yourself stiff, blessed as a matter not only of discipline. It is a matter of disposition Douglas MacArthur or give us a moment like Douglas MacArthur Douglas MacArthur had this hanging on the wall of his office use is not a time of life. It is a state of mind is not a matter of red cheeks, red lips and supple knees is a temper. The window our quality of imagination, a figure of the emotion is a freshness of the deep springs of life years may wrinkle the skin but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles.
The soul where thou self distrust, fear and despair. These are the long, long, long use that bow the head and deterred the growing spirit back to dust and then the great general said you are as young as your faith is always written down as young as your self-confidence as always your fear as young as your home as old as your despair whiteware stress stress is that gap between our strength and the demands that are put upon us and we all feel that that's the reason the Bible says in Isaiah chapter 40 verses 28 and falling has now not known as now not heard that the everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth. Plaintiff not God never passes out meters where he got never just tired.
There is no searching of his understanding.
God is never perplexed, he giveth power to the faint, and to them that have no might he increases strength even the usual thing to be weary, and young men shall utterly fall but they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength word literally means they shall exchange their strength, their weakness for his strength they shall mount up with wings as eagles they shall run and not be weary, and they shall walk and not faint. I believe that what you need to do is to take your family. You need to sit down and say are we a family living on the stress what is the disposition of our family having to find those things that are stressing your family those things that you're doing the wrong repent of them.
Turn your life over to the Lord wait upon the Lord.
That may sound simplistic befriended work as 1/3 walked family fitness is a matter of discipline. Family fitness is a matter of disposition. Thirdly, family fitness is a matter of devotion, devotion, it is a matter of devotion that is when you love God would usurp God, you're going to be healthier. You know we've been told in the Bible that the fear of the Lord adds years to life and we need to understand that I was reading an article by Mary Ann Herring, the title of the article believe well and live well. I will quote take out any man out of the church pew on Sunday morning and liken him to a neighbor who was still at home pouring through the 2 pounds Sunday newspaper in his easy chair. Let's say the two are the same age and our incomparable salaries. Neither of them smokes, drinks or plays the lottery both lost their tea collect baseball cards and enjoy cheesecake which man will live longer and enjoy the benefits of a stable marriage answer.
The man or woman in the pew in recent years, scientific research is backing up what common sense is told us for years, mainly that churchgoers live longer stay married and feel happier than those who say they don't believe in God as just scientific fact that Tony is now that the secret is out faith. Religion is good for your help. But science is just verifying what the Scriptures have told us for years. In 1987 review by Levin and Vanderpool social science medicine. That's the title of the review reported that in 22 of 27 studies.
The more often a person what the church, the better his or her health. This is just a function just coming to church just praising God make you family that that's an amazing thing. But that's what the Bible has told us that they is good for family fitness. God wants your family for your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit.
You are fearfully and wonderfully made machine that some reasons why you may be sick that you can't control but there other things that you can control and you should control now, here's the final thing. Family fitness is a matter of decision made here. I left this to last because if you get these facts down and you don't make any decision. So what I want to just get these packs. I will be getting you hidden in your heart, and there has to be a a decision and I believe that you need to have a family council. Those of you who are parents with little children, you need to sit down and if there's a father in the family. He needs to take charge of, not a father than mother. You need to take charge, but listen to Joshua chapter 24 verse 15 Joshua is talking to the children of Israel, and he says this and if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will sire, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flat all the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house we will serve the Lord. As a matter of decision. It is a matter of decision and how do you serve the Lord. I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
It deals with the body and discipline. It deals with the soul and disposition. It deals with the spirit and devotion. But you have to make a choice you have to say is for me and my house we will serve the Lord. Now there were other gods who were calling upon the Israelites. There were the gods that they knew back in Egypt they never were gods of the Amorites, in whose land they well and what Joshua say look around like in these other gods look at these other philosophies like Jehovah God. Now I gotta say is that you bring your best gods at all beatable below.
You bring all these philosophies. All these other people around there and he says now let tears what they believe. Here's what they do.
Here is life. But he says listen you have to choose to believe and assert your free to choose which are not free not to choose not to choose is a choice, you're free to choose you not free not to choose, and you're not free to choose the consequences of your choice.
That's very important.
You're free to choose. You are free not to choose which are not free to choose the consequences of your choice once you make a choice in your choice.
Choose is for you now what you need to do is to look at your family say listen, what is this where eating what is this way doing what is this way of thinking are we going to continue to live this way are we going to make a decision as a family. Some family fitness so that we might be a testimony to our neighbors and those around will be different.
Our families want to stand out in matters of faith in matters of fun in matters of finance and in matters of fitness families will be different knowledgeably that I do, what you see, if you just hear this and I'll make a decision.
What good is it going to do you what ever now.
If you think that I'm just talking you about being healthy and physically strong, and that's all you missed it a thousand miles.
What difference would it make if you live to be a serene old man or woman with the bloom of health on you and then you die, what difference would it make if you die in a modern hospital with the aid of drugs no pain at all and God with a smile on your face. What difference would it make if they had a big funeral and all the high market marks of society came to your funeral and there you are in a beautiful bronze casket and the undertakers done such a good job you what difference would it make if they carry you out and put you in a grave as beautiful as a park and festoon that grade with flowers. I say, what difference would it make if you rise in the judgment and be to God that you do not know with your sins unconfessed and unforgiving.
I am not talking about mere physical health, and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
God wants you saved so much that he sent his darling son to pay for your sin with his blood on the cross and I promise you on the authority of the word of God. If you would trust Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior. He will forgive your sin. I promise you he will and he will save you today. If you ask, I invite you to pray this way out of your heart sincerely fervently.
Dear God, I know that you love me and I know that you want to save me Jesus you died to save me and you promise to save me if I would trust you. I do trust you, Jesus.
Right now, this moment with all of my heart come into my heart. I invite you in, take control of my life.
I turned it over to you again now to make me the person you want me to be save me or Jesus help me never to be ashamed of you in your name I pray, amen. If you prayed to receive Jesus Christ just now. We would love to celebrate you and invite you to our discovery, Jesus page there is a website you'll find answers, you may need about your newfound faith. There's a response section. You can reach out to us share your testimony or how this message impacted you just go to LWF.org/radio and click on the tab at the top that says Discover Jesus welcome to God's forever family. Let us hear from you today if you like to order a copy of today's message in its entirety. Call us at 1877 love God mentioned the title family fitness this message is also part of the powerful and convicting series. It takes a family for the complete collection all seven powerful messages.
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