Another blow in the face/Remember Hebrews 12!!!

Well it’s 2 am Sunday night, and I think this time I’ll actually apply Hebrews 12 (endurance) when it comes to going to sleep.  But I didn’t follow that lesson today.  For the past few days God has really called me to Hebrews 12, which talks about endurance.  When I was doing the exercise on Friday I was ignoring it, and I don’t remember when else this week, [oh, yeah, it was making the ground turkey, which took me 1 and a half  hours] but I just kept coming back to that verse over and over again.

Today my dad was going to a funeral and he said somebody might be coming over on Monday (I don’t consider the day changing until the next day until after 6 am), and I knew I had so many things to do.  I have been really struggling with planning and cooking my meals so that the nutrition helps me lose weight and I spent all my energy doing that along with chores like cleaning the house, when the Word says, to “Seek first the Kingdom of God and His Righteousness and all will be added unto you.” [Matthew 6:33]  I realized that I was becoming a Martha (caught up with daily tasks) instead of a Mary (concerned about being around the people). [Luke 10:40]

I don’t know what time it was in the evening probably around 7pm and I felt so tensed, stressed out that I couldn’t physically move and I was lying down.  I didn’t know what to do.  I tried to pray, I couldn’t pray.  I just couldn’t fight any more and that’s when I forgot Hebrews 12.  So after a short pep talk with my pastor, I was like, “Oh, yah, duh, Hebrews 12 (Endurance/Discipline).  “You have not endured to the point of death like Jesus had.”  [v.1-4] “For the time being no discipline brings joy, but is grievous and painful. (but yields righteousness if endured)”. [v. 11]  My pastor said that the enemy knows our weaknesses, and if I try to give up and not fight or endure now, then what happens when things get really bad during the last days?  Will I be able to endure?  I also have the Holy Spirit inside me and that gives me strength.  That’s what I got from our short conversation.  I was also saying something about the atmosphere and I felt like there was something surrounding me that was making my tension worse, but that was just an excuse.

So I got up turned on the Christian Radio station that plays mostly hymns and I let it work through if that was the atmosphere.  Now I had some work on me to do.  I figured to start out small.  I  started by cleaning out a few sections of the bookshelf and making more space so at least I didn’t feel like my house looked hoarders.  I read parts of a book that had some useful tips on things I could include on my meal plans.  Also I got a brilliant idea, which came from God, that I should probably go and make my Turkey Burgers then, and make my Ground Turkey at the same time.

That was a stroke of genius that I have to thank God for.  So I did those things without too much stress, but my feet were tired.  I was happy that I was done, and I wouldn’t have to worry about that on Monday.  Then I could focus on more important things (by then I found out that no one was coming over) such as making a meal plan on Monday, getting a couple of things from the store on Monday and just taking more time to seek Him.

They sang my favorite worship song today “The More I Seek You.” at church.  Now it comes into perspective.  One thing that I am afraid of and worried about God forgive me, is the change of church to Saturday.  I know it has it’s shares of adjustments, which I am not going to go through now, but somehow I know it will work out.

I also learned that knowledge of the Word is not enough if it doesn’t not change your character.  It has to make you more consecrated and holy.  You should experience peace and joy through the day and you should be a pleasant person to be around and the light within your family and/or community.  I am asking God to help me calm down and experience the Living Word in my Life [In Jesus Mighty Name I pray]

After all I do have the Holy Spirit within me.  Shouldn’t I be reflecting it’s character?  Shouldn’t I be seeing fruits?  If not then I know there’s some things wrong that I need to change.  I know there are so many things I could be doing to be a better example of the presence of the Lord working in my life, but the Lord told me I need to take one day at a time because I have been trying to plan the whole world and it is just not within my capacity because I am simply human.  But it is the Holy Spirit who gives me the strength to go on and endure.  So I come humbly before Him to ask Him to make real to me, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”.  Philippians 4:12 In Jesus mighty name I pray, {Amen}

Hebrews 12 and Endurance

Today I was watching “The Biggest Loser”, which is a show I watch every week where people train arduously to lose weight in a short period of time.  I have my own struggles with weight loss and am part of a gym right now.  My trainer just told me to do exercises at home and spend 45 minutes on the bike and she said it would build up endurance.  So I guess my word for the day is “endurance”.

I have completed a Bible Study at the church on Hebrews and it didn’t really sink in until I was reading Hebrews 12 today and the Word just sort of leaped out at me.  This is what I read –

Hebrews 12

1THEREFORE THEN, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses [who have borne testimony to the Truth], let us strip off and throw aside every encumbrance (unnecessary weight) and that sin which so readily (deftly and cleverly) clings to and entangles us, and let us run with patient endurance and steady and active persistence the appointed course of the race that is set before us,

    2Looking away [from all that will distract] to Jesus, Who is the Leader and the Source of our faith [giving the first incentive for our belief] and is also its Finisher [bringing it to maturity and perfection]. He, for the joy [of obtaining the prize] that was set before Him, endured the cross, despising and ignoring the shame, and is now seated at the right hand of the throne of God.(A)

    3Just think of Him Who endured from sinners such grievous opposition and bitter hostility against Himself [reckon up and consider it all in comparison with your trials], so that you may not grow weary or exhausted, losing heart and relaxing and fainting in your minds.

I think the first thing that struck me was “patient endurance and steady and active persistence”.  That is what it takes to train for something and to exercise and to lose weight and so many other things which require endurance and persistence.  Ideally we would like to be this way in all areas, and God has given us the ability to do so, but He knows that we cannot handle doing more than a few things at a time so He gives us what we can handle.  Navy Seals train with patient endurance and steady and active persistence, but they go to the extreme.  People on “The Biggest Loser” [and so do/should other people who like to lose weight] train with patient endurance and steady and active persistence.  Any athlete has to go through training and any competitor has to go through training.

Another thing that struck me was – Looking away from all that will distract to Jesus – Wow, I really had to repent for that one.  Isn’t watching The Biggest Loser a distraction?  Also yesterday, I was so focused on the news that I forgot to make my turkey, I forgot to put my laundry in the dryer until late.  Even with our goal we have to seek Jesus first.  My dad who is not a believer said, if you take away one hour away from God to focus on exercise, I think God will understand.  I know that God will understand, but what am I making more time in my life for is it 1)Sleep 2)TV/Entertainment 3)Diet/Nutrition/Exercise 4)God/Bible/Worship/Devotion/Prayer?  It is also important to have godly wisdom, and godly counsel because you could have your personal trainer telling you your health is your main thing, and your flesh telling you that Sleep and TV are the most important things, but the last thing you want to do in the day is to spend time in God’s presence when it will actually give you the most benefit.  It can all be confusing so it is very important to listen to God and to hear what He says, and the best way to do that is to meditate on His word, and like a member of our church once preached, “Don’t become constipated with it.” You have to share what you have learned.  The best way is to teach somebody.

The third thing that struck me was how Jesus bore bitter hostility and was brutally treated and agonized for sin so much so that he poured out blood for us [v.4]  and we are to reckon up and consider it all in comparison with our trials], so that we may not grow weary or exhausted, losing heart and relaxing and fainting in our minds.  

Sometimes when I am exercising, especially when I am exercising, I grow weary, or exhausted, losing heart and feeling like fainting some times, so I just call upon God to give me the strength.  Sometimes I even feel like throwing up when I am on the bike, and it’s been only an hour after eating, and I just don’t want to do it.  I feel like, I am so tired, I am so exhausted, and then when I weigh myself I lose heart and just feel like quitting.  And if I do decide to quit, guess what – comes the next part later in the chapter, the chastening where I have ankle pain, plantar fasciitis, difficulty walking, all because I chose to give up or not tarry a little longer in my endurance and training to the point where I have to endure through the hard times.

God has a destiny for all of us – to make us to continue to push through and to brave all circumstances, and to carry out whatever mission that God has in store for us.  The problem is that, many of us, including myself, have become complacent as a whole.  The Church has become complacent.  The whole purpose of shows like “The Biggest Loser” is not just for people to lose weight or to get money, it is to show that when we get out of our comfort zone, which I also saw in “The Voice” today, things start to happen.  Commitment, Discipline, Endurance, Patience, and Love are all good qualities to have, but it doesn’t mean anything if you don’t have the love of the Lord in your life.

I am probably going to write more about Hebrews 12 because I was really touched by this, but if I do I will probably be up another 4 hours so I’ll probably stop at 1066 words right now.

[Verses taken from Amplified]- I’ll probably have to stop using that one once I reach 500.