“Encouragement for your life and spiritual growth”

Banking on the Living God


By Nina Roach
You’ve been raised on the Message of the faith and have followed sound teaching. Now pass on this counsel to the followers of Jesus there, and you’ll be a good servant of Jesus. Stay clear of silly stories that get dressed up as religion. Exercise daily in God—no spiritual flabbiness, please! Workouts in the gymnasium are useful, but a disciplined life in God is far more so, making you fit both today and forever. You can count on this. Take it to heart. This is why we’ve thrown ourselves into this venture so totally. We’re banking on the living God, Savior of all men and women, especially believers. 1 Timothy 4:6-10 The Message
To bank on something or someone means to be so sure of something or someone that one can trust, to depend on, count and rely upon. Prior to our transference into the Kingdom of God by our declaration of faith of the Lord Jesus Christ, we trusted more in the things that we saw and the words that we heard.
We also were raised and relied upon our family and religious traditions that made the Word of God ineffective.  We weren’t staying clear of all the silly stories that got dressed up as religion that pointed us away from God.  For believers and unbelievers to make it in these upcoming days we must bank on God, Savior of all men and women especially in a world that banks on temporal things that are quickly passing away.
If we don’t stay alert and catch our thoughts we will bank our lives on things and people outside of ourselves. We will
bank on our marital statuses, our jobs, relationships with family and friends, what others think and say about us, our accomplishments and our appearances. These can become idols in our lives and draw us into empty places and limit our trust in God. The passage above clearly states that a disciplined life in God is far more useful and makes us fit both for today and forever. 
We must be intentional and make it our priority to guard our hearts and throw ourselves into this venture of banking on the living God. This is why we shift… We train our minds to think like God does which also changes the trajectory of our lives if we will it. Our focus begins to change, our motives and our responses to what the Holy Spirit reveals to each of us from the Word of God. The Holy Spirit can show us where our affections, thoughts and focus lie and redirect us to a lifestyle that is fitting for the Kingdom of God.
The answers that we need to our problems and situations that we face will are found within our reach. But what are we reaching for? Comforting foods, social media, opinions of others, astrologers, our own ideas or the Word of God. Our spiritual fitness and physical fitness both have great benefits. They both give us the strength and balance that we need. Our mental capacity increases for our journeys as we focus and stay alert on the Word of God and when we are in better physical shape. We also have more energy to be productive throughout our day. Disciplining our lives in God helps us in our spiritual formation and also transfers to other areas of our lives. Discipline leads to more discipline. And lastly if we are giving it our all we are forced to rest in the God’s promises and rest our bodies and recover. 
Let’s make it our ongoing goal to not carry any extra spiritual or physical weight and flabbiness. Physical training is good, but training for godliness is much better, promising benefits in this life and in the life to come. Let’s shed the extra weight of pride, lust, greed, philosophies, worry, doubt, fear, making judgments and in exchange for truth and dependability upon our God. And let’s also shed extra pounds so that our bodies are prepared for the Kingdom opportunities that God brings our way. Whether spiritual or physical banking on God makes us fit for what lies ahead of us.
Faith Declaration:I am a child of the living God and I choose to follow sound teaching and live my life by the Message of the faith that I have received. I live out all of my allotted days by seeking first the Kingdom of God and all the other things will be given unto me. I trust in the Lord with all my heart and lean not to my own ways and understanding, in all my ways I acknowledge Him and He directs my paths. The Lord is my great Shepherd and have no need for anything as He increases my capacity in every area of my life. I rely on God to bless my efforts and reward me as I discipline my mind and diligently seek Him.
This Week: God has chosen you. You’ve got a great job to do! Get the Word of God in you so that the Word can come out of you. Teach all these things with your life: by word, by demeanor, by love, by faith, by integrity. Stay at your post reading Scripture, giving counsel, teaching. And that special gift of ministry you were given when the leaders of the church laid hands on you and prayed—keep that dusted off and in use. Cultivate these things. Immerse yourself in them. The people will all see you mature right before their eyes! Keep a firm grasp on both your character and your teaching. Don’t be diverted. Just keep at it. Both you and those who hear you will experience salvation. Continue reading and audibly speaking the Word of God. Listen to this week’s SHIFT TODAY RADIO “Wednesday Wellness Live” segments and meditate on the Word of God, so that revelation (strategies) can come and take an action faith.
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