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Say What You Mean - When It Comes To Exercise

African American news - on keeping promises to yourselfHow "good" is your word? Are you someone whom others can count on to keep your word when you make a commitment, or are you more prone to flake? My experience with folks over the years has confirmed for me that most people who can't be relied upon to keep their word regarding a matter are also most likely to suffer the ills of an inactive lifestyle. Why is that?

Well I believe words are one of the most powerful tools (working for or against us) we have at our disposal as human beings. This isn't something I've dreamed up on my own, instead I accept as true the word of God when it says "...the tongue of the wise is health." Proverbs 12:18 and "Death and life are in the power of the tongue..." Proverbs 18:21. Additionally, James, Chapter 5, Verse 12 (Amplified) says "But above all [things] my brethren, do not swear, either by heaven or by earth or by any other oath; but let your yes be [a simple] yes, and your no be [a simple] no, so that you may not sin and fall under condemnation."

The word swear (in the above scripture) as translated from its original Greek definition means to take an oath, and condemnation having the same origin signifies acting under pretense, deceit or hypocrisy. So looking at the context of what God is saying in James and what the Proverbs have revealed, is there any wonder that we'd run into problems by offering such weightless insincerity to an issue or area we claim we want God's help with? I suggest the following alternative: Start meditating; speak and visualize, and then moving "literally", on the word of God.

Here are some standards, derived from scripture that my clients and I use to get awesome results in this area. Say and think about the following:

1) "I am an overcomer and my faith is changing my circumstances" – as mentioned in a previous writing, let your faith do the grunt work for you. It is the wrench that turns the nut, our job is limited to knowing wrenches work for turning nuts. 1 John 5:4.

2) "I am healed, whole and healthy, and sickness will not lord over my body" - See yourself as whole and healthy as you say the words. 1 Peter 2:24.

3) "I am blessed and it's a matter of time before things change and what I see now is only temporary" – Two things here. First, God and time are your allies in this venture, and, second, if you are seeing things as instructed in Standard #2, what's going on now is already in the process of changing, and so is your ability to truly be a person of your word when it comes to exercising or anything else Godliness provides for us. Ephesians 1:3 and 2 Corinthians 4:18.

Well that's my time for this time. If this subject interests you, please join me next time when I'll share more regarding the awesome benefits of getting and being fit God's way!

If you're not active, exercise wise. Remember to start slow and build from where you are, and see a doctor first if you have any level of a health challenge or plan to change your eating habits.

[Derrick is a licensed & ordained minister and graduate of Azusa World Ministry's Ministry Training Institute, as well as an AMF Certified Fitness Trainer & Sports Nutritionist, and owner of His Cross Training Fitness. You can contact him at (626) 524-5125 or email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .]


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