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Why Willingness Works

African American news from Pasadena - Godly FitnessA familiar passage of scripture reads: "If you are willing and obedient, You shall eat the good of the land;" Isaiah 1:19.  The word "willing" when translated from its original Hebrew language means to have a desire for a thing; and the word "obedient" from the same Hebrew origin means to pay attention to, or hear and listen to carefully.

With this understanding as our foundation, let's explore how willingness might aid us in the process of Godly Fitness, i.e.; being Spiritually fit, then Mentally fit and lastly Physically fit - in that order!  For the course of action we've called willingness to work for us we must first acknowledge that this process has nothing to do with our own "will-power", in fact our will-power gets in the way of this form of willingness, and prevents us from being able to exercise the level of employment necessary to obtain success in this area.   I believe I've made the statement in articles past that the only thing stronger than God's will for our lives is our own will for our life - we either train our wills to comply with God's will or we exercise our selfish desires to live sinful lives apart for God's will for us.  Ok, I think we may be ready to relate some application to the process now. 

If it is true that as Matthew Henry states: "Christ, as Man, pleaded, that, if it were possible, his sufferings might pass from him. As Mediator, he submitted to the will of God, saying, Nevertheless, not what I will, but what thou wilt; I bid it welcome."  Then all we need to do to have this wonderful ability work for us is imitate Jesus, and declare and confess that "although the fight to get off our butts and adopt a lifestyle of being fit and disease (dis-ease) free is at best uncomfortable; nevertheless -  not what I will, but what thou wilt; I bid it welcome!"  Oh, you doubt that it's that simple?  Look it worked for Jesus; the proof being the fact that you're here right now reading these truths for yourself, free to be you - who and whose ever you are.  

If you're not active exercise wise, remember to start slow and build from where you are; and see a Dr. first if you have any level of a health challenge.  

Well that's all 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!

[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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