Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Word & Weight: Flex your faith!

Word & Weight

James 1:2-4  
Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, 
whenever you face trials of many kinds,   
because you know that the testing of your faith 
produces perseverance.  Let perseverance 
finish its work so that you may 
be mature and complete, not lacking anything.

Believe it or not, working our faith is like working our muscles. We must be stretched, put the fibers of the tissue under stress so that they will grow. The soreness that can follow a workout is often proof that we have succeeded in stressing a muscle to the point of fatigue. Here then is where that muscle has the opportunity to grow. We work, then we rest, refuel, recover and the muscle is in a state of growth. I'm sure we have all experienced a plateau with our fitness. We get into a routine which works great at first and then it becomes a rut.  What had been working for us to produce results becomes stagnant and we look the same. The same in our weight, our strength, the same in our appearance. 

Same with our faith. Here in James it says "the testing of your faith produces perseverance or endurance." I love when I hear people talking about flexing your "Faith Muscles". It's so applicable! When we want to see growth in our faith, when we want to be closer to God, to experience MORE of him, we need to flex. Get out of your comfort zone.

Maybe you aren't used to volunteering at church or in the community, that's a great way to flex. Maybe you haven't been tithing at church, that's a major flex. Maybe God is nudging you to call someone, forgive someone, or make amends... HUGE flex here. Or maybe, like the verse says, your facing trials. We are in a battle on this earth, the devil doesn't want to inconvenience you, he wants you dead, crushed, ineffective for the kingdom. SO when you face trials, devastating ones, your faith is being flexed! Trials produce endurance which will produce Character and hope. This hope does not disappoint us. Flex on strong people of faith! 

Reverse Grip, Underhand
Lat Pull down

This is a favorite of mine on back day. It works Lats, traps, rhomboids AND biceps.  
As you breathe out, pull the bar down until it touches your upper chest by drawing the shoulders and the upper arms down and back.
Tip:Concentrate on squeezing the back muscles once you reach the fully contracted position and keep the elbows close to your body.

The upper torso should remain stationary as your bring the bar to you and only the arms should move. The forearms should do no other work other than hold the bar.

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