October 25, 2010

Why God Wants You To Exercise Part 1

I always wondered

Would God want us to exercise and take care of our physical being just as he would like us to take care of our spirituality.

So I asked a couple of my very religious clients and here is the answer I got from them.

Here is part 1 of 2 series “Why God Wants You To Exercise”.

Guest Blog Post By Coach Stevens

Let’s start with a thesis statement that comes from the Bible:

Genesis 1:1 – In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”

This verse can also be stated this way: “Here is the story of God’s creation of the heavens and the earth.”

Holy Scripture goes on to explain the creation of the heavens and the earth, day and night, grass and trees, and all living things. He saw that it was good.

Then, He stated, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness…So God created man in His own image; the image of god He created him; male and female He created them.” (Gen. 1:26-27)

Wow, I’m made in God’s image! I’m created to take care of the earth and have dominion over it and the animals, birds, etc..

Let me remind you that God doesn’t make junk.

Note: Some of you reading this may not believe that this is how man got to be on this earth. In that case, you can come up with your own conclusion of how man got here. But if you follow this thesis, you will see the need to keep physically fit.

In the New Testament of the same Bible, there is a verse that reads:

“All things are lawful for me, but all things are not helpful. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any. Foods for the stomach and the stomach for foods…Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? “…do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own?”(I Cor. 6:12-19)

Here are some other verses that might be helpful:

1 – Romans 12:1-2 – “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of god that you present your bodies in a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God…And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”

We are constrained to be healthy.

2 – Mark 6:30-31 – “Then the disciples gathered to Jesus and told Him all things, both what they had done and what they had taught. 31 And He said to them, “Come aside by yourselves to a deserted place and rest awhile.”

We are reminded to rest so as to be worthy the next day.

3 – Psalm 139:14 – “I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvelous are Your works.”

God has a perfect knowledge of man.

4 – Proverbs 31:17-18 – “She girds herself with strength, And strengthens her arms…her lamp does not go out at night. 19 She stretches out her hands to the distaff, And her hand holds the spindle.”

This woman is wise and virtuous. She stays strong so she can fulfill all the tasks before her.

All resources that God gives us are for our use to become the people we need to be.

There are many more verses in the Bible that speak to keeping the body pure.


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October 25, 2010

Mina @ 9:41 pm

“”Amen, Amen, Amen, I say to you that Heaven and Earth will pass away, but my words will not.”( mark 13:31)”

Anna @ 9:41 pm

“Yes I truly believe this truth! God is amazing!”

October 26, 2010

Christi @ 6:08 am

Bravo! Well done! Speak the truth with boldness. I applaud you for having the courage to put scripture out there for your cyber-clients to read. Keep it coming!

Oscar @ 7:32 am

Brother Sam,

This is to me the root of our strength and our guide to good health. My name is Oscar Santana Nutritionist, Personal Trainer and I have a radio show in the Seattle area “Esperanza y Salud” which means “Hope and Health” I tie what the Bible talks about our body, our diet and how to take care of the body which doesn’t belong to us, we are just stewards of the body that belongs to God.

Take care my brother Sam and keep taking health to the world. I am doing the same. I am always hungry, and humble to learn new information. If you ever want to present to the Hispanic population I am your guy! Blessings!

Bob Salyi @ 7:33 am

Thanks Sam, I am struggling with my weight and physical being and I am Christian. I have always known that this is not my body and God has given it to me to use in His favor. So, is it important to take care of it as if my body were the body of Christ? Yes, because it is the body that Christ wants us to use to share the Good News with and be around long enough to complete what we have started for Him!!! God wants you to accept who and what you are,but, take care of what you are. Be healthy.You are a better person while feeling healthy.Remember , be a servant to Him not your body. Praise Him for EVERYTHING!!!!!!

Yolie @ 7:59 am

Job well done, Coach Stevens. We get what we put into it. That goes for all things in life.

October 27, 2010

Ross Aubrey @ 4:56 am

Wow. This is an AWESOME post! I love the comments too. Life is so ridiculously short and now that I’m 25 I’m finally beginning to understand why I’m REALLY here…to let the light of Jesus’ shine through my every move – to spread the good news of WHO He is and the ultimate gift He gave the world! God You are SO good! 🙂 It’s amazing what happened when I shifted my sole motivator to glorifying Him…It changed everything.

Trisha DeHall @ 10:24 am

Well spoken.
Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think (Romans 12:2). So glad to see you are not ashamed of the Gospel.

October 28, 2010

Monique @ 5:35 pm

Sam, I look forward to all your blogs!! This one is pretty awesome!! Thank you for sharing all that you do.