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Battle Ready 5-19-2015

"Strengthen Your Brothers"

Battle Ready 5-19-2015

Today’s study will be part Coaches Corner and part Bending Bibles accompanied by a full chapter from 2 Timothy 3.  The key verses in this study are of 2 Timothy 3:16-17 and are as follows:

16 All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; 17 so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.

This little bit of scripture is powerful and perfect for a talk on training volume both training in the gym and training in the spirit.  However, when I opened up the whole chapter I was amazed at its’ context and relevance to what I wanted to accomplish in this study.  In a previous Coaches Corner article we had approached the question of “Why do we train?” As a person looking to increase our fitness/wellness and as a Christian trying to increase our faith we must also know “how” to train.  Possibly, a more important question is, “how often?”

Chapter 3 of 2 Timothy explains that difficult times WILL come.  Right now we are spiritually preparing for battle and in Ephesians the bible states to “take up the full armor of God.”  The bible also says in Galatians 5:17, “For the flesh sets its desire against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; for these are in opposition to one another, so that you may not do the things that you please.” This struggle is a spiritual tug of war.  War is won in the training grounds leading up to battle.  It is in the training grounds where passion and intensity may waiver for the flesh is weak. However, it’s in the consistency and volume of training where the preparation for battle is completed.  In Romans 8:5 we are told, “Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires.” The word set means to put or bring into a specified state.  This also denotes a period of time and requires a continual training.  So how do we bring ourselves into this state of mind that is in accordance with what the Spirit desires?  We answer the question posed in the previous paragraph.

You train.  You train often.  You train consistently.  Take a look at your current “training program.”  This type of training could be both physical and spiritual.  This concept is nothing new as we have spoken about meditating day and night on the Word.  As well, in the Coaches Corner we have mentioned consistency as one of the keys to success.  I want to put a twist on this concept and explain it in more of a mathematical format.  Know that we may not feel like training.  I might not feel like going to work.  I might not feel like running, jumping, or lifting.  I might not feel like reading my bible.  But, regardless of the feeling repetition and time coupled with effort will produce volume.  Volume will begat preparedness.  This preparation will enable us to more efficiently wage war with flesh and spirit.  Let us compare some numbers.

Lifter A trains three times a week for one hour.  He/she does this consistently for twelve months.  Not a bad start.  Lifter A will have trained for 156 hours (52 x 3).  Lifter B gets in a couple of extra days in and gets after it for five days a week at one hour.  Lifter B has an annual total of 260 hours (52 x 5).  That is a hundred and four hours more than Lifter A.  Lifter A is getting in 60% less of the volume of training that Lifter B is.  What if I told you that a typical workout found you moving 12000 pounds of volume?  You would find that Lifter B will have accumulated 1,248,000 pounds more load in a year of training.  Do you see how much of an impact an extra couple of days can have?  Imagine Lifter B performing a few more sets here or there.  Or see Lifter A only coming two times a week because they just don’t feel like training.  Now imagine you are Jesus Follower A who goes to church on every Sunday for 1.5 hours but really doesn’t get into the bible during the week.  JF-A gets a spiritual volume of 78 hours (1.5 x 52).  Now Jesus Follower B is on fire.  They get up early and study for thirty minutes a day, hold an hour long study, go to church Wednesday night,  Sunday morning and evening, and we won’t get into the countless time they spend praying, reading, or listening.  JF – B will get a low ball figure of 442 hours of physical presence in spiritual volume (8.5 x 52).  Who do you think is more prepared for the battle between flesh and spirit?  I understand that faith is not built on works but I would like to establish in this case that effort is an identifier for thirst for relationship.  And our flesh and our spirit will be built up according to the volume of load we put on it.  Are you building yourself up?  Are you taking the time to be built up for “All Scripture is inspired(GOD BREATHED) by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.” Everyday is a battle and an opportunity to wage war.

2 Timothy 3

“Difficult Times Will Come”

But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come. For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, unloving, irreconcilable, malicious gossips, without self-control, brutal, haters of good, treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, holding to a form of godliness, although they have denied its power; Avoid such men as these. For among them are those who enter into households and captivate weak women weighed down with sins, led on by various impulses, always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. Just as Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses, so these [men] also oppose the truth, men of depraved mind, rejected in regard to the faith. But they will not make further progress; for their folly will be obvious to all, just as Jannes’s and Jambres’s folly was also.

Now you followed my teaching, conduct, purpose, faith, patience, love, perseverance, persecutions, [and] sufferings, such as happened to me at Antioch, at Iconium [and] at Lystra; what persecutions I endured, and out of them all the Lord rescued me! Indeed, all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will be persecuted. But evil men and impostors will proceed [from bad] to worse, deceiving and being deceived. You, however, continue in the things you have learned and become convinced of, knowing from whom you have learned [them], and that from childhood you have known the sacred writings which are able to give you the wisdom that leads to salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.