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Preparing for Spiritual Warfare (Lesson 2 of 4)

Spiritual Warfare 02

WEDNESDAY INSPIRATIONAL AND MOTIVATIONAL SERVICES 

IT’S TIME TO HIRE A PERSONAL TRAINER

Good morning my dear brothers and sisters, today is truly the first day of the rest of your blessed life, and the Lord wants you to live this day in His peace and comfort of being.  You are marvelous made to live out your dreams, because you are truly an awesome person and you have greatness in you and you can overcome the Spiritual Warfare that is upon you, now train your body and mind to fight the good fight.

 

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Earlier on in my life while I was training to become a cross-country cyclist, I learned a great secret.  People who make the most dramatic advances in physical fitness have a personal trainer.  Without someone guiding you, you just randomly work out.  Most of us do not have the kind of discipline we need, so we hire personal trainers.  This was one of the greatest decisions, which I could have ever made, because it helped to prepare the three-dimensional self, which we will discuss in the next lesson.

John 14:26 (Amplified Bible) 26But the Comforter (Counselor, Helper, Intercessor, Advocate, Strengthener, Standby), the Holy Spirit, Whom the Father will send in My name [in My place, to represent Me and act on My behalf], He will teach you all things. And He will cause you to recall (will remind you of, bring to your remembrance) everything I have told you.

Now let us begin with a physical definition of what a personal trainer is:  A personal trainer is a fitness professional involved in exercise prescription and instruction.

Proper exercise prescription may result in improved body composition, physical performance, and health outcomes.  The decision to hire a personal trainer may be related to a perceived ability to facilitate these factors through proper prescription and instruction or factors related to motivation and adherence. A personal trainer will pay close attention to your exercise form, workout routine, and nutrition plan.

Few studies have investigated personal training for men. Personal training in women has been shown to exercise behavior patterns, improve perceptual benefit-to-concern ratio for exercise (decisional balance), and increase confidence to choose exercise in the face of other time demands (scheduling self-efficacy).  Personal training results in higher strength, higher workout intensities, and higher perceived exertion during exercise in women. Although women working with personal trainers do self-select heavier loads than women who did not, the loads used are still below recommended training load percentages.

No matter if we are a man are a woman, we need to make sure we hire the right personal trainer to help us move on to victory.  Always keeping our eye on the prize and never losing sight of where God is trying to take us on this journey.

Now we see in John 14:26 the word “Helper”.  It is a translation of the word Paraclete.  Paraclete means, “To call alongside.”  The Paraclete, which is the Holy Spirit, will stand alongside you as your personal trainer.  He has the perfect approach and methods designed for your success.

The Holy Spirit is always there to remind you of what you already know.  Whenever you begin a training program, some of what the trainer tells you is nothing new.  When the trainer tells you to eat certain things and not others, there is no great news flash in your spirit.  You’ve heard it before.  Stay away from ice cream.  Close your mouth to pie.  Pull away from the table when the cake comes around.  It is nothing new, but the trainer reminds you of these things, things you’ve heard before, never acted on, or stopped acting on.  This is also one of the roles of the Holy Spirit in spiritual fitness.  He reminds you of all those useful things you have been learning all along.

This will concludes lesson two, and we will continue in lesson three on how your personal trainer, The Holy Spirit will guide you through each step towards victory.  Let me remind you to read and meditate on lessons one and two again to get the full benefit of where God is trying to take you in this process of preparing you physically, mentally and spiritually.

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