WEEK 11 Walking, or doing exercises for a healthy life.

Pro 31:14- 17

She is like ships that trade. She brings her food from far away. 15 She rises while it is still night and makes food for all those in her house. She gives work for the young women to do. 16 She gives careful thought to a field and buys it. She plants grape-vines from what she has earned. 17 She makes herself ready with strength and makes her arms strong.

 

Monday: Pro 31:17 and  Isaiah 40:28-31 

Write in your journal the following verses:

 Pro 31:17 She makes herself ready with strength and makes her arms strong

 

 Isaiah 40:28-31 (NIV)28 Do you not know?Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth.He will not grow tired or weary,

and his understanding no one can fathom. 29  He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. 30  Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; 31  but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary they will walk and not be faint.

 

This week we will be seeing the importance of exercising as part of our overall well being. Knowing that what ever we do, we do for his glory.

 

  • Name the characteristics of God that you see in this verses.

  • What gifts is he giving to his people?

  • How do you think the women of proverbs made her self ready and made her arms strong.

 

Action Steps

Last week we try to make a schedule of our day. If you haven't done so, now is a good time to start. If you are not accustom of doing any type of exercise we encourage you to start with 20min. You can either walk for 20mins or do dumbbells no more then 5 lbs with intervals of 4 sets of 12. According to some statistic people who exercise in the morning tend to maintain their routine then does who exercised at night. 

 

Tuesday: Walking

Write in your journal the following verses:

24 And Enoch walked with God; and he was not, for God took him.

 

In the Bible we find the word “walk” more than 300 times depending on the version. If we group it, you can see its different applications. In the applications we see for walk, our relationship with God is always the most important.

 

  • Walk with God: This tells means to have a relationship with God. An example was is Enoch. He walked with God for 300 years. So much was his walk with God that he was taken to heaven (Gen. 5: 22-24 and Gen 6: 9). The bible mentions this 3 times in 2 chapters.

  • Walk towards the direction that God indicates. This tells us about the instruction towards where we direct our life. Abraham (Gen 13, 17)

  • Walking in the middle of trails. This tells us not to give up and continue on the path that God wants to take us. (Israel crossing the sea, Exodus 14,  Walking in obedience. Lev 18.)

 

This and more we can find in terms of walking in the Bible. But what about our natural bodies? In the natural aspect, God gave us the ability to move. We are not plants, or rocks, trees etc. Part of our characteristics is being able to move. We are not static. We were created for to move and walk.

 

Action Steps

If we applied the behavior of Enoch with God in the natural, we could say that he walked for a long, long time ... 300 years! Of course, we understand that this referred to a personal relationship with God. But we encourage you to walk for 20 minutes and meditate on his word. Take your own music, or a preaching , etc. If you have pets, go for a walk with him. We assure you that if it becomes a routine it will bring you long-term benefits!

Wednesday: Destroying our enemies. Joshua 6

Write in your journal the following verses:

Joshua 6:2-3 And the Lord said to Joshua: “See! I have given Jericho into your hand, its king, and the mighty men of valor. 3 You shall march around the city, all you men of war; you shall go all around the city once. This you shall do six days.

 

Read all this chapter.

What was the order that God gave to Israel through Joseph?

Why do you think it was necessary to march around Jericho?

Why do you think it was important to destroy every living being in that place?

 

Action Steps

This was the first place of conquest for the people of Israel. It was a strong fortress that they had to conquer in order to gain entry to the promised land. Note that the miracle happened to the extent of his obedience.

Will there be any strong fortress in your life that you must conquer?

What steps of action do you think God may be asking you to do?

 

In our daily lives we may have hard situations for us to conquer. It could be a bad diet, or lack of exercise etc, but in regard to our health, many times it only starts with walking. Take a time. For Israel it was only to march around the city once every day until the seventh that they would march 7 times more. If you do not have the habit of walking, you can start walking around your block and gradually increase until you can walk more.

 

Thursday: Doing exercises with joy and gratitude!

Write in your journal the following verses:

Matthew 11:4-6 4 Jesus answered and said to them, “Go and tell John the things which you hear and see: 5 The blind see and the lame walk; the lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear; the dead are raised up and the poor have the gospel preached to them. 6 And blessed is he who is not offended because of Me.”

 

  • How does Jesus identify his ministry?

  • Why do you think Jesus said it was a blessing to understand this?

  • How many things of the physical body Jesus healed?

 

The more we mature, the more aware we are of how fragile we are, and how certain physical abilities can become a daily challenge. However, having gratitude and joy is one way to focus on the many reasons why you should exercise.

 

When we exercise our bodies it not only helps strengthen our muscles but also helps our mood. Exercise helps release endorphins to feel good, they are natural brain chemicals that can improve the feeling of well-being.

 

Action Steps

In this biblical part we see that Jesus came to bring healing not only to the soul but also to the physical body. He came to bring healing to the eyes, the skin, the ears, and for the lame to walk. It also regenerated to the cellular molecular level (resurrection).

Write down how many physical things you can do, name each of them and give thanks to God.

How can you take care of each of them?

We may have certain limitations that prevent us from doing some things, if this were the case, focus on the strengths that God has given you. Use that ability to exercise and put into action those blessings. If your strength gives you to run do it, if your strength gives you to walk do it. If your strength is for more, do not limit yourself. Make it part of your daily routine. And remember "I can do everything in Christ that strengthens Me"! Philippians 4:13

Friday: How much did Jesus walk?

Write in your journal the following verse:

Juan 21:25 And there are also many other things that Jesus did, which if they were written one by one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that would be written. Amen.

 

During Jesus' time, the normal means of transportation was walking. Jesus walked during his 3 year public ministry around 3,125 miles.

The Book of John 21:25 says "And there are many other things that Jesus did, which if they were written one by one, I think that even in the world would not fit the books that were to be written, Amen.”

 

This means that He could have done and walked much more than we can imagine. However, if we can learn something, it is that he was not still (but he was not restless either), he moved constantly and did what God had asked him to do.

Action Steps

Search in your biblical concordance verses where Jesus walked, or came to a place. Look what was happening around him. Something precious you can discover that things did not stay the same. There was always something miraculous or surprising when he came to those places. Write in your journal what you want to happen in your life when you begin to do what God asks of you. If Jesus walked, why not start walking today!

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