41 Ways To Become Fit For Life
Are you fit for life ? What are the secrets to becoming fit for life ? Here are 41 ways in order to become fit for life. This article is an excerpt from Jack Graham's book "Are You Fit For Life".
WAYS TO BECOMING FIT FOR LIFE
1) Establish Firmly Your Relationship With God
Being fit for life start with having a right relationship with God through JesusChrist. It can be achieved by putting your faith in the finished work of Christ on calvary. One of man’s greatest needs is the forgiveness of his sins. And this is satisfied by Christ ultimate sacrifice on the cross two thousand years ago. Only Christ sacrifice on the cross is a sufficient sacrifice for the forgiveness of the sin of mankind. To receive God’s forgiveness for your sins , you have to put your faith on Christ’s finished work on calvary and accept Christ as your personal Savior. By accepting Christ as your Savior then and only then you can have a personal relationship with God.
2) Have A Healthy Relationship With Fellow Members of the Body Of Christ
No man is an island. No one can survive life by living alone separated from other people. When you belong to Christ, you also belong to everyone else who belongs to Christ. The work of JesusChrist advances on a network of relationships among believers who are partners in life. We need our brethren for mutual encouragement. The Christian life is not that easy to live alone. We need the comfort of one another in times of life’s fierce trials.
3) Let Your Love Flow To Others Who Still Need Christ
We need to love other people who do not belong yet to the body of Christ. They too need the love of Christ. They too must hear that they can receive forgiveness from their sins. We have to reach out for them. We must be willing to give some of our financial resources , time and talents in order to reach out for them. We must be willing to make sacrifices for them for true ministry flows from sacrificial love.
4) Develop A Healthy Relationship In You Family
Developing healthy relationships in your family is much like developing a healthy body through workouts. You have to set realistic goals for progress and with what you have work faithfully to achieve what you want to accomplish. Start expecting the best from people you love and observe your relationships develop. You must learn to appreciate nice things about members of your family,learn to accept them for who they are and be patient with their shortcomings.
5) Expect That God Has A Perfect Plan For Your Life
No matter how much disappointments and frustrations you have already experienced in this life, always believe that God has a perfect plan for your life. As long as you are living in the center of His will, no amount of disappointments should stop you in pursuing for God’s purposes for your life. Remember that God is always working for the good of all those who are called according to His purpose . God’s plan is just perfect for each of His children. We can always count on Him for His wisdom is perfect.
6) Live For Today Not Someday
How many of us are living for someday and not for today. We keep on saying that someday when I have this job, I will feel much better or someday when I meet the right person I will be happier. So many people live their entire lives getting ready for that big moment that either never come or passes them by while they are waiting for it. Too many people are enduring instead of enjoying their lives. God wants you to be fully and totally alive starting today not someday. We have to live in the present and not in the future that may never come. We have to enjoy the challenges of the present time.
7) Let CHRIST Be The Center Of Your Life
There is only one “secret” to the Christian life , “To live is Christ”. Once you fully grasp the meaning of this , you will know what it means to be truly alive. Only Jesus can give us the joy, peace, and purpose that God’s Word promises to us. Let Christ be the source of your daily strength and inspiration for living. When you know Christ intimately and you are drawing your strength and joy from Him each day , you are completely living life at its best.
8) Depend On God Completely
Every moment of our life, we are to depend upon God’s mercy and grace completely. We can never be independent from God. Much more in our time when we are living in perilous times. There are so much dangers in the surroundings to be independent from God. God wants us to be dependent upon Him in all areas of our life. Much more in the area of overcoming temptations and sin, God wants us to depend upon Him. For our daily provision, daily strength, daily battles, we are to depend on God.
9) Be Heavenly Minded
The best is yet to come for a Christian . Every child of God has a great future awaiting him for there are so much great things stored for him in Heaven. We are not to focus our minds on earthly things only, we have to live with our hearts in Heaven. By being heavenly minded , we will no longer fear death that much, we will consider it as one great event in our life. Being a Christian, we have a heavenly hope, and this is sufficient to make us victorious over death. Death holds no power over a Christian for he is heaven bound.
10) Enjoy Each Day To The Full
Being heavenly minded does not mean we will no longer live for this present world. At the same time, we are to enjoy each day to the full. We are to enjoy life’s blessings each day. We are to enjoy every moment of our life and enjoy the present challenges it offer. We are to give our best in everything that we do. We are to find pleasure in every area of our life no matter how difficult the tasks involved maybe.
11) Treat your Body with Honor and Reverence as The Temple of God.
The Christian’s body is a holy vessel, set apart for the Lord. By neglecting or abusing your body, you are limiting yourself in your ability to glorify and magnify God. We are to flee from all forms of sexual immorality for they highly dishonor our body and God. We should never use any part of our body as instrument of wickedness. Bodies should serve as vessel unto honor for God’s glory.
12) Be careful with what you put on your bodies.
Are you dressing up to attract, to seduce or to impress people?
The biblical principle for dressing is modesty. That means, women are to dress in clothing that reflects a chaste attitude toward their bodies, thus honoring God. To wear clothes that promote sensuality or sexuality does not honor the body nor does it honor God. Both men and women who profess faith in Christ are to honor Him by what they put on their bodies.
13) Watch out for what you put in your bodies.
You have to watch out for the food you are taking into your body. Are you taking too much cholesterol, sugar, salt, alcohol? You have to closely follow a healthy diet plan. Learn to eat more fruits and vegetables. You must take at least six servings of fruits and vegetables a day. Avoid junk foods and food that has not nutritional value. Avoid too much salty and fatty foods for they have many ill effects to the body. Healthy foods help build healthy body. And healthy body brings glory to God.
14) Try your best to Quit Smoking
An exhibit showed a normal human being and the lung of a smoker, blackened by tar deposits and disease. This display urged people to quit smoking. A smoking Christian is an arsonist who is destroying God’s temple. It is just a slower and it isn’t against the law. It is an accepted fact cigarettes do cause harm to one’s health. Millions have already died due to ailments caused by smoking cigarettes. There is one way to die young, and that is to be a chain smoker.
15) try your best to abstain from Alcohol.
Taking alcohol drinks will never help you in your spiritual walk. Alcohol has done great damages to lives and families. Alcohol does not only destroy health but destroys one’s character and morals. Taking alcohol makes one person indecent in his behavior, loses control of his words and actions and destroys one’s testimony.
16) Eat Moderately
Dr. Howard Hendricks of Dallas Theological Seminary used to tell his students, “Overeating is the one acceptable sin in Evangelical Christian Circles.” There is a national epidemic of obesity, including children. There is great need to practice moderation in eating. This is one discipline of the Christian life that requires commitment.
17) Throw Away Negative Attitudes
Apostle Paul’s life was filled with “eager expectation and hope” in spite of unfavorable circumstances he encountered. He was not consumed by negative attitudes and toxic emotion that already drain our bodies and our lives of their strength. So many Christian are stressed out because of the many pressures they put on themselves. Negative emotions break down our physical systems and drain us of energy. We cannot control all the circumstances which come to us, but we can choose to mold our attitude towards those circumstances. In spite of unpleasant circumstances we have in life, we must remain optimistic about life.
18) Have Some Physical Workout
Have a regular exercise. Walking is probably the oldest form of exercise in human history, and simple walking improves health and mental well-being. Try some walking for about 15 minutes a day. Try also to do some aerobics, for it is very good physical work out. You cannot really enjoy life to the fullest and live a long healthy live unless you agree to the concept of regular conditioning and exercise. Studies reveal that getting at least thirty minutes of collective activity most days of the week, such as walking up and down stairs can reduce deaths from all cases – heart attacks, strokes, cancer, etc. by 58 percent, which has the potential of increasing your life span for up to six years.
19) Refuse to Dwell on Problems.
Don’t be overwhelmed by the negative circumstances you encounter each day, and don’t focus on them, instead cast your care upon the Lord and focus on Him. Refuse to dwell on problems instead rest in Jesus presence and love for each day. If we dwell on our problems, we cannot make any progress, we cannot perform the best we can in this life. Dwell on the promises of God for each day.
20) Trust in the Healing, Life-Giving Power of Jesus Christ.
When we use the term healing, it does not refer only to Christ as power to heal illness and restore someone to health, but it also refers to the way He renew our bodies and strength each day. This is one of God’s promises in His Word. “They who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength.They shall mount up with wings like eagles; They shall run and not be weary; They shall walk and not faint.” (Isaiah 40:31)
21) Be A Living Witness to the Gospel.
Live a life worthy of your calling as heir of the Kingdom of God. As citizens of your country, you are also citizens of God’s heavenly empire, His Kingdom . Live your lives, perform your duty, in a manner that is worthy of the Gospel. Try your best to live a blameless life before God and men. Our first allegiance as Christian is to God and His Kingdom. Put away all forms of unrighteousness from your life for you are Christ’s ambassadors here on earth.
22. Be a man or woman of integrity.
As Christians, we are to live with integrity so that we “may adorn the doctrine of God our Saviour” and make the gospel attractive to the unbelievers, as they see the positive difference it has made in our lives. Let integrity be demonstrated in our public life, professional life, personal life and our private life. A person who is living with integrity in these four areas, has a great testimony and has a great message worthy to be heard. Integrity means that I am the same person no matter who I am with or where I am. Integrity means that I possess honor and decency, That I am faithful in the small things as well as the big things.
23. Carry Your Own Cross.
Jesus says in Luke 9:23
“If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.”
What does it mean to carry our cross? The same thing it meant for Jesus, death. Being dead to the world, and the world being dead to us, mean that we must be willing to die each day to ourselves – our selfish ambitions, our sinful desires, and whatever else which keeps us from following Christ wholeheartedly. We have to die to the world, to sin and to our self that Christ may be glorified in our lives. We must be willing to forsake everything that will destroy our relationship with Christ.
24. Watch out for your Doctrine.
There are so many false teachers that have gone out into all the world. We have to guard our faith and the gospel we received against all erroneous doctrines that have propagated in our time. The first assault is made by those who disttort the message of salvation. A common form of distortion is adding some kind of works system to the finished work of Christ so that the truth of salvation by grace alone and faith alone is obscured. A second major attack on the gospel is made by them who dilute the message of Christ by watering it down. These are the people who never mention sin and the need for repentance in their gospel. We have a responsibility to preserve the purity of the Gospel of Christ
25. Work out your Faith.
As Christians, we are called to “work out” the salvation that God began working in our lives the day He saved us. This working out is actually our sanctification, the ongoing process by which we become more like Jesus Christ because we are sanctified or set apart for Him. God has freely given us everything in Jesus Christ. He gives us the Holy Spirit who indwells and fills us and produces transformation in our hearts and mind. We need to work out what God has worked into us so that we became fully developed followers of Christ..
26. Live out your faith.
It is written in Philippians 2:14
“Do all Things without grumbling or questioning”
Another word for grumbling is murmuring. Another good way to describe it is mumbling. Murmurers and mumblers are people who always seem to be unhappy about something and are always complaining and criticizing. Murmuring is a serious issue. As Christians, we can’t remain on living like this. Murmuring is a display of unbelief against God. God wants us to have a strong faith in Him. Rather than to complain and murmur, God wants us to continue on trusting Him amidst to trying times.
27. Have a Band of Brothers and Sisters.
To have a band of brothers and sisters in the family of faith is vital to our spiritual well-being and our overall health. We must be surrounded by people who add fullness and freshness to our lives. Apostle Paul, the greatest Christian who even lived, sought out relationships and vitally connected brothers and sisters in Christ who served with him. The scripture mentions the blessing of having friend as it is written in Ecclesiastics 4:12, “A threefold cord is not quickly broken.” In Philippians chapter two we can see two members of Paul’s band of brothers who helped him turn the world upside down. Paul joined with Timothy and Epahroditus to form a powerful evangelistic team in Philippi.
28. Be Involved in A Ministry.
One of the fastest ways to find true friends, and spiritual soulmates is to get busy serving and working in your church. When we get side by side serving Christ with others, we see their hearts and draw close to them. This is one way of growing spiritually and socially. It is in the ministry, where we find true and lasting friendships. By being, involved in a ministry our interpersonal skills are furtherly developed. It is also in the ministry where our potentials are maximized for God’s glory.
29. Rejoice In the Lord Always.
Paul says in Philippians 4:4, “Rejoice in the Lord always, Again I will say, Rejoice”.
This is a wonderful exhortation from someone who has found in the Lord Jesus the ultimate joy of his life. Apostle’s ultimate source of joy in his life is Jesus Christ. That’s why in spite of the unfavorable circumstances in his life, he can rejoice. He was free in Christ and full of Christ, and so he could rejoice even in prison. There are good reasons we can rejoice in the Lord. First, God is sovereign over all trials and situations of our lives. He is in control, our lives are no accidents. Secondly, God is working for his glory and our good in every circumstances of life.
As Christians, we are to rejoice in all circumstances, always be reminded of the truth in Romans 8:28.
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
30. Reject the Joy-Killer who want to put us under Bondage.
Apostle Paul warn us of those who would steal our joy by destroying our faith. In Paul’s time, the Judaizers can be considered as joy-killers. These Judaizers are false teachers who distorted the message of the Gospel. They were telling believers that they also need to keep the Law of Moses to be saved. They contradicted the sufficiency of the Work of Christ. In our time, there are plenty of false teachers who teach salvation by works not by grace. We have to reject their teachings.
31. Stop being complacent, Press On.
We need to keep our goals set high. Paul was satisfied with Christ, but he was not satisfied with himself, As he expressed in Philippians, he kept moving forward for the prize of Christ’s approval and the heavenly prize. Just like Apostle Paul we have to press on to know Christ and become like Him. We are to be content in the Lord at the same time we should never be self-satisfied with our present progress in our Christian walk. We have to be constantly moving forward to achieve a heavenly prize. Pressing on in the Christian life means to have the following characteristics: dissatisfaction, desire, direction, determination and discipline.
32. Follow Godly Examples.
Paul says in Philippians 3:17 “Join with others in following my example, brothers and take note of those who live according to the pattern we gave you.”
Christian need a godly example to follow. That person could be a parent, a pastor or other spiritual leader, or a friend. But we have to chose well the people we choose to follow. Every person needs a model, a mentor and a motivator. We need several good and godly examples to follow.
33. Flee From Dangerous Enemies.
We need to flee from the enemies of Christ who assault and attack us in order to lead us astray from following hard after Him. The Bible warns us against corrupting ourselves with bad companions as it is written in I Corinthians 15:33. “Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character.”
34. Learn How to Pray Confidently.
Prayer is to be the pattern and practice of our lives. We are to pray about everything as it says in Ephesians 6:18, “And pray in the spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and request with this mind, be alert and always keep in praying for all the saints.” We are encouraged by the scriptures to come to God continually with our needs. Prayer also involves our personal worship and adoration of God. When we practice God’s presence everyday through prayers, we can overcome well the anxieties each day bring. Prayer indeed is one of the greatest privileges of a Christian in this life.
35.. Stop worrying.
Worry is the enemy of contentment. Worry is not only the contradiction of prayerful trust, but in reality, it is an insult to God’s promise of His abiding peace. Worry is wasteful because it drains you of your strength, destroys your spirit and robs you of the peace. God promised peace to those who rest and trust in Him. Worrying is detrimental to you physically. emotionally and spiritually. Worry implies lack of faith. Worry begins where faith ends. Someone said, “Worry slanders every promise in the Word of God.”
36. Think Differently.
It is written in Philippians 4:8
”Whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, Think about these things.”
If we are going to find peace, we need to eliminate evil thoughts and focus on what is good, wholesome and holy. We have to control our thought path and reject all kinds of negative thoughts in order to live at peace. We are to forsake thoughts and imaginations that do not being glory to God. We are to focus on thinking positive thoughts that will enhance our mood and attitude towards life.
37. Have a regular Time for God’s Word.
If we are going to be successful and prosperous and blessed, we must take time to sit at the feet of Jesus and His Word. We need to give time for regular meditation of the Word of God. The more and more we get the Word of God in us, the more we will be transformed by the renewing of our mind. God’s Word is powerful. It has power to transform our minds and our hearts. When we live the Word of God, your life will be transformed by its truth.
38. Live with a Grateful Heart.
Paul also urges us in Philippians to pray “with thanksgiving” in our heart. We must learn to live with gratitude and contentment. If we are grateful people, we will be joyful always and we will understand that life is a gift from God. Gratitude recognizes that we are dependent upon God as it is written in I Timothy 6:6; “Godliness with contentment is a great gain.”
If we have a grateful heart, the more that we will appreciate and magnify the grace of God in our lives.
39. Learn to be Content.
Paul’s words in Philippians 4:11 is a great exhortation for us: “for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.” The Word of God gives us real secret to life – contentment. For Apostle Paul, learning to be content is one of the greatest lessons he learned in life. Paul loved Jesus more than he loved the comforts of life, and so he learned the lesson of contentment whether he had food or not. Paul’s greatest source of contentment is loving and serving Jesus. He is content in loving Jesus. Finding real contentment is a lifelong learning process. The contentment the scripture speaks of is an attitude of the heart that says, “Thank You, Lord”, whether the food is, a steak or a dried fish.
40. Stand Boldly for Christ.
If we really want to make our life count for Christ, we need to stand boldly for Christ, and make no room for compromise. God wants us to be able to stand boldly for Christ, both in terms of godly living and standing against the enemies of the faith and the perversion of the gospel. You should not make any room for compromise and give the enemy a foothold in your life. Ask God to fill you with the Holy Spirit so that you will receive empowerment for living out the truth of God’s Word.
41. Live Generously.
God designed us to be givers and not just takers. We need to give generously as God floods our lives with blessing, we should keep on giving so that others may experience the blessing as well. God primarily blesses us to be a partaker in the Ministry of giving. You don’t have to be financially well off to be a generous giver. You can give your time, service or talents to enrich other peoples’ lives. Being a partaker of the ministry of giving, will give us much joy and satisfaction in life. What you spend you lose, and what you selfishly save somebody else will get in the future. But what you give to the work of Christ and the proclamation of the Gospel will last forever. I love this famous quotation from missionary Jim Elliot, who gave his life for the Aucas( A latin Amarican tribe)
. “He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot loose.”
Being fit for life primarily involves a strong and powerful relationship with Jesus Christ. No matter has much education you have already achieved in life, no matter how much wealth you have gained, no matter how many talents you have, no matter how many great position you attain, you can never be completely fit for life apart from Christ work of grace in your life. Apart from Christ, it is impossible to be fit for life. You have to develop a vital relationship with Christ to be fit for life. This is the primary key for being spiritually, mentally, emotionally, socially, physically fit for life. Being fit for life is of great importance for only in being fit for life you can find true happiness and true success.