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Are You Fit?

Today people are crazy about fitness Today weíre going to take part in an interesting discussion on fitness. What are some things people do to have healthy and fit bodies? Letís go around and share. ( jogging, exercise, good food, diet control tonics, medicines, etc.,) One of the necessities for a healthy body is definitely, good nutritious food.

We all love to have food, donít we? Is there someone here who does not eat, totally hates food? No!

Today we are going to talk about some special food! That sounds tasty, doesnít it?. Letís go around and share about what is the best food weíve ever eaten. [SHARE]

We all remember that good food we ate. We need food to keep us strong spiritually too.

Have you heard of any food or some miracle medicine, which can stop death, prevent aging, etc.?

If any of you do, please share.

Letís look into the Bible and find out about the food that keeps us spiritually fit.

1. Food that makes you live forever

John 6:48-58
48 I am the bread of life.
49 Your forefathers ate the manna in the desert, yet they died.
50 But here is the bread that comes down from heaven, which a man may eat and not die.
51 I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. This bread is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world."
52 Then the Jews began to argue sharply among themselves, "How can this man give us his flesh to eat?"
53 Jesus said to them, "I tell you the truth, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you.
54 Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.
55 For my flesh is real food and my blood is real drink.
56 Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me, and I in him.
57 Just as the living Father sent me and I live because of the Father, so the one who feeds on me will live because of me.
58 This is the bread that came down from heaven. Your forefathers ate manna and died, but he who feeds on this bread will live forever."

Jesus says that he is the bread that came down from heaven and anyone who eats of it shall never die. What does that mean? Does anyone want to explain?

What does it mean to eat Jesusí flesh and drink his blood?

John 1:1,14
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

From this we can understand that the everlasting food is the word of God. There could be no better food than something, which could give you eternal life!

Now think of the nutritious food that you ate two months back. Can that food keeps you fit today without any more intake after that time? You need constant intake. Obviously thatís why we keep on eating 3 times a day every day!

Similarly we need to read the Bible every day to keep us fit spiritually.

When we are aware of fitness we do regular check-ups to detect diseases and keep them away!

What are some diseases from which people suffer today? Letís share. (Cancer, aids, typhoid, tuberculosis, etc.,)

Suppose we went to the doctor and found out that we have developed a cancerous growth inside our body what would we do?

We would get the doctor to operate on us and cut away the cancerous flesh, and undergo all the necessary medication to get healed. Let us see what gives us spiritual healing?

2. Medicine that heals you

Psalm 107:20
He sent forth his word and healed them; he rescued them from the grave.

Hebrews 4:12
For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.

If we allow Godís words to enter our hearts, it can cut away our sins which cause spiritual cancer.

Share: What are the sins people usually do? (Pride, selfishness, drinking, smoking, loose living)

When the doctorís knife cuts our body for an operation, it is painful.

Similarly, it is painful for us to cut away the sins in our hearts but it brings healing.

It is also said that Ďprevention is better than cureí

Psalm 119:11
I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.

Letís hide Godís word in our hearts so that we may not sin against God and be destroyed spiritually.

Suppose we eat all the good food you get, and you do not exercise, what happens?

You become flabby and unfit. We need exercise.

3. Exercise that tones you.

James 1:22-25
22 Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.
23 Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror
24 and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like.
25 But the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it--he will be blessed in what he does.

When you eat the word of God you also need to practice it. Is exercise easy? No.

Exercising the word of God is not easy too.

Share about things in the Bible which people find difficult to practice? (Not lying, not being immoral, donít borrow, loving others like Jesus loves us etc)

1 Corinthians 9:24-25
24 Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize.
25 Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever.

An athlete has to keep running till the end of the race to win the prize.

If he gets tired and stops running half way through, he never wins the prize.

Similarly, we have to keep on practicing the Bible till the end of our lives to win the eternal crown and enter heaven.

So let us start practicing the word from today.

Let us make sure that we are spiritually fit.