Coach T discusses Belief In The GYM and how what we Believe is only part of the fitness equation. (Time: Less than 4 minutes)
Minister Fitness in The GYM with Coach T (Rev. Taurus M. James)
What you BELIEVE In The GYM is only part of the equation.
Video: BELIEF In The GYM
Today, I want to talk to you about: BELIEF in The GYM.
When I go to the YMCA to do my physical workout, one of the things that I practice going into the workout with the belief that I can press a particular amount of weight for a specific muscle group that I'm working out.
For example, when I go to do a bench press of 225 lbs, as a medium-frame person who is really just starting out, what I'm doing is I'm stretching myself to try to press 225 for at least five reps and trying to get a 6th rep. So, what I'll do is start out with the belief that I can get seven (7) repq. Now, stop right there.
When you're in the gym, the physical gym, that belief only goes so far.
I want you to get the picture of me just standing in the gym with the belief that I can lift 225 lbs, 7 times. I'm standing in the gym...I believe I can get 225 lbs, 7 times...and I'm just standing there. I believe...but I'm just standing there. I believe...I'm still standing there.
As odd as it may seem, that's exactly what it's like within The GYM. In the context of God You and the Mission, your belief only goes so far.
So, it's not until I get on the bench and I actually take that bar with 225 lbs off of its rack, that I start to exercise what I believe. I push out one rep, two reps, 3 reps...I get all the way up to 5 reps. Now I'm really pressing. The 6th rep is really really tough, but the 7th rep...Now, I am struggling to get the 7th rep up off me!
I believed that I could do it. Now, I'm exercising what I said I believed.
It's the same thing in The GYM. In the context of God You and the Mission, what we say we believe is only part of the equation.
If you think about what James says, he says "faith without works is dead."
New International Version (NIV)
20 You foolish person, do you want evidence that faith without deeds is useless[a]?
a - James 2:20 Some early manuscripts dead
All I'm doing is telling you that in The GYM - just like you have those weights that are all around you in the physical gym you, can say that you "believe" all day, but if you never act upon what you say you believe, what you are saying doesn't even matter.
That's what I want you to think about today - your Belief in The GYM.
In the context of God You and the Mission. what are you saying that you believe? What do you believe?
And then I want you to demonstrate what you believe. Exercise what you believe!
Keep in mind, we show What We Believe by what we do. This is how we exercise in The GYM.
If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, leave them right here at MinisterFitness.com.
Grace and Peace! Take care of yourself until next time.
A quick lookup using Google provided the following:
1. accept (something) as true; feel sure of the truth of.
"the superintendent believed Lancaster's story"
synonyms: be convinced by, trust, have confidence in, consider honest, consider truthful
2. hold (something) as an opinion; think or suppose.
"I believe we've already met"
synonyms: think, be of the opinion that, have an idea that, imagine, suspect, suppose, assume, presume, take it, conjecture, surmise, conclude, deduce, understand, be given to understand, gather, fancy, guess, dare say;
Belief, Alone, Is Not Enough
It is easy to find inspiring images on the Internet with the message, "Believe." - as if that is all there is to it.
Don't get me wrong. It is good to believe, especially In The GYM.
The truth is, In The GYM - God You Mission - BELIEF, alone, is not enough.
Think about this: You can stand in a gym or weight room all day, saying that you BELIEVE you can lift 225 pounds. It does not matter until you take hold of the weight and attempt to lift it.
EXERCISE Your Faith
ACTION shows what you BELIEVE.
We show what we believe by what we do.
This is how we EXERCISE In The GYM.
You are Always in The GYM.
Are You FIT?
To be fit is to be of a suitable quality, standard, or type to meet the required purpose. It is not enough to say that you are fit. It is not enough to appear to be fit.
Fitness requires Faithful action.
Fitness requires Intentional action.
Fitness requires that you remain Teachable.
Are you fit?
This is a question I continue to ask myself. I never really feel like I am fit to be a minister for Christ, but I continue to trust that He is making me what He wants me to be. Nevertheless, I use this question to examine myself periodically going to God and asking Him if I am fit for His purpose
Minister Fitness in The GYM with Coach T (Taurus M. James)
Always In The GYM with Coach T aka Rev. Taurus M. James
Video recorded: 11/22/2015 11:57 AM EST
1. Which points did you find most impactful? Why?
2. What did the Lord reveal to you through this message? (Did you gain a specific insight into your life or ministry? What challenged you? Were you convicted of sin?)
3. How were you encouraged through this message? How can you use what you've learned to encourage someone else—in your personal life, at work, or at church—and equip them as a disciple of Christ?
4. How, practically, can you implement what you heard from this message in your life and/or ministry today? What will you do differently this week because of what you've just heard?
5. If you're struggling with your physical health, take the initial step of going to the doctor for a check up. Find a member of your church who loves working out and partner up with them—go on a run, bike ride, or weight train together. Allow exercise to be a method of discipleship.