I regularly “check-in” with God to make sure I’m still walking in the path He has for me. Am I still doing (or moving towards) what He’s called me to do, and how He’s called me to do it? As I’ve gone through my journey, I have seen Him continually refine the “how”, giving me greater clarity and structure for the call He has placed on my life, and never giving or revealing to me more than I can bear in that season.
This leads me to today’s blog post…
I was having another one of those check-in sessions this morning and, once again, Abba brought further clarity to areas that had previously been fuzzy. I began to see the women’s ministry that had begun all those 10+ years ago (but had to quietly simmer in the background whilst He took me through my process). This morning I saw how He desires me to operate in this new season, and how He desires me to structure/establish the business side in preparation for the ministry side that will eventually come. The scripture He gave me for this was 1 Timothy 4:8 (NLT) –
“Physical training is good, but training for godliness is much better, promising benefits in this life and in the life to come.”
It’s funny how Abba has brought me on a 10-year-roundtrip with this, but now with much more experiential knowledge of Him. When God told me to leave university in October 2008 (which I finally obeyed in March 2009), this was one of the first pieces of the puzzle that I had but, of course, I had no idea where it fit into the whole picture of my life. That’s why you just have to endure and continue in obedience, collecting puzzle piece by puzzle piece, until you finally begin to see the whole picture take form and meaning.
So, 1 Timothy 4:8 is the foundation scripture the Lord has given me concerning my call to women. He has called me to help them train themselves physically (which has value for this earthly life), but more importantly, to help them train themselves for godliness (which has eternal benefits).
What I desire to do for the remainder of this blog post is:
- Define Godliness
- Explain how I will help you train spiritually
- Explain how I will help you train physically
- What is Godliness?
Godliness is one of those terms that can at times feel a little vague. In our spirit, we know what it means, but at the same time explaining it can be a little difficult. “Like God,” is often the first definition that we want to give, but then that definition is so vast that it still doesn’t really help us grasps its meaning. To be holy is like God, to be loving or faithful are also like God, so what specifically distinguishes godliness?
Godliness signifies reverence, respect and piety (devotion) towards God. It defines a way of life as opposed to the specific characteristics that make up that life. Righteousness is a gift we receive through salvation; however, godliness is something we must choose; it is a lifestyle that we are responsible for. Godliness is synonymous with obedience.
By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know him, the one who called us to himself by means of his marvellous glory and excellence. (2 Peter 1:3, NLT)
If you are a believer, saved by grace through faith in King Jesus, then you don’t need anything extra to live a godly life because Jesus has already given us everything we need. However, what you do need is to TRAIN yourself to be godly, to train yourself to use this power; the Bible speaks about this over and over. We cannot be spiritually lazy and just expect to know God more, to draw closer to Him or to see His power and perfect will evident in our lives. No, just as Jesus demonstrated, we must learn obedience, we must train ourselves to live a godly life, a life of faith that is pleasing to Him.
Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered; (Hebrews 5:8)
Godliness is not a given. Obedience is not a given. We must learn and train ourselves to live a lifestyle of obedience, a life of godliness.
Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. (2 Timothy 3:5)
If a “form of godliness” denies the power of God, then true godliness, will accept and acknowledge the power of God. It acknowledges that we can live a life of obedience even unto death (just as Jesus demonstrated). It acknowledges that we can choose the will of the Father above our own even if it means sweating blood.
There is only one way to demonstrate our love, our devotion, and our reverence for God and that is through obedience. This is what godliness means; to demonstrate our love through sacrificial devotion.
If you [really] love Me, you will keep (obey) My commands. (John 14:15, AMPC)
- Helping you train for godliness
Now, training for godliness is not easy. Learning obedience is a process that requires suffering. Many people may not like to hear that, but this is the truth that Jesus demonstrated, and He is our model.
Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution. (2 Timothy 3:12)
Not only do we go against the grain of society when we obey God, but we also have to deny our flesh. It’s hard, I’m not going to lie, but that’s why I’m here to help. I know what this journey is about, I’ve been going through this process the past 12 years and I want to share with you what I’ve learned and continue to learn. So, this is “how” I will be here to help you train for godliness:
I will continue to share with you my journey and point to Jesus in doing so. The way Abba has trained me, I am only really allowed to share from experience. If that’s something you believe will encourage and help you, then subscribe/follow me on the platforms above. I believe testimonies are powerful because if He did it for me / through me, He can do it for you too.
And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death. (Revelation 12:11)
- Helping you train for fitness
I believe wholeheartedly in training for godliness, but I also believe in keeping ourselves physically fit. I understand that not everyone is an athlete like myself; however, we can all do something to look after our body. My coaching focus will be geared towards physical activity/exercise as opposed to nutrition, as I am a qualified personal trainer and not a nutritionist (though I will share what I’m led to in this area as nothing can fix a terrible diet); however, my job as Fitness Coach is to inspire and encourage you to move. Physical activity needs to be a part of your lifestyle. We live in an age where everything is at your fingertips and physical activity and exercise are at an all-time low. Just as no amount of exercise can fix a bad diet, there are also benefits that come with physical activity and exercise that you just cannot get from your nutritional intake. You need both! So, this is “how” I will be here to help you train physically:
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Blessings in Christ, always ❤