Archive for December, 2012

My Body

Posted in D. Mann on December 2, 2012 by workoutwarriors

But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway. I Corinthians 9:27

You are a spirit, you have a soul, and you are living in a body.

The Bible says your spirit pulls against your flesh, and your flesh pulls against your spirit. There are things your body wants to do that your spirit knows are not right. The Bible calls that “the lust of the flesh” in Galatians 5:6.

The book of Galatians talks about the works of the flesh and lists all the things of the flesh. Your body will dominate you if it gets a chance. Paul said, “I keep under my body and I bring it under subjection.” In other words, he said, “I master my body. I control it.”

Sometimes your body does not want to go to church. Your body might be saying, “Let’s stay home. I am tired. I don’t feel good.” You have to say, “No, Body, you are going to church. Get up right now!” You need to get your body moving!

There is a pull between the flesh and the spirit. Your spirit desires to seek after God, to walk with God, and to know God.

Confession: I keep my body under and bring it into sub-jection. I am going to church, I am going to read my Bible, and I am going to pray!


Love Everyone Differently

Posted in D. Mann on December 2, 2012 by workoutwarriors

The Bible says that we are fearfully and wonderfully made. God spent time and exercised His creativity with each of us, so it would stand to reason that He didn’t create us all exactly the same, wouldn’t it?

Unfortunately, we Christians sometimes try to love others as if they are all the same.

You’ll find that not all people need the same thing from you. One of your children, for example, may need more of your personal time than another does. One friend may need more encouragement on a regular basis than another. Some people just need different forms of love.

Respecting individual rights is also very important. Selfish people expect everyone to be like they are, but love respects the differences in people. If God had wanted all of us to be alike, He would not have given each of us a different set of fingerprints. I believe that fact alone proves we are created equal but different.

We all have different gifts and talents, different likes and dislikes, different goals in life and different motivations. A loving person respects and encourages the differences in others.

Prayer Starter: God, help me to appreciate the differences in others and then love them accordingly. We are all fearfully and wonderfully made. Thank You for the amazing creation of each individual You have placed in my life.

Caught Up

Posted in D. Mann on December 2, 2012 by workoutwarriors

After saying this, he was taken up into a cloud while they were watching, and they could no longer see him. –  (Acts 1:9)

In Scripture, we find a number of examples of people who were suddenly caught up into heaven.

One was Enoch, who was suddenly taken to heaven. Hebrews 11:5 tells us, “It was by faith that Enoch was taken up to heaven without dying—‘he disappeared, because God took him.’ For before he was taken up, he was known as a person who pleased God.”

Apparently, Enoch and the Lord would frequently take walks together. And one day, the Lord may have said, “You know, Enoch, today we are a little closer to My house than yours. Why don’t you come home with Me?” So Enoch woke up on one shore and went to bed on another. He went right into God’s presence—caught up to meet the Lord.

Then there is Elijah, the wonder-working prophet who did not die a natural death, but was caught up suddenly to heaven. The Bible tells us that he and Elisha, who was to carry his ministry on, were walking together when suddenly there was a chariot of fire, drawn by horses of fire. It drove between the two of them, and Elijah was carried by a whirlwind into heaven (see 2 Kings 2:11).

In the New Testament, Philip wasn’t caught up to heaven, but he was suddenly relocated. After he preached the gospel to a man from Ethiopia, Philip baptized him. Then we read, “When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord snatched Philip away. . . . Philip found himself farther north at the town of Azotus (Acts 8:39–40).

Then there is Jesus Himself, who was taken up into a cloud as His disciples watched (see Acts 1:9).

One day you will have your own appointment with God when life as you know it will end, and you will enter into eternity. Will you be ready?


Posted in D. Mann on December 2, 2012 by workoutwarriors

Triumph is also about having strong marriages and families.

Marriage was God’s idea. There’s a lot of talk in our culture today about marriage being “only a piece of paper” or a “man-made institution” but that’s not what Jesus said. God created the institution of marriage, which means two things…

First, marriage is sacred. It’s not something that can be defined by man, politicians or governments. Marriage is defined by God –a husband is to love and cherish his wife, and a wife is to honor and support her husband.

Second, marriage was designed to be good. Remember when God created the world? After creating man and woman and instituting marriage, God said, “It is good” (Genesis 1:31). Do you know what that means? It means that marriage wasn’t designed to be bad. It wasn’t designed to be hurtful or constricting. It was (and is!) a good thing…when done God’s way.

Husbands…if you don’t treat your marriage the way God intended, it won’t be a good thing. You can’t not love and cherish your wife and still expect to have a strong marriage. Wives, you can’t not honor and support your husbands and still expect to have a fulfilling marriage.

Sometimes we get this backwards. We look at our spouse and thing, “If he would love me, I would honor him,” or, “If she would support me, I would cherish her.” But that’s what marriage is all about. Marriage is about going first. Be the first person to encourage, instead of waiting to be encouraged. Be the first person to forgive, instead of waiting for an apology. What you sow into your marriage, you’ll reap.

Dont Stress

Posted in D. Mann on December 2, 2012 by workoutwarriors

“…And your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.” – Ephesians 6:15

Feelings of stress are caused by the body’s instinct to defend itself. This instinct is good in emergencies, such as getting out of the way of a speeding car. But stress can cause unhealthy physical symptoms if it goes on for too long, such as in response to life’s daily challenges and changes. Dr. Joel Elkes said, “Our mode of life – the way we live – is emerging as today’s main cause of illness.” The American Academy of Family Physicians says that two-thirds of all visits to doctors are stress related, and that stress is now known as the major contributor to heart disease, cancer, accidental injuries, and suicide.”

People attend stress seminars and devour books on stress. Sometimes they find that just focusing on it makes them more uptight. But, let’s face it – stress and pressure are a part of life.

Even Jesus Christ promised us that we’ll all face it. He said, “In this world you’ll face much tribulation.” Tribulation also means pressure. He goes on to say, “…but take heart. I have overcome the world.” Jesus does not promise us freedom from pressure, but He does promise us peace amidst the stress. Inner peace is a by-product of knowing Christ as Savior and Lord. The good news is, it’s available to all who trust in Him.

Yes, pressure is a part of life, but Christ gives us peace amidst the pressure.

Commit Your Way

Posted in D. Mann on December 2, 2012 by workoutwarriors

Commit your way to the Lord; Trust also in Him, and he shall bring it to pass.

Psalm 37:5 (NKJV)

The kingdom of God doesn’t function in the realm of logic. It functions in the realm of faith. Sometimes people refer to their problems as the “real world”, as if to say that God and the Bible are great for church on Sunday, or in heaven for those who have died, but it’s not much good in the here and now. Those who are living with this mindset have lost the spirit of triumph.

Psalm 37:5 states that we are to “commit” to the Lord’s way. What good is a commitment if it’s good as long as things are easy? It’s when things are tough that commitment is of the most value.

A man was in a hardware store looking at plants to buy. He was concerned about spending so much money on something that may not grow well in his yard. He decided to ask one of the employees if their plants came with a guarantee. The employee told him that they did, so the man decided to buy them. While waiting in line at the cash register, he decided to read the “fine print” of the guarantee. He was shocked to see that it simply said, “Our plants are guaranteed to grow, or die trying.”

Is that the kind of commitment we have for the Lord? The kind that says, “Lord, I’m committed until I can’t be,” or, “I’m committed until something else comes up.” If we want to triumph in life, if we want to see God bring to pass what He’s promised in our lives, we must commit our ways to Him when things are easy and when they’re hard. Daron

Deceit Brought Death

Posted in D. Mann on December 2, 2012 by workoutwarriors

Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost?

Acts 5:3

Scripture shows the pattern by which Satan brings destruction to the lives of those who listen to his evil thoughts. Acts 4 and 5 tells about a season in the church at Jerusalem when the Holy Spirit moved some of the believers to sell their lands and houses and give the proceeds to the ministry of the church. Ananias and Sapphira sold some property but decided to lie about the price and keep some of the money for themselves. God revealed to Peter that Ananias had lied, and Peter recognized that Satan was behind the lie. The deceit began with a thought that Satan dropped in the hearts of Ananias and Sapphira. Listening to Satan cost them their lives.