Blessed Are The Poor In Spirit
I Timothy 4:8
"For while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come."
Some people, with the purpose of losing weight and getting in shape, go to a gym, work out at home, go on a diet, and do all sorts of things. Some others take it a little further by spending hours at the gym. They constantly work out and they follow a very strict diet.
The Bible is not condemning physical exercise nor is it saying it is wrong, but it is teaching us the abuse of spending hours at the gym or at home or anywhere else when we should be putting our priority on our spiritual life, our relationship with the Lord and being strong in the spirit.
Samson was the strongest man that ever lived on earth. There was no doubt to his strength and God blessed him with a unique with the purpose to deliver and protect His people Israel. Three times he was able to escape from the hands of the Philistines, but on the fourth one he realized that the Lord had departed from him. What a waste of potential, what a waste of life and what a sad story. Although Samson was a very strong man, physically speaking, he was weak as a twig spiritually.
As Christians we need to keep our priorities straight and realize that if we want to have victory over the flesh, the world and the devil, we ought to be constantly feeding ourselves with the Word of God, not only in the Eucharist, not only in hearing the Church as she speaks the Word, but also in the reading and meditating on the written Word of God. It is in these things that we find grace and spiritual strength
Are you spiritually strong?