Pay the Price!
The passion of my heart is to see others come into deeply intimate relationship with Jesus, because everything else stems from that relationship. Unfortunately, most Christians go for days or even weeks without spending time in prayer or in the Word. They give time to God IF there's any leftover instead of first place in their lives.
How often do we complain about our weight and fitness level instead of doing what it takes to get fit? We need discipline to do the work necessary for our progress. It only comes by crucifying our flesh by not feeding it the junk it craves, healthy eating and exercise. We look at those who have paid the price for their great bodies and wish we could look the way they do but we are not willing to make the sacrifices to achieve the results. It's the same spiritually. You may see those who walk close to Jesus. They are used by God, walk in His anointing, have faith, peace and hear His voice. You may want what they have without making any effort to draw close to Him. You may even think God loves them more than He loves you because they are happy, blessed and powerfully used by God. He desires to use you too, but you must be willing to get out of your comfort zone and put Him before the desires of your flesh. Increase your time in His presence, take your thoughts captive, learn to focus on Him, worship, study the Word, fast and fully surrender to His will. Your purpose, happiness, peace, sound mind, healing, strength, ability, anointing and deep intimacy is waiting in His presence. Your ministry will then flow from that relationship. Stop complaining and begin to discipline yourself to do what's necessary to achieve the results that will not only impact your life, but it will affect the world around you! 1 Timothy 4:8-10, 16 (TLB) Bodily exercise is all right, but spiritual exercise is much more important and is a tonic for all you do. So, exercise yourself spiritually, and practice being a better Christian because that will help you not only now in this life, but in the next life too. This is the truth, and everyone should accept it. We work hard and suffer much in order that people will believe it, for our hope is in the living God who died for all, and particularly for those who have accepted his salvation. Keep a close watch on all you do and think. Stay true to what is right and God will bless you and use you to help others. 2 Corinthians 10:5 (NLT) We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. Galatians 5:24-25 (NKJV) And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.