Daily Devotional

January 8, 2020

Strength to Lift a Tank

James 1:22
But don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves.


Written by: Kyle Stanforth

I once had a friend whose workout goal was to “lift a tank” by the end of the year. Tanks weigh about 65 tons. That is 130,000 pounds! How did he do it? A steady habit of diet and exercise. By the way, he didn’t lift it all at once. Whatever he lifted during the day he would subtract from the total. If he lifted 100 pounds 3 times, he would subtract 300 pounds from the total. When he did four 25-pound curls, that would add another hundred. Then after many workouts throughout the year, he had lifted a tank.

In the next few weeks we will be talking about being ready to fight and being strong enough to do battle. Much like my workout friend, I don’t think strength is always measured in a single event. Often it comes from consistent diet and exercise. We should be regularly feeding ourselves with a steady diet of God’s word and then exercising by applying what we have learned.

A common Bible study method asks you two questions after you have read a passage. The first question is, “What did this passage mean?” This question dives into what is going on in the passage. This allows you to dive into the history, what was going on at the time and also what was exactly being said. The second question is “How does this apply to me?” or “What should I do about this?” We don’t study the Bible just to gain knowledge. We study to gain knowledge, so we know how to live our lives in light of what we’ve learned.

In the passage from James, he asked us not to just consume knowledge (diet), but also be “doers” (exercise). Both are very important and if done consistently, it will make us strong for the fight ahead.

WTD-Devotional1.8Thought of the day: A personal fitness trainer always uses a diet and exercise plan. They don’t just “wing it.” If you read these devotionals daily, you already spend some time of each day to reflect on God and His word. If you don’t read the devotionals daily, start this new habit today.

Prayer: God, I thank You for Your Word. It is alive and it is truth. I pray for a clear understanding of Your truth and what You may have me do. I pray for wisdom and discernment in understanding Your word and courage to do what You have asked me to do. Amen.

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