Train Yourself

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Life - 1 Timothy 4:7-8 - Train Yourself - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Life – 1 Timothy 4:7-8 – Train Yourself – Growing As Disciples

Have nothing to do with godless myths and old wives’ tales; rather, train yourself to be godly. For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come. 1 Timothy 4:7-8 (NIV)

In Training

What do you think it would require for someone to train to become an Olympic athlete? I’m sure that it would take their all out, fully committed efforts to become an Olympic athlete. Give me some examples. They would need to devote their entire life to their goal. So, that would require rigorous physical training every day. Their diet would be limited to only what would be healthy for the care and maintenance of their body. No junk food would go into their mouth that’s for sure. They would also need to make absolutely sure that they were receiving the optimal amount of sleep and rest. Beyond that they would never stop studying how they might gain an advantage in both their training and actual competition. Then they would compete regularly against the best competition in the world so that they would continually be pushed to their limits. After all these fully devoted efforts they might reach their goal of being an Olympic athlete. You have a good grasp of what it would cost to be an Olympic athlete.

Of how much value do you think it might be to be an Olympic athlete? It would certainly be of value to be in great shape physically. I know that you want me to take care of my body. Yes, I do. Being an Olympic athlete might give someone a platform from which they could do great work in society. Yes, it might. Good health might help someone to be able to energetically serve you for a longer period of time. That’s also true. But at the end of a life how much value will there be in physical training? At the end of life there will be no value in physical training. Physical training adds value only in this life. Yes, that’s right.

What kind of training holds value in this life and for all eternity? Training in godliness holds value both now and forever. Yes, it does. Are you training in godliness? Yes, I am. As I meet with you daily in your word I am in training. As we talk together in prayer I am in training. As I follow, obey and serve you I am in training. As I worship you, together in the body of believers I am in training. As I live as your witness in the world I am in training. Yes, you are. What do you hope will be the end result of all your training in godliness? I want to know and love you well. I want to be changed by being in your presence. I want you to mold and shape my life according to your purposes and plans. I want to be the person you want me to be. I want to live the life you have given me to live. I want to have done what you have asked me to do. I want to bear an abundance of fruit for your kingdom and your glory. These are all very good desires. As you are in training with me do you believe that I will accomplish all of these things in and through your life? Yes, I do without a doubt. You are right.

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Life – 1 Timothy 4-7-8 – Train Yourself – 4 Page Discipleship Devotional Study Guide

Lord, help me to be diligent, devoted and committed to growing in my relationship with you. I want to know you. I want to be changed by you. I want my life to be molded and shaped by you. I want to love, follow and serve you well. Amen

Key Question… What patterns, practices, and habits in your life are helping you to grow as a follower of Jesus Christ?

Living It Out…  Be diligent, devoted and committed to spending time and effort daily to grow in your relationship with Jesus Christ.

Seeing It Happen…  Have faith that whatever time and effort you commit to growing in your relationship with the Lord will not be wasted.

Get Ready To Share…  Share with another person or your small group how you are vibrantly growing in your relationship with Jesus Christ.

Prayer To Bless Others…  May you be diligent, committed and devoted to your training in godliness as a follower of Jesus Christ.

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Rather Train Yourself To Be Godly

The Virtuous Life - Day 204 - 1 Timothy 4-7-8 - Rather Train Yourself To Be Godly - Growing As Disciples

The Virtuous Life – Day 204 – 1 Timothy 4-7-8 – Rather Train Yourself To Be Godly – Growing As Disciples

Have nothing to do with godless myths and old wives’ tales; rather, train yourself to be godly.  For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come. 1 Timothy 4:7-8 (NIV)

Training

Here I am reporting for training. Tell me what you have in mind. I want to enter training with you. I want to draw near to you. I want to enter your presence. I want to live and walk in an intimate relationship with you. I want you to mold and shape me into the person you have called me to be. I want to live the life you have given me to live. I want to live a goldy life that is pleasing to you. I want to go where you guide me. I want to do what you ask of me. So, your training will not be a lot of self-effort on your part? My training will require a lot of effort, but it will not be self-generated. My training will consist largely of my submitting myself to you. I am not the coach. I am not the trainer. You are both my trainer and coach. That is a good acknowledge on your part. My training will consist largely of coming to you. How will you come to me? I will come to you in prayer. I will come to you in worship. I will come you by meeting with you in your word. I will come to you in fellowship in your body of believers. I will come to you in service. In all these arenas you will train me, of that I have no doubt. That is very good.

How committed are you to enter in training? What kind of effort can I expect from you? I am all in. I will go all out. I am not entering into training lightly. I am not in this for the short term. This is not a sprint. I am in this for the long haul. This is more like a marathon. I will run on the course that you lay out for me. I will not run ahead of you or lag behind you. My heart and mind and life will be sharply focused on you. With your help, I will run fast and finish strong. With your help, I will complete the course you have laid out for me. Yes, you will. Yes, I will help you to run fast and finish strong. You will complete the course I have laid out for you as you remain in my training. Thank you, Lord.

Lord, I will enter spiritual training with you. I will allow you to train me so I will be able to live a godly life. Teach me. Train me. Guide me. I want to live a life that bears abundant fruit for your kingdom and brings glory to your name. Use me for your purposes. Amen

Key Question…  May you train yourself to live a godly life.

Living It Out…  Enter spiritual training with the Lord so you will be able live a godly life.

Seeing It Happen…  Have faith that the Lord will train you spiritually so you will be able to live a godly life.

Get Ready To Share…  Share with another person or your small group elements of your spiritual training in godliness.

Prayer To Bless Others…  May you train yourself to live a godly life.

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Train Yourself

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Becoming Like Christ - Day 143 - 1 Timothy 4:7-8- Train Yourself - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ – Day 143 – 1 Timothy 4:7-8 – Train Yourself – Growing As Disciples

Have nothing to do with godless myths and old wives’ tales; rather, train yourself to be godly. For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come. 1 Timothy 4:7-8 (NIV)

Training

What are important elements of training? I’m not sure what you are asking of me. Think of physical training for a moment. What would be desirable elements of physical training? It would be important to develop a plan and consistently follow that plan. A hit or miss approach to physical training would not be good. Why is that? I would not receive much benefit from hit and miss training that was not consistent. To benefit from physical training, it would be very important to continue with it day in and day out. What else? Physical training, to be most effective would need to consider a variety of related elements. Such as? Diet and rest are a very important aspect of physical training. For my body to receive the greatest benefit I would need to develop a rhythm of exercise and rest along with a proper diet to feed my body. That’s true. I want you to engage in this kind of training for your body. Why is that? For you to be most vibrant, healthy and alive you will need to take care of your body. I understand.

But it is far more important that you take care of your spiritual life. It is of some value for you to engage in consistent physical training. It is of far more benefit for you to engage in spiritual training. Why is that? Do you want to live a godly life? Do you want to become more like me? Do you want to think godly thoughts, speak godly words and do godly deeds? Yes, I do, without a doubt. Then you must enter into spiritual training. How will I do that? You tell me. I will make a plan to meet with you every day in your word. I will make a plan every day to meet with you in prayer. I will put your word into practice. I will listen to your voice. I will go where you guide me. I will do what you ask of me. I will allow you to work in and through my life. I will continually be at your service. Does that sound like a plan? Yes, it does.

There is one thing you should know about having a plan. I think I know what you are going to say. What’s that? A plan is only good if it is followed day in and day out on a consistent ongoing basis. I must not grow weary. I must not become impatient. I must not give up. I may be the last one to notice my own progress. But you will help me every step of the way as I continue to follow and serve you. You will keep me going. You will help me to be strong. You will make me to be like you in all that I think, say and do. Yes, I will. 

Lord, I will engage in physical training to keep my body healthy. But far more importantly I will engage in daily and ongoing spiritual training so I can become more like you. Make me to be like you in all that I think, say and do, so I will bring glory to your name. Amen

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