7 Bible Verses for Fitness Motivation
God’s word is full of Bible verses for fitness motivation.
Faith and Fitness. You see those words all over my website. It’s at the top of every page. It’s in the name of my facebook group.
A fit life must be built on a foundation of faith.
How do we build that? By applying God’s word to our daily life.
His word is full of truth that we can apply to everything that is going on in our life.
Today I want to look at our fitness and share 7 Bible verses for fitness motivation that I have found helpful to apply to our fit lives.
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“For in Him we live and move and have our being” Acts 17:28
We live and we move and we exist because of Him. He has given us the privilege of a body that lives and breathes and moves about. Let’s celebrate that by moving regularly in whatever way is right for our body.
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us,” Hebrews 12:1
We have a race to run. This verse isn’t telling us to go sign up for a marathon, but it is giving us a visual of our life and how we are to approach it. Just like in a real race we don’t suit up with extra clothes and carry baggage with us, so in life we must get rid of those things that hinder our walk with Him and keep our eyes on Jesus.
And once we’re in the race we’re committed. We must persevere.
To persevere in a race and in life, we need to be both physically and spiritually fit. We want to be able to do all the things He has called us to do.
If you’re new to a workout program, persevere. Use this verse to provide extra motivation to keep going.
“Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize.” 1 Corinthians 9:24
Another race reference.
I will tell you that I haven’t won many races. I’ve won a few age group awards, but still I’m not someone that shows up to a race and people get concerned. Lol! Still, I train and I show up ready to go.
Whatever we are called to do, let us do it with our best. Let us train in godliness to be the best He’s called us to be.
And yes, in our physical endeavors, let us train and stay healthy. We don’t have to work hard for a long time day in and day out, but let’s be intentional with our movement so we can have healthy bodies.
“For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.” 2 Timothy 1:7
When God’s Spirit is living and active in us we have the power to overcome temptation. His Spirit gives us self-discipline. We need that to get up early in the morning when we’d rather sleep in. Self-discipline helps us say “no” to those things that are not beneficial to our bodies. When we are operating with His power, we can make it to the gym after work when everything else in us wants to go home and take a nap.
Use this verse to call on the Holy Spirit’s power in your life.
“I can do all this through him who gives me strength.” Philippians 4:13
Christ within us gives us the strength to do all He’s called us to do – whether it is a long run or an early morning workout. He gives us strength to achieve things we never thought that we could. Keep going and rely on His strength.
“She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks.” Proverbs 31:17
The woman in Proverbs sets a good example for us. She works hard at what she has been called to do. Her work requires physical strength and she is able to do it because she takes care of her body.
Strength training is important for healthy bones and muscles. We can do that by using our own body weight. You don’t have to get a gym membership. Things like squats, push ups, plank, and lunges are great ways to build and strengthen our muscles.
“She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come.” Proverbs 31:25
When we are fit and healthy, we are more confident. We know that we can do whatever it is that God calls us to do.
Please be sure, healthy looks differently on everyone. We’re not going for a magazine cover look or even some of the pictures we see on social media. We just need to be good stewards of the body that God has given each one of us for the age and stage of life that we are at.
When we are keeping our eyes on Jesus and living out these truths in our lives and drawing on His strength, we can look forward with confidence for the days to come. We can know that we will be prepared to do all that He has called us to do. And we can move beyond an obsession with what we see in the mirror or a number on a scale and get on with the important things in life.
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