“For bodily exercise profits a little, but godliness is
profitable for all things, having promise of the life
that now is and of that which is to come.”

1 Timothy 4:8, NKJV

It had been a long time between rides. I was so looking forward to the moment that, in my mind, I was already barreling down the bike path. I almost missed him. “You gonna do the beginner path or intermediate?” I turned to see a small elderly man with a stopwatch, and answered, quite smugly, “Oh, I might just go for the advanced.” In a matter of minutes, I discovered that Warren was a personal fitness trainer. More likely than not, it was his comment about my being “soft” that hit my competitive chord and I soon found myself on the pavement at the park giving him fifty (push-ups) to disprove his accusation. But the more I struggled, the greater the reality surfaced that I was not in the kind of shape that could withstand the test.

Our Christian life can be like that morning in the park. We can feel strong in our mind, ready to take on the challenge of a marathon ride. But, when the professional trainer brings a challenge our way, the hideous reality of our inadequacy emerges. When it comes to the spiritual battleground, we can be found “soft.”

In Joshua 24:11, we see Caleb at the age of 85, who had found the key of confidence that caused him to boldly propose a battle for the mountain God promised. Because he knew the depth of God’s sufficiency, he was undaunted by his deficiency. He had developed the muscles of his inner man.

As we spend time with Jesus, our personal trainer, we will be able to take on the challenges of the Warrens of this world, without wavering. We will be fit and ready for the mountains of life.

QUESTION: What mountains are you currently facing? What does God’s Word say concerning your mountains?