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God’s Reshaping You!

Posted in Spirituality with tags , , , on February 17, 2010 by Corey Turner #ironprophet

This morning in my devotional time, the Holy Spirit spoke into my heart the words, “I am reshaping you.”¬†

My heart resonated with these words as I am going through a sort of metamorphosis¬†spiritually and physically at the moment. In my physical body I have lost over 5 kilos of muscle in the last 8 weeks of my running program. I didn’t need to lose weight but as I am training to set a personal record for 10km this year, I’ve needed to shed some extra kilo’s to get lighter and faster.

As I am changing in the physical, so too God is transforming me in the spiritual. I feel like God is making me leaner, faster and stronger in my spirit-man. My prayer life is stronger than it’s been for a while and God is reworking some of my approach to life and ministry, causing me to scratch my head at times and wonder, “God, what on earth are you doing?” But nevertheless, I have a peace in my heart that this process is very important and what God wants for me.

How about you? What is going on in your spiritual life at the moment and how is it affecting everything else around you? My guess is I am not the only one God is reshaping. I think He is reshaping you as well. The reshaping process is not always easy. It can be downright painful and sometimes very uncertain. It requires you to not lean on your own understanding but to trust in God with all your heart as he refines you until pure gold is revealed.

Don’t check out of the reshaping process too soon and don’t come to conclusions too soon either. Let the process take time or else what will come out may be a little ugly and not what God had in mind. God has to take you through a process because he has a plan for your life. We don’t always understand what God is doing at the time but in hindsight it all makes sense if we stay the course. God’s reshaping you!

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Flesh Under Fire!

Posted in Pop Culture, Spirituality with tags , , , , on November 29, 2009 by Corey Turner #ironprophet

1 Corinthians 9:27 “I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified.”

We are a society of consumers. Our entire Australian society is built around serving the needs, wants and appetites of the consumer. This mindset has brought with it an over indulgence of the flesh. Per capita we are the most obese nation on earth and our medical bills and booming fitness industry is evidence that our over indulgence is having a negative effect on us.

Some people might think health and fitness is not a spiritual matter but it actually is. The Apostle Paul did comment once that bodily training has some value… Paul understood that his flesh, given free reign, could disqualify him from the race of faith. He saw the need to keep it under fire and in check not just for his physical well being but for his spiritual well being as well.

Many moons ago I used to be a personal trainer and run my own business, as well as working in fitness centers throughout Melbourne. As well as this I trained and competed as a track runner and competitive powerlifter among other sports. I have always valued my physical well being, seeing it as a spiritual issue as much as anything else. I actually feel closer to God when I am physically fit and healthy. 

Simone and I work out together on a Saturday morning in our home gym set up in our garage. We have a treadmill, free weights (barbell, dumbbell), chin up and dip bar, bench press, squat rack, swiss ball, skipping rope, step up box, mats and machine weights set up ready for a workout any time. We can be found in the ‘House of Pain’ most early mornings of the week because we see the value of keeping our flesh under fire and not allowing our physical bodies to become a spiritual weakness.

I understand that Paul’s words in Corinthians goes beyond just physical health and fitness to our thought life, words, motivations and actions of our sinful nature but I also see the need for Australians to keep their flesh under fire and take dominion over their physical well being. I want to be fit and healthy for anything that God brings my way to do and I don’t want my body to become the point of weakness in my faith journey.

What about you? I encourage you to get serious about your health and well being. Spend approximately 20-30mins each day working on your health and fitness – walk, run, go to the gym, swim, bike, lift weights, stretch, play a sport… Do something and start to rule your flesh or it will rule you. People who discipline themselves in their physical well being are also able to discipline themselves in other areas of life. It’s a principle that carries through to the spiritual.

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