Fit Camp: Week 3
Life Changers COGIC
Pastors Gerald & Judy Mandrell
Winter Fit Camp 2014
Week 3: “Fueling My Faith”
By Dr. Asha Fields Brewer
John 6:5-14 KJV- Jesus Feeds the Multitude
5 When Jesus then lifted up his eyes, and saw a great company come unto him, he saith unto Philip, Whence shall we buy bread, that these may eat?
6 And this he said to prove him: for he himself knew what he would do.
7 Philip answered him, Two hundred pennyworth of bread is not sufficient for them, that every one of them may take a little.
8 One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, saith unto him,
9 There is a lad here, which hath five barley loaves, and two small fishes: but what are they among so many?
10 And Jesus said, Make the men sit down. Now there was much grass in the place. So the men sat down, in number about five thousand.
11 And Jesus took the loaves; and when he had given thanks, he distributed to the disciples, and the disciples to them that were set down; and likewise of the fishes as much as they would.
12 When they were filled, he said unto his disciples, Gather up the fragments that remain, that nothing be lost.
13 Therefore they gathered them together, and filled twelve baskets with the fragments of the five barley loaves, which remained over and above unto them that had eaten.
14 Then those men, when they had seen the miracle that Jesus did, said, This is of a truth that prophet that should come into the world.
Consider how you feel when you are hungry. Many of us get cranky, moody, irritable, restless, distracted, and more. How does this affect our attitude towards others? How does this affect our ability to function? Most importantly, how does this affect our testimony?
The boy in the Scripture planned ahead and came prepared. Whether he packed his snack or someone else packed it for him, being prepared qualified him to become an integral part of a miracle. What miracles are you missing out on simply because you are not prepared?
Hunger can be avoided if we take time to plan ahead. Last week we focused on inventorying our time. This week, look at the time you spent last week, and select a day where you can plan your meals, grocery shop for your meals, and prepare your meals as well. Here are some tips to get you started:
*Instead of packing your dinner in one large container, pack it in smaller containers. This way you can grab individual meals and go, or you know you have a meal ready to just pop in the microwave as soon as you get home.
*Pack your salads for the week. Just put all your salad items in a mason jar without the dressing. This will keep them from wilting.
*Pack multiple snack packs, and keep them at work and at home. This will hold you over between meals, between meetings, etc., so you are not as tempted to go through the drive-thru.
*What are some other tips you can think of?
We are a living testimony 24/7. It would be a shame for one rude comment, one ill-focused day, one snide remark to taint this testimony, simply because we are hungry. We must plan and be prepared, so we can effectively fuel our faith.
If you are eating out (because you planned to we’ll presume :)), here are some tips from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics at www.eatright.org:
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