Fit Camp: Week 4

Life Changers COGIC
Pastors Gerald & Judy Mandrell

Winter Fit Camp 2014
Week 4: “Holding Your Friends Accountable to the Blessing”
By Dr. Asha Fields Brewer

James 5:15-16– And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him. Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.

Psalm 133– Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! It is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron’s beard: that went down to the skirts of his garments; As the dew of Hermon, and as the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion: for there the  Lord  commanded the blessing, even life for evermore.

Accountability & Expectations
Changing your health and fitness habits can be a lonely road, or you can choose to get your friends and family involved.  Even if they do not accompany you to the gym or request your famous vegetable lasagna, they can help keep you accountable to the goals you have set forth.

In James 5, we are instructed regarding two key principles of accountability— confess and pray.  We must first reveal our shortcomings to our friends and loved ones.  This is how they will be sure of what to pray for.  In addition, by telling them our goals, they can help keep us accountable to what we have spoken.  Taking it further, telling them our daily intentions or milestone steps, such as, “I will workout on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays,” “I will trade out a cup of coffee for a cup of water,” “I will only eat dessert on the weekends,” etc., will not only help them keep us accountable to our overall goal, but it will also set their level of expectations for our day-to-day achievements.

In Psalm 133, we are reminded how good it is for brethren to dwell together in unity. What is it to “dwell?” Dwelling is of course to exist, but what do you do when you dwell together?  Do you run? Walk? Swim? Pray? Play? The possibilities are endless.  If you truly want to maintain accountability in your healthy habits, invite your friends to join you.  When you have only yourself to meet, you are more likely to give-in to some lame excuse. However, when someone else is expecting you to show up at the track, or meet them at the smoothie bar, you are less likely to skip, for fear of letting down. The desire to dwell is stronger than the impulse to excuse.

Psalm 133 also tells us about the blessings of getting our friends and family involved in our dwelling space. To dwell together is “good,” and it is likened to the oil that ran down Aaron’s beard to his garment.  Aaron was the high priest of the Israelites.  When God met Moses on Mt. Sinai, He gave specific instructions as to the anointing of the priests with oil. The oil was not to touch the skin of any man, yet whatever touched what the oil had anointed would become holy.  By being connected to you, in your “dwelling,” your friends and family get more than motivation to be healthy, they get more than the chance to hold you accountable to your goals and dreams, they get the opportunity to have “life forevermore,” all because you have exposed them to the oil that is in your life.

Your challenge this week: Tell one friend, family member, or co-worker your weekly workout schedule and invite them to join you.

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