(Today’s devotion is from Dr. Perry Lassiter.
Bro. Perry was my pastor when I surrendered to the ministry.
This devotion is used by permission.)

I've talked about my regular exercise routine before.
We focused then on the need to get into the habit of physical
exercise AND spiritual exercise through Bible study and prayer.
Now I'd like to carry it a step further.

In the gym, thirty is the magic number.
They want you to do everything 30 times, usually 3 sets of
10 repetitions.
They even have some fascinating weights that get heavier
with each set.
Those 10 pound barbells that went up and down so easily
the first ten times seem much heavier the last five.
But I keep adding weight.

Adding weight builds strength.
Wherever you begin, you don't plan to stay there.

Every couple of weeks, I increase the weight on each barbell
or machine.
Or possibly, I increase the reps or the time.
However I do it, my aim is to gain strength and ability.

"Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker
who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word
of truth."
2 Timothy 2:15 (NKJV)

Light from the Word.

Now let's shift to the spiritual realm.
How do you "load up" on your spiritual exercises?
Here are some suggestions . . . and you'll think of others.
I challenge you to pick one and begin today!

Study a Bible book or topic you've never worked in before.

Buy a new commentary on a Bible book, or perhaps a one
volume commentary on the whole Bible.
Then use it as you read through one book slowly.

Start a journal or diary to write thoughts that come to you while you read, meditate, and pray.

Get out of your comfort zone . . . and undertake something new
that requires faith and perhaps developing new skills.

Visit friends or church members in nursing homes or hospitals.

Get involved in your church's visitation program.

Pray for people you randomly pass on the street or see in stores.

Get the point?
Load up.
Step up.
Strive for a "higher level"!

Love ya!
Bro. Bruce