Temperance in all things

 

If the athlete has to be self-controlled and temperate in all things (food, sleep, physical training) then even more so should the Christian believer be temperate in all things and keep under, nay mortify, his body of sin (sinful flesh).

 Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain. And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible. I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air: But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway (I Corinthians 9:24-27).

John Gill is good: Commentary (v24)
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Romans 13:14

 But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof. Romans 13:14

The first part of this verse refers to the wonderful imputed righteousness of our Saviour and then John Gill says regarding the second half that it refers to, “The body: not but that due care is to be taken of it, both for food and clothing; and for its health, and the continuance and preservation of it by all lawful methods; but not so as

to fulfil the lusts thereof;
to indulge and gratify them, by luxury and uncleanness: it is a saying of Hillell “he that increases flesh, increases worms”; the sense his commentators  give of it is, that

“he that increases by eating and drinking, until he becomes fat and fleshy, increases for himself worms in the grave:”

the design of the sentence is, that voluptuous men, who care for nothing else but the flesh, should consider, that ere long they will be a repast for worms: we should not provide, or be caterers for the flesh; and, by pampering it, stir up and satisfy its corrupt inclinations and desires.” Solemn warning-JK.

“Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.” Galatians 6:7,8.

Sleep

“He gives his beloved sleep, ” Psalm 127:2.

I just had a great sleep, dreams galore and woke late.

Do you pray for a good sleep? Do you thank the Lord for a good sleep?

Sleep is fascinating. Why must we sleep a large portion of our lives?

Extracts from great website below

Introduction

Sleep is an important part of your daily routine—you spend about one-third of your time doing it.  Quality sleep – and getting enough of it at the right times — is as essential to survival as food and water.  Without sleep you can’t form or maintain the pathways in your brain that let you learn and create new memories, and it’s harder to concentrate and respond quickly.

Sleep is important to a number of brain functions, including how nerve cells (neurons) communicate with each other.  In fact, your brain and body stay remarkably active while you sleep.  Recent findings suggest that sleep plays a housekeeping role that removes toxins in your brain that build up while you are awake. 

Everyone needs sleep, but its biological purpose remains a mystery.  Sleep affects almost every type of tissue and system in the body – from the brain, heart, and lungs to metabolism, immune function, mood, and disease resistance.  Research shows that a chronic lack of sleep, or getting poor quality sleep, increases the risk of disorders including high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, depression, and obesity.

Sleep is a complex and dynamic process that affects how you function in ways scientists are now beginning to understand.  This booklet describes how your need for sleep is regulated and what happens in the brain during sleep.

 

Sleep is either REM (Rapid Eye Movement) or non-REM sleep. You sleep in cycles between the two.

A typical sleep: 

REM sleep is when you dream.

According to the National Sleep Foundation, REM sleep is believed to benefit learning, memory, and mood. It is also thought to contribute to brain development in infants. A lack of REM sleep may have adverse implications for physical and emotional health. It consists 25% of sleep time.

Non-REM sleep (restorative sleep)

Light sleep leads to deeper sleep. Body temperature drops and heart rate slows down. Then the state of deep and restorative sleep known as slow-wave sleep, or delta sleep. The muscles relax, the supply of blood to the muscles increases, and the body repairs and grows tissue. Hormones are released and energy stores are replenished. As people age, they tend to get less NREM sleep. Those under 30 usually experience 2 hours of restorative sleep nightly while older adults may get just 30 minutes.

Thank the Lord for sleep.

Temperance (3)

More quotes from Langerak. “”Keep under means discipline..the intemperate Christian cannot run the Christian race. It is called running because it takes exertion. It is impossible to fulfill our callings apart from temperance. Temperance serves the athlete’s contest. He (Paul) teaches that intemperance is a sin.”

From “Walking in the way of love” by Nathan Langerak.

Available here.

Daily devotions

As a Christian you ought to have daily devotions and have your children do the same. Reading a portion of Scripture and meeting God in prayer are a basic discipline and privilege of being one of God’s children. There are many different Bible Reading plans to get you through the Bible in a year.

Today’s readings for me are especially moving. The story of Ruth and how Boaz took loving pity on her (she gleaned about 22 litres of barley!) and the story of Stephen who gave the Sanhedrin a scriptural history lesson but unlike Peter did not get a repentant response but rather murderous hatred BUT he had the unique and wonderful privilege of seeing his Lord and Saviour in heaven before going to be with him as the first Christian martyr. As my erstwhile pastor used to say, “Once he saw glory he had no desire to remain here!”

Temperance (2)

Temperance is a necessity in the Christian life. It is one of the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22,23). Here are some quotes from “Walking in the way of love” by Nathan Langerak in I Corinthians 9:25-27….”The temperate man keeps his eye on the prize and runs and fights with a purpose. Keeping under the body and bringing the body under subjection are aspects of temperance. His (the athlete’s) appearance in those games (Olympics) is not strictly the product of his superior bodily strength and athleticism–natural giftedness–but is especially due to his temperance. Temperance is inner spiritual strength in the justified believer.” 

Great book! Get it here!

Temptation (13)

John Owen continues: The means of prevention of entering into temptation.

Our Saviour says there are two: “Watch” and “Pray.”

1. To watch is as much as to be on our guard, to take heed, to consider all ways and means as to be on our guard, to take heed, to consider all ways and means whereby an enemy may approach to us: so the apostle, 1 Cor. 16:13…. to “stand fast in the faith,” as good soldiers, to “quit ourselves like men.” , to “take heed,” or look to ourselves, as the same thing is by our
Rev. 3:2. A universal carefulness and diligence, exercising itself in and by all ways and means prescribed by God, over our hearts and ways, the baits and methods of Satan, the occasions and advantages of sin in the world, that we be not entangled, is that which in this word is presseth on us.

2. For the second direction, of prayer, I need not speak to it. The duty and its concernments are known to all. I shall only add, that these two comprise the whole endeavour of faith for the soul’s preservation from temptation. Just be in a prayerful attitude and ready to converse with God all the time-JK