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Below are some often overlooked steps to fitness from Part 5 of our "Rise!" Series, Greater Fitness...less fascade

1. YAHWEH Rapha – “If you diligently heed the voice of the LORD your God and do what is right in His sight, give ear to His commandments and keep all His statutes, I will put none of the diseases on you which I have brought on the Egyptians. For I am the LORD who heals you.” – Exodus 15:26

2. Praise and Worship – “Rejoice in the LORD, O you righteous! For praise from the upright is beautiful.” – Psalm 33:1

3. The Word – “My son, give attention to my words; incline your ear to my sayings.

Do not let them depart from your eyes; keep them in the midst of your heart; for they are life to those who find them, and health to all their flesh.” - Proverbs 4:20-23

4. The Spirit – “But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.” – Romans 8:11

5. Exercising Godliness

o“For bodily exercise profits a little, but godliness is profitable for all things, having promise of the life that now is and of that which is to come.” – I Timothy 4:8

o“If My people who are called by My name, would humble themselves and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” – II Chronicles 7:14 (significant of the dedication of the temple)

6. A Merry Heart – “A merry heart does good, like medicine, But a broken spirit dries the bones.” – Proverbs 17:22 (never underestimate the power of a good laugh)

7. Revelation (vision) – “Where there is no revelation, the people cast off restraint; but happy is he who keeps the law.” – Proverbs 29:18

8. Forgiveness

o“Bless the Lord O my soul and all that is within me, bless His Holy name. Bless the Lord O my soul and forget not all His benefits, who forgives all your iniquities and heals all your diseases…” – Psalm 13:1-3

o“And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors…For if you forgive men their trespasses, then your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if your do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your heavenly Father forgive your trespasses.” – Matthew 6:12-15

9. Revelation – “Where there is no revelation, people cast off restraint, but happy is the man who keeps the law.” – Proverbs 29:18

10. Fasting – Psalms, Joel, Esther, Jonah, Matthew 17, Acts; standards set in Isaiah 58 and Matthew 6

11. Sabbath – “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the LORD your God. In it you shall do no work: you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates. For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it.” – Exodus 20:8-10 (3 verses here and 180 additional times!)

12. Waiting – “But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength…” Isaiah 40:31

13. The fear of the Lord – “But to you who fear My name the Sun of Righteousness shall arise with healing in His wings; and you shall go out and grow fat like stall-fed calves.” – Malachi 4:2

14. Grace – “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” – II Corinthians 12:9a

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