New to the Faith and Fit 90 Series? Learn more about it HERE and sign-up.
Missed some days of Week 5 Faith and Fit 90 Series? Catch-up, then come back.
Week 5: Working Hard and Working Smart
Today’s Easy Task: Ask yourself how is your heart? Is it free from the love of money? As you pursue riches what’s your motivation? Are you willing to steal, cheat, hurt to get money?
How to complete this task:
- Complete today’s task reading
- Pray today’s prayer
- Read today’s scriptures
- Check your heart as you read 1 Timothy 6:9-11
Today’s Task Reading:
Now that we know what we want in our lives in the next 5 years, we will check our heart and read 1 Timothy 6:9-11 as we work hard. We want to work hard for the right things. Hard work leads to profit and just talk leads to poverty (Proverbs 14:23). So when we are actively participating in the action steps of reaching our goals, we are fulfilling a purpose. To bring our opponents to shame, let our works be good, full of integrity, illustrate dignity and be full of wisdom (Titus 2:7-8).
It’s important to realize that we can’t wait until the conditions are perfect, before we sow our seed. Otherwise we could starve. So if the work we do failed us today, we shouldn’t worry, but just start over the next day. There is a chance that we will succeed that next day and other days in the future as long as we continue to work and not give up.
Yes, the storms will come and it may ruin our seed. We can just build again! Yes, life can be unpredictable like the wind. However, the wind is out of our control so we should just do the best we can and remember that any action is better than no action at all. Remember we need to connect our actions to our goals, because faith without works is dead and dreams without action become nightmares (James 2:14-22).
Ecclesiastes 10:10 says if an axe is dull we would need to exert a lot of strength to cut, but if we are working smart we should make sure that the axe is sharpen.
Today’s Prayer: God, You are victorious. We love You and thankful for You. Let Your glory shine in the heavens and earth. Give us today wisdom, knowledge and strength. Cleanse our heart, continually fill us with Your Spirit, help us put on the whole arm of God. Help us to work hard for the right things. Help us to work with character, model good works, be full of integrity, illustrate dignity and work wisely. Help us to build even when life is unpredictable. Forgive us for when we are disobedient, help us to obey You and follow Your instructions with our whole heart. Help us to forgive others. When our enemies surround us, we will not fear because God You are our protection. You deliver us from evil. God You give us the victory. Your name be lifted up forever. In Jesus Name, Amen.
Today’s Scriptures: 1 Timothy 6:9-11, Proverbs 14:23, Titus 2:7-8, James 2:14-22, Ecclesiastes 10:10
1 Timothy 6:9-11 New King James Version (NKJV)
9 But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and harmful lusts which drown men in destruction and perdition. 10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.
The Good Confession
11 But you, O man of God, flee these things and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, gentleness.
Proverbs 14:23 New King James Version (NKJV)
23 In all labor there is profit,
But [a]idle chatter leads only to poverty.
Proverbs 14:23 Lit. talk of the lips
Titus 2:7-8 New King James Version (NKJV)
7 in all things showing yourself to be a pattern of good works; in doctrine showing integrity, reverence, incorruptibility,[a] 8 sound speech that cannot be condemned, that one who is an opponent may be ashamed, having nothing evil to say of [b]you.
Titus 2:7 NU omits incorruptibility
Titus 2:8 NU, M us
James 2:14-22 New King James Version (NKJV)
Faith Without Works Is Dead
14 What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him? 15 If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, 16 and one of you says to them, “Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,” but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit? 17 Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.
18 But someone will say, “You have faith, and I have works.” Show me your faith without [a]your works, and I will show you my faith by [b]my works. 19 You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe—and tremble! 20 But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is [c]dead? 21 Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered Isaac his son on the altar? 22 Do you see that faith was working together with his works, and by works faith was made [d]perfect?
James 2:18 NU omits your
James 2:18 NU omits my
James 2:20 NU useless
James 2:22 complete
Ecclesiastes 10:10 New King James Version (NKJV)
10 If the ax is dull,
And one does not sharpen the edge,
Then he must use more strength;
But wisdom [a]brings success.
Ecclesiastes 10:10 Lit. is a successful advantageProverbs 13:4 New King James Version (NKJV)
4 The soul of a lazy man desires, and has nothing;
But the soul of the diligent shall be made rich.
Proverbs 10:14 New King James Version (NKJV)
14 Wise people store up knowledge,
But the mouth of the foolish is near destruction.
Luke 16:10 New King James Version (NKJV)
10 He who is faithful in what is least is faithful also in much; and he who is unjust in what is least is unjust also in much.
1 Timothy 5:8 New King James Version (NKJV)
8 But if anyone does not provide for his own, and especially for those of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.
Proverbs 15:22 New King James Version (NKJV)
22 Without counsel, plans go awry,
But in the multitude of counselors they are established.
John 15:7 New King James Version (NKJV)
7 If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you[a] will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.
Footnotes:Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
John 15:7 NU omits you will
Get your notebook or Week 5 of Faith and Fit 90 Series 1: Working Smart and Working Hard Workbook on Amazon to do the following tasks.
We will ask ourselves how is the condition our heart as we pursue health and wealth? Are we okay with deceiving, stealing, cheating, and hurting to reach our health and wealth goals? Please ask yourself what is the condition of your heart as you pursue better health and wealth. Are you okay with deceiving, stealing, cheating, and hurting to reach goals? The condition of my heart as I pursue health and wealth is…
Now let us share with each other the current condition of our heart in my private Facebook group – 4everVernice’s Health and Wealth Accountability Group
The other ways you can share your progress are…
If you have, blog, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, private group, please share them with me. I would love to connect with you as well.
Live Healthier and Wealthier,
Want Week 5 Faith & Fit 90 Series in workbook format? You Can Find It Here: Coming Soon