Strengthening the Core

CORE: the hard or fibrous central part of certain fruits, such as the apple or pear, containing the seeds; the basic or most important part; the essence; a set of subjects or courses that make up a required portion of a curriculum; the central portion of the earth below the mantle, beginning at a depth of about 2,900 kilometers (1,800 miles) and probably consisting of iron and nickel. It is made up of a liquid outer core and a solid inner core; the center of an object.

http://www.thefreedictionary.com/core


Physical Application

Lately I have struggled with back pain. My chiropractor’s diagnosis is a bulging disc. I have recently come to understand my limitations. In other words, I know of a few activities that will almost certainly bring on the the pain. I have posted these before, but it will be good for me to be redundant only just one or four more times. I should not…

  1. Play basketball
  2. Jog
  3. Ride a roller coaster
  4. Participate in Sumo wrestling

I’m sure there are more that will surface as time goes by.

One remedy that my chiropractor suggests is that I should really focus on strengthening my core. My center. My gut. I do not argue with this.

It has been a long time since I consistently did sit-ups or crunches or anything that would put strain on my abdomen. I’m usually pretty good at avoiding situations where I might have to exert pressure upon these muscles. It’s just not a lot of fun for me. I know this needs to change.

Spiritual Application

I think I can also say that my flesh (or “old man” as the Bible puts it) is pretty talented at avoiding core training. So what is at the core of Biblical understanding? I think it would be helpful to review some of them right now before I talk about training in this area. Don’t you? Nod your head, please.

One

God is eternal and sovereign. He has always been, is now, and will always be, and His purposes cannot be thwarted (I rarely use that word).

Two

God is love. His thoughts and actions have love at their core. He only desires the well-being of each of us.

Three

God is perfect and sinless. He never has an impure thought. He is altogether lovely.

Four

We have sinned, or disobeyed God, and are to be held accountable for this. God says that “the soul that sinneth, it shall die”.

Five

God sent His only Son, Jesus, to bear the punishment for our sin. He said, “without the shedding of blood, there is no forgiveness”. While on earth, Jesus Christ died and was miraculously resurrected, and appeared to over five hundred people.

Six

We can receive God’s forgiveness by simply believing this message, known as the Gospel, or “good news”.

Seven

Once we are forgiven, we need to only nurture our relationship with Jesus by avoiding sin. And this is only to maintain what the Bible calls fellowship with God. Sin can no longer send us to hell once we have believed. He obtained “eternal salvation” for us.

So how do I strengthen my understanding of the core? It is by reading God’s word, the Bible, by praying, and by getting together with other believers.

These things need to take greater priority in my life just as physical core training should as well.

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