"What sort of predicament are we in that we should require the crucifixion of the Son of God?" - Fleming Rutledge

John 8:34 NIV
34 Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, everyone who sins is a slave to sin.

Romans 3:9 NIV

9 What shall we conclude then? Do we have any advantage? Not at all! For we have already made the charge that Jews and Gentiles alike are all under the power of sin.

The weight of sin is so great within us, that we need a greater force from another realm to invade us and break its power.

Galatians 3:1 NIV
You foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you? Before your very eyes Jesus Christ was clearly portrayed as crucified.

Galatians 3:10 NIV

10 For all who rely on the works of the law are under a curse, as it is written: “Cursed is everyone who does not continue to do everything written in the Book of the Law.”

Galatians 3:11-12 NIV

11 Clearly no one who relies on the law is justified before God, because “the righteous will live by faith.” 12 The law is not based on faith; on the contrary, it says, “The person who does these things will live by them.”

Galatians 3:13 NIV

13 Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: “Cursed is everyone who is hung on a pole.”

Deuteronomy 21:22-23 NIV

22 If someone guilty of a capital offense is put to death and their body is exposed on a pole, 23 you must not leave the body hanging on the pole overnight. Be sure to bury it that same day, because anyone who is hung on a pole is under God’s curse. You must not desecrate the land the Lord your God is giving you as an inheritance.

At the cross Jesus took the place of everyone: good, bad and ugly.

Galatians 3:14 NIV
14 He redeemed us in order that the blessing given to Abraham might come to the Gentiles through Christ Jesus, so that by faith we might receive the promise of the Spirit.

Not the labors of my hands,
Can fulfill thy law's demands;
Could my zeal no respite know,
Could my tears forever flow,
All for sin could not atone;
Thou must save, and thou alone.
- Rock of Ages, Cleft for Me


1 Corinthians 9:25 NIV

25 Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever.

Isaiah 55:6-7 NIV

6 Seek the Lord while he may be found;call on him while he is near. 7 Let the wicked forsake their waysand the unrighteous their thoughts.Let them turn to the Lord, and he will have mercy on them,and to our God, for he will freely pardon.

Isaiah 55:8-9 NIV

8 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts,neither are your ways my ways,”declares the Lord. 9 “As the heavens are higher than the earth,so are my ways higher than your waysand my thoughts than your thoughts.

Isaiah 55:10-11 NIV

10 As the rain and the snowcome down from heaven,and do not return to itwithout watering the earthand making it bud and flourish,so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, 11 so is my word that goes out from my mouth:It will not return to me empty,but will accomplish what I desireand achieve the purpose for which I sent it.


Beliefs = Thoughts = Feelings = Actions

Isaiah 55:12-13 NIV

12 You will go out in joyand be led forth in peace;the mountains and hillswill burst into song before you,and all the trees of the fieldwill clap their hands. 13 Instead of the thornbush will grow the juniper,and instead of briers the myrtle will grow.This will be for the Lord’s renown,for an everlasting sign,that will endure forever.”

Read 1 Corinthians 9:24-27 and 1 Timothy 4:7-8.

What does the Apostle Paul say is the primary motivation to "Get Fit?" In what ways can this motivation fuel self-discipline in your life?

Read and reflect on these key scriptures for getting fit mentally: Mark 12:30; Romans 8:5-7;12:1-2; Colossians 3:1-10. In what specific ways can you love God with your mind this week? In Romans 8 how does Paul say we we can have our "mind governed by the Spirit?" What is the result? In Romans 12 what does Paul say is the key to not being conformed to the pattern of the world? What is the promised result?

Read Philippians 4:8-9. In this weekend's message we focused on the power of "self-talk." Practice this week listening to your thoughts. Is your self-talk based on a truth or a lie you have learned to believe? Intentionally replace the lie that fuels your thinking with the corresponding truth from God. Keep focusing your mind on the truth until it begins to positively impact your emotions, attitudes and actions!

Review the four areas in the Get Fit series: Mental, Social, Financial and Physical. In which area do you most need to "Get Fit?" Think about the consequences you are experiencing because of your lack health in that area. Take a few minutes and think about what your life would be like if you got fit in that area. Spend some time in prayer surrendering that area to the Lord and prepare to take some first steps to "Get Fit!"

Everyone needs a "work-out" buddy. Someone to keep you accountable and motivated as you train. This week ask a friend to help keep you on track this month as you seek to "Get Fit!"