Recently I enrolled the entire family up for Orange Theory Fitness. If you aren’t familiar, Orange Theory is a workout that is “scientifically designed to keep burning calories up to 36 hours after the workout.” Now, we’re a pretty active family, but before taking Orange Theory, I began to feel like my workouts in the gym were getting stale. I knew that I wasn’t pushing myself as hard as I should and therefore I wanted a change.
During the Orange Theory workout, you wear a heart monitor in order to track your effort. There are three zones in Orange Theory: Base, push, and all-out. Each zone has a corresponding color: Green, orange, or red. The instructor guides you through the workout and tells you which zone you should be in during every exercise.
It is amazing just how much harder I train during Orange Theory versus when I workout on my own. In fact, there are times during class when my mind and my body start telling me I have reached my breaking point and I should probably quit or at least slow down. It is during these times that I look at the monitor, which shows me exactly which zone I am. Oftentimes, I realize that I’m not working as hard as I thought. I know this because, even though my mind and my body are telling me I have reached my max, the heart monitor tells me I have much more that I can give.
For a Christ-follower, the Holy Spirit acts like a heart monitor. The Bible tells us that in the world we will have trouble (John 16:33). Life reinforces this truth. During difficult times it’s easy to want to call it quits and give up. Our minds and our bodies tell us we can’t go any further, or we aren’t going to make it though. That is when the Holy Spirit comes to remind us that we can in fact go on. We can weather the storm.
“But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on His own; He will speak only what He hears, and He will tell you what is yet to come.” —John 16:13
The Holy Spirit also will give us a nudge when we start to slack off and grow complacent in our walk with the Lord. It is so easy to get into a routine with God and simply go through the motions day after day. It is during these times that the Holy Spirit whispers to us in order to get our attention and move us closer to the lord Jesus Christ.
“He will glorify Me because it is from Me that He will receive what He will make known to you.” —John 16:14
Are you growing complacent in your walk with God? As you look in the mirror and evaluate your life according to the Word of God, are you being totally honest? Do you tend to put on a front when you go to church or are around other believers. When you are alone, you live a completely different life? If you answered yes to any of these questions, it is time to confess that sin to the Lord; that haven’t been living up to His Holy standard. Then ask the Father for forgiveness and help as you try to walk according to His purposes and plans for your life.
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