Free & Fit NYC - Freedom Message - Sermon by Tim Cheux
Free & Fit NYC - Freedom Message - Sermon by Tim Cheux
Freedom Message - When can we access Gods freedom?
Now! Right now God is accessible to you through the revelation of his word. The Bible can help you to build a relationship between you and Jesus. It’s not just religion through turning up and then leaving Church early on a Sunday. Rather it’s a relationship. God loves you. He loved you first and his perfect love casts out all fear. Understanding Gods love changes your perspective. His love never fails. 2 Corinthians 3:17 tells us “Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.”
When can you receive freedom?
Now! Hear that, right NOW. The context of time to God is in the now. This is how God operates It means that the future, past and human concept of linear time don’t apply to God he is on a different wavelength. Kairos, an Ancient Greek word meaning the right, critical, or opportune moment. Kairos is Gods timing it signifies a proper or opportune time for action. Ecclesiastes 3 tells us there is a time for everything. In the present, not the past or the present, we are known by God that is when we go to God. He does not leave us or forsake us. He places us under his arm and we soar like we are on the wings of an eagle. Are you ready RIGHT NOW to embrace Gods freedom?
God wants you to be free for his glory, in surrender we can glorify him and submit ourselves to his will in the RIGHT NOW!
Free and Fit Example
This example is taken from www.freenfit.org and the blog on the “Reason that I Run”
Proverbs 22:6 says “Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it” and Proverbs 14:1 says “The wise woman builds her house, but with her own hands the foolish one tears hers down.”
Its a Sunday morning in peak British heat, the crowds are coming through the turnstiles as the men and the women of the London marathon come bundling through to the finish line and my Mum, having completed the brutal 26.2 mile distance, arrives without a sweat on her forehead and at the same pace she averaged around the course. Quite remarkable.
My Mum was not always a keen sports person or long distance runner. When she was younger she was more renowned for her dancing, attending parties and she even used to be a smoker earlier in life. In her adult years she would host dinner parties and although a keen badminton player, she started distance running much later in life. Margaret, my Mums first name, was a huge hit at her running club in Stopsley Striders where she still holds records for the best 5K, 10K, 10Mile and 1/2 marathon distances in the over fifty age group
However, what people don’t know is my perspective on my Mums running from my teenage years. Rarely would a day go by when my Mum would go running and I wouldn’t comment on how lonely the sport was and how I would never go running because it wasn’t a team sport. I was 100% against running. Don’t get me wrong I loved sport and would play every day soccer, go swimming, cycling, play tennis, badminton and other individual non team sports. Yet for some reason I would always find an excuse or a reason to criticize my Mums love for running. How foolish I was my Mums example, dedication and excellent running records hold out long after her retirement from running. Just to give you context of her excellent running record her personal best for a marathon over fifty was three hours and twenty three minutes. Quite exemplary.
Today my Mum cycles, walks and takes her wonderful dog Woody on long trail routes around the beautiful Cotswold’s countryside near to where she lives in Gloucestershire. Regularly exercising, getting involved in community sports and building deep and meaningful relationships with the locals in her area. My Mum is a fine example of a leader, athlete and how to be a Mother.
The impact of her running on my life? It’s completely changed. This year I enter my seventh marathon, my first in the US and like my Mum I prefer to run by the sea or in the countryside so I can’t wait to enter the Atlantic City marathon this October. Mum, without your example or excellence, I wouldn’t be the person I am today. Truly, thank you! You are always having been and always will be a good example for so many who know you, meet you and interact with you. Happy London Marathon day!’
What position do we need to be in to receive Gods freedom?
We need to be still and know that he is God. We need to approach God not seeking his approval through worth, but through Worship. Not faith by works, but faith through worship. What is your favored worship style? How do you Worship the Lord? Where you seek to find him there he is in the midst of your day, moment or obstacle. You can transform your circumstance through a Worship stance. Be alert, be alive, and be active in worshipping where you are.
Galatians 5:1 says “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery”.
Changing Your Lifestyle
Receiving Gods word changes your lifestyle. Christ came so that you can freely experience and embrace him like the Prodigal son. No matter what you have done, how bad it feels or where you are today in your faith Jesus wants to embrace you in his arms today. When you are facing challenges, stuck in a rut of inactivity or challenged by what lays before you God wants to meet you where you are and provide you with the freedom to turn back to him. His love, his embrace and his reflection is not transactional. He purely gives us the freedom we seek without expectation. Even if you ignore him in the right now, he will still be there in the waiting, wanting and in just the right time. His grace and mercy abound, his mercies are new every morning.
Free and Fit Example
Taken from the www.freenfit.org blog “Psalms, Planks & Prayers- 40 Days & 40 Workouts.”
“The Free & Fit 40 Days & 40 Workouts returned for the Lenten season with Psalms, Planks & Prayers throughout this Lenten season in 2019. Free & Fit founder Tim Cheux referred to the Psalms, whilst performing Planks and recording Prayers daily, on Instagram, which included a verse a day that was read through the Passion Translation.
Last year Tim completed the 40 Days and 40 Workout Challenge following the Beatitudes from the Sermon on the Mount and Matthew 5 verses 1 through 13. You can see parts of Tim's Lenten series 2018 here in the link and details below.
Free & Fit Challenge the Beatitudes - https://www.freenfit.org/single-post/2018/06/29/Free-Fit-Challenge-2018-Beatitudes-Personal-Group-Faith-Fitness-Facilitation
Free & Fit 40 Days & 40 Workout Example 2018 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xRtgxsPEH_Q
Throughout this Lenten season Tim will also be sharing the full workout and worship session on YouTube with Exercises, Meditations and Reflections all available by following the Free and Fit New York City YouTube Channel. Free & Fit 40 Days and 40 Workouts Day 1, Psalm 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N8XuB912NGs Free & Fit 40 days & 40 Workouts Psalm, Plank & Prayer Day 1 Psalm 1: https://www.instagram.com/p/BusAF8IFGF8/
The core concept of combining Sport and Scripture is to enable the body to benefit from the environment of working out outside, whilst meditating and reflecting upon the word of God which both stimulates and informs the individual during the spiritual practice of prayer and meditation. Unlike Yoga or Pilates, the practice and discipline of Worship and Workout is different as it penetrates both the soul and Spirit from a purely Christian practice.
Rather than stretching or focusing on a different faith, culture, tradition or religion the practice of stretching, working out, worshipping, reciting scripture and meditating on the Word of God is exclusively Christian. During this process Tim recites the Lord prayer in the warm up to his exercise; he reads the verse, recites the passage reference and a closing prayer both in the workout and the Psalm, Plank and Prayer.
The Passion Translation was chosen specifically as it enables more access to the Holy Spirit through the flowing endorphins of exercise, perspiration of the sport itself and the fresh and fluid poetic description of scripture offered through this modern and romantic translation. Due to the nature of the Psalms this can be any number of emotions allowing freedom, truth and transparency to flow through the workout.’
God wants to meet you where you are, he doesn’t want you to be alone. In compassion he shows us empathy to unite in prayer and worship with him.