Father in Heaven,
Aid us by your Holy Spirit to understand your word.
In the name of your son, Jesus Christ,
“If you put these things before the brothers, you will be a good servant of Christ Jesus, being trained in the words of the faith and of the good doctrine that you have followed. Have nothing to do with irreverent, silly myths. Rather train yourself for godliness; for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come. The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance.” (1 Timothy 4:6–9, ESV)
So many cares and differences of opinion can distract us from what is most important. The devil doesn't need to make you not loose faith in God. If you are a true child of God, then Satan can never snatch you out of the hand of Jesus. All satan and his angels have to do is distract you. We become distracted when we focus on non-essentials, especially concerning matters of opinion and liberty of conscience.
Paul addresses this distractedness when he tells Timothy to avoid devoting himself to the irreverent and silly myths being taught by false teachers. The irreverent and foolish myths of the false teachers majors on Physical Discipline (i.e. abstinence from strong drink, foods and marriage) as means to earning grace. By seeking to earn grace, the false teachers made shipwrecks of their faith, and the faith of their hearers.
Physical Discipline is not bad in and of itself. As Paul says, "...physical discipline is of some value." However we see that Spiritual Discipline is of value in every way. In contrast to the foolish services of false teachers, faithful service majors on Spiritual Discipline (worship, bible study, prayer, evangelism, discipleship, cultivating and using spiritual gifts).
Godliness takes work. That is why Paul uses the metaphor of physical training. Just as a person would go to the gym and work his body, so must the Christian work his spirit. Are you spiritual couch potato? Has your spirit gotten flabby? We must not let ourselves go spiritually. We must grind everyday. Lifting the weights of scripture, climbing the ladder of prayer, running the marathon of discipleship.
“For to this end we toil and strive, because we have our hope set on the living God, who is the Savior of all people, especially of those who believe.” (1 Timothy 4:10, ESV)
God is in the business of saving a people for himself. And his ordained means of doing so is by the faithful ministry of his children.
Therefore by faith, “Practice these things, immerse yourself in them, so that all may see your progress.” (1 Timothy 4:15, ESV)
Friends we must pick up our bibles....talk to God....and help people experience Jesus.
Imagine if we all by God's grace persisted in this, "...by so doing you will save both yourself and your hearers.” (1 Timothy 4:16, ESV)