Do you see what the above scripture says? “He that keepeth the law, happy is he.” The word law refers to the boundaries and regulations set in order by God to create harmony and unity in the world through the law of equality and love.
Having a vision for the future creates hope. Think about the people who are living in a state of despair, those living with mental disorders like clinical depression. They have lost hope and therefore they struggle to stand back up.
WHAT DO YOU WANT?
Jesus looked at the man and asked him, “What do you want me to do for you?”
Jesus called the lame man to get up and walk, and Jesus opened the eyes of the blind man. God knows what we need and what we want, but He wants us to know what we want.
God wants us to have a desire. Desire gives us the needed strength to get up and walk. Desire gives birth to actions that shape us.
Think about what you want from life, then write it down. Research suggests we are more likely to succeed at our goals if we write them down and revisit them as often as needed.
As it is written, “Record the vision and inscribe it on tablets, that the one who reads it may run with it. For the vision is for an appointed time.” – Habakkuk 2:2
We need to keep ourselves accountable for the promises we make when we choose to run after this ‘blueprint of happiness’ that is in our hearts. Whether that vision is from the world or God.
BLUEPRINT OF HAPPINESS
We all know what we like and what we dislike, and our ‘blueprint of happiness’ is something that will change as we journey through life.
All of us do what we do for different reasons, like family, or power, or pleasure. And it doesn’t matter what your goals are if you have clarity about what you want, where you want to be, and who you need to become to get there.
The only thing that matters is that you know yourself, and once you do, go all in and learn to patiently focus every step of the way and trust that you are made for this thing burning in you.
The ‘blueprint of happiness’ given to us by the world can cloud our judgment and turn us into greedy lovers, causing destruction in our lives. This why the Scripture reads, “but he who keeps the law, happy is he.” This Scripture refers to the law of sacrificial love demonstrated by Christ.
As it is written, “Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.” – John 15:13
When you reach step 3 you will have a deeper understanding of this. But for now, I would like it if you set some time aside to find solitude.
You can go camping if you like. Ask for a time-out. Just escape from the world for a little while, and get back to your roots. Nature is the best place to find clarity and healing for your soul.
A NEW CHALLENGE
Walking into a new chapter will be challenging. The Unknown can be daunting, but there are thousands of people throughout history who took this leap of faith. There are thousands of stories of people who believed in the Unseen and made it seen by not giving up on a dream.
When we are placed under enough pressure, we are forced to #think and find #solutions.
If we are never pushed, never forced to go outside the comfort zone, then we will never discover ourselves. Resistance is the stimulus we need to become stronger and we can only know how strong we are when strong is the only option we have left. We need resistance to grow, transform, and conquer this world.
This means we need stress to grow stronger, but if stress turns into anxiety, then we have a problem. Anxiety is like overtraining, it breaks the entire system down and then weakens you.
Anxiety is to lose control of your mind as fear takes control of you. This is the leading cause of comfort eating, drug abuse, and other escape mechanisms that cancause destructionin the lives of those we are supposed to love.
Being mindful of God will greatly reduce anxiety and these 3 steps will give you the tools to not only manage stress, but also improve your own mental, physical, and spiritual wellbeing. It’s critical to discipline your mind and do what you know you need to, to go where you need to.
***Make time to silence your mind and think about what the Holy Spirit would say to you.
Once you find that place of harmony (peace), just ask yourself,“Why do I do what I do?”
You need to have a really good reason to do everything you have decided in your heart you were going to do. Taking a leap of faith totransform your life will be challenging.
You must be prepared for a turbulent take off. You are going to be changing a few old habits slowly over time and it all starts with a decision.
NOW LAZER FOCUS
“Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.”
– John 13:17
Once you are crystal clear on the path ahead, don’t look back and allow doubt/fear to paralyze you from moving forward each day. Walking away from your old life will not be comfortable, but it will bless you if you just persevere.
Start by creating a solid plan of action, one that allows for mistakes, that is the only way we can learn and mature. Once you have a plan and you are certain it will work, pray to God.
Ask God the Father to bless your journey ahead and guide your steps every day until you reach your destination to glorify Him.
Heartfelt prayer creates faith in the Unseen, and spending time with God creates faith in the things only you see. The things you see in faith becomes real to you as you spend time to build and create that which was once Unseen.
This might not sound all that biblical, but it absolutely is. Faith is an action word and not some make-believe fairy tale story. Having faith in someone is to trust them, follow them, and love them, and so too you need to have faith in something, whether it is God or your job.
“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not yet seen.” – Hebrews 11:1
Noah was chosen by God to build an Ark. People laughed at Noah, they mocked Noah, and called him a drunk. Yet, Noah believed God, and Noah kept building the Ark with the hate. Finishing the Ark took many years, but once it was done, the doors were shut and the flood rains came. Noah was right all along. God is.
Living in faith is to become like a child again, a child who dreams big. Many of us have lost faith in ourselves and in the Unseen possibility that is found in God the Father, the Holy Spirit, and Jesus Christ – Unconditional Loves Sacrifice.
As It is written, “if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; nothing will be impossible for you.” – Matthew 17:20
We have lost faith because we have forgotten who we are and who God is. It is the revelation of the knowledge of God that transforms the heart and mind and therefore “faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God.” – Romans 10:17
It’s time for a new chapter. It’s time for a new challenge. It’s time for new seeds to be planted, that, with enough care, will sprout and bloom, giving you a beautiful harvest for your efforts.
Remember the Word, “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked, whatever a man sows he shall also reap.” – Galatians 6:7
The next chapter will be full of new challenges, subtle distractions, and tempting temptations. Going upstream will never feel comfortable, but that is exactly what you are supposed to feel. You are going to break free from old habits and ways of thinking and change your life forever.
I would like to leave you with some advice:Be an Alpha. Do whatever you need to do to bring your ‘A-Game’ every single day. Get so focused on what you are doing that there will be no room to look back, no room to compare yourself, no room for doubt, and no room for fear to keep you from taking the next step to your vision. Whether you are stepping into the gym, a boardroom, or a marriage, take that step with confidence and accept the outcome of your decisions (actions/choices/mistakes/victories).
This ancient pilgrimage from darkness to light is a misunderstood topic and I hope that through this Bodybuilding for Christ platform you can be enlightened about the truth of the Gospel and the message of strength we aim to teach the world through our loving sacrifice. “You cannot put a price on health or the word of God. Give freely.”
If you feel a little lost, that’s okay, we all do at times. Please click here and go back to step 1. Taking a leap of faith by trusting God to lead you as you walk in the Holy Spirit will transform you to be One Spirit with Jesus Christ. But without the right information, Christianity can turn us into religious performers, accepted in a world of illusion.
The Bible implores us to put away evil things like our lustful desires, gluttony, and envy. We are called not to be conformed to this Babylonian world system. As it is written, “You have put off the old man with his deeds, and have put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him” – Colossians 3:9
Do you see what the scripture says? You have to be “renewed in knowledge” to give you a revelation of who God is. Throughout this blog I’ve been sharing what I know about the mind, body, and spirit to prepare you like a young Jedi knight who seeks to become one with the Force. If you have taken the information to heart, you will see God.
As it is written, “The Spirit of the LORD will rest on Him, the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, The Spirit of counsel and strength, The Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the LORD.” – Isaiah 11:2
Think of walking in the Spirit as walking in the Light. You see where you are going, and every step is secure in faith. If you don’t walk in the Spirit, you walk in darkness; fearful, defensive, and uncertain of where you are going in life. This can lead to anxious choices that don’t line up with God’s will for you. Choices that bring destruction, not life.
If you have been conformed to the norm of this God-forsaken world, then you will experience these emotional disturbances which resonate from within your heart and soul. God is calling you to turn away, repent, call out to Him as your Shepherd, and not flawed mortal men. As it is written, “Leave them! They are blind guides of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both will fall into a pit.” – Matthew 15:14
Walking with the Holy Spirit is the most liberating step you can take on your journey towards a brighter future. Nothing you do from your own strength can or will ever be as satisfying as seeing the hand of God work in and through you to bring joy, peace, and love into your heart, home, and community. He wants to use you for good.
The Bible scripture that reads “I know the plans I have for you declares the LORD, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, to give you a hope and a future.” is often a little misunderstood as a result of ignorance. When God calls you to do something good, He also calls you to lay down your life and this is never an easy task for anyone.
This is the primary reason so many people in society stay in the comfort zone, they live inside this Babylonian system and they will never be set free from slavery unless they become one with the Holy Spirit, and for that to happen they need to hear a message from the mouth of God. He wants to be the Shepherd to lead them through the red sea and desert back to the promised land. This journey will be impossible without the Spirit of Christ.
As it is written, “Not by might, nor by power, but only by the Spirit will you succeed.” – Zachariah 4:6
JESUS IS THE GOD OF LOVE
Jesus said, “This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. You are My friends if you do what I command you. No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not understand what his master is doing. But I have called you friends, because everything I have learned from My Father I have made known to you. You did not choose Me, but I chose you. And I appointed you to go and bear fruit— fruit that will remain— so that whatever you ask the Father in My name, He will give you. This is My command to you: Love one another.”– John 15:12
The “Force” aka “God” aka “Jesus Christ” aka “The Holy Spirit” will prompt you to do things that are uncomfortable, but if you are willing to trust Him even in the painful times, and you are willing to sacrifice and lay down your life, He promises to heal you by opening your eyes and your ears to the truth of who He is and what He stands for.
As it is written,“I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; and I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My ways, and you will be careful to observe My laws. You will live in the land that I gave to you as a heritage; you will be My people, and I will be your God.” – Ezekiel 36
That is one amazing promise from God the Father. The only thing we need to do is to know God, and understand His message; thereby giving us faith in Him. He has done all the work because He wants an intimate relationship with each of us like it was in Eden. We are held up by His grace, unaware of our vulnerability and totally set free.
Jesus said, “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is a slave to sin. The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son remains forever. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” – John 8:31
Walking in the Holy Spirit can only be experienced when your eyes and ears have been opened by the power of the Holy Spirit. In the next step, you will be introduced to the Spirit of Truth, and He will reveal everything you need to know. As it is written, “Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” – John 8:32
Before you jump into God’s Word (Bible), it might be a good idea to first lay down a foundation of understanding. It’s important to know who you are and why you have been shaped the way you are. There are millions of people living today who hate themselves, and that’s no good. This final step will help you conquer the past and silence it.
Then when you are ready to trust again, you can embrace God without any feelings of doubt or rejection.
Jesus said,“No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him, and I will raise him up.” – John 6:44
WHO DO YOU SAY YOU ARE?
If you don’t know who you are, how do you expect anyone else to.
“If those who lead you say to you, ‘See, the kingdom is in the sky,’ then the birds of the air will precede you. If they say to you, ‘It is in the sea,’ then the fish will precede you. Rather, the kingdom is inside of you, and it is outside of you. When you come to know yourselves, then you will become known, and you will realize that it is you who are the sons of the living Father. But if you will not know yourselves, you dwell in poverty and it is you who are that poverty.” – Jesus
The words spoken by Jesus Christ were deep and meaningful. No one ever spoke the way in which He did, and it was for this reason that He was crucified and called a demon-possessed blasphemer. Our words are powerful, they have the power to give or take life. The words Jesus Christ spoke gave life to those who were listening.
“The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you are spirit and they are life.”
Jesus knew that knowing yourself goes far beyond knowing the type of person you are or will become one day. Knowing yourself meant knowing your identity and the place you came from. Knowing yourself meant you knew the authority you have freely been given as a child of God. The Bible says that we are the children of God, heirs to His Kingdom, and we are seated with Jesus Christ in heavenly places, made to trample on snakes and scorpions.
Knowing yourself means knowing your strengths (gifts) and also knowing your weaknesses. Understanding the situations (triggers) that would tempt you into making poor emotional decisions is the key to fighting the battle raging within you (animal nature). I believe it is only by knowing our darkness that we can come to know our light, and by knowing the enemy within, we will be empowered to win this battle as we become One with God in Spirit.
“If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.” ― Sun Tzu, The Art of War
I believe if we truly want to understand who and what we are, then we need to ask the One who made us in His own image and likeness. We need to go back to the source and the Original Design.As it is written, “So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.” – Genesis 1:27
Through my personal journey of self-discovery, I’ve learned that to be humble meant accepting the fact that I do not know everything, just like John Snow, who apparently knows nothing; but he still stood for something good.
No book or person can tell you who or what you are except the One who made you. The discovery of self is in your own hands and all I can offer with my words is the power to make you think, ask, and go to seek. As it is written, “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” – Luke 11:9
When you build a personal relationship with your Creator, you will be liberated from your fears and come to understand why God says to all His children, “Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be afraid, for I am your God. I will strengthen you; I will surely help you; I will uphold you with My hand of righteousness.” – Isaiah 41:10
WHO OR WHAT IS GOD?
To explain “God” to you in my own capacity is pure foolishness. God is the most complex and mysterious idea the world has ever come to even think about. To explain “God” to you in a way that would make any sense I’m going to have to paint a picture for you. Stories have been used throughout the ages to spark our imaginations in a way that would create faith in something unseen. There is a spiritual war taking place between darkness and light.
This is why revelations 12 reads, “Then the dragon was enraged at the woman and went off to wage war against the rest of her offspring—those who keep God’s commands and hold fast their testimony about Jesus Christ.”
Through my personal journey back to the Light I’ve come to understand that “God” is more than humans can ever begin to think or imagine. God is in all things, above all things, and through all things, and all things hold together through the One who made everything seen and unseen with the power of His spoken Word. The Logos/Sophia.
As it is written, “And God said, let there be light, and there was light.” – Genesis 1:3
Humans have been searching for the meaning of life through religion, science, nature, philosophy, and astrology for thousands of years. We’re living in a time where the Church, the New Age movement, and Buddhists preach “love thy neighbor as thy self”. However, only a few people know how to love and worship the True God the way He desires to be loved and worshiped. God is not concerned with your culture, your style, or your bank account.
As it is written, “God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” – John 4:24
I have come to understand that I’ve placed limits on God due to the limitations of my own human way of thinking. I’ve tried to put God in a box, label Him, and even sell Him to the world. He helped me see the errors in my ways, and He kept doors closed that would not open unless I had learned the lessons He was trying to teach me.
Through painful circumstances, I had to learn how to change by changing my ways, and the truth is, God cannot be bought or manipulated, God does as He pleases, and all He expects of us is that we are obedient to His Word. The human mind is too small to comprehend the things of God. – “Our God is in heaven; He does as He pleases.”
It is written in the Holy Bible, “these are the things God has revealed to us by his Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. For who knows a person’s thoughts except their own spirit within them?
In the same way, no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. However, what we have received is not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may understand what God has freely given us.
This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Holy Spirit, explaining spiritual realities with Spirit-taught words. The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Holy Spirit. “– 1 Corinthians 2:10
So, what this scripture is basically saying is that if all of this sounds like it should come from a crazy white guy who lives off locusts and honey in the desert, then you may not ready to learn about the deeper mysteries of God, yet.
If this message resonates with your Spirit, and you’re ready to take the next step in faith. Then I would like to welcome you back to the kingdom. The place on earth where you can find peace of mind in the midst of chaos. God has placed within you a spiritual Seed that’s ready to be germinated. Asit is written, “Because you are sons, God sent the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying out, “Abba, Father!” – Galatians 4:6
KNOW THE UNKNOWN GOD
I do believe God is unknown to those who simply don’t believe in Him. As it is written, “No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is Himself God and is at the Father’s side, has made Him known.” – John 1:18
The key to knowing God is to believe in Him. When we decide to believe in God, we live and speak like He is real, and then He starts to show us how real He truly is. As it is written, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” and “without faith it is impossible to please God, for he that comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” – Hebrews 11:6
Quantum theory in science is based on the concept that whatever you believe and act on is going to become a reality for you. Why? Because of something called the butterfly effect, or the act of setting things in motion as your faith is driven by action. Which basically means, if you believe something, it will become real for you.
Jesus agreed with this when He stated that we will do greater things than He did, and we will “move mountains” if we only have a little bit of faith and we are willing to speak to “our mountain.” Do you have faith? Do you believe?
Observe nature under a microscope and you will learn about the complexity of this ecosystem – Organized Chaos. “Gaia” or “Mother Nature” is a physical representation of the divine nature of God the Father – The Spirit of Order.
It is written, “For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities – his eternal power and divine nature – have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.” – Romans 1:20
We are the offspring of the union between God the Father (Holy Spirit) and Gaia (The Rib/The Woman).
As it is written, “Now the earth was formless and void, and darkness was over the surface of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters. Then the LORD God formed the man from the dust of the earth and blew the breath of life into his nostrils. The man became a living being.” – Genesis 1 – 2
It’s important to understand that Gaia, or Nature, is not God, God is Spirit and we are Spirit. A Physical foundation alone will not provide us with the spiritual nourishment we need to mature and grow. Jesus called Himself living water and the Tree of Life. He said that if we eat and drink of Him, we would never thirst and never taste death.
Look at what God said after mankind fell from His grace. Then the LORD God said, “Behold, the man has become like one of Us, knowing good and evil. And now, lest he reaches out his hand and take also from the tree of life, and eat, and live forever…” – Genesis 3:22
The only way I can point to God is through the Son, Jesus Christ, who is born of the virgin through the Holy Spirit. He came to show us the way, for He is the way, the truth, and the life. He is the lamb of God, fully man and fully God, the One who was willing to sacrifice Himself for the ones He loved. He is the archetypical image of the Holy One.
As it is written, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, so those who believe in Him might not perish, but that they might live forever.” – John 3:16
KNOWING JESUS CHRIST
To really know the heart of Jesus Christ, we need to look at the life He lived. We need to listen to His spoken word. The things He said gave life to those who were listening. To really know Jesus, we need to understand the way He thought about things. If we want to know God intimately, we need to have a desire to know His heart for us.
Jesus Christ, the living Word of God, walked among His people and experienced their suffering, then He healed them by hanging on the cross like the brazen serpent in the wilderness. As it is written, “So Moses made a bronze snake and mounted it on a pole. If anyone who was bitten by the vipers looked at the bronze snake, he would live.”
John the Baptist writes to the Body of Christ, “Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, that everyone who believes in Him may have eternal life.” – John 3:14
Jesus Christ did this in order that He might reveal to us who the Father is by the Holy Spirit who would come to us as the gift of God, the Helper and Comforter. Jesus Christ sacrificed Himself to demonstrate God’s heart for us. The same heart a loving father would have for his own flesh and blood. He was willing to rip out His own heart.
Jesus said, “You believe in God, believe also in Me” – John 14:1
John the Baptist was the messenger (Prophet/Mouthpiece) who was sent from God to prepare the way for the coming Messiah, the lamb of God, the One who would take away the sins of His people. John was a very unique character, but this is what he had to say about the son of God, Jesus Christ:
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.
He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him. He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him. But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth. John bore witness of Him and cried out, saying, “This was He of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me is preferred before me, for He was before me.’”
And of His fullness we have all received, and grace for grace. For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has seen God at any time. The only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared Him.” – John 1
Jesus Christ is the unconditional, sacrificial love of God (aka Grace) demonstrated to us as He sacrificed Himself for the whole world. He was born when the Spirit and creation made a holy covenant to bring forth the Son(s) of God. From the day that Jesus Christ was born the rulers of this world wanted to kill Him, but they could not touch Him.
As it is written, “You could have no power against Me unless it had been given you from above.” – John 19:11
At the age of 30 Jesus was baptized by John and as He emerged from the water the Spirit of God descended from heaven and He was filled. Thereafter, the Holy Spirit led Jesus through a desert where He was tempted by every temptation known to man. He persevered through this wilderness as the Spirit of God gave Him the strength.
Jesus Christ then started a 3-year ministry that ended with Him being resurrected from the dead as a sign of the new life and power of the baptism of the Holy Spirit. This is the purification message Jesus and John preached.
As it is written, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You much be born again.’” – John 3:7
If you come into agreement that you are a child of God, then please pray this Prayer in a secret place where you can become still and intimate with Him. Open your heart to the One who called you by your name and pray:
THE SALVATION PRAYER
“Lord Father, I come to You in the name and of Your Son, Jesus Christ. Thank you for who You are. Thank You for what You have done. Giving Your only Son. I realize I have lived my life separated from You, and in doing so I have sinned against You.
Thank You, Jesus, thank you for washing me clean by the power of your blood. Please give me a new start and put Your Holy Spirit within my heart. Thank you, Lord Jesus, for making a way where there seems to be none.
LORD, thank You for gifting me with Your Holy Spirit. Please lead me and open my ears to hear Your voice and trust You with every step that I take. Holy Spirit, PLEASE have your way with me.
I pray and declare this in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.
If you prayed this prayer with a sincere heart, then I would like to welcome you to the family and brotherhood. Don’t take this lightly, the salvation prayer is the most important prayer you will ever pray. It’s all about the true expression of your repentant heart towards God. Pray this in faithand know He is the God for forgave your past.
When we acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord and Master and we ask forgiveness for our ignorance, He baptizes us with the gift of the Holy Spirit, and He answers our prayer and steps through the door to help us when we ask.
As it is written, “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.” – Revelations 3:20
If you have been hurt by the world or flawed people, please consider the enemies’ battle tactics and understand a spirit of division was created at the start when we were separated from God through our sinful animal natures.
Once you are baptized, the Spirit of Christ will burn away all the impurities and He will cleanse you in the wilderness to teach you who He is and where you are stuck. Don’t reject Him, just embrace it and grow.
Congratulations, you’ve made it to the final stage of the MBS-Strategy, this is something to be celebrated. Words carry the power to stir our hearts and change us if we allow them to, and throughout this journey called life you’ve been confronted with many words. Some were used to paint a picture for your imagination, others were used to educate you. If you believe them.
In the Bible we read that faith comes from hearing, and hearing comes by the word of God. The Bible also states that faith is the HOPE we have in an unknown reality and that without faith it is impossible to please God.
This is what the LORD says, “Stand at the crossroads and look. Ask for the ancient paths: ‘Where is the good way?’Then walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls.” – Jeremiah 6:16
The final stage of the MBS-Strategy will be both a warning and a blessing. God says that a harsh word from a friend is better than a kiss that has been concealed and that by an open rebuke a wise man is made even wiser. (Proverbs 27:5)
Take this with an open heart and humble yourself before the throne of God and you will see life and love through His eyes.
THE FINAL JOURNEY
Do you believe everything you’ve been hearing, reading, or thinking? I have some news for you, not everything they say is true or good for you.
It’s ignorance (not knowing) that blinds us from the truth. Just think about it. You don’t know what you don’t know. How would you know?
If your parents never taught you (disciplined you) how to be a civilized citizen in society, then you would be like an animal taking more than you ought to. If we are unable to discern between the truth and a lie, even a half-truth, or a white lie, then we will be fooled into making decisions that do more harm than good in society (sin).
Living with a lack mentality will cause us to reach for more than we ought to, which will create more responsibilities in our daily lives than we have time for. Living with this lack mentality drives anxiety and other health problems that can/will lead to destruction. Hundreds and thousands of God’s people worldwide are dying as a result of this.
The worlds economic leaders need consumers. Fans who will fork over their hard-earned cash to keep the wheels of the machine turning. These corporations know exactly how to get your attention and how to keep it. They know what you want, what you need, and what you like to hear. They know you better than you do.
The pharmaceutical industry is one of the largest corporations in the world and it’s simple, sick people need medicine. But why are people starting to raise questions about the ethical practice of business and medicine in the healthcare industry? Why are we seeing our children diagnosed with diseases like cancer, obesity, and depression at the age of 9?
Even with the advances in health technology, we are still without a good solution to problems like HIV and Obesity. The pills and potions we use act as band-aids for the psychological and physiological side effects set in motion by the Industrial Revolution, forcing many of us to work like slaves in a system designed to drive fear of lack, loss, and death into our hearts.
The pills and potions they are providing as a cure for the fear cause “other side effects”, and these require more pills and potions to treat.
It’s a crazy downward spiral into something we call health care. But do they really care for us? Do they really want a cure for the suffering?
The answer is no. No, they don’t want a cure. They want power and they will stop at nothing to control money, your emotions, your health, and your free will. If you don’t take this stage of training to heart you will conform to the norm of this world and stay in the rat cage like the rest. God wants to set His people free from slavery, that includes you, and it includes me.
CHOOSE LIFE OR DEATH
Freedom and Health
Once you know God intimately you will be set free from the lack mentality and it’s imperative that you get an understanding of the final stage of this journey if you truly want to break free.
The spiritual realm is governed by spiritual laws, much like gravity, and if you defy them, they will break you. Trust me, you don’t want to see that.
We can influence the spiritual realm through our thoughts and actions, and our choices will have a rippling effect on the world around us.
God gave us this gift of free will to choose (love), and it’s our choice what we do with this power.
“With great power comes great responsibility.”
Spider-man, Uncle Ben
Many of us, through ignorance, choose selfishly as we reach for more with a lack mentality. This desire to have more makes us grab more responsibilities than what we signed up for.
This can make us go into a state of panic, we can get frustrated, angry, and even depressed. Ultimately, when we live with a wanting heart we will fall down the rabbit hole into the dark.
This is what God says: “See, I set before you life and prosperity, death and destruction.“
“For I command you today, love the Lord your God, walk in obedience to him, and keep his commands, decrees and laws; then you will live and increase, and the Lord your God will bless you in the land which you are entering to possess. But if your heart turns away and you are not obedient, if you are drawn away to bow down to other gods and you worship them, then I declare to you this day that you will certainly be destroyed. You will not live in the land you are crossing the Jordan to enter and possess. This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I, God, have set before you, life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live. Love the Lord your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to Him. For He is your life, and He will give you many years in the land He swore to give to your forefathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.” – Deuter. 30:15
God is sitting in front of you like Morpheus in The Matrix. In one hand he has a blue pill, and in the other a red pill. He is giving you a choice, and you can either choose to live with a blueprint of what the world tells you is desired, or you can choose the unknown red pill, where you surrender your old life and follow Him.
The Bible says it is the knowledge of God that brings the power of God down to earth and thereby we are changed into the image and likeness of the Messiah who was sent from heaven to represent God the Father here on earth. Knowing Jesus is the closest thing to knowing God, but God has gone one step further than our minds can even imagine.
If you choose to take the red pill and you perform the physical actions that go hand in hand with these thoughts you will personally learn who God is throughout your life as He is represented in and throughout all of creation. During your walk to the promised land you will personally get to know God more and more if you thirst for Him, seek Him, and pray to Him.
You see the truth is God doesn’t just want you to know Him through stories in the Bible, God wants you to be known by Him in an intimate dance between two lovers who are united as One in trust, love, joy, and purity of heart.
Knowing God the Father goes far beyond the comprehension of the human mind and no book or preacher can love you like He does.
Think about it… How foolish would it be of me to think I can show you who God is through my written words? How can I even fathom the God who is in all things, through all things, and if all things hold together in Him? – Colossians 1:17
Knowing God is the Highest Consciousness we can wish to attain in our spiritual journey back to Heaven. When we start to listen to His voice every moment of the day, our lives will start to flourish and grow. Most of us make decisions based on past experiences, and this fear then keeps us from living the life God has planned.
I know the Word of God can be intense, even frightening, but it’s important to know: God is not up there in the sky watching over us with a whip. He loved His own creation enough to give them free will, freedom of choice, and speech.
The love of God is perfect and it is definitely not unfair. It is our own foolish choices that cause so much despair. Just think about it.
As it is written, “There is no fear in love; but perfect love drives out all fear. So then, love has not been made perfect in anyone who is afraid, for fear has to do with punishment.”
All parents should know this about God’s love. You need to give your children the freedom to make their own choices, but you also need to give them boundaries; warn them, teach them, and give them wise advice. They need to learn from their mistakes and then get back up.
As a good parent, your only job is to lead by example; your child will follow you if they respect you and look up to you for wisdom.
It’s the same with Adam and Eve. God told them the story of the birds and the bees, and then He warned them about the consequences. But you know how kids are. We always want to test how far we can go. How far we can push the limits.
As it is written, “And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, ‘Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; but only of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall die.‘”
God knew this, and He prepared a good plan. I mean, He is God, His plan involves grace!!!
The old cunning serpent asked Eve if God really said that, and then he tempted Eve to become like God by saying, “God knows that in the day you eat of it, your eyes will be opened and you will be like God, knowing both good and evil.”
These deceiving and tempting words made Eve doubt God and she ate of the fruit and then gave to her husband, and he also ate.
Did they really die?
Adam and Eve are made in God’s image and likeness, and God is Spirit, the Breath of Life. Adam and Eve walked in harmonious unity with God in a place called Eden (See Genesis 2:8-11). Hebrew Scholars found that the root word for Eden is “pleasure”, and it comes to no surprise that pleasure is also the root word for Heaven or Paradise. So what exactly happened here?
Adam and Eve were separated from God when they doubted His Word and fell from His grace. The pride of their hearts gave them the desire for power and knowledge, and so they ate and became like God. Their eyes were opened, and they were filled with shame. In that moment,they became a self-aware egos (Humanity).
As it is written, “Then the LORD God said, “Behold, the man has become like one of Us, knowing good and evil. And now, lest he reach out his hand and take also from the tree of life, and eat, and live forever…” – Genesis 3:22
They died spiritually.They became nothing more than the beasts of the field.Unknown and disconnected from the eternal Christ.
Now in this disconnected state they were no longer living in unity with the all-sufficient God of the Universe who held ALL THINGS together through His grace. They were now exiled from Eden to work the land and fend for themselves.
Mankind fell from God’s grace and were exiled. This Esoteric Bible story is a mysterious parable about something much deeper that took place in your heart, and mine. Humans are rebellious by nature, doubting what we know to be true, acting from a place of pride, ignorance, and choosing to be disobedient to the law.
Adam and Eve are representations of the masculine and feminine qualities of God and together they represent all of humanity and not just two naked people who walked around a forest eating fruits, even the forbidden kind.
You were born into this material world already separated from God. If you are disconnected from His Spirit, you will make decisions based on your own feelings and desires. You will be driven by the lower consciousness to survive.
For this reason, I’m writing to you and the body of Christ: Open your heart and soul.
Every single time you make a decision based on lack, fear, or pride you will cause destruction in your own life and the lives of others and that is not what love is about. That is why Jesus Christ died on a cross to demonstrate His love for us.
As it is written, “Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh, the desires of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not from the Father but from the world. The world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God remains.”
What is the will of God? Well, in short, the will of God is that you and every other human being be reconciled with Jesus Christ through His gift, the Holy Spirit, but there is much more to this than a single event. That is partly why I have broken down the content into steps; because it’s all interconnected. He is in all things.
RECONCILED IN CHRIST
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life.”
How do we fix the problem? The answer is quite simple. But the process/cure will not be.
God said “Behold, the man has become like one of Us, knowing good and evil. And now, lest he reach out his hand and take from the tree of life, and eat, and live forever.” The tree of life is Jesus Christ.
Jesus said, “Follow me. Those who have seen me have seen the Father who has sent Me.”
It is only through unity with the Spirit of Christ that we can become just like God and thereby multiply what God started 2000 years ago when He planted His Seed into the earth. The Spirit of God searches all things, even the hidden things of the heart and He is the one who will lead you, clean you, and prepare you for the bridegroom.
“For who among men knows the things of a man, except the spirit of the man, which is in him? Even so, no one knows the things of God, except God’s Spirit. But we received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit which is from God, that we might know the things that were freely given to us by God.” – 1 Corinthians 2:12
We follow God by following the One who came to show us the Father, the Holy Spirit of God, the Son, Jesus Christ. He is the Messiah who will lead us through the wilderness back to the promised land if we trust Him as our Shepherd.
There is much more to this ancient journey than what meets the eye. Therefore I have dedicated my time in this season to create a tool He can use to draw people back to Him.
As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with Him I am well pleased.”– Matthew 3
It’s time to leave your old life behind as you walk into the water. It’s time to be set free from the slavery that is found in Egypt, this economic system that is build on lies and empty promises.
Firstly, before we move into the purpose of fat, I would like to say this, you have fat, and you are not fat. Your words are powerful and you have been given the free will to create your own reality by the words you speak.
All of us want to lose body fat and look great, but nobody ever considers why they gained fat in the first place. Nobody ever considers the emotional, psychological, and sociological causes (trauma) of their weight gain.
In most cases, people are so focused on losing weight that they neglect dealing with those deep-rooted causes of their weight gain.
All of us do what we do for different reasons, but at the core of it, we find family. Once you start to question yourself about why you want to lose weight, and why you want to feel great, then you can come to see what drives you.
If your reason for improving your health is not based on something solid you will give up or fall back into the comfort zone. Change will require discipline, strength, and sheer will to keep going despite the setbacks that will come to test you.
Throughout this platform I’ve put together a message of hope, strength, and God’s wisdom to provide you with the tools you need to make a positive change towards you own health and the health of your loved ones. You hold the key to the transformation you wish to see.
Jesus asked the lame man what he wanted most for a reason. It’s time to get up and walk.
KNOWLEDGE IS POWER
Today I would like to go over the types of fatty acids and the benefits of each so we can understand how to manage our reserve energy stores. Fat is the most satiating food group in nature and very calorie dense.
Fatty acids form a vital part of our human anatomy. Fat cells are used by the body to store toxins, excess calories, and even produce hormones that signal hunger levels. Body fat also serves to protects vital organs from impact.
When we balance our intake of healthy fats like omega 3, we look vibrant, feel good, and perform at our best. However, not all fats are good for us, and while some reduce inflammation, others are highly inflammatory. Some fatty acids lower cholesterol, while others increase LDL cholesterol. And some just make us fat and unhappy.
TYPES OF FATS
TRANS FATS (KILLER OILS)
This “Man-Made” concoction is possibly the single worst thing you can do for your health. Hydrogenated fats, also called trans fats, are found in processed goods and deep-fried foods. They’re responsible for clogged arteries, high blood pressure, and heart disease (CVD). The human body was never designed to handle these “fatty acids”.
OMEGA 3 (FISH OIL)
Omega 3 is a brain-boosting fatty acid found mainly in fatty fish. Omega 3 has been shown to reduce inflammation in the brain, thereby relaxing the body and mind. Omega 3 is prescribed in high doses for individuals who struggle with depression and it has been shown to improve sleep by reducing anxiety.
SATURATED FATS (ANIMAL FATS)
It has been shown that active individuals who consume saturated fats improve life expectancy as cholesterol is used by the body to manufacture testosterone, the anabolic sex hormone responsible for libido, mood, muscle development, fat-burning, and metabolism. In short, don’t throw away the egg yolk, don’t avoid full cream milk, and don’t be afraid of eating lamb. Remove the visible fat, and eat until your satisfied (80% full), not stuffed.
UNSATURATED FATS (PLANT FATS)
Plant fats improve our heart health by reducing cholesterol, but large doses have also been shown to lower testosterone as a result of a cholesterol shortage in the bloodstream. Due to the high-calorie density of these plant fats, we can easily overconsume them if we don’t keep an eye on our portion size. Limit these fats to a thumb-sized serving. Use them for salad dressing, for cooking, and to add some texture to your dishes.
One serving: Size of your thumb, or 1 tablespoon of oil.
MAKE IT WORK
You’ve reached step 12 in this complexity of creation guide to the original design of God through the Bodybuilding for Christ platform and our Mind, Body, and Spirit Strategy. Perhaps you feel a bit overwhelmed by all this info?
If you do, not to worry, I’m going to make it stupid simple for you and back it up with scripture so you can have faith in the words I’m sharing with you. The Holy Spirit of God is always there to guide you if you would only listen.
The Bible says, “Ye shall eat no manner of fat, of ox, or of sheep, or of goat.” and in the book of Liviticus the LORD gives Moses a commandment for the people when He says, “From what you offer you are to present this food offering to the Lord: the internal organs and all the fat that is connected to them, 15 both kidneys with the fat on them near the loins, and the long lobe of the liver, which you will remove with the kidneys. 16 The priest shall burn them on the altar as a food offering, a pleasing aroma. All the fat is the Lord’s.” – Leviticus 3:14 – 16
God always has a good and pleasing reason for everything He does and while He does not eat meat or drink the blood of animals, He does have a good purpose for everything He calls us to do. Trusting Him is true worship.
If we logically think about it, then we can see why removal of the excess fat, the visible white fat is a good thing. Fat is very high in calories (9 cal/gram) and we get more than enough fat from the intramuscular fat in our meat. Removing the visible fat of our meat (chicken skins incl.) can have a dramatic impact on our overall calorie intake.
But what about the other fats I mentioned? Omega 3, Trans, Plants? Well, what do you feel you should be doing? Most of the time we already know what we ought to be doing, but we just need some motivation to actually do it. Eating less junk food and packaged baked goods will reduce your calorie intake and help you lose the belly fat.
My Daily Choices:
Breakfast: 4x Eggs on 2 Slices of Low GI Toast + Baby Spinach + Hot Sauce
Lunch: Leftovers or Big Grilled Chicken Salad with Avocado + Feta
Dinner: Lean Lamb Cuts with Baked Potatoes + Choice Vegetables
In short, stay away from deep-fried, oily foods. Fat is a great source of energy, but if we’re not moving as much, then we really don’t need as much. Start the day with a solid breakfast, and then limit fats at night when you’re not going to be as active as you were throughout the day. Eat until you are 80% full and listen to the little voice.
Have you become fearful of carbs? Or are you in love with cheese cakes? Do you believe pasta will make you run fasta? What do you believe?
Many of us have become fearful and without understanding. So, today I’m going to break it down for you and set your mind at ease.
Carbs are broken down into simple sugars and used as fuel by the brain and muscle cells. These sugars (glucose, fructose, and galactose) are absorbed into the bloodstream, which then triggers the release of the anabolic hormone insulin. This signals the body to use carbs for the production of energy.Insulin turns off the use of adipose tissue (fat)for energy.
If this insulin response is triggered too often, the receptors get desensitized and resistant to the hormone signal. This leads to a reveresable medical condition known as insulin resistance, which is a precursor for type 2 diabetes.
THE HOPE FOR CARBS
But we don’t have to live in fear of carbs if we use our bodies the way they were designed to be used by actively working, moving, and lifting heavy loads. Our bodies were never designed to sit for 8 hours straight, and then sit some more at home because we are emotionally drained.
This is the purpose of Bodybuildingfor Christ – To help you move with purpose and strength.
Today I would like to enlighten you about the best carb choices to improve your health and show you how you can enjoy a doughnut or ice cream without binge eating or feelings of guilt.
It’s important to know in what way carb choices will affect your hormones and energy levels.
For a moment, think of the energy (ATP) you carry. Visualize it as waves flowing through your veins. When there is balance you feel at peace.
Now throw 3 tsp of sugar into your coffee. The sugar + caffeine is like a nuclear bomb going off in your body.This is problematic.
Your body will always regulate your energy by circulating sugar through the bloodstream to the brain. Insulin is used to transfer any excess sugar out of the bloodstream into muscle cells, the liver, and fat cells. This can lead to a crash.
Sugar overfeeding can shock the body more than we might be aware of. It’s like a drug that triggers a host of events in the body including inflammation around joints. But the biggest effects of sugar can be seen on the mind.
The brain is the primary user of glucose in the body. Muscles also use glucose to perform, but not to the extent of the brain. Your brain burns up to 10 times more calories per lb of tissue than muscle cells do. That is quite an amazing fact. Your brain is a metabolic powerhouse.
We naturally love the sweet stuff. Chocolate has been shown to improve cognitive function and mood. Just washing your mouth with a sports drink has been shown to improve performance. Sugar gives us a mental high and that can be a good or bad thing, it all depends on the context.
So let’s be smart about it.
SMART ABOUT CARBS
Carbs are stored in the form of glycogen in the liver and muscle cells. However, if you eat more sugar than you ought to, and if your liver and muscle glycogen stores are full, your body will change those carbs into fatty acids through a process called de novo lipogenesis and deposit them on your hips, thighs, and midsection.
Regular exercise will increase the need for muscle glycogen, and this will improve insulin sensitivity, even if we indulge a little every day. Thus, we can conclude that carbs aren’t the enemy. The real enemy is the comfort of our lazyboy lifestyles where we no longer move our bodies daily as we do hard labor for the harvest.
As it is written, “By the sweat of your brow you will eat bread, until you return to the ground—For dust you are, and to dust you shall return.” – Genesis 3:19
The world has changed alot over the years, but one thing still remains the same, our desire for the sweet things of life. We indulge in them all the time, and without even knowing it.
Every processed product, every grocery store aisle, and every office meeting has sugar in it. The human body is naturally inclined to seek out the honey and milk of life, and the world leaders know this well. Even the enzymes in your saliva is designed to break down carbs. Talk about being impatient for your sugar fix.
If you’ve ever tried to cut sugar from your diet you would know the futility in your attempt to. Carbs surround us in all 7 colors of the rainbow, and it is our responsibility to master our ability to say NO, and then stick to it. Only the most extreme measures will do and no must be no; all packaged goods must go. Just eat clean bro.
Is this realistic though? We are all a little weak at times, and then usually we give into temptation. If falling prey to the temptation leads to feelings of guilt, rejection, and punishment, then it will also lead to depression. Feeling like a failure is not a very positive mindset to be in if you want to change the outcome of your life. Therefore my approach to coaching involves grace and longsuffering as I know change takes time.
THE BEST CARBS
Nothing is inherently good or bad. Think of it like this. It’s not what you do, but how you do it that counts. If you sit on your ass all-day behind a screen and then you want to do a 1-hour HIIT workout after work. Do you really think you will need 400g of carbs each day? It’s about context.
If you are reading this with a desire to improve your health and feel high on life, then you will
A)Need to start moving your bum more often, and add strength training before/after work.
B)Learn the difference between complex carbs and simple carbs. Complex = Nature.
Complex Carbohydrates are the only source of fiber we get from our diets and low fiber scores have been linked to an increased risk of colon cancer and hemorrhoids. Fiber absorbs water inside the intestines and this helps you create the bulk of your poop. If you are constipated there might very well be a lack in your diet.
We need to create a healthy balanced internal environment that will not only help us lose weight and feel great, but also perform at our best. Smart or good carbohydrate choices will make you feel satisfied, fueled, and energized.
High GI foods(Simple Carbs) will have the opposite effect on the body, mind, and Spirit.We can manipulate the GI of certain foods by adding them to a plate with protein and fats.
Fruits can also keep your blood sugar stable. As the cliché statement goes, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” That sounds like a lie. Bodybuilding for Christ keeps the doctor away…
MAKE IT WORK
The best way to make this work is to introduce balance into everything you are planning to do. Make sure you do strength training every day. Double check to see if you are walking enough. Eat a balanced plate of natures best produce.
It’s not rocket science. It’s logical. Think about the context of your current lifestyle and then discern whether or not you have healthy habits. The composition of your body will reveal the truth. So take a long deep look into the mirror and ask yourself, “Am I being brutally honest?”
If you must have something sweet in the morning: Choose fruit, a protein shake, and Omega 3 fish oil. Please just not a piece of cake, cupcake, or muffin… Even if it’s a bran muffin.
Snack on fresh fruits: Apples, pears, peaches, and berries are high in fiber and provide a good dose of vitamins and slow-digesting carbs. Opt for a big ass grilled chicken salad if you can.
THE DINNER TABLE
Eat carbs at night: This is the best thing you can do to refuel, relax, and sleep like a baby. Eating carbs at night will not make you fat if your energy is under control. Remember that.
One serving of carbs is the size of your fist. Ladies eat one serving, two if you are active.
All of us know what’s good for us. Hell, we even know when we are full. The biggest hurdle we face is temptation, and in this world temptation will never go away unless we don’t get tempted.
BREAK ANY ADDICTION
The amazing thing about your brain is its ability to adapt and learn as you create new neural pathways through repetition. This habit-forming characteristic is what we see when we practice.
When we repeat actions that spike feel-good hormones multiple times throughout the day, the brain will want to get those kicks every day. This creates a sense of dependency as it makes you think of the activity that gave you the high.
If I think back to my younger days as a skater boy I can vividly remember how addicted I was to the high I experienced every time I landed a technical trick. This is why exercise can become a healthy addiction that will ultimately replace your unhealthy habits like just sitting around.
So if you are still on your ass, just get up and find something that will inspire you to train. Bodybuilding has become that for hundreds of thousands of people right around the world. Join our 7-day trial program if you want.
FINAL WORD ON CARBS
If you love doughnuts and chocolate as I do, then I have some really good news for you.
God does not expect you to perform for His love, but He does desire for you to be healthy and in control. Therefore, if you are struggling with a binge eating disorder, bulimia, anorexia nervosa, or obesity, please reach out to me.
I can’t promise to fix you, but I can pray for you, provide you with support, and guide you one step at a time to transform your body and mind.
The Bible says, “No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide you with a way out so that you can endure it.” – 1 Cor 10:13