THE ANCIENT PATHWAY
The ancient pilgrimage from darkness to light is a misunderstood topic and I hope that through Bodybuilding for Christ 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 in service of God’s people.
If you feel lost, that’s okay, we all do at times. Taking a leap of faith by trusting God to lead you as you walk with the Spirit will transform you to be One Spirit with God as Jesus Christ.
However, without the right information, Christianity can/will turn us into religious performers, accepted in a world of illusion.
The Bible implores us to put away evil things; lustful desires like gluttony, greed, and envy. We are called not to conform to the ways of the world, but to be mentally transformed.
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.” – Col. 3:9
Can you see what the scripture says? We have to be “renewed in knowledge” to give us revelation of who God is; and who we are.
Throughout this platform I’ve been sharing what I know about the Mind, Body, and Spirit to guide you like a Jedi knight who seeks to be One with the Force. If you have taken the information to heart, you will see, hear, and know God.
Walking in the Spirit is like walking in the Light. You can 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, and not life. Choose life.
If you’ve been ‘conformed to the norm’ of this God-forsaken world, then you will have experienced these emotional disturbances resonating from within your heart and soul.
***God is calling you to turn away, repent, call Him your Shepherd, not 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.” – Matt. 15:14
Submitting to the Spirit of Christ is the most liberating step you can take on your journey towards a brighter future. Nothing you do in your own capacity will ever be as satisfying as seeing the hand of God work in your life to bring joy, peace, and love to your family.
Humans can achieve amazing things with their life’s work if they know where they want to be, and what they want to become. But what takes the average person 40 years to achieve through their own efforts will only take 4 years with His Spirit leading the way. Jesus did it in 40 days.
What am I talking about? I’m talking about the process of growth and refinement we all must undergo to become the best version of ourself; the version that is not driven by lust, greed, envy, gluttony, and an evil desire for more.
Transformed through the knowledge of God (including His ways) to be set free from slavery and the lack mentality. No more reaching, no more fear, no more poverty, 100% secure.
The Scripture,”I know the plans I have for you declares the LORD, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, to give you hope and a future.” is often misunderstood as a result of ignorance. When God calls you to do something for good, He also calls you to lay down your life. And this is never an easy task for anyone, not even Jesus.
DRINK THE CUP
“Father, if You are willing, take this cup from Me. Yet not My will, but Your will be done.” – Luke 22:42
Jesus asked, “Can you drink the cup I am going to drink?” “We can,” they answered. “You do not know what you are asking,” Jesus replied.
Then He took the cup, gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you.” – Matthew 26:27
This is the primary reason so many Christians stay in the comfort zone. They all live inside this Babylonian world and they will never be set free from slavery unless they become One with God, but for that to happen they need to hear this message from His mouth. (Read Isaiah 6:9)
He wants to be the Shepherd, the One to lead us through the “wilderness” back to Him (Eden). And this journey will be impossible without the Spirit of Christ teaching us; transforming us.
As it is written, “Not by might, nor by power, but only by the Spirit will you succeed.” – Zachariah 4:6
In this final step (3) of the MBS-Strategy you will learn what it means to “go through the red sea” and “be tested in the desert”. You will see how the Holy Spirit will act as a refiners fire to burn away all the impurities before He sets you free.
But before we can get into the finer details of the ancient pathway, you will need to have a basic understanding of who God is, what He came to do for us on earth, and what He has blessed us with. Then you can drink the cup.
JESUS IS GOD
Jesus said, “This is My commandment to you, 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 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.”
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 in the painful times, and you sacrifice and lay down your life for others, He promises to heal you by opening your eyes and 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 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 where we were held up by His grace, unaware of our vulnerability; set free.
Walking in the Spirit can only be experienced when your eyes and ears have been opened through the power of the Holy Spirit. In this 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
But before we jump into God’s Word (Logos), it will be good 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 have been. There are millions of people living today who hate themselves, and that’s no good.
In this final step you will conquer the past and silence it. Then when you are ready to trust again, you can embrace Jesus Christ without any feelings of doubt or rejection.
Jesus said,“No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him.” – John 6:44
If you don’t know who you are, how do you expect anyone else to? Before you come to Christ you must believe that He has already ordained you as His Spirit child and He is not concerned with changing your personality.
“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 you are that poverty.” – Jesus Christ
The words spoken by Jesus Christ were deep and meaningful. No one spoke the way in which He did, and it was for this reason that He was crucified, taking the curse upon Himself.
The Bible reads, “Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us. For ‘Cursed is everyone who is hung on a tree.'” – Galatians 3:13
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 to Him.
As it is written, “The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you are spirit and they are life.” – John 6:63
Jesus Christ knew that ‘to know’ yourself goes 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. We are seated with Jesus Christ in heavenly places, made to trample on snakes and scorpions (Conquer).
Knowing yourself means you know your strengths (gifts) and also your weaknesses. Understanding the situations (triggers) that would tempt you into making poor decisions is the key to fighting the battle raging within.
I believe it is only by knowing your darkness that you can come to know your Light, and by knowing the enemy within, you will be aware of his tactics and be equipped to win this war.
“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 also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.” ― Sun Tzu, The Art of War
If you want to know who you are and what you are here for, then you need to ask the One who made you. You need to go back to the Original Design, before the corruption.
As it is written, “God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.” Genesis
Through my personal journey of self-discovery, I’ve had to learn that to be humble is to accept the fact that I do not know everything, just like John Snow, who apparently knows nothing; but he still stood for something good and true.
No book or person can tell you who or what you are except the One who has shaped you. 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 seek the meaning of it all.
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,
“Do not fear, I am with you; do not be afraid, I am your God. I will strengthen you; I will surely help you; I will uphold you with My right hand.” – Isaiah 41:10
THE UNKNOWN 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 sense I’m going to paint a picture for you. Stories have been used to spark our imaginations in a way that would create faith in the Unseen. The Bible is a storybook.
Through my personal journey back to the Light I’ve come to understand that “God” is more than humans can ever begin to think of or imagine.
Humans have been searching for meaning in life through religion, science, nature, astrology, and philosophy for thousands of years. And we are living in a time where the Church, the New Age movement, and Buddhists preach “love thy neighbor as thy self”. Karma, Peace, Blessed.
However, it is only a few who know how to love and worship God the way He desires to be loved and worshiped. God is not concerned with your culture, your style, or even 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 have placed limits on God due to the limitations of my own human ways 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 error in my ways, and He kept doors closed that would not open unless I 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, He cannot be bought or manipulated, God does as He pleases, and all He expects of us is that we are obedient to His Words.
There is a spiritual war taking place between darkness and light, and the good news is that as the world gets darker, more of God’s essence, the oil of the Spirit is released upon the earth as Ambassadors for Christ demonstrate love by laying down their lives to glorify Jesus Christ.
The Bible reads, “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
KNOWING JESUS CHRIST
The human mind cannot comprehend the things of God. But all of us intuitively know there is a war raging for our health, and we are here as Bodybuilders for Christ to shine a light through God’s sacrificial love, the same love demonstrated by the cross of Jesus Christ.
Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few.” – Matt. 9:37
If this message resonates within your Spirit, and you are ready to take the next step in faith, then I’d like to welcome you to God’s Kingdom. This space will teach you to be strong and find peace in the midst of chaos as we create order.
As it is written, “Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled; do not be afraid. I am going to my Father.” – John 14:27
God placed within you a spiritual Seed that’s ready to germinate. The ancient pathway is a journey whereby you will experience the death, germination, provision, protection, nurturing, and pruning of this Spiritual Seed; and this process will turn you into a tree of life.
As it is written, “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 the 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 of God, so that we may understand what God has freely given us. The blood of Jesus Christ.
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
God is unknown to those who simply don’t believe in Him. The key to knowing God is to believe in Him. When we decide to believe in God, we live and speak as though He is real, and then He shows 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
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. Faith is a verb. This 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, and we will “move mountains” if we have faith and we are willing to speak to “our mountains.”
Do you have faith? Do you believe?
When you observe nature under a microscope you will see the complexity of this ecosystem, something I like to call ‘Organized Chaos’. The Universe, Space and Matter, Mother Nature or “Gaia” is a physical representation of the divine nature of God the Father – The Spirit of Order.
Without God’s Spirit hovering over the deepest ends of the earth we would not exist. He is the life-giving breath of life as demonstrated in the Bible. He is the power that animates all of creation, the Force of life we desire.
As it is written, “Because you are sons, God sent the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying out, “Abba, Father!” – Galatians 4:6
CHILDREN OF GOD
We are the offspring of the union between God the Father (The Holy Spirit) and Gaia, The Beautiful Woman of Revelations 12.
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
It’s important to know 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 die.
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
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 you can point to God is through the Son, Jesus Christ, who is born of the virgin through the power of 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 willingly sacrificed Himself for the ones He loved. The archetype of the Holy One. He is God. By knowing Him you will come to know the true meaning of love.
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 for Him.
Jesus Christ, the Son, the living Word of God, walked among His own people and experienced their suffering, then He healed them by hanging on a cross through the single greatest act of love ever demonstrated. Eternally exalted.
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
Jesus Christ did this in order that He might reveal to us who the Father is by His own Spirit who would come to us as the free gift of God, the Helper and Comforter. The Holy Ghost.
Jesus Christ sacrificed Himself to demonstrate God’s heart for us. The same heart of a loving father who would sacrifice himself for his own flesh and blood. This is the Agape love of God.
Jesus said, “You believe in God, believe also in Me” – John 14:1
John the Baptist was the messenger 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, and 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
In Genesis 3 God speaks to the serpent, the old dragon, saying, “Her Seed will crush your head.” Think of Jesus Christ as the first Holy Seed that was planted in the earth. The Seed died to self, was baptized by the Holy Spirit, germinated in the water, and was pruned in the wilderness to bear fruit and be a Master Builder for the body of Christ. An Ambassador for God’s Kingdom.
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 born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You much be born again.’” – John, the Baptist
Jesus was baptized by John and as He emerged from the water the Spirit of God descended on Him from heaven like a dove. The Holy Spirit led Him through a season of refinement where He was tempted by every temptation known to man to prepare His character for God’s glory.
He persevered through this testing as the Spirit of God gave Him 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 from the Holy Spirit. This is the purification message of Jesus Christ.
As it is written, “In this you greatly rejoice, even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials, so that the evidence of your faith, being more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.” – 1 Peter 1:6
If you have been leading your own life, driven by a lack mentality and the lust of your flesh, and if your choices have left you broken, hungry, and depressed, then it’s time to repent and turn back to God with all of your heart and soul.
All of us have to go through this darkness to experience the goodness of His Light, and the further you have been pulled into the deception of the world, the further God will draw you into His loving arms. “I was blind, but now I see.”
The law of opposites (Newton’s 3rd law) states that those who are blind will have their eyes of understanding opened by the Holy Spirit as they are called to serve God and not man. “Those who are forgiven for much, will love much.”
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 simply 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. Hurting myself/others.
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 the gift of 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. I am a chosen child of God.
If you prayed this prayer with a sincere heart, then I would like to welcome you to the family. The salvation prayer is about the expression of your repentant heart towards God. Pray this in faith and know He is the God who forgives you.
When we acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord and we ask forgiveness for our ignorance (sin), 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 acknowledge Him.
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 (why) you are stuck. Don’t reject Him, just embrace it and grow.
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