Congratulations! 31 days. One month. We did it! I say “we” because I pray you are absolutely marvelously ruined to the truth that God is the hero of your story. You and I just partnered up with him for 31 days as he fought the fight you could not win apart from Him.
I pray your old ways of approaching health and fitness feel like chains around your feet. But most earnestly I pray that you are aware, more than ever, that you are a whole person. That Jesus came to proclaim good news to the whole you, to bind up the whole you, to release from prison your whole self, and to set your captive heart free to follow after God. That wherever he is going, he wants your whole self to come along, too. In the words of Elizabeth Elliot, “You can’t give God your heart and keep your body for yourself.”
In Christ, YOU ARE whole.
Whatever Satan can separate he can dominate.
So the question on everyone’s mind today…”What’s next? What do I do now?” Before we move into the “what’s next” let’s take a look at the “what’s been done”. What God has done.
I have included all of Deuteronomy 8 below. It’s imperative you take a moment to read this. This is what God says to the Israelites, after 40 years of wandering in the desert and being trained up by the Lord, as they are about to CROSS OVER into the good land that God had promised to His beloveds.
Do Not Forget the Lord
Be careful to follow every command I am giving you today, so that you may live and increase and may enter and possess the land the Lord promised on oath to your ancestors. Remember how the Lord your God led you all the way in the wilderness these forty years, to humble and test you in order to know what was in your heart, whether or not you would keep his commands. He humbled you, causing you to hunger and then feeding you with manna, which neither you nor your ancestors had known, to teach you that man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord. Your clothes did not wear out and your feet did not swell during these forty years. Know then in your heart that as a man disciplines his son, so the Lord your God disciplines you.
Observe the commands of the Lord your God, walking in obedience to him and revering him. For the Lord your God is bringing you into a good land—a land with brooks, streams, and deep springs gushing out into the valleys and hills; a land with wheat and barley, vines and fig trees, pomegranates, olive oil and honey; a land where bread will not be scarce and you will lack nothing; a land where the rocks are iron and you can dig copper out of the hills.
When you have eaten and are satisfied, praise the Lord your God for the good land he has given you. Be careful that you do not forget the Lord your God, failing to observe his commands, his laws and his decrees that I am giving you this day. Otherwise, when you eat and are satisfied, when you build fine houses and settle down, and when your herds and flocks grow large and your silver and gold increase and all you have is multiplied, then your heart will become proud and you will forget the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery. He led you through the vast and dreadful wilderness, that thirsty and waterless land, with its venomous snakes and scorpions. He brought you water out of hard rock. He gave you manna to eat in the wilderness, something your ancestors had never known, to humble and test you so that in the end it might go well with you. You may say to yourself, “My power and the strength of my hands have produced this wealth for me.” But remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms his covenant, which he swore to your ancestors, as it is today.
If you ever forget the Lord your God and follow other gods and worship and bow down to them, I testify against you today that you will surely be destroyed. Like the nations the Lord destroyed before you, so you will be destroyed for not obeying the Lord your God.
So maybe it wasn’t 40 years for us. But for some of you, 31 days felt long and very hard, at times. You’ve been humbled. You’ve been tested. And God was faithful. You kept reading these posts (even if you didn’t complete every assignment) because God is calling you towards himself – towards a new way of life. A free life. A better way of life. Not easy…but the BEST way for you to go.
The takeaway message of Deuteronomy 8 and our 31 days together is this – don’t push God back into the box.
Pride is real. And it’s lurking around the corner. It wants you to come back into its camp, get selfish, and work against the love, grace, and power of God. Pride is the real heart disease epidemic that kills a soul and dashes hopes and dreams.
You may say to yourself, “My power and the strength of my hands have produced this wealth for me.” But remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth, (or pursue health) and so confirms his covenant… (Deut. 8: 17-18)
So please…I beg you…stand your ground. Do not follow other “gods”. Tap into your body’s cues of anxiety and fear, and remember an idol is close by, hoping to have you back.
Here’s how you know idolatry is creeping into your territory.
Idols consume you as you pursue them, disappoint you when you get them, and destroy you when you lose them.
Let me now answer some of our BIG “what’s next” questions below.
What about the scale?
Yeah. So what about the scale? Given the above descriptions of idolatry… what about the scale? If you were to step on it today and it told you a number you did not like…would it disappoint you? If the answer is yes…then perhaps God is saying stay off the scale. Pray about it. Ask God what he wants you to do. Then do what you have to do to stay free. That’s called obedience. And should you go to the doctor and/or need to be weighed, and you know that scale can consume, disappoint, or devastate you…then ask God to protect your heart and your mind. Unless it’s necessary for you to know your weight…ask the doctor not to tell you. NOW IF you find yourself back-sliding and neglecting your body…it would be a good idea to step on the scale, just like we did at the beginning of this challenge. We all need a reality check with lost sobriety.
How should I continue to eat?
Since Day 19 you have been asked to reduce or remove from your food intake the thing that you knew was mastering you. Now it’s your choice, really. Again I say….pray about it. Ask God. It’s important we don’t develop food fears – negative feelings towards food. It’s just food. It has no power over you. You are the one who is to be free and not mastered. Fear is not freedom. Fear masters us if given too much time and authority. But that being said…food, like drink, drugs, or anything else that is consumed and broken down into the blood stream of the body, changes the body’s chemistry. False “feel good” hormones are released when one begins to abuse food. So for some of you who have abused sugar, (which tends to be the BIG one for all foodies) to have or not have sugar must be discerned. My biggest piece of advice to you is this…
- Pray and ask God what He thinks. I take this “relationship thing” literally with God. He wouldn’t tell us he has given us the helper, the counselor of the Holy Spirit, if he didn’t want to help and counsel us. So get counsel. PRAY! Ask!
- Eat with grace. Grace is the power to live by the Spirit. Stay present to God’s presence. Not your flesh.
- If/when the flesh takes over, be QUICK to recognize! Then immediately practice your 4 R’s from Day 23 (make active link)
The 4 R’s:
o Repent – Get the Spirit back in the driver’s seat.
o Receive – Receive forgiveness and right standing from God.
o Rebuke – In the name of Jesus, tell the spirits of dread, fear, failure, and condemnation to leave (and mean it)!
o Replace – Put good things back in you. First, the word of God. Second, food that will give you life.
You are free to stop writing down the food you eat daily if you have found some freedom in your food. If not…keep being accountable to God until he brings you new freedom. Then you can consider stopping until you feel like you might need the accountability again with God. You have the mind of Christ. Food journals will not save you either.
Get free. Stay free. We live by that around here. It’s founded on the charge to God’s people in Galatians 5:
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. Galatians 5:1
What about my workouts and training now?
I WANT to continue to train you in ALL these areas. At the very least….please join VIP-tv. For as little as a $10 tax-deductible donation you get access to a library full of fitness videos for ALL levels of fitness, as well as fresh monthly workouts AND monthly soul work-INs.
And finally…in closing…I am certain that some who are reading this right now are called to lead a fitness revolution like this in your community. WE are praying, ready, and able to equip you through our Revelation Wellness Instructor Training program. Our instructor training is unlike any other Christian fitness instructor certification program out there. It’s truly sets the bar! Be brave, join the revolution! Come join our motley-crew, rag-tag band of fitness revolutionaries! There are no pre-requirements for our training program other than this one – you know that fitness, nutrition, and wellness are meant to be about so much more. It’s God’s way of loving you and loving others.
Friends, it has been an honor to meet with you each and every day for 31 days. For me, you are a vision come to pass – a child of God, living healthy, whole, and free. Thank you for trusting me with your WHOLE self. Now…keep on keeping on!
May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do it. 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24
His love never quits!
In our last WOD (workout of the day) together…let’s do HAPPY!
But first let’s talk about happiness.
The world is consumed by the pursuit of happiness. We try a little bit of this and a little bit of that hoping to GET happy. “You deserve to be happy”….oh what a dangerous saying. In the echoes of that statement marriages implode, careers get trashed, and bodies go under the knife.
Solomon was the wisest and richest man to ever live. He went on the ultimate pursuit of happiness; sex, wine, food, money, knowledge, and power were all his for the taking. And in the end he found it all empty and lacking. Sound familiar to your fitness pursuits?
Happiness is elusive…but joy…joy sticks through thick and thin. Joy is not an emotion, because emotions come and go. Joy is a reality. Like the earth requires a gravitational pull, and our lungs expect oxygen, the people of God are supplied with joy. Joy is rock solid because it’s founded on The Rock and found IN The Rock.
Joy is found in God alone. And God isn’t going anywhere.
“If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.” John 15:10-11
The root word for joy comes from the Greek word, “Chairo,” and it means to be glad, to rejoice exceedingly, to be WELL, to THRIVE. Chairo is the same Greek root word for grace. Do you see? Grace alone, the gift of God, makes and keeps us well. Grace is God’s favor towards us even though we have done nothing to earn his favor. Yup…that’s a reason for great rejoicing…great JOY!
In today’s workout I want you to forget all about happiness and go for the real thing…the JOY of the Lord. Joy is totally capable of holding hands with pain. That’s why workouts don’t make us happier; they make us more joyful. MORE of who we were created to be; people who can overcome hard things because God has overcome our weaknesses with the gift of his grace.
In order to keep this wholeness train moving long after our time together, you are going to need your joy to move to the front of the bus where Jesus is seated. It’s going to need to be your strength on the days when it would be much easier to jump on the next fad diet bandwagon.
- Find a bible verse that speaks to YOU today about JOY
- Do this warm up from VIPtv
- Do 25 air squats
- READ your verse
- Do 15 push-ups
- READ your verse
- Do 30 seconds of high knees (low impact…keep one foot on the floor)
- READ your verse
- DO THIS “HAPPY” VIDEO
- One minute plank hold
- READ your verse
- REPEAT 2x’s (optional)
TIME: 20-40 minutes
Thank you God that you love it when I laugh. Thank you that you love it when I am happy. Even more than more moments of happiness I thank you for lasting joy. Please remind me that joy is not an emotion but an action. You initiated joy when you moved towards me to call me your own. I want to live a life filled with joy even when things seem hard and painful. Please use the movement of my body to stir up your unquenchable joy for me and for others. Come and train my joy. – Amen
We are beginning to wind down our 31 days together. Are you sad? Don’t be. God is in a good mood over you! The truth about God is He is good. He is always approachable and gracious towards us in our times of need, and everything he does always ends in good.
God’s glory is his goodness.
I am heavily hopeful that you are beginning to get your “sea legs” for seeing fitness more as a means to an end – the end goal to glorify God with all of who we are and all that we have.
So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. 1 Corinthians 10:31
I’m going to shoot it to you straight. Living and staying free and whole in Christ won’t be easy, but it will always be better. What if I told you that I could offer you a supplement that IS the only weight-loss supplement that works, and in essence, it IS that elusive magic bullet? First, you should be skeptical, but I am hoping I’ve earned your trust and you’ll hear me out.
Here’s what I personally endorse and encourage you to get and use:
The supplement of humility might also be found on the shelves labeled as gentleness and/or meekness.
A general description of this supplement is as follows:
“Meekness towards God is that disposition of spirit in which the people of God accept His dealings with us as good, and therefore without disrupting or resisting. In the Old Testament the meek are those WHOLLY relying on God rather than their own strength to defend against injustice. Thus, meekness (humility) towards evil people (or circumstances) means knowing God is permitting the injuries; He is using them to purify His elect, and that He will deliver His elect in His time. Gentleness or meekness is the opposite of self-assertiveness and self-interest. It starts from trust in God’s goodness and control over a situation. The gentle (humble, meek) person is not occupied with self at all. This is a work of the Holy Spirit, not of the human will.” (Strong’s Concordance)
Take it daily, even when you don’t think you need to. And…on the days you’re struggling… take it as many times as needed. You can’t overdose, so don’t give that a second thought. In fact, the more you use, the better you are going to feel. Maybe not initially, but eventually.
Side effects include:
- An initial burning sensation and mild discomfort in your heart, stomach, and head, with increased heart rate. (Signs that pride is being killed off. Breathe and it will pass shortly.)
- An inability to talk.
- An increased ability to listen.
- An increased ability to see yourself as a sinner saved by grace.
- Loss of personal rights and regrets.
- An overwhelming sense of peace. (Amount of time this takes to occur varies from person to person.)
- Studies have proven that when taken regularly over days, weeks, months, and years, a person makes measurable gains in personal peace and power, becoming unstoppable and unquenchable.
So there you have it. Do you want to get well? This is THE magic bullet.
Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. 1 Peter 5:6
Humble yourself before a very good God. When you are feeling overwhelmed and not well, swallow your pride and follow with a heaping dose of humility. Submit to God your heart, your life, your rights, your desires, your cravings, your ways, and your plans and watch your life grow well, even when your circumstances look bleak.
Are you already taking this supplement daily? What are your side effects? Let me know by commenting below!
You know that saying, “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime?” Today I am going to teach you to fish.
In today’s training you will work the three planes of motion that support every body for activities of daily living. Some parts of this class will feel odd and hard and that’s the perfect place for you to train and grow!
All our Revelation Wellness Instructors in training spend time studying how the body moves, so they move from being served fish, to becoming fisherman. Once they practice and apply movement theory, they are free to get creative with new moves, and train their students’ bodies according to their strengths and weaknesses.
If you have loved these 31 days and they’ve made a marked difference in your life, I invite you to consider the call to become a leader in your community. We are looking for people like you, fisherman, to help us spread the Good News of the Gospel for souls and bodies through the art of fitness.
Complete this class.
TIME: 20 minutes
FREQUENCY: 2-3x before next WOD
God, I thank you that you have given me the grace today to move my body. I believe you are giving me the grace today to say to any mountain that comes against me, “Move!” Help me to know whether you want me to push, pull, twist, bend, or simply sit it out when something comes against me to try and steal my joy. Thank you for moving me. – Amen
Okay friends…put your big-girl and big-boy pants on today. We are going to PUSH into some hard places. After all this time training together, you are ready for this workout.
If you have just stumbled upon this post, please go back to Day 1 of the 31 days and start from the beginning. If you get off the couch and jump into this workout, you might not be able to walk tomorrow. And really…what’s that going to prove other than the fact that you wish you had handrails next to your toilet?
For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory. – Romans 8:14-17
This scripture just about cover everything we are about at Revelation Wellness and the motives for using fitness as a discipleship tool to bring about your fullness in Christ. This scripture hits on the following truths that we have been training into you all this time:
- You are a child of God.
- He chose you to be His.
- He wants to lead you through life. He does so by the power of the Holy Spirit. The gift of God, living inside of you.
- You were made for love and fear has come against that love.
- He wants to rid you of fear so you will know your true identity as a child of God.
- As his child, you have God-given birthrights to ALL that he is and ALL that he has. You just simply have to ask and receive. He will give you enough for today and you can trust him for tomorrow.
- AND FINALLY … IF we will suffer, we are going to share in all that he has to offer us.
Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.
Let’s get honest…we aren’t quick to sign up for pain. But this scripture makes it crystal clear that pain is going to be part of the process IF we want what God has to offer us. And friends, you want what God has to offer you. It’s beyond better than anything you could ask for. He is the God of YES and MORE! Say yes to Him and choose the more that he has.
So we will suffer.
Revelation Wellness is honored to train you to suffer well. Oh to know what Paul knew, “Oh death, where is your sting?”
There is no situation that will come against you that can destroy you. NOPE…not one. In fact, God has perfectly orchestrated your life to INCREASE your faith. IF you are wiling to suffer, you will see his glory.
So today…we train our pain.
- Today you will be doing this video…a Tabata-style workout from VIPtv. Tabata training is a current fitness industry trend and standard based on unequivocal scientific evidence that high-intensity training yields the greatest return physically.
- WARNING: High-intensity training, like Tabata training, should not be done more than 2-4 x /week, avoiding back-to-back days. So don’t get crazy on me and think, “Well, if a little is good, then more is better”. I think we have established already that this is understandable, incorrect thinking for a 3-year old, but not you. You are now wise to the fear that attaches itself to striving.
- MODIFICATIONS: For those of you who can’t jump, or need to move slower…that is totally acceptable and it does not disqualify you from doing this workout. Just do YOUR BEST for the 20-second workload. Replicate the move keeping one foot on the ground and tapping out when jumps happen. Instead of putting your hands on the ground for some of the moves, put your hands on the seat of a sturdy chair and replicate the moves.
TIME: 18 Minutes
FREQUENCY: 1 x only until your next WOD
If you are a person who does not like to work out because of the pain…this is your prayer:
Father, I confess I am afraid of pain. I feel like life has been painful enough and I just want to run and hide when you ask me to do something that is going to hurt. I confess, out of fear, I play it safe. I stay away from hard things. Help me to trust you and your surgeon hands. – Amen
If you are a person who tends to think a workout is not a workout unless it hurts…this is your prayer:
Father, you have made me strong. You have made me for hard stuff. Please protect me from getting too self-sufficient. Please save me from thinking I can do something to earn your favor and your grace. Save me from thinking I can earn the love and favor of others. I recognize now that those are fear-based motives that keep me working harder and willing to suffer. Only you can purify my heart so that I might suffer well for all the right reasons. A hard workout is worthless if it doesn’t help conform me into the likeness of Christ, an agent of change in a hurting world. Use my workouts to make me “fit” for the call of the gospel…to meet a need or heal a hurt.- Amen