Anew Years Revelation

By Steven Shaw 

Disclaimer: I support and love when people want to change their lives through better health. This blog is dedicated, not to bash forms of working out, but to help you think through much better and safer ways to do so. If this helps you more carefully choose this year, then my work is done.

How are your new years resolutions going for you? Unfortunately for most people, their goals this year are about the same as last year. Why do we continue to fail at our resolutions? Is it because we really don’t want it? I think that can be part of it, but there’s more.

Fitcore is my business and under glorifying Christ, and loving family, and making music to proclaim Christ, it’s my biggest passion. Mainly because I see such a bad realm of gyms/fitness routines/and trainers. These are some of the main reasons I think people lose their drive for a healthier life. You must take responsibilities for your own laziness, but it doesn’t help with all the junk being presented and overwhelming your options. Like a lot of genres in life, the most popular isn’t always the best, it has only had the most “airplay”. Why do people join the gym? That’s their only option right? Oh no, you have the local boot camp you can join, or crossfit since everyone is doing that… But those are all overrated. All can be good and are resources for some, but not the best.

The Gym will leave you underwhelmed and frustrated. Go by yourself and you’re stuck doing the same things you’ve always done and the same lack of results will follow. The gym has done a great job of brainwashing us into believing that without the gym, you can’t really get everything you need out of your workouts. It’s just not true. I’m not anti-gym for the sake of being anti-gym. I want to educate you on what you are able to do without a gym and how to better utilize the gym.

Finding a good gym trainer will be few and far between. Young kids that have a head full of knowledge with no insight to a true life of fitness. Or, the older, experienced but burnt out and have lost most their zeal for their job. Even worst are the ones who haven’t lost their zeal and are overly consumed by the gym life and no one could ever live up to that same expectation. They’ve lost touch with real life health. I have heard more than anything of these types injuring their clients. Find a real person teaching real health and fitness.

Boot camps are fine for the experienced workout guru, but lack in many areas. Thrown into a bunch of workouts with a bunch of people can be hazardous to your health. Not all workouts work for all people, especially for levels of fitness and/or injuries. You must be pickier for your own safety. Boot camps seem to be the only alternative outside the gym, at least that’s what seems to be. Personally I think we are insulting the military boot camps by using this term. But that’s another topic. Build a foundation of strength before jumping into a boot camp.

Crossfit has crept up in the world of fitness. They have become the “go to” for people burnt out at the local gym. Unfortunately they cause more harm than help, the risk and reward isn’t worth it. If you aren’t left injured right now, you’re setting yourself up for a worn-out body in the future. I get it, it looks awesome and motivating, but our bodies weren’t meant for certain repeated movements with that kind of weight. Do some research; don’t have time to go into all of that now.

Yoga, running, cycling, barre, pilates: I’m lumping all these together because they fall into the same boat. All are fine, but are a very little part of what your body needs as a whole. Great supplemental workouts to more full-bodied workouts, but should not be your main source of health and fitness. All are about 10% of what your body needs.

There are too many gyms to pick apart all of them. I’m just trying to help everyone think before they act. My heart is to help people.

Why am I writing this? Shouldn’t people find what works for them and stick to it? In some sense, yes. But just like religion, you can pick anyway you want, but that doesn’t make it the right way or best way. I’m not saying it’s Fitcore or the highway, however, my heart has always been to help people in the most effective way, combining best results, with a body built to last for as many years as you are alive. Always be thinking long-term, you’re not indestructible. Most of us will reach the age of 70 or 80 easily. Do you want to be active still at that age? What you are doing with your body now will determine that fact. Not all roads lead to a life of a strong body for a lifetime. What I teach will last for the rest of your life.

Percentages:

Lets talk percentages. Like I said previously, about 10% of what your body needs is most workout routines out there. Why do you think you haven’t gotten the results you want? Why do you think gym after gym is opening and people are jumping from place to place? Because no one is offering solutions, just another workout routine. No one is really educating, just getting you to sweat. (I’m using the term “no one” loosely here. I know there are some honest, great trainers and gyms out there, but must be careful.) And if you have gotten those results, at what cost? Remember, always be thinking long-term. Fitcore has always combined as many percentages into each workout, and in the safest form for best results. If you think you are something special with your workout routine, then you probably haven’t branched out of your couple workout styles. I’ve been humbled much by trying new routines.

Closing:

Get over the quick results. That’s the only thing being thrown at you. 14min workout! Really? Don’t get me wrong, I can kill it in 14 min, but calm down and know how to hit it for at least 30 min for the best workouts ever. That’s what I teach. Longer workouts are great, and needed, but by all means know how to workout the most productive in the time you have.

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Residual Sin (Sin today leads to sin tomorrow)

By Steven Shaw

I wrote this for myself and whom ever else struggles to hold every thought captive.

We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ, (2 Corinthians 10:5)

To put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds. (Ephesians 4:22-23)

For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh. (2 Corinthians 10:3)

There are many verses like these in the bible. In the next couple of words I’m writing, I want to stress verses like this. The more I learn about God and the Gospel, the more I learn about others and myself in the human fallen condition. I mentor and see the struggles of many men and women fighting their sin at the head of their problem, not attacking their sin from the root. “Taking every thought captive”, “Be renewed’, “Waging war”, on and on the prophets, priests and our God in heaven stress over and over again the importance of our new life in Christ and how we strive for holiness. Working out or salvation with fear and trembling, Philippians 4:12. Do any of these verses sound like we enter our new lives loosely, mindlessly, and flippantly, or anything that’s not fully and completely enveloped by God’s grace?

We are to be training our minds, hearts and bodies like that of a professional athlete. What does an athlete do to prepare for their sport? Lets talk MMA. I love Mixed Martial Arts. UFC is the only sport I watch. I’ve done a little of it. I could kick your butt, just not a professional’s :). The men and women that train are completely consumed by their next fight. There is nothing else happening in their minds, hearts, and bodies, that’s not about their next fight. They leave their comforts, family, homes, anything that would take their minds off of the goal. What’s the goal? To win! We are called as Christians to live for Christ with that same discipline. And how much more important is our holiness because we have an infinity more wonderful prize awaiting us at the end. Do you feel like you’re falling short? Ya, me too. But I’m working for it and towards it. I will never fully obtain it, not until Christ’s triumphant return, but I never stop striving by the power of the Holy Spirit for it. We, who are called by God are already declared holy and righteous before God by the work done by Christ in his life and on the cross. We are now heirs of eternal life with him. So as heirs and a receiver of the best gift anyone could ever receive, how do we respond to that? By living as we have already been declared to be, holy and righteous.

We aren’t working for our salvation, that’s not possible, but think of our holiness as to save others to Christ. You have been saved, to save others. Too often we get so caught up in our own sin, we are no good to anyone, let alone, sharing eternal salvation with someone. Think bigger than you. You are always going to be messing up, wipe it off and get back to the Gospel! But I understand when you are stuck in a certain sin. You feel distant and helpless. It’s hard to just dust it off and feel motivated to move on. I’m hoping these couple of pointers will help you begin to practice a new control of your mind because that’s where all sin starts.

  • First, you need to see the seriousness of your sin. Grasp the bigness. Begin to see sin as God see’s sin. If you’ve grown numb to it, that’s where you need to start. Gaining back sensitivity to it. Prayer and being in God’s word will be the main way to help. Get involved, serving and attending a God fearing, Christ exalting, Holy Spirit lead, bible teaching church.
  • Second, not only being aware and sensitive to it, but protect yourself. We can’t blindly walk around in the minefield of this world. At every turn there are temptations to turn your attention away from God. Sin that will one day destroy you if not cut at the root. Most the time the world is completely unaware of this. But we should be very aware. Become a trained military specialist in minefields. Walk ready to avoid every flaming dart the devil throws at you. In Ephesians and Hebrews, when the bible talks about the “armor of God”, it gives some of the most helpful truths to battling this flesh and world we are consumed by. We battle in the spiritual world to conquer the physical world. Again, Prayer and God’s word.
  • We want to cut off sin at the beginning because sin starts to grow and fester with every thought. Whether your sin is addiction, pornography, pride, greed, gossip, whatever it is, it starts in your mind and grows until it must happen. And when we act on it, we are killing our fellowship with God and making us more and more distracted to others that the Holy Spirit is putting in your life. Yes, be thinking bigger than you, always.
  • Treat your thoughts like a stranger breaking into your home. Depending on your beliefs, you either shoot them, call the police, or beat and restrain them. Whatever the response, it’s a very aggressive, intentional action. When bad thoughts enter, do what ever you have to do to destroy them. The easiest way is to fill your mind with something else. Don’t focus on what not to do. Focus on Christ and the things you should be focused on. Be more satisfied in Christ than you are in your sin. Quoting scripture is the best way to change your heart. But you’ll have to memorize it to do that. Which I highly recommend and the bible commands.

Romans 8:5-8 For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit. For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace. For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God’s law; indeed, it cannot. Those who are in the flesh cannot please God.

That’s what I am talking about!

The reason I titled this “Residual sin” is, some of the most dangerous sins are the ones we’ve already committed. What better way to make you jump into sin than to remind you of the fun you’ve already had in it? The things that are done are done and forgiven. But be mindful of the next sin that’s creeping in. The sin you give into tomorrow will be the thoughts that make you fall into that same sin next week. There’s no such thing as one time sin. Start knowing the damage that sin plays on you and others. Keeping yourself pure in the face of temptation will give you strength and confidence to deny yourself the next time around. Completely rely on God’s word and the power the Holy Spirit to do so. I pray you begin to pray for sensitivity to your own sin. Even the sins you are unaware of, it’s time to get rid of the “big” sins so that God can keep refining you in the “little” sins. Making you more like Christ every day.

Since we have these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from every defilement of body and spirit, bringing holiness to completion in the fear of God. (2 Corinthians 7:1) Amen!

Closing.

Please don’t let my word be the final word on this. Pick up the bible, read Gospel saturated books by good authors, read good commentaries on the bible, pick up Wayne Grudem’s “Systematic Theology” and learn from a man’s lifetime of study and meditation on the Word of God. Most of all, trust in Jesus Christ and know what He has given us is whole, perfect and is for our good and His glory. Love you all!

The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all. Amen.

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The Reason for the Season (The Real Christmas Story)

By Steven Shaw 

Most of us know the Christmas story, but it never hurts to revisit it and really think about what happened the night Jesus the Christ was born.

Here’s my simple attempt at it:

On a very normal night, many years ago, a child was born. From the outside, it seemed like any other baby’s birth, except poor and in an animal stable. So maybe a little less than normal but certainly not special, but this was no ordinary baby. Let me back up a bit.

When God created everything, He created all things good and perfect. He created man and women and it was good. But in His perfect creation laid a terrible thing, a desire for more than God. With that came a break between God and man’s relationship, that break is called sin. God didn’t create sin, neither did we. Sin is simply anything outside of God. Sin is not a creation, it is an action we chose. God in all his perfection cannot be part of any kind of sin. In fact, He is so perfect and righteous, He can not deny himself. What does that mean? Means He must punish sin. What is sin? Anything against a perfect and holy God. Now there is wrath upon us, all of us, we are all cursed to die because Adam (the first man) sinned against God. But God in all His perfection doesn’t destroy us like we deserve. He decides to save us. But there must be punishment for sin. How does God redeem a rebellious man? He sends Himself to live and die the perfect life and death for us, a perfect life and a perfect death. Only God could do such a thing. And only God could love enough to do such a thing to a group of people who always choose something else other than Him. God sends himself in the form of Jesus Christ, covered in the weakness of flesh, and birthed by a virgin girl. Why a virgin? Because given the circumstances, God needed the most pure of situations to enter into. Many beautiful and gracious things happening here. Christmas is the ultimate love story of redemption to those who don’t deserve it. God comes as a natural baby, to live a natural life, to die a natural death and perform the most unnatural display of love and sacrifice that has ever been and ever will be in all of time. To rise from the dead and ultimately put death away for good. What Satan meant for evil, God planned for the most good ever known. When Christ died for sinners then rose and ascended to heaven, it secured our place (those who choose to submit their life to Him) and bond with Him forever. Now those whom He has chosen to be His children will live and die for Him as well. We aren’t prefect, but we live by the power of the Holy Spirit. And one day, get to be with Him and enjoy Him forever.

Lets not forget the real meaning of Christmas, ever. God came to claim back His rebellious yet loved creation. While we were still spitting in His face, He came and died for us. Perfect love displayed to an imperfect creation, redeemed by a perfect God, and an eternity of joy for those who answer His call of salvation. I pray that you hear His call and chose life this day. It is offered to all who choose. He chose us to choose Him. And pray that you are a chosen one. Let the beautiful truth of Christmas reign in your hearts and minds this season. Happy Christmas!

Closing.

Please don’t let my word be the final word on this. Pick up the bible, read Gospel saturated books by good authors, read good commentaries on the bible, pick up Wayne Grudem’s “Systematic Theology” and learn from a man’s lifetime of study and meditation on the Word of God. Most of all, trust in Jesus Christ and know what He has given us is whole, perfect and is for our good and His glory. Love you all!

The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all. Amen.

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