by Doug Cameron
There is a significant secret of getting GAINZ in life. This is one of the most painful, annoying, agonising & slow part of whatever GAINZ goals you have.
Here is the secret, ready? It’s something called: PREP
Prep is short for preparation. This is important because without it, you have NO IDEA what you’re doing in situations coming up.
For muscle gainz you need to PREP your meals, otherwise you’ll eat whatever you find, or nothing… Both options are terrible for gainz.
You have to PREP your workouts for the day or the week, otherwise when you turn up, you don’t know what you’re doing or you might not feel the mojo & leave because nothing is planned. It’s easy to negotiate & easy to bail on plans if you don’t have plans!
Without proper PREPPING, you don’t get proper gainz.
In the gym, I even use certain equipment to help me PREP for certain lifts. Wrist wraps, belts, knee sleeves, lifting shoes, war paint, lucky socks. These things aren’t cheats, they’re to help me prepare mentally and get the most out of the strength i naturally have.
It is the same with internal GAINZ, with SPIRITUAL GAINZ.
If you want to get STRONG SPIRITUALLY, to make a bigger difference in your school, friends lives & your world, you need to get your prep right!
In a book that records some great things God has done named Judges, we find this group of people who had stopped listening to God & now slaves to another country. This invading country would punish these people all the time & now, they’re starving and think they’re all going to die. Luckily God had other plans and there was a man ready to prepare for some HEAVY LIFTING.
read all of Judges 6
Judges 6:7 When they cried out to the Lord because of Midian, the Lord sent a prophet to the Israelites. He said, “This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: I brought you up out of slavery in Egypt. I rescued you from the Egyptians and from all who oppressed you. I drove out your enemies and gave you their land. I told you, ‘I am the Lord your God. You must not worship the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you now live.’ But you have not listened to me.”
Gideon son of Joash was threshing wheat at the bottom of a winepress to hide the grain from the Midianites. The angel of the Lord appeared to him and said, “Mighty hero, the Lord is with you!” … “Go with the strength you have, and rescue Israel from the Midianites. I am sending you!” “But Lord,” Gideon replied, “how can I rescue Israel? My clan is the weakest in the whole tribe of Manasseh, and I am the least in my entire family!” 16 The Lord said to him, “I will be with you. And you will destroy the Midianites as if you were fighting against one man.”
Gideon & God kept talking. Gideon kept preparing himself. He started to believe what God was saying about him. Knowing God & talking to Him made him stronger internally, stronger as a person, stronger spiritually.
Eventually God told him to get rid of over 30,000 soldiers & fight with only 300, so everyone knew that it was GOD THAT WAS WITH THEM and that the LORD was their STRENGTH!
Gideon put on all the right ‘gear’. He got spiritually strong & ready to win big! He was prepped, by talking to God, by doing what the Lord said & they won the BIGGEST UPSET in history!
Whenever you’re spending time with Jesus, you’re prepping yourself for a win! When you pray, you’re putting on your gear, when you read the bible, you’re warming spirit up to do something great!
You can only do so much without the right preparation… The best preparation is Jesus!
- This week, why don’t you pray for strength, spiritually and mentally. It’s a simple prayer that connects us to a BIG God who is on your side and can actually grow your gainz.
- What are the things in your life that are HEAVY to life? Hard to live with? Talk to God about them and ask for specific help.
- Start to speak good things about yourself that you know God says about you. “Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God”. The voice we often hear the most is our own, let’s make it count!
Check out another great story in 2 Chronicles 20 about a group of people in a similar situation to Gideon and how God rescued them! Its incredible!