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Get Strong-ER

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Back to Top Tony Herman - the coolest cat on the net
Why can’t you bench 315? Why can’t you squat 500? Why can’t you deadlift 600? The same reason you can’t live a holy life.
Why are you offended? Why do you fall so easily? Why do you mess up so regularly? 
Because you are prone to it. Because you are weak spiritually. 
This past week I was training a client and I was kneeling down and above me at the top of the power rack was a cable with a heavy iron grip attached to it. Now it somehow came off and dropped about 7 feet onto the back of my neck. Luckily I have a thick head connected to a thick neck. It bounced off and we moved on. 
… Hey Im ok, I am 6’3 and weigh 290 pounds right now… the most I have weighed in a long time.. .and proud of it. Lifting more than I have in years.
But the point it, I have a friend who is 5”5 and weighs about 175 and he is solid muscle. If the same thing would have happened to him he also would have shrugged it off. He is in shape! 
So I repeat…
Why are you offended? Why do you fall so easily? Why do you mess up so regularly? 
Because you are prone to it. Because you are weak spiritually. 
1 Peter 4:1,2 Arm yourself so you will not be offended… so you will not sin! 
NIV 4 Therefore, since Christ suffered in his body, arm yourselves also with the same attitude, because whoever suffers in the body is done with sin. 2 As a result, they do not live the rest of their earthly lives for evil human desires, but rather for the will of God. 3 For you have spent enough time in the past doing what pagans choose to do—living in debauchery, lust, drunkenness, orgies, carousing and detestable idolatry. 4 They are surprised that you do not join them in their reckless, wild living, and they heap abuse on you. 5 But they will have to give account to him who is ready to judge the living and the dead. 6 For this is the reason the gospel was preached even to those who are now dead, so that they might be judged according to human standards in regard to the body, but live according to God in regard to the spirit.
The message
4 1-2 Since Jesus went through everything you’re going through and more, learn to think like him. Think of your sufferings as a weaning from that old sinful habit of always expecting to get your own way. Then you’ll be able to live out your days free to pursue what God wants instead of being tyrannized by what you want.
3-5 You’ve already put in your time in that God-ignorant way of life, partying night after night, a drunken and profligate life. Now it’s time to be done with it for good. Of course, your old friends don’t understand why you don’t join in with the old gang anymore. But you don’t have to give an account to them. They’re the ones who will be called on the carpet—and before God himself.
My Mom says remember the first three rules when dealing with people: People are stupid, People are stupid, People are stupid.
* i.e. people are immature spiritually and then wonder why they are offended! 
Look, can I be honest with you? We as men are really good at making excuses as to why we slip up and sin and make mistakes and keep failing… etc… etc… etc…
THE TRUTH? You are just weak.
I follow a lot of powerlifters and one of my favorites is a guy by the name of Brandon Lilly… I do not think he is a Christ follower, but I love him just the same- he is a great dude. But in one of his instructional videos on his social media he was answering questions. One question that came in was from someone who wanted to know how to bench 315. (That is something many people shoot for…the old 3 plates a side) He reads the question and says as deadpan as you can get. “Get stronger”. and moves on to the next question.
How do you keep from sinning? Get stronger. 
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