Outsmart, Outwork, Outnumber

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  • Workout Date - 03/10/2017
  • Q In Charge - BOGO
  • The PAX - 12th Man, Abacus, Beanie Weenie, Fargo, Fender Bender, Flow Rider, Partner, Quaker, BOGO (YHC)
  • AO -

A nasty line of storms was predicted to pass through the upstate early Friday morning. The forecast turned out to be correct, and the rain started falling about 4am. Consequently, so did the number of PAX who would show up for YHC’s beatdown.

Nine men decided it was wise to work out under metal bleachers during a lightning storm, and so we assembled under the gloom-shattering lights that hung beneath. Against my better judgment, the PAX (mainly Flow Rider) convinced me to go with my original plan instead of the alternate rain plan I had devised 30 minutes before.

Warm-up

  • Windmills – 10 IC
  • Hillbillies – 10 IC
  • Mountain Climbers – 20 IC

The Thang

Leg Day

  • Monkey Humpers – 20 IC
  • Copperhead Squats – 10 IC
  • Bobby Hurleys – 20 OYO
  • Jumping Lunges – 10 IC
  • Smurf Jacks – 20 IC
  • Jump Tucks – 20 OYO
  • 7-count Squats – 5
  • Defensive Slides – The length of the bleachers and back

11s

  • Pull-ups
  • Run to the 50-yard line on the opposite side of the track.
  • Burpees
  • Run back under the bleachers.
    • 55 Pull-ups
    • 55 Burpees
    • 2.5 Miles

Mary Mountain

  • BBSU – 10
  • Box Cutters – 20
  • American Hammer – 30 DC
  • Freddie Mercury – 40 DC
  • LBC – 50
  • Flutters – 60

COT

The night before, YHC had sent out a few verses from Romans 7 as a pre-blast. In the passage, Paul writes that he wants to do the right things but often finds himself doing what he doesn’t want to do. Even further, he desires to not do wrong things but often finds himself doing them.

As the workout began, I confessed that I often find myself feeling the same way. As a matter of fact, the condition isn’t isolated to YHC and Paul. Rather, this phenomenon is part of the human fabric. We are sinful creatures, and sin is nothing we should take lightly. Our sin wants to destroy us–to take away our intimacy with God and ruin everything good about our lives.

An old quote says, “Sin will take you further than you want to go, keep you longer than you want to stay, and cost you more than you want to pay.” Because of this reality, we should do everything in our power to rid ourselves of this sickness. We must actively kill our flesh (the part of us that naturally wants to sin) before it kills us.

After the workout was over, I shared some of my personal battle with my flesh…

“Five years ago today, I woke up feeling ashamed and defeated. Caroline had been away the night before, and I had given into pornography and masturbation. It wasn’t the first time I had woken up with this sick feeling in my stomach. In fact, it was a feeling I had become accustomed to. At that point in my life, I was 27 and had dealt with the pattern since I was 13–more than half my life! No, this wasn’t the first time. However, it was the first since I’d become a dad.

I wasn’t alone that morning. My three-month-old son, Jack, was sleeping in the room next to me, and when I looked down into his crib, I was ruined. In that moment, God gave me a picture of the future. I saw that this sin (which is rampant among young men and women today) was going to be a struggle for him too, and I had 2 options.

  1. I could either get it out of my life and be a voice of freedom for him, calling to him from the bank and throwing him a life preserver. “If God can do it for me, he can do it for you!”
  2. I could be a voice of slavery, drowning right next to him, pathetically saying, “Well son, your dad struggles too…”

Right then, I knew something had to change. I had to do something, no matter what the cost, to make sure I wasn’t going to pass my sin onto my son. That began a 5-year journey that has led me here today. A journey that’s seen pain, embarrassment, tears, ups and downs, but ultimately, freedom, and I’m humbled to say that, by God’s grace, I’m 5-years free from the sin that stole much of my life.

And, I don’t think God allowed me to walk on that path of pain to waste it. Part of my personal passion and calling is to help people overcome their addictions, and if you’ll allow it, I want to share a few thoughts I have on how to kill sin so that it doesn’t kill us and everything we love.”

From that point, I talked about the 3 things we can to do to get sin “out” of our lives.

1. Outsmart it. We have to be smarter than our sin. We need to be well acquainted with our weakness. We should be aware of the things that trigger us so we can be prepared to fight. Proverbs 27:12 – “The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and pay the penalty.” 

Challenge – What are the people, places, and situations that you need to avoid.

2. Outwork it. Killing sin is no easy task, and we must be willing to work hard. This means becoming excellent at telling ourselves “no.” Anytime we say “yes” to sin, we feed our flesh, and it grows stronger. We have to learn how to say “no” so that we can starve our flesh. Whether it’s saying “no” to spending more, eating more, or being lazy, we become more disciplined every time we deny ourselves.

That’s why F3 is so good for me. I tell my body what to do in the gloom so that I can tell my body what to do when the lights of temptation are burning bright. Proverbs 14:23 – “All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty.” Challenge – What areas can you tell yourself “no” in now so that you can say no in the right areas later.

Challenge – What areas can you tell yourself “no” in now so that you can say “no” in the right areas later.

3. Outnumber it. We can’t kill sin on our own. We must find other men to fight alongside us. The Bible is full of promises that support the idea of accountability and community.

James 5:16 – Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.

Proverbs 28:13 – Whoever conceals their sins does not prosper, but the one who confesses and renounces them finds mercy.

James 4:6 – God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.

The truth is that there is strength in vulnerability. When we humble ourselves and invite other men into our struggles, we grow stronger because we have more people in our corner. It’s worth the potential embarrassment to have someone who can pray for you, encourage you, and challenge you to be better.

Challenge – Who do you have in your life that you can be 100% real with–the good, the bad, and the ugly. If you don’t have someone, why not ask someone in F3?

In the end, my challenge was that sin will kill the work of God in us, and we should make no greater effort than the eradication of sin. Let’s outsmart, outwork, and outnumber it so that we can be the husbands, fathers, friends, and leaders that God has created and called us to be.

Announcements

  • F3 picnic – Saturday, April 22nd 2pm-5pm. $5 per person with a maximum of $15 per family. RSVP by paying. Instructions will be sent out soon for how to pay.

Prayers

  • 12th Man – Work situation. Pray that he would have faith to trust God even in the midst of uncertainty and difficult circumstances.
  • Fender Bender – PTSD and depression. Pray that God would help him to have peace and joy in life.

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