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    Is Your 'Yoke' Sunny Side Up Or Scrambled?

    April 18, 2016
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    From the couch to an Ironman.

    How long does it take to properly prepare to compete in an Ironman?
    You wouldn't expect that you could take an out of shape body and whip it into shape well enough to compete in an Ironman event in a short period of time.
    Expert coaches agree that the average individual should train consistently for 5 years before attempting their first Ironman.
    I would say the average fairly fit person should train for 5 years before attempting an Ironman.
    An unfit person should probably take 5 to 10 years to properly prepare the body for a 4 km swim, an 180 km bike and a 42 km run.
    Notice I didn't say complete an Ironman. I said compete in an Ironman. 
    Big difference here. But still, really, 5 to 10 years? 8 to 15 hours a week?

    Do you want to just complete your life or do you want to compete in your life?
    Do you want life just to happen to you and then you die, or do you want to be fully used up by God after years of fulfilling your God given purpose?

    My spiritual training these days is to fully surrender to God's call.
    The 40 day challenge I gave to you I am doing myself. You know what?  It's tough training.  I'm getting quite a bit of victory over the body stuff. I'm celebrating and experiencing joy.
    The spiritual training is tougher. Focusing on God and His call over the course of a day is hard.
    I find that there are so many distractions but the little victories are so sweet because they bring me closer to Jesus.
    Joy comes from close relationships and getting closer to God brings supernatural joy. 

    As you go about your day surrendered, focus on the Holy Spirit empowering you to stay the course. Don't will it out and tough it out.  Instead give it up and let the Holy Spirit take over.
    He takes over when you come to the end of you. 

    As you journal your entries as to how you did the day before, take some time to reflect on how your day went. When you think about the physical lusts that you are fasting from, how did you do?
    Where did you have victory and where could you have done better?  Celebrate the victories and pray about the failures. 

    In your work with the Lord yesterday, where did you stay yoked to Him and work along side Him and where did you go off on your own?
    Celebrate the victories in what God has done and pray about the places where you still need to improve.

    Get into this rhythm of daily reflection, celebration and prayer and commit to it for the long run. 

    Are you willing to train for the rest of your life to build your relationship with God so that He can fully use you up?
    We are not talking 5 to 10 years here, we are talking about the rest of your life.
    Are you willing to give up control of your life for a promise of something far greater? Are you willing to be yoked to Jesus and follow His lead?

    This is Agape Training. Keep training hard.

    Coach Yurij


    On Wednesday, May 4, 2016, Brad P said:

    Yurij - as always thank you for this. And to everyone who commented thank you. Reading the comments is really helpful and encouraging. I'm totally off track with the 40 day challenge, this helped.


    On Tuesday, May 3, 2016, paul given said:

    Thank you Yurij I need these constant refocuses and wake Up's... it's like I fall into this daily coma that seems fine ... Justified comfortable and somewhat righteous... Until I shake my head and wake up... Suddenly It's like looking at some spiritual half wit that wants to sit on the sofa eat ribs and cheesecake and beer and buy things... this constant tug-of-war many days I identify more with the Israelites wandering in the wilderness but I don't want my carcass littering the desert floor ...even when I feel like I've crossed the river and hit the promised land, it's so easily becomes the next wilderness... I believe I'm advancing, but it's like a drunk staggering home it is not a straight path and without all of you who knows where I'd be. Thanks and keep firing the broadsides.


    On Tuesday, April 26, 2016, Leo Quan said:

    You know what I'm really thankful for? This spiritual training has a personal relationship at the centre of it all. When I'm off the rails like I am this week on my physical training, I have God to turn to. Ask for forgiveness, guidance, wisdom, the next pringle step. It's been too hard for me to lean on my own wits. I wore myself out and faultered all over the place.

    Thank you God for being in the centre of my life!


    On Monday, April 25, 2016, brad norman said:

    Thanks Yurij - I'm tired of the heavy yoke - I want Jesus instead!


    On Friday, April 22, 2016, Yves said:

    I have been working on this for a while with renewed focus since the 40 day challenge and know that this will be a life time challenge. Thanks for the encouragement Yurij.


    On Friday, April 22, 2016, Cheonil Park said:

    Amen!! I need to celebrate the victories and pray where I still need to improve each day for the long run!! Thank you!!


    On Friday, April 22, 2016, jason said:

    Definitely feeling scrambled as of late - absolutely need to get back on track with journaling. It does make a difference and its amazing how easy it is to get off track:( I'll get back at it - thanks for the wake up


    On Thursday, April 21, 2016, John LaBrie said:

    This hit home on a couple of different levels for me. First, my focus has typically been short term in pretty much every aspect of my life…wanting to be ‘there’ now (wherever there is). I find that my patience is thin and I can get easily derailed from the path to ‘there’ as a result. So, some of the pain that I am training in is accepting that life is a marathon, not a sprint – and that I need to enjoy the journey along the way. Second, I realize that on most days, my aim seems to be on just completing the day/week/month etc. Thank you for reminding me that its not about just completing or surviving the day, but rather about competing and thriving through the day and throughout life. My life is a God-given gift that I do not want to waste.


    On Wednesday, April 20, 2016, Freddie So said:

    Thanks Yurij for always hitting home on the areas I need the most.


    On Wednesday, April 20, 2016, Lindsay said:

    I loved the visual of 'competing' in life versus just 'completing' life. I wouldn't have considered myself to be a competitor in many arenas, but that's purely because I focus on who else is in the race? Competing in life is about Surrendor to God and his will for my life. It's not about who placed first or who came last. It's not about judging myself or others. Thanks Coach, This is life changing stuff you are putting down here!


    On Wednesday, April 20, 2016, Lynn Fraser said:

    It's interesting. This past 40 days, I have fasted many things (sugar, dairy, grains, wine, etc.) & have done very well. So when you challenged to give up fasting from a physical lust, I did not want to add one more thing to the list, and the more I have tried (surrendering coffee), the more I crave it. Not fully surrendered, yet.


    On Wednesday, April 20, 2016, Stephen Lippitt said:

    As I was reflecting on Jesus yesterday, I recognized how much my brain has been fighting accepting Christ. I've been asking to be closer to him for many years now, but have often found my "rational" brain and human eyes saying "Yeah, but..." about HIM. So during my bike and my prayer I acknowledged that I don't want to fight anymore. It was senseless. I just wanted to accept. It really hit me then, and I was surprised at the tears that came. Surrendering seems to be a daily discipline for me to master on this. That's ok, I'm up for it.

    Thanks Yurij.


    On Wednesday, April 20, 2016, Joe hong said:

    Thank you for helping me get into a rhythm with my relationship with God and my training. I can't will it out. Thank you for helping me see that it's about surrendering. Amen brotha!!!


    On Wednesday, April 20, 2016, Joshua Nikkanen said:

    Good word...Amen to that!


    On Wednesday, April 20, 2016, Jeff Parton said:

    Amen Brother.... For the long haul for God


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