God Already Knows

 by

Joseph

Humans have a natural tendency to feel disappointed when things seem to be going against us, often times expressing it through complaints and anger. But that only adds to the sense of helplessness and disappointment we're already feeling.

There is a famous story in Numbers 11 where the Israelites complained against God about the lack of variety in their diet. God provided the people with manna which is a nutritious bread, it fell from the sky and the people were instructed to gather it up six days a week.

But after a while the Israelites grew tired of the manna and complained and wailed outside Moses' tent saying that they had better food back in Egypt. Moses, for his part, complained to God about the people's grumbling and went so far as to say that God should just kill him:

"Why have you brought this trouble on your servant? What have I done to displease you that you put the burden of all these people on me? 12Did I conceive all these people? Did I give them birth? Why do you tell me to carry them in my arms, as a nurse carries an infant, to the land you promised on oath to their ancestors? 13Where can I get meat for all these people? They keep wailing to me, ‘Give us meat to eat!’ 14I cannot carry all these people by myself; the burden is too heavy for me. 15If this is how you are going to treat me, please go ahead and kill me—if I have found favor in your eyes—and do not let me face my own ruin."  

This made for a very tense situation. I could imagine the people grumbling and complaining about their daily bread, Moses' agitated complaints to God about the ingratitude of the masses and God's anger about the entire situation.

God responded by saying to Moses "16 “Bring me seventy of Israel’s elders who are known to you as leaders and officials among the people. Have them come to the tent of meeting, that they may stand there with you. 17I will come down and speak with you there, and I will take some of the power of the Spirit that is on you and put it on them. They will share the burden of the people with you so that you will not have to carry it alone.

18“Tell the people: ‘Consecrate yourselves in preparation for tomorrow, when you will eat meat. The Lord heard you when you wailed, “If only we had meat to eat! We were better off in Egypt!” Now the Lord will give you meat, and you will eat it. 19You will not eat it for just one day, or two days, or five, ten or twenty days, 20but for a whole month—until it comes out of your nostrils and you loathe it—because you have rejected the Lord, who is among you, and have wailed before him, saying, “Why did we ever leave Egypt?” ’ ”

21But Moses said, “Here I am among six hundred thousand men on foot, and you say, ‘I will give them meat to eat for a whole month!’ 22Would they have enough if flocks and herds were slaughtered for them? Would they have enough if all the fish in the sea were caught for them?”

23The Lord answered Moses, “Is the Lord’s arm too short? Now you will see whether or not what I say will come true for you.”

24So Moses went out and told the people what the Lord had said."

It appeared that God was going to give the people exactly what they wanted because He sent quail in from the sea but there was a caveat: "31Now a wind went out from the Lord and drove quail in from the sea. It scattered them up to two cubits deep all around the camp, as far as a day’s walk in any direction. 32All that day and night and all the next day the people went out and gathered quail. No one gathered less than ten homers. Then they spread them out all around the camp. 33But while the meat was still between their teeth and before it could be consumed, the anger of the Lord burned against the people, and he struck them with a severe plague. 34Therefore the place was named Kibroth Hattaavah,because there they buried the people who had craved other food."

The Israelites' complaint was a challenge to God and He met it accordingly.

This isn't to say that we have no right to express our grievances and unhappiness about bad situations. In 1 Peter 5:7 the apostle tells us to "cast all of our anxiety before the Lord for He cares for you."

God wants us to tell Him about what ails us. Asaph did it in Psalm 73 wherein he expressed his sadness about wicked people seemingly getting ahead in life while good righteous people appear to get the short end of the stick.

Habakkuk, an old Testament prophet had a long talk with God about the problems the righteous face (Habakkuk 1 - 3) . He felt dismayed about what he perceived as evil being allowed to profit at the expense of the righteous. The prophet was right in talking to God, he did it in a respectful way in contrast to the Israelites who were ungrateful for what God was providing for them.

 

Comfort In Our Troubles

I recall how a daughter of God went through great travails but didn't complain. She looked forward with hope to better things and even as her situation grew more serious she held out hope for God and for the words that Peter had said in 1 Peter 5:7.

With all that was going on around her, though there were a few times in which she did seem very sad, she did not rail her fists at God nor wail and cry out or scream. Instead she felt peace in knowing God was with her. God sent the Comforter to her and also blessed her to be with her ever loving children whom she also loves so that she would be okay. This daughter of God also had the support of her many friends who love her.

And in time when God called her spirit home to forever be with Him in heaven she went peacefully in gentle sleep and her children were there and know that her example is a good one. For God does remember and watches and will do His work all the time. (“If you belong to Christ, then you are Abram’s seed and heirs according to the promise.” Galatians 3:29)

The daughter of God set a good example for her children who are also children of God and all of them have the promise that they all will be reunited in heaven and to do the work of the Lord there for where God is, she is and her children will be in time.

The world is a stressful place. We often make plans and when they don't come to fruition, we get the urge to grumble and complain. But we must be careful to not fall into a sense of entitlement thinking that God owes us something.

He doesn't.

We must remember that we belong to God. We are His creation and He will do as He sees fit.

God watches us all the time, nothing is beyond His notice. We must be patient and wait on Him. Because God is compassionate:"The LORD is compassionate and merciful; he is patient and demonstrates great loyal love." Psalm 103 (verse 8).

God knows about our pain: "“The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” (Psalm 34:18)"

God welcomes our sincere complaints: "A prayer of the afflicted when he is faint and pours out his complaint before the Lord." Psalm 102:25-27

God is faithful: “Faithful is He who calls you, and He will also bring it to pass.” Thessalonians 5:24

And God knows what He is doing: "For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11

So the next time you feel downhearted and feel the urge to complain remember that God already knows.

 

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Barbell Floor Press Challenge Week 69

by

Joseph

 

I had a very good deadlift workout. Here are the results:

 

Tuesday, September 13, 2019
 
320 lb x 3 reps x 3 sets
320 lb x 1 x 2
 
no warm-up set
 
I increased the number of reps per set and added 6 extra pounds to the bar. After I finished 3 sets, I wanted to do more, so I completed two more sets. Deadlifting is fun.
 
When I return to the gym, I'll increase them again.
 
I'll keep you posted.
 
 
But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. "Do not fear what they fear ; do not be frightened." 1 Peter 3:14
 
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Mouth-Watering Sausage Recipes We Bet You Haven't Tried

Mouth-Watering Sausage Recipes We Bet You Haven't Tried
By Adrian T. Cheng

Sausages are a lot like hot dogs - they're comfort food, easily prepared and most of all, versatile. While they're good eaten alone, they taste even better on a dish. These well-loved piece of meat are mostly consumed during breakfast, but they can also be used as an ingredient to create hearty, fulfilling dishes that are ideal for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

Try these hearty sausage recipes now:

Sausage and Peppers Mac and Cheese

What you need:

  • 1/2 kilograms Italian sausage
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 cups marinara sauce
  • 1 1/4 cups shell pasta
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • Olive oil, for frying
  • Freshly chopped parsley for garnishing

Heat olive oil over medium high heat in a large skillet then cook sausages until cooked through and golden brown. When ready, add bell pepper, onion and garlic and cook for 5 minutes. Add pasta, chicken broth and marinara sauce. Lower heat to medium and allow to simmer for 20 minutes, or until pasta is cooked al dente. Lastly, add mozzarella and heavy cream. Stir until well-combined with other ingredients. Remove from heat and garnish with parsley before serving.

Cheesy Garlic Italian Sausage Subs

What you need:

  • 1/2 kilogram Itailan sausage
  • 4 pieces sub rolls, split lengthwise
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely grated
  • 1/2 stick unsalted butter
  • 2 cups marinara or tomato sauce
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced basil leaves
  • 1/4 cup freshly chopped parsley
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

Mix together the garlic, unsalted butter, parsley and kosher salt in a small bowl. Place sub rolls on a rimmed baking sheet and spread the cut sides of each with the garlic butter mixture. Bake in a pre-heated oven (350F) for 8 minutes or until golden. Set aside. In a large pan, heat the olive oil over medium high heat then cook the sausages for 7 to 8 minutes. Stir in marinara sauce and continue cooking for another 2 minutes. Spoon sausage mixture into toasted rolls. Top with mozzarella and bake again for another 6 to 8 minutes. When ready, sprinkle with basil before serving.

You can do so much with sausages - they can be eaten alone, used in omelettes, pasta recipes, soups, sandwiches and more. Try these mouth-watering sausage recipes now!

Adrian T. Cheng is a food blogger and a BBQ expert. Through years of grill experience, reviewing various grilling accessories and trying delicious and unique recipes, he is sharing his knowledge with everyone through his blog. For more grilling secrets, tips, recipes and more, head over to Adrian's website where he has other interesting grill-related products and posts.

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Barbell Floor Press Challenge Week 68

by

Joseph

I had a good workout last week. Here are the results: 

 

Friday, September 6, 2019
 
deadlifts
315 lb x 2 x 5 
315 lb x 1 x 2
 
no warm-up set
 
I was busy on Tuesday, September 10, 2019, so I fit deadlifting into my schedule last Friday. I decided to skip the warm-up set and went straight to heavy lifting. I did two reps of 315 pounds for five sets and took a 2 - 3 minute break between sets. After completing ten reps, I wanted to do more but individually so two more deadlifts were performed at 315 pounds.
 
I am really enjoying deadlifts! I had forgotten how much fun they are. Deadlifts are one of the supreme full-body compound exercises. I feel all of my major muscles getting a workout - pecs, biceps, deltoids, traps, glues, abdominals, calves, back! 
 
When I return to the gym, I'll increase the reps and amount lifted by 5 pounds.
 
I'll keep you posted.
 
But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. "Do not fear what they fear ; do not be frightened." 1 Peter 3:14
 
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Barbell Floor Press Challenge Week 67

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Joseph

 

Deadlifts were the plan for the day. Here are the results of the workout:

 

Tuesday, August 27, 2019
 
deadlifts
135 lb x 4 x 1
315 lb x 1 x 5 + hold 15 secs
 
I did multiple sets of deadlifts, restricting myself to one rep per set. The exercise is good, yet I'm still getting reacclimated to lifting this way. I'm happy to have the physical strength to lift hundreds of pounds from the floor and hold that position before setting the massive load down again. 
 
When I return to the gym, I'll increase the reps per set at 315 pounds. 
 
I'll keep you posted.
 
 
But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. "Do not fear what they fear ; do not be frightened." 1 Peter 3:14
 
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Barbell Floor Press Challenge Week 66

by

Joseph

I had another good workout last week. Here are the results: 

 

Tuesday, August 20, 2019
 
deadlifts
135 lb x 4 x 1
365 lb x 1 x 1 + hold 15 secs
365 x 0
315 lb x 1 x 2 + hold 15 secs per set
 
I lifted once at 365 pounds but my muscles and nerves need to remember what it feels like to deadlift heavy weights. I will be devoting the next several weeks to deadlifting at 315 pounds and steadily increasing the weight; then I will deadlift at 375 pounds, then deadlift at the weight just prior to 375 pounds and gradually increase the amount lifted.
 
Deadlifting is the most effective way to burn extra calories and boost my overall strength for the barbell floor press and t-bar row.
 
When I return to the gym, I'll perform multiple sets of four reps of the deadlift exercise at 315 pounds.
 
I'll keep you posted.
 
But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. "Do not fear what they fear ; do not be frightened." 1 Peter 3:14
 
I'm living fit, healthy and happy(SM). Are you?
 
 
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Barbell Floor Press Challenge Week 65

by 

Joseph

Last week was a good week for exercise. Here are the results of the workout:

 

Tuesday, August 15, 2019
 
deadlifts 
 
135 lb x 4 reps x 1 set
325 lb x 6 x 1
 
I had about 40 minutes available to exercise, so I devoted the entire workout to deadlifts. It seems like a continuation of my deadlifts challenge from years ago, but what I'm focusing on now is heavy lifting for the sake of heavy lifting. I'm enjoying every minute of it. The thrill of lifting heavy weights off the floor and setting them back down again. Working against gravity is an amazing feeling; I know that my bones and muscles are strengthening and my metabolism is speeding up again. My body is burning more fat when I do heavy lifting and I like the way the weight feels. 
 
Deadlifting 325 pounds is nowhere near my 1 rep max of 425 pounds; for now, I want to lift and hold for 15 seconds before setting the weight down. I'm doing this force myself to remain in good form while holding several hundred pounds in my hands; my right hand continues to have better grip strength than my left; this exercise will improve my left hand grip strength.
 
When I return to the gym, I'm going to deadlift 365 pounds.
 
I'll keep you posted. 
 
 
But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. "Do not fear what they fear ; do not be frightened." 1 Peter 3:14
 
 
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Barbell Floor Press Challenge Week 64

by

Joseph

I had a very good workout last week. I devoted the entire workout to deadlifts and this is what happened:

Tuesday, August 6, 2019
 
deadlifts
 
135 lb x 10 reps x 1 set
205 lb x 5 x 1
265 x 4 x 1
310 lb x 1 x 5 + hold 15 secs

Last week I wrote that I would be adding deadlifts to my routine; at the time I planned to start with 175 pounds and gradually increase the amount over the course of a few weeks. But when I got to the gym, I decided not to limit myself to light weight deadlifts. Between lifts I looked at a photo of myself lifting 355 pounds and used it to psyche myself up and it worked. It felt good to be exercising with heavy weights; muscle memory kicked in and enabled me to do what needed to be done. I now know that I can bench press at 225 pounds and higher; my body can do it, I had to overcome a mental hurdle, and the deadlift did that.

When I return to the gym, I'll be deadlifting at 320 pounds and I'll also devote time to rack lockouts at higher weights. Deadlifting will also boost my metabolism by drawing upon stored calories. 

I'm going to exceed all of my personal records (PRs) in deadlifting, benching, rows and overhead presses. I'll keep you posted.

 

I'll keep you posted.

 

But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. "Do not fear what they fear ; do not be frightened." 1 Peter 3:14

 

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Barbell Floor Press Challenge Week 63

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Joseph

I did bench presses last week; the workout was pretty much lackluster. Here are the results:

 

Tuesday, July 30, 2019
 
barbel flat bench press
 
135 lb x 5 x 1
205 lb x 0
185 lb x 0
155 lb x 5 x 1
165 lb x  5 x 6 <-----   lying flat on bench i.e. feet not on floor toes pointed to ceiling
170 lb x 3 x 3
 
standing triceps pulldown (alternating sets with bench press)
 
70 lb x 5 x 8
 
I did not do very well at all; I had a cold but I wanted to exercise anyway. I could not press the weights the way I wanted; I had a spotter who helped me get the bar racked (I always lift the bar myself, spotters only help me rack the bar if I am unable to rack it). I don't like what happened; 205 pounds is not heavy.
 
Well, I've added deadlifting to my exercise regimen so I'll do 175 pounds as a return to posterior chain compound lifts. I'll also do what I planned to do last week: bench press 205 pounds. 
 
I'll keep you posted.
 
 
But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. "Do not fear what they fear ; do not be frightened." 1 Peter 3:14
 
 
 
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Barbell Floor Press Challenge Week 62

by

Joseph

 

I devoted my workout to flat bench presses last week. Here are the results of the workout:

 

Tuesday, July 23, 2019
 
barbell flat bench press
 
135 lb x 5 reps x 1 set
155 lb x 5 x 4
175 lb x 2 x 1
175 lb x 5 x 2
185 lb x 2 x 1
 
lateral pulldown neutral grip
 
150 lb x 6 x 1
 
 
The exercises were good; thinking back on it, though, I should have done fewer sets at 155 pounds because it took away steam that I could have used to go for 200-pound presses. I enjoyed the workout immensely, I'm remembering the feel of the Olympic bar in my hands, the medium spaced grip and the placement of my feet on the floor. 
 
When I return to the gym, I'll do one warm-up set, then go for 200-pound presses incrementally increasing the weight to 225 pounds. I've got the strength for it. Last week, I did lat pulldowns as a filler, and I'll do some lat pulldowns next time. 
 
I'll also be adding deadlifts into my workout regimen; it has been a long long time since I've deadlifted, and I miss this exercise very much.
 
When I get back to the gym this week, I will be lifting heavy.
 
I'll keep you posted.
 
 
But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. "Do not fear what they fear ; do not be frightened." 1 Peter 3:14
 
 
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Barbell Floor Press Challenge Week 61

by

Joseph

 

When I went to the gym last Tuesday, I decided to do things a bit differently. Here are the results of the workout:

 
Tuesday, July 16, 2019
 
standing barbell overhead press with Olympic bar
 
135 lb x 0 x 1 <---- floor to forehead but that's it
115 lb x 1 x 40s
135 x 1 x 0 <------ floor to forehead only
 
barbell flat bench press (w/o smith machine)
 
115 lb x7x5
135 lb x5x3
135 lb x3x2
 
Even though I was finally able to get an Olympic bar, I just didn't feel like doing overhead presses. Mentally I did not want to do them. So I put the bar back on the flat bench rack and started doing bench presses. This is the first time in many years that I've used a flat bench; not since the days of my old gym have I done this particular exercise. This series was started to record my flat bench progress, largely because I did not feel comfortable using a smith machine to flat bench. 
 
When I joined this new gym, I went through a light set with just the Olympic bar and I did not do very well, my balance was way off, so I set about doing other exercises. Now I'm going to get my flat bench numbers back up to where they're supposed to be. Back at my old gym I did the flat bench at 260 pounds unassisted; I will surpass that amount at this gym.
 
Later I'll do overhead presses again; this happened from time to time all those years ago at my old gym.  When I get back to the gym this week, I'll be lifting heavy.
 
I'll keep you posted.
 
 
 
But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. "Do not fear what they fear ; do not be frightened." 1 Peter 3:14
 
 
 
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