5 days and counting

April 15, 2014 — Leave a comment

Today makes it exactly 5 days until Easter. Big things have happened to me this Easter season and the lives of people around me. I have seen some lives drastically changed and some major life changing events happen in others’ lives. I thought this was going to be just another Easter where I coast in, go to Easter service on Sunday, and enjoy a big meal.

As Christians I think we under appreciate Easter. We all love Christmas though, we love the family, the season, the lights, the gifts, the whole “Holiday Spirit” behind Christmas. Why not Easter? I believe Easter is the celebration of the most important event in human history. Why don’t we act like it? Why don’t we celebrate like it was? Jesus died for the sins of the world and took all our sins on the cross so that we may be forgiven and have access to Heaven and eternal life with Jesus. How huge is that! Don’t get me wrong, I love Christmas, and Jesus’ birth is very important, another big event that changed human history, but what happened 33 years later after his birth is what changed every single life on this earth as we know it.

This season has been something to remember, so many ups and downs, peaks and valleys, victories and defeats. One of my closest friends lost his mom a week before his bodybuilding contest, and stepped on stage a 7 days later with an amazing showing. He did all this after previously being over 300lbs when he was younger. He was an inspiration and true symbol of strength to so many people in Fresno. It brought a tear to my eye when he stepped on stage after all he had been through. I also had the opportunity of building new friendships with new clients, traveling for new job opportunity’s, and seeing some amazing sights that God created like the Giant Sequoia trees. But the biggest thing was the rekindling of an old relationship that was very important to me, but not just that, but seeing God work in this young ladies life and drastically doing a 180 degree turn in her life. All within the last 30 days and I see even bigger things to come. I have seen her go through so much but now God is really doing a good work in her life and it’s awesome to see.

It’s been a powerful Easter and we need to realize how big this holiday is as followers of Christ. Without the resurrection it would be like Paul said in 1 Corinthians 15:14 “And if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain”. Everything we believe hinges on the resurrection of Christ don’t forget that. So take time and reflect on the magnitude of Easter Sunday this year and make sure to thank God for what happened.

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life” -John 3:16

God Bless

-Conquer The Flesh

It’s baseball season. Baseball is one of my favorite sports. I just love sports in general. How could you not? Sports embody so many life lessons, and challenges all in one game; joy, defeat, discipline, teamwork, unity, overcoming adversity, hard work, preparation, victory etc… There are a few sayings in sports that everyone would unanimously agree with. One of the most widely accepted ones is “Defense wins championships”. This has a very good track record, especially if you watched this past year’s Super bowl, where the best offensive team in NFL history (The Broncos) went up against the best Defensive team in the NFL (The Seahawks). It was complete domination by the best defense in the NFL and it ended up being one of the biggest blowouts in Super Bowl history.

“Defense wins championships” is a great saying, but I disagree. At the end of the day, the winner is the team that has the most points on the scoreboard. I have seen so many time’s in baseball where a great pitcher throws an amazing game giving up one run and still ends up losing because his offense did not put enough points on the board to support him. When you play defense or play not to lose, you’re doing it wrong. Like the great NFL coach Herm Edwards once said “You play to win the game!” The biggest thing that bugs me about the United States national soccer team is they play not to lose, they need to play to win. They are constantly playing on defense and never pushing the pace and attacking the other team’s goal, it’s hard to watch.

We as Christians need to stop playing defense. We need to be on offense. People are not going to come to you asking about Jesus if they do not know him, you need to tell them. Jesus did not say in the great commission in Matthew 28:16-20 “Let all the world come to you, and tell them about Jesus”… He said “GO and make disciples of all nations…”

We get so scared of offending people, so we wait for them. We make excuses and listen to sayings of Saint Francis like “Preach the gospel to everyone, if necessary, use words”. That is completely false. It is completely necessary and we are called to use words to tell people about Jesus. Do we need to live it, and practice what we preach? Absolutely, but sharing our faith is not an optional part of Christianity, but most of us think it is, why? It’s not.

“Well I don’t want to offend someone, or make them not like me”. I got news for you, the Gospel is offensive, and like Paul says in 1 Corinthians 1:18 “For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God”. You’re going to offend people, but share your faith anyways. You are going to lose friends (I have lost plenty) but share your faith anyways. You are going to be persecuted, but share your faith anyways. We should not even struggle or question this concept as Christians, it comes with the territory, and if you think you are unable to do it, that’s good, you aren’t… that’s why you need Jesus and the power of the Holy spirit to lead you and work through you in order to accomplish this. If people don’t want to hear what you have to say or don’t accept it, it’s ok you did your job and remember this verse “Do not give dogs what is holy, and do not throw your pearls before pigs, lest they trample them underfoot and turn to attack you.”-Matthew 7:6.

Here is a challenge I have told people before. If you really love someone, or really love something you can’t stop talking about it, and it just comes up naturally in your everyday conversations. Do you really love Jesus? Do you talk about him because you love him?

God bless

-Conquer the Flesh

in arabia?

March 28, 2014 — 1 Comment

clarkI live 4 and ½ hours from my hometown of Riverside California. Sometimes it can be tough because I can’t just get up, drive home, and make a day trip home to visit my family. I have to have it pre planned out and I have to make a weekend or a couple days out of it. I made a day trip there and back one time it was miserable. (9 hours in a car that day).

It’s sometimes hard to be away from my family from an extended period of time. When I am always busy and work full time, I can’t just take a couple days off to visit my family. I usually go back on major holidays. Like I said, all my family lives in southern California and I have a two year old nephew (as you can see in the picture) that is the cutest kid in the world. I am missing out on him growing up and just quality family time in general.

I know I am here for a reason though. Since I have lived in Fresno, my faith has grown leaps and bounds. I am a completely different person now than when I first arrived. I have grown like crazy spiritually and if you can’t tell… physically as well. Being away from home and fully independent has opened my eyes, and forced me to grow up.
I moved to Fresno just a year or two after I rededicated my life to Christ. To those of you who don’t know Fresno, let me tell you, this is the perfect spot to help you grow in your Christian faith. There are plenty of resources, good people, and a church on every corner (literally). Only way you won’t grow here, is if you choose not to. I have never seen the churches so united either (compared to other cities I have lived in).

I feel like the apostle Paul, as soon as he was converted, he went to Arabia for 3 years to learn, grow and become the apostle we all know him to be today (Galatians 1:17-18). He left and went where he was able to grow and came back a force in Christianity forever changing it as we know it, writing over half the New Testament. Maybe if it was not for those 3 years in Arabia he would not be the man he became and the Paul we all know. I was sent out to live in Fresno to grow and be raised up as a leader in a perfect place to aid in my walk with Jesus. I am at an amazing church, I went to an awesome Christian college, and have been tried, tested, and stretched beyond my ability. What has the result been? Massive growth that otherwise would not have happened in the comfort of my home town.

I do not plan on going back to my home town of Riverside, but I do plan on going back to southern California. The new and improved Steven Kruckenberg through the transformation of Jesus Christ is ready to go back as a bold leader and wage war against the darkness and share the light of the gospel to those who are in darkness. Would I have been able to do this prior to moving to Fresno? Absolutely not, this has been my training ground, and a training ground for many others to be raised up and sent out to do Gods work. Exciting things are happening, and I can’t wait. I can look back on my last 4 years here and praise the Lord and be thankful for all the lessons I have learned here.

Maybe you are in a place you are not fond of, but maybe God has you there to help you grow, and knows if he puts you in your desired place you will become comfortable and lack motivation to do his work. So acknowledge where you are at and keep going strong, you are where he has you for a reason and enjoy this season of life and take every lesson you can from it.

God bless

-Conquer the Flesh

Serving the Lord is not always easy. Sometimes people don’t quite understand why you are doing what you are doing. Sometimes you don’t understand why you are doing what you are doing. But God does, and that’s what matters. A lot of times you are called to take a difficult road in life by God. He is grooming you for something great or a way to challenge you and use you to do great things. Walk in Obedience.

Walking in obedience is not always fun and it sure does not always make sense. When I went to Fresno Pacific University, my friends and I were called to pray for the campus and garner prayer requests from students to pray over them. Why? Because we were called and being obedient. We had no idea how we could do it until we were praying one day and we got an idea. God laid it on my heart to start baking stuff, handing them out and ask for prayer requests. We all laughed when I said it, because it was so ridiculous, hand out baked goods for prayer requests? How’s that supposed to work, and how are people going to receive a couple people handing out free food?

The results were slow at first, people didn’t know what to think or how to handle what we were doing. But as we prayed we made huge connections and relationships. We saw miracles through prayer, healings through prayer, bonding through prayer and I made some pretty close and significant relationships in my life.

Right now I am being asked to do something that most other men would not do, I am kind of being dragged through the mud and messed with mentally for doing it. But I know it is what I am called to do. Is it fun? No, is it showing any signs of paying off? No. If anything, it’s almost looking like a lost cause. But God has called me to do this, and I am walking in obedience and not giving up. Even though it may look hopeless, God is faithful, even though some people don’t know why, God is smiling, and in the end it is edifying me and my walk with the Lord. Where will it end? I have no idea. It really is taking a toll on me but all I can hold on to is the fact that I am being obedient, and the end result is not as big of a deal as my faithfulness to the Lord is.

We went from Persimmon cookies, cheesecake, brownies, fondue, cake, cupcakes, pies, to hundreds of prayer requests, friendships, and miracles, all because we were walking in obedience to what we were called to do. It was all out of our own pocket, time, money and we baked every Thursday night before our big day of handing out Goods at our prayer table on Friday and prayed earnestly over each individual prayer requests Saturday night. Did we ever get any recognition or compensation? No, but I could not be happier of the end result. I look back at that time of life and smile because of what God allowed me and people close to me to be a part of, which was doing his will all because we were obedient.

God Bless

-Conquer the Flesh

Stop hatin’

March 14, 2014 — Leave a comment

On May 2nd, 2011 Osama Bin Laden was killed. I distinctly remember watching ESPN that day. They showed a clip of the news breaking in Yankee stadium and the crowd going wild and cheering like crazy, and then the crowd unanimously broke out into a “U.S.A…. U.S.A…. U.S.A….” chant. I thought it was so awesome, how all these people especially New Yorkers (Who have been through so much with 9/11) could celebrate together and cheer like that. Then I was convicted by the Holy Spirit. Why am I celebrating the death of a man? Was he an evil man? Absolutely, but what convicted me was God loved him too, and Jesus died for him as well as me and you. We as a nation were celebrating that another man was in Hell. In reality, it was a tragedy.

Sometimes we let culture invade our thoughts, we think because everyone else is rejoicing and cheering it must be good right? Especially, over someone who deeply wronged us and hurt us as Americans. We finally got revenge! But that’s not how the bible teaches it, is it? Jesus said love your neighbor as yourself. How can we love our neighbor when we rejoice in their deaths or failures?

Jesus also said in John 14:15 “If you love me, you will keep my commandments”. And what did Jesus say were the two most important commandments? To love the Lord God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength, and to love your neighbor as yourself. Easier said than done right?

So who’s your neighbor? Your spouse, your coworker, your classmates, the people in the gym that you dislike and think they are cocky, and your social media buddy’s. Those are your neighbors. Loving yourself is easy; I can pump up my ego all day and love myself all I want. But love your neighbor like you love yourself? That’s so hard! I struggle with it constantly.

So what’s the solution? Prayer. Sounds too easy and simple, but it works. It’s almost impossible to pray for someone you hate without some sort of heart change. I have had many coworkers that I severely disliked. Once I started praying for them (reluctantly) I had a heart change. When you start praying for someone you start to care, empathize, and understand the person more. I have had many coworkers that once I started praying for them I viewed them in a different light. Maybe you should try this with your enemies or people who wronged you. It’s not easy at first but God softens your heart, and change takes place.

Pray for your country, pray for the president, pray for your parents, your coworkers, your boss, your classmates, and your spouse. God will change your heart just watch. Don’t just pray a halfhearted prayer or a prayer against them wishing death on them, but to soften your heart for them and for God to love them. Asking God for eyes to see them like God sees them is another powerful prayer. So let’s stop the hate on other people, it’s so easy but takes way too much time, stress and energy. God wants to use you, but he can’t if you have a hard bitter heart towards the ones he wants you to share Jesus with.

God Bless

-Conquer the Flesh

trial by fire

March 12, 2014 — Leave a comment

So many pastors and popular “experts” and “life coaches” talk about your mental state of mind. If you are in a bad spot it’s because you don’t believe you should be in a better spot. If you are in trouble it’s because you are speaking death over your life instead of speaking life. “Think positive thoughts!” they say. “Speak life, not death over your life.” “Your words and thoughts have power!” “You are in this position in your life because you aren’t thinking high enough of yourself”. To all these worldly views I say Baloney!

Let’s get this straight. We all go through many trials, and we all go through ups and downs. If you are like me, you are stubborn, which if you train and workout and read the articles on this site, you probably are. Since we are stubborn sometimes God has to get our attention, sometimes we have to hit rock bottom so God can work on us. We grow and our faith grows through trials. Haven’t you heard the saying about the Christian walk “You are either going into a trial, in the middle of a trial, or coming out of a trial”. Biblical example, look at the book of Lob, was he in sin and speaking death over his life?

Peaks and valleys happen in life. We are not supposed to be living heaven on earth, that’s what heavens for.Why would we want to go to Heaven of we experience it here on earth and there is nothing better? Although we do get glimpses of it sometimes, that’s not a realistic life. That’s not what Jesus promised us, or the New Testament. James (Brother of Jesus) wrote this in James 1:2-4 “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, when you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” Key word is “When”, not “if”, not “It may”, it’s “When”. Trials are going to happen and it’s expected. This attitude that we should be perfect with an easy life of no trials is just straight unbiblical, it’s going to happen. Why? Keep reading, because “The testing of your faith produces perseverance.”

Now I am really going through it right now in life, in training, in dieting, and in my walk with Jesus. But I am enjoying every minute of it because it’s producing a greater faith in me and although the experts would like to say it’s up to me and it’s in my hands… It’s not. It’s in God’s hands, all I can do is pray and have a heart of thankfulness because I am growing in my trials right now and will be able to look back and see why I went through it, and what I learned from it. It’s as simple as that.

Embrace trials, they are for your benefit and they will happen. It’s not because you are a sinner or a bad person it is because God loves you and he is refining you through the fire. Will life be great at some points? Absolutely, but as a true follower of Christ we need to expect trials, pain, and persecution. If not, maybe you’re doing it wrong.

God Bless

-Conquer the Flesh

In 2012 right after I finished competing at the USA’s, I took a little break from training. But I did not take a break from being active. We had a volley ball night at church and of course I played. It was fun and our team ended up winning the whole tournament (No thanks to me, I was just on a great team).

Afterwards we were playing basketball and I was trying to see if at my size I was still able to dunk a basketball. Obviously with my newly added size I was not able to. The rim was a tough defender it was my biggest defensive opponent, it kept blocking me. Unfortunately my body was not used to explosive movements and movements that really stretched me out. I went up for my last attempt, got blocked by the rim and felt a very awkward pull in my stomach right above my belly button.

I immediately thought I had a hernia but didn’t believe it so I didn’t tell anyone and I went home. The next day I showed my workout partner at the gym, and there was a golf ball sized circle right above my belly button. I did not have any pain. I didn’t really talk about it because I don’t bring a lot of attention to my injuries, because it’s just an excuse in my mind to not train as hard or to be in shape. I went on to show 4 or 5 other people including my mom who told me I need to get surgery on it. I believed it could get healed by God, and was eagerly praying for it.

I was also looking, doing my research, and finding out costs for the right doctor to do my surgery. This was all a backup plan while I was desperately praying to get healed. Now I wasn’t praying to get healed because I was scared of surgery, it was because I knew God is great and powerful and he could do anything, plus I did not want to take time off from the gym (which I never did).

But While I was praying for healing, getting hands laid on me and asking others to pray, I was trying to act extremely “Christian”, self-righteous, and legalistic. I was honestly thinking if “I am extra good, maybe God will heal me” “If I am good enough God will love me more and show me favor”. This is all terrible thinking. But isn’t it how we think? We think we can earn God’s favor and love more than usual by our actions? Well, let me finish the story.

A couple weeks after getting the hernia, and my streak of being a super good, legalistic, play by the rules, model Christian, I was having a terrible day. This resulted in a not so Christian behavior and attitude with a blow up argument with someone who was very close to me. I was so mad, I remember going to sleep furious, and I whispered a halfhearted prayer about my hernia being healed. I woke the next morning and looked in the mirror and flexed, looked at my stomach and realized my hernia was gone. It was healed, a miracle just happened. All I could do was just start laughing uncontrollable with how ridiculous it was, and I immediately sent out texts to people who knew about my situation as a testimony to God’s healing power.

As I was showering right after, I heard the Holy Spirit speak to me and say “Steven, I love you and I healed you not because you were good, but solely because I am good, and I love you. You can’t do anything more or anything less to earn my love”. I stood there in shock realizing what I was trying to do. Earns God love and favor? His love was displayed on the cross, God furiously loves us and sinners just as equally, and if anything happens it is not because we are good it is only because he is good. How refreshing is that? Now I am not saying go out, commit all the sin you want and ignore truth and righteousness (Read Romans 6:1-2). I am saying God loves you no matter what. God is Love.

Stop getting so wrapped up in legalism and trying so hard, just rest in the fact that God loves you, and you already are blessed. He can do miracles, but it’s not because you are good, it’s for him to show off his power, glory, increase your faith, and use it as a testimony to others. For him, not for you. It’s not about you, it’s about him. Take the focus off your life, it’s about God!

Some say I never had a hernia, but many people saw it. Some say it just popped back in. If that were the case with the way I lift, it would have popped back out. Also, if it was still there it would have been visible when I stepped on stage for my last bodybuilding show. Believe it or not… That’s fine by Me. But my God is a God of miracles and we all need more faith, and maybe things like this would happen more often if we did have more faith. But here is the take home message. God loves you no matter what.

God Bless

-Conquer the Flesh

Sometimes we need to be honest with ourselves. Today I took an honest look at myself while posing in the mirror and I realized I only have 8 weeks left. Now everyone in the gym says I look great, says I am right on track. To 99% of people that do not compete in bodybuilding, they think I am ready to step on stage right now. But let’s be realistic, most people at the gym do not compete and do not know what to look for, while the ones that do compete, only compete locally, and as I said in my last entry, I am trying to take it to the next level.

So I took an honest look at myself. If I were one of my clients I would say I am doing great. But I expect so much more out of myself. So what am I going to do? The world thinks I look great and I could pass it off as an excuse and say I do too, but the world does not know. I am going to be honest with myself and make the necessary adjustments to get back ahead of schedule for my contest prep. When you listen to everybody else’s opinion in this politically correct society, everyone will say you are doing great with tons of positive reinforcement. Some of my closest friends other people think are so rude, I think they are honest, and that is what I love about them, and that’s what I need in my life.

I think we are the exact same way in our walk with God, or at least I know I am. Sometimes we think we are right on track, coasting and in the right spot. To the world and other Christians we look great. We put on our fake face, when greeted and asked how we are doing we say “awesome, God is good”. We are the only ones that really know we are not, but we have grown up in the church and know all the right actions, and all the right words to say to look like a good Christian with a strong walk. It’s super easy. Why? Because it’s easier to fake it then tell people our problems.

Take an honest look at where you are in your walk with Christ. Are you going after it as much as you should be? Does everyone around you think you are a great Christian when deep down inside you just know the right words to say, how to act around your Christian friends and family? My pastor once said “You can have of much of God as you want, in fact… You already do”. Meaning if you want more, get more, he is unlimited. How much you get out of your walk with Christ is up to you and how far you want to push, sacrifice, press in, study and pursue to get more. Let’s be honest, we all need more, and we will never have enough so don’t stop now and don’t ever get comfortable.

God bless

-Conquer the Flesh

If you are an aspiring athlete that wants to become a professional athlete one day, what does it take? You can’t just keep doing what you are doing and expect to get to the next level. With each level of progression the competition will get tougher and tougher. So how do you adapt or change to fit the competition? How does a minor league baseball player expect to get called up to the big leagues when he is in triple A? It takes work, hard work, and not just hard work, but at each level you have to work even harder. There is not one successful pro athlete out there with a high school athlete work ethic. It has to develop and takes tons of work, sacrifice, and practice. Each time it will get harder and harder than before.

I want to become a pro bodybuilder. I want to take my amateur career to the next level. How do I do that? I can’t just keep doing what I am doing and expect to get better. I can’t rely on genetics. At each level of competition I have to work harder and harder. Diet harder, lift with more intensity, more weight, more cardio, more posing… It is going to require me to be more serious and more sacrifice.

Sometimes I wonder how I can work any harder, but you can always work harder. Everyone says they work hard. I meet people that say they train hard all the time, and by the time we are done training they either quit, or threw up half way through. I tell them “Everyone thinks they train hard until they workout with someone that trains harder than them”. This saying applies to my training too. I know I train hard but I am sure I will meet others that train just as hard if not harder, and I will have to step my game up in the weight room. But like I was saying it is going to take more effort and cost me more. Ever heard of the saying “You can’t become a millionaire with a minimum wage work ethic”?

Some people do not understand why they don’t get better or improve every year, when they think they are doing all the right things and eating all the right things. Isn’t our relationship with Christ the same way? We want more, we want to grow more, and become closer to Jesus but we put in the same effort. I think the key thing is we don’t want to sacrifice anything. We love Jesus but until we have to start giving up stuff for him and change our lives for him. Yet we want more of him?

“God I am all in 100% I want to go where you want me and do whatever you want me to do!” “Become a missionary?” “That’s for poor people with no career aspirations”. “Start tithing?” “I don’t have the money to do that”. “Tell people at my work about Jesus?” “They might think I am weird and not talk to me”. How many excuses do we have? We say we want it, but we don’t want to put in the work or make sacrifices when the rubber meets the road. God may call you to where you can fail, where you don’t see the complete path… It’s called faith!!! Use it!!! Is it faith if you have it completely planned out and know how it’s going to go from beginning to end with no risks?

How many times do we just have a plan and want God to bless it and allow us to do it? What if we lived by faith and went by Gods plan and trusted that he will provide? After all isn’t his ways better than our ways? If we want to get to that next level in our relationship with Christ, we need more faith, more boldness, more prayer and more sacrifice. 2 Corinthians 5:7 says “For we walk by faith, not by sight”… Do you?

God Bless

-Conquer the Flesh

Leap of faith

February 25, 2014 — Leave a comment

DCIM100GOPROI went sky diving for the first time this last summer. It was an awesome experience, but there was also a huge buildup and suspense before the jump itself. Once we were going up in the plane I immediately started second guessing myself, and started to worry a little. I knew I was already committed and I had to jump, I came too far and couldn’t back down. Besides, if all my friends were jumping there was no way I could back down, I am way too prideful for that.

Once we got to the altitude we needed to get to, and the door opened, everything became real very quickly. The wind was intense, and it was super loud. My heart rate and adrenalin went through the roof, I was not comfortable at all. The only thing I kept telling myself was “These guys are professionals and have done this thousands of times, I have nothing to worry about”… I was totally lying to myself, because of course in the back of my head I was terrified, even though it was my idea among my friends to go skydiving. As soon as my friend Kameron jumped out first, it seemed like he flew out of the plane at 100mph (I am exaggerating but that’s what I thought) and he disappeared so quickly, I was like “Oh crap!” once it was my turn I knew I wasn’t ready but never would be so I just had to accept it and deal with it. My tandem partner said we would go on 3, he counted to 2 and pushed me out.

As soon as I left the plane I realized I was safe and had nothing to worry about, I enjoyed the free fall and decent. All the fear was before it actually happened, once I jumped all my fears were relieved and besides, I realized I had no control at that point so it didn’t matter.

I am a control freak so I have trouble not being in control. Most fitness enthusiast are too because they have all their meals and workouts planned. Once you let go or stop worrying, it’s so much easier. Like jumping out of the plane, when you worry about a problem, usually it’s the build up to it that is the hard part (Most of the time you realize it’s not that bad when you deal with it, and you were stressing over nothing and over thinking it). Take the leap of faith. If you want to wait until you are ready and want to do it at your own pace, I got news for you, you will never be ready.

My faith in God is like sky diving and a lot of yours is too. We are going through something, and we are terrified but we don’t want to let go. Jump out and stop worrying because we are safe and God is in control. We know when the trouble is rising like the plane rising in altitude, that we need to have faith in God. We try to control our circumstances especially when it gets tough but we need to realize that, for God this is nothing new. And like the professionals have done the jump thousands of times with no casualties. God has seen these trials millions if not billions of times and will always guide you through. So stop trying to rely on your own strength and above all stop stressing so much (a lot of time it’s an irrational fear anyways). Stress is natural but we don’t need to stress ourselves sick, lose sleep and focus on the issue to the point where we lose sight of everything else. Take comfort that if God brought you to it, he will bring you through it. We go through peaks and valleys and God is there with you through both, every step of the way and he is in control, and he never fails. He won’t fail with you now. Let go, take the leap of faith and believe God is bigger than your trials. We serve a big God and you are in the hands of the creator. He’s got your back and will always guide you to a safe landing.DCIM100GOPRO

God bless

-Conquer the Flesh