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Stretch!

Increase your capacity for results

I’ve been working out for years now, and just recently I read that to build muscle mass and increase definition is through a process of progressive overload. The concept is that you want to progressively increase the resistance on your muscles, each time pushing them to their limits. So you are not training your muscles with high repetition sets using small weights, rather you are training with the heaviest weights that will fatigue your muscles with the lowest repetition set. With proper diet and a couple of days to rest, repeat the process with more resistance. This process of stretching and resting is what increases muscle mass and strength.

I’ve been able to notice considerable increase in strength and muscle mass since applying this principle, however this system of strength training is not limited to the development of our physical bodies only. The same can be in any area where we need to increase in strength and capacity. God’s grace is available to us to break limits of our past achievements, but the question is how much are we willing to stretch. The grace of God is the power of God made available to us to accomplish all that God has called us to. It is the same power that enables us overcome challenges that we face on our path to fulfilling God’s mandate on our lives.

John 1:16 says of Christ’s fullness we have received grace, stacked up with more grace, and more grace and on it goes. There are no limits, the grace of God suffices for whatever it is that needs to be done, so the rest is up to us. The question: will you stretch?

Notice what the apostle Paul said 1 Corinthians 15:10:

 “But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me was not in vain; but I labored more abundantly than they all, yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me. “

Paul acknowledges that the grace of God was responsible for his great exploits, but he goes on to tell us another secret, “I labored more abundantly…” What he is saying is that he stretched! He kept pushing the limits and challenging boundaries, but he kept refueling with the grace of God. It’s the same principle of progressive overload. The amazing thing is that there are no limits to the amount of grace we can draw on because God’s grace is sufficient (i.e. more than enough). If you want to increase your capacity to get more results, you must learn to progressively add to your efforts, while you consistently draw on God’s grace.

Proverbs 4:20 reveals that the boundaries of our lives are set in our heart. Our capacity and strength in accomplishing great feats is determined by the capacity of our inner man. These boundaries are set either consciously or subconsciously, which is why we are told to guard our hearts.If we do not consciously stretch the boundaries of our heart, our environments will define limits for us. Situations and obstacles will resist you and draw a line telling you how far you can go.

Without any effort on your part, you will be conforming to the average. On the other hand we can choose to test our limits by doing more than we have done before. Not conservatively but push the limits in a wild manner. If you pray 15mins a day, then pray 30 mins. Take this as a challenge as you increase your capacity for results. If you fast once a month, then fast once every week. If you read 1 book a month, up it to 2 this month. If you go to the gym once a week, go twice a week instead. If your giving last year was $10,000, set a goal to give $20,000. As you do this be conscious of the fact that God’s grace is available to you.

It takes stretching to break into a new realm. Stretching helps you increase your capacity for results. When you stretch you begin to operate on a new level, but that choice is yours! You can generate results at level that transcends the ordinary, but what do you think you have to do?

I leave you with this prayer

And Jabez called on the God of Israel saying, “Oh, that You would bless me indeed, and enlarge my territory, that Your hand would be with me, and that You would keep me from evil, that I may not cause pain!” So God granted him what he requested.” 1 Chronicles 4:10

As you develop your capacity for more results, see steps I am taking to becoming a better person

3 Comments

  • Wanda

    March 29, 03 2012 05:44:19

    I have been contemplated grace today only to come along see it as the theme of your post. Stretching is uncomfortable but necessary for real growth.

    • Moyo Mamora

      March 30, 03 2012 11:48:10

      Thanks for stopping by the site Wanda. Remain blessed, and check back soon 🙂

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