The New Special Forces of God – Episode 4: Caffeine

Shalom Fellow Warriors,

Just want to go on record here and say that I’m crazy about Jesus and His cycles of Glory metamorphosis!  Yes that’s right, I’m more intoxicated with His Presence than anything else in life and stay driven every AM in the early morning blackness to wait upon Him in sheer obedience to complete His ops with wholehearted eagerness!  There is nothing like His intoxicating nearness as we go from faith to faith and glory to glory (Romans 1:17)!

Today’s EMM nugget of wisdom is about a stimulant called “caffeine”.  A stimulant created by God in Genesis 1, but must be used in moderation for increased alertness/productivity in His vineyard.  This short video clip is just my way of using caffeine for projects or aerobic training blocks, but still not being controlled by it.  There is excellent research coming out now in the endurance sports community about the benefits of caffeine in endurance training/racing.  However, like any natural stimulant there must be seasons of fasting from it to flush your system and then gradual phases of restart, before you can maximize the benefits for training and creativity focus.  (Personal note- if I was not leading a active lifestyle of Ironman endurance exercise, then I would minimize my caffeine intake drastically.  But that is just me…).

Some folks out there may get “religious” about this teaching and yet others will grasp what is being said here and use this to further propel them in sheer obedience to please Abba!  So as always, it is an extreme joy to share these nuggets of truth with you’all as we race this endurance lifestyle of faith together to see His Face!

Be extremely intoxicated in His joy until rapturous frolicking initiates into exploits for His Name to be glorified!

In His service for your faith,

Scott

“THE COMEBACK”

Warming Up for Israel TT Cycling Championship
Heading image: Warming Up for Israel TT Cycling Championship

Shalom Fellow Warriors,

I pray this update finds you in great joy and exuberant rivers of thanksgiving!  Lots of stuff to report in the next series of emails and today we will begin with the latest installment of the Spirit Filled Fitness exploit chronicles we started several years ago!  I have such a fire of desire to help fellow Holy Ghost warriors keep their mobile earthly tabernacles in high levels of operational performance.  As Special Operators for Abba in this late hour it is imperative you win the Battle of the Bulge (overweight confinement= solitary confinement) and sprint ahead in this race of faith!

Let me begin by encouraging all of you not to give up when you have lapses in your training schedules and start to pick up added weight much faster than it took to burn it off in months gone by.  This is a war of attrition and many courageous decisions to get your weight under control and achieve higher levels of fitness have been interrupted with seasons of disappointments due to injury, unseen family matters, increased projects at work, etc….  It takes great focus and self denial to yield to the Holy Spirit promptings to exercise with a future goal of self mastery of the lower nature per Romans Chapter 8.

It is not easy at times and great suffering occurs mentally when the carnal nature wants to return back to its slothful comfortable ways of self indulgence!  Hence, this is what I call the Battle of The Bulge!  When victory is on the way after several months of self denial and fitness levels increasing positively, suddenly there is a surprise counter attack from the enemy (i.e. Panzer divisions of Nazi’s in Ardennes in 1944 WWII), that is so fierce that many become MIA or POW’s to the enemies warfare traps.  Why is this mental attack so fierce that even your physical body seems to rebel against any form of manual labor and exercise?  Is it due to mental burnout or poor nutrition that saps energy levels to new lows of despondency?  No dear warriors!  It is usually a mysterious counterattack of the lower carnal nature that is throwing up a smoke screen of final desperation to not change!  Your lower nature has decided to ambush your mind with a smokescreen of despair and hopelessness that you will never turn the corner to Holy Ghost ordained elite levels of physical fitness and endurance!  It is always the darkest before the dawn (LOL)!

Case in Point-  If you do a quick search thru our Spirit Filled Fitness Pages, you can read testimonies and teachings about how to subdue your lower nature thru Holy Ghost guided training.  This advancement is not for cosmetic change, like so many are under peer pressure to achieve, but rather change in your physical composition and aerobic cardiovascular levels that produce parallel spiritual character changes!  I’m talking about not just a lifestyle change, but a metamorphosis in your entire Soul and Body that becomes a finely tuned war tabernacle of self control and obedience to the Heavenly directives in this late hour!  This is not cosmetic outwardly changes only but a inward fountain of living waters being expelled thru a new Spirit filled way of discipline to ruthlessly obey His directives to attack enemy strongholds!  Thus physical fitness and diet for the believer is not just for health and quality of life but for ruthless Spiritual warfare operations to emancipate the POW’s in the prison camps of sin and deception!

Back in November 2012, I took some time off from early morning pre-dawn training to study more tactical special army techniques thru several courses being offered in the US and here in Israel.  It was amazing how much tactical counter-terroism protocols and techniques are found in the Bible and can be applied by believers for the Great Commission (Matt. 28)!  I remember that I slowly began sleeping in during this time and not responding with enthusiasm when the promptings of the Holy Ghost would wake me up in the pre-dawn hours.  The problem was that my flesh enjoyed staying up later at night “fellowshipping” with family and friends and was secretly poisoning me against the suffering involved in training in the winter known as  “base training” times.  And lo and behold 3 months later I was again 25 pounds overweight and in the Battle of the Bulge (i.e. midsection)!  I was shocked how easily my physical tabernacle easily shifted back to a sedentary lifestyle and bombarded my mind with increased appetite for junk foods!  The lie I had accepted was that since I’m a endurance athlete already that it was “OK” to splurge a little here and there since I have worked so hard and will “tomorrow” get back into the calorie burning routine.  Well “tomorrow” never came and after three months of denial I had to wrestle my lower nature back thru Holy Ghost acts of obedience into training and turn the tables on this military conquest my sinful nature was on to neutralize me!  It was hand to hand combat (LOL)!!!

Now after 16 weeks of Spirit Filled Fitness training I have now shed 25 pounds and found a even greater level of fitness I had before!  The Israeli pro coaches here are amazed to see the change and have seen the numbers in rugged FTP laboratory styled testings that just go off the charts!  The Apostle Paul states in I Corinthians 1 that the Jew requires a sign and those here have seen the signs of a new fitness level that supersedes the human understanding!  Glory to God!  The comeback has begun and Abba is so glorified in this!!!!Last month I was in the early morning shahar blackness worshiping Abba and I heard him say to do a operation into the Israeli cycling community.  I hesitated at first because this competition would be out of my comfort zone and physical classification of usually racing in Ironman and Triathlons!  Meaning I would be racing a cycling Time Trial event against other Israelites that are so much smaller in stature and weight.  In TT events, the key is power to weight ratio and small body mass for better aerodynamic/drag numbers.  I had neither and this type of racing in Israel the best I have ever done was only placing 13th in my category.  However, the race was across the street from the IDF Navy Seal base and that gave me the inspiration to attack the course like a BUD’s week!  Well the good news is last week I was able to place number 4 in all of Israel and only missed the podium by 28 seconds!  Just amazing how this all unfolded! A dear Pastor friend from Texas prophesied the night before that the Holy Wind would be behind me just like Elijah.  Little did he know that Mt. Carmel is the view on the return leg of the race!  Glory to God!!!

Enjoy the photos below of the latest comeback into the Elite Israeli racing scene that is such a ripe harvest of special forces in the IDF!  Wow, what a ride it has been and this comeback to #4 in Israel is even more special knowing that it will encourage many of you dear warriors not to give up in this race of faith in these last days!  Don’t give up when you have setbacks!  Marines never retreat…they just regroup and redeploy!

The Joy of the Lord hitting me as i head to the TT starting line.  In the background is Mt. Carmel where Elijah called fire down from Heaven!The Joy of the Lord hitting me as I head to the TT starting line.In the background is Mt. Carmel where Elijah called fire down from Heaven!

  The Cycling sports have exploded in growth in Israel recently!The Cycling sports have exploded in growth in Israel recently!

  Several Israeli riders enjoying my earlier witnessing to them why I painted my bike the colors of the Israeli flag!  They were shocked by my patriotism! Several Israeli riders enjoying my earlier witnessing to them why I painted my bike the colors of the Israeli flag!  They were shocked by my patriotism!

  On you Mark!  Get set!  Go!On you Mark!  Get set!  Go!

Finnish Line!Finnish Line!

  The Joy of the Lord is my Strength!The Joy of the Lord is my Strength!

 

Special thanks to Ronit Holtz for the photo art to capture this Spirit Filled Fitness exploit!Special thanks to Ronit Holtz for the photo art to capture this Spirit Filled Fitness exploit!

 

Time to head home for nutrition!Time to head home for nutrition!

In His service for your faith,

Scott

PS, The latest supply drop needed here is for the ongoing stealth operational expenses. A new River has begun out of the heart of Romans 13 for hostage deliverance! New equipment modularity that must be brought in to increase the footprint of this operation has increased recently to $477,200.00.  Cannot give details in this forum, but trust my track record of honesty and purity the last 35 years of service to the new winds of the Holy Ghost, that this new equipment will enable us to do more against terror inside the “Green Line” of Judea and Samaria. That is all the details we can give now, so jump on board and give spontaneously to the Valley of Judges outreach we recently launched here in Israel!  It is simply amazing what is being done in Holy Ghost stealth ops here!!!!

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OPERATION IMMINENT TRUMPET UPDATE


Shalom Friends,

Mega Blessings and Shalom to you in this late hour!

Just a few days ago I had the privilege to represent the Nation of Israel in the long distance race of Ironman Arizona 2012 in Tempe, AZ.  As soon as I landed in the USA the terror rocket attack on the South of Israel intensified and I was in a strait to head immediately back home.  However, the Holy Spirit told me to stay and race as He was going to do something very special.   The race turned out to be a crazy ordeal of survival, as I had mysterious nutrition/stomach problems beginning the first hour and then not disappearing until a few hours after crossing the finish line.   The exciting part of this very difficult day finally did not unfold until the last 100 yards in the finish chute area where thousands of people erupted in cheers and applause as they saw me hold the Israeli flag high! It was so encouraging to see so many strangers shout about Israel when even one of the other Israeli pro athletes at the pre race start was afraid that if the Israeli flag was lifted persecution and ridicule may happen. Well it never did and we have put together a small clip of that wonderful experience!

Thank you for your support and have a wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday weekend!

In His service for your faith,

Scott Holtz

EXERCISING CONTROLLED OBEDIENCE IN ALL THINGS


Heading Image: Israel Long Distance Championship Haifa 70.3

Boqer Or (Good Morning Light)!

Shalom Friends,

The war drums against the Islamic terror machine of Iran and its surrogates is at a high feverish pitch like never before here in Israel!  This is such perfect timing to be living in the Middle East and taking advantage of this climate of nuclear paranoia to bring the hope of the gospel to those paralyzed by the things coming on planet Earth per Matthew 24!  So as we have been energized by the Holy Ghost the last several years to help the security elements here in Israel, I have also noticed a dramatic increase in the populous of Israel now being awakened to get in some form of physical cardiovascular shape due to the nuclear terror uncertainty that lies ahead.  Continue reading

SHERRI’S TESTIMONY

Shalom Scott,

Just wanted to give you an update since you prayed for me at Riverwalk. Both times you prayed for me, you prayed for healing. I didn’t say anything, because I wanted to let God do what he wanted to do. On June 4, I hired a trainer to help me with getting back in shape. He put me on a weight lifter diet and made me get on the treadmill. I had an injury and was not suppose to be walking. The doctors wanted to break and rebuild my foot and I refused. I was given a handicap permit and told not to walk to prevent further injury.

There have been days that I have limped into the health club and started my cardio in pain. Within 6-10 minutes of my warm-up, the pain always leaves and I am increasing my speed. I still have a lot of work to do, but wanted to share the testimony in progress.

Here are a few pics. The picture of me with my trainer is at 91lb loss.

Thank you for being so obiedient!!!

Shalom

Sherri

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