Matt Howard: “Praising Through the Virus”

God Gold of the day

“Why are you in despair, my soul? Why are you disturbed within me? Hope in God! For I shall still praise him for the saving help of his presence.”

~ Psalms 42:5

Praising Through the Virus

Good morning God Gold Family! My name is Matt Howard, and I hope that this truth speaks into your life this morning. Psalms 42:5 is one of my favorite scriptures in the Bible, encouraging us to set our minds attention and our hearts affection on the Lord, praising Him for who He is and for what He has done. Throughout Psalms 42, we are encouraged to always bring our praise and worship, even in the midst of our battles, knowing that God will take care of us regardless of our circumstances. When we don’t have the strength in of ourselves, we can always praise and worship the Lord. We see this in Acts 16:25 when Paul continues praising the Lord through song even while incarcerated in a Roman prison. We can learn from Paul here that there is so much joy, victory and peace through the act of praising God amidst our trials. I pray that whatever you are going through, that you would realize that you are NOT alone in the fight and that every circumstance is a part of God’s PERFECT plan. Choose to Praise him today! I encourage you to take some time out of your day to listen to the worship song below and praise God, giving everything to him. “Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken.” – Psalm 55:22

Proverbs 18:10“The name of the Lord is a strong tower; The righteous run to it and are safe.”

Worship Song-

Earth Day Gold From Farmer Taylor

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A special “Earth Day” message from one of my best buddies Taylor Snipes! He’s one of the most faithful and genuine dudes I’ve ever had the privilege of knowing! And since it’s earth day, how fitting and awesome is it that he is a farmer?!?! Hearing some nature filled truth from a man who lives in the midst of it! Get ready, you are about to be seriously blessed with these words from Taylor today!!!

“The earth and everything in it, the world and its inhabitants, belong to the LORD; for he laid its foundation on the seas and established it on the rivers”

Psalm 24:1

               What’s going on God Gold readers? I am thankful that Jordan has given me this opportunity to encourage you today with the witness of both God’s works and his Word.  Today is earth day, a day in which the world collectively recognizes, celebrates, and advocates for environmental change.  As an assistant farm manager, I spend most of my time during the day outside working the land in preparation for vegetable crops.  Over the past year I have made countless observations of God’s creative hand and the lessons he can teach through the natural world.  Truly, what He has made testifies to His eternal power and divine nature (Romans 1:20). From the very beginning, we were given the responsibility to fill the earth, rule over the living things, and work the garden. (Genesis 1-2). Without question however, man’s sin has had devastating effects in every aspect of our lives, including the physical earth. Unfortunately today we see man’s exploitation of earth at the expense of both people and the environment. It is also troubling to know that many will never give God the credit for the many things they have so benefited from. Many scientists spend their entire careers gaining recognition through the natural world, all the while denying God’s existence.  

                An absolute integral part of loving God with all our being is to care for all things He has created, for He is the owner of it all! A genuine care for the environment can powerfully demonstrate the love of Christ to our fellow neighbors who also share concerns about the earth. Our goal should be to model the same compassion for the world that Jesus did.  “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. My challenge to you is observe your thoughts and attitudes towards God’s creation. Is it one of genuine concern for neighbor, other living creatures, and the land?

                One of the cool ways The Lord can show us a small glimpse of the promise of resurrection is through the simple example of the change of seasons. The transition from winter to spring time can be viewed in light of Christ’s resurrection.  What’s been dead during the cold winter is brought back to life as spring is ushered in.  Spring means flowering plants creating a sanctuary for flying insects, cold blooded creatures warming in the sun, and sparrows collecting food without worry.  As Christians, our sins once left us dead in the cold of winter darkness.  But because of Jesus suffering death for us and being raised to life from the dead, we too are born again to a new life by God’s grace. 

Practical Application During a season of quarantine, I encourage you to take a short walk outside and observe the wonderful works the Lord has made. Let Him know of your awe and wonder.  Consider getting outside this week in your time of worship. Take a few minutes to consider how you could pursue greater faithfulness to God in care for His creation. In my evening walks this week I am committing myself to picking up trash left on the roadways!

What an Awesome Opportunity We Have Before Us

God Gold of the Day

“Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!”’

Psalm 46:10

But Jesus often withdrew to the wilderness for prayer.’

Luke 5:16

Coronavirus God Gold

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“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.”

Romans 8:28

 “And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.”

Ephesians 6:18

Throwback Thursday: “bigger than all”

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Another “old gold” for you today! I hope it’s as much of a blessing to you as it was to me then when it was written and experienced and now!

John 18:36

Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. If my kingdom were of this world, my servants would have been fighting, that I might not be delivered over to the Jews. But my kingdom is not from the world.”

Went on a little adventure today with my buddy James and saw God’s beauty and bigness on another level. Pulled out His Word for a random verse, this is what the Lord gave us. When seeing the beauty of the mountains with the sunset in the background, it put the bigness and perfectness of God in a different lens. James said it best, “that view of God puts how small we are and how small our problems are in way better perspective.” God’s Kingdom is not of this world, it’s so much bigger. Sometimes it takes going out, looking around at His creation to see a glimpse of the Kingdom, God’s glory. To think that someone so small and imperfect like us can play a role in bringing glory to a Kingdom that’s so big and so perfect. It blows my mind. It also puts life in perspective. Our belief in Jesus Christ, our faith doesn’t just work in the glimpses of God all around us, it’s in the unseen, the Heavenly Kingdom of God. Putting focus on a Savior and a Kingdom that’s out of this world, seeking that same Savior and believing that He will deliver us out of any situation, change our lives and then bring change to the lives around us. I guess it’s because I’m human but sometimes I forget the role of the relationship I have with Christ and what His presence means in my life. We get caught up in so many little things, problems, and our fleshly desires of this world but sometimes all we need to do is stop, look around, and remember Who’s in control is way bigger than this world or any problem we could ever face.