WWJD

I am so jacked to share these truths that have been sitting on my heart lately from God’s Word with you! It’s such a daggum blessing to be able to send these out and learn so much about the awesomeness of Christ but to think that your hearts might be touched too just blows my mind! He’s got so much awesomeness! So, lately I’ve had to deal with some situations and changes in my life that have been way out of my comfort zone and made me realize even more that I don’t have a clue what to do. The cool part about not having a clue about what to do next, how to act or handle something, those are the moments we come to the end of ourselves. Through God’s amazing grace and the power of the Spirit working within us, we may be at the end of ourselves but at the beginning of Christ. It’s hard to admit we don’t have all the answers and can’t be self-sufficient but that’s the gospel. Christ coming to save us broken, sinful, and weak people, giving us freedom to live with Him today and forever, to walk in His ways not our own, and rest in Him being all we need. He is our Savior and the more we get out of the way, the more He allows us to see our need for Him and our need to be more transformed daily to walk in His light, not our darkness or the darkness of the world. I’ve heard it a million times, we’re called to be Christ-like, live as examples of the sinless, perfect Savior, but during these moments where I’ve been brought to the end of myself the Lord has allowed me to see how we say that and maybe even have the best intentions of living more like Him but the sad truth is we don’t even know where to start. It seems like an impossible task to live like such a perfect example but He didn’t call us to be perfect, He called us to trust Him and each day come a little closer to the ends of ourselves meaning what we think we should do, what we think is best to handle this or act in that. He calls us to become less, and the closer we become to less, the more Christ is present in our hearts and lives. I’ve struggled so hard thinking to be more Christ-like means to do more like reading my Bible or praying more but at the end of the day there is still so much Jordan in me that it’s hard to see a whole lot of good. To be more Christ-like isn’t about doing more, it’s simply becoming less and trusting Him more. I got brought to a point where I was trying to make all these things happen, trying to force stuff in my life whether with relationships or any area really, I was trying to what I thought was “great things” but at the end of the day I was running off Jordan juice and I did more harm than good. The Lord has made it obvious by bringing situations up that I can’t handle or find answers to, that the only way to get a different or great outcome, was to simply become less and be more like Christ. It’s been hard to look at situations and not immediately try to figure it out or fix it, but just remind myself, “okay, what would Jesus do? How would He handle this? How would He have me handle this so I don’t make a bigger mess and have an outcome that shows the light of Christ and shows His light to others?” Those questions at first were scary because how do we know what Jesus would do? How do we possibly act more in His awesome ways? The answer was right in front of me written all over God’s Word and most of all in the pages of the Gospel books where we have a window to see exactly how Christ acted, how He handled so many tough situations.

I usually don’t do series or any kind of lessons but these next few God Golds are going to be lessons for myself as I look into this specific story from John to see how I can learn about Christ, how He acted and how He lived. I pray these lessons can be a help for you also, so we can go on this journey together and see what the Lord wants to show us about Himself and ourselves, with the hope of daily applying these truths and bringer the much needed light of Christ to such a dark world.

John 4:1-6/ When therefore the Lord knew how the Pharisees had heard that Jesus made and baptized more disciples than John, (Though Jesus himself baptized not, but his disciples,). He left Judaea, and departed again into Galilee. And he must needs go through Samaria. Then cometh he to a city of Samaria, which is called Sychar, near to the parcel of ground that Jacob gave to his son Joseph.  Now Jacob’s well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied with his journey, sat thus on the well: and it was about the sixth hour.

The story of the woman at the well is one I’ve heard a lot of times but I’ve never thought about it like this. Jesus is in the middle of His ministry on earth and He’s obviously a pretty busy guy with a lot to do during this time. Jesus spent 33 years on this earth and only 3 years in ministry so you would think during this 3 years He’s out there getting it, going as fast as He can doing as much as He can before He gets called back home. It’s crazy to me that the Son of God who was fully human and fully God got tired and needed rest but becoming fully human, He went through all the same needs that our flesh goes through. Of course, at any moment He could have snapped His fingers to fix His need but to truly be an example to the people in the flesh, He went all the way. He endured the same temptations and struggles of our weak flesh that we have so when we look at His example like we are here, we can’t just say well Jesus doesn’t understand because He never went through what we’re going through, oh but He did. Seriously sit and think about that, Jesus came down in FULL human form and went through exactly what we endure so He could be our mediator to a God that’s so perfect and Holy, He loved us so much that He came to live as us and be with us and when we are going through something that’s hard, when our flesh is pulling us to go away from God’s ways, Jesus has compassion, love and grace all in one waiting for us because He understands and knows that this life can be hard at times. And what’s even more crazy to think about is Jesus died as a sacrifice for us so we can be with Him now and forever, so He can be there for us in the form of the Holy Spirit living in us because He experienced and lived this and knows how hard it is to get through. It blows my mind to think about Jesus loving us that much and to think He went through His life in the flesh perfect and blameless so we can also look to Him as the example of all examples to learn from and live like.

I’ve honestly never really thought about that one part of the verse saying “Jesus was wearied” or tired from His traveling. It’s stinkin wild that I sat down with the intention of really digging into this story and seeing what we can learn from Christ but God had different plans. That one phrase just set the foundation of our view of Christ and why we are called to daily strive in being more like our Savior and follow His example. I sit here in amazement from what God has already taught us through these pieces of His Word and I can’t wait to see what other awesome truths He has in store for us so we can learn how to be a little more like Christ and lesser of ourselves today than we were yesterday.

 

Greatest Love of all Time

God Gold of the Day

Hope everybody had a great day of FREEDOM! Looking back through some of my old God Gold messages today and ran across this one that stopped me dead in my tracks. This message is from around August of last year and it’s one that opened up my eyes to see how awesome God’s love is. Looking back at how I lived in the BC days (before Christ), it makes me wonder how or why I got here but it’s no big secret, it’s just Jesus and nothing but Jesus. I really can’t even describe how awesome His love is. No matter what you do, whatever terrible sin you commit, nothing can separate you from His grace and love. Even when I found this love, I didn’t know what to do with it so I constantly tried to preform and be my best to earn it since that’s what we’re taught in this world. You have to be really good, read your Bible at least once a day, pray a certain amount of time per day, nope. Those things are great and all but the truth is we can never earn His love, and the good thing is we don’t have to. In the time between this old message when I was still a baby in my faith and now, I’ve found an even deeper truth to His love. Our performance doesn’t affect God’s love for us but no matter what we do, God accepts us and loves us unconditionally. Unconditionally. Wow. The problem I had was that I thought I needed to change from my old life so I could earn this love and acceptance from God but Christ has already paid that price. With God giving up His only Son on the cross like He did, all out of His love for us, that’s how we are transformed by that love. God loved us so we could change. That’s the beauty of being an adopted child of His, this life we have and the inheritance of eternity we have, the chance to change from old ways into new, it’s all out of His love. Know where you stand with the father and remember His love for you is unconditional, share that love and live in His love. The foundation of the God Gold is still the same. By His grace and love for me when I still struggle to move away from my former ways of living, His love is just too awesome not to share with you. His love continues to change my life every day and His love can do the same with your life too.

“You were taught with reference to your former way of life to lay aside the old man who is being corrupted in accordance with deceitful desires, to be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and to put on the new man who has been created in God’s image – in righteousness and holiness that comes from truth. Therefore, having laid aside falsehood, each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members of one another. Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on the cause of your anger. Do not give the devil an opportunity.” -Ephesians 4:22-27

 

I look back at the way I looked at life in the past and I’ll be the first to tell ya I walked down the wrong road and had my mind wrapped around the wrong things so many times. I still struggle with those things from my past every single day and it only gets harder. The only thing that’s changed for me is realizing that through all my sin God was right there with me. As undeserving as I was He kept loving me and protecting me no matter how sinful my mind and flesh were. Receiving His grace, mercy, and love when you are ignoring Him is one thing but receiving that love when we lay away our old life to embrace the eternal life that He has given us through the sacrifice of His only Son that took all of our sin to the heart on an old rugged cross is a level of love that is unimaginable. He has done more than enough for us and no matter what we do we will never do enough to be deserving of Him. All we are asked to do is put away walking with the world and following Him letting Him lead us to the life that He has already set for us and seeing the truth in His Word to the point we let His image be seen through us to our neighbors showing joy in everything we do. Once God lifted the veil off my eyes to see this, I didn’t know how I could not LOVE Him so deeply letting that love transform my mind and heart to tell my neighbors and the people put in front of me how great, powerful and loving our God is! I send these messages with the prayers that you will experience the truth that has changed my life forever. That’s my testimony, I didn’t figure out some big secret, I finally realized God’s love for me and decided to love Him back. If God can love me after all the wrong I’ve done He can love anyone. The foundation of the God Gold of the Day isn’t out of my want for self appreciation, it is to show God’s unending love and grace that is too daggum awesome not to share. Let’s embrace His love together and multiply that love to the world. Love you!

 

FREEDOM

God Gold of the Day

“Goliath walked out toward David with his shield bearer ahead of him, sneering in contempt at this ruddy-faced boy. “Am I a dog,” he roared at David, “that you come at me with a stick?” And he cursed David by the names of his gods. “Come over here, and I’ll give your flesh to the birds and wild animals!” Goliath yelled. David replied to the Philistine, “You come to me with sword, spear, and javelin, but I come to you in the name of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies—the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. Today the Lord will conquer you, and I will kill you and cut off your head. And then I will give the dead bodies of your men to the birds and wild animals, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel! And everyone assembled here will know that the Lord rescues his people, but not with sword and spear. This is the Lord’s battle, and he will give you to us!””
‭‭1 Samuel‬ ‭17:41-47‬ ‭

Had the awesome opportunity this morning to speak at an FCA and as much as I hope the kids got some encouragement from it, I know I did! First off, I’ve never been to an FCA that did worship music beforehand but shout out to West Oak Middle because they are doing it right over there!! Seeing kids worshiping and the fact that there was so many there, it was just awesome to be apart of that culture they’ve built of embracing Christ in one of the main places where it’s hard to even hear His name anymore. On top of that, it hit me at a bigger level because at that age, I could care less about Jesus or attending FCA events unless there was breakfast of course! Unreal experience seeing Christ and worshiping Him with a bunch of youngins this morning!

I had planned to speak about the God Gold from yesterday, “Expectations” and use the verses from Philippians but at the last second the Lord had other plans so I changed over to my all time favorite story, David vs Goliath but keeping that same message. I’ve never been a huge fan of public speaking like that and it’s gotten easier through time and doing it but I’m still a sweaty, nervous mess before I get up there. I guess you could say it’s one of my giants. We’ve all got our different giants whether we want to admit or not. Anything that scares you to death, something you can’t ever seem to get past because it’s just too big, too scary, or too overwhelming to face.

I’ve spoken a few times before but I’ve never had to practice what I preach to this extent. I may have looked cool as a cucumber on the outside but on the inside I was freaking out! Staring face to face with my giant, I had no choice but to think about the expectations just like David had. No matter how big that giant is, how tough he may seem or all the times you go to face it and seem to fall short or just run away in fear, I got some good news! David went to face Goliath, the huge, battle veteran, stronger, bigger, warrior and after constantly being doubted. After discussing his want to face this giant with his brothers, other soldiers, and even King Saul, he was told “you’re too small, you’re crazy.” He didn’t let that stop him because David had his expectations in a different place, his expectations were in the Lord so when he looked across the field at his giant and heard all this advice that could’ve gave him every reason to walk away, His trust and faith was in the Lord so he stayed to fight.

I’m realizing this before I get up to speak, David is one crazy dude. David had his expectations in God, His relationship with the Lord, the love and faithfulness of One who had carried and delivered his people time and time again. So when David walks onto the battlefield looking across at this ridiculously sized warrior, he’s probably terrified just like we are when we face our giants but it doesn’t matter how we feel in those moments of fear and doubt. It only matters how we raise our hearts and eyes, leaning on the Savior, Who raises our confidence and raises our expectations. David’s identity was in the Savior, how could he lose? It’s crazy when you realize how much bigger and stronger Jesus is than the giants we make feel so big while we’re playing our expectations out in our heads. You know what I’m talking about, the thoughts of worry, doubt, fear and insecurity that overwhelm you to the point where you feel incapable of not just beating your giant but even showing up.

It was so freeing to trust in that example from David and to trust in the expectations of victory and deliverance that Christ has already given me. It blows my mind to think of living and operating everyday and against giants with that freedom! Imagine what a whole bunch of Jesus followers, freedom fighters could do living under these big, almighty and unlimited expectations not having a care in the world what the world throws at them because at the end of the day, at the end of this life, they’ll have Jesus and they’ll have freedom! Today was a huge wake up call for me after seeing and feeling what freedom is like, why look back? Today is another day to wake up and live in Freedom! Don’t wait til you feel like it, til your giants get a little smaller, they’re not going anywhere but neither is Christ. Go to battle, let them know that you’re a child of God, that they can hurt you and knock you down but they’ll never take your FREEDOM!!!! When the storms and giants come, celebrate your freedom today like this dude up above!!!