Throwback Thursday: (Tap into Grace)

God Gold of the Day

Today’s God Gold is a message that hit me in the past couple of years and a gold that was sent out way before a blog, FaceBook page, or anything else was even thought about! I had a friend tell me recently to not feel like I need to always bring you new and fresh messages of God Gold because God’s Gold doesn’t change! It’s been so cool to realize how God’s Gold that He brings into our lives never gets old, it never loses that power that transforms our lives, God’s Gold and the messages He writes in our lives is always a fresh and new perspective with the same life-giving power!!! So, as much as I’ve wanted to bring you only something fresh and new, this lesson has opened up a truth that all of God’s Gold is good and that never changes. So today is labeled “Throwback Thursday,” because it came from some time ago but I pray it encourages you today in a new and exciting way!!! I am so thankful for you and to be able to send these messages of gold to you!!!

“Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me.”

2 Corinthians 12:9

 

Grace is a HUGE word for believers and I’ve always known that but I think it’s easy to overlook just how HUGE Gods grace really is! I’ve always heard grace and thought, yeah what Jesus gives me when I commit my sins to Him and receive His forgiveness. Even though I should never be able to stand before God or be seen as clean, because of the sacrifice Jesus made on the cross for my sins, His blood breaks the truth of “what should be” and His blood washes me clean of my sin, that’s the truth of what is! The Gospel!!! The grace Jesus gives is so undeserving and when we sin, fall short of Gods ways, His grace picks us up even when we’re in our lowest possible place! The beauty that I know I overlook way too often is the Power of Grace! Gods powerful grace is the catalyst for transformation from the things we come to him to commit and ask forgiveness! By transformation I mean, Gods grace gives us the strength to live in new ways, to purify our heart of worldly or fleshly desires so we can turn away, move past and be obedient to live more like Jesus! Not just saying God I’m sorry for doing this or that, please forgive me, then keep going whatever way you want so you wind up right back where you started! Jesus didn’t  die on the cross for our sins so we could just roll around in them and ask for forgiveness, He died to pay our sin debt and set us free from the power of sin so we don’t have to live in it anymore! When He died and was resurrected it was for me and you to do the same every single day. Die to the old, walk in the new. When we’re in our weakest points, we feel like we can’t go no more, we want to give up, that’s when Christ shows up and shows out giving you everything and then some to keep walking out this life no matter what your struggle! His grace is much more powerful than we could ever imagine and I don’t even feel worthy to talk about it but dang isn’t it awesome!! The only key to unlocking this powerful grace, you ready it’s a big one, BELIEVE IT!!! It’s so easy and simple, that’s why I seem to overlook it so much! Believe that your sins are forgiven and paid for by the blood of Jesus, believe that even in your weakest state the power of Jesus grace will lift you up! The moment you believe that Jesus’ grace is powerful enough to change you, you are changing! The more you believe, the more you will continue to walk more like Him! Because of this same grace I’m jacked to tell you that I struggle a lot, I sin, and I’m weak but I can boast in my weakness cause the grace of Jesus shows up even more! Tap into His grace today!

New Year Gold from a Friend

God Gold of the day

This message of God Gold that you read today is from one of my very good friends, Brandon Payne. As Brandon mentions, awhile back I asked him if he was interested in writing a God Gold. In the moment, I just asked, I honestly felt pushed by the Holy Spirit to ask and it just happened. After you read this you’ll see, God works in the craziest yet most simple ways in our lives. What I thought was a simple question to a friend, God had so much more in store! I wish I could say more about how awesome this is but I don’t want to spoil it for you!! I just wanted you to have that precursor before you read the Gold God has placed on Brandon’s heart, God can begin this amazing work bringing us into the new life He has for us in any of our lives! It’s when we least expect it that God does the unthinkable and most awesome things, so I encourage you to listen in today and take hold of this truth God has spoken through my buddy Brandon!!!

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away, and look, new things have come.”

⁃ 2 Corinthians 5:17

As the new year approaches, we find others and ourselves thinking about what resolutions we will have to better ourselves for the upcoming year. Now these come about for many reasons, but I think most of it stems from a desire to have a fresh start. To leave behind something you may find undesirable about yourself, to be…better. And while there’s nothing wrong with this, I think we should push ourselves to do and be better, most times these resolutions come in the form on something tangible. Such as, going to the gym to get a better body, saving more money to see your bank account grow. This year, I am committing to myself to be better internally with my walk with Christ. To learn, talk, read, pray, and do more. To not settle in regards to my faith and continue to push myself to be better. Part of that challenge started with doing this. After a conversation about life with Jordan (we tend to have a lot of those) he asked me to write a God Gold, and i agreed. My first thought was that I was surprised Jordan was trusting me of all people with this task. To me, I am the last person that comes to mind and the least likely to have an encouraging word to say when it came to other peoples relationship with God. After some initial hesitation and panic that I wouldn’t have the right words to say to other people, I decided not to talk to other people. But rather, speak about myself and let God do the rest. So thats what this is, in 2020, like this verse in 2 Corinthians says, I am going to live in Christ. Let old things (2019, habits, choices, etc.) pass away and pursue, move towards and let new things come. Happy New Year everyone!

And if you haven’t already, say a thanks to Jordan when you get the chance for putting these God Golds together. Their not easy to do and I know firsthand how much work he puts into these and how much he cares about what and who he’s putting these messages out for. Love ya brotha!

The Simple Truth and that’s it

God Gold of the day

‘But I am afraid that as the serpent deceived Eve by his cunning, your thoughts will be led astray from a sincere and pure devotion to Christ. ‘

2 Corinthians 11:3 

I got to be honest with y’all, I had this BIG, super LONG, message typed out for this God Gold, but after sitting and thinking about it more. I deleted all of it. Yep. Hit the backspace button on it so I could tell you of this simple truth and then one other simple truth that’s even better.

The devil is real. The devil is crafty in the way he schemes. He plants lies in our lives and does everything possible for us to believe them. Why? Because his only goal in life is to keep us from having LIFE. YEAH! I’m talking about LIFE, all caps, abundant, the kind of LIFE where we are filled completely and need nothing more. The LIFE that never ends. The enemy works hard to get us away from this LIFE, the unfortunate thing is, we are weak and we often fall prey to these lies. But we don’t have to lies that make us feel like we’ve died, because I can rhyme anytime! Haha sorry I couldn’t help myself! But seriously, we don’t have to live dead lives in those lies because Jesus Christ has given us LIFE.

‘Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. ‘

1 John 4:4 

The second truth. We have seen the devil is real, the devil is after us and the devil’s goal is to keep us from living in a pure devotion to Christ. Life can be hard when facing the schemes of the enemy and all his lies. BUT all that you need to know is the truth, because as Jesus says, “the truth will set you free.” Jesus has already won the victory over Satan no matter how trapped by him we feel at times. All you need to know, focus on, believe, and hold every piece of trust you have to, is this. Jesus is greater, always and forever, no matter what. He can’t hurt you, harm you or trick you. Even if he does this truth doesn’t change about Jesus, He is still greater. The problem is in what we believe. The lies, or the truth.

Like I said, I had A LOT more written out but I have a problem of over complicating what Jesus has made so daggum simple. I learned a valuable lesson today that God’s truth is God’s truth, I could have used examples, made it sound cool and exciting but at the end of the day, God’s truth is God’s truth and nothing can be added to it or taken away from it to make it any more powerful or true than it already is. So there it is, God’s truth.

Now that is the truth, and that truth can and will set anyone free to live the LIFE that only Jesus gives. The question is, do you believe that truth? Do you believe that truth over the lies that surround you? That’s the part that we make so hard, but Jesus has laid it out for us plain as day, now we get to LIVE in it, be free, filled, and BELIEVE the truth of Christ!!!!

Praying for you today that God will move you aside and make this truth as simple to you as it is, praying that this truth will free you from falling to the lying, crafty schemes of the enemy and free you up to live, TRULY LIVE in pure devotion to Christ!!! There’s no if’s, and’s, or but’s about it, it’s just God’s truth, and His truth will set you free. Praying that God will get us out of the way and allow His truth to reign supreme in our lives!!!

Let me just leave this here for you

God Gold of the day

He died for everyone so that those who receive his new life will no longer live for themselves. Instead, they will live for Christ, who died and was raised for them. So we have stopped evaluating others from a human point of view. At one time we thought of Christ merely from a human point of view. How differently we know him now! This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun! And all of this is a gift from God, who brought us back to himself through Christ. And God has given us this task of reconciling people to him. For God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, no longer counting people’s sins against them. And he gave us this wonderful message of reconciliation. So we are Christ’s ambassadors; God is making his appeal through us. We speak for Christ when we plead, “Come back to God!” For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ.’

2 Corinthians 5:15-21

I’m starting to feel more and more that sometimes it’s just best to send you a message of God’s powerful Word and truth, and let His Gold speak for itself. I know there is so many nuggets of gold throughout these verses but I challenge you today to spend some time and think about what God is saying here? What does He want you to learn or take-away? Dig into this today and I PROMISE, you’ll be glad you did!!!

Road Gold

God Gold of the day

 

Golden Points 

  • “Help us to stay obedient and in your will Lord, because that’s ALWAYS the best place to be!”
  • God is our GPS, without His direction and guidance, we will drive in circles, lost, going nowhere.
  • Take a moment to sit, be still and quiet before God, look back at all those benchmark moments He’s brought you through in your life!!!

Golden Word

‘ Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.’

-Proverbs 3:5-6

‘for we walk by faith, not by sight. ‘

-2 Corinthians 5:7