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God Gold of the Day

The lions may grow weak and hungry, but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing.”

‭‭Psalm‬ ‭34:10‬ ‭

Hey, I’m really really excited to share this message with you today. I don’t know what you may be going through in your life, what tough circumstances you have around you, maybe you feel like you’ve got nothing left. I don’t know where you’re at personally but I’m excited to give you some awesome God Gold encouragement today that I pray will lift you up in the midst of what ever your situation is.

So, I say all that because honestly I have been struggling a little bit myself lately. Nothing too major, it’s just been one of those stretches where everywhere you turn you’re getting hit with something. We all go through them and I want share all the details with you but I want to lay out an example from my life for you to tell you just how much this truth from God’s Word has helped me.

Last week, just going about my day and my phone that had been cracked for awhile finally gave out. The screen stopped working so for a few days I was out of a phone. And that same day, I go to turn on my laptop and guess what? Yes sir! Broke too! It won’t turn on no matter what I try. So I’m faced with two things that I use a lot for these messages, school and just life in general gone. To pile on top of that, I’m in a season where I’ve had to sacrifice some money to gain experience so to just go out and buy a new phone and laptop is not my most ideal situation.

After getting my phone, realizing how much that costs, then realizing that I’ll have to get a new laptop, I’m struggling. I was in a very bad place for a little while. I was worried, stressed, anxious and just a mess. So many times before I have reacted in those situations with “I can fix this, I have to fix this.” Usually my main instinct is to turn from God and to rely on what I got or just look at the mountain of impossible that sits in front of me and want to feel like a victim, and give up.

That’s the human response but I’m here to tell you something today, even though my situation is so small compared to so many others who are struggling out there in this world and you may be one of them, there’s a truth that covers all of our problems and it’s shown to us in so many ways. The truth is, despite how bad we want our situation fixed, no matter how much we try to fix it in our own strength or just lay down in our own doubt and anxiety with the give up attitude. That may be the way we handled it yesterday and that may be the way we want to handle it now but the TRUTH is, WE DON’T HAVE TO!!!!

This verse is written by David as he is being chased by Saul and he’s hiding from him in the wilderness. He mentions lions a lot in his writings because the wilderness he was in contained many of them. And I’m sure since David hid in caves a lot of the time, he came face to face with a few of these powerful beasts. In this verse David uses a comparison to lions, who are the king of the jungle. Some of the most powerful, fast, resourceful animals on the face of the earth. These awesome beasts are used to show us that even them, yes lions, grow weak and hungry at times. That’s crazy to think about these incredible beasts growing weak and hungry. The comparison is made to “those who seek the Lord.” That is or can be you and me, depending on where we turn to in the midst of our daily struggles.

I was sitting in my struggle, honestly scared to death at the thought of what would happen or what I should do but then this verse of truth was laid in front of me. Even the lions grow weak and hungry but, here we go, don’t miss this, “those who seek the Lord lack no good thing.”

That stopped me dead in my tracks, why would I try to solve a situation that’s not mine to solve, especially when I have God right here beside me. As much as I want to do everything and anything but turn my situation to God, seeking Him, seeking His Word of truth, seeking Who He is and His mighty and awesome presence in my life. It was obvious in this situation unlike times in the past, I would be stupid if I did anything but lean into God during this time. Why?? Because seeking and leaning into God, we lack no good thing, we lack nothing!!! Despite the things going on around me that felt impossible, pressing in during times of trial to God, none of the stuff that goes on in our lives matters when compared to the fact we have God, we have a relationship with God, the Creator of all, the almighty, powerful, constantly loving and always faithful God!!!! So on the surface of our lives, all hell seems to breaking loose, what changes the game is when we decide to go against our human instincts or our past reactions, and press in to God!!! On the surface it looks impossible and crazy even but with God, we’re good!! We have more than enough!!! We have no reason to feel defeated or want to give up, we can stand against the obstacles that come up in our lives and attack them one struggle at a time!!! We can face the opposition we face with complete confidence and joy because we know we don’t face them alone!!!

The circumstances may look crazy but from what I’ve experienced these last few days, it’s not easy, but the only and best thing to do is PRESS IN to God and surrender your situation to Him!!! Nothing around me has changed but knowing I lack nothing when I seek and stand firm with God, I have confidence and hope, I see that I must attack everything in front of me head on despite how impossible it looks because with God, NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE!!!!!! Don’t turn away, don’t try on your own, and don’t lay down, PRESS IN!!!!!!!! Go to God and you’ll never go wrong!!!!!

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God Gold of the Day

***The foundation behind the “Armored” series, the main points, scripture and what we’ve talked about so far is at bottom of page.
‘But David said to Saul, “Your servant has been keeping his father’s sheep. When a lion or a bear came and carried off a sheep from the flock, I went after it, struck it and rescued the sheep from its mouth. When it turned on me, I seized it by its hair, struck it and killed it. Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, because he has defied the armies of the living God. The Lord who rescued me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will rescue me from the hand of this Philistine.” Saul said to David, “Go, and the Lord be with you.”
-1 Samuel 17:34-37
Digging back into this visual example of what it looks like to “put on the armor of God” from the story of David and Goliath. We saw in verse 32 how David steps up to the plate confidently to take on the task of fighting the giant, Goliath. Like I’ve mentioned before, David’s confidence wasn’t from what he had or didn’t have, or any of his own strength, David’s confidence sprang from how he stands in the Lord, in who God is and his identity in God. After telling Saul that he will fight Goliath, Saul throws doubt and started naming off reasons why David shouldn’t and can’t do this. This is a perfect example of how the devil is crafty in his schemes against us, how he sometimes uses people and the world to plant lies in our heads of fear, doubt and insecurities. David could have easily fell right into the lie of why he couldn’t do this, and taken the example of all of the armored up Israelite soldiers standing there crippled in fear, too scared to move at all against the giant in front of them. But despite the physical odds, with David standing in the truth of who God is, with his strength and identity firmly planted in the Lord, he responds to the lies, with these verses.
David reminds Saul of all the victories the Lord has won in his life and what God has done against the lion and the bear. What an example that is for us on how to respond to the devil’s lies with the truth of how we’ve experienced the goodness and deliverance of God in our lives. When the devil comes with his lies with the intention of crippling you in fear and doubt, respond with the truth of who God is and what God has done in your life. Remember all the moments God has delivered you, all the moments God has brought you out of a situation that looked impossible and that you even thought was impossible until God stepped in with His powerful, almighty presence! Those moments where you experienced the realness of WHO GOD IS and stood there in awe at what He can do. Those moments are crucial to never forget, because when you are faced with new giants, more attacks from the enemy, in a situation that is way out of your depth, those moments of God delivering you before will give you confidence in this new moment. Confidence in the fact that this same, never-changing, awesome God, can and will deliver you again and give you all you need to stand firm.
What’s cool to look at too is the fact that when we hear, “put on the armor of God”, it seems like it’d be a all at once type thing. That the armor of God goes on you and you’re good to go the rest of your life but that’s simply not true. When you become a Christian you don’t just receive a package in the mail from God that has your new set of His armor to put on. That would be really cool but it doesn’t work that way. The armor of God and standing in this type of confidence David is displaying here doesn’t just happen overnight. You could easily read these Scriptures and leave with the “I need to be more like David” mindset. That you need to put on God’s armor, be confident and expect to never fall to the enemy again and be able to just end any Goliath you face instantly. As we see from what David is saying, it took David going through a lot of battles, falling, being challenged to face new and bigger enemies. David wasn’t just armored up and confident overnight, it took him TIME!!! To get to this level of confidence and armor with God, it doesn’t happen all at once but it’s a PROCESS of learning more and more about God and your identity in God. We have to be patient in this process of armoring up in God.
The truth is, there will be times you fall, there will be times you fall to the enemies schemes and attacks, God doesn’t expect you to be perfect. Putting on, wearing and standing in the armor of God takes time. It’s like riding a bike, when you’re first learning how to do it you fall a lot. Just like when you begin your relationship with the Lord, you fall A LOT, it’s hard, because you’re on God’s team the target on your back from the devil gets bigger and bigger. You will fall but having the resource of God’s armor at hand 24/7 and God being the graceful, forgiving God He is, His armor doesn’t just protect you from the attack but it helps you stand back up, to get on that bike again and keep riding. After you start getting good at riding your bike, the less you fall. It’s the same with God’s armor, the more you learn about who God is and your identity in God, the more armored up you become and the less you fall to the enemies attacks. Even when you are standing firm in God’s armor and more confident in how you stand with God, there will still be times you fall.
It’s a process of going through battles and learning more and more about who God is. As you learn and grow in your relationship with the Lord, the more armored up and battle ready you will be to face the enemies attacks. To grow in this process of armoring up, to get to a level of confidence that David had in God, it just takes riding close with God. Experiencing Him through His Word and in your daily life. The armor doesn’t just show up at your doorstep or come on you all at once, you will take hits and you will fall, but keep chasing God and learn more about who He is. When you start seeing how you stand as a child of the undefeated Champion, the Lord almighty, the more you will see how to stand firm in His armor!!! Trust the process and dig in!!!!
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.’
-Ephesians 6:11-13
MAIN POINT: Know where you stand with God and you’ll see how to stand firm in God’s armor. 
After setting up the foundation, we saw in verse 10 of Ephesians 6, that Paul gives us this first truth before we even come close to talking about armor. We don’t have what it takes, BUT we are told to “be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power.” We see here that we don’t have what it takes but with God, in His strength, in His armor, we have more than enough and can stand firm against the schemes of the devil.
This all started by asking the main question; to put on the armor of God, what does that look like in our lives???
That’s the question we are seeking answers to in these “Armored” God Golds. Learning that the armor of God is basically God’s character, we see that we are armored and protected by how we stand in God, in who God is, in our identity in Him as a child of His. It’s all WHO HE IS!!!!
Wanted to give you that recap as we continue digging into this question and looking at the story of “David vs. Goliath” as a visual example for us to learn from. If you have missed the other “Armored” God Golds, I recommend going to check them out for the context on this Gold and the Gold to come just so you can better apply these lessons to your lives and stand armored up in the daily battles you face.

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God Gold of the Day

“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.’
-Ephesians 6:11-13
MAIN POINT: Know where you stand with God and you’ll see how to stand firm in God’s armor. 
I don’t know about y’all but this has been a blast digging through the armor of God in these past few Golds. After setting up the foundation, we saw in verse 10 of Ephesians 6, that Paul gives us this first truth before we even come close to talking about armor. We don’t have what it takes, BUT we are told to “be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power.” We see here that we don’t have what it takes but with God, in His strength, in His armor, we have more than enough and can stand firm against the schemes of the devil.
This all started by asking the main question; to put on the armor of God, what does that look like in our lives???
That’s the question we are seeking answers to in these “Armored” God Golds. Learning that the armor of God is basically God’s character, we see that we are armored and protected by how we stand in God, in who God is, in our identity in Him as a child of His. It’s all WHO HE IS!!!!
Wanted to give you that recap as we continue digging into this question and looking at the story of “David vs. Goliath” as a visual example for us to learn from. If you have missed the other “Armored” God Golds, I recommend going to check them out for the context on this Gold and the Gold to come just so you can better apply these lessons to your lives and stand armored up in the daily battles you face.
“32 David said to Saul, “Let no one lose heart on account of this Philistine; your servant will go and fight him.”
33 Saul replied, “You are not able to go out against this Philistine and fight him; you are only a young man, and he has been a warrior from his youth.”
-1 Samuel 17:32-33
We talked about verse 32 last Gold so today we are going to continue in this conversation between David and Saul, digging in to see the truth of how it relates to the “Armor of God.”
All these Israelite soldiers are standing there in physical armor, shaking and crippled in fear to go and face this giant, named Goliath, who is mocking them and the God they serve. David is the only one in the whole camp who is willing and ready to step onto the battlefield against this giant. David??? This little, young shepherd boy, with no war experience and no logical reason that he could ever come close to defeating this giant. But, David’s confidence and willingness to fight isn’t because of all the physical attributes and things he doesn’t have, it’s only because of the fact that he is standing in who God is, His identity rests in the same God who delivered Israel out of Egypt and into the promised land in the first place. With David’s identity in God, not in what he has or the physical armor that he doesn’t have, that’s where David’s confidence comes from, that’s where his strength is, how he is armored up and protected, in God!!!
David goes to King Saul and says, “hey, don’t let anybody go out there and get hurt against this giant, I’ll go fight him myself.”
Saul takes one look at David, in all the “lack” and all the odds stacked against David and immediately tells David he’s crazy. We see here that Saul doubts David and tells him why he can’t go out to fight Goliath, much less beat him.
Everyday in our lives we face similar doubts and discouraging words from the people and world around us. The moment we are going to step out on faith, standing confidently in who God is, we face opposition. Like it says in verse 11, the reason we need to put on the full armor of God in the first place is; “so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.” 
I don’t know what your experiences are but if you are a follower of Christ, then there is a target on your back and that target is from the devil. The devil is completely against God so any move you make for God, that target gets bigger and bigger. The devil is constant in his attacks and always scheming up new ways to come after you, to stop you from walking in the fullness of life God has given you and the mission God has called you to. One thing about the devil though and the way he attacks is how crafty he is. We see in verse 12 Paul mentions;
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”
We don’t fight against flesh and blood, we don’t fight against people. Although at times we are hurt, discouraged or attacked by people, from a lesson my youth pastor taught on verse 12, “People are not your enemy!” Even though at times it may really seem that way, it goes deeper than just people, our fight and the attacks we face is deeper than what we see on the surface. The devil wants nothing more than for us to only see things on surface level because then, we try to fight against people when it’s not even them causing the attacks or being the reason behind it all. It’s in the spiritual, the unseen, from the evil forces of the devil at work.
People are not the enemy but the devil works through this world and people in many different ways to scheme against you and move you from what God has called you to do. Like we see from Saul’s doubt here, the devil works through others and the world to tell you the lies about who you are. He will do literally ANYTHING to plant lies in your head such as; ” you can’t fight Goliath, you’re too small, you’ll never win.” The mind can become the devil’s playground in you fall to his lies that he delivers through people and the many influences of this world around us. These lies can cripple you in fear and hurt you, as you stand stuck in your fears and the worlds doubt like the Israelite soldiers, instead when you stand in the truth of who you are to God, in His power, strength and armor, you are equipped by who God is to move past the lies and into the amazing God has called you to. Don’t focus on or believe the lies of the world telling you why you can’t, focus on and believe the truth of God who gives you more than enough reasons why you can!!!!
No matter what the world says, no matter what lies the devil tries to plant in your head, if you believe the lies of “I can’t do this or that.” Then you can’t. BUT if you believe the TRUTH of your identity in God, that you don’t have what it takes but as a child of God, where you are one with God, where He has called you FREE, VICTORIOUS, FORGIVEN, ACCEPTED, and WORTHY!!!! If you believe the TRUTH of WHO GOD IS, always faithful, constantly loving, always present, ridiculously powerful that He created this whole earth we see around us, and the fact that He is the UNDEFEATED CHAMPION OF ALL!!!! When the devil reminds you of all the times you’ve failed and fallen short, surrounds you with doubts and lies saying all the reasons you can’t, causing all that fear, doubt, and worry, NONE OF THAT MATTERS!!!!! As you stand in the TRUTH of your identity in God and who God is, and the fact that you don’t have to go into battle alone or just with what you have but with a God who has gone before you and is always with you to fight for you!!!!
Don’t listen to the doubt and fall into the schemes and lies of the evil one, there’s a truth about a God who is greater than anything he could ever be. Stand in that truth and don’t let the words of someone else change your focus from the only place that matters and that’s how you stand with God. It’s there you’ll see how to stand firm in His armor!!!

Undefeated Never Lost

God Gold of the Day

Hey guys, hope y’all have had an awesome week! Got some exciting gold to share with you today and there’s something special about it. Alright, I won’t hold the suspense any longer….today’s God Gold is brought to you by Mr. Craig Suglia!!! One of my long time best buddies and accountability partner, it’s a big blessing for God to place such faithful friends around me to share the Gold with y’all! Excited for you to gain a new perspective and hear some great truth and by the way, Craig mentions it too but if it wasn’t for receiving a text from him about keeping each other accountable in the Word daily, the God Gold would never be. God knew what He was doing though and now you get to hear from the guy who sparked it all! Enjoy!!!

“I am pretty nervous writing this, I am not the best writer and my grammar is not going to win me any essay contests so bear with me. It is awesome for me to see how far God
Gold has come and how God has used this and Jordan to bless so many people. It is
crazy to think that this sort of started with a simple text from me to ask Jordan to help
keep me accountable with my walk with Christ. Jordan being the guy he is took it to
another level and to a lot more people and I know it has been a blessing in my life and I
am sure it has been for you too. I want to thank Jordan for allowing me to write what
God has placed on my heart. Okay enough with the sappy stuff let us get in to the
Word.
“Undefeated Never Lost”
This God Gold is all about confidence and where it should be put with our lives
and the fight against sin. I will talk about 2 biblical people and 2 present-day people as
examples, with some of their quotes or writings and where they put their confidence.
Look at the quotes of these examples of these men and their differences.
Quotes and Writings

“ I am UNDEFEATED NEVER LOST”Lavar Ball
“I am cocky in prediction I am confident in preparation, but I am always humble in
victory or defeat”Conor Mcgregor
Psalms 55:22, “Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never
let the righteous be shaken.” I am able to take my cares to the Almighty Father
the One who will never leave nor forsake me.
Psalms 118:8 says, “It is better to take refuge in the Lord then to trust in humans.”
David
Romans 7:24-25 “What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is
subject to death? Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our
Lord! So then, I myself in my mind am a slave to God’s law, but in my sinful nature a
slave to the law of sin”.
Philippians 1:19-21 says,” for I know that through your prayers and God’s
provision of the Spirit of Jesus Christ what has happened to me will turn out for
my deliverance. I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but
will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my
body, whether by life or by death. For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.
The first example is the man in the picture with his thumbs up his name is Lavar
Ball you might not know who he is, but I am sure you have seen his face one way or
another. This man has been in headlines from sports to politics as he is known for his
overconfident demeanor and his outlandish statements. He quotes confidently about his
1 on 1 record in basketball he says he is “UNDEFEATED NEVER LOST.”

He also claims he could and can beat the best basketball player to ever live Michael Jordan which is an unexplainable dumb statement.
The second guy in this picture with the money raining on him is Conor Mcgregor
arguably one of the best pound for pound UFC. Conor is known for his brash predictions
of him winning the fight he is in, his cocky signature walk in, and his arrogant
statements. Conor quoted about his fights, “I am cocky in prediction I am confident
in preparation, but I am always humble in victory or defeat”. Both of these men have in
common is they have so much SELF- confidence.
Now my two biblical examples I am sure you have heard of them both as well
one way or another if not I will describe them to you to jog your memory. First David the
kid who killed Goliath, the man after Gods own heart, and the man that had an affair
with Bathsheba. David Second Saul/Paul the Christian killer, the man who went blind
on the road to Damascus, least of the apostles and saints, and the man who wrote a
good portion of the New Testament. David went through a lot in his life and even all
those moments I described above he had things like this to write “cast your cares on
the Lord” and “take refuge in the Lord”. David is not trying to do anything himself he
is giving it all in the Lord and having for confidence in Him that he never leave him or
give him too much to bear. Paul writes while in jail of all places that he has confidence
in the God’s plan for getting him out, it says “he eagerly expects it” and he trusted in
God’s plan so much he didn’t care if he died or lived, “for to me, to live is Christ and
to die is gain”. I wish I had that kind of faith like Paul isn’t worried at all in this trying
time not even with death being an option he put his full confidence in the Lord. When it
comes to dealing with sin and going to battle in spiritual warfare everyday Paul knows
he is a sinner calls himself “wretched” and his flesh is always going to be a struggle,
but he knows can and will save him from his sinful self. He says confidently, “Thanks
be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord!”
So after hearing all of these guys stories whether they want to admit it or not all
of these guys have taken L’s (losses) and so we will, I know I have. The difference
between winning and losing in life is who you put your confidence in as humans we are
all flawed, but I am so happy to know that I serve a God who isn’t. When we are reliant
on self like Lavar, Conor, even David with Bathsheba and Paul in his struggle against
the flesh we take L’s we lose. Wouldn’t you like to be on a team coached by a guy that’s
never lost? Would you not have full confidence in his game plan knowing that they have
never lost? Well we have that in God our Father the true UNDEFEATED NEVER LOST
WHO EVEN BEAT DEATH CHAMPION OF ALL So knowing we can put our full
confidence in God who has the ultimate victory over sin we can go throughout our day
with joy knowing we can have victory every day we choose Christ. We can go into our
struggles and battles with joy every day because we already know with Christ in us we
are taking home dubs, W’s, or wins every day. Be confident everyday not in yourselves,
but in the God you serve and be alert because the devil the opposition is coming for you
every day, but you have the perfect coach to help take him down every time.

It’s a Heart Thing

God Gold of the Day

1 Samuel 16:6-7

“When they came, he looked on Eliab and thought, “Surely the Lord’s anointed is before him.” But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.”

 

Samuel went to Bethlehem to find who the Lord would choose as the next king of Israel. He saw a big strong dude in Eliab, thought it was him but Samuel was wrong. David was actually the person the Lord had chosen, not because he had the best physical appearance, he was just a skinny little kid, but he had something that set him apart from Eliab and the rest of his brothers, his heart. I notice a lot that I measure how strong my relationship is with the Lord with worldly vision. How many church activities I’m involved in, how much I give, how much I read in His Word, or the knowledge I put in my head. In reality none of those things matter if my heart isn’t affected by those things. When our hearts is the foundation of our relationship with the Lord, everything on the outside changes, not physically but how we live and walk out what God called us to be. It all starts at our hearts, that’s the foundation on which the Lord works. Sometimes I get caught up in how much I can know but that doesn’t allow me to fully access how the Lord wants me to grow! It’s just a heart thing.