Testimony Tuesday: Do You REALLY love God?

God Gold of the day

“If you REALLY love God, you would be reading His Word!”

-Travis Dixon

Convicting statements like this one call for a challenge to make a response of action! By spending time in Gods Word today, it’s the decision that will not only change your day, but your life!!!

“King David said this about him: ‘I see that the Lord is always with me. I will not be shaken, for he is right beside me.”

Acts 2:25

“I have hidden your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.”

Psalms 119:11

Encouragement for You

God Gold of the day

“The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me; your steadfast love, O Lord, endures forever. Do not forsake the work of your hands.”
‭‭Psalm‬ ‭138:8‬ ‭

Hope this truth will be an encouragement for you today! Whatever you are facing or going through, whatever the circumstances or struggles, God loves you, He is in control and He will bring you through it. It’s just that simple! It’s about who God is and how His faithful love endures forever in every and any situation in our lives. Don’t depend on yourself, others or circumstances today, place your trust and hope in the only One who can and will bring you through it!

Word Wednesday: Eklektos

God Gold of the day

Thankful today to share a special Word Wednesday message from a historically minded theologian and great friend; RC Sloan!

[Eklektos]——->Chosen, Elect

“So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience…”

Colossians 3:12

The Greek word eklektos is often rendered as “elect” for obvious reasons in the New Testament, but its meaning is probably more clear when translated as “chosen”. The concept of God’s people being chosen by God from before the foundation of the world is woven throughout Scripture so firmly and so prevalently that it is clear that the Lord wants us to sit up and take notice.

In fact, “eklektos” is just the Greek rendering of the Hebrew word “bahír”, as used in places such as Psalm 105:43:

“And He brought forth His people with joy, His chosen ones (bahír) with a joyful shout.”

From Old Testament to New, from eternity past to eternity future, the Lord God has chosen His people out from the nations and secured their destiny with Him. The old hymn that says “there’s a new name written down in glory” might have its heart in the right place, but the writer definitely didn’t have a good hold on the concept of “eklektos” and “bahír”—there aren’t any new names written down, because our names were written down as part of the Master Plan of Redemption before God created light!

If that doesn’t excite you, check your heart, bro!

Once saved, always saved? A THOUSAND TIMES YES. It is GOD who brings forth His chosen people with a shout of joy, it is Jesus who tells us in Mark chapter 13 that He will gather His eklektos from the ends of the earth, and back in Romans 8 we are reminded that God calls His eklektos according to His unbreakable foreknowledge and predestination. Eternally secure? CHECK.

So what do we do now as the eternally chosen eklektos/bahír?

Act like it. Conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the name. Handle yourself in a way that shows that you have a glimpse of understanding of the ramifications that the Ancient of Days secured your place in His kingdom before He built the solar system. Colossians 3:12-13 is a good start but above all else:

On the Fence: Horse Chocolate Traps and the Importance of Pants (Ft. Dylan Suber)

God Gold of the day

In our daily lives we face traps in our path placed there by the enemy and intended to destroy, distract and take us away from God and living in His purpose. We can easily fall into these traps if we are not watchful. 

How are we to be watchful? 

Psalm 18:35-36 tells us simply to seek help from the Lord! Why? Because the Word says, God’s help is “saving, He saves us from stepping into traps we face all around us. His help is also our “shield,” so we can defend any attack or trap thrown our way from the enemy. God’s help makes us “great.” Not meaning we are great but when the root of our help is from God, He makes us GREAT, like an Olympic hurdler jumping over obstacles, Gods help rises us up to jump over and overcome any obstacle, temptation, or trap set in our path! 

And lastly, God gives us a wide path for our feet, a wide enough path where we can look far ahead and all around to be “watchful,” of the possible traps set up by the enemy. God gives us a broad path so our feet will not slip and we will not fall! 

There is traps all around us constantly, the difference between stepping into a trap of death or overcoming a trap to life, it all rests upon where our help comes from! If your help is from God, you’re going to be just fine!!! We get through the enemies traps by looking to God and walking with God, He will get us through victoriously every single time!!! 

‘You have given me your shield of victory. Your right hand supports me; your help has made me great. You have made a wide path for my feet to keep them from slipping.’

Psalms 18:35-36

‘Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour. ‘

1 Peter 5:8