Slow Down to Speed Up

God Gold of the day

As we are on this journey of “movement,” together, seeking and learning how to move forward in our lives past the things that have been holding us back and into the MORE God has for us. There is a few key concepts that we need to understand before we can even think about there being any movement happening in our lives.

  1. SPEED TRAP/”To progress is always to begin again.” – Martin Luther

First, we see that just like any road trip the main goal is to get to our destination as fast as possible. In our human ways of doing things and thinking, the solution is to always go faster right? Well, that’s not exactly the case as followers of Christ. We can’t keep going faster and faster if our vehicles, (bodies) are running low on gas. Just like you’d have to stop and get gas, use the bathroom and eat on a road trip, we have to spend time slowing down, being still, and get fueled up by God’s truths in the Gospel. Faster isn’t always going to get you there quicker, it will just get you stuck, stranded and needing fuel quicker. If we spend time daily returning to the Gospel, returning to Jesus, He gives us all the fuel we need to keep moving forward.

2. BIG TRUTHS IF WE GO FAST WE CAN MISS/

John 3:16 says Jesus came to give us eternal life, so that we wouldn’t perish. And Romans 6:23 says; “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

We have to slow down and spend time with these truths that have changed our lives and saved us from the beginning because they can and will do the same each day as we walk out this journey of life. These verses help us see that without God’s gift and what Jesus has done for us, WE WOULD PERISH!!! But God sent Jesus to save us from that life of death that we deserved to have. You see, the wages of sin is death, and sin can be defined as any time we decide to go our own way and reject going God’s way. If we continue to try and go fast, we can find ourselves running on our own power and things of this world. But anything not of God is sin, and going this way will always lead to death. BUT God has given us a FREE GIFT, nothing we could do to earn it, it’s literally ALL GOD’s work and none of our own. He has given us the chance to walk in His ways, to live daily abiding in Jesus, which results in life and life ETERNALLY! God has given us so much fuel to live on and move forward in our lives but have we slowed down long enough to spend time with Him to take these truths in? When we slow down and go to God, He will give us all we need and then some to run this race of life faster than we could ever imagine. Going farther doesn’t start by going faster, it starts by slowing down and spending time with the God who is in control and has given us this life to live to start with!

How are you slowing down today and spending time with Jesus?

Testimony Tuesday: “Waiting” by Craig Suglia

God Gold of the day

“I cannot wait to give you the answer on how to deal with your season of waiting… its killing me!”

How many times have you heard someone say “I am in a season of waiting” or tell you that you are in a season of waiting and to just trust God and His timing? I have heard and said this so many times and to be honest it can be more discouraging then anything at times. I feel like it is a general and sort of a cop out answer when it is given to me and when I say it to others it can feel like empty words.

Whether you are waiting for that raise at work, for a future spouse, to start a family, to get accepted to your dream school, end of financial worries, to finally quit an addiction, or finding your career job there are endless possibilities, but regardless you are in this season of waiting, and you want a quick fix and for it to happen now. When you are in this season of waiting with no end in sight to be real it sucks sometimes. In this season, I know I get very impatient especially when I compare and see other people around me thriving; it may make you wonder why it seems like God is answering their prayers and not yours. Which can lead to stress, depression, and worry which could make you look other places instead of God to try and get a quick fix to your problems or to get your wants and plans answered.

Sometimes seasons of waiting can be days, weeks, years, and sometimes you might never get what you want. I know this so far sounds negative and discouraging, but JUST WAIT.

Something that I have realized very recently in this season of waiting which has been years is that I am praying, hoping, and waiting for things I WANT. I am waiting for my plans and wants to come through even if they aren’t inherently selfish things. I know when I pray, and you may do this too when you pray at times about these wants and plans you may say; “Let your will be done in my life God in this season of waiting,” but in the back of your mind you have your plans, timing, and desires that you are praying for. Or you could be putting God in a box with your requests, your timing, and your plans and hope that He answers them. Let me challenge you with this!

Take some time to read these verses before you continue reading this Romans 12:1, Luke 9:23, and Philippians 1:21. Verses I have heard many times phrases like “dying to self”, “take up my cross”, “present myself as a living sacrifice”, and “to die is gain” I heard those words and I understood what they meant, but never put them into practice. If you don’t know what they mean I will try to explain first with “taking up your cross” it will help bring them all together. So the cross now is seen as a symbol that relates to Christ or being a Christian my chain has a cross on it so some people might assume I am religious or a Christian today because I have a cross around my neck. In Jesus’ time, a cross symbolized death, and not just any death but the most intense and painful way to die. When Christ died on the cross for our sins He completely surrendered to God the Fathers plans and fulfilled the purpose He called Jesus Christ to do.

So, when I read these verses now and put the context of that time period behind it, it hit me harder than before. Christ is literally asking me to take my selfish wants, my sins, and my plans for my life and to put them on the cross, and to put them to death and present myself as a living sacrifice in complete surrender to His plan.

So, I challenge you to everyday pray to take up your cross and die to yourself in complete surrender to His plans for your life. Instead of asking for your wants and plans ask God these kind of questions without any of your own input; “God where are you calling me to go?”, “God what are you calling me to be?,” and “God who are you calling me to be with or impact?” When you truly die to self, “to die is gain” really means something. You put to death all the stress and worry of when or how your plans or wants are going to come true and you gain the endless possibilities and things you could not even imagine that God can do when you truly are seeking His will for your life. Living this way is hard and it is a daily decision to take up your cross it leaves you vulnerable hoping and having faith that God is working behind the scenes.

I encourage you to read Romans 8:28, Romans 4:21, and Philippians 1:6 through this time of waiting as a chance to really grow in your faith and relationship with Christ and trust His plan not yours  for this life. I encourage you to be excited in this time because literally with God anything can happen and is possible when you are following His plan for your life.

The Need For Good News

God Gold of the day

I challenge you today with this; why is the Good News of the Gospel important to you?

It’s easy in our lives to say, “oh yeah, it’s really important,” give that surface level answer and then move on with our day, but let’s dig a little deeper with it.

Our lives without the Gospel or Jesus, what does that look like? You see, first we have to look at the bad news about us before we can understand why the GOOD NEWS of the Gospel is SOOO GOOD! The truth is without Jesus and what He’s done for us, we are stranded, like a car on a road trip that runs out of gas. We have no way to get to our destination, which is God and a life of eternity with Him, because we have no gas to get there. On our own, we just have our sin and we all know that isn’t going to help the gas situation.

So we are sitting there in our car, no way to move forward, we are STUCK and stand no chance of getting unstuck. But then, God in His great love for us sees our sin problem that has us stuck. He sees that we are out of gas and what does He do? He sends His Son to us, who goes to the gas station, pays the price for our gas, and as we sit there in our impossible situation, out of nowhere HOPE shows up. It’s JESUS!!! He’s holding a gas can filled up with fuel, He has came to us in our desperate need even when we deserved to be stranded and stuck forever. Jesus shows up and SAVES us!!!! He gives us the gas we need to drive our car again moving forward to the destination of having a relationship with God!

We can easily look at that and say ; “okay, yeah the Good News of what Jesus did is important because He saved me and now I have a ticket to Heaven.” But this fuel and life that Jesus died to give us was for more than a one moment of salvation and a ticket punched to Heaven. Every day, if you’re a human being, we still find ourselves facing the same battles we faced before we were saved, still at times finding ourselves running low on gas, stuck, with no way of moving forward. That’s where we see the GOOD NEWS being even greater than we thought when we dig deeper than surface level. Just as we needed Jesus to save our lives when we first came to know Him, we still daily need Jesus’ saving power in our lives daily! The Good News isn’t just good one day in our lives, it’s GOOD NEWS EVERYDAY!!!

Today the challenge is to think about this question; “why is the Good News of the Gospel important in my life?” Think about all the out of gas moments you have on a daily basis, open yourself up to see the GREAT NEED we have for Jesus and the fuel of the Gospel that He brings into our lives. And above all else, realize that it was God’s love and Jesus’ heroic actions that saved your life to begin with, so why would we think that ourselves or anything in this world could save us any better than Him? Be fueled by the truth of the Gospel today and it will move you forward on this journey of life towards the MORE God has for us!

‘For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.’Romans 6:23

‘In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. -1 John 4:9-10

Mvmt: All About That Gospel

God Gold of the day

‘For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. ‘ /John 3:17

‘In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. /1 John 4:9-10

For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.’ /Romans 6:23

No More Grave Tending

God Gold of the day

‘This resurrection life you received from God is not a timid, grave-tending life. It’s adventurously expectant, greeting God with a childlike “What’s next, Papa?” God’s Spirit touches our spirits and confirms who we really are. We know who he is, and we know who we are: Father and children. And we know we are going to get what’s coming to us—an unbelievable inheritance! We go through exactly what Christ goes through. If we go through the hard times with him, then we’re certainly going to go through the good times with him!”

Romans 8:15-17