September 13, 2011 Comments Off on Mythbusters
- I can avoid conflict with myself and others and still have an impact as a follower of Christ. People today, especially in this modern society, love to believe that we can be luke-warm christians and still have an impact. It’s all about avoiding conflict, avoiding getting sued, hurting peoples feelings, or avoiding someone rejecting us in this modern era. The truth of the matter is you’re never going to have an impact if you’re too busy playing defense and never playing offense for God. Too many times we think christianity and growth is found in going to church lunches, going to do a mission trip once a year, and staying to favorite youth group click. Well guess what, Christianity isn’t just for you. Jesus died for absolutely every human being on this earth and you’re wasting your time living in your safety circle of people that won’t give you resistance about your faith and challenge you to think more about it. The resistance you face in your life is the true indicator of the potential impact you can have on the world around you. If you’re really onto something, the devil is going to try and discourage you before you get to your breakthrough point by pushing you to your breaking point. Hold fast, stand firm.
- I have really messed up in my life. I’m not worthy to be a Christian- God would never want to use me. (Romans 8:1, Romans 3:23, John 3:16) For so many people today, we sin and think there’s no point in serving God after that because we fall apart. We feel like we let God down and we can never earn His trust back. God isn’t after your behavior, He’s after your heart and expects you to do infinitely worse than you expect yourself to do. Grace doesn’t give us the free pass to sin, but gives us an opportunity to learn from our mistakes and to draw closer to God in our times of failure. If this is you, you must not be reading the bible very much because some of the greatest people in the bible were the greatest failures first. Paul, the guy that wrote almost half the bible, persecuted christians and murdered them before Jesus came into his life. I don’t think you’re murdering anyone, so God can definitely use you still. God has called you into this time of brokenness to show you his strength and his power to pull you out of this rough time. A season of trial by fire to learn the greatness and power of the One you serve.
- I lost my purity, there’s no chance of me ever feeling special again or God loving me…No one will ever want to marry me because I didn’t wait. (2 Corinthians 5:17, Revelation 2:5, Matthew 9:13, Proverbs 16:2) Sure, you may have lost your purity and will never get your virginity back because you cannot reverse the clock, but Jesus can restore your heart. The BIGGEST myth is that sexual sin can be “prayed away”, but it takes more than that. Sexual sin attacks our esteem, self worth, and personal value that we put on our outlook on life. In all honesty, sexual sin’s front line of battle is in your mind. It will take a renewing of your mind to begin to fight the battle, but don’t be afraid. God has placed someone specifically on this earth for you, that will understand you, that will show His love to you by being compassionate of your situation. You can never surprise God with your actions, He already has the plan for your life written in stone. When you don’t know where to go, what to say, or how to begin to ask for forgiveness- go to the cross; understand what Jesus did for you on the cross, let His wounds heal your wounds. Heal your purity in your heart.
August 25, 2011 Comments Off on Calm My Storm
37 A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. 38 Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?” 39 He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm. 40 He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?” Mark 4:37-40
There are times in our life when a storm comes along. Whether it be a bad relationship, job loss, family situation, or any other difficult time you may face.
There are times in your life when you feel like Jesus has abandoned you and left you alone in this difficult time, but really He’s just sleeping in your boat.
Jesus wasn’t sleeping because He was stressed, He was sleeping because He was tired and was in full control of the storm- even while He was asleep.
There is going to be times in your life when you look around and everything is going wrong. The waves are so tremendous that you are scared and all you want to do is run from your pain. But remember this, Jesus is still in your boat. He hasn’t gone anywhere. He’s waiting to see if you can trust Him even when everything is going wrong.
Jesus doesn’t care about the storm, nor does He fear it because He is in full control. A critical error we make is that we never ask Him to calm the storm, instead we try to make a deal or plead with Him; an exchange to take away our difficult time for a promised service in our life.
God isn’t interested in you making a deal with Him to get you out of your trials. Why? Because He knows you won’t be faithful. God doesn’t need anything from you, He created you. Instead, God wants you to be able to trust in Him, through this difficult time. He wants you to worship Him and to know He is in full control even when the storms rise.
You may feel like all the good single men and women are already taken. You may feel like all the jobs out there are filled. That nobody would be interested in buying your house. Whatever your situation may be, remember that God is still with you- He’s just seeing if you can trust Him.
We serve a great, mighty, and loving God. Trust in Him and He will calm your storm- no matter how big or small it may seem.
August 10, 2011 Comments Off on Actions and Words
For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. -James 1:23
Throughout our life we constantly hear the phrase “actions speak louder than words”. We understand it. Take it to heart. File it in our mind and move on. Never applying it, consciously.
We, as christians, today are so good at speaking the bible, telling others we go to church, singing worship songs in the car, or telling people we are praying for them. But when do we ever actually take action?
There are situations in your life that are going to call you to be Jesus rather than speak Jesus. Nobody can BE Jesus, but you get the point.
Think about the last friendship/relationship in your life and how it ended. What do you remember? You probably remember the actions as of why the relationship ended rather than what was said. You remember what the person did you, rather than the apology. Why? Because your actions leave a lasting impact more than your words.
Sometimes we get so busy telling others about God that we forget to spend time with God, ourselves. We get so caught up inviting people to church, writing blogs, counseling others, or listening to Pastors that we forget to have a personal relationship with Jesus. (All those things are extremely important to your walk, but that’s not the point of this post)
If I can write these blog posts, but do not live the very words I speak then what good is that? If my actions do not align with the words I speak, then what kind of a witness am I?
Before I die to others and love on them the way Christ loves me, I have to die to myself first and love me for me first. If you can’t love the person God has called you to be, you can’t love others the way you need to.
June 30, 2011 Comments Off on Plan B
13 “You have done a foolish thing,” Samuel said. “You have not kept the command the LORD your God gave you; if you had, he would have established your kingdom over Israel for all time. 14 But now your kingdom will not endure; the LORD has sought out a man after his own heart and appointed him ruler of his people, because you have not kept the LORD’s command.” -1 Samuel 13:13-14
In our life, we are always given many different options. Each and everyday you wake up, you have an option to wear a different colored shirt, eat a different cereal, choose which shampoo to wear, or what colored socks to put on.
We have two options:
Plan A) We give into what we want because we’re insecure and like to cover things up. We go to church, but don’t pay attention because we don’t like the church we go to and don’t want to make an effort to try and get something out of the sermon. We can seek out our life goals, live to further ourselves, and make our wildest dreams come true. We can go after the easy things in life, finding out things that take the least amount of effort to get the most recognition… (90% of people choose Plan A everyday…)
Plan B) We die to ourselves, waiting for what God has for us. We respond to the calling in our lives, regardless of whatever it may be or how few benefits it will actually help us in our material lives. We treat others with respect and trust that God will provide all things in his timing, not ours. We let God fill our dreams and aspirations, rather than society, and seek to find the straight and narrow path. (10% of people choose plan B for their life)
Saul chose Plan A for his life in the verse above because he was unwilling to wait on Gods promise that Samuel was going to come to him on a certain day. God isn’t a fan of us making plans for our life and leaning on our wisdom. Why? Because He created us, created everything that keeps us going everyday and clearly knows us better than we know us.
So what did God do when Saul didn’t do what He asked him to do? God found someone else to fill the purpose that He had originally set for Saul.
God has a special calling for your life that He wants you to embrace, but are you going to actually seek it. He has something much greater than you could ever think you could accomplish, but how awful would it be if He let someone else accomplish it because you weren’t willing to live a life for Him?
The silly things you are chasing after on the weekends, the small amounts of happiness you find after drinking that only leads to a worse feeling, or the abusive relationship you allow yourself to be in because you feel you don’t deserve any better…These things will keep you from your purpose, these things that are completely in your control will make God pick someone else.
Don’t think that the first plan/option for your life is the only one, there is more to life than what you see on TV. I promise. God isn’t afraid of picking someone else for the awesome purpose He has in store for you if you aren’t willing to live a life for him- it’s biblical
“No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.”
June 23, 2011 § 1 Comment
Have you ever had someone talk about you like that? Have you ever felt a spirit of condemnation over your life?
In John chapter 4, Jesus goes for a drink in Samaria at a well. One of the most well known bible stories is often neglected in our life.
10 Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.”
God often speaks to us, but we neglect to realize He is trying to communicate with us. We find ourselves praying for purpose, praying for an option out of a dilemma, and asking God to use us in a mighty way- but we totally miss the opportunity when it comes because we are praying for our will to be accomplished in the way we want, not His will.
If you knew that Jesus was speaking to you, wouldn’t you listen? God is giving you direct instructions to do something with your life, but you are too afraid to do something about it because it doesn’t match up with what you want for your life.
Live in the truth that nobody can judge you, but God- only His opinion of you matters.
16 He told her, “Go, call your husband and come back.”
17 “I have no husband,” she replied.
Jesus said to her, “You are right when you say you have no husband. 18 The fact is, you have had five husbands, and the man you now have is not your husband. What you have just said is quite true.”
Jesus knows everything about you, even when you try to hide it behind going to church and being involved in every ministry possible. The fact of the matter is, all of Samaria knew this woman was a prostitute and slept with many men, but Jesus did too- AND He still wanted to use her to further His ministry.
It doesn’t matter what others think of you, they are always going to have something negative to say. As long as your opinion of what God thinks of you matters more than what others think of you, you are living in the truth that the Bible gives each and everyone of us.
Jesus didn’t even ask the woman to repent of her sin, He didn’t ask her to make it right with Him. Jesus accepted this woman for who she was and used her for his ministry by having her go back into Samaria and tell everyone what she saw (The Messiah).
God isn’t asking you to waste your life asking for forgiveness and never letting go of what you did. God already sent His son, Jesus, to die for your sin- He wants you to give your life to Him. God wants you to give your opinion of your life over to Him. God wants to use you, specifically, in the master plan of his purpose for this world. God died for you specifically, so that you wouldn’t have to live in condemnation and judgement of others.
The choice is yours: Go. Live. Be free from sin, change the world!
Romans 8:1-2 1 Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, 2 because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you[a] free from the law of sin and death.
June 22, 2011 Comments Off on Go-To Verses Romans 8
1 Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, 2 because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death. -Romans 8:1-2
5 Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. 6The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace. 7 The mind governed by the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so. 8 Those who are in the realm of the flesh cannot please God. –Romans 8:5-8
12 Therefore, brothers and sisters, we have an obligation—but it is not to the flesh, to live according to it. 13 For if you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live. -Romans 8:12-13
18 I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. 19 For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed. -Romans 8:18-19
28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who[i] have been called according to his purpose. -Romans 8:28
31 What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? -Romans 8:31-32
Nothing beats the truth that the bible gives us for our everyday life. Romans 8 is my favorite chapter in the bible because it is such an encouragement for us, a constant reminder that God love us and how we should live.
Be empowered by the verses. They were written just for you!
April 11, 2011 Comments Off on Ungrateful? Cutting Corners.
Welcome to Auburn university, home of the heisman trophy winner, national championship football team, home to many of the nations next greatest doctors, atheletes, world peace makers, Forbes cover people, Fortune 500 company owners, and leaders of this generation. We have air conditioned dorms, dining halls, cable tv, a roof under our head, and nationally recognized professors. We are ranked amongst some of the greatest national public universities in the world and are amongst the top in the SEC.
I think many of us forget the blessings we have. We wonder around and forget who we are. We aimlessly live each day just to get by, stay up late and sleep in. We wait for opportunity to strike us instead of going out and searching for it on our own. We live an ungrateful life, always complaining…Always forgetting the true origins of our DNA.
In Matthew 4, the spirit lead Jesus out into the desert for many days without giving him food or water. The devil appeared and began to temp Jesus. Matthew 4:8-10 says:
“Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. “All this I will give to you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.” Jesus said to him, “away from me, Satan! For it is written: “Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.” -Matthew 4:8-10
Whether Satan could give Jesus all he promised him is a debatable point, but it still didn’t matter. Jesus was destined to have all those kingdoms in the future forevermore anyways, but not through a deal with the devil. Are we willing to cut corners to get to our dreams, or are we willing to surrender to God and trust Him to provide us with His destiny for our life? We so often times are so desperate for a relationship, large amounts of money, or the next greatest thing that we are willing to morally cut corners because we want something so bad. However, God is never one for impatience and instant gratification; He is a just God and will make sure His will is accomplished. So, are you willing to gratify your desires in the here and now or wait for God to provide them to you in his time?