August 17, 2011 Comments Off on Sowing Seeds
In our days, weeks, and years of our lives we are constantly sowing seed. Seed to prosper. Seed to destroy. Seed to blossom. Seed to love.
Whether good or bad, the lifestyle you live today will prosper or wither the life you have for tomorrow.
An important idea to remember is that Satan likes to sow seeds in your life, just as much as you do. What starts as a small issue, continues to grow and be watered over time. Without constant seeking God and living in the promises He has given you for your life, Satan will continue to have a foot-hold in your life.
Insecurity continues to grow inside your head, you feel like nobody will ever like you. You feel that all your past mistakes are guiding you to your future and before you know it, insecurity has now grown into alcoholism, drug addiction, and a loss of purity ten times over.
Family and financial stress continues to consume your thoughts, dreams, and anxieties for tomorrow. Slowly you begin to doubt Gods goodness in your life and question whether there is a God. Before you know it, you’ve grown farther apart from the ones that love you most, you feel the need to run away in times of trouble, and forget God in the process.
Having doubts about your faith is normal, that’s our sinful-human nature.
What isn’t ok is forgetting the promises God has given you. Forgetting where God wants to take you, forgetting your dignity, and what was done for you on the cross.
I think of the israelites. When Moses went to speak with God while they were in the wilderness, they began to doubt their faith- slowly forgetting that they were Gods chosen people. Before we know it, Moses’s own brother is fashioning them golden calfs to cope with their desire to belong to something and to get their anxiety out on. The seeds began to grow, never allowing God to move in their hearts and do some gardening.
So what is it in your life that you are allowing to grow in your garden? What things in your life are slowly beginning to wither your faith, wither your drive, and consume your mind?
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 29, 2011 Comments Off on Lights/Sounds
No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it. -1 Cor 10:13
Sometimes in life, we let all the lights and sounds distract us from our goals. For some of us, it might not be literal lights and sounds. It might be the idea of being the CEO of your company or living in a huge house with a big family. Point being, what does any of that have to do with furthering our faith?
Sure, the sound of president of xyz corporation or fantasizing about having someone tell you “wow, you look so good” might be great, but so what? It sounds great, but doesn’t make you any happier or a stronger christian.
Behind our greatest outfits, attractive bodies, huge bank statements, fast cars, big houses, designer bags, and oakley sunglasses is a hurting, lonely person. Behind everything in their life that you wish you had is someone who is so far from God and the farthest from happiness. Can money buy happiness? For a season, but in the end it leaves you even worse than you were before.
So, what does matter?
The fact that you embrace the love you are given every single day, the way you love on the person that paid the ultimate price for you to escape eternal suffering, what kind of witness you reflect to each and every person everyday, the words you use to build others up.
Who cares if you aren’t on a magazine cover or eating $100 meals, it isn’t going to serve you any good in eternity anyways. You don’t need a perfect body, large bank account, or certain color of skin to be empowered by God to change the entire world in which you live in. You have a voice, you have the ability to effect every person that you see today for the kingdom of heaven.
Don’t get caught up in chasing after all the lights and sounds of this world because once you finally catch up to them you will realize it is a dead end- emptiness and sadness.
Chase something that will give you more than happiness than any dollar amount could buy you…The satisfaction that God is looking down at you smiling saying “Well done, my good and faithful servant”
“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. “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin…” -Matthew 6:24-34