April 22, 2012 Comments Off on Wrong Well
John 4:1-26 (Woman at the well)
We believe that we have to hide our sin to be a christian, we believe that we have to hide our deficiencies – that we have to be perfect to be a christian. But we have to allow ourselves to expose our flaws and sins to Jesus to be healed.
There are so many of us that go to the wrong wells that we go to draw our source of happiness and life.We go to all the wrong wells to satisfy our thirst. 3 wells that we go to that are wrong:
- Well, I am not worthy. We ask God why He would even want someone want us, a sinner. We feel that we are unworthy of Gods love and that we can’t be of any use to His plan. However, when God lays out commands for our life we are supposed to follow. But sometimes we feel like God is asking too much of us and we will always fall short. But I don’t have it and God doesn’t need it- holiness is not what God wants from me, it’s what He wants for me. It’s why Jesus died. God doesn’t command me to live life His way to deprive me of what is good, He commands me to live a certain way to get something that is so much better. If we knew how much Jesus wanted to bless us, we wouldn’t be focused on how much we are missing out on when all of our friends are having sex and drinking. We do not know that plan that God has for our life. Do not ever think that anyone has ever done something great for God that hasn’t sacrificed an even greater cost for the cause of Jesus on this earth. God’s commands aren’t about what we wants from me, but for me. If you knew who God was, you wouldn’t have to fall into sin to be satisfied. We tell God what He can and cannot do in our lives, even though Jesus is Lord.
- Well, it’s too hard. We feel like we really want to change and live our life for God, but we think our situation is too hard to live the way God has called us to live. It’s time to stop going to the same source of your happiness. The source of true satisfaction is what Jesus wants to do inside of us. We think that if we get the right relationship, the right GPA, the right salary, but we will never be satisfied because it’s the wrong well. We feel like the pain is too much, like we can’t go on because our life is so devastating but we are neglecting to realize the reality of what was nailed to a cross two thousand and twelve years ago. We do not need what the world tries to tell us what we need to do, what we need to sacrifice because we have a spring of living water inside of us- we have a God that loves us more than anyone ever could. Even if we aren’t feeling loved from the person we love, we have a father in heaven that loves us. God calls us out of our sin, He doesn’t overlook it and pretend it’s not there. We have to let go and leave the other wells of our happiness for the spring of living water that Jesus offers us! We think that the next relationship is going to satisfy us, the next hookup, the next girlfriend and boyfriend will do for us will make us happy. But it will never satisfy our soul that we have so longed to satisfy for years of pain we have gone through. It’s not going to work.
- Well, not now. We want to live our college life, we want to live the wild life and we will get our act together later. Jesus doesn’t ask for a raincheck, the time is now. We are placed on the earth for a very specific reason- every day we have to live for God. God wants to clean us up where we are at, to show us off and use us because He loves us and made us. Jesus wants to change us not because He is ashamed of us, but because He wants to use us and show what He can do through the least of these.
We are all human beings and fall short of the glory of God. But the moment when we put our foot down and realize that Jesus is our source of happiness, love, and joy- we find a whole new level of our relationship with God.
November 7, 2011 Comments Off on Obedience = Resistance
“Observe therefore all the commands I am giving you today, so that you may have the strength to go in and take over the land that you are crossing the Jordan to possess, and so that you may live long in the land that the LORD swore to your forefathers to give to them and their descendants, a land flowing with milk and honey.” Deuteronomy 11 : 8 – 9
We believe that God treats us like we may treat our dog. God may ask us to do something, but if we decide to go and chase a squirrel instead God will still be happy with us because it’s all about just enjoying eachothers company, right? Wrong.
Sometimes great obedience to God causes great resistance from others in our life. Others will not understand why God has called you to make a certain decision or live your life in a certain way. However, that’s ok if they don’t understand because we’re not out to please others with our life choices – only our God. I have found that the quickest way to lose obedience and closeness to God is to start valuing what others think of me more than what God thinks of me.
People may make fun of you, friends may forsake you, or you may not get invited to all the functions you used to go to. But hold firm to the promises God has made you. Understand that when someone may threaten you or tell you your full of lies and God tells you something different, God will always 10 times out of 10, 100% be right.
Look at Deuteronomy 11:8-9, the verse opened with, God called Moses to obey the commands He had given him for today to be able to accomplish Gods plan for him weeks later. God promises the Israelites the promised land, but it was only going to be accomplished by following the commandments He was giving them in the here and now.
What are the things that God is asking you to sacrifice for today? What is He asking you to do right here, right now? Sure certain things about our life may be fun or important to us for now, but they are the very things that are going to keep us from inheriting the life God has planned out for us later.
The greatest intimacy found with God is created through our obedience on the smallest of things.
August 26, 2011 Comments Off on Show, Don’t Tell
37 They were startled and frightened, thinking they saw a ghost. 38 He said to them, “Why are you troubled, and why do doubts rise in your minds? 39 Look at my hands and my feet. It is I myself! Touch me and see; a ghost does not have flesh and bones, as you see I have.” Luke 24:37-39
As I was sitting in World Lit the other day, our teacher was going over a syllabus for the essay we were going to be assigned. One of the main points he wanted us to understand is that he is looking for us to “show, don’t tell” the literary devices in Antigone.
When you show something, there is no room for bias, exaggeration, or false pretenses- it”s there, it’s real; there is no room for any kind of doubt.
Even the disciples, Jesus closest friends didn’t even truly believe it was Him in the room until they were able to be shown the scars, holes, and wounds of the crucifixion. So, if the disciples were doubting Jesus, well what does that tell us? We have a big job to do.
We are called to show the world our scars, holes, and wounds in our life– not runaway from them and keep them in secret. Being vulnerable, for God, in your life allows people to see the amazing God that forgives, restores, and loves. The more “human” someone can see of you, the more of God they can see inside of you.
We as Christians are called to show the love, joy, and freedom God has given us- not just tell. Because if we’re not celebrating the great things God is doing in our life, we are being ungrateful of the God that has blessed us beyond what each and everyone of us truly deserves.
Rejoice in the new mercies He gives us everyday, rejoice that Christ has already come and paid the price for your sin. Worshipping God isn’t about worshipping Him the way that makes us most comfortable with how the people around us see us, but the way that God deserves and loves to be worshipped.
July 21, 2011 Comments Off on To Whom It May Concern
The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? Though an army encamp against me, my heart shall not fear; though war rise up against me, yet I will be confident. (Psalm 27: 1, 3)
So, I never done this before…But I am writing 2 blog posts today. I feel like somebody needs to the read this and I pray that if you’re who I am writing for that you would know God loves you and to hang in there. God called me to write this for you, so here we go:
Whoever you are, I want you to know that God loves you. Sometimes in our life, we feel like everything goes wrong because it’s our fault. You feel like you messed up so badly that everything is your fault, that the reason your family is falling apart is because you messed up- because you came into the world. I want you to know, that’s a lie.
You feel like this God thing is real, but it seems to be for people with perfect lives and perfect families. That’s not true either. Some of the greatest people that God ever used in the bible were murderers and prostitutes.
I want you to know, you’re right where you need to be. God wants to use this painful time and situation in your life to be a world changer. Don’t you dare give up. If you’re not willing to go through pain, then you’re not ready for God to use you.
God prepares His greatest people with the greatest trials because He wants them to be willing to withstand hell when it comes against you. Place your hope that you have a greater calling tonight and don’t be defeated by this time in your life.
I am sorry things happened the way they were, but we were never created to live for Earth. For christians, Earth is our living hell because it will only get better as we reign with Christ.
The greatest times in your life, your greatest potential, isn’t behind you it’s ahead of you. Don’t give up. God is going to see you through, don’t let this time of pain and depression bog you down. When you’re feeling depressed, read your bible. If you fully believe in what Jesus did for you on the cross, then you can live in the promises to never fear, to never be depressed, to never wonder what terror tomorrow holds because Your Healer is going to see you through tonight, tomorrow, and 10 years from now.
Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my help and my God. By day the Lord commands his steadfast love, and at night his son is with me, a prayer to the God of my life. (Psalm 42: 5,8)
Sometimes you have to worship through the pain to get to the gain. When all hope is lost and you feel like your walls are closing in, you have to worship God. Worship through it because joy comes in the morning.
Hang in there! You’re almost there.
July 6, 2011 Comments Off on Past Writing
On November 11th, 2010 I wrote the following paragraph:
“There is nothing in this world that you can take from me, there is nothing that I have or want that you can take away from me to ever stop professing God’s name. You can take my school, my family, my grades, my clothes, my health, my intelligence, my body, and my money, but there is nothing you can take away from me that will ever separate me from the Love of Jesus. You can take my fraternity that I have worked so hard for, you can take her away from me, you can take Auburn, but you will never take me away from God. You are going to have to try a lot harder than this, even in your best effort on your best day you will not even make me flench in my faith in God. If you don’t believe me, then bring it on. I am ready to show my strength and faith in God like never before. My love and commitment to God extends far beyond even the human language, I will never bow to anyone but God.”
While you may not have even read that entire paragraph, understand this: Everything came to pass in that paragraph- minus Auburn. My girlfriend at the time ended up cheating on me after an entire year, I missed grades for my fraternity by less than .1, I really struggled with my health and fitness, I overspent money, and I was off away from my family at an out of state school.
Unlike humans, God always follows through on his promises, and certainly isn’t afraid to test you. We often like to make promises to God, fully expecting Him to never actually test us because we’re all such great christians- right?
We often like to tell God that if He rewards us with X, then we will start doing Y in our life. The problem is, none of us qualify to even be at the bargaining table with the creator of the universe.
The christian walk isn’t a game of chance, a bargaining chip, or a deck of cards with different values. Gods gift is salvation through Jesus Christ, a free gift. A gift that we don’t have to earn or qualify for, yet He expects us to use our gift.
Not take it out for a test drive and see what it can do, but instead walk with truth and love that Jesus died for us. Having spiritual swagger is key, we so often live like we owe God something. Walk with confidence knowing that you were bought with a price and God sees an infinite amount of potential in you, specifically, to accomplish the goals He has for your life.
DAN 9:18 Give ear, O God, and hear; open your eyes and see the desolation of the city that bears your Name. We do not make requests of you because we are righteous, but because of your great mercy. GAL 2:16 know that a man is not justified by observing the law, but by faith in Jesus Christ. So we, too, have put our faith in Christ Jesus that we may be justified by faith in Christ and not by observing the law, because by observing the law no one will be justified.
June 28, 2011 § 1 Comment
Hebrews 12:1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.
We often think of our life as one big giant race, but it is rather made up of many mini-races. However, do not think that the goal in life is to finish the fastest or to get to the next stage in your life the quickest. Living every moment of your life to it’s greatest potential and using your time wisely is more than biblical- it’s just flat out smart.
In the opening verse that I used, it tells us to strip of the weights that are keeping us down- our sin. I think so often times we overlook even the smallest of sins, like talking behind peoples backs, not giving the extra effort throughout the day, neglecting to read our bible, or not saying a prayer everyday. But even the smallest of weights accumulate a large sum of burden after a long period of time and we tend to forget that.
This lifetime here on earth isn’t just a giant race, it’s filled with many different ones. Don’t think just because you cross the finish line means you are done with the race. In fact, it is only the very beginning of your next race. Each time you accomplish something in your life, you are learning something, building trust with God, becoming wiser. Don’t be satisfied with trying just to finish, qualify for the next, larger race in your life.
This thing called life isn’t a race that God is spectating to see who can do the most good deeds or who can sin the least amount. God has a calling and purpose, a specific race, for each person to accomplish. We are all created with different gifts, abilities, and talents for a reason. Don’t be afraid to go the extra mile for God, don’t be satisfied with just crossing the finish line- do more.
2Timothy 4:6- “As for me, my life has already been poured out as an offering to God. The time of my death is near. 7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful. 8 And now the prize awaits me—the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give me on the day of his return. And the prize is not just for me but for all who eagerly look forward to his appearing.“