“Many people say, “Who will show us better times?” Let your face smile on us, Lord. You have given me greater joy than those who have abundant harvests of grain and new wine. In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, O Lord, will keep me safe.”
Saw this awesome picture God created when I was on the road today. His face literally shining on us! Stinkin crazy!
Think on this today:
The One who makes that picture happen, is the One who loves us, cares for us, fights for us, and fulfills our every need.
I could write all day about how awesome, capable and powerful God is but just think on that and live in the peace, comfort and confidence that comes in knowing God, having full access to God, and having this same God who created that, love you!
Shortest Gold ever because what else can be said about Him that He isn’t already showing us!?!?!!!
I love you but God loves you way more!!! Happy Friyay everyone!
‘ Blessed are those who dwell in your house, ever singing your praise!”
Hey everybody! I hope you are having an awesome day and hope it gets even more awesome after reading this piece of GOD GOLD!!!
Ran across this verse last week and it’s something that has kept me at peace, has kept me pushing forward and has given me a sense of strength that I can’t explain. I know how hard it can be to take time and recognize these awesome truths from God’s Word about how God feels about us, how He provides and fights for us so faithfully. With all the to-do’s and busyness we always find ourselves in, I understand completely how finding time to spend with God and His Word, talking to Him, it can be hard at times. But something I’ve had to drill into my brain lately is, no matter what all is going on, no matter how busy, no matter what the situation, there is no excuse not to make time for God! ZERO!!!
I make excuses all the time but when reading this verse it was a reminder of how much we really NEED that time with Him more than we’ll ever know! It says “blessed are those who dwell in your house.”
I used to see that as, “I need to read my Bible, pray, do this or that so God will bless me and I’ll be close to Him (in His house). When looking at things this way, I’ve even seen this part of my relationship with God as a rewards system, with blessings based off of how much I do. “If I do this good thing for God then I’ll be blessed in this struggle I’m going through.” That’s simply just not how it works.
This relationship we have with God isn’t based off of what we do in any way, shape or form. The truth is that’s this relationship we have with God is based purely off of who He is, it’s a gift and a privilege that Christ died to give us. It’s all based off Him. As much as we may think we’ll be closer to Him, hence being blessed more if we just do more. The truth of the matter is there is nothing we can do, we have been blessed by Jesus Christ dying for us and raising from the grave to even have a restored relationship with God! We’ve been given such an amazing gift!!! And now we have the privilege to spend time with God, the Creator of all, the one who is in control of everything. YEAH…. we get to spend time with Him, we don’t “have to,” we “GET TO.”
As we see this relationship with God outside of the human “work for it” mentality that we put on it, we see that we get to spend this time with Him, to learn more and more about who He is and all that comes with sitting close to Him in His house and the blessings. Well, the blessings are simply that! As we come to know God deeper and spend time with Him, God does a work in our hearts and lives that we can’t even begin to understand. I noticed last week, even in the days I was super busy and I had a lot going on, the days I spent time with God whether that was in His Word or just talking to Him. I was at ease, I felt a sense of confidence in knowing that He was in control and is the guide of my life. I felt stronger and more focused in, I felt so at peace with EVERYTHING, even the situations that weren’t so peaceful.
But the days I didn’t pay any attention to my relationship with God, I felt blind to temptations and had no idea what direction to go in. I felt insecure, out of whack, filled with so many thoughts of doubt and worry.
Now don’t hear me wrong, our relationship with God isn’t based off what we do, but the time we spend intentionally seeking Him out and being One with Him in His house, the less we are in focus of Him and moving in our knowledge and recognition of Him being the God of our lives. We are going to struggle. It’s not seeking Him out for blessings or doing something to get something in return, it’s just you and God. It’s embracing this beautiful and awesome relationship we’ve been given and knowing that He is our blessing. What comes from spending real, and intentional time with Him, getting to know Him and abiding in His heart, that just makes the blessing even bigger!
So I say all that to show you the truth of what I struggle with at times in this relationship with God and I pray this sheds some light for you on how this relationship works! I’ve spent a lot more days of my life not dwelling in the house of the Lord, the pain and struggle endured during those days has been tough. Thankfully, because of Jesus I’ve been given the greatest privilege of having days also dwelling in the house of the Lord and I can’t explain to you how AWESOME those days are!
I write this to you with the hopes that you’ll be encouraged to live your days in the house of the Lord, because you get to and enjoying all the many internal blessings that come only from Him! I understand what a struggle that can be to dwell in the many houses this world has to offer, but after spending time in those houses and the Lord’s, there is none that compare to dwelling and making a room for yourself with Him!!!!
So I ask you this,
Where are you dwelling?
Where are you spending your time and how much of it is with God?
What’s holding you back from dwelling in the house of the Lord and spending intentional time with Him?
Do you realize it’s not about what you do, but all about WHO God is?
‘For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. ‘
My buddy Dillon sent me this gold awhile back and dang! Just felt the urge to share this awesome message with you again!! THE BEST IS YET TO COME!!!
“No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him.”
1 Corinthians 2:9
We cannot imagine all that God has in store for us, both in this life and for eternity. He will create a new heaven and a new earth, and we will love with him forever. Until then, his Holy Spirit comforts and guides us. Knowing the wonderful and eternal future that awaits us gives us hope and courage to press on in this life, to endure hardship, and to avoid giving into temptation. This world is not all there is. The best is yet to come!
“You, Lord, are my lamp; the Lord turns my darkness into light. With your help I can advance against a troop; with my God I can scale a wall.”
2 Samuel 22:29-30
I used to say this about my life, I feel like I’m stuck in a hole and every time I feel like I’ve started to dig my way out, I fall back in the hole even deeper. Myself just like many of you and many others around us in the world, there’s pieces of darkness in our lives whether we won’t to admit it or not. I used to have a lot of darkness, stuff I just couldn’t get past and it would have me going deeper and deeper into that hole. I would try so hard to dig myself out of the hole and fail every time when the Lord says, “with my help you can scale the walls.” How cool is that? He’s saying put down your shovel, you can’t dig your way back up to the surface, only with His help you can have the tools you need to climb, the guidance on which way to go, and the strength to keep moving forward leaving that life stuck in a hole farther and farther behind. I’m not saying I’ve got it all figured out cause I’m still falling back in the hole all the time, but what’s awesome now that the Lord has made all my darkness LIT, I know He’s the way back out and He’s bigger than anything that pushes me into the hole. This isn’t important to me so I can tell people about my climbing skills, because I can’t climb at all. It’s important so I can tell people about the God who climbs for me and daily brings light to the darkest corners of my life. Without Him I’d be nothing. What gets me is that there’s so many people around us that are stuck in that same hole, they don’t know how to get out so they only dig deeper. I’m guilty of walking by and looking in at those people then just keep going about my day. At some point we all are, but we don’t have to be. We are God’s hands and feet. We can’t climb for someone else but we can point them to the one who climbs for them. Jesus Christ. I don’t know what your story is or how many holes you’ve had in your life but just know if you can’t get out, there’s only One who can help. And if God has already lifted you out of the hole, don’t just walk by someone else’s hole when they need you and Who you know. Honestly don’t just talk to them from outside the hole, get down in there and help them climb. Let’s stop digging and let’s climb with God together
Here’s a little Bible study video today where Craig Groeschel is discussing what it looks like to follow Christ in this world. It’s far from normal, but it’s actually super WEIRD! This is something we looked over last week and as we continue to strive to be weird and learn from God on what His kind of weird looks like in a world of normal, dig into this today! I promise you, it’s only going to get weirder from here!!! Also, I HIGHLY recommend checking out Craig’s book called “Weird,” that this Bible study is based off of! If you haven’t read it already, check it out! It’s a huge perspective shift in the right direction towards Christ in our daily lives!