Real-life God Gold

God Gold of the Day

“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.

‭‭Psalms‬ ‭4:6-8‬ ‭

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!

Risen

God Gold of the Day

 

Gosh, I literally just watched this video again since I’ve never seen it sung live, wow. With Easter week here already just thought it would be a great reminder for us all to prepare our hearts and minds for what Easter is really about. As nice as the pretty dresses and all the bright-colored Easter outfits are, as cool as the Easter Bunny is and getting an Easter basket on Sunday morning filled with some super awesome and sweet treats. As great as that part of Easter is, it’s not the reason we celebrate it. The reason we celebrate it isn’t just limited to one day per year either, as much as I struggle myself to make it a daily reminder, it’s the only reason we have the beautiful life we have. It’s a daily remembrance of what Jesus has done for you and me, the glorious message of the Gospel, that Jesus died baring the weight of our sins on the cross, He took the punishment and died the death we deserved then on the third day, when everyone thought Jesus was a goner, HE ROSE!!!!! He rose from the grave with our victory in hand over fear, sin and death!!!! Jesus sacrificed His life so that we could not only have life but life to the fullest, walking in perfect relationship with God, the Creator and Provider of all things!!!

The Gospel of Jesus Christ didn’t stop at the cross and it doesn’t stop after this Easter week is over, Jesus rose, HE’S ALIVE!!!!!! Because HE’S ALIVE so are we daily as His LIFE dwells within us as believers! And if you’re reading this and you’re not a believer, you don’t know Jesus or this Gospel message of what He has done for you, get ready!!! The rest of the week I just want to take the beautiful story of Jesus, and the fact that HE’S ALIVE and dig in deeper and deeper into why this news of Jesus being our RISEN Savior is so awesome to us! I pray these messages along with this video to kick it off can really make you dig deeper and take some time to reflect on how awesome the fact that “He is RISEN” truly is! I pray that this becomes more than a story we hear or have heard a bunch of times but a truth that brings freedom and victory daily to our lives! I pray we find LIFE in the Gospel message! LIFE that is too daggum GOOD to limit to one day per year but a truth that gives us LIFE 365 days per year, every year for the rest of our lives!

 

God Gold Video

God Gold of the Day

Hey everybody! I’ve got a little surprise in store for today’s God Gold! It’s something I’ve been thinking about doing for awhile but after days and days of making excuses and giving all the reasons why I shouldn’t, God gave me a reason that was too great to pass up! We are currently YouTube official!!!

I was trying to figure out the best way to post God Golds in video format and it turns out one of the easiest ways was just creating a YouTube channel! Really excited to share these golds with you in video format and even more excited to share God’s awesome, life-changing, and love filled Word with more and more people! I keep trying to make plans to get His Word out more but just like the first God Gold ever sent, He works these messages on His time and in His way and to be honest that’s cool with me because His way is sooo much better than mine! Hope you enjoy this video about how I’ve gotten to see God’s faithfulness shown in such a big way lately in my life. I pray it can be a big faith-building encouragement to you in whatever situation you may have going on! And still figuring out all the ins and outs of it so stay with me and hopefully they’ll keep looking better and better!

Alright……HERE IT IS!!!!

Training Season

God Gold of the Day

“Those who live only to satisfy their own sinful nature will harvest decay and death from that sinful nature. But those who live to please the Spirit will harvest everlasting life from the Spirit. So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.

‭‭Galatians‬ ‭6:8-9‬

I’ve been in a pretty different kind of season lately. We all go through different seasons of life, some busy, some slow and chill, some are just really awesome and some can be tough. I’ve been in a season that at times I’ve wondered how I’ll get through it. Even though it’s gotten tough at times, God has shown me something pretty daggum cool! This season has gone against everything I’ve always done, I’m a laid back, slow going individual who likes to have a good time and go wherever the wind blows me. This season has brought a level of busyness that I’ve never imagined, between working two jobs, doing school online, getting ready for a wedding and a new life with my beautiful lady friend, and sending out the God Gold, it’s been tough at times but in the toughness I’ve been able to see how God is allowing me to get extremely uncomfortable. Having only enough time that if I don’t wake up early everyday and stick to a pretty strict schedule, I won’t be able to do what He’s put in front of me. Having to say no to the “fun” opportunities to hang out and just chill with my buddies, having to be a go-getter instead of my usual go at my own pace and we’ll get there eventually. I’ve never gotten stressed very much but for the first time in my life I can say that stress is real. All that to say, this season has had its fair share of tough moments but at the end of the day it’s been easy to see that God is training me!

It’s a training season! Learning how to lean on Him more than ever before, learning how to be better at time management, priorities, and most of all when I get tired and really don’t feel like “doing good”, or living to please the Spirit, in the past those are moments I would have given in to my sinful nature but with all that’s currently going on in my life, it’s been easier to spot out the difference in what sowing in righteousness brings compared to giving into my own sinful desires. The hardest thing about this season has been having faith. The more God is training me and disciplining me to live in His ways, His righteousness, I can’t physically see with my own eyes a lot of the times the harvest He’s bringing for it.

There’s been so many moments I want to go back to my old ways and just chill out but there is training taking place. The hard part about training is continuing to battle and grind when you aren’t seeing immediate results for the hard work and faithfulness displayed. It takes faith to continue doing what is good when the option to do whatever  sounds a lot better at the moment. It’s not even our own faith we are to lean on to continue doing good even when we don’t feel like it, it’s God’s faithfulness! When peering into how constantly faithful and loving He always is, it makes the decision to continue attacking the grind day in and day out for His glory instead of our own. Knowing that He never fails us, that He only works things for our good, that’s all we need to know moving forward in the season He’s taking us through. We may not see the harvest that is to come, but we can see Him, we can press in and lean on Him, because He is the only way to everlasting life!

Whatever season you’re going through, you’re always being trained for the season ahead! God is preparing you for what comes next so even if it doesn’t seem all that magnificent or important, press in and keep grinding to serve the Spirit, to do good! You may not see an immediate harvest but God is molding you, shaping you, and growing you into a much better version of yourself that you would never be able to be without Him! You may be tired, you not feel like it matters but it does matter and it’s definitely worth it! Keep fighting the good fight today trusting in God’s never ending faithfulness and work in your life! What may not seem like a big deal today will make all the difference tomorrow! Get up and get after it today! God is at work! It’s training season baby!!! God is the potter and we are the clay!!! I can’t wait to see what He forms and shapes us into!

“king” or KING

God Gold of the Day

“They said to him, “You are old, and your sons do not follow your ways; now appoint a king to lead us, such as all the other nations have.”
But when they said, “Give us a king to lead us,” this displeased Samuel; so he prayed to the Lord. And the Lord told him: “Listen to all that the people are saying to you; it is not you they have rejected, but they have rejected me as their king. As they have done from the day I brought them up out of Egypt until this day, forsaking me and serving other gods, so they are doing to you. Now listen to them; but warn them solemnly and let them know what the king who will reign over them will claim as his rights.”
1 Samuel 8:5-9
Hey everybody! I wanted to take a second and apologize for not having a God Gold message for you today. I want to be honest with you and tell you that I personally burnt myself out. I continued to focus so heavily on these messages and what they will mean for you that I let go of what God’s Word means for me. I fell into the trap of trying to feed you the best I possibly could that I wasn’t feeding myself, and if you’ve learned this lesson before, you know that if we don’t take time as individuals to fill ourselves with the truth of God’s Word, if we don’t take that time to dedicate to really digging into God’s Word and our relationship with the Lord and not just finding some stuff that may sound “cool” but opening up our hearts to receive God’s truth and letting His Word be a mirror for us to evaluate our lives and where we need to grow with the help of the Lord, if we don’t take time to get fed, we will starve! It’s unfortunate but I can tell you that it was a big reason for my burn out. I found myself farther from God and growing in my personal relationship with Him so to be fed I looked to areas and things of this world to find my worth and find that source of filling but was brought back to the truth that only through God and intentionally investing time with Him first daily, without that I can’t do anything especially type these messages. Also, by not investing in my own relationship with God, I’m no good to anyone else in my life including you. It was a huge lesson for me and I’m thankful for going through it because God has given me a much better perspective on life and how these messages are supposed to be. As much as I have plans to make them better and bigger to get God’s Word out to so many others, it starts with how the God Gold started, God’s Word and what His Word means for me, what is He telling me or showing me? It’s the same in all our lives and I pray this lesson can help you also! This world has a lot to offer and we can catch ourselves striving for all the wrong reasons but stay close to God personally first and foremost and then all the other stuff in life will fall into place.
Opened up my Bible today to these verses from 1 Samuel. Israel had been under a period where God worked through Judges to lead the people. Judges were just like prophets and almost like Kings but they were just vessels the Lord spoke His truth through to give to the people and lead them in God’s way. Samuel had been Israel’s Judge for quite some time and stepping back for a little while his son’s took over some of his duties. His son’s went about their new job in a terrible way, searching for personal gain through every way the world could offer so the people were tired of them and having judges. The people wanted a King.
These verses were huge for me because I felt so much like the people of Israel here. Just plain out hardheaded and stubborn!!! They wanted a “king” because all of the surrounding nations had one so they wanted to be like them. They thought having a “king” would fulfill all of their needs and make everything better for them as a people and as a nation. Samuel wasn’t too excited about the people’s request because first off they wanted a ‘king” for all the wrong reasons and at the root of it they were rejecting having God as their true KING, saying He’s not enough. I have found myself in a very similar position, searching for worth in what I have in front of me, searching to find my needs met by things of this world. God tells Samuel in verse 8, hey these people are stubborn, “As they have done from the day I brought them up out of Egypt until this day, forsaking me and serving other gods, so they are doing to you.” 
What’s crazy even though we have different circumstances than the Israelites did, wouldn’t you agree that we are stubborn just as they are? I know I am extremely stubborn. Looking back at what God has done for the Israelites, delivering them our of slavery in Egypt, taking them through all those hopeless years wandering in the wilderness, bringing them into the promised land. God has given them so many victories but they still want to substitute God for something they think will be better for them. It makes no sense but hey, I am stubborn in this same way. Looking back at all God has done in my life, taking me out of a life of complete bondage, He delivered me and brought me into a new life with Him. Even with Him though and what He has brought to my life through His Salvation, there has still been quite a bit of wandering and seeking answers in things of this world to give me what only God can. I can see clearly that God has given me literally everything and then some but I am so daggum stubborn that I continue to search out substitutes to find my worth in, answers for my problems in things of this world. Just like the people of Israel, I want a “king” so badly but the truth is, I already have a KING and my KING is God!!!
Whatever your reasons are for wanting a “king” other than God, just as God tells Samuel, tell them they can have a “king” but make sure to tell them how that will go. If we want to have a ‘king” in our lives, if we want to find our needs met or answers in something of this world, God allows us to go down the road! And thank God He does! God knows that when we search out a “king” other than Him, if we try to find a substitute other than Him, we will always come up short. We will always find ourselves empty and burnt out seeking for something more. So God allows us to do our own thing because at the end of the day, after realizing that no “king’ of this world comes close to comparing with the one and only King we have in God! No “king” can do the things that God has done in our lives! No “king” can fill our needs like God does, give us true worth like God does! We can be stubborn, like I know I’ve been so many times and keep chasing horizontal fixes that will only give us temporary answers. Or we can keep digging into God’s Word, stay close to Him personally and continue to ask God to remind us that as good as all those “kings” look that everybody else around us has, we aren’t called to fit in with everybody else, we’re called to stand out and show the world that our lives are built on the love and faithfulness of the ONE, TRUE, and ONLY KING and HE IS God!!!!
Step back in those moments where you find yourself asking for a “king” and look back at what all God has done from each moment you’ve spent with Him as your King. He’s all we need, there’s no substitute for Him and thankfully He’s here with us now in each moment, as our ONE TRUE KING!!!!

CALM

God Gold of the Day

Looking through some old Gold today that I had sent out awhile back way before these messages started reaching to you. I was stuck on this. It’s from a devotion my buddy Craig sent me and speaks so much truth. CALM. Celebrate God’s goodness. Ask God for help. Leave your concerns with Him. Meditate on good things.

Those four principles brought out by these verses are so HUGE for you and me. In a world filled with so much bad, so much negative talk and influence all around us, it can be easy to be anything but CALM. These past couple of weeks this has been a lesson that’s changed my life a lot and brought me closer than ever in my relationship with the Lord. Focus in on God, what is good, be thankful about what God has given you, and believe that when you take your concerns to God that you can leave them there because God is powerful enough to handle them, God is loving and faithful enough to gladly take them from you. When poop is hitting the fan, things in your life is getting wild, or you are trying to beat a stronghold of sin, whatever it is, be CALM. Remind yourself of CALM.

My grandma shared with me an awesome truth tonight that is simple but holds so much power. Belief causes behavior. If you believe you can’t do something or your situation is impossible then yeah, you are going to live like you can’t, living defeated and your situation will be impossible. The TRUTH is, you can’t but through you Christ can. The truth is that no situation is too impossible for our limitless God to bring you through. If you are CALM, really make a point and be super intentional about focusing on who God is, what He can do and the victory and freedom Christ has already given you, if you believe the truth that God says that anything is possible with Him, if you believe the truth that you can take any concern to God and He will give you more than enough not just to get through but triumph over it, then you will live it. It’s been such a revelation  to me these past couple of weeks, I would focus and believe what I couldn’t do, that my situation was too hard, but the moment your beliefs change, to the truth of what God says about you and who God is. EVERYTHING about how you live, act, speak and walk change completely. If you believe you are a born again child of God who is free of sin and death, who is victorious because of what Christ has done for you, then you best believe you will live like the Child of God that God says you are! Stay CALM, as much as you possibly can, for me I’ve had to pray for God to help my focus to be on Him, to open my eyes to see the blessings and work He is doing all around me, to help my belief. God has faithfully answered my prayers EVERY single time and my faith isn’t in what I can’t do anymore, my faith is completely dependent on God’s faithfulness and power, on what He can do which is literally anything! Be CALM today and let your beliefs grow ever stronger in our mighty, loving, always and forever faithful God!!!

And by the way, this picture is of my buddy Craig who sent me this. As you can see he is modeling what it looks like to be CALM!!!

 

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