“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!
“Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.”
Had a friend text me today and ask, “How can I pray for you?” Just a simple little question but in the moment I really needed that prayer and to see him take the time to ask and pray for me, it meant so much! No matter who you are we all have our struggles, we all need prayer and we all need each other. The time you spend in prayer for others could have a bigger impact on their lives than we could ever know, they may desperately need that prayer to overcome what’s in front of them. Text somebody today and ask that question. It can be anybody and it can be more than one person. Just know that the moment you do that and pray for them may be the moment that changes their day, maybe even their life.
‘And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. ‘
Hope everyone has had an awesome weekend and praying that this God Gold gives you a spark to start this upcoming week! I can’t even put into words how crazy, awesome, and beautiful God works things together in our lives. I’m going to do my best to explain what I mean by that and I hope you’ll be able to sit back, reflecting on how God has worked in this way in your own life.
So to give you some background, I’m taking classes in seminary and striving towards a calling to ministry that God randomly and unexpectedly laid on my life at 22 years old. Throughout the first year and a half or so, God opened up so many doors for me to serve in foreign missions, the local church, and many other different places along the way. I knew God wanted me to serve Him for the rest of my life and usually when going into ministry you would usually first assume that’s in a church, preaching, teaching and things of that nature. That’s all I thought ministry was, bringing God’s Word to people in some type of “position” with some type of “title.” Well, living in this view of “ministry,” I thought the only place I could serve or fulfill God’s calling on my life was in this way, preaching or teaching, in a church or in the mission field. After many awesome experiences getting to serve in a variety of different settings, the chance to preach came up. I had taught many different lessons to many different ages, but preaching, I had never done that. What I thought was the “pinnacle” of real “ministry,” God blessed me with the chance to preach at the church I grew up at to people who I loved so much, I barely remember anything besides walking on stage and walking back down. God did what He so often does that night and after this experience, I was on the mountain top of all mountain tops. I was on a literal high and thought, “this is it, no looking back now!”
Then, life took a turn….
For the next 6-8 months, I pursued ministry positions in youth and other areas, I was told time and time again I needed more experience but I didn’t see it that way. Being on this mountain top of bringing God’s Word from the pulpit, I had no plans of going anywhere but forward. As I continued to search and struggling with some control issues of trying to do things the way I thought they should be done, every door that I expected to be open at this point in my ministry life, had been slammed shut. It didn’t make sense to me how I could go from being so high and then crashing so so low. For those months of searching, every time I thought I saw a door opening up, I ended up finding it closed. I was confused and honestly mad at God. I was working any job I could find to get by and trying to go ahead of God and fix this “problem” I thought I had. Working on a farm picking produce, stocking shelves in a grocery store, and working a seasonal job at a home decor store which I knew nothing about. In each of those experiences, I spent more time trying everything I could to get out and back into the “ministry” God called me to do. I was pretty upset and I didn’t get it.
That is until today, I look back at that time and seeing what God was doing makes more sense than ever now! As mad as I had gotten during that time, it was obvious to see how God was working things together for my good. I was in need of experience, a chance to get discipled and poured into by those in ministry that had gone before me. I needed to be taught and I needed to learn. And as my hunger to get back in the some type of ministry position was because I thought that was the only place ministry was. I spent so much time hating those jobs because it wasn’t where I thought I should be or where I deserved to be, (yeah I was prideful coming off that mountaintop.) But through that time God humbled me A LOT. He brought me extremely low and taught me the most valuable lesson I’ve ever learned. Ministry isn’t a position or a title, it’s wherever you’re at with whatever people God has placed around you. As I started to see this, I finally started to see a glimpse of what God was showing me, even though I still wasn’t the biggest fan. I learned to invest and be intentional with each person God had placed in my path at those jobs and I watched God continually bring fruit from the seeds planted there. Whether I wanted to be there or not, it’s where God wanted me and He placed me around people that I learned so much from, people who needed to hear of the Good News that changed my own life.
I didn’t want to be there but God in His grace was teaching me that ministry is EVERYWHERE because He is everywhere! He taught me the broader and true view of what ministry and what serving Him really looked like. Then, when I finally stopped trying to control my life and fix my problem, God began opening up doors in my life. He opened up a door to learn, be mentored, get valuable ministry experience at a church that couldn’t have been a better fit around a mentor that couldn’t be a better guy to learn from. This week is my third week in the internship and I was given the privilege of teaching at a Wednesday night to the youth group there. That’s when it all came full circle, I thought teaching and preaching was all there was to ministry and then God had gotten me so used to the broader view of ministry in the workplace of every day life, when I heard this news of getting to teach again, it was different. If I would have been asked 8 months ago I would have lost my mind but now I’m excited but I also know that this isn’t it. Building relationships with others, loving and serving people in anyway I can, that’s just as much “ministry” as delivering a message to a group of people. I was also a lot more thankful for this long awaited opportunity. After not teaching or preaching in any kind of way for these months, I sit in this open door and the view is different, actually much more pure and better than it used to be. My pride of course will always be an issue with my humanity but I am a whole lot more humbled than I used to be. WHY? Because God brought me low during a time to show me how much better it is to stand on the mountain top not just alongside Him but being carried there in His arms, below Him.
I don’t know if you’ve ever been through seasons of life where you are just confused and even mad at where God has placed you and what God has you doing. I’m here to tell you today, that whatever you’re going through that seems so “bad” it’s actually God working things out for your good. If you don’t believe me, just wait you’ll see!!! God is always working things together in our lives for our good, no matter how we see them as good or bad, it’s all good when we see it through God’s eyes. It’s a process, a test, a challenge, a time of being completely broken down, reshaped and put back together, coming out with a deeper love for God and stronger dependence on Him in our lives. What we see as “bad” is just God working good together, it may not seem like it but just embrace where God has placed you right now, serve the people He’s placed around you, while you are searching desperately for an open door, the door God has opened for you and wants you to walk through could be right in front of you. You’ll never know until you open it up to find out! God is in control and He is taking every piece of your life in every moment and working it for the good of those who love Him and were called according to His glorious purpose! What’s really cool is when you realize that you’re already on the mountain top because every moment spent with God is a mountain top experience and God is in every moment with you!
God is good, all the time! And all the time, God is good!!!
Hope y’all have an awesome Sunday of worship and getting fed with the truth of God’s Word! As you know it’s “wedding season” this time of year. After getting married myself, having a summer booked full of friends weddings, I saw this joke and thought it was pretty fitting. Advice to the men out there, watch what you say fellas, could be you next!!!
“A college senior took his new girlfriend to a football game. They found seats in the crowded stadium and were watching the action. A substitute was put into the game and as he was running onto the field to take his position, the boy said to his girlfriend, “Take a good look at that fellow. I expect him to be our best man next year.”
His girlfriend snuggled closer to him and said, “That’s the strangest way I ever heard of for a boy to propose to a girl. But, regardless of how you said it, I accept!”
All the credit goes to jokes.christiansunite.com
‘Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. ‘
Hey guys, hope y’all have had an awesome week! Got some exciting gold to share with you today and there’s something special about it. Alright, I won’t hold the suspense any longer….today’s God Gold is brought to you by Mr. Craig Suglia!!! One of my long time best buddies and accountability partner, it’s a big blessing for God to place such faithful friends around me to share the Gold with y’all! Excited for you to gain a new perspective and hear some great truth and by the way, Craig mentions it too but if it wasn’t for receiving a text from him about keeping each other accountable in the Word daily, the God Gold would never be. God knew what He was doing though and now you get to hear from the guy who sparked it all! Enjoy!!!
“I am pretty nervous writing this, I am not the best writer and my grammar is not going to win me any essay contests so bear with me. It is awesome for me to see how far God
Gold has come and how God has used this and Jordan to bless so many people. It is
crazy to think that this sort of started with a simple text from me to ask Jordan to help
keep me accountable with my walk with Christ. Jordan being the guy he is took it to
another level and to a lot more people and I know it has been a blessing in my life and I
am sure it has been for you too. I want to thank Jordan for allowing me to write what
God has placed on my heart. Okay enough with the sappy stuff let us get in to the
“Undefeated Never Lost”
This God Gold is all about confidence and where it should be put with our lives
and the fight against sin. I will talk about 2 biblical people and 2 present-day people as
examples, with some of their quotes or writings and where they put their confidence.
Look at the quotes of these examples of these men and their differences.
Quotes and Writings
“ I am UNDEFEATED NEVER LOST” – Lavar Ball
“I am cocky in prediction I am confident in preparation, but I am always humble in
victory or defeat” – Conor Mcgregor
Psalms 55:22, “Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never
let the righteous be shaken.” I am able to take my cares to the Almighty Father
the One who will never leave nor forsake me.
Psalms 118:8 says, “It is better to take refuge in the Lord then to trust in humans.” –
Romans 7:24-25 “What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is
subject to death? Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our
Lord! So then, I myself in my mind am a slave to God’s law, but in my sinful nature a
slave to the law of sin”.
Philippians 1:19-21 says,” for I know that through your prayers and God’s
provision of the Spirit of Jesus Christ what has happened to me will turn out for
my deliverance. I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but
will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my
body, whether by life or by death. For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.
The first example is the man in the picture with his thumbs up his name is Lavar
Ball you might not know who he is, but I am sure you have seen his face one way or
another. This man has been in headlines from sports to politics as he is known for his
overconfident demeanor and his outlandish statements. He quotes confidently about his
1 on 1 record in basketball he says he is “UNDEFEATED NEVER LOST.”
He also claims he could and can beat the best basketball player to ever live Michael Jordan which is an unexplainable dumb statement.
The second guy in this picture with the money raining on him is Conor Mcgregor
arguably one of the best pound for pound UFC. Conor is known for his brash predictions
of him winning the fight he is in, his cocky signature walk in, and his arrogant
statements. Conor quoted about his fights, “I am cocky in prediction I am confident
in preparation, but I am always humble in victory or defeat”. Both of these men have in
common is they have so much SELF- confidence.
Now my two biblical examples I am sure you have heard of them both as well
one way or another if not I will describe them to you to jog your memory. First David the
kid who killed Goliath, the man after Gods own heart, and the man that had an affair
with Bathsheba. David Second Saul/Paul the Christian killer, the man who went blind
on the road to Damascus, least of the apostles and saints, and the man who wrote a
good portion of the New Testament. David went through a lot in his life and even all
those moments I described above he had things like this to write “cast your cares on
the Lord” and “take refuge in the Lord”. David is not trying to do anything himself he
is giving it all in the Lord and having for confidence in Him that he never leave him or
give him too much to bear. Paul writes while in jail of all places that he has confidence
in the God’s plan for getting him out, it says “he eagerly expects it” and he trusted in
God’s plan so much he didn’t care if he died or lived, “for to me, to live is Christ and
to die is gain”. I wish I had that kind of faith like Paul isn’t worried at all in this trying
time not even with death being an option he put his full confidence in the Lord. When it
comes to dealing with sin and going to battle in spiritual warfare everyday Paul knows
he is a sinner calls himself “wretched” and his flesh is always going to be a struggle,
but he knows can and will save him from his sinful self. He says confidently, “Thanks
be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord!”
So after hearing all of these guys stories whether they want to admit it or not all
of these guys have taken L’s (losses) and so we will, I know I have. The difference
between winning and losing in life is who you put your confidence in as humans we are
all flawed, but I am so happy to know that I serve a God who isn’t. When we are reliant
on self like Lavar, Conor, even David with Bathsheba and Paul in his struggle against
the flesh we take L’s we lose. Wouldn’t you like to be on a team coached by a guy that’s
never lost? Would you not have full confidence in his game plan knowing that they have
never lost? Well we have that in God our Father the true UNDEFEATED NEVER LOST
WHO EVEN BEAT DEATH CHAMPION OF ALL So knowing we can put our full
confidence in God who has the ultimate victory over sin we can go throughout our day
with joy knowing we can have victory every day we choose Christ. We can go into our
struggles and battles with joy every day because we already know with Christ in us we
are taking home dubs, W’s, or wins every day. Be confident everyday not in yourselves,
but in the God you serve and be alert because the devil the opposition is coming for you
every day, but you have the perfect coach to help take him down every time.