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God Gold of the Day

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Had an awesome moment today that I felt the need to share with y’all. I spent my day from morning to mid-afternoon, I felt kind of weird, my thought-life was struggling, I felt all of these insecurities and doubts springing up from everywhere. It was just really weird and I kept coming back to the same thought on why I felt the way I did, why did I feel so far away from God knowing that He was so close?

Turned on the radio going down the road and this song came on! What a powerful and uplifting song of truth that was desperately needed during my struggle. It hit me while listening to it exactly why I felt the way I did. I hadn’t once stopped at any point of my day to spend time with God. I hadn’t gotten alone with Him in prayer, pour out all that weighed on my heart and seeked His presence. I hadn’t opened up the Word to see, feel and sit under the power and love of God’s truth.

I know this relationship with God isn’t based off what I do or my faithfulness. I know that how much I work or do will never bring me any closer to God than I already am but spending time with Him, it’s truly so crucial for us distracted, forgetful, and fleshly people. It’s absolutely a must in this life with Him, why? Because in those moments where I felt so far away from God was simply because I was. He was close to me the whole time and working in amazing ways bringing this song to me in the middle of my blues, but I was not close to Him. I hope that makes sense. God is always right there with us but so often we get caught up in our lives, distracted, beat down, and try to do life without Him. Those are moments where even though we are closer than ever to God, without spending time with Him, deeply searching and reminding ourselves of who God is, who He says we are with Him and the fact that He’s with us and He’s got us! We are closer than ever to God but we can so easily feel so far away.

After hearing this song and feeling so distraught all day, I prayed and went to God so intentionally and intimately because I realized feeling far from Him, I felt hopeless, incapable, upset. I came to see my deep need for God and asked Him to pour down His Word like rain, I asked for His Word to speak to me in whatever way He felt I needed to hear Him. Opened up my Bible app, hit a random Psalm and this is what it was!!! The rest of the day, walking into even more unknown territory and out of my comfort zone way more than I had been at all during the first half of my day. After hearing Him speak LIFE to me from this Word, although the situation was tougher, more uncomfortable, I felt so at ease. I felt more comfortable and had more joy than I had all day in what seemed like the easier of the two parts of my day. It’s so cool how powerful God’s Word is and I pray that we don’t take that special opportunity of time God gives us to spend with Him fore granted. Just read these verses and you’ll see what I mean!!! It’s easy to know you’re close to God but it’s also easy to feel far away. The only way to feel closer to Him is to get closer to Him!!!!

-Psalm 62

I wait quietly before God, for my victory comes from him.

He alone is my rock and my salvation,
my fortress where I will never be shaken.
3 So many enemies against one man—
all of them trying to kill me.
To them I’m just a broken-down wall
or a tottering fence.
They plan to topple me from my high position.
They delight in telling lies about me.
They praise me to my face
but curse me in their hearts.
Interlude
Let all that I am wait quietly before God,
for my hope is in him.
He alone is my rock and my salvation,
my fortress where I will not be shaken.
My victory and honor come from God alone.
He is my refuge, a rock where no enemy can reach me.
O my people, trust in him at all times.
Pour out your heart to him,
for God is our refuge.
Interlude
Common people are as worthless as a puff of wind,
and the powerful are not what they appear to be.
If you weigh them on the scales,
together they are lighter than a breath of air.
10 Don’t make your living by extortion
or put your hope in stealing.
And if your wealth increases,
don’t make it the center of your life.
11 God has spoken plainly,
and I have heard it many times:
Power, O God, belongs to you;
12 unfailing love, O Lord, is yours.
Surely you repay all people
according to what they have done.”

He>I

God Gold of the Day

Got a little double-gold for ya on this lovely Saturday! I’ve been seeing more than ever lately being put in some situations that are much too difficult for me to handle that I, by myself, just Jordan Rogers, I don’t have what it takes to handle them. I don’t have what it takes to handle anything. The crazy part about what I’ve learned during this time is that I continue to see this truth and learn this truth but I still go back to leaning on myself and my power to get the job done. Christ shows me every day that He is clearly driving the car and by far the best driver ever but I keep reaching for the wheel thinking for whatever reason that I can drive better?!?!?

I was brought back to this old God Gold from awhile back before sending them through here was ever an idea and it was just another awesome reminder to take my hands off the wheel and let Christ drive my life in ways only He can do! This verse is one I put on the front of the blog page because it’s a lesson I’ve learned over and over again. A lesson that shows us, outside of Christ and His strength, we are not capable of doing what God has called us to do, we are not capable of pleasing God. It’s crazy to me, after two years of sending these messages and living life as a follower of Christ, this lesson never gets old. No matter how much education you get, title you have, or position in life, this truth still stands true and becomes more and more real with each day we live. “He must increase, but I must decrease.” 

I was back in Colossians today and seeing Paul talking about what an awesome priveledge it is to be called by God into a relationship with Him but that’s not it. The priveledge expands farther than just ourselves. This amazing opportunity Christ has given us is to not only live in this victorious and life of freedom in Him, but we get to share in His glory as we show Christ to the world around us. Jesus could have easily gotten the job done Himself but instead He called us to a mission that is far greater than any out there. To share the awesome message of the Gospel and what Jesus has done for us through word, action and example to all those around us. It’s cool seeing how Paul talks about this then at the end He gives the source for how he can do what he does. The only way he can share the gospel message with the world, the only way he can live a life that pleases God. Paul says in Colossians 1:29, “29 That’s why I work and struggle so hard, depending on Christ’s mighty power that works within me.” 

Paul gives us the source of everything He does. He doesn’t give us a big wild formula or rule book to live more like Christ and attack this mission with the hope of changing the world. It’s through Jesus’ might strength and power working within him. That’s it. It’s not about us or what we can do, to do anything at all it comes from Christ and the provision He brings to our lives. It blows my mind that Christ let us in to be tools for His use on this mission to spread the Good News into other’s lives around us!!! It’s a great priveldge that can only be accomplished through Christ and His strength. It’s funny that’s it been over a year since that message was sent out but I’m still in this position of, “”I have no idea what I’m doing Lord, but I’m gonna show up and you’re going to show out!”

Just an awesome reminder that must be constant in our lives as we all struggle daily trying to drive a car that was never meant for us to drive. Only through Christ do we have what we need to get the job done, only through His strength not our own! It’s a reminder to put at the beginning of every day and every situation. Christ must increase and I must decrease. That’s the only way and He’s the only way!

 

“He must increase, but I must decrease.”

John 3:30

Realized over the last few days how much I was putting my glory above God’s glory, trying to be in the center of my will instead of the center of God’s will. At first, I had no idea cause I was blinded by my pride but when I started seeing the fruit produced from that way of living, it was so easy to see how I had wandered off His path. That fruit was nasty, it stunk, and definitely wasn’t edible. My failures humbled me big time so throughout the day, I tried to readjust my focus on putting Christ at the center, He increased and I decreased. The difference was unbelievable! Things were thrown at me that “I” couldn’t handle but HE overcame! Talk about some Christ produced, mouth watering, good fruit, the kind that makes you leave wanting more! I know it’s built in us to say “I got it”, but from learning the hard way, letting Him take over, putting my selfish pride aside, God’s will is done and overcoming is constant. Our biggest enemy majority of the time is ourselves. After this big lesson, something I started praying over and writing everywhere was this: “I have no idea what I’m doing Lord, but I’m gonna show up and you’re going to show out!” The challenge is to learn from my mistakes and take this verse to heart because when we are decreasing and He is increasing, not only does our life change, He changes the world around us.

 

Wisdom Giving GOD

God Gold of the Day

“If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking.”

‭‭James‬ ‭1:5‬

This may be one of the shorter and simpler God Gold messages you’ve received in awhile only because there’s no words or explanations to tell you that’s not already given to us by God in this piece of His Word.

I faced a situation that I couldn’t handle. I didn’t know how or what to do. I’ve failed many times before trusting in myself and things of this world. So I took it to God. I asked for wisdom on what to do and how to overcome my current problem…..Guess what??!?

God answered every piece of my prayer! God gave me His wisdom, God showed me what to do and how to do it in His way, the best way.

What’s funny is it took me all day of living in His wisdom and answered prayer before I even realized the work He had done. I fell jaw dropped at how loving, faithful, and capable God is!!!

If you need wisdom, go to God, ask for it, He will always supply and show you how to live wisely through the good times and bad. It’s that simple. God is more powerful and in control of our lives than we could ever know, only thing is if we don’t go to Him, how will we ever know just how great He is???

ONE

God Gold of the Day

“20 “I am praying not only for these disciples but also for all who will ever believe in me through their message. 21 I pray that they will all be one, just as you and I are one—as you are in me, Father, and I am in you. And may they be in us so that the world will believe you sent me.
22 “I have given them the glory you gave me, so they may be one as we are one. 23 I am in them and you are in me. May they experience such perfect unity that the world will know that you sent me and that you love them as much as you love me.” 
John 17:20-23
So I had some God Gold all planned out for y’all but then I went to hang with the youth group and Pastor Matt brought too much heat to not get out!
Wow it was such an awesome message but a couple things he mentioned really got some light bulbs going for me upstairs. In these verses, Jesus is praying. Not something I’ve ever really thought about before and something that seems so simple to blow my mind.
Think about it, Jesus, the perfect Son of God, is fully man and fully God is PRAYING! Does that not sound crazy?!?!? Jesus was practically God, was perfect and capable of anything, why would He need to pray? In this moment Jesus was modeling prayer for me and you. Jesus was giving us an example of what prayer looks like and an example of complete submission and humility before God. He was completely giving His life to God in this act of surrender. Think about it, if Jesus felt the need to pray, then how important and huge is our need for prayer? How important is it to spend that time alone with God in prayer, surrendering our lives to God and seeking His provision, power and will for our lives. I was hit hard that if Jesus took prayer that seriously, then I definitely 110% all the stinkin way need to treat the time of prayer with God, that one on one alone time with Him so much GREATER than I do.
Not only is Jesus praying here, He’s praying for ME and YOU!!! Jesus is praying not just for His surrounding disciples but for ALL future believers! How awesome is that?!!? Jesus cared for us, loved us so deeply that He prayed for us thousands of years before we were even a thought.
Jesus is modeling something else for us here about prayer and it’s His example of humility not to just spend this time with God for His needs, His wants and a prayer focused solely around Him but He’s praying for others. Jesus’ example here shows that prayer isn’t always just for you, we have the grand opportunity and chance to pray for others around us. What an example of love that is to pray for someone else.
The overarching message from Pastor Matt was about unity. Jesus prays for us to be united as ONE. Most importantly He prays for us to be ONE with others just as we are ONE with Christ in our personal identity as children of God. What’s funny about trying to be united with others, it doesn’t take a long drawn out plan of action, if we present ourselves before God as Jesus did, humbly and on our knees in prayer, seeking Him and His will for our lives, getting away from the craziness of this world around us and being alone with God. Having personal quiet time with God, through prayer, His Word and so many other ways. If we take our unity in Christ, our being ONE with Christ as the most IMPORTANT, #1 PRIORITY, and BIGGEST part of our days. The love we find in that time with Christ will flow into others lives around us. As Jesus says when we are working together as ONE with Him and united as ONE with other believers, the world will quickly see the light coming from Christ within us. And just imagine what being united in these ways will change not only in your life but in the world.
I’ve struggled with taking time to be alone, quiet and still before God through prayer or the reading of His Word a lot lately. I’ve watched these messages start sounding different, my own personal message and example to others look different, it’s just super easy to spot the lack of Christ in my life. As we looked over the Gospel more deeply in Colossians the last week or so, we’ve seen that apart from Christ we can do literally NOTHING! My excuses for letting this time with the Lord slip as of late has been “I’m too busy, I’ll do it later, I can do this, I’ll go to God later.” No excuse is good enough and as I watched my life resemble the little amount of time I spent with God, my relationships, the way I handle the busyness of it all and just every single area I struggled. Apart from Christ, I became consumed with me, my wants, my plans but after seeing the affect that had on me and the people around me,  I can’t go on like that living life. I need God’s presence in my life, I need time to seek Him, learn and grow in Him. I need more time spent doing life united with other believers, with YOU! I’ve learned the hard way that I can’t do this life alone, I’ll never make it, apart from Christ and apart from you I wouldn’t stand a chance.
This morning was the perfect example, caught up in me, me, me. Sending this message out with the attitude that it’s something that has to be done so I can get to other things I need to do. In the middle of my selfishness, the Lord stopped me dead in my tracks. I sent out all the text to you which is like over 100 messages sent out individually. Then I started receiving messages that my post had messed up somehow and all people could see was words that said, “PAGE NOT FOUND, ERROR.”
So in my rush to attend to my needs, I was humbled big time. Had to re-do the post and send them all out again. Just a big reminder from God there that apart from Him, not attacking this mission He’s given us with Him as the #1 priority and to get His Word out to others for their benefit. Life will read; ERROR, LIFE NOT FOUND. That’s why I challenge you today to text somebody, ask them how you can pray for them, send them an encouraging word, and carve out a “quiet time” to spend alone with God in prayer or seeking Him in His Word. I’ve learned the hard way that days are much better with that “quiet time.” I also seek your help and ask you pray for me, nothing in particular just pray that I take time daily to spend with God, alone and away from the stresses of the world. I could tell ya a lot more I need prayer for but learning that if God is #1 and I go to Him in that way daily, all the rest of that stuff in life falls into place!
Message somebody, reach out, pray for them, love on them or encourage them AND SPEND TIME ALONE WITH GOD!!! We can’t do this life alone, we desperately need the Lord and we also need each other too! I love you and I’m thankful for the huge role you play in my life! Praying for each of you today!
And BIG shoutout again to Pastor Matt for this awesome encouragement tonight! This message would never be without him. Thanks brotha!

GOOD News

God Gold of the Day

“21 This includes you who were once far away from God. You were his enemies, separated from him by your evil thoughts and actions. 22 Yet now he has reconciled you to himself through the death of Christ in his physical body. As a result, he has brought you into his own presence, and you are holy and blameless as you stand before him without a single fault.
23 But you must continue to believe this truth and stand firmly in it. Don’t drift away from the assurance you received when you heard the Good News. The Good News has been preached all over the world, and I, Paul, have been appointed as God’s servant to proclaim it.”
– Colossians 1:21-23
Holy guacamole guys!!! Talk about some freedom giving, victory living, Gospel truth in this Word!!! I pray this God Gold helps you in every way possible and I’m usually not this bold but after seeing this truth of the Gospel and what it’s done for my life. If you really hold tightly to this truth, I know it will change your life in some awesome ways.
Heard a guy mention something recently that showed how distorted the truth of the Gospel has become and it’s similar to what I’ve believed also but thank God for His Word showing us the TRUTH of the Gospel and giving us this News that is so so GOOD!!!
This fella said something like, “I would follow Christ and live the Christian life but I’ve got some personal demons to deal with first.” After hearing this I thought of something that I’ve heard my Uncle use in his prison ministry and something other Christians use as an example. “If you walk into God’s courtroom on judgement day, looking at the sins of your life, would you be considered guilty or not guilty? Well we’d be considered guilty right? Because every human has committed sins before. But wait a second, although we deserve to be guilty the door to the courtroom opens, it’s JESUS!!! He yells out, NOO!!! He’s not guilty because I, Jesus, have paid the price for His sins on the cross. My blood has washed him clean from his sins, past, present and future. So upon Jesus storming in the courtroom, God calls out the verdict. Although, you are obviously guilty, Jesus and what He has done for you, God says, “you are NOT GUILTY!”
So what’s holding anyone back from accepting Jesus into their lives? It’s not our sin, how good or bad we’ve been because the truth of the Gospel says plainly that Jesus has paid the price for our sins, there used to be a gap that separated us from God and that gap was sin. Jesus and the work He did on the cross, with His blood being received as payment for our sin, Jesus CLOSED THE GAP!!! No longer can our sin hold us back from God because Jesus has taken care of that!
The false belief that I’ve mainly struggled with is that if I still sin and mess up daily, how could God love me? Especially in my moment of sin, I begin to believe the lies the devil likes to plant in our heads, “you’re not worthy to come before God, God doesn’t accept you because you sinned, God hasn’t forgiven you, look at all the sins you’ve committed yesterday.” All those are lies but lies that are very easy to believe especially if you don’t truly know the Good News of the Gospel, the truth about what Jesus has done and how God really sees you.
 Those lies can really hurt you and take you so far from God. Now it makes sense why Paul says what He says in verse 23. “ But you must continue to believe this truth and stand firmly in it. Don’t drift away from the assurance you received when you heard the Good News.” 
It’s easy to see why Paul restates this for importance because we face a world and an enemy that is constantly going to try and feed us lies to believe about the sinner we used to be, how we’re not worthy, accepted or loved by God because of our sin. What’s even more harmful about these lies is that it can leave you stuck in sin and thinking, “I just sinned, how can I possibly go before such a holy and perfect God??? Or you can believe those lies about your identity of being worthless, not accepted and not loved by God. With the guilt that comes with thinking that’s who you are and basing your experience with sin today as the sins you’ve committed yesterday, you will live out those beliefs and you will live as the person you think you are. Not worthy. Defeated. Sinful and hopeless. “But WAIT!!!” Jesus says!!!
The sinful person living in darkness yesterday isn’t who Jesus says you are today so you don’t have to live that life any longer!!! Paul says to “But you must continue to believe this truth and stand firmly in it.” The same Gospel message you believed from that first moment with Jesus, don’t quit believing it! Stand firmly in the TRUTH even when attacked with lies, the TRUTH that Jesus has paid the price for your sins, His blood has washed ALL of your sins away and because of what Jesus has done, that AWESOME NEWS of the Gospel!!! You can stand before God as His child where God sees you not as you once were but WHO YOU ARE IN CHRIST!!! God sees you as clean, worthy, accepted, and loved!!! 
That’s the beauty of the Gospel! It’s not about who you are, what you’ve done or haven’t done, or how “good” or “bad” you’ve been! The Good News isn’t so GOOD because you are, it doesn’t matter what you do, IT’S ALL ABOUT WHAT CHRIST HAS DONE!!! The Gospel that first saved us is the same Gospel truth that saves us daily! When we do sin, we don’t have to hide from God remember the truth of the Gospel that says we’re forgiven and accepted by God!
I’ve lived many days in this false belief of lies that is found nowhere in the Gospel. I’ve lived in this thought that because I sin, I’m guilty, God doesn’t love me and I’m not worthy. Living in this belief system, my actions are no different than my beliefs. I’m guilty so I’ll keep living in sin because there’s nothing I can do to change that. LIES LIES LIES!!!!
The truth of the Gospel says that Christ has already changed that, by what He did on the cross! Going back to what Paul says in verse 23, you must continue believing this truth and stand firm in it. When you continue believing the truth that Christ has done all the work, it’s not dependent on you to earn right standing before God but because of what Christ has done, you’re ALREADY IN right standing before God!!! Believe God’s TRUTH about you, that despite your sin and weakness, GOD sees you as WORTHY, ACCEPTED AND FORGIVEN!!!
The truth of the Gospel doesn’t just save you from your current sin, living under the belief of how God truly sees you, if you stand firm in the truth of the Gospel, you will no longer have to live in the sins of yesterday, God forgives your past so no you can live in the FREEDOM and VICTORY that Christ has given you in this NEW LIFE!!!!!! Now you see why it’s called the GOOD News?!?!?!? BECAUSE IT’S SOOOO GOOOODD!!!!!!!!
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