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!!!!
“1 I wait quietly before God, for my victory comes from him.
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.”
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.
“If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking.”
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???