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!!!!!!!!

Jesus is EVERYTHING

God Gold of the Day

Christ is also the head of the church, which is his body. He is the beginning, supreme over all who rise from the dead. So he is first in everything. For God in all his fullness was pleased to live in Christ, and through him God reconciled everything to himself. He made peace with everything in heaven and on earth by means of Christ’s blood on the cross.”

‭‭Colossians‬ ‭1:18-20‬ ‭

So much daggum GOLD in these verses!!! Man!! I’m excited to share this with you and I hope we’re all able to take something away from this piece of God’s Word that really moves us closer to Christ in our daily lives!

There is so much gospel truth here in these verses I honestly don’t know where to start. Like everything else I have in this life, it’s easy to see from these verses it starts with Christ. Everything starts with Christ.

Christ is “supreme”, “He is the beginning”, “He is first in everything.”

Looking back over the last few years of my life since Christ came into it, things have changed. My actions, my decisions, my attitude, my character, the way I live and treat others, the things I’ve been able to do and the life I’m in now compared to life before Christ. Everything has changed and I’m not telling you that because I did anything to change it. I actually did nothing. I’m at a loss of words even to be sending these messages or that this is even a thing, all I can say is Christ. Jesus Christ!!! He is the ONLY reason behind all the change and new life. It blows my mind to look back at all the really cool, big benchmark moments over the past couple years of my life and know that those moments only happened because of Jesus. He is behind everything good present in my life. It’s 150% Christ and 0% me.

The crazy thing is after looking back over what Christ has done in my life and these verses. This Word specifically tells us that Christ is “First in EVERYTHING!” He is SUPREME over all who rise from the dead.” Christ is everything, He has done everything and without Him, we as the church, the body of Christ, can do absolutely NOTHING!

Christ has changed a whole lot in my life in the most amazing ways but I still sit here typing this to you in a place where I spend my time with ME and my wants as FIRST in my life. I begin my days and begin decisions and actions from ME being first. For some reason after all that Christ has done, I still have this struggling belief that I’m capable of doing more. Without Christ at the lead, I fall into temptation, make bad selfish decisions that hurt others, I sin and I mess up a lot. It’s such a huge contrast when looking at why we still do what our old dead self used to do compared to what Christ has already done and continues to do in our lives.

The question I find myself asking all the time is how do I not just KNOW Jesus, KNOW what He has done for me, how do I LIVE in Him, through Him, and for Him. How do I live in the freedom and victory that He’s suffered so much to give me? How do I accept the fact that without God sending His Son to earth to pay the ultimate price for our sins on the cross, closing the gap between us and God. Jesus Christ, dead in the grave and rising on the third day to take us from chained up in slavery to sin and death to FREE!!! VICTORIOUS!!! When He rose, that opened up the door for us to rise with Him, from death to LIFE!!!!

I constantly ask how can that be lived and each time I come back to the same truth that’s highlighted all over the Gospel and these verses. It’s not gonna take reading the Bible 24 hours a day, or trying to work in whatever way to earn my freedom. It’s literally just stepping back, removing the ME from first place in my life and replacing that #1 spot with the Jesus, the One who has already given me freedom, has already given me everything. Seeking Christ in EVERYTHING we do, EVERYTHING we think.

How do we move from KNOWING to LIVING, it’s simply faith. Faith in Jesus Christ. Faith in every decision or action you make that Christ is going to carry you through it, Christ is going to show you exactly what to do, say and which way to go. With Christ at the head of our lives, we just have to be the body. Christ is making all the moves, showing us where to go, seeing what we need to see, speaking what needs to be spoken, hearing what grows us and brings us closer to Him. Christ is FIRST, in everything we do, trust and have faith in what Christ has already done!!!!

If it helps think about it this way, how good would your body be without your head? It would be dead right? You couldn’t really do anything without your head no matter what you try. It’s the same with Christ! Without Him as our head, first in everything and supreme over us and anything else that might stand in the way, we’re dead, we can move around but nothing good comes from a Christ-less body. Really take a second and look back over your life with Christ. Look at all the good that’s happened over the years, the good you’ve done or the changes that have been made to make you better than you were before. Take an honest look at each of those moments and see Who’s behind all that good and all that change, all that purpose and all that new life. I’d bet to say it’s Christ and not you!

The challenge to myself after learning all this awesomeness about Jesus and what He’s done in my life is that ME needs to go far away. I can try really hard to be better or earn my salvation, my forgiveness and this relationship with Jesus I have. I can even try to be like Christ and be the head of my life. My challenge is stop trying to attain what Christ has already given us and stop trying to be FIRST because I can never be Who Jesus is. The good thing is, because of what Christ has done for us, we don’t have to be someone we’re not, we get to have Jesus living with us, in us and through us so why try to go outside that. He’s given us Himself, He’s called us accepted, worthy, forgiven, powerful, and strong THROUGH HIM and HIM ALONE.

With Christ as the head, FIRST, He is the BEGINNING of change, of living and walking in freedom, victory, joy, peace and hope!!!! He is the beginning of everything good, of new life, a life filled with purpose, a life that encourages and helps others, a life that’s actually worth living!!! Christ is with us, Christ is FIRST in EVERYTHING, we don’t need to KNOW anything else, we are the body and He is the head, NOW WE MOVE in Christ!!!!!

Digging Up Gold TOGETHER

God Gold of the Day

Hey hey hey!!!! Hope y’all had an awesome weekend and are all rested up to hit the ground running tomorrow as the work week starts! I’m trying my best to stay true to what I promised you and keep digging into Colossians for awhile so we can squeeze out every ounce of gold God has for us there. I remember when I started writing these daily messages, which were sent by text then and to those who were apart of that are still getting the GGOTD text. The main reason for sending these or honestly even writing them was because I was new in my faith, new to following Christ and getting into God’s Word so I had no clue what I was doing. Taking a piece of scripture and writing about what God is saying, how His truth impacted me personally, and the experiences I went through that showed how God is constantly working and His Word is alive in our daily lives. That message, really digging into the core of “who I am?” And more importantly     “who I am with God.” Those messages changed my life and has taught me so so much through each one, mainly because of God’s Word.

You know what’s funny? I still send these out every day and I may have more Bible “knowledge” but the truth is, I STILL HAVE NO CLUE WHAT I’M DOING!!! I really have no idea. Taking God’s Word, digging into it and not only learning some cool stuff but living it too, CLUELESS! So shout-out to all my people out there that don’t have a clue what they are doing with God’s Word, even when you try to dig into it you find yourself lost in how to apply what God’s has given you, I’m sitting in the same seat you are homie! That’s why today I got so excited to keep digging into Colossians, going verse by verse and just seeing what God is going to teach us and the real-life experiences that He gives us to put His truth to action. I’m excited because I don’t just get to dig into the most awesome, life-changing Words ever written from the most awesome and loving God alone. I get to dig into His Word with each of you and not only share it but also learn and grow in our relationship with God through the Word He has spoken to us together!!!

I’ve looked at the God Gold and this new, bigger platform for so long being just something I do, something I am in control over but God has created this for so much more. It’s not mine at all, it’s all His. To be honest I never had any intention of ever sending out a word of encouragement to anyone, it just kind of happened and all I can think is that God had other plans. These messages are so huge to my personal growth and it means so much to see the way God works through these to encourage others and some of the messages of Gold and wisdom I’ve received as a reply to these have helped me so much hearing another perspective. That’s why I’m excited because these messages aren’t about me, if they were I would write them in a journal and be done with it. These messages going through this platform are about you, me and every other person who may ever read them. We have an opportunity to dig into His Word together, grow and learn how to apply His truth together, so we can be living breathing examples of what God has called us to be, lights in a dark world.

So I’m reaching out to you, the God Gold community to join with me in these next couple of weeks of digging for Gold in Colossians!!! I genuinely want to hear what God is doing in your lives, what your takeaway of these verses are, how you are struggling to apply them or how God is teaching you to live it! Like I said I’m clueless, so I honestly need all the help I can get! I can’t think of a better way to get help than from you and a better way to use this awesome messaging platform than to encourage each other, help each other and move each other forward closer to Christ and a bigger example to those in the world around us!

Tomorrow’s gold we’ll be digging into Colossians 1:18-20 talking about how God has sent His Son, Jesus, to close the gap between us sinful humans and God. How Jesus came to give us a way to get back into the perfect fellowship and relationship that God designed for us to have with Him. The big thing, what Jesus has done for us not only from dying on the cross but rising from dead to life!!! I’m so jacked to dig into this awesome Word with you guys and see what God has for us! Also, please please please share with me the gold God is showing you these verses or just the gold God is giving you and teaching you in your daily life, whatever you got send it in!!! Excited to learn from you and hear the awesome things God is doing!

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Here’s a little song that really hits home on what tomorrow’s Word in Colossians will bring! Hope it can be an encouragement to you today and REMEMBER!!! COLOSSIANS 1:18-20 is tomorrow’s verses! Get ready and dig in!! Can’t wait to see what God is going to do!

Son-day Surprise

God Gold of the Day

I heard this joke a few weeks back while listening to a sermon. I’ve had the chance to tell a few lucky people and their reaction has been priceless! Hope this Sunday funny gets ya giggling! Happy Son-day y’all!

 

“A preacher visits an elderly woman from his congregation. As he sits on the couch, he notices a large bowl of peanuts on the coffee table.

“Mind if I have a few?” he asks. “No, not at all!” the woman replied.

They chat for an hour and, as the preacher stands to leave, he realizes that instead of eating just a few peanuts, he emptied most of the bowl.

“I’m terribly sorry for eating all your peanuts. I really just meant to eat a few.”

“Oh, that’s all right,” the woman says. “Ever since I lost my teeth, all I can do is suck the chocolate off them.”

Remove the Box, Christ is Supreme

God Gold of the Day

“Christ is the visible image of the invisible God. He existed before anything was created and is supreme over all creation, for through him God created everything in the heavenly realms and on earth. He made the things we can see and the things we can’t see— such as thrones, kingdoms, rulers, and authorities in the unseen world. Everything was created through him and for him. He existed before anything else, and he holds all creation together.”

‭‭Colossians‬ ‭1:15-17‬

Back in Colossians today!

So much hit me with these verses but one thing in particular stuck out to me that’s something I desperately struggle with and I pray this Gold can be of some benefit to you in your life! Things may get real and some things may be hard to hear in this Gold because God has showed me a lot about me that’s not too great. If you get hit by some truth just know I got hit too and praise God!!! He’s breaking us down to rebuild us better!

Lately I’ve been feeling like I’m going through the motions in my relationship with Christ. Checking off all the religious to-do boxes and even praying in a way where I found myself trying to say all the right things instead of actually sharing my heart with the Lord. It’s an easy thing to do and that’s what makes it so scary that I do this and so many others fall into this trap. These verses struck something in me that showed the root of my routine with Christ and why my faith has become seemingly small. It’s all because of the size of Christ in my life.

Before I dig into the verses and share with you the bigness and just how SUPREME Christ really is, I’ll tell you how I or I guess I can say we so easily and often make Christ out to be much smaller than He really is. How we shrink Christ to the size that makes us feel good putting Christ in a box.

Paul is writing this to the church of Colosse to teach and remind them of the magnitude of Christ because they were having problems with false teachers telling them differently. These teachers were false because they told them that Christ wasn’t enough to be saved because there must be more added to it. You can see in what Paul says here describing who Christ is and what He’s done that he wants these believers in Colosse to know, Christ is enough. He’s actually more than enough and there’s nothing more to be added to Him or taken away from Him to make Him what He already is to us, enough.

Very similar to these early Christians we live in a world that screams false teaching at us constantly. “You need this, do this, try this, be this.” The world says we need to have all these “things”, do all these “things” and be all these “things” because without these “things” we’ll never make it. It’s easy to fall into this “things” influence because if the majority of people around us are investing their lives in “things” don’t we want to fit in? Be more like everybody else? And from years and years of living in this world, especially America where “things” are of abundance, we are used to them. We’ve made it this far off “things” why change it now? Or we enjoy these other “things” so much that we are scared without them we wouldn’t survive. I say all that about “things” because when we fall into this “thing” trap, we drawn away by these influences, we are saying that Christ isn’t enough.

The world says “it’s okay” and we feel “normal” living with our trust in all these “things” but is it?? It hurt realizing how much in my life I make these little, temporary “things” bigger than Christ. You may not want to admit it like I didn’t, but when you take some evaluation of your life, decisions, actions, and thoughts, there’s a lot of “things” telling us that we don’t think Christ is enough.

Is Christ enough? Let’s look at what God’s Word says. “Christ is the visible image of the invisible God.” Woah, that’s intense but what does it mean? Paul is saying if you want to know what God looks like, then look at Christ! Jesus Christ is “God in the flesh.” Jesus perfectly revealed to the world God’s nature, character and love. So often we make this image of God that fits into our box, that fits with our own thoughts, desires, and wants. For Jesus to fit in our box that means we end up shrinking Him down to a much smaller size than He actually is. When we place Jesus at the same level or below all the “things” in our life, then the size we see Jesus at, the magnitude of His power and presence in our lives is shrunk to fit.

Look at what else Paul shows us about Jesus, “He existed before anything was created and is supreme over all creation.”

Jesus existed before all these “things” were ever created. Before we were ever created. And He is SUPREME over every “thing.” Supreme means, “strongest, most important, or most powerful.” Compared to every “thing” Jesus is above it all, He is the stronger, more important and much more powerful.

And, “Everything was created through him and for him. He existed before anything else, and he holds all creation together.”

We say and live as if Christ isn’t enough. How can that be? Do we see what God’s Word says about Christ, Who He is and what He’s done????

How could there be any”thing” that we put above or trust before the Maker of all things? How could we put so much temporary including our temporary earthly lives above the One who is eternal, has always been and will always be? How could we trust in ourselves or any “thing” to do more or to be in control when Christ holds all of creation together? The One who’s in full control even in control over each breath we take!

How could there be anything that does more or means more than Him? There’s no magic pill, 10-step plan, fancy cars or houses, any amount of money or fame greater than JESUS CHRIST!!! There’s no one person or no one thing of this world with any more significance, power and control than JESUS CHRIST!!! There’s no”thing” that we can try in this world for temporary satisfaction that fills us with more peace or joy in our lives than the never-ending, all-powerful, constantly faithful love of JESUS CHRIST and the LIFE He gives us!!! There’s no tough situation or circumstance, no addiction, no sin, no problem that Christ can’t deliver you through because He is SUPREME!!! Head over everything, the most powerful, most awesome, the BIGGEST of all!!!

When we take away the box we put Jesus in, when we take away our wants and desires, when we take away all these “things” in our lives, the box limits Jesus but when we see how HUGE Jesus really is we wonder why we ever had a box in the first place? Why would we ever try to put limits on God who has no limits!!! When we simply realize that Jesus has done it all, we can trust and live faithfully knowing there’s nothing in our lives that He can’t do!!! Why?? Because He’s already done it all!!! How awesome is that?!?!

We have Christ and Christ has us! He’s all we need and gives us more LIFE than any “thing” or we could ever have! He’s not just enough for us, He’s MORE THAN ENOUGH!!!!!

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