Fishing

God Gold of the Day

Well, I hope everyone had an awesome Sunday! I’m pretty daggum pumped to share some Gold with you today that may get a little wild, but bare with me. I believe God has some big truths in this God Gold for myself and for you!

So, today I want to share one of those good ole fishing stories with you. It was a beautiful Sunday afternoon so me and my buddy Craig decided to grab our fishing poles and head down to the pond. I’ll go ahead and tell you that I have been fishing at a lot quite a few ponds over the years but I am by no means a “professional” or experienced fisherman. To be honest, I’m pretty clueless about fishing except for putting the bait and hook on the line and throwing it out there. We started fishing probably around 2 o’clock or so and with some quick bites on our lines, we were getting excited and confident that we’d catch that first fish soon, maybe a whole bunch of fish. As time went by we began catching a lot of things but no fish. I promise you, I caught more sticks pieces of wood today than you could have found on an oak tree. At one point I even caught a couple of pine combs. After a couple hours of this we were both getting pretty antsy so we kept looking for new things to switch up thinking for sure we could outsmart these fish. We changed the weights on our lines, changed the baits up, we even moved around to different parts of the pond but still, NO LUCK!

We couldn’t figure it out, no matter what we tried nothing seemed to be working. The only thing we had going for us was persistence, well, I guess you can call it “stubbornness.” We kept coming up short handed but we were bound and determined that we were going to catch a fish. It was about 5 o’clock and still no fish. My neighbor had came out and told us we were more than welcome to go up the road and fish in her parents backyard which faced the big reservoir in town. We didn’t think twice about it, we thought for sure after all this bad luck we’ve had at this pond, we’ll 110% FOR SURE catch some fish there. We got out there with a new energy and kept fishing away. That’s when I caught the catches of the day in those pine combs but still, NO FISH!!! We kept throwing our line out, trying new stuff because we may not have had many results but we were going to keep working our tails off to catch one. There was NO WAY that we’d go this whole day and not catch a fish! We kept at it and kept at it but then it got to be almost 7 o’clock, we had been fishing for going on five hours now and we couldn’t take it anymore. After all the work we put in to catch a fish, we came to the end of our energy to keep trying any longer. For 5 whole hours we worked and worked but at the end of the day had no big fish story to share. Besides the lack of success with the fish it was still a great Sunday afternoon spent with a good buddy which are moments that are hard to pass up.

Now, I bet you’re wondering why I told you about my bad day of fishing? Well, today at church the Pastor spoke on these verse from Romans 3 and gosh!!! It blows my mind how relate-able is to the truths learned at church today. The Pastor began in these verses speaking about how God’s love is “No Ordinary Love.”

‘Well then, should we conclude that we Jews are better than others? No, not at all, for we have already shown that all people, whether Jews or Gentiles, are under the power of sin. As the Scriptures say, “No one is righteous— not even one. No one is truly wise; no one is seeking God. All have turned away; all have become useless. No one does good, not a single one.”/ Romans 3:9-12 

I bet you’re wondering, what does this have to do with God’s love and even more so, what does this have to do with fishing? Well, hold on to your hats because I’m going to get there. So he started in these verses to show us the truth of who we are as a people outside of God’s love. Obvioulsy Paul is stressing a major point here that “no one is righteous.” It doesn’t matter who you are or all the things you do, you are still just as broken and just as messed up as the next person. Now I know that’s a harsh reality but the thing is, it’s reality! Even if you think, “well I do all these things at my church and go to all the Bible studies.” It doesn’t matter because Paul states clearly that; “no one does good, not a single one.” Just in case you missed that, NOT A SINGLE ONE! I know this may step on your toes and hey, mine are already hurting so I get it! It was in realizing this truth that apart from Christ we are no good, the next set of verses were magnified even more.

“For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. Yet God, in his grace, freely makes us right in his sight. He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins. For God presented Jesus as the sacrifice for sin. People are made right with God when they believe that Jesus sacrificed his life, shedding his blood. This sacrifice shows that God was being fair when he held back and did not punish those who sinned in times past, for he was looking ahead and including them in what he would do in this present time. God did this to demonstrate his righteousness, for he himself is fair and just, and he makes sinners right in his sight when they believe in Jesus. Can we boast, then, that we have done anything to be accepted by God? No, because our acquittal is not based on obeying the law. It is based on faith.”/ Romans 3:23-27

This is when I started to realize just how much my bad day of fishing made a lot of sense with these truths that are a foundation to our faith. Despite what God’s Word says, somehow I catch myself and I’m sure all of us do, I catch myself thinking there is something I can do to get myself out of this broken state of sin that I find myself in daily. Maybe if I just work a little harder or try doing some new things such as serving at my church or whatever it is. We find ourselves working so hard to be “less-broken” and somehow earn God’s love in our lives but at the end of the day no matter how much work we do or hard we try we always come up short. That was the case with fishing today, we were bound and determined to catch a fish so we tried everything we could think of and we kept working away but ended the day with no fish. The truth about our Christian lives and YES, I struggle with this so much myself, is that we are constantly hiding from the truth of who we really are, depraved and broken messes. We try everything to “fix it” and we just keep on throwing our lines out there but why do we keep catching sticks and pine combs???

Maybe because, as mentioned in the last set of verses I put up from Romans it’s because the fish has already been caught. God saw us in our broken state of sin and out of His HUGE amount of love for us decided to send His Son as a sacrifice for me and you with His blood covering us in ways we could never accomplish. We could try to keep fishing all day long but Jesus has already caught the big fish of victory for us. Why would we try to keep doing what Jesus has already done, well maybe it’s because we’re stubborn enough to keep throwing our line out or prideful enough to think we can actually catch a fish. I fall into that trap so often and in the meantime while I’m working away I lose sight of the truth, the complete joy and LIFE I’ve been given in the sacrifice Jesus has made. But maybe if I just try this kind of bait instead, or put this weight on the line, NO!!!!

In verses 9-12 of Romans 3, Paul put it plainly that we are completely incapable of saving ourselves. Not one person no matter how “good’ they are or how much work they do, we can never do the job that Jesus has already done. The beauty of God’s relationship with us is that God’s love doesn’t depend on us, and thank God it doesn’t because we would never be able to earn it. God’s love and the Salvation Jesus has brought to our lives is based purely off the sacrifice that Jesus has made, by the grace that God gave us as a gift that made us right in His sight as His Son suffered for us on the cross. That’s the truth of the Gospel, it doesn’t matter what kind of fishing rod you have, what kind of bait you use or how much work you put in to catch that fish, the TRUTH is that the fish has already been caught and there’s nothing we can do to change that or add to it. This love we have from God is purely a gift from God and He expects nothing in return from us except for us to lay our fishing rods down, quit your energy-wasting striving and fight the good fight surrendered to the Jesus Christ.

Seeing the realness of just how broken and incapable we are just hit deep today as I looked at the fact that God saw that we couldn’t catch any fish, so he went fishing for us and caught the fish that we never could. Thank God for loving us so deeply and abundantly when we deserve none of it. It’s all about God and none about us. Seeing how great our need is for a Savior makes me so happy that God has sent His Son to save us and do the job that we couldn’t!

This week I’m challenging you and myself to first off, sit in this truth, pray about this truth and completely be consumed by this truth. It is so crucial to our faith as we see the bad news of us and the Good News of Jesus played out in our lives. Also, secondly, I want to challenge myself and you to put down our fishing rods, our stubbornness and pride, stop trying to work our way to catch God’s love or Salvation and just rest in the truth that Jesus has already caught the fish. In His grace all we can do now is submit our lives to Him and lived consumed by His love and surrendered to the call He’s saved us for to spread the Good News of how Jesus has taken the death we deserved, paid the price and given us LIFE abundantly with Him forever. There so many out there fishing away, some are believers that won’t put down their rods, some are unbelievers that don’t know the fish has even been caught. Thank God for saving us and giving us the opportunity to share the greatest news there could ever be!!!!

Son-day Surprise

God Gold of the Day

Heard this song last week and WHOOO!!!!! Man, besides the fact it’s such a catchy tune that will get stuck in your head, there is so much truth in the words of this song. All of the different situations we face on a week-in, week-out basis, the struggles we face in moments that bring so much insecurity, doubt, and fear into our lives. And the times we get to that place of wanting to question God, and ask; “are you even here? Because if you were here I wouldn’t be feeling this way or going through these things.”

I have hit on those realities of struggle this week several times because it’s heavy on my heart right now. The only thing I’ve found that brings me answers, peace, and a sense of joy even as I walk into the scary unknown, is God saying “look up child.” Despite what we may be going through, there is something special that takes place when we look up, to our Father. the One who is in control of all things. Looking to Him is the only thing that gets me through, and honestly with Him, we don’t just survive, with His love and powerful presence in our lives we thrive! Keep this as a reminder this week when doubt and fear creeps in, just “look up child.” Setting our eyes on our loving and awesome Savior changes everything and He provides us with more than enough to live freely and victoriously through the mountain tops and the valleys of our lives. Just look up and look up and then….look up some more!!! If you go with God you’ll never go wrong! Have a great Sunday!!!

“Follow Me”

God Gold of the day

“The next day John was there again with two of his disciples. When he saw Jesus passing by, he said, “Look, the Lamb of God!” When the two disciples heard him say this, they followed Jesus. Turning around, Jesus saw them following and asked, “What do you want?” They said, “Rabbi” (which means “Teacher”), “where are you staying?” “Come,” he replied, “and you will see.” So they went and saw where he was staying, and they spent that day with him. It was about four in the afternoon. Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, was one of the two who heard what John had said and who had followed Jesus. The first thing Andrew did was to find his brother Simon and tell him, “We have found the Messiah” (that is, the Christ). And he brought him to Jesus. Jesus looked at him and said, “You are Simon son of John. You will be called Cephas” (which, when translated, is Peter ). The next day Jesus decided to leave for Galilee. Finding Philip, he said to him, “Follow me.” Philip, like Andrew and Peter, was from the town of Bethsaida. Philip found Nathanael and told him, “We have found the one Moses wrote about in the Law, and about whom the prophets also wrote—Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.” “Nazareth! Can anything good come from there?” Nathanael asked. “Come and see,” said Philip. When Jesus saw Nathanael approaching, he said of him, “Here truly is an Israelite in whom there is no deceit.” “How do you know me?” Nathanael asked. Jesus answered, “I saw you while you were still under the fig tree before Philip called you.” Then Nathanael declared, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God; you are the king of Israel.” Jesus said, “You believe because I told you I saw you under the fig tree. You will see greater things than that.” He then added, “Very truly I tell you, you will see ‘heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending on’ the Son of Man.””

‭‭John‬ ‭1:35-51‬ ‭

Yes I know that is a lot of Scripture for today’s Gold but just wanted to give you the full context as something to think about today. I read these verses this morning in my quiet time and after reading them over once, I sat there and nothing that seemed that important stuck out to me. Then as I went through out my day, i kept thinking about the first “follow me” account in these Scriptures. The disciples ask Jesus where He is staying and Jesus says, “Come,” he replied, “and you will see.” So they went and saw where he was staying, and they spent that day with him.”

All Jesus says is, “come.” Follow me and you will see, there is so much intrigue and almost like a sense of mystery in that. How Jesus says “you will see.” It sparked something in me that made me realize, Jesus does this in our lives everyday, we have this grand opportunity to follow after the Son of God and we honestly don’t know where that will take us or what any of the answers are but “you will see.” Think about that. When I hear this “you will see,” from Jesus and knowing who Jesus is and drawing back to all the times Jesus has taken me places way out of my comfort zone, places I never imagined going and even doing things I never thought I could do. There is so many accounts through the Gospels that Jesus tells his disciples to “follow Him.”

They have no clue what’s going to happen, where they’re going

or what they’ll be doing but at the end of the day, we see that

Andrew, who was one of the two that followed Jesus in first account, after spending most of the day with Jesus, just look at his reaction.

“The first thing Andrew did was to find his brother Simon and tell him, “We have found the Messiah” (that is, the Christ). And he brought him to Jesus.”

The first thing he did was go and tell somebody then leave everything behind to continue following after Jesus. I’m sure he didn’t have a clue what laid ahead on this journey following Jesus but after spending some time with Jesus, the only thing he did know is WHO he was going with, WHO he was following. And you can see this in the other accounts that follow in the verses, these men had no idea where they were going and had many questions to ask on their first encounter but as they hear the Word of God speak, as they spend time with Jesus personally. They just GO!!!

It just amazes me the radical abandonment that we see the disciples following Jesus with. We could sit here and ask the same questions about why the disciples would follow Him and the same questions in our own life, why would we follow Jesus? We constantly see all these reasons why maybe we shouldn’t follow Him, why maybe we shouldn’t obedient but as we also see that when we are obedient and follow after Jesus, it’s then we get to experience even deeper of what the Son of God is all about and just how GREAT He is!!!

I don’t know about you but I try to question all the moments I have been given to follow Jesus a lot. We have a lot of our self, a lot of our stuff, and a lot of our reputation that we hold a little tighter to in some of these moments but at the end of the day and learning more about WHO we are following after, who cares what the answers are, who cares where we’re going because we are going with the Son of God!!!! What more could we ever need. Any reason or excuse we make up not to get out of our comfort zone and follow after Jesus in obedience, it can be answered quickly with the truth that it doesn’t matter. All that matters is WHO we are following. Once I saw that truth of WHO I’m following, and seeing that the WHO is Jesus, why would we ever let anything hold us back??? Why not just trust in Him, the Savior of the world and the greatest man to ever walk the earth and just go. Why? Jesus! Where? Jesus! When? Jesus!!!!

It gives me chills thinking about the opportunity to follow Jesus in obedience over the little and big areas of my life and hearing Him speak His truth over the “UNKNOWN”, saying; “you will see.”

Holy guacamole that’s exciting!!!!

Good ?’s Good God

‘Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.’

-Isaiah 40:28-31

Driving down the road today and heard these verses spoken over the radio. This is a piece of Scripture that I’ve heard time and time again but each time I hear it, it hits me even harder. I love that question that Isaiah is asking to God’s people here. Right before these questions, Isaiah asks some more questions to the people of Israel;

“‘O Jacob, how can you say the Lord does not see your troubles? O Israel, how can you say God ignores your rights?’ (Isaiah 40:27)

What I noticed about these questions is that they are rhetorical, meaning that Isaiah isn’t expecting a response from the people of Israel. They are questions asked where Isaiah points out where their little faith has failed them and questions that pierce right to the heart of the people. These questions for them and even for myself as I sit here asking them personally, they are extremely convicting!

There is so many moments of my day where I am so attached to all the doubts, lies, and seemingly impossible situations I am faced with in my life. There is so many moments where I sit just letting the lies of the enemy completely rule my heart and mind, as my thoughts increase in insecurity, my faith continues to decrease. It’s these moments where I am seeing so short sighted and horizontally, putting the things going on in my life that weigh me down in a perspective based off of what I have to offer, and my own strength. That is a recipe for disaster and defeat. It’s easy to get caught up in the weight of our problems and then when we match them up with what we have to bring to the table, which isn’t much, we are asking for these negative thoughts and insecurities to eat us alive.

It’s in these questions where I can hear the point Isaiah is trying to get across, in other terms it’s like; “DUDE, what are you doing? How could you sit there and act like God doesn’t know exactly what you’re going through? How could you sit there and act like you’re in these battles alone, with only your own personal resources to rely on?”

Then the BIG questions that seem to pierce right to where my struggle of self-reliance and lack of faith is;

Do you not know? Have you not heard?” 

Seriously, let those questions sink in for a moment. Let those questions come up as reminders when you are sitting in those moments that were mentioned above. And the truth is we all have those moments, we’re human and weak, some just do a better job of hiding it than others.

As soon as you begin to believe those lies that the Devil is trying to pour into you, “you’ll never make it out! You’ll always be defeated! This is impossible!” And there is so many more. When you hear those lies creeping in that always seem to lead into a deeper and deeper hole of fear, doubt and so many insecurities, ask these questions to yourself!

Do you not know the truth that you are not alone in this fight or any moment of your life, or have you not heard just how powerful and great the God you serve is? Do you not know;  “The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary,” 

Sitting in the truth of who God is and what His Word proclaims to us brings a different light into what was turning into a very dark situation. Knowing who God is, that He’s so mighty, so good, and so awesome that we could never begin to understand His characteristics fully. That’s a lot!!!

Then continue asking these questions to yourself as we encounter in these verse not only who God is, the magnitude of who He is and the out of this world characteristics that He possesses, but we see His promises that were made here to the people of Israel. And as Jesus has given us full access to God as sons and daughters of His, we are too His people and God doesn’t change, neither does how He treats His people.

Do you not know; “He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak?” Yeah, as we sit in our own insecurities, in our own problems and living out of our own weak strength as if that’s all we got. The truth is, that’s not all we have because we have God by our side, right there with us when things are going good and even when things seem to be spiraling out of control. We have the God who created the heavens, and the earth, and everything in it with us constantly, fighting for us and being so faithful to supply us with His strength!!!! With His Almighty power!!! So many times I live and think as if I’m a lost cause, I have no chance, and I let my tough circumstances completely devour my confidence and faith. But why? Do I not know the truth that is written plainly for us to see in God’s Word????

Do I not know that; “Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.’

These questions added to these truths makes me want to shake myself and loudly ask, “DUDE WHAT ARE YOU DOING?” I have no reason to live in insecurities of fear and doubt!!! I have no reason to believe the lies of enemy that has already lost the battle for our lives with the Son of God!!! The truth that God brings to our lives is SO MUCH GREATER!!! I have no reason to think and act out of only what I have when I have been adopted as a child of God Himself, where my identity is completely and fully in Jesus Christ. I have no reason to live in such a horizontal perspective of what we see is what it is when God says that the law of what makes sense to us where even the strongest humans alive grow tired and weary, even they stumble and fall. God has given us so much more to hold onto and to place our hope in. He’s given us Himself, He’s given us His mighty strength as our supply. God raises the “normal” or horizontal way of thinking and living to His vertical perspective of what reality is for us when our eyes are raised toward Him, His truth and His promises. That when we put aside all the crap that continues to burden us and weigh us down in our daily lives, and believe the truth that God is greater than anything we face, God is with us, God renews our strength as we surrender ourselves to put our hope in Him.

I was just thinking about the two main questions that hit me the hardest; “do you not know? Have you not heard?” At a quick glance it makes no sense why Isaiah would put the second question in there because they pretty much mean the same thing right? The question of hearing makes more sense now because it’s easy for us to read God’s Word and take in His truth, it’s easy to know these things about who God is and the promises He’s given us. Knowing is one thing but when it comes to our active faith, when we’re going through the nastiness and grind of these battles. That’s when knowing the truth can only take us far, it’s in those moments where we can easily go down the rabbit hole to lies, self-reliance, and insecurities or going God’s way, resting in His strength and in the power of knowing who He is along with our identities in Him. Those moments in the heat of the battle are the toughest ones and asking these questions can change a lot in the direction we end up going. This is where we know the truth but living it becomes hard. So ask the second question, “have you not heard?” It’s in those moments that we need to not only know the truth but HEAR IT!!! It’s in those moments where we need to speak those truths of God over our situations and weakness. Praying out loud the truth that of the mighty strength we have in such a present and faithful God! Knowing it is one thing but hearing it is what brings up reminders in our thoughts and hearts, it shuts out all the lies from the enemy and the lies that we tell ourselves. Really HEARING it goes deeper than just your ears, it goes to your heart and from the heart faith will overflow as you walk in the strength God gives us!!!!

That was one of the biggest lessons from this for me, constantly asking myself those questions especially in moments of battles and digging in deeper to know more of God’s truth so I am prepared to remind myself and speak His truth over all the lies and self-deceit that my weak flesh may want to create. In the heat of the battle, I know that I don’t have to take the easy way out that I might have taken in my past, because I can put my hope in God, and believe the truth that He will renew and replenish my strength in any situation! And I’m thankful to share that God gives you His way of walking through these battles too!!! With our hope firmly planted in God He WILL allow us to;

soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”

 

 

Sharing Your Experience

God Gold of the day

That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched—this we proclaim concerning the Word of life. The life appeared; we have seen it and testify to it, and we proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and has appeared to us. We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ. We write this to make our joy complete.”

‭‭1 John‬ ‭1:1-4‬ ‭

I had heard a pastor do a short devotion on these verses a few months back and his words never left me. It was a truth in this Word from God that I had never dug deep enough to see and the cool part about it, it’s simple!!!! Yesterday I had this lesson and these verses come to life as God opened up some doors to serve Him! Really excited to share this gold with you today and I pray these lessons, and my experience can encourage you and open you up to the truth of what this life is all about!

John is speaking here to start off the Book of 1 John and he’s laying a foundation for what’s to come. This foundation isn’t just for the Book of 1 John, it’s a foundational truth for me and you also. John is speaking of the moments he’s spent with Jesus, “we have heard,” “looked at,” “our hands have touched.” He’s talking about his experience with Jesus and referring to Him as the Word of life. You see John speaks of his personal experience with Jesus but doesn’t stop there, he goes on to say when this life appeared, that comes from Jesus and is Jesus, “we have seen it and testify to it.” John doesn’t just keep his personal experience with Jesus to himself, he has been close to Jesus and experienced Jesus, even to the point of touching him, now he is testifying of all he has seen and experienced. John is proclaiming the “eternal life,” which is Jesus. Why???

We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ. We write this to make our joy complete.”

I wanted to make a point to underline everything starting with the “so”…..so you can see why John was proclaiming and testifying to the name of Jesus. We can see here why it’s so HUGE that we share our experiences and times spent with Jesus. So that others too may have fellowship with us as followers of Christ but more importantly have fellowship with God Himself! Then John speaks about how writing this is only to make our joy complete.

The main lesson here is that if you are a follower of Jesus Christ, you have experiences with Jesus, you have a story and testimony to testify and proclaim. That is what this life is all about, sharing Jesus with others through our experiences we’ve had with Him. We don’t have all these life changing moments with Jesus so that we can sit quietly on our hands and keep them to ourselves. God has given us such a blessing and privilege by giving us His Son, it’s a relationship that’s meant to be shared, and as Jesus has said several times in His Word. Sharing Him with the world is all we are here for, it’s our only mission and as John says, “we write this to make our joy complete.” There is no greater joy than sharing Jesus and the life he’s given you with others. No greater joy! It fills us to a point we’ve never imagined to see others get to hear about the life-giving and life-changing Son of God, and to also see others come to fellowship with Him. What can be better than that???? NOTHING!!!

That’s what this life is all about and that’s where we find more joy than anywhere else we could ever look.

As I mentioned, God opened up some doors yesterday that made this so real in my life. I had the chance to talk to somebody around me that I’ve mentioned “faith” type things here and there before but nothing major. He just walks up to me and starts sharing about when he was saved and all these different things he’s got to be apart of in His walk with Christ. Now to give you context, I didn’t know this person was saved, most of the conversations we had went a totally different direction than talking about Jesus so I just felt the need to share my experiences with Him, to just share Jesus in anyway I could. My conviction feeling the need to do that is because it was a dude that is in a similar place I used to be, surrounded by bad influences and at a crucial place in his life to make some really bad decisions. I made a lot of those bad decisions and fell to the influences I was surrounded by, so I’m just thankful to have my experience with Christ to draw from, even from the lessons learned in my life without Christ in the “wild years.”

This guy started talking about Jesus and all these different things so I was stunned, I didn’t know what to say but it was obvious God just opened a door so wide to tell this guy about my experiences with Jesus and being some encouraging truth into his life.

I’ll be honest, I was overwhelmed, fearful, and doubtful. This opportunity seemed so big and I felt so incapable of saying the right things. I don’t know about you but the truth is, after spending so many years being conformed to this world, always hearing and living in the lies that “it’s not cool to talk about Jesus.” To go along with that being someone who is scared of confrontation and a people pleaser at heart, I have a fear of man. I have a fear that I may offend someone or say something that doesn’t make them happy with me. There is a stigma in today’s world where I know myself and probably a lot of you, have a lump come up in your throat when it comes to sharing Jesus with others. It’s not an easy thing to do but yesterday I had some of this fear come up so as I paused the conversation I walked away praying under my breath. I had nowhere else I could turn to but to God. I couldn’t pass up this opportunity that could change this persons life but I also felt so incapable. I took my fears and doubt to God and all I could hear was, “just be you.”

Usually, in those Jesus sharing moments I turn into someone else and try to say all the right things so that person isn’t mad at me and I have a better chance of converting him. How stupid is that? First off, I can’t convert anyone, only Jesus can and secondly, it doesn’t matter if that person reacts harshly towards me. At least he has been faced with the truth of the Good News. Their eternity and chance at life with Jesus is BIGGER than my reputation. So God was saying, “just be you.” But I also learned it’s not on me to do this, it’s all through God and the power of His Holy Spirit working within me. “Just be you,” was basically telling me not be anyone but who God made me to be, be my natural self and share the experiences that I’ve had with Jesus. It’s simple and it’s honestly super easy. Think about it, if we are willing to share on social media all these different things about ourselves or share with others “what we had for dinner the night before.” If we can share things that are so small like that then why shouldn’t we even more fine and confident in sharing the greatest experience we’ve ever had, with Jesus!!!! That convicted me when thinking about it yesterday, how easily I’ll share some random fact about my life that happened to someone but then when it comes to sharing the greatest part about my life, I close off and shut up.

As I continued to pray for words and for God to continue open up bridges in the conversation to walk back to talking about Him, God continued to faithfully open up doors!!!! And every time I caught myself trying to say the right things, God reminded me, be you, share what you’ve experienced. It became easy, my heart was calm and my confidence was high, the weight I always felt when sharing Jesus was lifted by that one big truth that sharing our experiences with others is so much easier than trying to say all the right things or thinking we need to know more. Instead of trying to over spiritualize it, just share how you have experienced, felt, and been with Jesus in your life. Dude!!! That’s not hard at all!!!!

At the end of the day, this is what we’re here for, this is why we’ve went through the experiences we have with Jesus, to proclaim and testify about how good He is!!! I was so scared of others and now seeing how important and life changing it can be to speak of what Jesus has done in my life to other’s lives, others feelings towards me don’t matter any more. At the end of the day we need to care more about their heart and relationship with Jesus more than how they feel towards us. Through a lot of prayer yesterday I had the chance to share bits and pieces of my testimony with a guy in a similar spot. It was obvious how God spoke because I can’t even remember half of what I said. I just remember looking at this guys face and he was shell shocked after getting hit by some very real and convicting truth. Thank God for teaching us how to get out of the way and allowing us to be guided and empowered by His Spirit to attack this mission He’s given us! I ask you pray for this young guy and continue praying for opportunity’s to share of your experiences with Jesus.

There really is no greater joy, after working a 10 hour day and feeling so exhausted, I was so full! I was almost skipping I was so happy and energized. There is nothing more important, nothing greater, and nothing better than sharing what Jesus has done in your lives with others!!!!

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