Here’s another “old gold” for you from a couple of years in the past! WOW!! I’m going to go ahead and warn you, this is some real talk so buckle up your seat belts and get ready for a trip to yesterday’s Gold that still holds just as much value today as it ever has!!! Hope you have a great day and praying this God Gold challenges and encourages you in your faith!
“Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.”
A big revelation in my life the past few weeks has been confession and people around me that encourage me through it, being honest and real about their sins or tough circumstances in their life and because of God working through those people He’s started opening me up to be more real in confession. Still got a lot more real to get but whether it’s my sin or whether it’s my faith, taking the lid off my bad along with speaking of God’s goodness, with each real and honest confession my view and relationship with God becomes bigger and a little clearer. I’ve always struggled with getting real with myself so getting real out loud to others is the scariest thing I’ve ever done. Hanging with my buddy Troy the other night coming off a lot of deep, real talks about faith, I felt the urge to pray before he left. So, I was like “man can I pray before you leave?” He gave me a quick yes but before I prayed, I started explaining myself, why I felt the need to pray, trying to make it seem acceptable to do. How crazy is it that with one of my best friends I felt the need to explain myself wanting to pray even after we spit God Gold back and forth for the past few hours and he said yeah go ahead man when I asked.
I guess it’s just so unusual in the world we live in to pray out loud with someone unless you’re at the dinner table or at church, I couldn’t understand why I had gotten to that level, why anybody could especially when we live in the Bible Belt where we got a church on every corner, we are in one of the most acceptable places in the world to pray and share our faith and sins in a real way like it’s no big deal. I’m only speaking for myself cause I don’t know how you handle this but how come with knowing all that and having real sins/problems along with others around me going through their own personal struggles, why don’t I confess and pray more either by myself or with people around me? There’s Christians in other parts of the world that would be killed for praying and speaking of Christ to others.
Being too comfortable in our sins and in our faith, saying well I don’t have too much sin. but did you hear about what’s his name getting in trouble last weekend? We all have sin, we all have problems, and if we’re real about what we believe to ourselves and others God will open you up to your brokenness and His goodness. Instead of hiding our “little” sin and talking about other’s sins, come to terms with the fact you are a sinner and so is the next guy then take it to God. Pray for that person, speak openly with the people God’s placed in your life about it and pray with them no matter how weird it may seem to do it’s not weird at all to God and that’s all that really matters. We have no idea how much confession and prayer can change someone’s life and even your own until we break down our comfortable, “I’m not that bad” walls and open ourselves up to God. Thank God I’ve recently started some demolition on my walls thanks to some guys showing me these truths by example.
Don’t hold back on your walls and maybe it’ll help someone will start doing the same to theirs!
A LIVE look in at some of nature’s finest beasts! These wild animals teach us a lesson that hits close to home with us all, what do we do when trials arise suddenly in our lives? Our human instincts yell out, “run, I have to get out of here.” So we pursue our comfort. But God says, “that’s not how it has to be, what is produced when you trust me and stand strong in these trials of life is far better than any comfort you could ever find on this earth. While we say, “oh deer,” God says; “have no fear because I am here.”
“Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.”
‘Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path.’
This piece of Gold from God’s Word stands alone and I feel like not much else needs to be said here. If you’re like me, I really struggle with the daily rhythm of reading His Word and spending quiet, intentional time with Him. I have a million excuses and reasons I make up to why I don’t but at the end of the day when I struggle, fall short, and wonder why I feel so incapable of living out the life God has called me to, those reasons mean nothing. The simple truth of the matter is this; how can I expect to live my life in a God-honoring way and serve others for the purpose He has set me here on this earth for if I have no fuel in the tank to do so. With busy schedules and so much fast paced craziness going around around me, these excuses I make leave me coming up short but is that the way God intended it to be for us?
NOOO!!! Not at all! Although I struggle with this probably just as you do, God has given us His truth and the Words from His very heart to not only live by but to be empowered by and fueled to fill up our hearts with His goodness and love which overflows into the lives around us. We have no excuses that mean anything at the end of the day, if you’re like me and you wonder why you do the things you do, why you struggle and find yourself falling short way too often, my challenge to myself and you this week is to check your fuel supply. Where are you getting filled up and fueled in your life? God has given us such an amazing gift to hear from Him in this way, so why would we overlook that? If we know where our fuel and strength comes from then why aren’t we spending time with Him at the source. God’s Word is more than just words on a page, it’s where our life begins, it’s where anything good in our lives starts, and it’s the guidance we desperately need in our lives to walk in His ways above our own, to make an everlasting Kingdom impact on the many lives we have around us daily. Let’s dig in this week and not overlook this gift we’ve been given!!! Put all else to the side and dwell with Him in His Word, you’ll never know what could happen in your life, the change that will occur in your heart and the hearts of others around you until you try to honestly and intentionally spend time with God in this way. Praying for you this week in this challenge and I ask you please pray for me too! I’M SO DAGGUM EXCITED TO SEE WHAT GOD IS GOING TO DO!!!!