The guy in this video speaking is Nick Foles. He’s a NFL quarterback for the Jacksonville Jaguars and after seeing this interview today, you’ll quickly see why I’m telling you about this random football player!!!
It’s so AWESOME to see a guy who led his team to a Super Bowl victory, one of the greatest accomplishments for any athlete, giving EVERYTHING to Christ!!! Now after a couple of years, he has switched teams and came in to another team prepared to start. An injury caused a setback on his season and with a new young quarter back stepping up to take the lead, his job there looks dim. There is SO MUCH powerful truth that can be taken away from this video but the biggest thing being that despite being on top of the world as a super bowl champion, despite going through a bad injury that ruined what looked like to be a BIG season in his career, and a new young guy stepping up to possibly take his job. All you can hear him say in the mountain top moments and the hard times in the valley is JESUS!!!
He points to Jesus in such a way that literally NOTHING else in this world that happens to him, none of it really amounts to any importance when compared to having a relationship with Christ. Even hearing him talking about being injured, which is a hard thing to battle as an athlete, he recognizes even in that moment that seems “bad” God is at work for so much GOOD as he embraces the relationships with his teammates in the locker room attacking the purpose God has given him. The only purpose that matters, loving others and pointing them to Christ by word and example!! What an awesome example this is for us to learn from and one that is being made by a guy in a position where you don’t usually see it.
There is no trophy or any amount of success that can ever amount to the joy and LIFE that Christ gives!!! Even in the times where from our human eyes things don’t look good, God is still at work for so much GOOD!!!! Praying for you today that God will move us to speak boldly about Him and how good He is!!! Praying that God will open our eyes to see that our lives are worth so much more than anything we can have in this world, because having Christ in your life is the GREATEST blessing and reward we could ever receive!!! Hope you enjoy this, and hope you are truly moved by this interview the way I have been!!! God is SOOOO GOOOD!!!!!!
Well…..Ditty Day is coming early this week!!!! I heard this song earlier in the week from a good friend and through every lyric, I got cold chills at how powerful this song is and most of all how powerfully this song speaks of God!!!
Light in the Darkness
My God, THAT IS WHO YOU ARE!!!”
No matter what kind of day you are having, no matter what kind of day you had yesterday or what day you think tomorrow will bring, it doesn’t matter. You can stand confident in who God is and His powerful presence in your life!!!! No matter what obstacles stand in your way, no matter how impossible it looks, it’s all NOTHING compared to the Creator, Savior, and Lord of Lords!!!! When you begin to doubt, when you want to give up, take your eyes off of you, your weakness and what your situation looks like and place them above to Jesus!!!! Out of all the constantly changing things in our lives, there is one that never changes and that is GOD!!!! His faithfulness, His love, His grace and mercy is never-changing and always abounding!
Here is some FIRE from deep in the mines for you today, not just to pump you up but to raise your eyes and hearts to the One in control of it all! Let God be where your confidence is found, and nowhere else!!!!!
‘ Blessed are those who dwell in your house, ever singing your praise! Selah‘
Couldn’t help but write another message about this piece of Scripture to you! It’s crazy how just a few words, when they are God’s Word’s, say SO MUCH!!!
What a blessing it is that we get to dwell in God’s house! Seriously, it can be easy to read this and think, “okay so if those who dwell in the house of the Lord get blessed, then I need to do all the right spiritual things to get blessings.” That’s not it, those who dwell in His house, who spend time with God and walking close by His side, that is the blessing! May not seem like much on paper but THIS IS THE BIGGEST BLESSING WE CAN AND WILL EVER HAVE!!!!
It’s also easy in today’s world to mistake what “blessings” look like. When we hear someone say “blessed” it usually refers to their new home, a fancy new car with all the bells and whistles, any kind of nice material thing. “Blessed” can even be that new promotion at work, financial success, or just success in general. It can be easy to say, “I need to dwell in the house of the Lord” because I want……
But dwelling in the house of the Lord, it may bring some material blessings here and there, but in the BIG view of it, we are simply blessed because we get to dwell in the house of the Lord. Think about it this way, if you see “blessed” to be something that looks nice, shiny and BIG, like a brand new house that towers in size, on the outside it looks so beautiful. Like the kind that when people drive by they say, “woah!!!” That’s our human view of “blessed.” Our human view tells us that by the looks on the outside that it shows how “blessed” you are.
In God’s eyes, and the type of “blessed” He is speaking of here is TOTALLY different. Those who dwell in the house of the Lord, they are more like that tiny house, it doesn’t look like much on the outside. It’s got a few spots that could need some remodeling, actually not the best to look at or one that you could find going for much money in the real estate market. But those who dwell in the house of the Lord, who walk with God daily, embrace their broken spots and seek God out intentionally. On the outside it may not look like that person is blessed but on the inside, on the INSIDE is where God does His amazing, breath-taking work.
Picture this small little house, not much to look at but you walk through the doors and WOW!!!! It has everything one could need, the finest of all appliances, it may not be an inside that blows people away but it’s an inside that has everything needed to be the best house on the market. We get to be ‘those’ that dwell in the house of the Lord. That in itself is what makes us blessed, it may not result in all the nicest, newest or best looking things but it’s the sense of peace you can have living in this house. Knowing that things may break at times but just like that God molds them back together even better. It’s the strength of God that He places in us that outlasts any strength that any human or thing of this world could have. It’s a house built to last, not to look at. For those who dwell in the house of the Lord, they are blessed, maybe not by world’s standards but in the ways that truly matter. On the inside, internally in the heart and eternally forever!
When we spend time dwelling in His house, God shows us all of Himself and we see that we don’t need all the nicest or newest material possessions or titles of success. Why? Because we are blessed to have Him, and that’s all we need! As we grow deeper in our daily dwelling with Him, God continues to grow us on the inside placing in us things that only He can.
At the end of the day, a nice, big, beautiful house is nice and it’s something that may make us feel good but without being close to God, it’s just empty on the inside. God gives us such a gift to come to know Him more and more daily as we dwell in His house, it may not always be what looks best and what others are amazed by but on the inside, God gives us all and then some of what we need, on the inside it’s far from empty. With God and His loving presence there in every step, we are filled on the inside which is the only place that truly matters despite what our human eyes and mind may think!
‘ Blessed are those who dwell in your house, ever singing your praise!”
Hey everybody! I hope you are having an awesome day and hope it gets even more awesome after reading this piece of GOD GOLD!!!
Ran across this verse last week and it’s something that has kept me at peace, has kept me pushing forward and has given me a sense of strength that I can’t explain. I know how hard it can be to take time and recognize these awesome truths from God’s Word about how God feels about us, how He provides and fights for us so faithfully. With all the to-do’s and busyness we always find ourselves in, I understand completely how finding time to spend with God and His Word, talking to Him, it can be hard at times. But something I’ve had to drill into my brain lately is, no matter what all is going on, no matter how busy, no matter what the situation, there is no excuse not to make time for God! ZERO!!!
I make excuses all the time but when reading this verse it was a reminder of how much we really NEED that time with Him more than we’ll ever know! It says “blessed are those who dwell in your house.”
I used to see that as, “I need to read my Bible, pray, do this or that so God will bless me and I’ll be close to Him (in His house). When looking at things this way, I’ve even seen this part of my relationship with God as a rewards system, with blessings based off of how much I do. “If I do this good thing for God then I’ll be blessed in this struggle I’m going through.” That’s simply just not how it works.
This relationship we have with God isn’t based off of what we do in any way, shape or form. The truth is that’s this relationship we have with God is based purely off of who He is, it’s a gift and a privilege that Christ died to give us. It’s all based off Him. As much as we may think we’ll be closer to Him, hence being blessed more if we just do more. The truth of the matter is there is nothing we can do, we have been blessed by Jesus Christ dying for us and raising from the grave to even have a restored relationship with God! We’ve been given such an amazing gift!!! And now we have the privilege to spend time with God, the Creator of all, the one who is in control of everything. YEAH…. we get to spend time with Him, we don’t “have to,” we “GET TO.”
As we see this relationship with God outside of the human “work for it” mentality that we put on it, we see that we get to spend this time with Him, to learn more and more about who He is and all that comes with sitting close to Him in His house and the blessings. Well, the blessings are simply that! As we come to know God deeper and spend time with Him, God does a work in our hearts and lives that we can’t even begin to understand. I noticed last week, even in the days I was super busy and I had a lot going on, the days I spent time with God whether that was in His Word or just talking to Him. I was at ease, I felt a sense of confidence in knowing that He was in control and is the guide of my life. I felt stronger and more focused in, I felt so at peace with EVERYTHING, even the situations that weren’t so peaceful.
But the days I didn’t pay any attention to my relationship with God, I felt blind to temptations and had no idea what direction to go in. I felt insecure, out of whack, filled with so many thoughts of doubt and worry.
Now don’t hear me wrong, our relationship with God isn’t based off what we do, but the time we spend intentionally seeking Him out and being One with Him in His house, the less we are in focus of Him and moving in our knowledge and recognition of Him being the God of our lives. We are going to struggle. It’s not seeking Him out for blessings or doing something to get something in return, it’s just you and God. It’s embracing this beautiful and awesome relationship we’ve been given and knowing that He is our blessing. What comes from spending real, and intentional time with Him, getting to know Him and abiding in His heart, that just makes the blessing even bigger!
So I say all that to show you the truth of what I struggle with at times in this relationship with God and I pray this sheds some light for you on how this relationship works! I’ve spent a lot more days of my life not dwelling in the house of the Lord, the pain and struggle endured during those days has been tough. Thankfully, because of Jesus I’ve been given the greatest privilege of having days also dwelling in the house of the Lord and I can’t explain to you how AWESOME those days are!
I write this to you with the hopes that you’ll be encouraged to live your days in the house of the Lord, because you get to and enjoying all the many internal blessings that come only from Him! I understand what a struggle that can be to dwell in the many houses this world has to offer, but after spending time in those houses and the Lord’s, there is none that compare to dwelling and making a room for yourself with Him!!!!
So I ask you this,
Where are you dwelling?
Where are you spending your time and how much of it is with God?
What’s holding you back from dwelling in the house of the Lord and spending intentional time with Him?
Do you realize it’s not about what you do, but all about WHO God is?