After yesterday’s God Gold talking about how Jesus is the only One who has everything we need, our hope, our joy, peace, comfort, the list goes on! One of my good buddies sent me this song and mentioned how much it hits the nail on the head with that life-changing truth!!! Thankful for the chance to receive such awesome Gold from the faithful people God has placed around me and even more thankful I get to share this gold with you!!!
I know as tough as it can be sometimes in this world we live in to put our chips in on things that we think may do the job, those worldly things always fall short. It’s in Jesus, sitting at His feet and diving deeper and deeper into the love He has for us! Jesus is all we need and geez isn’t that a whole daggum lot!!!
Praying for you today to step back and allow Jesus to be the center of your life, if you go with Him you can never go wrong! Also, want to ask if you’ll pray for me in that regard too. It’s definitely not as easy as it sounds but MAN!!! Is it ever worth it!!!!
“When God made his promise to Abraham, since there was no one greater for him to swear by, he swore by himself, saying, “I will surely bless you and give you many descendants.” And so after waiting patiently, Abraham received what was promised. People swear by someone greater than themselves, and the oath confirms what is said and puts an end to all argument. Because God wanted to make the unchanging nature of his purpose very clear to the heirs of what was promised, he confirmed it with an oath. God did this so that, by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled to take hold of the hope set before us may be greatly encouraged. We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, where our forerunner, Jesus, has entered on our behalf. He has become a high priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek.”
I had written out this big long God Gold message for you talking about all these different takeaways from these verses about two days ago. Usually after writing a message I feel a sense of peace about it, a peace so good I never read back over what’s been written. For some reason, with this message I had no peace. I looked back over it to see why I felt this way and IT HIT ME!!!!
I had written out the Gold about hope. And with all of these descriptions of hope and what it causes in our lives when we hold tight to it, I rarely mentioned the greatest part about hope. Honestly, even who our hope is and who our hope is in, JESUS!!!! I was baffled at myself thinking, “how could you overlook this?” Obviously Jesus is the GREATEST example of hope to ever walk the earth. How could I miss that?!? Well, in that lesson brought me to see a truth about myself that I think we all at times have in common. It’s easy to overlook Jesus in our lives. We do easily get caught up in ourselves, flashy or shiny “principles” or things that look or sound good. There’s a million excuses or reasons to why we would ever do this but the fact of the matter is, we do this. I do this quite often and I just did it in this message, it hit me this morning while doing my devotion time.
I can pray all I want, read the Bible front and back but if I’m not intentionally seeking Jesus and having that time centered around Him, none of it matters. Without Jesus it’s all just things we do. So many times have I overlooked that one, simple truth of what this life is all about, it’s Jesus!!! All of Jesus and nothing but Jesus!!! That’s it, I don’t care what your denomination is, why your “personal views” may differ from mine on certain theological issues or any of that! Nothing in this Christian life matters without Jesus!!!
I thought about it as I continue living in each day God has given me, what is my day centered around? When I get up in the morning am I reading my Bible and praying to learn more about Jesus and seeking to be filled with His truth and love, or am I doing those things because I’m supposed to be? So many questions began to pour in my mind as I saw just how easily I could take God’s Word and overlook the truth and importance of what our life is all about, the only reason I even have life. That’s Jesus!!!!
Looking into the term “hope” and what it brings to our lives, well after writing a lot of my own thoughts I was captured when I saw Gods one thought when it comes to hope. Hope is Jesus!!! Hope is what wakes us up every morning, hope is what drives us and fuels us to go farther and love harder than we could ever imagine doing. It’s nothing we could accomplish but what Jesus did accomplish! As I kept looking at Abraham’s example mentioned here, I noticed that his hope clearly wasn’t in himself or anything he could make happen. God told him what was going to happen so Abraham was patient, it says “after waiting patiently, Abraham received all that God had promised.” Patience is hard enough as it is but how could Abraham be patient? Hope. Hope fueled Abraham to continue moving in the promise God had laid before him. And don’t miss this, this hope that Abraham had, it wasn’t hope in himself or even humanity, it was hope in God, the Almighty, always faithful God of all!
And then these verse continue to talk about hope, how even though we may have not grabbed onto the hope set in front of us before, maybe we were too impatient, we wanted it done right then, we tried to do it on our own or the worlds offer looked better, whatever reason if we didn’t grab onto this hope yesterday, I’ve got some good news! This hope we’ve been given is still right in front of our very eyes, and we can be greatly encouraged to learn of that truth. The truth that this hope is like an anchor for our souls, to hold us firmly, secure to what God has called us to, this hope has went into places we could never go on our own or ever deserved to go. This hope has taken a sacrifice that we deserved to take and paid the ultimate price all to just give me and you a new standing from hopelessness to hope. This hope rose again on the third day with our victory in hand over sin and death forever, this hope has given us a position before God as His children, this hope has given us a loving relationship with our Creator.
This hope has a name and his name is Jesus!!!!!
I pray for myself and for you that we would continue to chase after and hold tightly to this hope we have in Jesus! That our lives would be centered completely around the hope Jesus has given us, that our thoughts, decisions and auctions would be fueled by Jesus Christ, the hope of all hopes! I’m sitting here in awe that I even get to share this message of hope with you after I’ve spent so much time consumed by hopelessness in my life. In no way do I deserve this opportunity but because of Jesus, here we are. Jesus is the only good part about me and I’m thankful to continue chasing him along with you guys and holding tightly to Him, our Savior, our living Hope!!!!!
Just when you think the Good News can’t get any GOODER!!! After yesterday’s message it really hit me how secondary the TRUTH of the Gospel is in my life and how completely life-changing that truth can be to those who take hold of it daily! Seriously, ask yourself some good questions to keep you on it, to keep yourself honest with yourself and to keep the Gospel message in the forefront of you heart and mind in everything you do?
What is the truth of the Gospel?
What did Jesus Christ do for me?
How does the Gospel affect “this situation” I currently have in my life that may be a struggle or just something you’re going through? What does the truth of the Gospel change about your circumstances? How you see them and how you handle them?
Do I treat others as the Gospel has treated me? Forgiving, loving, understanding of one’s faults, honest and graceful.
Saw this video today that hits on the Gospel even more!!! What’s so stinkin cool about this video is the use of God’s Word through it. This person is reading from several different scriptures to paint a real-life picture of the Gospel Truth as a whole in the fullness of what the Gospel means for us. So awesome how God’s Word comes together and points to His ultimate, perfect and awesome plan of redemption for us! Hope you enjoy this and are able to take away a lot of Gospel truth that you can continue growing in and living under!
I don’t remember how or when I found this video but I knew I saved it for a reason! Bringing some Sunday Funny’s today and if you’re a big fan of corny jokes……then you’re going to love these! They’re literally a-maize-ing!!! Hahaha I’m already dying!!! Hope these bring some smiles to your Sunday!!!
‘Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. ‘
During my devotion time the past few days I’ve been going through the book of John. I wanted to tell you that because it’s not usually how I do my devotions. I have such a bad habit of bouncing from one Book of the Bible to the next that I noticed how much of God’s Word I miss out on by not staying still in one place and grasp all that God is saying in that one area. So, I would definitely prepare yourselves for a lot of God Golds coming from John’s Gospel in the near future.
I literally got maybe five verses into John as I started the Book. I had to stop and dig into it before I went any farther because it was so powerful. It was wild seeing the first couple of verses talking about Jesus in the context of who He is. The Word, God, eternal. Wow! What a daggum perspective shift that was. What really caught my eye was in verse 3 through verse 5. Seeing who Jesus is and what He brings to our lives, “light.” That in Jesus is “life”, the “life that is the light of all mankind.” First I just noted that, this “light” is in Jesus, and as we have been adopted as children of God, having a relationship IN JESUS. As we are totally and completely ONE in Jesus Christ, so does the “life” He contains is breathed into us daily. Thinking of what we have in Christ, in that personal relationship with Him, that blows my mind at the thought of what Jesus brings to our life!!!In this context, the “life” Jesus has (which we have also) is said to be “the light of all mankind.” Seeing Him as the light, it made a lit of sense. Why?? Because think about it…the way Jesus guides us, empowers us and keeps our eyes focused on His light. What makes things hard in our personal relationship with Jesus and in a broader perspective, this world we live in, is that without Jesus’ life giving light. We are blind, we are covered by darkness and we can’t see ANYTHING! We can’t see the truth from what’s not, we can’t be lights in this world, think about it this way. Have you ever tried to walk around in a dark room before? It’s really hard right??? You fumble around, trip over stuff, stub your toe and possibly even fall and get hurt. Walking around in the dark is impossible! I experience this daily in my own life because inside of each of us is this desire to reject the light and try to find our way on our own.
That’s where we see in verse 3 the truth of the matter; “Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.”
We are incapable of doing anything without Jesus. ONLY through Jesus has anything on this whole earth been made, has anything good came into this world, anything!!! Apart from Jesus we are walking around in the dark just utterly struggling. I fall into that trap every day, thinking somehow, someway I can live this life on my own and do it in my own strength. But the truth is we are incapable, only with Jesus can we do anything at all. We can do things but if it’s in the dark, we know how that’s going to turn out. The good thing is, as we seek desperately to find that light switch so we can see again, Jesus is the only way to the light and His light doesn’t just shine in churches or on “good” people. It’s says, “The light shines in the darkness.” THANK GOD!!! As much as I personally get wrapped up and lost in the darkness at times, it’s so comforting to know that even when I’m waking through darkness, Jesus light meets me there to guide me through it.
The reality is there is darkness in us, that desire to reject God and do things on our own. Also, in this world we are constantly surrounded by darkness. Everywhere we go, there is darkness around us. I don’t know about you but that terrifies me! After spending the last week on a mission trip in Lakeland, Florida, I witnessed so many areas that people live where darkness was very present. I heard story after story that just made my heart hurt for the people there that are walking blindly through this darkness with no hope of ever finding any light, or even knowing that there is a light because that’s all they know. The darkness is scary, and it hurts. The darkness we walk through every day personally can be so tough to walk through, it seems almost impossible at times honestly. And walking through this darkness around us makes it even harder, not to mention to help others see the light as they are stumbling through the dark, it’s quite a task to say the least!
So many times I’ve sat, captured and enslaved by my own darkness of sin and struggle. During those times I’ve constantly thought, “I’ll never get out of this, it’s just too much, I’m too surrounded.” And on top of that when I’ve seen the darkness going on in the world around us, like neighborhoods in our own communities, even on what we see as the “nice” side of town, darkness is everywhere and the need for the light of Christ is everywhere also. I’ve said this and I’ve heard people say this in regard to the personal darkness and the darkness of this world, “what’s the point of trying? There’s nothing I can do about it. I can’t get out of it myself. And you hear about all that stuff going on in town, crazy ain’t, wish somebody would do something about that.”
The other response, besides being too scared or comfortable to do anything is that “I can do this on my own mentality.” But at the end of the day we see written all over these verses but especially in verse 3, ONLY through Jesus can we do ANYTHING about this darkness.
When I got to the end of verse 5 it just all flooded over me. As much as I struggle with fighting against my own darkness and as much as my heart hurts for the darkness around me in this world. Look at what that truth says! Look at what power this holds for me and you?!?!
“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. ‘
No matter how helpless or incapable we may feel at times when in the presence of this darkness, no matter how dark it gets, when the light of Jesus Christ shines through, it ALWAYS overcomes and shines over the darkness!!!! We think we’re incapable to do anything? That’s a lie from the pits of hell. Jesus has given us more than enough to win these battles with our personal darkness and then as we walk in that victory, we can walk into the darkness of the world. We don’t have to sit by anymore and say “what could I do anyways, it just is what it is!” Being too comfortable and scared to move so we make statements like that to make us feel better about not doing anything. We’ve been placed on this earth as light bearers for Christ, to take His light into the darkness! Now we know that we only do this through Christ because in Him is the light of the world! With His light shining in the darkness and OVERCOMING the darkness we have NO EXCUSE to sit in this darkness any longer or sit by while others walk blindly through it! We have such a light within us, a light that changes lives and leads people through the darkness into new life!!!
Honestly I feel like screaming after realizing this truth. I’m just tired of the way I’ve sat by so long and stumbled through the darkness when I have access to Jesus, the light of Christ! I’m sick at myself for being so consumed with myself that I make excuses for the people all around me that are hurting in this world, that are covered by darkness, no longer do I want to look at problems and say, “somebody should do something about that.” With Jesus living in us and working through us, He’s given us all we need to step up and be that somebody!!!!! And before you start getting scared to move again, remember “THE DARKNESS HAS NOT OVERCOME IT!!!!!!”