Here’s a little Sunday funny for ya today! Hope it brings some chuckles to your life and a smile to your face! Praying for you as we start this new week! I also want to ask you please pray for me and my fiance Sarah. We are one week away from marraige and things are starting to get weird, did I say “weird?” I meant REAL! I just ask you pray for us both in this new season of life, I’m sure many challenges will be facing us ahead and it’s awesome to know that we serve a God that gives us everything we need to get through together. If anything just pray for us in our personal relationship’s with the Lord and that God will use this time as a time of growing us closer together and closer to Him! I am extremely thankful for your prayers and one more, pray for Sarah! Nothing is wrong but she’s marrying me so she will need them haha! Hope you have an awesome Sunday and a great week this week!!!
“A little boy opened the big and old family Bible with fascination, and looked at the old pages as he turned them. Suddenly, something fell out of the Bible, and he picked it up and looked at it closely. It was an old leaf from a tree that had been pressed in between the pages.
“Momma, look what I found,” the boy called out.
“What have you got there, dear?” his mother asked.
With astonishment in the young boy’s voice, he answered: “I think it’s Adam’s suit!”
All the credit on this one goes to jokes.christiansunite.com
I’ll tell you in advance this God Gold is going to be a little different than most you’ve received before. I had an experience at work today with a mouse that has brought a great and kind of funny example to share God’s Word with you.
So I work at a feed and seed store in the warehouse area and it’s always been said that our biggest enemy there is mice. Somehow and someway they always seem to find a way into the warehouse, through the walls, from outside, it’s crazy what mice will do to get some of that feed. Many times before I’ve seen mice running around and getting into the bags of feed. What stinks for the feed store, the mice are busting holes in bags, eating the feed and losing us money we could be making. Throughout the warehouse you can find traps set up and different types of rat poisons there to stop there destruction.
To be completely honest with you, I’m not a big fan of mice. Mostly, just the bigger ones which are known as “rats.” NO SIR! When I hear word of one being around or see one, I don’t want anything to with it. Well, today I found myself in a hairy situation, no pun intended. We pulled out a pallet of feed that had been ordered months ago for a gentleman and he was just now coming to pick it up. Since it had been in the back so long, the feed had some intruders find their way in it. They pulled the pallet up to the front and you could see all the mice running wild in the plastic wrap. I took a few steps back and didn’t know what to make of it. “Should I run? Hide?” I didn’t want any part of dealing with these little rodents but apparently they wanted to deal with me. I was standing to the side when one of the mice broke loose from inside the plastic wrapped pallet. Out of all the directions it could go, of course he’s high tailing it directly at me! This was a moment that lived in my worst nightmares. And I want to add that snakes, spiders, the dark, no fear of all that but these nasty little things! NO SIR!
In that moment I didn’t have time to think it through or run away. I had no choice but to face my fear that was heading straight for me. As the little fella got withing a couple feet of me, my instincts took over and my reaction resulted in cocking my leg back and punting that mouse! Sending him flying across the warehouse! It was like I was back in third grade playing kickball, the pitcher gave me a good roll and I kicked with all I had. The guys in the warehouse were killing themselves with laughter and to let you animal lovers know, the mouse may have a pretty bad concussion but after he fell he got up running and lives to tell the tale of the giant that kicked him.
I thought about that moment for the rest of the day, we find ourselves in situations every day where we face fears, obstacles and temptations come running right in our direction, and in the moment, we can either sink or swim, or in this case kick him in the teeth or run. I honestly don’t know why kicking is the option I chose but I’m glad I did because running wouldn’t have looked very great for a big guy like myself. Every day we face temptations from the devil, he sends things and thoughts our way that is just like that mouse sprinting at us and we have a similar decision to make except I noticed something in that moment. I didn’t have time to think, or even make a decision, I only had time to react out of my instincts. And thankfully I reacted to defend myself from this scary little monster.
Think about the moments of temptation you face everyday, a co-worker or someone else says something hurtful to you, do you react with love or anger towards them? When the devil entices you with lust, or the comparison trap, do you react with walking into that temptation and sinning, or do you resist him and walk in a way that pleases God? Even in moments when someone asks you a tough question about your faith, or says something that opens up the door to tell them about Christ. In so many different moments in our daily lives we face that quick, no time for thinking but only time for our instincts to come out. Every day we have a mouse running straight at us and in that moment we can choose to run, hide, and wish you were far far away from this fear or face him, stand strong and boldly, and kick that temptation right in the teeth. What’s cool is that reacted to these quick moments isn’t literally kicking someone in the teeth but by Jesus’ example we learn to treat those who harm us with love, stick up for our faith in love and kindly explain why we believe what we believe. When the devil comes at us with all of this good looking temptation to sin against God, kick the devil in the teeth and walk away standing strong in the Lord.
So these situations we face happen quickly throughout our day, in the face of fears in the land of uncomfortable, we don’t have time to think or make a decision so how can we make sure our instincts are like that of how Jesus’ would of reacted? Don’t do what I’ve done many times before and walk into those situations blindly, be prepared for them. Train yourself in righteousness daily, it’s like a ball player going into a big game. He doesn’t just step on the field expecting to win because he hasn’t practiced or put in the necessary time to be ready for that moment. The ball player hits a homerun and makes the game winning shot because he’s spent hours and hours of hard work preparing himself for that moment. Don’t wait until the mouse of life comes running at you or the devil throws temptations and tough moments at you and just expect to always stand strong and kick his temptation in the teeth. He’s crafty, and always scheming new ways to attack you, so be ready for him. Get in God’s Word daily, stay prayed up constantly, learn to know God even deeper which leads to a greater understanding of how we are supposed to react in these moments and how to react in ways that please Him. Here are some verses to prepare you for your “mouse” to show you that the devil is real and if you’re a child of God, he’s coming after you. But put on the armor of God and be ready at all times to defend yourself, to trust God in those moments and shield off the plans of the evil one. That mouse could have crawled up my leg today but thank God I kicked him in the teeth. Let’s not let the devil and his schemes to hurt us crawl into our lives but lets take the power that God has given us through the Holy Spirit and the full access we have to Him through His Word and prayer, and KICK HIM IN THE TEETH!!!!!
He’s coming: “Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world.”/1 Peter 5:8-9
How we fight: “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.”/ Ephesians 6:12
How we prepare to defend ourselves and kick him in the teeth: Armor of God
“Have you not known? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength. Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.”
Continuing to talk more about God, digging deeper into who He is, and just how amazing this relationship we have with Him is. I’ve heard these verses a few times before but mostly I just thought they sounded cool, “renew my strength, mount up with wings like eagles.” I mean, come on, tell me that doesn’t sound super cool?!??
But today I experienced these verses in my life and realized that this Word doesn’t just sound cool, it’s true, it’s cool and it’s so real how these aren’t just words but God’s Word to me and you, and His Word is real and true!!!! Sorry I’m getting jacked up! But been dealing with some allergy stuff the past few days, nothing major but with each day it’s just gotten worse and worse even with taking medicine. The tough part is that I’ve had things going on that I couldn’t miss, yesterday was work 8am-5pm then church from 6:30-9, then work again today along with wedding stuff to do and getting ready to move out. It was a lot to handle and to be honest I knew I didn’t have a choice but to handle it.
What’s crazy is that I’m not very good with being sick. I usually start acting like a victim, complaining, wanting to pull that sick card and I usually just lie down and give up. I wanted so badly to act with my “usual” and give up yesterday, call out of work, not go to church, I didn’t feel like doing either but I knew I needed the money, my soon to be wife needed it, and there was kids that needed to be served. I could tell you all day long that it was me that did all this, persevered and got through it but I’d be lying. If it was up to me I wouldn’t have even got out of bed today or yesterday. I was in a tough spot, I didn’t feel like I had enough in me to make it through and do what needed to be done, I had no one or nowhere else to turn to but God. So I prayed, then as the sickness didn’t get better but got worse, I kept praying.
I was simply just asking God to help me get through the day, to show a good attitude to each person I was around at work or at church despite how I felt and wanted to act. God just please give me strength to endure and survive. I wanted so bad to go my usual route but as the days went on, the worse I felt but I could feel God pushing me forward, giving me everything I needed to get through and even a little more to get through like a champion. I felt defeated but God helped me feel victorious.
These verses speak so true to what I went through these past couple of days. It’s an experience that points directly to God and what He’s capable of doing in our lives. I love how the beginning of the verses start, “Have you not known, have you not heard?”
It’s a question we can ask ourselves daily whether we are going through physical struggles, emotional or just life struggles. Have you not heard of God, have you not heard of what He can do, what He is capable of doing?
Then it’s like Isaiah is saying, alright buckle your seat belts and I’ll show you the answer.
“The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth.”
“Everlasting”- never ending, eternal, never dying, always living GOD!!!
“The creator of the ends of the earth.”
Wow!!! Think about that for a second, this God we have the privilege of having a relationship with, this God who loves us, this same God created EVERYTHING!!! Look at how powerful and capable God is!
“He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength. Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.”
Now we see what God does for us, how He treats us and loves us. When we are weak, God is there to give us strength, if we have no might, if we are in a situation that looks impossible, a sickness, an addiction, anything! God increases the might of those people. Even when the people who should never be tired or give out do give out, like it says youths or young people. If you just “wait on the Lord.” Be PATIENT in His PROMISE, in His POWER, even when it looks like things are just getting worse, wait on God.
“The Lord will renew their strength”
“RENEW”: to make like new : restore to freshness, vigor, or perfection
When we feel old, worn out, weak, and a victim to impossible circumstances, God RENEWS OUR STRENGTH! He gives us a new energy, strength and power to endure that we didn’t have just a minute ago. God does what we think only a good nights sleep or medicine can do, He gives us what we need and then some to not just get through but walk through our struggle and weakness victoriously!
“they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.”
And the part I always thought just sounded cool. Well it’s even cooler now because it’s real life, it’s God! It’s what God can do in our lives! I’m amazed that I made it through these days and the only thing I can think to say is, God!!! It’s so awesome that we serve a God that is so constant in His love to us. When we take our problems or weaknesses to Him, we are speaking to a God that can do it all! Look around you He has done it all! But it’s just awesome to know when we take these things we’re dealing with to God, He always responds in provision and giving us all we need and then some. Realizing these verses weren’t just cool but real truth about God and what He’s capable of doing. Made me think of what the possibilities are in my life when I give my burdens to God, my addictions and my struggles. After watching God work these last couple of days it’s obvious that there’s nothing He can’t do but just looking at what takes place when God is at the lead, when all we have is depending on Him, God moves us from our “usual” or the worlds “usual” and lifts us up, carries us and gives us the strength to fly into the unusual!
With God in my life, He gave me the strength to rise up and do things that I usually wouldn’t do, things that I thought I couldn’t do. What do you need to take to God? How can God renew your strength? For what situation do you need strength? What happens when you trust in who He is and what He can do? Can you imagine a life risen above the usual or norm? Well if you have God then you can believe and trust that He will show you and give you everything you need to live that life! God takes us from our weakness and rises us up to His level of life, with His level of power, to fulfill His mighty purpose! If you think God can’t do it, think again because there’s nothing our God can’t do!!!!
“You are a hiding place for me; you preserve me from trouble; you surround me with shouts of deliverance. Selah I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you.”
“Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.””
Just wanted to share some verses with you today and leave them here for you! This post and probably the next few I’m going to share God’s Word sharing with us more about WHO God is, how He feels about us, His heart, attributes, promises, everything about God!! I’ve just came to a place in my life and with these messages where I know I don’t have what it takes but the good thing is He does. I’ve noticed that learning more about Him and just all He has for us, it brings me deeper in my relationship with Him, it helps me walk out my life with Him and for Him, God changes everything. I pray over these next few messages that you too have the same God changing events in your life and relationship with Him. I pray we come to know Him deeper and the love He has for us because the more we grow in WHO He is, it changes everything in our lives and I pray that this Word from God and His love will completely turn your world upside down in the best ways possible! I love you but God loves you way more! Sit on these verses and take some serious time alone with God getting to know Him more! He’s worth every second!!! You’ll see…..
“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”
I’ve been spending some time on this verse all week and today I saw it really become real life for me. I’ve noticed a lot lately that I’ve gotten in a pattern of spending time in the Word with more of a focus on how I can serve you through the God Gold messages or others in my life. During that, I’ve overlooked that personal time of reflection and faith challenging learning with God. Doesn’t sound like a bad problem to have but I’m going to tell you exactly why it is.
Theres nothing wrong with wanting to serve others but sometimes in the different positions we find ourselves in through life, we can find ourself pouring everything we have out without re-fueling what we pour out. This can happen in different job arenas, your work life in general compared to where you invest the rest of your time, in so many different ways and areas a lot of you can relate. It’s the same with working so much that you don’t take time to eat enough, or eat healthy or sleep, then because you’re pouring out so much, without taking the time to rest and refuel, you find yourself worthless in the work you do, struggling in every area of life because you let your time of refuel, pouring into self not be as important.
It’s the same with God, living the Christian life we are taught by Jesus, the greatest example we have on humility and serving others always. I had a mentor talking with me today and he discussed his quiet time and work outs were in the morning because after doing that, he was better for everyone else he served and all the work he did the rest of the day! I said something that’s true but in the right terms, on how I haven’t been “selfish” enough with my quiet time seeking the Lord because I was so focused on serving you. He simply said, “it’s not selfish, it’s Biblical.” And he’s right! Jesus’ awesome example taught us how to serve others and humble ourselves before others but look at how many times Jesus went off to pray, to be alone with God! A LOT!!!
And that wasn’t an accident, it was on purpose as an example to us. Without seeking God, spending time getting to know Him, letting the Word reflect where you’re struggling and challenge your faith to move forward leaning on God’s help! Without spending that time with God pouring into your self and getting fueled up, you won’t have anything to give others, you won’t be able to function without Him, at least not very well. I’m challenging myself to make my quiet time with the Lord a priority because after a few days of doing that first, it’s been easy to see how everything else changes, my mindset, perspective, and how I serve others is completely different and much much better.
I would make the excuse at times that because I was serving others that I could skip that time but noticed quickly that without that time I have nothing to give to anyone, I’m running on empty and have nothing to pour out. Simply, without seeking God first, it’s really difficult to live a life aligned with Him step by step and a life that is able to be of service to others. It’s like a saying I’ve heard before, “You have to change YOUR world if you’re going to change THE world.” Simple but easy to overlook. Pour into yourself today, rest and refuel on God’s Word, prayer with Him, just time alone seeking Him. All the other stuff, serving others, how to do that, how to live a life pleasing to Him that glorifies His awesome name, all your worries and all your struggles, SEEK HIM and all these things will be added to you!!!!! It’s a priority we just can’t live without!!! Pour in to pour out!!!!!