“But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
1 Corinthians 15:57
Ran into a pastor who has a big influence in my life tonight while out picking up some things. One of the things he said a few times after describing different situations God was working through with his church, “Isn’t God awesome!” It was the most random and simplest of reminders that just hearing his excitement for the way God works fed into my faith so I saw that time with him saying, “wow God you’re awesome!” Coming time to type this message I had so much on my heart and didn’t know where to begin with scripture, so I started reading and landed on this verse. I don’t always pay as much attention to staying in His will for the Gold and speaking from what He wants me sharing instead of my own thoughts but today I felt the need to double check that this was the Gold He wanted out there. Opened up my Bible app to read more, the verse of the day, 1 Corinthians 15:57. Isn’t God awesome!?!?!
After going through a season in my life where there has been so much uncertainty, so much change, and so many questions. God has brought me so low from where I thought I’d be by this time but in this low season, He humbled me. He’s hit me in every weak spot of pride and opened my eyes to see exactly how desperate I am for His presence in my life. The tough part for me is I can’t stand not being able to figure something out. Especially in this situation with all the questions and low circumstances I didn’t want to be in, I would spend my days going in circles trying to figure out my situation. The result was going nowhere. I found no answers and only grew more confused, restless, and frustrated by my circumstances not being where I thought they should be. It’s been a hard season but I wouldn’t trade it for anything because of what God has taught me through it.
As much as I wanted to create my victory or figure out the formula on what I should do to overcome my situation, I couldn’t. I’m not capable. The more we try to do something for victory the farther away from it we become. On top of struggling with my own confusing thoughts of course I had opinions being poured into me on what would be best for me and what I should do coming in non stop. I appreciate the voices I have in my life from people who only want the best for me. I have more wisdom around me than I know what to do with at times and I’m more than thankful. The problem I faced was listening to my thoughts of defeat and taking the outside voices into more consideration than what God says. I know He speaks through people close to us to get His truth across to us but in this case, I let all the different opinions plus my own send me in 100 different directions. Trying to run all those ways and my way took me spinning. Like I said earlier, I was moving and spinning but the result left me in the same place I started.
At the end of the day, outside help and your own thoughts can help but none can help like the truth of God’s Word. Ideas this and it hit me. Because of Christ and what He has done to set us free and give us victory, there’s no formulas or work we can do to have any more victory. It took a lot to get this through my prideful thoughts that I can figure it out, all I have to do is receive this truth and believe it. That’s it! Receiving God’s truth that “He has given us victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” There’s nothing we can do to make that true, just receive it as His truth, THE truth, believe that you have been given victory.
This truth that’s so daggum simple it makes me want to pull my hair out that I spent so much time complicating it in my life. This truth of the victory we have received has cut through all the lies the devil has put in my head to confuse me, my own thoughts, all the outside voices. Even though my circumstances don’t look all that good at the moment in my eyes, thank God we don’t have to live this life looking through our eyes. That’s faith. Looking into life and the surrounding circumstances that should tear you down but instead seeing it through God’s truth. Seeing past all the mud and low seasons, believing what God says is true, “you have been given victory.”
It’s like a farmer planting his crop, there’s joy and excitement when he plants the seed and when he harvests the seed, but what happens in that middle stage? The cultivating stage. That’s where you can’t see exactly how God is growing that seed into a beautiful and bountiful harvest. Not being able to see the harvest result as soon as you want it, having to continue to put the work in worrying and letting yourself doubt what the work God is doing. A farmer who has faith in the victory Christ has given, he doesn’t waste time running 100 different directions trying to work harder to make his crop the best or listening to other farmers more than the One who is causing the growth. A farmer with this faith has just as much peace and joy in cultivating as during the planting and harvesting season. He receives the truth of the victory he’s been given, he believes he has victory despite what his own eyes see, he continues to do the necessary work of daily watering and feeding himself this truth.
That truth has completely changed the game for me in my life. When you continue to trust and believe in the victory you’ve been given, no matter what comes your way God will help you live in that victory. Keep trusting and holding tight to this promise no matter what stage of life you’re in. Realizing the victory that’s God has set right in front of us, it makes me want to say, “isn’t God amazing?!?!!!!!!”
Found this today looking through some of the old God Gold messages and it was a BIG reminder of what Who we have with us and what He’s capable of doing in our lives. Sitting here at 24 now, it hurts to see how little my thinking and faith in such a BIG God is at times. Obviously the 22 year old Jordan got fired up but I pray our minds can be renewed and we can live in the youthful, exciting passion that so easily fades the more we are subject to this fading world. See life as the younger you saw it, simple and filled with dreams. Maybe you still have those dreams, maybe God has even bigger dreams in store, whatever it is, may your hope and faith be sparked by the fact we serve such a powerful and capable God.
“Whenever I think of desperation–and determinism–I think of the two blind men Jesus met in Matthew, chapter 9. Once they spotted Him walking along the road, they began following Him and shouting, “Son of David, have pity on us!” (verse 27). Even after Jesus had reached His destination and gone inside, they persisted.
Finally, Jesus turned to them and asked, “Do you believe I can make you well?” It was a critical moment. Their answer could change everything. Without hesitation the two men responded, “Yes, Lord. Yes!” (verse 28). And with the touch of a holy finger, their world swirled into focus.
Are you seeking divine help for your own circumstances? Pray big. Think big. Believe big. “Because of your faith,” Jesus told the blind men, “you will be healed” (verse 29). Your life is going to be in proportion to how greatly you believe. Believe little, you get a little life. Believe weak, you get a weak life. Believe fear, you get a life of fear. Believe sickness, you get a sick life. But believe big, and you get a big life!
Jesus said, “Anything is possible for someone who has faith!” (Mark 9:23). Does this mean that the person who believes is going to get everything he wants? No, it doesn’t say that. But it does mean that if you believe big, you move things out of the realm of the impossible into the realm of the possible.”
Think little. Have a little life. Just be little and sit around waiting to die.
We can realize how BIG our God is, how BIG his power is, think BIG, believe BIG, and have a BIG amount of faith in Him! Then not only do we have a BIG life, we are making a BIG BIG BIG BIG impact for God’s Kingdom!
Think better, think Godlier, and think BIGGER!!!!
“Those who use the things of the world should not become attached to them. For this world as we know it will soon pass away.”
1 Corinthians 7:31
Ran across this verse today and Francis Chan had this illustration in the link above that really makes this truth easier to see. When I saw this verse I had so much conviction about the way I spend my time, my money, my energy, really my life in general. After spending so much time getting caught up in chasing pleasures, job titles, and things of this world, to think I’m doing it all backwards majority of the time? Wow. I pray this piece of truth hits you in the face like it did me! This is such a short life we get here on earth so what we do with it has big implications in the light of eternity. Spend more time with people in your life, focus on those relationships, how you can serve and love better. This world has a habit of getting you so wrapped up that you end up in your personal bubble with your personal pleasures.
Do a check up today and take some inventory. Where do you invest your time, resources, and energy the most? Is it in what truly matters like relationships and serving? Are the things you do making an impact for your personal happiness or an eternal impact? Do you get wrapped up trying to be “successful” and forgetting about why you’re here in the first place? How could you change your vision to live in light of eternity instead of in the light of now in a world and life that’s passing away? What should you do less and who should you love more? Some things to think about on this rainy Thursday! Don’t get wrapped up investing in a world that will give you no return when in it’s all said and done! Invest in your relationship with the Lord and live in the light of knowing you’re only passing through this life on the way to a life that will never pass away! Get your check up!
If you get some bad results like I did, I guarantee you’ll laugh, love, and live a whole lot more and definitely a whole lot different!
““So then, since Christ suffered physical pain, you must arm yourselves with the same attitude he had, and be ready to suffer, too. For if you have suffered physically for Christ, you have finished with sin. You won’t spend the rest of your lives chasing your own desires, but you will be anxious to do the will of God.”
1 Peter 4:1-2
Hope everyone had an awesome Tuesday!! My buddy Dillon sent me a message from deep in the Gold mine this morning while he was doing some serious Gold digging. (Not at all the same as how Kayne West refers to it) He said to check out 1 Peter 4 and I know if he just sends the verses without any words then it’s some of that speechless Gold which is very expensive. I checked it out as quick as I could and I just got to say, it’s crazy how God speaks through others to get your eyes on what He knows you need to see. Super thankful for the encouragement from my buddy because it was much needed. Seriously if you ever have any Gold to share, please send it my way. I always enjoy receiving it than sending it and I’ll be the first to tell you, I need all the Gold help I can get.
1 Peter 4. I don’t even know where to begin. Honestly I wanted to share the whole chapter but I’ll stick to the daily devotional instead of writing a book for y’all. This chapter that Peter writes is on Christian living and he focuses on the suffering that Christians will endure. I’ve noticed lately that I have been hitting on a lot of the “not so fun” parts of the Christian life, the struggle we go through on a daily basis. As much as I wanted to lighten the mood and make it more fun, these verses held me up seeing that it may not sound fun to hear about the daily struggles we face of temptation, overcoming sin, all the spiritual warfare but it’s the truth that God has written to us. It’s the life Christ has brought us into. In our eyes that sounds horrible, scary even, but Peter brings all the fun you’ll ever need into why out view of suffering is so backwards.
Christ went through an enormous amount of suffering while He was on this earth. Living a perfect life, walking out 33 years in human form and never, not once give into temptation. Even when the Devil offered Him everything that this world has to offer, money, power, pleasures, He still chose God over those tempting things. Not to mention He was fasting from food and water for 40 days in the desert during this, how could He be so physically weak and still say no? Then looking at the cross where He endured the worst kind of suffering imaginable, being nailed through His hands and feet, left there to die. On the cross with Jesus being perfect, that’s where He took on the sin of the the world, past, present, and future. He took it straight to the heart and He died a death He didn’t deserve for a people that are so guilty and deserving of it. Can you imagine? Why would He do that and how could He get through it? That’s so much pain, so much sin, and so much suffering. Yet He did it out of love for me and you. To take on all the evil in the world and defeat it so we could live in freedom and have a life where nothing or no one can hurt us.
Pretty daggum amazing that He did that and I can’t put into words how huge that is. I’ll be honest lately I’ve been going through some suffering of my own. I don’t say this so you’ll feel bad for me but I say this to show you how thankful I am for it! I’ve had to go lower than I’ve ever gone, give up some sin that I’ve been so accustomed to having in my life, and it’s hurt. There’s been times where I don’t understand it, I want to throw a pity party for myself and feel bad but the truth is there’s Christians and people in general undergoing so much worse in this world. My attitude towards it hasn’t been very good and you know when your attitude isn’t very good towards life then your life resembles it.
After looking at these verse it God finally hit me in all the places it hurt the worst and showed me just how GOOD this suffering is. If we call ourselves CHRISTians and strive to become more like Christ daily in a walk, then we should expect to go through similar suffering. It’s not to the magnitude of what He went through but we will suffer nonetheless. Becoming more like Christ means being less like us. Not changing who God made you to be but putting away that old sinful man and walking in the light of Christ’s righteousness. When we suffer we shouldn’t try to see it with our eyes but see it through the eyes of Christ. He was willing and He was constantly looking beyond the current pain to God’s purpose. When we move to a more Christ-like perspective on suffering, we can finally see that this may not seem fun and I’d much rather go my own way, enjoying the pleasures of life and living how I want to live. A Christ- like perspective seeing it in a faithful vision, we look past what we want, we look past the pain and sacrifice, God opens up our eyes to show us that He is doing an amazing work within us. With each moment of suffering, God is teaching you something. Maybe it’s patience, endurance, love, or whatever it is, He’s teaching you how to become more like Christ. I can’t imagine a better thing to be taught.
We may never completely give up sin in our lives but suffering for the sake of Christ, in the light of the sacrifice He made to give us the breathes of victory we have. Suffering for His name sake, God is molding us, shaping us, and He has a purifying effect to it that will increasingly free us from the power sin has in our life. He is teaching us how to live freely, in His will and for His will. It takes a lot of moments of being brought extremely low and experiencing some pain but at the end of the day He is taking us through the process of freedom. And I love what it says at the end of verse 1, “you have finished with sin.” That’s not saying you’re sinless and perfect but sin no longer holds you as a captive. Sin has no power over you, when you feel a temptation, you feel trapped, wrapped up in fear and worry, you look back at the suffering you’ve endured for Christ. Look at all that God has taught you and chipped away from your former weak and sinful self. Then you’ll see that this suffering was so worth it, Christ has shown you how to live in His high expectations, living in the victory that He’s won over sin and all of the devils evil schemes.
Living in my priorities and my perspective on suffering has only brought me deeper into the pit. Now I see the point of all the pain. I see why suffering contains so much of God’s goodness and I can live in the peace and joy He provides no matter how much it hurts. Living in His will is so much better than our own, seeing this life and suffering through His eyes changes the game completely. I can say thank you Lord for the trials, thank you for the pain and the times of being brought low. I’m excited to be molded, shaped, and taught. I’m excited for my perspective to be renewed by the Lord daily. I’m excited to live this life to the fullest of what God has for me and if you think that’s not much look at what He’s already sacrificed for you to give you His Son. He’s got so much more in store for each of us and I’m jacked to suffer with you!! Embrace the pain, you’ll be happy when Christ brings the change.
God Gold of the Day
“Oh, what a miserable person I am! Who will free me from this life that is dominated by sin and death?”
Paul writes this seventh chapter in Romans and throughout the chapter he is admitting the intensity of the spiritual battle he’s constantly in. I can’t begin to tell ya how often I think the same kind of questions, how do I beat it? Why do I have to go through this? When is it going to end? What can I do to beat it? All these questions I constantly ask which only leads me to doubt, fear, and worry over my daily struggles. No matter what it is we all have some struggle with sin because Paul states later in Romans “all fall short of the glory of God.” Key word, “all.” That’s where my struggle is with the strongholds of sin in my life. I live defeated and hopeless because I base my relationship with the Lord on my sin life and in my sin life the devil is always surrounding me with the lies that “you’ll never be good enough, you’ll never beat this addiction, you’ll always be a failure, why even try, you know you’ll lose.” It’s a terrible place to be. Completely dominated and controlled by the lies about your sin. That’s the big thing I noticed today, if I base everything off of how my sin life is, or how I didn’t spend time in a devotion to start my day. It’s simple little things like that where I fall into the trap of living in the belief that I’m defeated before the day even happens. If you believe you’re defeated you can guarantee that you’re going to live defeated. With that kind of belief system the question Paul asks is true, who’s going to free me from this life of slavery and defeat? When I base the view of my relationship with the Lord off my weakness and if I committed the big sin that I struggle so much with then when temptation comes and the lies pour in, I’ll fail every time. How do we get better? Where is our hope and peace over these strongholds that weigh so heavy in our lives and makes us feel defeated.
“I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.””
This is a verse from John where Jesus answers all the questions and all the lies so simply! Jesus gives us peace in our times of trouble, how is that? With the fact that HE’S ALREADY OVERCOME THE WORLD!!!!! He even tells us the truth about our lives, just because we are a Christian doesn’t mean this life will be sunshine and rainbows. The devil is going to come at us with everything he’s got because every move we make for Christ is a move against his evil schemes. Jesus came to this earth, lived a perfect life, took all of our sins on the cross as our perfect sacrifice because we were in bondage to sin and death. Nothing we could ever do could set us free, only His perfect sacrifice and rising from the grave, where the chains of death were broken to all who believe in His wonderful name! We don’t have to base our relationship with Him off our sin, He’s washed us clean, paid all of our sin debt. That doesn’t give us the right to sin as much as we want but as you grow in His grace and love, the more you realize how free you truly are. How could you not want to live to please the One who gave His life to give you LIFE, a life of freedom from being a slave to sin and a life for eternity?
I say all that to show you what I struggle with so often and the truth about Christ that takes that mindset of defeat away. Don’t base your belief and relationship with the Lord off your weakness and incapability to be perfect. You’re going to sin and trials will come your way bringing so much pain and sorrow. The good news is Christ gave us another way, He paid the price for our sin so when we do fall into temptation we can come to Him and confess how we failed. The best part, His blood washes you clean and God forgives you of that failure. Christ didn’t die for us to live in hopeless defeat, He died so we can live in victory. So when you start feeling like you’re not good enough, you sin, you miss your morning devotion, don’t let that dictate the way you live the rest of your day. Take your weakness to Christ, lay them at the foot of the cross, trust in His forgiveness but also trust in His resurrection. Put your belief in the fact that you are one with Christ, as He raised from the grave so did you, He has set you free from the defeat. You may lose a battle or two but thank God we can live under the good news that He has won the war!!! When the devil starts surrounding you with lies of defeat, there’s nothing you can do to fight except believe in what Christ has already done!
If you believe you’re a no good defeated sinner then chances are you’re going to live like one. If you believe the truth, that you are a child of God, a freedom fighter for the Kingdom of God, if you believe you’ve been set free from the things that the world tries to tear you down with, if you believe that Christ has overcame the world, you’ll live like it. I pray we can move from listening to the deceiver and the Lord will help us in living as true believers! I hate that I’ve wasted so many days of my life living in the defeat of my yesterdays but thank God we don’t have to live that way today!!! He has won!! He has set us free!!!! Forget the past and move forward embracing the freedom Christ has given you!!!! When you get knocked down, remind yourself of what’s He’s already done