Son-day Surprise

God Gold of the Day

Heard this song as I was driving today and it could’ve been like any other song, I just listen along not really paying attention because my mind is already on what’s next. But hearing this song today, I don’t know what it was about this particular song but my ears perked up.

We always hear how powerful and great the name of Jesus is but do we really HEAR it in the truth and magnitude that His name stands??? It’s easy in our lives to get dumbed down to the name of Jesus and all it holds for us, whether we hear His name so much, we get distracted by our every day busy lives, or we don’t take the time to sit and be still, meditating on how truly GREAT the name of Jesus is!!!! Jesus can so often be just another name like Dave, Jim, or Tom, but the name of Jesus is so much more than just a name. It’s THE name above all names, it’s the name that saved us from the life we deserved giving us a life that is more abundant, eternal, and just plain out FREE! A life that we could have NEVER gained on our own. Jesus took the death we deserved so we could have LIFE, and LIFE to the fullest. Talk about a perspective shift!!!

While you’re listening to this song today, take some time and really take these lyrics in, she names off a few of the many causes that happens when the name of Jesus is involved. WOW!!!! Only the name of Jesus. How GREAT and AWESOME is His name!!!!

“Lost are saved, find their way
At the sound of your great name
All condemned feel no shame
At the sound of your great name
Every fear has no place
At the sound of your great name
The enemy, he has to leave
At the sound of your great name

Jesus, Worthy is the Lamb
That was slain for us, Son of God and Man
You are high and lifted up
That all the world will praise your great name

All the weak find their strength
At the sound of your great name
Hungry souls receive grace
At the sound of your great name
The fatherless, they find their rest
At the sound of your great name
Sick are healed and the dead are raised
At the sound of your great name”

 

Mission

God Gold of the Day

‘God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging. There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy place where the Most High dwells. God is within her, she will not fall; God will help her at break of day. Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall; he lifts his voice, the earth melts. The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. Come and see what the Lord has done, the desolations he has brought on the earth. He makes wars cease to the ends of the earth. He breaks the bow and shatters the spear; he burns the shields with fire. He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.’

Psalm 46:1-11 

Today was tough in many different ways for me. I all around struggled to keep my eyes on God, with my eyes going many different places, without God at the lead of my life I struggled. Today was also a day where this time last year I was on an airplane headed across the world to serve in the mission field of Rwanda. The team is currently on their way on this years trip and I struggled with the fact that I’m not with them. The last couple of years on two trips to this beautiful country, God completely changed my life in so many ways. I could never put to words the work God did on my heart while on these trips but after meeting new people and those people quickly becoming family to me, sitting at home waiting to see the Rwanda team’s facebook updates has not sat well with me.

It’s tough to step away from those BIG, life-changing moments and settle in to everyday life with work, to-do lists, and all of the mundane things we do every day. The truth I realized this morning while my heart was so restless was in these verses. Even though I’m not on those trips this year, even though I’m sitting at home instead of flying to Rwanda, God is still the same God here as He was while I was there. God is still there for me as my refuge and my strength, He is in full control of our lives and this wild world we live in. As much as I want to question it and say, “why God?” These verses brought me to peace knowing that God is in control, if He wanted me on that mission for Him then I’d be there. As I see that door being shut, seeing the truth of God’s presence in my life whether I’m at the grocery store, at work, or in the mission field, I can rest in the fact that I’m right where God wants me and there His “mission” is right here in front of me! It’s hard to see it that way at times but it’s BIGGER than what our eyes can see. I took such comfort today in these truths from God’s Word, just hearing,

“Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.’

Instead of running in circles of insecurity and being anxious, it’s those simple words, just STOP!!! Be still, stop overthinking, stop relying on your own vision or what the world tells you and just STOP!!! And God speaks, “Be still and know that I am God.” Being still is easier said than done but being still and putting everything else around me to the side, thinking and stepping into God’s constant presence, know that He is God, He is in control, He is at work for my good, He is my fortress that I can rest securely in, trusting in His provision, faithfulness, and protection. To be still was dificult for me today and it usually is everyday but being still allowed me to see the truth. No matter where we go, what we do, or what we think, God is going to be exalted across this earth. To think about that and see how God doesn’t need me because He will be exalted with or without me. He may not need us but He calls us, chooses us, uses us. How awesome is that?!?!? God is God and I am not, be still and rest in where God has placed you, the people He has placed around you, trust that the God who created all that we see around us knows exactly what He is doing so with God on our side, we can be still and rest in His presence, embrace the calling of loving others as He loves us, and just continue being still, resting in Him.

Also, I want to ask for a prayer request from you today. The mission team is on the way to Rwanda and I just ask that you lift them up today in your prayers. Pray that God will provide all they need to attack this mission for Him, that God will provide them strength to continue serving despite how tired they may be, that God would give them wisdom and discernment to speak and serve the people of Rwanda in the most glorifying way possible. Pray that God would open up their hearts and eyes to see God in new and bigger ways but also the people they are serving would be impacted greatly from their faithfulness. Pray that God will use them in a mighty way and that lives will be forever changed, exalting God above all.

Don’t just pray for them but let’s all take some time to pray for all the missionaries God has called to go and serve. Whether that’s in foreign countries or right here at home. Pray for each fellow believer that they would live each day on mission, embrace the opportunities God has placed around them to share how good He is whether that’s at their jobs, at the grocery store, wherever, whatever and whoever! If we are breathing, we are on mission! Excited to embrace this new vision of seeing that being on “mission” doesn’t have to be in the mission field, it’s simply where God has us right now around the people God has set before us in our path!

Bad Fit

God Gold of the Day

“38 Then Saul dressed David in his own tunic. He put a coat of armor on him and a bronze helmet on his head. 39 David fastened on his sword over the tunic and tried walking around, because he was not used to them.
“I cannot go in these,” he said to Saul, “because I am not used to them.” So he took them off. 40 Then he took his staff in his hand, chose five smooth stones from the stream, put them in the pouch of his shepherd’s bag and, with his sling in his hand, approached the Philistine.”

1 Samuel 17:38-40

Wanted to take some time and finish off the “Armored” lessons with you today! Couldn’t leave out this last message giving you a visual of what it looks like to “put on the armor of God.” My mind was BLOWN when I came across this example and I pray your mind will be on another planet too after seeing this truth. It’s so awesome how a story from the Old Testament gives us this visual example of something written years later. God’s Word is filled with so much GOLD!!!! OMG!!!

Alright, so we’ve been talking about the armor of God and using the story of David and Goliath as a visual example to see what putting the armor of God on looks like for us in our daily lives. After David talks King Saul into letting go fight this ginormous warrior in Goliath, Saul’s first reaction is to give David his own battle armor so he can look like a real soldier and be protected.

The cool thing to notice here is how Saul’s armor doesn’t fit David, it’s uncomfortable to him and doesn’t feel right. It’s easy to hear, “put on the armor of God,” and think of just this, putting on physical armor right?? Well, when mentioned in Ephesians 6, God had a little different meaning than what we first think of when we hear “armor.” The armor of God isn’t physical armor at all, it’s how we stand in God’s presence, knowing who God is and our identity in Him. In God’s presence, standing under who He is, we have more protection than we could ever need.

Just like the Israelite soldiers had on all this physical armor and Saul trying to give David his armor, the truth was, David didn’t need all this man-made stuff that made everybody else feel good, comfortable and what they trusted in. We are faced everyday with the temptation to put on different types of armor that’s not the armor we need. We can try to put on our own armor, trusting in our own skills and abilities to do the job. Or we can try someone else’s armor on, trying to be like another in any way we can and trust in trying to look the part such as the soldiers David was surrounded by. Or we put our trust in the armor of this world, what we have or own, anything around us that is man-made that makes us feel like with that one thing, we’ll be secure and protected. We try so hard everyday to put on these different armors but at the end of the day, none of it does us any good. If anything it covers us like a mask so the world around us thinks we’ve got it all together when the truth is any armor of this world, it won’t fit and it definitely won’t work!!!!

We look at Saul’s reaction giving David his armor to put on and we see all of these Israelite soldiers in armor looking the part and it makes sense logically. Yeah, of course David would need this armor, duh!?!! That’s what stinks because we put our hope and trust in things of this world to be our armor because we are constantly consumed with all the lies and influence that it’s the right, logical thing to do but IT’S NOT!!!! We need nothing besides the armor of God, our only chance of protection and confidence in this battle against the evil one.

Gosh!!!! It’s so cool in verse 40 how David says, ““I cannot go in these,” he said to Saul, “because I am not used to them.” So he took them off.” 

That’s where we see what putting on the armor of God looks like for us, taking of all the worldly physical armor we are used to using and that the world tells us is right, the armor that we try to make fit but it doesn’t. Like it says, David “took them off.” Then trusting in God’s armor, God’s strength and who God is. David walking out onto the battlefield with no physical armor but in the armor of God, walking confidently into battle because God, the always faithful, breakthrough bringing, the almighty undefeated Champion of all. His armor changes everything.

What’s cool to see too is how David walks onto the battlefield with his own stuff, a sling, some rocks, and a staff. David gives us an example here that in God’s armor, we can walk onto the battlefield with our identity in God, with our own stuff, as God has created us specifically and perfectly, we can walk with God in who He made us to be. Do you see the FREEDOM in that???? It doesn’t matter what you have or don’t have, what the enemy throws at you, the times you’ve fallen in the past, or what the world says about you.

ALL THAT MATTERS; is that God’s armor fits on you right where you are, exactly how God made you. His armor is custom fit for you and me. You can walk on the battlefield of life to face the enemy in no physical armor but standing strong in the armor of who God is and your identity in Him! David had plenty of things that made Him seem like he wasn’t enough, you may have some things that make you feel like you’re not enough, and I DEFINITELY have some things that make me feel like I’m not enough. ALL THAT MATTERS when you step onto the battlefield of life is how you stand with God. That’s it. It’s all about God and not you. That is it.

I’ll leave you with this; look at how David steps onto the battlefield, after being taunted once again by the enemy, Goliath, look at how David responds. And reminder here, when you take that step of faith out onto the battlefield in God’s armor, the enemy always send opposition trying to tell you how you’re not enough. Like David mentions here, it’s not about Him, he comes in the name of God, with His identity in God and God is more than enough.

” ‘Meanwhile, the Philistine, with his shield bearer in front of him, kept coming closer to David. He looked David over and saw that he was little more than a boy, glowing with health and handsome, and he despised him. He said to David, “Am I a dog, that you come at me with sticks?” And the Philistine cursed David by his gods. “Come here,” he said, “and I’ll give your flesh to the birds and the wild animals!” David said to the Philistine, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. This day the Lord will deliver you into my hands, and I’ll strike you down and cut off your head. This very day I will give the carcasses of the Philistine army to the birds and the wild animals, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel. All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves; for the battle is the Lord ’s, and he will give all of you into our hands.” ‘

1 Samuel 17:41-47 

 

Living Hope

God Gold of the Day

Hope you are having an awesome week! I wanted to let you know that I’m spending some time to pray for you today, whoever you are reading this, I’m praying for you. I just ask you please pray for me also! I greatly appreciate your prayers more than you know!! If you can’t think of anything to pray for me or for yourself today, just pray this song over your life. Ask God to constantly remind you of the truth in the Gospel, no matter what you’re going through, the Good News of Jesus Christ being our living hope, the one who set us free and the one that gave us victory, ask God to make that truth real in your life. It’s the truth that will fix anything you have going on, the truth that will literally set you free from the cares of this life and fix your eyes on Jesus, the LIFE you have with Him now and forever!!!! He is our living hope, praying we will all hold tight to that today!!!! I love you but Jesus loves you way more!!!!!

 

 

 

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God Gold of the Day

***The foundation behind the “Armored” series, the main points, scripture and what we’ve talked about so far is at bottom of page.
‘But David said to Saul, “Your servant has been keeping his father’s sheep. When a lion or a bear came and carried off a sheep from the flock, I went after it, struck it and rescued the sheep from its mouth. When it turned on me, I seized it by its hair, struck it and killed it. Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, because he has defied the armies of the living God. The Lord who rescued me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will rescue me from the hand of this Philistine.” Saul said to David, “Go, and the Lord be with you.”
-1 Samuel 17:34-37
Digging back into this visual example of what it looks like to “put on the armor of God” from the story of David and Goliath. We saw in verse 32 how David steps up to the plate confidently to take on the task of fighting the giant, Goliath. Like I’ve mentioned before, David’s confidence wasn’t from what he had or didn’t have, or any of his own strength, David’s confidence sprang from how he stands in the Lord, in who God is and his identity in God. After telling Saul that he will fight Goliath, Saul throws doubt and started naming off reasons why David shouldn’t and can’t do this. This is a perfect example of how the devil is crafty in his schemes against us, how he sometimes uses people and the world to plant lies in our heads of fear, doubt and insecurities. David could have easily fell right into the lie of why he couldn’t do this, and taken the example of all of the armored up Israelite soldiers standing there crippled in fear, too scared to move at all against the giant in front of them. But despite the physical odds, with David standing in the truth of who God is, with his strength and identity firmly planted in the Lord, he responds to the lies, with these verses.
David reminds Saul of all the victories the Lord has won in his life and what God has done against the lion and the bear. What an example that is for us on how to respond to the devil’s lies with the truth of how we’ve experienced the goodness and deliverance of God in our lives. When the devil comes with his lies with the intention of crippling you in fear and doubt, respond with the truth of who God is and what God has done in your life. Remember all the moments God has delivered you, all the moments God has brought you out of a situation that looked impossible and that you even thought was impossible until God stepped in with His powerful, almighty presence! Those moments where you experienced the realness of WHO GOD IS and stood there in awe at what He can do. Those moments are crucial to never forget, because when you are faced with new giants, more attacks from the enemy, in a situation that is way out of your depth, those moments of God delivering you before will give you confidence in this new moment. Confidence in the fact that this same, never-changing, awesome God, can and will deliver you again and give you all you need to stand firm.
What’s cool to look at too is the fact that when we hear, “put on the armor of God”, it seems like it’d be a all at once type thing. That the armor of God goes on you and you’re good to go the rest of your life but that’s simply not true. When you become a Christian you don’t just receive a package in the mail from God that has your new set of His armor to put on. That would be really cool but it doesn’t work that way. The armor of God and standing in this type of confidence David is displaying here doesn’t just happen overnight. You could easily read these Scriptures and leave with the “I need to be more like David” mindset. That you need to put on God’s armor, be confident and expect to never fall to the enemy again and be able to just end any Goliath you face instantly. As we see from what David is saying, it took David going through a lot of battles, falling, being challenged to face new and bigger enemies. David wasn’t just armored up and confident overnight, it took him TIME!!! To get to this level of confidence and armor with God, it doesn’t happen all at once but it’s a PROCESS of learning more and more about God and your identity in God. We have to be patient in this process of armoring up in God.
The truth is, there will be times you fall, there will be times you fall to the enemies schemes and attacks, God doesn’t expect you to be perfect. Putting on, wearing and standing in the armor of God takes time. It’s like riding a bike, when you’re first learning how to do it you fall a lot. Just like when you begin your relationship with the Lord, you fall A LOT, it’s hard, because you’re on God’s team the target on your back from the devil gets bigger and bigger. You will fall but having the resource of God’s armor at hand 24/7 and God being the graceful, forgiving God He is, His armor doesn’t just protect you from the attack but it helps you stand back up, to get on that bike again and keep riding. After you start getting good at riding your bike, the less you fall. It’s the same with God’s armor, the more you learn about who God is and your identity in God, the more armored up you become and the less you fall to the enemies attacks. Even when you are standing firm in God’s armor and more confident in how you stand with God, there will still be times you fall.
It’s a process of going through battles and learning more and more about who God is. As you learn and grow in your relationship with the Lord, the more armored up and battle ready you will be to face the enemies attacks. To grow in this process of armoring up, to get to a level of confidence that David had in God, it just takes riding close with God. Experiencing Him through His Word and in your daily life. The armor doesn’t just show up at your doorstep or come on you all at once, you will take hits and you will fall, but keep chasing God and learn more about who He is. When you start seeing how you stand as a child of the undefeated Champion, the Lord almighty, the more you will see how to stand firm in His armor!!! Trust the process and dig in!!!!
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.’
-Ephesians 6:11-13
MAIN POINT: Know where you stand with God and you’ll see how to stand firm in God’s armor. 
After setting up the foundation, we saw in verse 10 of Ephesians 6, that Paul gives us this first truth before we even come close to talking about armor. We don’t have what it takes, BUT we are told to “be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power.” We see here that we don’t have what it takes but with God, in His strength, in His armor, we have more than enough and can stand firm against the schemes of the devil.
This all started by asking the main question; to put on the armor of God, what does that look like in our lives???
That’s the question we are seeking answers to in these “Armored” God Golds. Learning that the armor of God is basically God’s character, we see that we are armored and protected by how we stand in God, in who God is, in our identity in Him as a child of His. It’s all WHO HE IS!!!!
Wanted to give you that recap as we continue digging into this question and looking at the story of “David vs. Goliath” as a visual example for us to learn from. If you have missed the other “Armored” God Golds, I recommend going to check them out for the context on this Gold and the Gold to come just so you can better apply these lessons to your lives and stand armored up in the daily battles you face.
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