Sunday, October 19, 2014

God's growth in me

I have been waiting on God in use me in certain aspects of my life.  For a year, I waited on God to be able to lead small groups at High School Ministry at church and now I am.  These past six to seven weeks God has been growing my ability to teach his word to high school kids and to love these guys well.
I have been waiting on God in a few aspects of my life and he has been using me.  I look to Isiah 40:31 where he talks about waiting on God and we will soar like wings on eagles.  For the longest time I have been waiting on God for a while and he has been reminding me that he will still and is using me.  He has been showing me that I have the ability to teach his word even though my gift is not teaching.  God will allow us to do things that are not our strong suit.
In this post I want to stress that we need to wait on God and he will use us.  God's timing is not our own.  He only works in his plans to accomplish his purposes.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Presenting and Abiding in Christ

Surrendering to God becomes natural when we can see God's power and presence in our lives.  God brings certain trials in our lives to show us how much we need him.  God uses those trials to show us why it is needed that we surrender to him in view of his mercy toward us and abide in him daily.
God used the trial of a car wreck in high school and specific transition after college to bring me to a point of daily surrender to him.  These times in my life have shown me specifically who God is and that he will never give up on me throughout my life.  Through these times, God gave me the realization that he is in control of my life and he is sovereign.  He made truths I have not come to grips with before become real to me.  Lastly, I was able to see the power and immensity of God's working in my life.
Presenting is a simple daily process in a Christian's life.  When we are presenting things to God and surrendering to him, then we are abiding in Christ.  Through this process, God will transform us into Christlikeness.  Daily abiding in Christ produces that fruits of the Spirit discussed in Galatians 5:22-23.  Lastly, when abiding becomes natural to us then we are slowly becoming mature Christians.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

God's mercy

When I think about who God is and his attributes I think of his tender mercy.  His mercy is so vast, so pure, so divine.  He has had mercy on me on the deepest, darkest, times of my life.
God's grace and mercy are interchangeable in nature.  It says in Psalm 145:8-9, NASB "The Lord is gracious and merciful; slow to anger and great in lovingkindness. The Lord is good to all. And his mercies are over his works." God does not treat us as we deserve but shows mercy on us when we sin and in hard times in our life.  God is still good at all times and his love endures through all the earth.  He is still on the throne through all the ages.
God has showed me mercy and love in times of my life when I needed him.  During the junior year of high school I got in my first car wreck.  The other person was injured and went to the hospital because I could not judge how far along they were in the intersection.  God showed me mercy because I did not get injured during the car wreck and the other person was not injured badly.  God used my Young Life leader and best friends from high school to pursue me during that hard time in my life and turn my heart back to following the Lord after falling away for a bit.
God showed me his grace and mercy in providing me a job during various times of my life.  Through his provision and grace I am able to see that God is still loving me and caring for me daily.   God is still on his throne every day.  He provides for me through the pleading of his Son, Jesus Christ.  Jesus shows his grace upon us Romans 5:8, "While we were still sinners, Christ died for us."
As I close this blog I hope you can remember God's grace and mercy daily.  God's compassion and mercy never fail and his mercy is endless.  Our God showers grace on us every day.
How can you seek out God's grace and mercy today? What are ways we can see God's grace in our life? How have you seen God's mercy in your life?

Thursday, September 4, 2014

God's movement

God's presence is power, mighty, holy, and overpowering.  It can overwhelm us and overtake us at times.  Other times, it can bring us to our knees.  Lately, God is showing me to just rest in his presence and power and he will move in my life.
God has been reminding me that I have to trust in his goodness and power to overcome in my life.   It says in Ephesians 3:20, "he is bigger than we can ask or imagine according to the power that is at work within us."  As Paul reminded the church of Ephesus of how they were before Christ I have to daily reflect on God's power and what he has done in my life.  I have overcome so much in my life already.  God promises to keep doing great things through me all of my life.
 God still has great plans for me in my life. Philippians 1:6 says, "God will continue working in you until the day of Christ Jesus." If we surrender to God daily and abide him he will conform me to his image.  Romans 8:29 describes this conforming process that God does in my life when we do present and abide in him daily.
Lastly, I have to trust in God's plan for me and my life.  God does things in his timing not ours.  We may want everything laid out for us but God waits us to wait for him to provide for us.  God has something planned for us that we could not know or imagine.  Trusting in God's timing is the hardest thing to do because Jesus had to wait 40 days when tempted by the devil.

Snoop's life: Contentment in my lot in life

Snoop's life: Contentment in my lot in life: Lately God has been teaching me to be content in where I am in life.  I think it goes back to my struggles of my driving problems in my past...

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Contentment in my lot in life

Lately God has been teaching me to be content in where I am in life.  I think it goes back to my struggles of my driving problems in my past along with many other things. Sometimes I just want to fast forward to the future.  The main verse I will be using in the text is 1 Timothy 6:6-8.  It describes being content with the food, the clothing, and what God has given us.
The first area of contentment I want to discuss is contentment with my future.  God wants us to be content with where we are.  Paul writes in Timothy in verse six that a level of contentment leads to godliness. If we are trusting in God's provisions for our life, then food, clothing, and the money to pay for those things will be provided for us (1 Tim 6:8) This level of contentment is accomplished by resting in God's promises day by day.
The second area of contentment that I struggle with is contentment in finding a wife.  I admit I stress out about who I will marry or struggle with wisdom in pursuing certain girls that God puts on my heart to pursue. As Kevin DeYoung says in this book Just Do Something, I just need to be bold when pursuing girls and ask. Also, it is necessary that I remind myself to be content in my singleness in specific times of my life.   The overall big picture is that God will provide for my individual will if I just trust in his plans.
It is important in obtaining a strong sense of contentment in our growth in Christ that leads us to greater faith.  When we are content in Christ, we can trust that he will provide for us every step of the way.  Lastly, we just have to remember that God has a plan for our life and our our future (Jeremiah 29:11).

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Thoughts on Thailand mission trip

Here is a few thoughts on what God showed me during my recent Thailand mission trip.  God revealed to me three things during this trip that will be with me for a while.   The first is that though we try to do many things to get to heaven because Jesus died so we won't have to try to do good things.  The second thing God showed me during the trip is the nobody comes to a relationship with God without a saving relationship with Jesus Christ (John 14:6).  The last thing God showed me during this trip is that all truths point back to a creator God. 
The first principle I will discuss revolves around the fact that many people around the world and in other religions try to do good to get to heaven. Buddhists try to do good in order to get good karma to get to a certain level of heaven.  They believe if they do enough good Karma then they will get to that level of heaven and their good Karma will outweigh the bad Karma. While Muslims believe that they have to follow the five pillars in order to be accepted into heaven by Allah. Jesus died on the cross so that we do not have to try to do good to get to heaven anymore but by trusting in him he gives us the strength to live for him. 
The second principle that God showed me is that nobody comes to the Father without knowing Jesus Christ.  In Islam, Muslims believe that Allah is separated himself from man and that Jesus Christ is a prophet.  If Jesus was just a prophet, then why are there other references in John of him being equated with God? The many signs and miracles that Jesus did are equated with that of Moses in Islam. 
The last principle that God showed me through the Thailand mission trip was that all truths essentially point back to God.  This principle helps us as followers of Christ reason with Buddhists and lead them to a discussion about God. It is hard for other people of other religions to understand that 1 times 1 three times equals 1, thus showing how the Trinity of God, the Son, and the Holy Spirit works in union with each other.  Absolute truths give us a way to point out who the one true God in heaven and earth truly is.  This principle gives us the concepts and discernment to guide people to the greatness of God.  
These truths I am going to put into practice in my day to day walk with God.  They are helpful for engaging and sharing with those who don't know Christ.  Who are you going to share with about Jesus Christ today? What truths is God teaching us?