Followers

Saturday, February 4, 2017

D-focus

This past week one of my mentors and close friends died.  He created the Discipleship Focus program I went through the summer after I graduated from college.  The program showed me how to daily abide in Jesus Christ.
Will Wyatt daily lived out a life that was abiding in Jesus Christ.  He was always teaching and pointing us how to abide in Jesus Christ.   He emphasized how important it is to present our situations to God for him to conform them to his image.  He also said we should be desperately dependent on Jesus for everything in our life.  Also, he showed me how God is in control of everything in our life.  The Discipleship Focus study changed the way I look at things in life.  It showed me how depend on God in good or bad situations in life.  The study showed me that I need to remind myself who I am in Christ despite whatever the situation I may face.  Also, it gave me a clear perspective on how to live life for Jesus Christ.
Will lived every day as he was looking forward to his graduation day.  He referred to this day as the day he would go to be with Jesus. He lived every day in anticipation of this day.  That is how we should be living every day as Christians.  The day he died was probably the happiest day of his life because he could see his savior Jesus Christ.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Shaken

I have just finished reading Tim Tebow's book "Shaken" that describes going through times of peaks and valleys when life is hard.  He discusses not being shaken when these things come our way.  He illustrates this by certain stories in the book from people that did not limit themselves when they had hardship and struggles.
In summary, the book gives you an overview of how to approach life when hardship is thrown your way.  He gives different approaches throughout the book and shows us how to live for Christ through these struggles.  The main he describes is to remind ourselves our identity is in Christ and nothing else.  That is the main idea that he illustrates throughout the book.  Tim helps us trust that when when know that our identity is in Christ he will provide for us in these struggles.
Also, in the book he gives great examples of these circumstances in the book.  He uses these examples to show how these people did not let their circumstances define them. They lived for Christ despite their struggles and what they were going through at the time.  Tim helps any every day person can relate to these stories.  He makes the book applicable to anyone that reads it.
In my analysis, the book is great for anyone that is going through struggles whatever it may be.  He applies these struggles to those that he went through trying to make it in the NFL.  He uses this comparison to describe how he went through struggles himself to get where he is today.  Tim uses these examples of his struggles to show God can use these struggles to bring out a greater good.  God had a purpose in all of his struggles of when he tried to follow his dream of playing in the NFL.
The book's main them or perspective is focusing on our identity in Christ above all else.  Tim emphasizes this throughout the book,  That is what he wants the readers to take away from at the end. It's a perspective that we should apply to all of our life.  He helps us make sure it's important in our lives when we go through these times.
  The last main perspective he discussed was to not limit yourself when you have specific struggles or limitations.  He then gives examples of people that did not let their disabilities get to them.   These people still did great things for God despite what they were going through at the time.
In essence, Tim clearly explains throughout the book that we do not need to be "shaken" when these storms in our life come our way.  He uses Psalm 16:8, to reference the title in how we should live our life in these times.  It says, "I have set the Lord continually before me, because he is at my right hand. I will not be shaken." We have to trust in our identity in Christ when these storms come our way and not be shaken because God is with us.  God can use us when we trust in his power and glory in good times and bad.
I would personally recommend this book to any Christian that is struggling with any life situation.  The book is a great reminder who God is and who we are in Christ.  We have to trust he is for us and our identity is in him.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

God's timing

God's timing in life is hard but something we have to trust in.  God will work it out for his good in his timing.  God has a plan and will use our situations for his glory.
God has shown me he will use waiting for his timing for his leading.  At the beginning of Jesus' ministry, Jesus had to wait in the desert for 40 days.  Paul also had to wait before he could start full time ministry to the Gentiles.  God is using this waiting period in my time to perfect my trust in God.  He is showing me he wants me to wait on him for everything.
Also,  God is showing me that his using this waiting for his timing for his good.  Romans 8:28-29 says that God works all things in our life to conform his to his image.  This means that God uses any and all situations to bring us closer to him.  God can use any big or small situation to bring us closer to him.  God can work in our life even while waiting for him to lead us.
Lastly, God has been using this waiting in my life to show me his will is bigger than my will for my life.  Jeremiah 29:11 says that, "For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.    God has revealed to me that I have to trust in his plans for my life.  It may not turn out the way I want right away but he has me right where he wants me.  God's timing in my life is not about me but about trusting him daily.  

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Destroying Porn

God has been giving me the strength to defeat porn through him and the Fortify program.  The Fortify program has helped me see how the media pull us in to porn as well as how our brain changes through porn.  God also helped me defeat this addiction forever.
The first area God has helped me in defeating this addiction is the things I look at on a daily basis. God helped me examine the things I look at and watch daily.  Also, I examined what I look at online and how that is a detriment to leading me to porn.  The sites that I go to on a daily basis have led to my addiction to porn in High School and in my Young Adult life.  Now, that I have examined these areas I have destroyed porn forever in my life.
Secondly, God and the Fortify program has shown me the devastating effects Porn can have on our lives.  I have seen first hand the lasting effects porn has on friend's lives.  Fortify has shown me stats, information, and research, how porn destroys our lives.  Fight the Drug, another website of Fortify has shown me the effects of porn.  Also, porn kills you in your future marriage and your lasting relationships.
It has now been a month and a half since I have been officially porn free.  God has given me the strength to defeat this addiction.  Fortify also has shown the the lasting effects of this addiction.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

How to Minister to the Lost and Broken

In this post I am going to explain how we can share Jesus Christ with others by our actions.  God can use us to love people and open up conversations about Jesus Christ.  When we show others the love of Jesus Christ, then people see the light of Christ in us and want to know him more.
Jesus gives a clear picture of this concept in Matthew 5 in the Sermon on the Mount discourse.  Jesus says in Matthew 5:13, "You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt becomes tasteless, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled under foot by men." This verse shows how we are to act as Christians in the world.  We are to be salt, which means our character and actions should be distinct from those around us.
In this next section of verses Jesus describes the power of our witness to non believers.  Jesus goes on to say in verses 14-15, "You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; not does anyone light a lamp and put in under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in a house."  This section describes how our witness has the power to affect those around us.  Our actions and words can bring people to know the life of Jesus Christ.  How we live our life can make people see the difference in their world.
In conclusion, let us remember to love those that are different than us this week.  As Christians, we also need to pray for opportunities to share the gospel in this dark culture.  Ask yourself are you being the salt and light in the culture today?

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Ministering to others in the workplace

Today's sermon of Jesus and Zacchaus was a reminder that we have to find those in the community that need God's love.  God calls us to find the lost and the broken that we work with to show them the love of Jesus Christ.
As we enter into the lives of others we have to live our lives in a way that attracts other non-Christians to us.  In Luke 19:4, Zacchaus ran ahead to look to get a glimpse of Jesus.  That is how others should interact around us.  Jesus' presence should radiate through our lives so that people would want to get a glimpse of who he is in our lives and what is different about us.   There has to be a radiate that flows through our lives with the presence of Jesus Christ.
Next, in the story in verse six Zacchaus welcomes Jesus gladly into his home.  This is what happens next in the relationship with other people we work with daily.  Others around welcome these people into their lives and begin to open up to them.  Through this the love of Jesus Christ is shown to those that have not experienced this love.  Thus, when this occurs the next step in this process where the gospel of Jesus Christ can be shared.
In this last section, in verses 8-10, Zacchaeus repents. of his sins and gives us life to Jesus Christ.  At this point, we can ask God to use us to share with others about our sinful nature and how Jesus died on the cross for our sins.  We can then share how to trust Christ with our life and how to daily surrender to him.  Lastly, we if the person has received Jesus Christ we as the believer can discuss baptism with the other person.  Baptism signifies a new step of surrender and a public profession for faith for this new Christian.
This is by no means the correct steps in ministering to another person who is not a believer.  It is just an example from Scripture of how to be a light in a dark world and minister to others like Jesus did.  So, I challenge you today to be a "Friend of Sinners."

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Waiting on the Lord

Waiting on the Lord in life is a very hard and necessary thing.  It is a necessary evil at times as well as something God uses to push us toward him.  I will be using the next couple posts to describe my journey of waiting on the Lord right now.
God is giving me the strength to believe that he will provide me some type of ministry job soon.  There are some opportunities that I am waiting on hear back from right now.  God is giving me trust in him through this time in my life.  God is reminding to seek advice from others then in interviews tell how God has used me in my gifts.  Also, there is a the reminder that how God has already been working in me: Phillippians 1:6.
God is also giving me the peace through this waiting time in my life.  He will provide me the right opportunity in his timing.  I just have to remind myself that he is in control of my life.