Sunday, January 25, 2015

Sabbath rest: God's faithfulness to us

Purpose: The main purpose of resting in God's faithfulness is remembering who he is and what he has done in our life.  It is a reminder that he sent his Son Jesus Christ to die on the cross for our sins.  Also, it is remembrance of his faithfulness in his commandments and his ability to work in others lives.
Verses on resting in God's faithfulness: Hosea 2:19-20, Dueteronomy 7:9, 1 Cor 1:9,and  Psalm 119:86.
Application:  Resting in God's faithfulness reminds of the big picture in life;God is sovereign and in control.  He loves and cares for us.
Conclusion: Remembering God's faithfulness is a great continual reminder of who God is and his love for us. Also, it shows us the depth of his mercy on us.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Rest: Sabbath

The first post of Sabbath is resting in who God is.  We are to go to God for our needs when we are weary and also thank God for who he is in our life and what he has done for us.
Verses:  Matt 11:28-30 and Psalm 92.
Matthew 11:28-30 calls us to come all who are weary and tired and cast our concerns on God.  For God's burdens light but when we come to him he will fill our soul.  When we go to God with our concerns he gives us peace and trust in him.  Sabbath is designed to rest in who God is realizing that we can go to him for our concerns.  God already knows what we need before when even go to him with our concerns.
Psalm 92 describes God's goodness and thanks him for who is in our life.  In order to rest in God, I feel we need to have a sense of God's goodness to us and what he has done in our life.  Also, it is important to remember how he has molded us into his image.
Why we rest:  Resting in God, takes away our worries and concerns of this world.  Resting in God gives us the reminder of just how great our God is.
Application: When we rest in God, we are able to have a peace and trust about the future.  Go to God with your stress of school and of the future.  Remind yourself God is in control of every situation and his goodness to you.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Change the Past

Sometimes I wish I could change the past.  There are things that I wish back that would never have happened.  It's almost like I want to turn back time.
One thing that goes long with my desire to change the past is that I have to trust in God's sovereignty for the past.  It is important for my future growth as a Christian, to remind myself that God was sovereign over my past and will be sovereign over my future.  He was sovereign over my two car wrecks in high school and the frustrations they caused.  God is still working in my life though I have this disability that affects my ability to drive by myself. I have to daily remind myself that God is worthy of our trust and time.
Lastly, I have to remind myself that God will provide for the future.  Sometimes Satan pulls me down with thoughts that I am not good enough and I am worthless.  I am bombarded of my insecurities of myself.  Every time I fall into temptation, God reminds me of who he is in my life. Trusting in his provisions has been the only thing that keeps me going at times.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Thanking God

I thank God for two things these have been influential in my life.  I thank God for his sovereignty and faithfulness.  I also thank God for my best friend Andrew Boone.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Waiting on God

The main thing God has been teaching me is to wait on him.  He has been reminding me to wait on him for future job, future wife, and to provide a car that drives by itself.  God has been showing me I need to trust him with all my life.
God has been showing me the verse Isiah 40:31;by waiting on God he will use me.  If I wait on God daily, he will use me for his glory.  This fall, God has been using me to disciple high school students at Christ Chapel.  I have been teaching on Sunday nights to a group of high school guys.  I eat lunch with them every week, call them, and encourage them in their daily walk with Christ.  God has been revealing more things he wants me to serve him with in ministry.

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.