Ephesians 6:14-17 reads "Stand your ground, putting on the sturdy belt of truth and the body armor of God's righteousness. For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News, so that you will be fully prepared. In every battle you will need faith as your shield to stop the fiery arrows aimed at you by Satan. Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God."

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CHILD OF GOD

1 Corinthians 1:26-31

“26 Brothers and sisters, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. 27 But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. 28 God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, 29 so that no one may boast before him. 30 It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. 31 Therefore, as it is written: “Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord.”

You are a child of God the most high. The world may see you as unworthy, but God see’s you as worthy in his eyes. Every time I think about this it absolutely catches my attention and amazes me. It catches my attention because who am I that the God of this universe would even think about calling me His own.

In the verse above Paul is talking to the people of Corinth, and he is explaining to them that God nurtures the unworthy. He even calls the despised to be His sons and daughters. We are all sons and daughters to the God of the universe if we allow ourselves to be. Paul further explains that when we recognize the magnitude of what it is to be a follower of Christ, we see how worthy we really are in Gods eyes and he gives us wisdom.

Jesus did not die on the cross just because he wanted to. He died so you and I could have the chance to be called “Gods child,” be forgiven of the unworthiness, and have a chance to spend eternity up in Heaven with Him. Jesus died so you could share this news with others. This is amazing that God would even think about us in this way, but he did and does.

Today, take sometime to reflect on the verse above, and thank God for thinking about you in the way that he did and does.

Question: Is there anything holding you back from realizing that you are a child of God?


Bad Pride

Proverbs 11:2

“2 When pride comes, then comes disgrace,
but with humility comes wisdom.”

Pride is a high or inordinate opinion of one’s own dignity, importance, merit, or superiority, whether as cherished in the mind or as displayed in bearing, conduct, etc. You see pride dominate in sports all the time. People in sports get prideful because of championships, awards, personal achievements, one’s ability, and the list goes on. Pride can ruin the reputation of an athlete.

Pride ruled most of my life as a Christian athlete, and it hit me smack in the face when it all got taken away in a moment in my life. I walked around like I was the hot stuff, and I had it all. As a matter of fact I can’t remember to many times where I honored God out on the playing field. I had been gifted with an ability to play baseball and other sports, but I forgot to honor my Father in Heaven.

We need to honor God in everything we do and realize that we need him. It took taking something away that I absolutely loved to realize that I should have honored God more as an athlete. I was more afraid of what people thought of me for being a Christian athlete, then what God thought of me. My pride got in the way.

As Christians we have to learn how to put our pride aside, and live in humility. Humility takes us recognizing that everything we do is a gift from God, and it can all be taken away in a matter of seconds. When we fail to humble ourselves before the King of kings pride will take over. Pride is a stumbling block that will draw us away from the Lord. We need to hand over our prideful hearts, and humble ourselves before the Lord Almighty in everything we do. With humility comes wisdom, and we draw close to the Father.

Question: Do you let pride get in the way?


Fear of Failure

2 Timothy 1:6-8

“6 For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands. 7 For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline. 8 So do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord or of me his prisoner. Rather, join with me in suffering for the gospel, by the power of God.”

Have you ever been in a game situation, and you were the center of attention? All eyes were focused on you. If you didn’t get the job done you would lose the game for yourself, or the team. If you got the job done then that meant you were victorious. During the situation your heart is beating intensely because you fear disappointing your team, the people that came to watch you, or just yourself.

I believe this same feeling of fear takes places in life everyday. We become afraid and fear what people might think of us, what we say, what we do, how we look, what we value, or what decisions we make. This is also known as the “Approval Addiction.” We want people, or authority to approve of us. Have you experienced the fear of failing before?

I think many of us experience this in our Christian walks. We fear what people might think of us because we have chosen to give our lives to Jesus and live radically. I know I have felt this before. Fear is part of our human nature. We all do it.

Who cares what people think, or say about you if you are living for God. If God has chosen you to live radically for Him do it. Yes, we might be persecuted a little bit for living for Jesus, but there is so many more blessings and joyful moments that come out of loving God and living for Him. In 2 Timothy 1:7 it says “The Spirit of God gives us power, love, and self discipline.” God is with you when you are fearing something, someone, or a situation. If you need power and strength call upon the name of Jesus. He is with you, and He will always be with you.

Question: What are you afraid of, or what do you fear? Do you need to hand your fear of failing to God?


“Strong God”

1 Corinthians 10:12-13

“12 So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall! 13 No temptation[a] has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted[b] beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted,[c] he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.”

When I was in high school I highlighted this verse inside my Bible, and it is a verse that has always stuck out to me since that day I highlighted it. I think it is a very important verse to read because a lot of the times we try to stand strong on our own, and take matters into our own hands. We try to overcome something that only God can overcome. When we try to take matters into our own hands, sin begins to repeat itself over and over again. God wants to take your temptation and turn it into victory in the heights of the heavens.

You are not the only person who is tempted in the way you are. There are many other people going through the same exact thing that you are going through at this very moment. Don’t beat yourself up because you are not a lone. This scripture says that God is faithful, and He stands strong for you when you allow him to. God is always ready to stand strong for you, even in your weakest moments.

Question: Is your freewill getting in the way of God growing in you? Do you know that God is ready to take the stand for you?

Prayer: Father, I pray for strength from above. I know I am weak at times, but Lord you are my strength. When I stumble Lord help me to focus my eyes and ears upon you, so I can conquer the mistake that I just made. Father I understand that I am weak at times, but pick me up when I fall Lord. When I try to take matters into my own hands let me hand my concerns and struggles overs to you Lord. Papa God I thank you for your love and mercy on me, and accepting me even when I don’t accept myself. Lord, I love you. Bless me and use me today father. In Jesus name, Amen.


His Masterpiece: P2

Colossians 1:16

“For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him.”

Why do we question God so much? We ask questions like why did you make my body this way? Why do people die of starvation? Why is our world so corrupt? Why is my life, so messed up? Why can’t you help more people out and show them that you are real?

We ask ton’s of question’s like this everyday, but I think God has more of the right to ask you why aren’t you doing anything about it? God has the right to ask this because he is God, the creator of the universe, and our life is a gift from God. I think if God was here talking to you he would tell you this “Don’t you know that you are my masterpiece, and I know every single aspect about you. I created you the way you are because I want to use your life. You may not see the masterpiece that I see, but it is beautiful. You can make a difference in this place. Just allow me into your spirit, and I will do the invisible in the visible.”

God is all powerful, and we were created to be the light in the darkness. A masterpiece is a work done with extraordinary skill, and we are the masterpiece of God. We might have messed up in the past, we see ourselves as unworthy, or we even question God day in and day out. In the end of it all your life is painted into God’s canvas and you are His beautiful creation.

Question: Are you beginning to understand that you are beautiful and God the creator of this universe see’s you as beautiful?


His Masterpiece: P1

Deuteronomy 7:9

“Know therefore that the LORD your God himself is God, the faithful God, who keeps covenant and loving kindness with them who love him and keep his commandments to a thousand generations.”

It’s absolutely amazing when we stop and look at all the intricacies of God, this universe, and even us. God is the beautiful creator and we are part of his beautiful masterpiece. I mean when you think about it God created each and everyone of us uniquely different. We all have our own unique characteristics and personality that we portray. We laugh, talk, smile, look, and even think differently. I think God did that for a reason, so he could show us that he is God.

God is faithful to us and never leaves are sides. What’s amazing about this is God has always been the same for thousands of generations, and his love has never changed for the billions of people that have lived on this round thing that we call earth. Do you realize that the Lord tries to propose to you every single day? We are called to be the bride of God, and the creator of this universe wants to love you. He proposes to us through his scripture, through other people, signs, and he even goes as far as having a casual conversation with you. You are Gods masterpiece and he adores you, and loves you with all of his God heart. It is amazing that the creator of the universe wants relationship with us.

Question: Are you ready to accept God’s proposal and walk with him in love?


“Pressing On”

Philippians 3:12-14

12 Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. 13 Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.

God has a calling on each and everyone of our lives. Some of us are called to be teachers, some of us are called to be athletes, some of us are called to be doctors, and some of us are even called to be in ministry. God has set each of us apart and longs to use us in the area that he has for us. We as Gods people need to make a commitment to work toward the pathway that God has set for us.

Sometimes we as people look past God’s calling on our life and become distracted by ourselves. Each day we have the opportunity to aim toward something much bigger then ourselves. You have the opportunity to live a spirit filled life, and to become the individual that God has created you to be. We live Spirit filled lives by devoting ourselves to the cross everyday, getting captured into his biblical truth, asking for forgiveness, and becoming saturated in Gods love through talking to him.   God does not care about the past; He is cares about the now, and you becoming the man or women he has created you to be.

Question: Are you letting yourselves get in the way for what God has a head for you? Is eternity the ultimate prize for you or the things of this world?


“Saturated”

2 Corinthians 4:7 “But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us.”

In this verse Paul reminds us that God’s way is to work through those who are weak or unimpressive in the world’s eyes. God constantly wants to saturate us and build us up. Saturate is to fill completely with something that permeates or pervades. We have the choice to be saturated with the love of God and for our jars of clay to be filled up every single day. He is waiting to saturate you in his spirit and to permeate your soul. You are his child who he absolutely cares most about, and looks past your flaws. Even when you are being saturated by other things, He is waiting to be the light in the darkness.

Question: If we have the opportunity to be saturated by the king of this universe why are we so hesitant at times? If we have the opportunity to be intimate with the father every single minute of the day why do we pass up the opportunity?

These are two questions that we need to think about and evaluate. I would be a hypocrite if I said I didn’t have to ask myself those questions. The question that I always find myself asking is God why do you love me? He always responds back with the same answer and says “Because you are my child and I adore you. I will never give up on you. That is why I love you.” God never gives up on you even when you think so; He is just waiting for your response.

Question: Every day we have the opportunity to be saturated in God’s power, but the ultimate question is do we want to exalt God or ourselves?


“God’s Image”

James 1:22-25 states, “22 And remember, it is a message to obey, not just to listen to. If you don’t obey, you are only fooling yourself. 23 For if you just listen and don’t obey, it is like looking at your face in the mirror but doing nothing to improve your appearance. 24 You see yourself, walk away, and forget what you look like. 25 But if you keep looking steadily into God’s perfect law – the law that sets you free – and if you do what it says and don’t forget what you heard, then God will bless you for doing it.”

It is real is easy to hear the word of God, but not actually follow the truth. Sin wants to pull us away from God everyday. Sin wants us to say I have better things for you, but all sin ever does is hurt, kill, steal, and destroy. It makes you look in the mirror, and gives you the assumption that everything is perfect, but really on the inside you are hurting.

God works way different. God wants to fix the inside, so when you look into the mirror you see a reflection of a beautiful person. A person that was created with a purpose, plan, and destiny. God wants you to look into the mirror and see a person who is living and following Him in the way they were created too.

A Prayer to Pray:

Father, I thank you for showing me this scripture and letting your word be the truth. Sometimes I fall short of the truth, and I need your help to develop me into your image. Sometimes my ears are only open to listen, and my heart is not open to change. I’m sorry for my heart at times. I ask you Lord that you would make a break through, and I would be obedient to your word and your truth. Father, when I look into the mirror I would see the image of your face in me, and when I walk away from the mirror people would see the light that is within me. I want to be forever covered by your grace, so father come and cover me. I am yours my king, and I know your truth sets me free. I come as an imperfect person to be molded into your image. God change me. I am yours. In Jesus name, Amen. I love you papa God.


“Living Water”

God offers us living water that overflows our soul with a love, grace peace, and understanding that we cannot find anywhere else. No one or nothing can offer the living water that God has to offer us.

Some words from the Lord: “This world offers so many tricks and deceptions. It offers you pain and suffering. I offer you eternal life and a love that you never felt before. You may feel undeserving of this love, but you are not. You are the apple of my eye and I love you more than you can imagine. Seek me and you will know my love.”

John 4:13-14 “People soon become thirsty after drinking this water. But the water I give them takes away thirst altogether. It becomes a perpetual spring within them, giving them eternal life.”

Throughout scripture we see people constantly coming to the Lord for help. We see the blind see, demons get cast out, the diseased become clean, the sick healed, the broken found, and the dead come back to life. What we need to understand is that this happens in today’s society too. We all hear stories of the sick being healed, the broken find new life, and the dead come back to life. Maybe this has even happened to you.

The enemy is constantly trying to break you down, and make you empty. The enemy wants you to believe that God’s miracles cannot take place. He is a liar, a thief, and the king of deception. The Lord on the other hand wants to offer you his living waters. His living waters consist of love and that is something that the enemy does not have to offer you. The enemy has no idea what love is, but the Lord knows exactly what that is.

If you need the Lord to pore out his living waters on your life just ask him. He is waiting for you to whisper in his ear, and ask for help. He is waiting to show you a miracle.

Questions: Do you need God’s living water’s to refresh your soul?


Discipline

1 Corinthians 9:24-27

” 24 Don’t you realize that in a race everyone runs, but only one person gets the prize? So run to win! 25 All athletes are disciplined in their training. They do it to win a prize that will fade away, but we do it for an eternal prize. 26 So I run with purpose in every step. I am not just shadowboxing. 27 I discipline my body like an athlete, training it to do what it should. Otherwise, I fear that after preaching to others I myself might be disqualified.”

Have you ever been in those situations where you ask yourself why did I just do that, say that, or even feel the way I did? I know I have. I have done things in my life where I have told myself Christian you have to be smarter then that. I have had moments where I have told myself I can’t treat people like that. Have you felt this before? Of course you have your human, and that’s what humans do. We all mess up and do things, say things, and feel things that we don’t mean too.

How do we control our emotions, and actions? We have to spiritually discipline ourselves. We spiritually discipline ourselves by spending time in Gods word and prayer. This helps us connect with God, learn who he is, and teaches us how to act and respond with others. We can also worship and praise God which helps us in recognizing who He is and magnifies the glory of the King. Serving and giving is also another way to bring us closer to the Lord when we do it with the right heart and mindset. All of these acts are ways to spiritually discipline ourselves and walk in obedience. We should all make it an effort to spiritually discipline ourselves everyday.

Pray This Prayer:
Father, I pray today that I don’t run around aimlessly, that I discipline my mind and body to seek you Lord God and not the world. Lord, I pray as I read your word, that I meditate on it, that I let your living word live in me, and that I run my race for you Lord in whatever area you have called me to run. Let my life bring praise and glory to you Father, not myself. Let me take joy because of you Lord, as I train for this race you have set for me. Let me be full of joy and peace as I train because I am in your presence. Lord, I ask this in the mighty name of Jesus, Amen.
  • Question: What has God called you to do? Are you training for it, or do you feel you are running around aimlessly?”

“The Sower: Part 4”

Luke 8:11-15

“11 This is the meaning of the parable: The seed is the word of God. 12 Those along the path are the ones who hear, and then the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts, so that they may not believe and be saved. 13 Those on the rocky ground are the ones who receive the word with joy when they hear it, but they have no root. They believe for a while, but in the time of testing they fall away. 14 The seed that fell among thorns stands for those who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by life’s worries, riches and pleasures, and they do not mature. 15 But the seed on good soil stands for those with a noble and good heart, who hear the word, retain it, and by persevering produce a crop.”

Prayer:

Father, come and take over my mind, body, and spirit today. Come and have your way in my heart. Cleanse me from the inside out. Let me thirst for you every second of the day, and let my eyes stay focused on the plan that you have for me today. Lord I long to stand next to you in your presence, and shout “Holy are you God,” but help me to do a better job sowing the life that You have given me. Help me to do a better job following your ways, and living my life as an instrument for Your Glory. Lord come and take over me. Let me reap a harvest that honors You and brings glory to Your name. In Jesus name. Amen

Question: Are you giving it all to Him?


“The Sower: Part 3

Luke 8:11-15

“11 This is the meaning of the parable: The seed is the word of God. 12 Those along the path are the ones who hear, and then the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts, so that they may not believe and be saved. 13 Those on the rocky ground are the ones who receive the word with joy when they hear it, but they have no root. They believe for a while, but in the time of testing they fall away. 14 The seed that fell among thorns stands for those who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by life’s worries, riches and pleasures, and they do not mature. 15 But the seed on good soil stands for those with a noble and good heart, who hear the word, retain it, and by persevering produce a crop.”

I got asked a question one time and it was this “If I can do anything in the world and money wasn’t a factor, what would it be?” I came up with some ridiculous answer and said “I would play video games for the rest of my life.” The real answer deep inside of me was this “I would serve the kingdom of God until the day that I died, I would give my possessions to the poor, I would do what ever God wanted me to do, I would love others how God loves me, and I would try and save as many lives as I could by telling them about the love of the Father.”

There might be some people that ask why would you do that, and my answer would be this?

I am passionate about the Kingdom of God because I understand that my life is a gift from God, and without Him I am nothing. I would also tell people because I know if I gave up everything and served Him with all my heart; I would be that much closer to the Kingdom of Heaven and that is my ultimate goal.

God loves us more then we will ever comprehend. There are so many obstacles that try to distract us from His love and doing what He has called us to do, but He is always ready to love us no matter what. God might ask you to lay everything down, and we have to be willing too. Sometimes in order for our roots to grow we have to be willing to dig deep and get rid of the negative roots that have gotten in the way.

Question: What negative roots do you need to get rid of?


“The Sower: Part 2”

Luke 8:9-15

“9 And when his disciples asked him what this parable meant, 10 he said, “To you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of God, but for others they are in parables, so that ‘seeing they may not see, and hearing they may not understand.’ 11 Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. 12 The ones along the path are those who have heard; then the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts, so that they may not believe and be saved. 13 And the ones on the rock are those who, when they hear the word, receive it with joy. But these have no root; they believe for a while, and in time of testing fall away. 14 And as for what fell among the thorns, they are those who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by the cares and riches and pleasures of life, and their fruit does not mature. 15 As for that in the good soil, they are those who, hearing the word, hold it fast in an honest and good heart, and bear fruit with patience.”

Jesus gave parables, so that people would think carefully about what He was saying. When Jesus taught in parables there was always a two part meaning to them. He told these parables to reveal the mysteries of the kingdom to those who have ears to hear, and to conceal the truth from those who do not. One of the main reasons that Jesus gives this parable is because He wants to teach those who believe in God to persevere and stay obedient through Gods word.

Staying obedient and persevering is sometimes tough because there are so many things trying to pull us away from the truth of the Lord. The enemy is constantly trying to draw us away because He knows how strong the Lord can be inside of us. We create good soil in our lives when we hold fast and stay true to what God wants to do through us. Good soil is produced in our life when we stay consumed in His scripture, walk in the Spirit, fellowship, forgive, ask for healing, and love constantly. Holding up our cross takes perseverance, but we have the greatest example right in front of our eyes. That example is Jesus.

When we obey and persevere through the storm of life God wants to bless His children. Yes, we are supposed to reap good soil in our lives, but the Lord also wants to help His sons and daughters out. It’s like when farmers work hard to plant their seeds on good soil there is a great harvest in the end. Same thing applies with us. When we work hard to better the kingdom of God; God wants to bless us with an overflow of an abundant life.  The Lord is always looking for a way to help His children out when they stay obedient to His word.

Question: What kind of soil are you producing your life on? Do you know that being a Christ follower takes perseverance? Do you know that the Lord wants to bless you when you persevere and obey His word?


“The Sower”

Luke 8:4-15

The Parable of the Sower

“4 And when a great crowd was gathering and people from town after town came to him, he said in a parable, “A sower went out to sow his seed. And as he sowed, some fell along the path and was trampled underfoot, and the birds of the air devoured it. And some fell on the rock, and as it grew up, it withered away, because it had no moisture. And some fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up with it and choked it. And some fell into good soil and grew and yielded a hundredfold.” As he said these things, he called out, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.”

The Purpose of the Parables

And when his disciples asked him what this parable meant, 10 he said, “To you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of God, but for others they are in parables, so that ‘seeing they may not see, and hearing they may not understand.’ 11 Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. 12 The ones along the path are those who have heard; then the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts, so that they may not believe and be saved. 13 And the ones on the rock are those who, when they hear the word, receive it with joy. But these have no root; they believe for a while, and in time of testing fall away. 14 And as for what fell among the thorns, they are those who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by the cares and riches and pleasures of life, and their fruit does not mature. 15 As for that in the good soil, they are those who, hearing the word, hold it fast in an honest and good heart, and bear fruit with patience.”

Prayer:

Father, I pray that I would sow my seed on the surface of your heart. I understand that I am weak at times, and I need your help. Father, help me to bear fruit with patience and to stay strong to your word. I realize that I need you every second of the day. Please help me to be consumed by your Holiness. I am far from perfect and I need your good soil to root deep within me. Thank you for your unending grace, and always producing a fresh start. Father hear and anoint this prayer. I love you Papa God. Amen   

Question:

How are you sowing your seed?