Be Still and Know

Psalms 46:10 says “Be Still, and know that I am God.” These words are common in the Christian circle. But, I believe that we really need to think about what it actually means.

What does being still in God’s presence mean? Does it mean to literally stop everything and focus on Him. I do believe that is part of it, but there is much more. God is calling each of us to be in His presence in all times.

What are some practical ways we can be still?

1. Spend time talking with God, prayer is the lifeline between us and God. When we talk with God and lay out our issues, give Him thanks or just vent to Him, that is when our will meets His will. Or in other words, we find what God actually has for us.

2. Spend time with others. Community is super important to our walk with Christ. It is my belief that in order to be still in His presence then we must find others to bear our burdens with. We are not meant to do life along, so we must find others in our life to be with. But, its also important to find those that are totally different from you to hang with. It will be in those times that you will be challenged and stretched in your faith.

3. When everything break loose, then just focus on God. Quiet times with God are times when you are just that, quiet and not doing nothing else but focusing on God. God will show up and you will find out things that you maybe knew before, but didn’t think about or God will give you new things to mediate on.

The most important take away from all this is simply this: God is wanting to meet with us and we have to make time to be with Him.

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JRLC Here I Come!

Most people already know from my post last Friday that I have been accepted into JRLC this year. But, most don’t know the story on how I got here. So here goes!

Picture it…just kidding. I came back to Christ in the fall of 2014, but unfortunately had a car accident in December of that year as well. That was a hard time that made me really think on what God had for me. Fast forward to Men’s Conference time in 2015, I was still living in Eldon and we came down for the conference that year. It was still held at the South Campus at this point. I remember the one thing that really stuck out to me was the friendliness of the volunteers and how they really cared.

The turning point for me to decide I wanted to pursue coming to LC was I walked down the aisle on the first night for prayer and I had a volunteer pat me on the back on the way back to my seat. What does that mean, to me it meant they loved me and cared. I remember coming home and researching about LC since I heard about it at the conference and then prayed about it and felt like it was something I needed to do.

I applied and made the decision to move to the area to go. God had different plans the first two years before allowing me to be admitted. But, those times were both a good time and a bad time. It helped me grow up and mature and God on one had, but always had those doubts on the other. But, God is true to his word, as Pastor Mark said on Sunday, he is a green light Dad (God is) and if though the answer may be yes, no or wait at the moment, He knows what He is doing.

I am beyond excited to see what God will doing during my year at JRLC. I will most likely be the oldest student (30, yes I do look good for my age, thank you!) But, I don’t care about that. Already having 58 credits hours makes it tough for scheduling purposes, but on the other hand, it means, I can most likely graduate in 1 year as well. Thank you many years of electives for being there for me.

Pastor Josh told me this and it really stuck with me, go into it with both eyes wide open. I am going in knowing that God called and and will equip me, knowing that with Him all things are possible.

My prayer for JRLC is simply this as it has been my prayer for 3 years now, “Whatever Your will, Whatever You have, I am all Yours!”

Talk soon friends!

Using the Fork that Feed Our Flesh

I am currently reading a Bible plan called SOULCON Challenge. One of its main purpose is to remind us men to take up our cross daily. It also talks about how we all have to be reminded not to use the fork that feeds our flesh.

This doesn’t come all in one dinner seating though. What happens is we start off by an appetizer, by a little bit of sin. Then, we like that, so we ‘feed’ it more and more, until it becomes our lifestyle.

“And satan knows when we feed sin bite by bite it will grow in power and strength, and he knows the outcome of that in a man’s life. We have to remember satan is smarter than we will ever be, he knows the nature of a man and our temptations better than we ever will. He knows God’s unconditional love for humans better than we ever will, and he hates it. It’s the thing satan doesn’t want anyone to ever hear, and he will try to kill anyone that forcefully advances the message of God’s unconditional love. And he isn’t going to kill us by coming into our house at night as a scary goblin. ”

As mentioned beginning of the week, I am a fan of transparency and I will say this, lately it has become easier and easier for me to feed my flesh. But, no more, I choose God…if you are going through something talk to someone about it. God is wanting to stop the feed of the flesh and wants to help you pick up your cross daily.

It is crucial that we become aware of this strategic attack on our lives, and put a stop to it by putting our fork down and picking up our cross each morning.

Transgenders In Churches

One of the biggest topics going on right now is the this topic of transgenders and the bathroom issue. This blog will not address the bathroom issue and if you would like to talk about it leave a comment below.

This blog will come at the issue with grace and love as I think it should.

A transgender person is a person who identify as either a man or women, but are born the other. So, it could be a man who identifies as a women and vice versa.

So, a transgender person comes in your church, what should you do? Should, you ask them to leave? Should you not talk to them? Should you be unfriendly?

No, you should be loving and accept them into your church! Why, you may ask. All too often we all tend to forget that at one point in our life we too were living in darkness and couldn’t find our way. I find that it is hard for us to see how another person’s struggles are because we haven’t been in their shoes. If you have never had the mindset of a transgender person, then you have no clue how they actually feel.

Jesus said that all who are weary can come to him for rest. –Matthew 11:28
That means ALL people!

If a transgender walks into church, I would take that a sign that they are looking for acceptance and love and something from the church that they can’t find in the world.

Does that mean we should let them live in their ‘sin’ and go about their lives? Absolutely not! But, I will propose this, quit going about it the way the churches have always gone about it. Quit, the bad mouthing, finger pointing and stop being a hypocrite. Christians have gave themselves bad names for a long time because the way they have acted over years.

Here are 3 things I think we should do if a transgender comes into our church. 

  1. Love them, Not with fake love, but with genuine love that comes from the heart

  2. Accept them, not their behavior but as a person

  3. Disciple them, teach them what the Word of God says

So, Jake, are you saying you for transgenders, no, I am saying, they are in need of a Savior just like me and if and when God speaks to them about their life, they have the chance to accept that and I will be there with them from step one, living life together.

If you are transgender, I love you and want you to know that God loves you too, please don’t give up on what He has for your life. Be encouraged that I will live my life with you without the fear of others judging, I am to love others, just as Christ loves me, and I choose to do that!

 

Welcome Back to Me!

It’s been awhile since I wrote a post. Since previous post, I have moved to Nixa, MO and am doing great. I love it down here, I do miss everyone in Eldon a lot, but God has a plan here for me. I love going to JRC, it is amazing every service. It was a little overwhelming at first, when you see a crowd bigger then your whole town you were from. But, it is awesome to seeing everyone worshiping.

I can’t wait till LC, and know God is still in control!

God’s Timing

The time of God can be a very confusing and sometime frustrating thing. I am the person who wants something NOW, but God has other plans. As mentioned in a post before my prayer has been whatever God’s will is, whatever He has, I am His.

Well, I found out yesterday, that JRLC is going have to wait for a bit. At first I was angry and frustrated because I know God wants me there. But there I started to think, well God is control of it and will work it all out. A couple hours later, I got a call for a phone interview for a job that would pay great and would help me get the money needed to pay off what is owed so I can do college. If that isn’t God, I don’t know what is.

I am going to miss the people here and my church, but when He says ‘go’ you say okay. I will not be defeated in all this, Satan will not win. I will stay with God.

Just Do It!

James 1:22 (MSG)

22-24 Don’t fool yourself into thinking that you are a listener when you are anything but, letting the Word go in one ear and out the other. Act on what you hear! Those who hear and don’t act are like those who glance in the mirror, walk away, and two minutes later have no idea who they are, what they look like.

Just Do It! No, I am not speaking of the youtube video by Shia LaBeouf. As I reading the Bible this morning, I started to read the book of James and this verse popped out at me; yes I have read it many times before but today I just stuck with me. I know I am not only, that we read God’s word and then 5 seconds later we go back to our ‘old’ ways. It is easier to revert to what you know and what worked ‘best’ for you then to follow new and better ways. This was true at Andy’s as well. The office would roll out a new procedure to do something and we would train the crew that way, but it never failed you would have to train them over and over again before I would stick to the new better way of doing things. That is like God, he is trying to tell me (hopefully you too), that He is molding me and shaping me to do things His way. I always have the tendency to what to do my own path and go my own direction. I have to remind myself, that I’m not perfect and His direction and way is better then mine.

As I write this post, it is a day after we have found out we got the townhouse we looked at down south. That is great! But to be honest I am scared and terrifed, but at the same time, I know that God is moving for a reason and to do great things.

I want to be a world changer for Him, I don’t want glory or honor, it belongs to Him, I want people to look at me and see Christ.

God, I pray for myself and others reading this post, please help us not just rely on ourselves, but to be a doer of your word and not just fake it. Please continue to bless us and in turn we give you all the glory that you deserve.

Until, next time friends, peace!