God's Overflow
"For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks" – Luke 6:45

May
27

It’s not easy to face the truth in any situation in our lives. Whether it be the fact that we llow our emotions run our lives, the fact that we have idols that are taking the place that God desires to have in our life, or something else that is holding you back from everything God has for you, it can sometimes be difficult to swallow what God is showing you.

I had a situation just like that. I used to work in professional sports, and I swore up and down that it was the career path that God had for me for the rest of my life. I poured my heart and soul into it. I put countless hours into my job because, after all, I wanted to move up in the industry.

One night, as I was walking to my car stewing in anger from a situation that I faced one game night, God stopped me in my tracks and asked me, “Where are you rooted?” I didn’t quite understand what He was asking me, but when it dawned on me, it hit me like a ton of bricks.

Here was the barebones truth to that question: I was in the sports industry because I wanted to impress people. I was there so that I could prove my naysayers wrong when they told me that I would never succeed in sports.

I didn’t want to hear that truth, but it was one that I needed to hear.

In those moments that God reveals something that you don’t want to hear, remember five things:
- God loves you
- He is Lord over all
- He is sovereign
- He is for you, not against you
- He will always remain the same

Let’s make a decision to remind ourselves of the five truths above when God shows us something about ourselves that is painful. He allowed that situation in your life for a reason, and when He reveals something to us, there is a purpose behind the pain. Temporary pain always leads to eternal fruit, so allow God to strip you down before He builds you back up.

May
17

I worked in retail for many years. We were always taught to give the best customer service that we could possibly. After all, we were in the business of giving the guest hospitality that they would never forget. As you already know, one of the main ways we do so is by greeting the guest as soon as they walked through our doors.

Whenever we would ask, “is there anything you’re looking for today”, the most popular answer we get (and you give) is, “no thanks, I’m just looking.”

I know many Christians who are the exact same way. I see them sitting in the audience every single Sunday. Many times, they walk in late to church with their Starbucks in hand, they sit near the back of the auditorium, and as soon as the service is over, you see them walk right out the door.

Very often, when you engage them in conversation, you will hear things like, “we left our last church because we were offended by a word from the pastor” or “we didn’t like the worship music in this one church, so we decided to look at your church as a possible church home.”

You may very well be one of those Christians. You may be reading this as you’re doing research to find out which church you will visit next. You may be joining your third church this year. Or, you may really want to find a church home, but you’re not able to find exactly what you’re looking for.

Can I encourage you? Choose a church and stay planted. The bible is very clear. “Those who are planted in the house of God will flourish.” (Psalm 92:13). When you plant yourself in a church, it’s not just about GOING to church. It’s about serving the church just as much as it is about being under the word. When you plant yourself and you start serving, you will become a solid pillar in the house of God. You will obtain life-giving relationships. You will have the opportunity to change lives. You will be sowing into the lives of each and every person you come in contact with. This is the fruit that you will produce, and it all stemmed from the decision to plant yourself in one church.

Let’s make a decision today that choosing a church is not all about the worship music or the quality of preaching. Let’s decide to walk forward and believe that God’s word is true, that when we plant ourselves in the house of God, we will flourish.

Feb
14

GREAT article on how to develop your relationship with God.

If you’re in a spiritual rut or your relationship with God has become stale, here are some great tips from Cary Schmidt on how to develop or strengthen the relationship.

20 Tips for developing your walk with God

Nov
22

Our God IS a God of restoration!

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Nov
15

What an amazing testimony of God’s sovereignty and love!

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Nov
10

“I am worn out waiting for your rescue, but I have put my hope in your word” – Psalm 119:81
“They almost finished me off, but I refused to abandon your commandments. In your unfailing love, spare my life…” – Psalm 119: 87-88

When I was working in Oklahoma City, I found myself at my wits end in several different situations. The problem was that I didn’t know what to do when I was faced with the challenges. Well, let my clarify. I knew that I needed to pray through the issues, but I didn’t know what I needed to do to get my breakthrough. The longer it took for me to gain peace in the situation, the more restless I became. I started to worry more. I became anxious and nervous. I even became very bitter and angry.

The situation was stealing my peace. It was stealing my joy. I trudged through every single day. I looked at the day as an object I had to overcome. “Just get through the day. That’s all you need to do. Make it through the day. Deal with the abuse you’re facing. Stress is just part of the job. All you need to do is make it to the next day.” Those were all common thoughts I had every single day. It was not easy dealing with what I was dealing with.

As I dealt with the pain and torment on a daily basis, I knew there needed to be another way to get through what I was facing. I couldn’t continue living day by day. I needed to change what I was doing to see a new day.

Through it all, God showed me one major component of faith and long-suffering that I was not utilizing in my daily walk. He showed me that, not only did I need to walk in expectation that my situation was going to change, but I had to speak His truth over my situation.

As the psalmist says in the verses above, we have to teach ourselves to stand firm on God’s truth in order to gain the break through that we need. We need to hang on to what the word says that God will give us! We must know what God has promised to us, and we must speak those promises over our lives!

As Psalm 119:81 says, his hope for breakthrough was in the word. The word had so much more power in his situation. He couldn’t use his own strength for breakthrough. He needed God’s supernatural power to make it past whatever it was that was holding him down.

Holding onto God’s word isn’t enough, though. As Psalm 119:87-88 says, we must get ready for a battle. The psalmist REFUSED to abandon God’s commandments. You must continuously speak God’s word over your life. The battle will begin with the first word you speak into your situation, but if the change is not instant (which, in most cases, it’s not), you must refuse to back down! His word is truth (John 14:6), and it will not come back to us void (Isaiah 55:11). Once the word is released from your mouth, it will set out to accomplish what its meaning is. But, if it’s not fixing the issue immediately, continue to speak it out! Keep speaking it out until your breakthrough has arrived!

It will be very easy to doubt the words you are speaking, but you must believe that God’s word will not return void (another example of standing firm on God’s word). Step out in expectation for your situation to change. Believe what you are saying! Once you start a pattern of speaking truth into your life and over your situations, you will begin to see a change. You will find that your heart’s capacity for faith will start to enlarge, and you move closer and closer to the breakthrough you desire. You will find it easier to battle through any situation you may face.

This is a life changing practice! It’s very easy to allow our emotions to tie us down to unbelief, but when you make this a part of your daily life, you will be amazed at the fruit that will come out of it! Remember… temporary pain will lead to eternal fruit! Speak God’s truth over your life, and you will find your breakthrough right around the corner!

Nov
08

I’m not really a poet, as you’re about to see, but this is something that hit me at a really tough time in my life about a year ago… As I re-read it, it spoke to me again. I wanted to share with you in case it helps someone out there.

“In the darkness I feel alone
Shivering from the cold loneliness that envelopes me
Frozen by the fear of the unseen and unheard
The void grips me with its fiercest clutch
To where my life just slips away as the moments pass
Bit by bit, moment by moment, a small part of me disappears into the gloom…
But God, you are the Light
The Light that pierces through the blackness
The Light that cannot be held at bay
The Light that has absolutely no end
Your light rescues us from the depths of the sea
From the shadowy depths of our own inequities
I will never stand alone
Your Light never fails.”

Sep
18

“If I knew that my suffering would somehow yield great kingdom fruit, would it change the way I walked through the inevitable pain this life brings? If you knew that YOUR suffering might point people to Christ, would it alter your view of the valleys you’ll face?” – Pastor Brady Boyd, New Life Church

Sep
12

1 Now Jesus learned that the Pharisees had heard that he was gaining and baptizing more disciples than John—2 although in fact it was not Jesus who baptized, but his disciples.3 So he left Judea and went back once more to Galilee (into the story of the Samaritan woman at the well) – John 4:1-3

Jesus knew when it was time to move on. The situation Jesus found Himself in with the Pharisees, as shown in v 1-2, wasn’t going to end well. He wasn’t going to be able to convince the Pharisees of something they had already decided to believe against. He decided to move on from the situation… and what happened next? He met the Samaritan woman at the well.

We have to know when to walk away in a situation that is not beneficial in our lives. If it’s going to cause more issues and not end well, it’s best to remove yourself from the issue. If you’re talking to a wall or someone with a hardened heart, there are times when you will have to walk away.

Jesus walked away and was brought into another major encounter that changed the lives of many. When you walk away from your situation, you just may be put into a position to do the same. What do you need to walk away from?

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Sep
01

“When pain hits home, most people’s tendency is to want to run from it, replace it with another feeling, and pretend that they escaped unharmed… But that is not God’s way.

Instead, He encourages us to lean into the neediness we feel. He invites us to watch him bandage our wounds, set our broken bones, and start to stabilize things once more. He inspires us to slow down, review the loss, pray through it thoroughly, talk about it openly, think about it deeply, and write about it reflectively.”

Bill Hybels, foreward from the book “Fear No Evil” by Brady Boyd, pastor of New Life Church in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

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