Willing

Willing. The dictionary defines willing as “ready, eager, or prepared to do something”.

 

During a typical day, you are faced with many challenges, opportunities, and situations. How you respond to these circumstances will determine your future.  I introduced the word willing because it is something that is needed to accomplish something great.

 

You see, God wants to use you, but you have to be willing to be used. God wants to use those who realize that their sufficiency is not found in themselves. Rather, God wants to use those who recognize that their sufficiency comes directly from Him.

 

“Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think of anything as coming from ourselves, but our sufficiency is from God”

-II Corinthians 3:5

I recently came across an awesome song from a band known as Everfound. They have a song called “God of the Impossible”. I love the lyrics and the song, so I’ll post it below:

If you can’t see the video, click here!

Lessons From College: Sex and Booze

In the previous post, I shared about my experience of entering college and living away from home. I brought up the ideas of normality/comfortability vs God’s adventurous plan. If you missed it, check out the post here!

 

party

 

I have grown up with a great family. My parents have taught me how to live a life that pleases God. For this reason, I stayed out of a lot of trouble in high school.

 

I never went to a party that involved wild things. I never drank even a sip of alcohol. I never even kissed a girl. Needless to say, I had not experienced the things most teens experience during their younger childhood. I’m thankful for it.

 

For this reason, I knew it was important to always be on guard to protect myself. I knew that I would probably be asked to try some of these things in the future, but it would not be very often.

 

I was wrong…

Lessons From College: A Different World

I’m excited to publish the first post of the new series “Lessons From College”. Like I mentioned previously, I learned a lot while away at college for the past few months.

 

A little back story…

 

I have grown up in small towns my whole life. Since I was seven years old, I have lived in the small town of St. Augustine, Florida with my family. It is a nice town. Country atmosphere. The people are generally nice and welcoming. This was all I knew…until I moved to south Florida.

 

Downtown West Palm Beach

 

Immediately I was immersed right in the middle of the city life. The Miami metropolitan area containing the major cities in south Florida is a busy place. It was a new experience, and I loved it. I still do; however, I did not realize how different this area really was.

 

#ThrowBackThursday: White Flag Surrender

I originally published this blog several months ago. Since it is Thursday, I’m going to do a #ThrowBackThursday blog post! I’m sure most of us have heard the song “White Flag” by Chris Tomlin. The song focuses on the theme of surrender.

 

 

 

So often, we do things in our own strength…not God’s. In living the Christian life, you are either fully surrendered to God with every aspect of your life, or you are not. I can assume that most of us  have been on both sides of the spectrum.

 

We often temporarily surrender to God, but then the…

  • temptation that leads to sin controls us
  • busyness of life steals our time with God
  • time we once devoted to spend with God now is replaced with something else

 

The list can go on. The point is that in order for complete surrender to happen, we must do the following:

Diagnose the Problem

 

Encouragement for Today: Closer

Today I wanted to share a short post of encouragement. Recently, a song titled “Closer” from Hillsong came out. It is a great song that talks about the life we have in Jesus.

 

Many people use things to fill the void in this life. People often choose drugs because they mask the pain of reality, engage in sexual immorality because it brings temporary fulfillment and companionship, or hide behind a career or job title because it provides an identity. These are all real needs. We want to have a good life full of joy and fulfillment. The problem is that it can not be found in what this world offers up to us.

 

Jesus is the only one who will provide true joy and a real meaning for your life.

 

I want to encourage you to watch this video of the song “Closer”. It has such a great message of encouragement and the life we can have in Jesus.

 

Making An Impact Requires A Break Away

I just wanted to publish a word of encouragement today. Our world is filled with instant gratification. As technology expands, our attention spans decrease and our expectations expand. This is not necessarily a bad thing!

 

impact

 

However, when it steals away our time with Christ, it can become a problem. It seems like the world, especially those in my generation, are living in the moment. Day by day…minute by minute…with no regard for preparation for the future. Sure, the future is often on people’s minds, but are they really living to prepare for what God has planned for them?

 

It is easy to get wrapped up in the every day life. 

 

If you think about it, is it really necessary to know all of the current sport stats? Or all of the insider news on Hollywood celebrities? Does knowing every lyric to the world’s most popular pop/country/rock band really make an impact on others? Does obsessing over certain celebrities really help your relationship with Christ?

This Is Amazing Grace

I wanted to share a song today that I believe ties together the whole reason we are able to have a relationship with God. It’s because of the sacrifice Jesus paid for us on the cross. The song is called “This is Amazing Grace”. Watch the video and think about how much God has done for you.

 If you can’t see the video, click here

Verse 1:
Who breaks the power of sin and darkness
Whose love is mighty and so much stronger
The King of Glory, the King above all kings

Who shakes the whole earth with holy thunder
Who leaves us breathless in awe and wonder
The King of Glory, the King above all kings

Chorus:
This is amazing grace
This is unfailing love
That You would take my place
That You would bear my cross
You would lay down Your life
That I would be set free
Jesus, I sing for
All that You’ve done for me

Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 7