His Story in Me Part 9

That summer I met two people who I would end up mentoring. Two of the students. We were distant cousins, and they ended up becoming good friends with me and I with them.

The relationship we began to share was one I never expected.

We began to just share life. Who knew that was possible? If you just hang out with people you just begin to share life with them. I got to learn their hopes and dreams. The things they struggled with, the things they succeeded in.

They talked to me about the girls they liked, the way their parents bugged them sometimes.

These two boys became like little brothers to me. And then they became more than that. They became best friends. People who I would thoroughly enjoy hanging out with. I would end up doing things with them like going to play laser tag, taking them out to dinner, I never thought I’d do that.

In return they did something even more precious for me.

They inspired me.

One of the boys told me about how when he was in 6th grade he saw that he was heading towards being fat and decided to change.

He didn’t want to be fat so he decided to change.

Was it really that simple? Could you just decide to change?

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This Love of God Is Real

I came back to my computer after watching a movie with friends last night and I wanted to write about the love of God. I mean could I ever truly exhaust that idea?

The God of the universe loves us. Loves me. Loves you.

Last year when I decided that I wanted to know the Jesus I was following, I asked God to take away everything that I knew about Him. To take me back to the start. He began to build me up from a clean slate. This new season was something I never expected to see.

I found a Jesus I never knew existed.

Sure I knew all about the Jesus of the Bible. Sure I believed that He died for me. Sure I knew how to have an accountability partner. Sure I knew how to try and stop committing sins.

But what I found took all those things and wiped them clean off of the table.

I’ve learned a lot of things since then, and I’ve certainly been grateful for every single thing I’ve learned.

But since that journey of realizing that God loved me, I’ve never been able to get past that.

I’ve been stuck.

I mean truly stuck.

Is it possible to fully understand what it means when we say God loves us?

Sure we can say it. We toss it around a lot, and say “God loves you.”

But have we fully grasped what that means? When we do, we’ll all be stuck.

Just seriously ask God to show you just what it means when He says he loves you. Yes but God’s already shown us how much he loves us by sending his Son to die!

Yes, yes he has! But understand that all too often those are just words. How much do we really understand? How much do we truly know?

Do we really understand just what God has done for us? Do we truly understand the significance of it? I think that we don’t really understand it.

God cleared off my table of things I knew and believed and gave me something greater.

He gave me a Jesus that means everything. He gave me a Jesus that I would be willing to do anything for.

Now that I know this Jesus, my life has changed.

This to me is a Jesus who has carried me through valleys.

This is a Jesus who will without a doubt shelter me in the storms.

This is a Jesus who will never fail me.

This is a Jesus who is a humble King.

I think that’s why I truly enjoy Hillsong’s “The Father’s Heart.” I now understand some of the lines of that song. I understand the love of God just a little bit better.

God’s love is Jesus. There is no other. There will never be another. God is consumed with Jesus and the entire universe is consumed with Jesus. The only things in this universe not consumed with Jesus are us humans.

The enemy is consumed with defeating Jesus. The demons consumed with defeating Jesus. The Father is concerned with exalting Jesus. The Spirit concerned with revealing Jesus. The creation consumed with reflecting Jesus. And yet we are not.

We, as man, are not. We are consumed with things He said. We are consumed with things He did. We are consumed with His teachings. We are consumed with accomplishing assignments. The problem lies therein. We are not consumed with Him.

If we become consumed with Jesus, all other things will find their place.

I can attest to that. Since finding this “new” Jesus, I have become consumed with Him. And all other things have fallen into place. I have more confidence, more trust, more faith, and more love than ever before.

Find this Jesus and you will never wander from Him.  You will worship Him with everything you have because it is at the name of this Jesus that all darkness trembles. It is at the name of this Jesus that every knee will one day bow.

Find this Jesus, and you will never again doubt the love of God

The Word of God vs. The word of God

There’s an important issue today.

Many people are becoming confused quite a bit. It’s all about the Word versus the word. I know, I know, what does it matter?

It matters a great deal. You see the Word of God is Jesus. Most of the time people associate the Word of God with the Bible. But the Word, capital w, is Jesus. Always Jesus. The moment we begin to associate the Word of God with the Bible we lose the power of Jesus’ name.

The word of God, lowercase w, is the Bible.

Bear in mind that both come from God, but one is God.

The scriptures are not God in any way shape or form. They themselves do not have authority. They are simply words on a piece of paper.

They gain authority because of the authority behind them.

But what about studying the Bible? That’s great. Study the word of God. But don’t forget we have direct access to the Word of God.

What about Hebrews 4:12? Ah, well a lot of people use that verse. They say it provides reason to study the scriptures. Read the entire chapter. Go ahead. Don’t just read that verse. See how the entire chapter before that verse focuses on Jesus. Do you see how the entire chapter after that verse focuses on Jesus?

Why then would that one verse talk about the Bible? It doesn’t make any sense. Not to mention when Hebrews was written, people most likely didn’t have access to all of the letters in the New Testament. So how can they study anything but the Torah at this point in time? Ah but see the lessons that we modern Christians take away from the Bible come from letters they didn’t necessarily have access to.

What does that mean then? The entire chapter before and after talks about Jesus, so why would one verse switch to a completely different topic? Hebrews 4:12 actually refers to the Word of God. It refers to Jesus.

Almost every reference in the New Testament where the word of God or Word of God is used refers to Jesus. It refers to the person with whom the entire universe and creation is consumed with.

All of scriptures point to Jesus. He himself is the living embodiment of God’s spoken Word. That is why the name of Jesus has power. Bad things may come of me stating this, but the scriptures are merely a tool to bring us into the presence of God’s spoken Word, Jesus.

It is Jesus who does a transforming and cleansing work in our lives. It is Jesus who penetrates us to the very depths of our soul. It is Jesus who divides between soul and spirit, joint and marrow.

When we let the Word of God do His work, we are truly transformed, we are truly cleansed, we are truly restored.

Please, I ask you to learn the difference between the Word of God, and the word of God. It will change your life drastically, I promise.

Am I Ready Yet?

As I finish this morning’s breakfast, I sit writing this.

I’ve been here at Clarkson for four years, and in those four years I’ve gone through unprecedented changes. Changes that if told about when I showed up here as a freshman I would’ve have said there was no way it would happen.

I made one prayer before I left home as a timid 18 year old. I don’t remember the exact words, but I remember the premise.

I told God I knew a lot of things were going to change, and I realized that only one thing was going to stay the same. The only thing that wouldn’t change was him. And I would need God to help me make it through.

And he did just that.

He carried me through highs and lows.

He’s carried me through being incredibly lonely and distraught to being so happy I didn’t know if I could be that happy again.

He’s carried me through the death of my grandfather.

He’s carried me through the birth of myself.

In my four years here at Clarkson, I’ve found a side of me that I never knew existed. I’ve gone from being an introvert to being an extrovert with quite a few introvert qualities.

I’ve become happy with who I am.

So now comes the question…in less than three weeks I’ll be walking across a stage in a cap and gown and need to know the answer.

Am I ready to move on? Am I ready to face the next stage of my journey?

I think I’ve realized what my life prayer is, if you can have such a thing.

I may not know what lies ahead. I only have a vague idea currently. But I know that while although many things may change, God never will. And because I’m relying on him, there is nothing I fear. I will follow my God where he leads me, he will never change and I’m counting on that.

Writing Prompt Bonanza Week 11

In an effort to aid my goal of writing a novel for this year, I needed some kind of motivation.

And so an idea popped into my head.

Writing Prompts.

I know, I never thought I would use them either. I’ve been generating a list of writing prompts, so far around 60 or so, and starting tomorrow I’m going to focus on hitting 500 words for each prompt. 500 words at the least. One prompt a day.

Every Sunday, I’ll post a new list of prompts that you will begin to work on the next day. You should shoot for 500 to 600 words. Remember, these are going to serve to jump-start our creativity.

Anyways, I challenge any of you young writers, or writers in general to work with me on these writing prompts if you want. Keep what you write to yourself, or send them to me and I’ll post them on my blog for others to see. It’s completely up to you.

If you want to send them to me, send them to runafterthe1.prompts@gmail.com and I’ll post them as an addition to my prompt or as a post all on their own if I didn’t write one for that day. If you send them to me, be sure to include your name at least so that I can give credit to you.

So…get your pens, or fingers ready because tomorrow it continues, and without further ado, this weeks writing prompts!

Monday, April 23:       He sat back and watched her waltz through the room.

Tuesday, April 24:     How was this going to change things? he thought.

Wednesday, April 25:     She seemed to glide through the people, almost like she was floating.

Thursday, April 26:     Her raven hair was simply astonishing, it brought him to his knees.

Friday, April 27:     “You really need to lighten up.”

Saturday, April 28:     “I’d take a step back if I were you.”

Sunday, April 29:     Then the music stopped playing, yup, something was terribly wrong.

You, You are God

There’s a song that ran through my head last week. I had bits and pieces of the song that would run through my head. I couldn’t remember the entire thing though.

And then we sang it at a Sunday morning meeting. Oh man. I ended up going to a new level. My heart was racing as I literally offered everything to my God. I lifted my hands and sang from the depths of my heart.

It echoed in the very chambers of my soul…and I was happy. I was doing that which I had long desired to do. I was singing in worship God for who he is. Worshipping God for who He is and no other reason.

There is no other reason needed to worship God.

He is God, and for that reason I will worship Him.

You, You are God, You are Lord
You are all I’m living for
You are King of everything
I want my life to praise You

This was my prayer, and has been my prayer. I’ve come to realize that I am someone who will worship God for who he is.

I’m discovering that I love to worship God for who he is. The things that he has done are great yes, but who he is, that is greater.

Writing Prompt Bonanza Week 10

In an effort to aid my goal of writing a novel for this year, I needed some kind of motivation.

And so an idea popped into my head.

Writing Prompts.

I know, I never thought I would use them either. I’ve been generating a list of writing prompts, so far around 60 or so, and starting tomorrow I’m going to focus on hitting 500 words for each prompt. 500 words at the least. One prompt a day.

Every Sunday, I’ll post a new list of prompts that you will begin to work on the next day. You should shoot for 500 to 600 words. Remember, these are going to serve to jump-start our creativity.

Anyways, I challenge any of you young writers, or writers in general to work with me on these writing prompts if you want. Keep what you write to yourself, or send them to me and I’ll post them on my blog for others to see. It’s completely up to you.

If you want to send them to me, send them to runafterthe1.prompts@gmail.com and I’ll post them as an addition to my prompt or as a post all on their own if I didn’t write one for that day. If you send them to me, be sure to include your name at least so that I can give credit to you.

So…get your pens, or fingers ready because tomorrow it continues, and without further ado, this weeks writing prompts!

Monday, April 16:       I walked quietly down the hallway, hopefully he wouldn’t know I was here.

Tuesday, April 17:     “Shh, this is no time to goof off!”

Wednesday, April 18:     “You should have been able to do everything there.”

Thursday, April 19:     “Quick! Through here!”

Friday, April 20:     She dove behind the bush as the shell roared past her.

Saturday, April 21:     “Careful, it’s dangerous past here.”

Sunday, April 22:     “HEY!”