A LIFE OF FAITH (PT 1)

A LIFE OF FAITH (PT 1)

Faith: A New Operating System I have pondered this phrase many times over the past several years, and it has not been until recently that I have really started to discover the brilliance of God in the midst life’s uncertainties. We can never really know the full extent of the future, but we can take daily steps of faith to be in sync with the movement of God in our lives. For me, living a life of faith has been a journey of engaging with the promises of God over my life and following the desires of my heart. It has been like learning a new language, one full of mystery and things that I don’t always understand. However, I have found that the more I practice faith that more simple and clear it becomes. It has become a new operating system for me, one that continues to reshape the fabric of my worldview. Faith leads us in a direction that we can only go with and in God. By faith, we are continually able to go to new levels in God, ultimately growing ourselves in our identities and inheriting all the promises of God over our lives. I recall being eighteen years old. Two months after graduating high school, I got on a plane and moved to Santa Barbara to attend Westmont College. For me, this was the biggest move I had ever made in my life, and in retrospect it was a total move of faith. I had never even visited the college before, nor did I know anyone in Santa Barbara. My dream had been to...
EMBRACING THE PROCESS OF YOUR 20’S

EMBRACING THE PROCESS OF YOUR 20’S

The twenties are your most crucial years in life. For most people, they are finishing up college in their early twenties, and for the first time in their life they can choose what they want to do with themselves. For some this may be a time of wanderlust, freedom, and adventure, while for others it may be their initiation into adulthood or the workforce. Regardless, these years are some of the most precious times of our lives, as they are foundational years for our growth and development as people. If you use your twenties wisely, you will be set up for success in your thirties. If you look at the life of major Biblical leaders, many of them embraced their position when they were entering their 30s. Jesus started his ministry when he was 30. David became king of Israel when he was 30, and Joseph was 30 when he became governor of Egypt, second in command to Pharaoh. However, it is important to recognize that there is something significant about coming to the age of 30. Perhaps it is the life experience, inner resolve of identity, personal development or God’s divine timing? Maybe a little bit of each. Clearly, there is something very significant about utilizing your 20s to step into all God has for you in your 30s. But there is a process involved as you go through your twenties. You just don’t wake up one day and have all our dreams and promises fulfilled. God is about the process as much as He is about the revealing of your identity. This may be challenging for some,...
HOW GOOD IS GOD (Really)?

HOW GOOD IS GOD (Really)?

We’ve all heard the phrase, “God is good!” Woo hoo! That is so true, so awesome, and incredibly powerful. But for so long, I have wanted to actually taste, feel, hear, see, and know that God is good. All the time. Yes, I have several stories of personally experiencing His goodness in my life, but I wanted my whole life to emulate this truth, especially my dreams. Through a series of experiences, I had started to believe a lie that was keeping me from experiencing another area of His goodness in my life, and in my identity. I remember vividly one night last year, I was sitting in my room. I was laying out some dreams to God, trying to figure out why I wasn’t going after them. They had to do with business & creativity. There was a lot of risk on the table for me, and I know the only answer was trusting in His goodness, but something in me just could not do it. God challenged me to ask my heart what lie I was believing and assured me that it was this lie that was keeping me from moving forward. I paused for a minute: “I believe that God ISN’T good enough to come through to make the desires of my heart a reality.” WOW! Where did that come from? Did that ever ring true in the core of my being? I had Biblical knowledge in my head, read lots of books about the goodness of God, seen tons of miracles, watched my friends go after their dreams and get met with His goodness, but...

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