LIVING A LIFE OF FAITH

LIVING A LIFE OF FAITH

Living a Life of Faith and Trust I believe Rick Joyner stated it best when he said, “The greatest gift you have been given is the Father’s love. As long as you walk in the Father’s love, you will never fail.” If we don’t truly know God loves us, when trials or difficult circumstances come, our understanding of who God is and who we are will sink like sand. That is why the basic foundation of our lives must be that God is good and that He loves us ALWAYS (Romans 8:37-39, Romans 5:8, and John 3:16). It is from this place of knowing His love for us that we can love Him and abide in Him. Trust is the result of a relationship in which we know we are loved. When we know that God is truly good, we can trust Him even when we do not understand what He is doing or telling us. Furthermore, from this place of knowing who we are in Christ, we are able to fulfill the purposes and callings God has over our lives. We love Him because he first loved us (1 John 4:19). Mr. Joyner says, “Our purpose in life is to see Him, know Him, love Him, become like Him, and to reveal Him. If we do this we will fulfill the greatest purpose one can have on earth and be the most successful human beings to walk the earth.” This past year was one of the hardest, yet sweetest years for me in my walk with God. It was a year of full dependency in knowing my father’s voice...
WALK BY FAITH

WALK BY FAITH

Walking by Faith and Knowing Your Purpose / Calling Faith is such a beautiful gift that has been given to us by God. The book of Hebrews talks about faith being “the confidence in what we hope for and the assurance for what we do not see” (Hebrews 11:1). As a Christian, walking by faith is a daily choice that takes discipline. It requires us to align our minds and hearts to what God’s heart is saying and beating. Faith is something we can choose every time we make a choice, regardless of how big or small it may seem to be. For one person, it may be praying in faith for a job God has promised them and for another, it may take faith to trust their husband to be the provider for their family. The important thing to understand is that faith leads us to JESUS. Faith is an act of trusting in God and leaning into Him. It is also important to know that our promises aren’t the hope, Jesus is. This isn’t to say that Jesus won’t fulfill those promises since we know He is faithful and ALWAYS DOES what He says He is going to do (Lamentations 2:17). He not only knows our hearts and desires better than anyone else on this earth, but He also knows what is best for us (Psalm 139). Abraham walked by faith in believing the generations that God promised would come from his ancestry. Abraham moved from land to land and trusted God with such obedience without ever seeing the dreams God promised come to earth while he...
Judges Pt 2 – “Faith Upgrade”

Judges Pt 2 – “Faith Upgrade”

In Judges 3:1-4 it tells us that God left the enemy in the promised land both to teach His people about war and to test their faith. God left the enemy when He could’ve removed the enemy?!?. How can this be?!? What was true for the Israelites is still true in our lives today. Remember, the Old Testament is full of types and shadows. Types like Joshua representing King Jesus and leading His people into the land of promise. Shadows like sacrifices that were made to take away sin but, ultimately, pointing to the one time sacrifice, the cross, that would forever do this (Hebrews 9:28, 10:14). God is a good Father and He knows that for us to become mature sons and daughters we don’t just need to be listening to more sermons and attending better conferences. Faith must be tested and squeezed. I have found that faith grows best in everyday life, when we actually have to use it to overcome what is coming against us. God testing our faith? My flesh responds, “That must be Old Testament.” But the truth is that it’s not (James 1:3 & 1 Peter 1:6,7). He still does test our faith, seeing if we will choose Him and that, through the testing, receive an upgrade in faith. Or if we will trust in ourselves and not rely on Him through the test. Upgrades await the people of God when we choose to live by faith. When we choose to believe God and trust Him despite what is happening with our circumstances and situations in life. Our flesh wants the easy road...
Judges Pt 1 – “Iron Chariots”

Judges Pt 1 – “Iron Chariots”

Today, the world has a lot of messages it’s telling and selling us. One that has been told and retold is we must use common sense when living our lives. Often, this can be true and wise; however, the issue is that if you want to live a life of faith it will not be “common” (even in Christian community) or at times “makes sense” to other people (or even ourselves haha). Over the years living in Isla Vista, I have been up against many enemies. Enemies within my own soul like doubts, fears, insecurities, and constantly walking into the unknown. Enemies from the outside that impose the work of God in our city. And enemies that come with leading a church in a college town with limited resources, finances, and the constant change of people from year to year. I share this to help you understand that enemies are normal and God even uses them to build our faith in Him. His desire is that we would rely on Him and His strength when we encounter them instead of trusting in our own strength to overcome them. This is what happened in chapter one in the book of Judges. God told the tribe of Judah that (1) He was with them and (2) that He would drive our their enemies.  The key word is “He” as our tendency is to show up in life thinking we are alone and it’s our job to defeat the enemy we are up against. “The LORD said, Judah shall go up; behold, I have given the land into his hand….Now the LORD was with Judah, and they took possession of...
LIVING A LIFE THAT TERRIFIES YOU

LIVING A LIFE THAT TERRIFIES YOU

I was radically arrested by the love of God in 2001 during an encounter I had the first time I personally chose to go to church. Ever since then, I have felt as if I am on the perpetual free fall of a roller coaster: hands up and half way between freaked out  and limitless joy. God made us to live lives that terrify us if we don’t partner with Him. To have dreams that can’t be accomplished with our own abilities. To pray prayers that are God-size. To live a life that trust more in the unseen than the seen. “While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal.” (2 Corinthians 4:18) At the end of my life, I don’t want to hear people say that Jason was a good man who played life safe, who didn’t take risk for King Jesus. I want people to be encouraged by my faith in Jesus and  inspired to live a life that required God to show up. We all have a side that opposes risk, preferring to play it safe and have life remain somewhat predictable. There is much comfort in the mundane. Some of you may not agree with that statement: you love to take risks and crave adventure. Take it from me, once you have helped plant and lead a church, lived in community as a house dad of twenty-five for two and a half years, had five biological kids of your...
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