Day 15: 50 Days All In

To go all in with our relationship with God is to also rely on him as well. Not just when things are going really bad and you need his help to get out of a situation that is out of your control. When life is giving you everything you could ever desire we need to still rely on God’s hand in those times to because if we don’t we won’t recognize that the blessings we are receiving are from him. We will take credit for them, and that my friends is not living a life all in.

 

“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.”

Philippians 4:6-7 NLT

 

Sometimes we have things come across our path of life we just cannot explain. We try our best to get through it on our own, adding much worry and stress to our lives. We tend to try to deal with it on our own first. But here in a letter to the Philippians church we are told something different.  It tells us to tell God what we need, not to worry about anything, and to pray about everything. I am sure you are reading this and think ” really God wants me to pray about everything? If God knew what I was going through he wouldn’t want anything to do with me.”

Are you sure? Have you ever tried giving everything to him? Pray about everything, money, time, job, spouse, kids, family, your vacation plans, God wants to guide you in all aspects of your life. Don’t think he is only concerned with what we label ” important” because he knows that the little things are just as important in the long run. Jesus told us that God knows even the count of the hairs on our head. Well if the study of the human body tells us anything is that we lose a lot of hair every day and new ones (for many) start growth the same time. For God to keep that number shows that he cares about what is happening to you.

 

If your living in turmoil and grief, depression is running your life, maybe anxiety is overbearing your everyday life, then be encouraged in these verses. For God has a peace he gives to those who love him, a peace that all guard your hearts and minds. Tell God what you need. If you need peace, ask, if you need love ask, if you need patience ask, if you need anything ask and then thank him for all he has done. Maybe everything new day. That’s the best part of a relationship, it is there for the good and bad times. Who likes a friend who constantly is crying about how bad they have it and never talk about the good times? Share your good times with God too. Go all in within your relationship with him.

 

Dear Jesus, I pray that you will guard the hearts and minds of your believers, give them a peace as the rest in your arms knowing you are in control. It is often very hard for us to give control to you and see where life goes, but when we do we can almost breathe a sigh of relief as you guide us. Too often as we take control we end up in the ditch. If we are in a ditch God we ask for assistance to get out and back on the path following you. Help us to give you control in the good times as well when things seem to be going our way. Thank you for everything you do for us, we’re all about going all in. Amen

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Day 14: 50 Days All In

“My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”

Galatians 2:20 NLT

 

Take a moment to read and reread today’s verse. Read it as if it is you talking to God. Let this verse flow from your lips, speaking it to the father of creation who formed you in your mother’s womb, who knew you from the start when you were not yet conceived.

 

If in reading this it doesn’t make sense, maybe you are holding on to your old self never really have let it go. Sure you go to church, you know all the right buzz words to say to those you talk with. You can sing all the songs, you can say amen at just the right times. You may even throw your hands up when the pastor asks you to. But the question I have for you today is this:

 

Does Christ reside in your heart? Do you really know Jesus? Or do you know him personally? Have you asked him to take away the sin that permeates your life and replace it with the love he gives? Or are you holding on to the life you love, that is like cancer dragging you to an eternal death of pain and suffering? Are you living your life All in?

 

I want to encourage you today that the decision to go all in for God is one that will change everything. Accepting Jesus forgiveness and grace is not the cure-all for everything going on. But I guarantee it is the step in the right direction. It is only when you are given the freedom and grace that you can truly start defeating the battles in your life that have been overwhelming you because you now know who the true enemy is. Instead of living a life with the only end result of death, you would be living a life where there is hope of so much more. There is no more If I am only good enough I might get to heaven. Jesus says abide in me and I abide in you or hang out with me, I’ll hang with you.

 

Jesus, thank you for crucifying my old life, I am so glad that it isn’t my old ways driving me forward but my life in you that keeps me going. I daily trust in you, that you are with me, guiding me, loving me, showing me the way. I pray that I can help others find you. I pray for a passion to reach them with your love. They matter to you Jesus, so they matter to me. I want to give you everything, I want to be all in. Work in me. Amen

 

 

Day 13: 50 Days All In

To live all in we must be ready to separate ourselves from our old lives. It is true that we still have to walk in this broken work as believers, but it doesn’t mean we have to conform to it. We can rise above the normal and claim a high moral standard in the way we live our lives.

 

“Since you have heard about Jesus and have learned the truth that comes from him, throw off your old sinful nature and your former way of life, which is corrupted by lust and deception. Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. Put on your new nature, created to be like God—truly righteous and holy.”

Ephesians 4:21-24 NLT

 

 

THROW off your old sinful nature and former way of life. If we slowly peel it away we may desire to keep parts, as a reminder of the ‘good’ times. These ‘good’ time memories will then tempt us to participate in them again leading us back into our former ways. To throw something off is an almost violent act with pushes the sinful nature away from you. The old saying goes rip it off like a band-aid, it may sting for a second but that is only a temporary pain.

 

LET the Spirit renew. To let someone do something requires permission. This action of allowing the Holy Spirit to renew your thoughts and attitudes cannot be imposed on us, it must be welcomed by us. If we don’t accept the Holy Spirits renewal then we will begin to look for the things we threw off to fill those areas we emptied.

 

PUT on the new nature. Finally like the action of putting on clothes for the day, we must accept the new nature in Jesus and put on the lifestyle. He gives us righteousness and makes us holy if we will live as he asks. This is an action we must take on. Freely available to us. If we truly want to live a life all in for Christ we need to PUT on this new nature.

 

So will you THROW off your sinful nature? Will you LET the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes? Will you PUT on your new nature? Will you move past intentions and become a man or woman of action? Are you tired of playing part-time Christian? Are you ready to go All In?

 

Jesus, I ask that if I am living a life of best intentions that you forgive me, I want to be a person of action. Let me throw aside my sinful nature, let the Holy Spirit renew me and put on your holy nature. Let me be effective in my Christian walk reaching others as you have called me to and mentoring them to be people of action. Forgive me for being a part-time believer, I want to be all in. Amen

 

 

Day 12: 50 Days All In

As we journey together at becoming all in our faith there will come times where our passion and love for Christ should overflow and spill out of us. Paul prayed that this would be something that is more of a common occurrence than a once in a lifetime experience. We are called to keep growing in our faith, if your story and experience with God is not so fresh it may be time to reevaluate your life, asking God for an overflowing love and new knowledge and understanding.
 
“I pray that your love will overflow more and more, and that you will keep on growing in knowledge and understanding.”
Philippians 1:9 NLT
 
We never stop learning. This is evident in the fact that things are being invented or discovered every day. This is a trait we were given by God, to keep looking and exploring. Here in Philippians, we are called to keep growing in knowledge and understanding, this has more to do with your faith and understanding that time is running out, that we need to work at sharing our faith with others. We need knowledge now more than ever as some people have over thought life and have their own answers for everything when they need to do a reset and realize Jesus is the answer. A knowledge that is found in the scriptures and the powerful love of Jesus will help when connecting with the lost. These are also gifts of the Holy Spirit that we can access as believers by praying that he will guide us in reaching others.
 
You love for the lost needs to overflow your life. It must be a genuine love. This is hard to communicate to someone who doesn’t know their lost. A vast percentage of our population think they are fine and are just living normal lives. That they are good enough. We need to display love to them showing them what Jesus has done in our lives and what He has done for them. Many have been confused with all the different teachings of religion that works to muddy the waters of the true relationship Jesus wants us to have with him. Letting the love of Christ overflow our lives becoming infectious to those around us. The overflowing love is healing to the hurting, comfort for the broken, and sight to the blind.
 
So today will you let love overflow your life?
 
Jesus, fill me up with your love, fill me to overflowing. Let my life reflect everything you have for me. Let me be a witness to those who need to know you. They matter to you, so they matter to me. I ask for wisdom, knowledge and understanding to be effective in communicating your salvation message to those who don’t think they need it. Give me the courage to actually do it. I strive to be all in within my relationship with you, no turning back. Amen
 

Day 11: 50 Days All In

My last post stirred up a few people who thought my view on there being only one God was narrow-minded. One of these readers was quick to ensure I knew that they were a believer but didn’t think that Jesus was the only way to God. I have learned that those who must work hard and vigorously to defend what they believe must do so because they don’t truly believe what they are following but they are too stubborn to admit that they are wrong.
 
““Not everyone who calls out to me, ‘Lord! Lord!’ will enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Only those who actually do the will of my Father in heaven will enter. On judgment day many will say to me, ‘Lord! Lord! We prophesied in your name and cast out demons in your name and performed many miracles in your name.’ But I will reply, ‘I never knew you. Get away from me, you who break God’s laws.’ “Anyone who listens to my teaching and follows it is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock. Though the rain comes in torrents and the floodwaters rise and the winds beat against that house, it won’t collapse because it is built on bedrock. But anyone who hears my teaching and doesn’t obey it is foolish, like a person who builds a house on sand. When the rains and floods come and the winds beat against that house, it will collapse with a mighty crash.””
Matthew 7:21-27 NLT
There are many in our churches who claim to love Jesus but are lost. They have never really made the commitment to Christ, or maybe once in their lives many years ago but for the longest time just have been ‘playing’ church. Many understand what needs to be said to sound “Christianise” but fail to apply those same life principles to their hearts. All too often this talk without action approach will become stumbling blocks for new believers. Their lives may be mimicked as the ‘normal’ producing a new generation of Christians by name only missing out on the importance of an active relationship with Jesus.
 
We as followers of Christ need to have this active relationship with Jesus, which includes following his commands. We are commanded to love our neighbors. Jesus main mission to us was to go to all the world and make disciples. For many our neighbors may be as far into the world as we may get, yet we are to reach them with His love. We are told that we will be known by the world because of our love for those around us. Our actions must match the words we speak, and for this to become reality we must be all in in our faith.
 
My Pastor yesterday speaking from 1 Kings 18 made a statement that connects with this, ‘To have a current relationship with God we have to cut the bull.’ He was referring to the sacrifice Elijah was making to God when demonstrating God’s power over Baal. We need to stop playing around in our faith and start taking it seriously. Lives are at stake, and we can be the difference in the lives of those around us.
 
Where does your relationship with Jesus sit today? Are you taking it seriously, or are you playing games with God? Is there some bull that you need to cut out of your life? Something holding you back from loving your neighbors? What is your foundation built on? Do your actions match your words? I pray today that you live your life all in. If any of this hits home, don’t get defensive, be proactive, grab your bible. Confirm the words spoken by Jesus and the teachings of the apostles. Ask God to speak to you and work in your life so that you may give him your all. Don’t take my word for it, ask him yourself.
 
 
Father, today I pray for those struggling to go all in their relationship with you. Parts of themselves they are holding back, either in fear of what they may lose or because they enjoy that aspect of their lives. Reveal this to them so they may recognize that it is not beneficial to growth. Help us to love our neighbors in action not just words, let us be a light in our world. We want to be all in. Amen

Day 10: 50 Days All In

To be all in a choice must be made. There is only one God and one way to get spend eternity in heaven. If you compromise and think that there may be other ways to heaven, or that there could be other gods, then you aren’t living all in.

 

“There is one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all, in all, and living through all.”

Ephesians 4:5-6 NLT

A vast majority of people in this world believe that there are many paths to God. Many believe that there are many gods and that each one is just as important. These gods have been created to counterfeit the one and only true God and distract mankind into believing all sorts of lies. The enemy, Satan is working diligently to ensure that mankind joins his kingdom, unfortunately for those who wish to follow him his path leads to eternal damnation.

Only one spiritual leader in all mankind was confident in his true nature by saying ” I am the way the truth and the life, no one comes to the father but through me” and ” if you have seen me you have seen the Father. ” Jesus was and is God, the trinity of God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. So, if we believe that Jesus is who he says he is then what he says must be true, and there can only be one way to God, and all other gods are not really gods.

If that is true what, then are people worshipping and giving their allegiances to? The devil is working hard setting up false gods for man to believe in. Distraction from Jesus is his objective. Keep mankind away from following the one who will forgive them of their sins. I pray today if you know someone who is involved in a church that preaches something other then Jesus forgiveness that you start talking to them about the truth. You are vital in their spiritual health, don’t sit by and watch them fall away.

 

God when asked who he was he answered simply “I AM”. When the ten commandments were given He told us that “we are to have no other gods but Him” and that He is “a jealous God”, but also a merciful God. If we want to live all in, we need to trust the God we serve is the one and only God. We can’t compromise and accept another gods validity.

Jesus, today we ask that you open our eyes to the truth that is all around us. If we are having doubts that you are the only one true God, show us today in your word and world. Let us not have any other gods before us. We want to be all in, ready to reach the lost and love those who need to experience you. Help us to reach our friends, coworkers, neighbors and families. They matter to you and they matter to us. Amen

 

 

Day 9: 50 Days All In

When Paul was writing the Romans, it was at the height of the Roman Empire. The people were involved in some very interesting lifestyles, to say the least. Paul knew that this lifestyle that they were living was dangerous and only lead to hell. As these people he was writing, were the early church of the city, he needed to impart wisdom on how to live for God. The people most likely had accepted Christ, but some were still living in their old ways.

 

 

“Because we belong to the day, we must live decent lives for all to see. Don’t participate in the darkness of wild parties and drunkenness, or in sexual promiscuity and immoral living, or in quarrelling and jealousy. Instead, clothe yourself with the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ. And don’t let yourself think about ways to indulge your evil desires.”

Romans 13:13-14 NLT

 

Paul was not giving the Roman believers a set of rules to follow but a guideline of what it means to be a follower of Jesus. He knew that as believers we need to step up and out of the sin that we were forgiven for. To wallow in the dirt that we were cleansed by Jesus for, would not be much of an example to his mercy and grace.

 

If we have truly accepted Jesus as our saviour and desire to have a relationship with Him, we need to learn about who He is and what He taught. We need to see how He loved and how He was the example for us to follow. He let his life and his words speak for themselves, His words matched His action every time. No exceptions. I know personally, I cannot honestly say that is true of me. I am working to be a better man, boss, husband and father. But I stumble and fall, and I thank God every day that He picks me up, dusts me off, and pushes me to be a better man. If we don’t learn from our mistakes we are doomed to repeat them.

 

 

 

The road of darkness leads to an eternity of pain and suffering, but look what is ahead for those who walk with Jesus.

 

“For the LORD grants wisdom! From his mouth come knowledge and understanding. He grants a treasure of common sense to the honest. He is a shield to those who walk with integrity. He guards the paths of the just and protects those who are faithful to him.”

Proverbs 2:6-8 NLT

 

It is time to make an honest choice between you and Jesus. Are you still attached to the wild ways of this earth? Or are you ready to say I am done with these things and want to change? I want to be a man or woman of integrity that people will be able to see Jesus in. I want to be all in.

 

If that’s you today I want to encourage you that it can be done. If you fall he will pick you up. But continue to strive to be a man or woman of integrity, it is so worth it.

 

Father, today I pray for each reader of this message. I ask that you have the Holy Spirit tug on each and every heart to walk away from the darkness. Jesus, you called us to be the light, let us claim that and be the light. I pray that we become a generation of men and woman who are full of integrity. Let us be an example of who you are, and love those around us as you love them. I want to be all in. Amen

 

 

If you need to talk and need help walking away from the desires of your heart, if you need someone to hold you accountable, please don’t hesitate to contact me. I can try help you either find someone to connect with. Jesus loves you and I do too.

 

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