Build Your Life On God And Not Just The Good Things

Ok, we won’t be here forever, and that’s a good thing; Another kingdom is coming and it’s stunning, gorgeous, full of music and praise. The thing is when it comes… when He comes, He will come expecting us to be waiting on Him. But here is the thing, can our souls bear that weight? The weight of knowing even though we are holding onto this world, the sin cursed world, the Savior of our sins is waiting for us with open arms for us to just let go of the world?

This world God created is amazing, it’s full of His beauty, His love, His promises, but with the love Christ has shown us by giving us that beauty also comes idols. I’m saying the idol of the good things. The things we focus on, the things we are most content with, the things that we couldn’t have blessed ourselves with. Because every good and perfect thing is from above (James 1:17). He blessed us with these things, yet we focus merely on those actually really small things like the good job, or the perfect family, or the great salary. But really we should be focused on the one who gave all of it to us. Cough* cough* God.

Sin is not only doing bad things, it is more fundamentally making good things into ultimate things. Sin is building your life and meaning on anything, even a very good thing, more than in God. Whatever we build our life on will drive us and enslave is.

I think we get caught up in only the blessings that God can give us that it becomes all that we are wanting from God. We think of the future He can give us rather than the blessing we can give others. We think of the promise we know He will deliver rather than the promise of Him giving everyone eternal life. We focus on the here now of His blessings rather than the forever and always of His love and eternal life.

I’m not saying the future life He has planned for each of us on this earth isn’t phenomenal, because it is. But when we start thinking of it as our way and not His way is when it becomes an idol in our lives as well.

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts”

Isaiah 55:8-9

His ways are ultimately higher yet we think the ultimate way (the “best” this life can be) of our lives are higher than Him. How can we think that our lives on earth are or need to be the best when God has given us a better promise of an eternal home?

Focus on God.

Whatever we build our life on will drive us and enslave us. I don’t know about you but I wanna be driven closer to the Almighty Father, and not the empty promises of the world. When Christ comes I want to let go of this world knowing it didn’t enslave me but rather it built me up for the better of His kingdom.

“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

‭‭Matthew‬ ‭6:21‬

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PASSION 2018

Since my last post, which was way too long ago, I have been the busiest human I feel like. I also got myself in a rut thinking that no one read my stuff, so all that together meant I never wrote. I did think about it a lot, I actually have a whole page of things I want to write about.

I started off 2018 at Passion conference in Atlanta Georgia, and it hit me how much I miss blogging and writing. Since I started 2018 there, at Passion, being fully engulfed in The Word I wanted my first post of the year to be about the Passion conference. So here are some of my favorite things I got from the conference and my thoughts on them.

LEVI LUSKO

The more you look forward to the next world, the less you need from this world.

-Levi

Levi was the very first speaker of the entire conference and he gave one of my favorite sermons. I could go on and on about what he talked about, or I could just do an entire blog post about everything I heard and learned from that message.

{LESS OF THIS WORLD}

That is exactly what I need for 2018. We can easily get caught up in daily life and think “what can this world do for me?” “What can I get out of this world?” “Why am I having pain in this world?”

This world can’t do anything for us, it’s fleeting, perishing, temporary, and all seen. Focusing on His eternal unseen glory and then the easier it is to stand the pain of this world. I mean I don’t know about you but this world can come with a lot of pain and if we didn’t have that eternal home with a Heavenly Father it would be hard to bare the weight of this world.

Can our souls handle the weight of that? The weight of living this life solely for His glory? Only if we are rooted deeply in our simple faith can we handle the weight of this world.

“Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.”

‭‭II Corinthians‬ ‭4:16-18‬

JOHN PIPER

If you want to have a super real soul quenching message, listen to John Piper. He basically talked all about God’s glory, and I really don’t even know where to start with what all he had to say. Because honestly it was so much information.

Authentic, Christ-exalting love for people is the overflow of joy and love IN God

-John

John kept saying “joy, delight, enjoy, satisfy, and rejoice”. These are all things that come when we realize His glory and power.

The glory of God is the greatest reality in the universe.

I think this can easily go back to what Levi was saying. Because when we realize His glory on earth we can look forward to seeing His glory even more in heaven.

CHRISTINE CAINE

Don’t hold a conversation with the enemy

-Christine

I overthink, I over analyze, I worry, I freak out, all of that is just a conversation with the enemy. When Christine said “don’t hold a conversation with the enemy” I told myself “Casady, girl, you do that every time you overthink one little tiny thing!”

“So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”

‭‭Romans‬ ‭10:17‬

We need to stop listening to the enemy and start listening to our faith in Jesus Christ, because only what He says about us is truth.

We are children, we are His people, we are His Sheep, we are chosen, and we are His glory.

LOUIE GIGLIO

The nature of the Gospel is to explode in the hearts of many

-Louie

Louie talked about our pasts, our purpose, the Gospel, being arrows in the hands of God, the finished work of the cross, and the unfinished work of the church. If you’ve never heard Louie preach you’ve got to go listen to a podcast of one of his sermons! He is sooo good!

“For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.”

‭‭II Corinthians‬ ‭5:21‬

There is no longer any attempts at perfecting ourselves for Christ. This life is to be lived because of the cross, because life is found in the cross. And only in Jesus is when we find that life through the cross is when He will prepare us for a life well lived in Christ alone. Without Christ guiding our lives let’s face it we’d be a total wreck, or at least I know I would.

We are flaming arrows because of the finished work on the wooden cross. Since that work is finished now our purpose is the unfinished work of the church and make sure every person on earth hears about that finished work on the cross.

GRIP. DRAW. ANCHOR. AIM. RELEASE.

Lord grip us with your Gospel truth, Father draw us closer to you, Savior anchor us in your love, Jesus aim us in the direction of your will, and Christ release us into the world to finish your work!

PRISCILLA SHIRER

There is always something you can’t see influencing what you can see

-Priscilla

Know your strength strictly comes from God, that’s what I would say Priscilla had to say. The enemy is out to get us, he’s got a plan, he’s watching, he is trying to influence our life, he’s trying to shimmy in and get a tight grip on our reality. But the reality is, our God is right beside us, giving us the kind of strength only He can give. So guard yourself with prayer (part of the armor of God at Priscilla says) and the truth that is Jesus Christ.

So when we feel the enemy creeping up trying to take hold of this powerful life God has given us, know your strength. Know that even he, the enemy, knows how much power we have when we have Christ living within us.

“Finally, my brother, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.”

‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭6:10‬ ‭

12 Things {12 mini posts in 1}

1. I gotta and wanna get back in the blogging game. I really love writing for this website so I need to get back in the swing of thing. New Years resolution??

2. Family is everything.

3. Relaxing in bed in the mornings is one of my favorite things. it’s my happy place because I’m comfortable there, I talk to God ALOT when I’m laying there, it’s where I do my quite time.

4. Faith is the only thing that can’t be taken away from us, and we get an abundance of grace from God when we have that faith.

5. This is the second blog post I’ve written while sitting at a nail salon.

6. We have the Holy Spirit in us!! If we accepted Jesus Christ as the author, creator, and Savior of our lives, He lives inside of us. That’s a powerful understanding to me. To think that every second of every day we have the Spirit of God Himself living inside of us, guiding us, and simply being with us is the most pure love I could imagine.

“And when He had said this, He breathed on them, and said to them, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit.'”

John 20:22

7. Just because you don’t feel Christ doesn’t mean He is not with you. God is so much more than a simple emotion. He doesn’t deserve our worship and attention only when we “feel” Him, He deserves it every second and every breath. Sometimes it’ll feel as if He has distanced Himself from us but most of the times, the distancing isn’t on His end. If God allows you to never feel His presence again, will you still choose to worship Him?

8. Christmas is the BEST time of year. I LOVE gift giving, but I HATE how crazy people get about Christmas shopping. Come on, chill, take a breath, and enjoy the Christmas season with family and thinking about Jesus Christ coming to this earth. Stop worrying and running around like a crazy person trying to get the best deals, buying lots of things we don’t need, and wanting wanting wanting.

9. It’s ok to have desires, but we should always desire to see Gods plan revealed to us all the more, because it is only what He gives that will prepare us for what’s in store. That is something I pray about a lot, not that my desires for my life to become His, but that His desires for my life to become mine.

10. I’ve started a prayer box, and I’m planning on sharing more about that soon.

11. I want to stay in constant prayer, but whoa is that challenging. It’s easy to get distracted, start worrying, let your mind wonder to unknowns, and have that steady state of peace with God.

12. PRAY

P-praise

R-repent

A-ask

Y-yield

Growth — How We Can Continue to Grow But Will Never Be Finished Growing 

This blog post has been in the works for weeks, I hadn’t figured out how to start it. I just had bits and pieces of different things I wanted to say all typed out in my notes. All it took was for me to be sitting on my bed eating a chocolate chip cookie (and God hitting me upside the head) while reading my notes to see what they all had in common—it was growth. 

The beginning of this year it was my goal for my relationship with God to grow more then it ever has. I realized I didn’t just want a “Sunday school answer” life anymore, I wanted a personal, intimate, committed relationship with my Heavenly Father. So I got one notebook, a pen, and my Bible sat on my bed and started to grow that relationship. That notebook is now almost full of scripture I have written down, thoughts, and things that I felt God teaching me, telling me, and showing me in His word. Now I love flipping through that notebook and seeing what my thoughts were that certain day on that certain verse. You can flip through those pages and see relationship, strength, and growth. Not because of me at all, but because of the fact that God put on my heart to know Him more and more each day! 


 

  This morning my quite time was a breakdown and full on dive through Psalm 63. Like I said for the past few weeks I have had this post in bits and pieces on my notes, in my head, on a draft post, and on my camera roll. Then this morning I broke down each individual verse from chapter 63 and I finally got that hit in the head from God I was talking about. It was God saying “Hey, child of mine, write about how much you’ve grown with me this year!”  So just like I’m supposed to, I’m doing what He tells me. 


I never thought the Bible was boring, I always knew the stories, miracles, and events were something amazing. Are something amazing. But the Bible stopped seeming like just another book when I actually sat there and realized that I was holding in my hands the INSPIRED, BREATHED OUT, FOUGHT FOR, DIED FOR, word of living God! I’m not yelling this at all, I just want my point across because, listen, it’s really the most powerful thing. 

    It’s something so powerful, yet we get to read that very book full of so much power, love, miracles, prophecies, events, and salvation. That book our creator breathed out into people just like you and I. Just so we can KNOW Him, LOVE Him, GROW in Him. I mean if dying on a cross for our sins wasn’t enough. He also gave us a whole book to live and breath by to show His never ending love. I mean, could we ask for a better Savior? I think not. 

  

  {Just so. It’s kinda simple yet hard to wrap our tiny little human brains around. It’s just cause. Just cause He loves us. Just cause He died for us. Just cause He wants eternity with us. No big deal. Ummm yeah, big deal.}

You can never reach a point where you are comfortable with your spirituality. You can always be more patient, kind, forgiving, slower to anger, give more praise, and grow more. That’s growth, the realization that we will never be finished growing with and in God. We just have to be persistent, continue reading, pray consistently, and focus on Jesus.
     

 I used to not be totally like that, the patience, forgiving, slow to anger, total praise. And I’m definitely not all of those things all the time. I mean take that last chocolate chip cookies or change the channel from Friends and I’ll have to practice that slow to anger one for sure. There are days when I say a little prayer, and go on without thinking twice. Then I get into bed and think “whoa have I even praised God for His undying love today?” It happens, but realizing that you haven’t spent as much of the day praising Jesus as much as you want is half the growth. There are also the days when you had an amazing quite time, God totally spoke to you, you meditated on it all day, you sang praises on your way to work, you talked to God throughout the day. And again that’s growth. 

Growth is a continual state between us and God. We don’t wake up one day and think “oh hey, I have the best relationship with God ever! I don’t need to know anymore, I’m done growing my faith in Him, it’s all good now!” Haha nope, it doesn’t work like that. Thankfully we seek, we thirst, our heart search for more of Him, and that’s apart of the growth. Psalm 63 is the perfect picture of a Christian yearning for MORE of God, thirsting for His presence, yearning to know Him personally. 

I want to live in Psalm 63, I want my soul to thirst for Him, I want my lips to praise Him, I want to hide under His wing, I want to know His love is better than life itself! 

If you want to see faith and something to grow towards, read Psalm 63, it’ll give you something to strive for, but something we will never reach. And that’s ok, because that’s growth. You know we are never done growing and it’s something beautiful and challenging all at the same time! 

When You Have No Idea What To Do With Your Life 

I graduated high school this past year (class of 2017 whoop whoop!), and it’s weird, to say the least. Right now I have no clue what I’m doing, if I’m be completely honest with you. Usually people have some sort of idea what they are going to do after high school. Whether that’s work, maybe go to college, whatever it may be people have got some sort of “plan”. They’ve worn that cap and gown and thrown up the cap like they do at the end of High School Muscial 3.  Or they don’t do that, I don’t know. I don’t think you can actually do that anymore. After that you’ve got it all figured out right? You’ve got your whole life planned out year to year month to month. You got the diploma so you’ve got a set life. Ha! Nope. That’s not how the world rolls folks. I thought I had a plan, and I still might have a plan, I’m not sure, I’m continually praying about the future and that is definitely apart of it. 

I might still go with my original “plan”, but right now I’m just going with whatever God throws my way. I’m working, I’m living, and I’m growing. Yeah, most importantly I am growing. I’m growing in my relationship with my Savior and Creator. That is most important to me. I’m putting Him and my relationship with Him first, because I know that is most important. As long as my relationship with Him is growing, God, as my friend and provider will show me what He wants me to do. 

I wanna be so in love with Jesus that nothing that this world has to offer even captures my attention or distracts me from my purpose! 





Our purpose is something hard to grasp. But we all have it. Our purpose is not to throw the cap in the air and start doing a perfectly choreographed dance to the the end song “High School Musical”. That’s not our purpose (as much as every middleschoolers in 2008 wishes). Our purpose as Christians is all the same. And that is to tell and show other Jesus. That, in a nutshell, is our purpose, but each Christian has a different way of achieving their purpose. And that’s GOOD. It’s a good thing we all have different talents and ways to serve, that’s how the amazing creator created us. You know what I mean?? He may have created Sally to be great sports, and that’s how Sally meets people to tell them about Jesus. That’s how Sally gets to know her team mates to have a relationship with them in hopes she points them to a relationship with Him. Then God may have created Susan who is notttt so good at the whole athletic thing but she’s a very social butterfly and loves to talk so she just tells anyone and everyone about Him. And then God may have created Rachel who is a shy girl who knows the love of Christ but just doesn’t know where to start, but she is growing and one day will feel the Spirit lead her to plant a seed or water a seed. 
The point above there is Sally, Susan, and Rachel all have the same purpose and they are all different. All living their lives differently. All growing at different rates. But still sharing His glory to all. 

Our purpose is defined by Him. Rooted in Him. And for Him. 


^^ Colossians 1. Good stuff. 

V. 9 & 10 – Continually ask God to fill you the knowledge of His will through all the wisdom and understanding that’s the Spirit gives so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please Him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God. 





I don’t know what I’m doing with my life haha! I say that all the time and really it’s completely right. Yeah I may not know what my “plan” is, but I know the plan I have in Him. My plan is to show and share what Christ is and will always be to me and what could be for anyone else. I’m like Rachel, I don’t have much to say, I’m not very butterfly-ish like Susan, and I’m not the most athletically inclined person like Sally. But our purpose is the same, we are all doing the same things with our lives. 

I pray that my life is always centered around Jesus Christ. That my life is utterly and completely being lived to fulfill my purpose that He has given me and everyone else. 




There is my plan, you’d think there’d be more to it, but there isn’t. I’m living my life to be His vessel, to be a light, to be His servant, and just praying that I see the opportunities He gives me. Not just the opportunities to have a really cool life and an amazing future. But the opportunities to tell and show others how amazing my Savior, who died and bled to set me free did the same for them.  

Boom. My plan. Livin’ it all out for Him. 

When Will I Feel His Presence? 

As I was writing a verse on my bathroom mirror (1 john 2:6) and listening to Hillsing UNITED “So Will I” I was overwhelmed by His love and power. Do you ever have those moments? Where you can feel Christ showing you His might and grace? If not, I’m saddened by that. It’s something amazing seeing His power through a song you randomly clicked while getting ready for the day!

  There will be those times when you don’t feel Him there with you, but He still is there. Yeah you might not feel Him when your brushing your teeth at night. But if your mediating on a verse you wrote on the mirror then it’s more likely you’ll feel Christ with you as your brushing your pearly whites. 

There will be the times when you feel like things aren’t going exactly how you think they should, but He is still there covering you in grace even when you don’t feel it. His grace covers you like a blanket in your living room you grab every night!  You’ll feel Him sometimes, and sometimes you won’t. That’s why we have to dig deep into His word to know Him, then we will feel Him there. Highs and lows. Valleys and hills. Sorrow and happiness. Crying and smiling. Confused and content. Frustrated and fulfilled. He will be there. So I will praise Him. I will look for His presence even when I’m not happy with how my life is. Even when I am happy how my life is. I’ll be honest, I had been searching for Him, wondering where He is, wondering if He saw me, longing to feel His presence. It’s not until I got into His word and created a relationship that I felt His presence with me. 

My life is not how I thought it would be right now, I am happy but I could be happier. And I hate to say that because I know I am where God wants me right now, but it’s easy to search for more when you feel stuck. So I’m learning to praise Him in the highs and lows, but I’m in the middle right now. I’m happy praising Him for where I am, but I know there is more He has for me. I am sorta in that frustrated or fulfilled thing I was just talking about. I’m growing in my relationship with Him so when I am low I’ll still know He is with me. I’m growing in my relationship with Him so when I’m in my highest I’ll still know He is there. 

 How can we expect to feel the Saviors presence if we don’t know what He is like?? You’ll see Him in your life when you began to put Him and your relationship with Him first in your life. If you long to feel His presence read the Bible, get to know our creator, He will show up in your life. Call on Him in your time in the Bible, He’ll hear your calls. 

Xx  

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Pray As You Fall Alseep – A Prayer Challange 

    So I’m sitting on my bed eating a candy bar, you know, as one does, and I was thinking about my favorite time of the day. I’ve got a lot of things during the day that I love doing. I love my time waking up, reading verses, doing my quite time, scrolling through Twitter and Instagram (my morning wake up time is kinda long). I love making my breakfast and eating it while I watch New Girl. I love family dinner time, everyone talking about our days and laughing at each others days. 

     But something I’ve really been loving in my day is going to bed. I’ve always loved getting ready for bed, putting on my comfy shorts and big tee, washing my face, brushing my teeth, watching some more New Girl probably, most likely, ok, yes definitely. So something I’ve been doing for the past month or so is praying as I fall asleep. I don’t know maybe loads of others do this and I just didn’t know but hey I love it so I wanted to share. A few things, it’s kinda weird that we pretend we are asleep to fall asleep, I find that strange. But as we are just laying there why don’t we talk to our Heavenly Father? Tell Him about our struggles of that day, praise Him for the little blessings, maybe write a prayer out or just close out eyes and lay down and just talk to Him. 

   I love getting under my covers,closing my eyes, think about, and talk to our marvelous creator. Something about ending your ending your day in the presence of God makes you feel full of Him the next day. Ask for His blessing on things, repent from your wrong doings of the day, thank Him for the people in your life, pray through it all. List it all to Him, but also listen for Him. Praying isn’t us telling God what we want Him to do, it’s us listening for what He wants us to do. 

   Praying is pursing God and that relationship with Him. You know when your sleeping over at your best friends house and you are just laying in bed talking about seriously anything in the entire world and the conversation just seems endless. That’s what we have with God, He is with us, wanting to just be talked to, wanting you to feel His presence! Talk it all out because He wants to Hear! He is there, He’s waiting for that endless conversation with His beloved child! That’s the relationship. The talking, the struggles, the praise, the heartache, the confusion, but most of all His love and power!!






     Sometimes we really don’t know what to say, sometimes we are seriously confused on what God is even doing with us right now. You don’t know what to talk to Him about, or you simply can’t find the words to share your struggles with Him. But God knows your heart, He heard it all, He knows what you mean, He knows when you need that voice of His to go “It’s going to be ok, I’ve got this. My plan is pretty great, just wait until you see.” 




      Sometimes I feel like I pray to much, that I’ll annoy God. But then I think “I’d rather get to heaven and have Him say ‘now there is a familiar voice’ then Him say “it’s nice to finally hear from you.” There is that relationship with Christ again, the continuous talk with Him through this crazy life we have! 
     

     Just try it for a week, I dare you, your relationship with Him will flourish because of that prayer time. So as you are falling asleep talk to your Savior, your Father, your Redeemer, your Healer, and your Creater. Talk to Him like your talking to a friend, because He is your friend.  



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