Grab Your Oxgoad

Judges 3:31 says, “After Ehud came Shamgar son Anath, who struck down six hundred Philistines with an oxgoad. He too saved Israel.

One decision, one change, one risk, one idea! That’s all it takes! You don’t have to make 100 changes, but you have to be committed to one thing. One thing will change your life. This was all the press that Shamgar would ever get in scripture. One daring decision, that delivered the entire nation! One risk turned 15 minutes of fame into a model of courage that inspired a nation to fight back! One man refused to be ruled by unrighteousness. He had no army, and no artillery. All he had was an oxgoad, which was a long stick that prodded his animals.

If God is for you, who can stand against you? Courage doesn’t always wait for an perfect plan. Courage doesn’t always wait for the popular opinion. Courage only waits for one thing. A green light from God!

It committing yourself to be a part of the solution and having a heart for Christ. It about becoming the hands and feet of Jesus Christ. Use what God has given you. “Your oxgoad” Make a Mark. Make a difference!

God bless and have a great Friday.

Waiting On God

Waiting on God is never a waste of time but it is never easy! Every God dream has to be tested before it can be trusted.

Think about it from a seed’s perspective. Once a seed is planted, it must seem like it’s dark and all alone! The weight of the world is on it. When the farmer plants the seed, he is not worried about the seed, but in time, the seed will grow and produce. Then there will be a harvest. We are that seed!

When God gives you a God dream, He will give you a 3 step test. I don’t know about you but I always hated test! But I do know, you have to past the test to move on.

First test of a God dream will be the test of rejection. Look at the story of Joseph in Genesis 37-45. In Genesis 37:5 it says, “Joseph had a dream, and when he told his brothers, they hated him all the more.” Rejection will come and people will doubt, but keep believing and never give up on what God has told you!

The second test of a true God dream will be the test of temptation. Genesis 39:6-7 says, “Now Joseph was well-built and handsome, and after a while his masters wife took notice of Joseph and said, “Come to bed with me.” Joseph refused! He tried his best to get out of there. But she didn’t give up. In verse 10, Joseph refused her day after day. Be prepared to face heavy temptation! Stay prayed up and keep your focus on Christ.

The third test of a God dream is the test of isolation. Patience is not just the ability to wait but the spirit in which you wait. The time you wait and how you wait will determine the size of the dream God will trust you with! Joseph had a very long season of isolation! He was forgotten in a prison. Genesis 40:23 says, “The chief cupbearer however, did not remember Joseph; he forgot him.” Two years of dark isolation!

Look at it this way. Film has to be developed in a dark room. When God gives us a promise, time doesn’t disqualify the promise, it validates the promise. As hard as it is to understand, God sometimes has to detach us from others to develop something inside of us, and to learn how to lean totally on Him.

There is coming a time when all the waiting will make sense! I am finding out that God favorite word is through. If you want to get to, you have to go through.

Just know this; Isolation leads to elevation. Joseph stood strong through all of the testing, and he was promoted to second in command. God’s dream is never about you, it’s about other people. Joseph blessed his brothers and his people because of his faithfulness.

Jesus Christ had a God dream too! He faced rejection, temptation, and isolation in a very huge way! He was planted and isolated in a tomb, but that tomb became the womb! Praise God! And He is alive and well today, and seated at the right hand of God!

Hang on to that dream that God has put in you heart. Don’t back down and don’t give up. Stay faithful and seek His face. God bless!

Ultimate Living

Good morning! It’s Saturday and I am enjoying my time alone with God without being rushed. It’s so good just to rest in His presence and to be refreshed after a long week.

What would you call ultimate living? Each one of us would probably have our own idea of what that would look like. To me, ultimate living is living a life that is exciting and filled with adventure, passion, and full of love! It’s also knowing that I am doing exactly what I was created to do!

Every Christian is called to be on mission for Christ! He is calling each one of us on an adventure of a life time. Answering the call of the Creator is the ultimate “why” for living. The call of Christ is twofold. First, He calls us to a life changing relationship with Him.

Romans 5:8 says, “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for you.” What an amazing love. Acts 4:12 reads like this, “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.” John 14:6 says, “Jesus answered, I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” If we want to live the ultimate life with adventure, purpose, and impact, we must first make sure that we are in a personal, intimate love relationship with Jesus Christ!

God’s first call is by faith in a person and work of Jesus Christ. Open your hearts door to Him today! Let Him take control. Before we are called to make a difference, He has called us to Himself.

The second part of our call to God is this: God calls us to a lifetime mission alongside Him. God is calling you to partner with Him! That’s right. The very Creator of the universe wants to partner with you! We are not called to live for Christ, but to live in Christ. He is not really concerned with what we are doing for Him, as He is about whether we are willing to be obedient alongside Him in what He already is doing. We are saved to be sent! We were blessed to be a blessing. Yes, salvation is a gift, but with that gift comes an responsibly. The call to salvation and the call to ministry are one and the same call!

Missing something in life? Needing something fulfilling? Wanting to find purpose? Tired of feeling empty? Surrender your heart and life to the person of Jesus Christ. Partner with God and live a life of adventure! Yes Lord! The ultimate living!