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My beautiful soon to be wife got baptized today! So incredibly proud of her and blessed by her! Praise Jesus! (at Calvary Chapel Vail Valley)

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Conquering the Past

alightthatshines:

You know we all have a past, and for the most part we all have things that we are humanly ashamed of. Allow me to explain the word “humanly” in that last sentence. I have always believed I was given the things of my past so that one day when God felt I was able to and ready to I could use them as an example of the redemption He has brought into my life. So that I could put clearly into words how He has changed my life, and how the things of my past no longer have any say in the person I am in His eyes. So no matter what I’ve done in my past or whats been done to me, ashamed is no longer something that comes to mind when I think of the places I’ve come from.

I’m not naive though, I realize this is a huge mountain to climb for most people, and it was no easy hill for me, make no mistake. Conquering the past will be the biggest mountain you ever climb, you will fall many times, and sometimes it will seem like you’re starting from the very bottom again. It’s in the times when you feel like you’re getting no where and things just keep popping back up, that you must cling on to the voice of God telling you to keep going, and I assure you He will never stop saying “don’t give up”.

I want you to imagine your biggest fear, think about why it’s your biggest fear, and then close your eyes and say (out loud) “God I have no fear greater than this, please help me to overcome it”. now I’m not saying right then and there my fear of snakes will be gone (that’s my biggest fear at the moment), no it will probably take interactions with a snake to do that, and more than likely more than just one, but I know the creator of the universe will be by my side while I’m doing it. What you probably didn’t realize is that you just took a giant step of faith by asking God to walk through that with you. Getting over your past is a lot like that, it’s not just something you say “God help me get over my past, thanks” and then it’s done. Allowing God to help you overcome the past requires you to look back on ALL of your past, ALL of the moments that affect who you are right now negatively. ALL OF THEM. Only focusing on a few and leaving others alone because you just don’t want to think about them again, is kind of like scrapping your knee after falling off a bike and then rolling in dirt and only cleaning half of the dirt out of the wound and leaving the rest in there, because it stings. In the end was there really any point in cleaning any of it? No…

It’s kind of like what we learn when we first start coming to church “God doesn’t want half your heart, He wants the whole thing.”. But if you can’t trust Him with your whole past, are you really trusting Him with your whole future? People are mean, they will bring you down, they will stab you in the back, they can and will do a lot of cruel things but our God will always stand firm in His faith in you. And that means when the world has turned it’s back on you He is still right there holding out His hand, just like He was the day you accepted Him into your heart. Think back and remember that moment for a second, was it not glorious? Do you not think He can do it again?

He can, and He will. “I Lift My Hands” by Chris Tomlin is a good place to start… And just think what a beautiful Instagram there will be at the top of the mountain ;)



Conquering the Past

You know we all have a past, and for the most part we all have things that we are humanly ashamed of. Allow me to explain the word “humanly” in that last sentence. I have always believed I was given the things of my past so that one day when God felt I was able to and ready to I could use them as an example of the redemption He has brought into my life. So that I could put clearly into words how He has changed my life, and how the things of my past no longer have any say in the person I am in His eyes. So no matter what I’ve done in my past or whats been done to me, ashamed is no longer something that comes to mind when I think of the places I’ve come from.

I’m not naive though, I realize this is a huge mountain to climb for most people, and it was no easy hill for me, make no mistake. Conquering the past will be the biggest mountain you ever climb, you will fall many times, and sometimes it will seem like you’re starting from the very bottom again. It’s in the times when you feel like you’re getting no where and things just keep popping back up, that you must cling on to the voice of God telling you to keep going, and I assure you He will never stop saying “don’t give up”.

I want you to imagine your biggest fear, think about why it’s your biggest fear, and then close your eyes and say (out loud) “God I have no fear greater than this, please help me to overcome it”. now I’m not saying right then and there my fear of snakes will be gone (that’s my biggest fear at the moment), no it will probably take interactions with a snake to do that, and more than likely more than just one, but I know the creator of the universe will be by my side while I’m doing it. What you probably didn’t realize is that you just took a giant step of faith by asking God to walk through that with you. Getting over your past is a lot like that, it’s not just something you say “God help me get over my past, thanks” and then it’s done. Allowing God to help you overcome the past requires you to look back on ALL of your past, ALL of the moments that affect who you are right now negatively. ALL OF THEM. Only focusing on a few and leaving others alone because you just don’t want to think about them again, is kind of like scrapping your knee after falling off a bike and then rolling in dirt and only cleaning half of the dirt out of the wound and leaving the rest in there, because it stings. In the end was there really any point in cleaning any of it? No…

It’s kind of like what we learn when we first start coming to church “God doesn’t want half your heart, He wants the whole thing.”. But if you can’t trust Him with your whole past, are you really trusting Him with your whole future? People are mean, they will bring you down, they will stab you in the back, they can and will do a lot of cruel things but our God will always stand firm in His faith in you. And that means when the world has turned it’s back on you He is still right there holding out His hand, just like He was the day you accepted Him into your heart. Think back and remember that moment for a second, was it not glorious? Do you not think He can do it again?

He can, and He will. “I Lift My Hands” by Chris Tomlin is a good place to start… And just think what a beautiful Instagram there will be at the top of the mountain ;)