7 Things to Remember…

“They spotted him off in the distance. By the time he got to them they had cooked up a plot to kill him. The brothers were saying, “Here comes that dreamer. Let’s kill him and throw him into one of these old cisterns [pit]; we can say that a vicious animal ate him up. We’ll see what his dreams amount to.”” – Genesis 37: 18-20

Have you ever had a pit experience in your life?  Maybe it wasn’t like Joseph where he was thrown into a pit by his own brothers (they actually wanted to kill him).  But maybe it was a different pit.  It could be a financial pit, maybe a relational pit where things just aren’t the same anymore with your spouse or it could be some kind of storm or trial.  One thing I have learned over the years…is that you can’t bypass the pits in life.  They’re going to happen to all of us.  The question isn’t whether pits will come into our life or not…but what are you going to do when you find yourself in a pit? Over the next few blogs, I want to share with you Seven Things to Remember When You Have a Pit Experience.  I pray that these will help you overcome the pits that might be coming your way or possibly that you’re in right now.

1.  Are You Ready for Change Yet?

This is always the first thing we have to ask ourselves when we find ourselves in a pit.  I’m pretty sure Joseph even asked himself this question too.  It’s a question I think will come to our minds: how is God trying to change me? God is always trying to change us. If you’re married, I’m sure you can say an AMEN to that. Why? Cause as soon as you get married, you’re going to go through changes.  But these are good changes.  I can testify that marriage has made me more gentle, kind, etc.  I’ll never forget the day when God told me, “be careful how you talk to my daughter.” That got my attention right away. We have to be willing to change.  Sometimes we hold back the blessings of God cause we refuse to change.

 2.  Attacks Will Come

The rain falls on the just and the unjust alike.  We can’t sit around and complain about what we’re going through.  I’m sure you probably knew someone like that when you were younger.  And chances are, some of them might still be like that today.  Instead of letting life beat you up, you have to begin to speak things into existence. I do this all the time.  You have to begin to say things like, “Favor is coming, provision is coming, blessings are coming, healing is coming, salvation for my kids is coming, finances for these bills are coming, doors are going to open, my husband is changing for the better, my wife is changing for the better…” or even things like “I have great potential, I can change, I can get a degree, I can become a great parent, I can get a better job…” I guarantee that things will begin to change because you first changed. Joseph was a great example of this! He found himself in a pit, he was sold as a slave, his family turned on him and he found himself in jail.  If anyone had a reason to get bitter…it was him.  But he actually changed things around and God began to promote him.

In the next blog, we’ll continue our journey through the Seven Things to Remember When You Have a Pit Experience…


Stepping into Miracle Territory

“After this, Jesus crossed over to the far side of the Sea of Galilee, also known as the Sea of Tiberias. A huge crowd kept following him wherever he went, because they saw his miraculous signs as he healed the sick. Then Jesus climbed a hill and sat down with his disciples around him. (It was nearly time for the Jewish Passover celebration.) Jesus soon saw a huge crowd of people coming to look for him. Turning to Philip, he asked, “Where can we buy bread to feed all these people?” He was testing Philip, for he already knew what he was going to do.

Philip replied, “Even if we worked for months, we wouldn’t have enough money to feed them!”

Then Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, spoke up. “There’s a young boy here with five barley loaves and two fish. But what good is that with this huge crowd?”

“Tell everyone to sit down,” Jesus said. So they all sat down on the grassy slopes. (The men alone numbered about 5,000.) Then Jesus took the loaves, gave thanks to God, and distributed them to the people. Afterward he did the same with the fish. And they all ate as much as they wanted.” John 6:1-11

If you’re taking the time to read this blog, can I ask you a question? Why do you think all these people were following Jesus? What about you? Why are you following Jesus in your own personal life? Could it be that you believe he has the power to do miracles?  Well, I believe that’s the same reason why these people were following him as well.

I love this portion of scripture because God shows us how we can position ourselves to receive a miracle within our own lives.  Do you need a miracle today? Maybe you need God to move in a personal relationship? Maybe you’re believing God to lead one of your family members to the free gift of salvation? Or maybe you’re believing God for a financial breakthrough despite our economy? Whatever the miracle, Jesus is able to do it!

As Jesus appears on the scene, his first concern is for the people.  He actually wants to feed the 5,000 plus people that are there at that moment.  What does that mean? He cares about what you need.  He knows what you’re believing for and he wants to give it to you.  But first there was a test.  Jesus asked a question but the bible says…he already KNEW what he was going to do.  Before your blessing, there will be a test.  Have things been getting a little shaky in life? Hold on because your blessing is right around the corner.  Have you been trying to get a job and getting denied left and right? Hold on because God is about to give you a better job.  Whatever the need, God already knows and he knows exactly how he is going to bring it to pass.

All these things that are happening are probably just to get your attention.  He might just be telling you to sit down.  Why? Because so many times we are running around with different cares on our mind. But we can’t be part of the solution until we shut everything else to the side.  God wants us to take responsibility for our miracle. There are three things we can do today to position ourselves to receive our miracle:

  1. Accept Jesus into your heart.
  2. Stand in Faith.
  3. Have expectancy!

I’m believing God for a lot of miracles right now within my personal life, my ministry and my church.  You should fantasize about your miracle because it’s going to come to pass very soon.  Write it down and believe God for the impossible.  It’s time to step into Miracle Territorywithin our lives.

Young Adults Ministry Launched

I’m excited about everything that’s taking place in our church, it seems like we have a good problem in Whittier…”we continue to grow wherever God leads us.”  One of the ministries that I’m really excited to mention today is our young adult ministry.  My wife and I have been seeing that there is a huge need in this area within our church for sometime now and we have a huge burden for this age group.  For some reason, God is bringing a lot of young adults to our church right now, this includes; singles, young married couples, single parents, college students and even career oriented.

With that being said, this past sunday we launched our Young Adult ministry!  It’s called X-Treme.  Check out some of the events that are taking place within the next few months.  So if you’re a young adult and you haven’t quite found your place, come on out and see what God has for you! Me and my wife’s goal is that you would enjoy and partake of all that God has for you this year and for years to come!