Last night a friend of mine told me about this thing called Ember up in Toledo. It sounded awesome so I went with him a few other friends to it. It is a ministry that really has some cool stuff going on they have an incredible energy that just gets you super stoked. So yeah it was an awesome night and now I’ll get back to the main point I wanted to write about it.
We came in a bit late so the worship had already started and like that moment I felt The Spirit’s presence in the room. The energy and happiness in that room was off the chart! Side note, I love making jokes about drugs and relating it to the Holy Spirit haha anyway there was a fire outside from a grill and my friend and I made a joke that everyone was hitting the Spirit hard cause there was a lot of smoke ha. Ok now, yeah the worship was awesome and that was just the start of the night.
It was a special night there because they had two guys share their stories. Both of these guys Jay and Dave literally had been from hell and back. Jay joined a gang when he was around the age of 10! That was like the start of it for him, he was doing that stuff then got into a wicked accident in which he flew like 50 feet and went into a comma for a day and miraculously came out of it against all the doctors opinions! He was in and out of juvenile hall and was still out with the wrong crowd. Later he was shot trying to confront someone who just stole his cousin’s car and they shot him 3 times. He was saying that he felt his body going cold and thought that death was near. Luckily somehow he was saved by the doctors, who told him that he’d probably walk with a gimp for the rest of his life and guess what yo…bro doesn’t he was waling fine the next day ha! PTL ha yeah! Then he started selling drugs and that started some more problems with the law and he went to jail and he said that really made him realize that he needed to stop this life so he would be able to see his kids. He started to go to Bible studies and church services and dudes life just has took a 180. He was baptized at Ember a few months ago and I guess some guy went up to him and told him he wasn’t going to jail and that God’s giving him one last chance and if he doesn’t accept it he would die. Oh yeah he had nightmares of getting shot and this random guy pretty much knew about it..wicked stuff. But yeah he got probation instead of a jail sentence so that like was awesome. I talked to him after and he told me that he is really considering helping troubled youth and addicts. Totally see this guy doing great stuff with that, his passion was incredible if ya’ll could keep him in your prayers.
Second guy, Dave, was such a cool guy talked with him after forward and he plays in a reggae band that does Christian music. Since I love reggae music it was awesome talking to him and hopefully he’s able to come play a show near where I’m going to school. Well he did a lot of drugs and pretty much lived a rock star life since he was in bands most of his life. Was addicted to some bad stuff was in rehab 8 times none of which worked. His childhood was interesting I’m talking about some of it just too much, but his friends since it was the 70’s he said had access to a lot of drugs. So he said they had “after school tryouts” in which they would try whatever they could get. He told us about this time that he came home and these guys where robbing his house and they put a gun to his neck and stole a lot of his possessions and his car. He started to pray he told us and all of sudden he realized what a mess his life was and that he needed to stop so he did…all on his own no rehab. He said God fixed everything he’s been trying to figure out in 20 years in one night ha. He stopped playing in the one band he was in because it was the best for him and he started his new band, like I mentioned earlier, Son Rising. Just another incredible story that shows what God can do.
God uses us all because he loves us all we just have to reach out to him and he’ll be there for us forever. Ironically I’m listening to Forever by Kari Jobe right now ha. Hearing stories of what God has done in people’s lives are always so awesome and they truly show that if we just commit to God he will provide in miraculous ways for us. I struggled with thinking that my story was not “good” enough because I never did crazy drugs, partied hard, or any other thing like that so I didn’t think it could impact anyone. But I gave my story when I was baptized November of my freshman year of college and afterword a woman came up to me and told me that my story was great and that it touched her. So that was awesome to hear and now I’ve realized that no matter where you’ve been and what you’ve done or haven’t your story is great no matter what and you never know if it can impact someone unless you tell it. I encourage anyone who reads this to tell your story to someone.
Now I’m listening to Forever Reign….Love this chorus
I’m running to your arms
The riches of Your love
Will always be enough
Nothing compares to Your embrace
Light of the world forever reign
Singin’ Majesty, Majesty
Your grace has found me just as I am
I wanted to write about something but really did not know what exactly to go over. So we’ll see where this goes. I just came from church and at the end the worship team played the song Majesty (ha this is like the 4th time I’ve used that word already ha). They have been going through a series called Jesus on every page, and the message today was from Isaiah 52:13-15 to Isaiah 53: 1-12. The brief synapses of the passage is that its going through the prophecy of Jesus. I’m going to share some of my favorite parts of those verses…just hearing the prophecy is really cool to me, since I did not grow up a Christian I really never heard it before. Knowing that all this is going to come true brings enjoyment and happiness to my soul.
15 so he will sprinkle many nations,
and kings will shut their mouths because of him.
For what they were not told, they will see,
and what they have not heard, they will understand
3 Like one from whom people hide their faces
he was despised, and we held him in low esteem.
4 Surely he took up our pain
and bore our suffering,
yet we considered him punished by God
7 He was oppressed and afflicted,
yet he did not open his mouth;
he was led like a lamb to the slaughter,
and as a sheep before its shearers is silent,
so he did not open his mouth
When the lead pastor was reading them I just kept thinking dang like the more I hear about the things Jesus did for me blows my mind away. Dying for someone I don’t know is something I couldn’t do, I would risk my life for my closest friends and family but other than that I don’t think I could. It took a bit for me to continually process the message, trying to wrap my head around it is crazy. As we began to worship I kept thinking about the sin in my life and thinking about all that stuff was taken away from me because like it says in Romans 6:18 You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness. I didn’t even have to do anything and Jesus saved me like that’s bonkers! The whole dying for me thing just I can’t express how insane and not going to lie I feel a little undeserving because he endured so much for us. All the crap Jesus went through for us makes me love him more and more.
The worship continued and Majesty started to play and just bruhhh I love this song, the lyrics and rhythm create a great song. This part of the song hit me, Your grace has found me just as I am, wherever I am/you are God will have grace for me/you. Again we aren’t doing anything and it’s there. Then this other part is so awesome as well, Forever I am changed by Your love, his love defiently has changed me from being a person that found it hard to love on others and somewhat hard to love myself. Now though I love on everyone I get a chance to, spread the love whenever I can, love myself and am cool with myself ha (sounded weird but its fine), and am just all about peace, love, and happiness. I love when during services they offer people to pray for you, like I’m always in need of some type of prayer cause I mean I’m not perfect. So this lady I feel bad because I loved her prayer that she said over me and it was so perfect for what I asked her for prayer for. Gave me the shakes if you know what I mean ha. That’s where we went I guess, I enjoyed this service a lot today. Not sure if this is weird or not but I enjoy praying for people…so if you have read this and need prayer email me…I got your back email@example.com
Becoming a man is apart of the growing up process. As my views on life have changed it has become more apparent to me that I need to be to the best of my ability a biblicaly man. Besides acting my age, being more responsible, and not doing childish things (I mean like getting in trouble for doing dumb stuff) I need to be a more biblical man. This has been on my mind a lot lately so I’ve been reading from some articles online and some books. Taking steps away from immaturity and dependency and moving toward being more independent and more of an adult is what I feel will help me grow as a person and also with God. With this being said starting my 20s has had me thinking about the future like mostly family, career, marriage, kids, finances, and the difficulties of getting older. Gaining life experiences will help me get ready for these things but actually doing them and also growing with God will be a challenge. Things in life may take up more of my time and I need to keep God as the number one desire. Getting plugged into a good church after college I think will be helpful with that. Being a biblical man will also help me stay close to God and make the situations I am easier to cope with. So the digging around I have done about this topic gave me some good answers. I’m just going to throw out all the verses, knowledge, and other stuff I found in the next section.
Characteristics of Godly Man
- Man was created in God’s image–“creative and relational”
- Man was created a worshiper–“Worship God, not false idols”
- Created a sinner–“Given grace, deal with conflicts”
- Man is in need of God’s Grace–“Humble and courageous”
- Man was created self-sufficient but needs God–“Strength, guidance, wisdom”
Other Good Characteristics
- Self Control
- Firm to the Word
- Lover of money, worldly possessions
Attitude Action Reference
||Do Work for Father
||John 4:54, 5:50, 8:28-29
||Be filled with Spirit
||Share Gospel with others
||1 Peter 2:22
||John 17:4, 14:30
||John 13:12-14, 6:5-10
||John 8:50, 54, 17:1,4
Type of Man God Intended
Psalm 119:105 “Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.”
2 Peter 1:3 “His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.”
John 17:17 “Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth.”
Roles which Men must Excel
Christian men need to take personal responsibility to study Scriptural teaching in this area, communicating with other godly men about it, and depending on God’s grace to change. I know I’m going to be working on this for awhile because it’s going to take a long time ha. I’m going to be doing my best to live like how God intended man to live.