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Trust. Delight. Commit.

Eric Jones

Delight yourself also in the Lord, And He shall give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:4 (NKJV)

Is it just me or can you hardly believe that 2016 is almost over? This year has been crazy. Like many others, it is around this time, as we wrap up one year and enter into the next, that I take time to reflect on all that happened. I can honestly say that this year has been the best year of my life. From marrying the girl of my dreams to overcoming personal obstacles to seeing God move in unexpected ways, I have never had a year like this one. If I were really honest, however, this year has also had some struggles, low moments and emotional nights. Yet, here I am, another year in the books and still so thankful for my God. So awed by his faithfulness to me and overwhelmed by His goodness.

Today, as I reflect on this year, I am reminded of Psalm 37. This chapter has been so influential in my life and encouraged, motivated and reminded me of how valuable my relationship with God is. I want to take moment to encourage you, wherever you are at, as you end 2016 with the call and promise of this amazing passage of scripture.

Psalm 37:3-5
Trust in the Lord, and do good;
Dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness.
Delight yourself also in the Lord,
And He shall give you the desires of your heart.
Commit your way to the Lord,
Trust also in Him,
And He shall bring it to pass.

I LOVE this passage. Psalm 37 is more than just a cute verse to hang on your wall, but it truly is a call and way of life. It is a call to trust, delight and commit.

It is a call to trust in the Lord. No matter the situation or circumstance to place all of your trust, all of your hope and all of your faith in him. To believe that he is good and that he is working in your life.

It is a call to delight. To live in constant devotion with God through prayer, His word and the Holy Spirit.  A call to spend time in His presence; to take your eyes off the distractions of life and to put them on Him as you make Him your priority. It is a call to laugh, cry, sing, talk, sit and be with God. 

It’s a call to commit. A call to consecrate, set apart and completely surrender every part of who you are to the one who made you. It is a call to commit each step you take, decision you make and thought you think to the Lord. It is a call to keep Jesus Christ as the Lord of your life. To believe that as you commit all of your life (even the things that seem dirty or shameful) to Him that He will take care of you and bring His goodness to pass in your life.

Psalm 37 calls us to trust, delight and commit. But, you see, it is a call with a promise. A promise that as we do those three things that God would work in the unseen to bring the desires of our heart to pass. I know this year I have seen God do this. I have seen God go above and beyond anything I could think or imagine. I have seen God pour His goodness into my life, not because I deserved it, but simply because He is good. Even in the hardest moments, as I look back, I can see God’s imprint and work to turn each situation for good.

Today, I want to remind and encourage you that God truly is at work in your life. Whether this year was full of highs or full of lows (or maybe a mixture), God is still in control and He is still working a plan to turn all things together for good. I believe that as you continue to trust, delight and commit yourself to Him that, at just the right time, you would see the desires of your heart be fulfilled, dreams come true and prayers be answered. So today lets thank our faithful God for how good He has been to us and continue to lean into the call and promise of Psalm 37. Let’s daily learn to trust in the Lord, delight ourselves also in Him and commit our way to Him.

Say This: “Father God, today I take a moment to thank you for each moment in this past year that you showed your goodness in my life (briefly give God some specifics in your life where He was good to you). I thank you that as I trust, delight and commit to you, that you would work in my life to bring to pass your good plans. Help me today to delight in you and to lean all of my faith into who you are. In Jesus Name, Amen!”

Walk On Your Waves

Eric Jones

“But Jesus spoke to them at once. "Don't be afraid," he said. "Take courage. I am here!" Matthew 14:27

There is something comforting about knowing that someone is on your side! Lately, the days seem to feel shorter and the to-do list seems to get longer - which is why the words in this passage are resonating with me so strongly. I am sure you can relate because we all have had seasons of life like this. Seasons where you lay your head on your pillow at night and you can’t even remember what happened that day because it all moved so quickly. Seasons where you realize it’s 4 o'clock in the afternoon and you haven’t had lunch yet. 

It’s in these types of seasons that it’s easy to allow yourself to become overwhelmed by stress, wallow in your list of to do’s and have a pity-party for how busy you feel. It is easy to get a tainted attitude towards your work, your family and your friends. It’s easy to want to give in or retreat to isolation, but it’s also during these times that I have learned how important it is to stop, step back, and get a 30,000 ft. perspective of your life. It’s necessary to remember that no matter how much work needs to be done, like our text says today, Jesus is here.

The text from today is taken out of the middle of a story when the disciples were in one of the craziest storms of their life, literally. Their ship was caught in the middle of the sea, with waves crashing all around, and nobody had a way out. It wasn’t until they saw what appeared to be a ghost (spoiler alert: it was Jesus) walking in the middle of the ocean, ON THE WATER. Hello. This voice called out to them and told them not to be afraid, to take courage, because He is here. What an incredible moment this must of have been. While they were tossing about in great fear, the King of Heaven showed up...and did I mention He was walking on the water? 

My encouragement to us today is simple and brief. “Take courage. Jesus is here.” No matter how much stress, anxiety, fear, pain, or confusion you may be feeling, be encouraged today that the same words Jesus spoke to the disciples some 2,000 years ago, He is speaking to us today. You may feel like waves are literally capsizing your marriage, your emotions, your job, your family, your thoughts, or your perspective, but just take a moment to stop, look out into the waves – no it’s not a ghost, it’s Jesus - and He is standing strong right in the midst of it all. He is here. When we focus on Jesus, the waves always seem a lot smaller. You can do it. You can push through, get the answer, get the promotion, see your kids turn around, and breakthrough emotional bondage. It’s possible. With God, all things are possible. 

My favorite part about this story is not that Jesus walked on the water, or that he spoke an encouraging word, or even that the storm ceased. My favorite part is that even in the midst of the storm, Peter called out to Jesus and asked if he could join Him out on the water. And guess what...HE DID! Peter, a mere man, walked on the water with Jesus. He knew that no matter how big the waves were, that Jesus was bigger and if Jesus was with him, then he could stand on water too. 

Today, I believe that Jesus doesn’t simply want to make all of our problems disappear, but He wants to teach us how to step out, face the storm head-on and do what seems impossible with His help. So today, let’s do it. Let’s trust the words of Jesus to carry us through no matter what storm we face. Let’s walk on our waves and keep our eyes on Jesus.

Say It: "Father, I thank You that You are with me. You are for me. And You are on my side. Today I choose to take my eyes off of the waves and put my eyes on You. I choose to take courage in You and be reminded that I am not alone. I want to walk on these waves with You. In Jesus' Name. Amen."

Flip The Faith Switch

Eric Jones

“And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.” Hebrews 11:6

There is just something about going “back to the basics” and reminding yourself of the keys to our Christian walk. Over the years, the Lord has really challenged me to do this specifically in the area of faith. Today, I want to take some time to quickly remind and hopefully stir you up in this area.

Faith is the key to living life with the Lord. Without faith we cannot please God and by it we can live in the supernatural. Faith is what points our heart to Jesus and allows us to place our dependency on Him. Faith is seen through our posture and the words we speak. Faith has the ability to create and to reveal things in our life. By faith we are saved, healed, forgiven, loved, victorious, joy filled, and everything else that comes from God. It is all received by faith.

I think so often we make faith too hard. It is true that there is a “fight” to our faith, but I don’t think that it needs to be as difficult as we make it. Faith simply believes that something is, even when it may not seem so. For example - electricity. We know that electricity is always working in a room even when the lights are off. Electricity is always running. It is definitely a real force, but it is not being experienced to the naked eye - until the light switch is turned on. When that switch is flipped, we see electricity in action. This same is true for all of God’s promises. It’s time to flip the faith switch. 

I love how this truth is made clear in Elisha’s story in 2 Kings 6. Elisha the prophet is faced with an incredibly scary situation when the King of Aram came against him with a full army of horsemen and soldiers. At first, Elisha’s servant got very fearful and did not know how to respond. It wasn’t until Elisha prayed that God would open the eyes of his servant that he was able to see the full army of God’s angels that were positioned in the mountains ready to protect Elisha.

You see, like Elisha, many times we are faced with overwhelming circumstances. Whether it is a family issue, a financial issue, a relational issue, or something else, it can sometimes seem like an impossible situation. But in those times, the Spirit of Faith rises up and sees, speaks, and believes God’s provision - despite what it may look like on the outside. Because, you see, God’s army was standing on Elisha’s behalf whether he saw it or not, but it wasn’t until he got the perspective of faith that he knew he would be protected. The same is true if you need strength in some area. The Bible declares you can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens you. The power is there - you just have to activate it with faith!

My challenge today is simple: How can you walk in the basics of faith? What is one area in your life that needs to be activated by faith? Find that area and attack it with the truth of God’s Word. 

Say It: "Father, I thank You that You set up life with You to be experienced by faith. I ask that You would help me to see how I can walk in faith in different areas of my life. And Lord, I pray that you would fill me with faith as I hear and hear and hear Your Word. In Jesus' Name. Amen."

His Goodness

Eric Jones

“Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good.” Psalm 34:8

The Lord is good. Did you know that? I thought I did. I mean, I grew up in a house where this idea was engraved into my subconscious. I knew the Lord was good, preached the Lord was good, and even told the Lord that He was good, yet all the while my lips were saying one thing and my heart was living in a different place. I was taught from a young age, “good God; bad devil.” While I knew that this was true, I did not really get it until I came across the verse above, Psalm 34:8. For some reason, when I read this verse, it finally clicked with me. God is good, and not only that, but He wants for me to experience His goodness.

I think many Christians today are as confused as I was when it comes to God’s goodness. There have been teachings out there from every angle and today many people are living a life in bondage or in self-righteousness trying to do enough good to deserve or earn His goodness. The truth is God is a good God whether we are good or not. God wants us to experience His goodness in our everyday lives simply because He is good, not because we are. God is not standing in heaven waiting for you to make a mistake so He can shoot you down nor is He waiting for you to do enough “spiritual” things so that you can get His blessing. God is good, through and through, no matter what we do. 

Today, I simply want to encourage and remind you of how good our God is and maybe help shift your perspective of the One we serve. Check out these verses in the book of Psalms alone that speak of God’s goodness.

Psalm 34:8-10
“Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the man who trusts in Him! Oh fear the Lord, you His saints! There is no want to those who fear Him. The young lions lack and suffer; but those who seek the Lord shall not lack any good thing.”

Psalm 35:27
“Let the Lord be magnified, who has pleasure in the prosperity of His servant.”

Psalm 37:4
“Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart.”

Psalm 56:9
“This I know, because God is for me.”

Psalm 65:11
“You crown the year with Your goodness, and Your paths drip with abundance.”

Psalm 68:19
“Blessed be the Lord, who daily loads us with benefits.”

I pray that these verses encourage, excite, and cause your heart to stir as much as mine. If any of these verses stuck out to you or any others you come across in the Bible, I would encourage you to write them down and any time the enemy tries to come in and convince you that God is not good you can remind Him of the Word. We serve a very good God and when we see this to its full extent it will change the way we live completely.

Say It: "Father, I thank you that you are good. You are just simply good. I thank you that you desire for me to have good things and to live a blessed life. I pray that you would continue to enlighten the eyes of my understanding to see your goodness to an even greater degree and that my life would be a reflection of your goodness. In Jesus' Name. Amen."

Be A World Changing Leader

Eric Jones

“For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Mark 10:45 (NLT)

Over 2,000 years ago, Jesus came to the earth, lived for 33 years, died, rose again and in that amount of life span He radically changed the world! Have you ever wondered how He did it? How did Jesus lead that led to such massive, world-wide revival for thousands of years? I think Mark 10 gives us insight into what it looks like to be a world changing leader and it is the type of leadership that Jesus modeled - servant leadership.

For 33 years, Jesus learned and walked out a leadership that did not exist to be served but to serve. And now, thousands of years later, millions of believers are still talking around the world about the life Jesus lived. That’s some incredible leadership. Today, I want to share with you 3 simple principles that all of us can do to be better servant leaders!

1. Get In Position
Philippians 2 tells us that when Jesus came to earth, “He took the humble position of a slave.” Servant leadership is all about position! The positions that we take in life, in our jobs, in our relationships, are directly related to where we are serving. Often in life we are taught to position ourselves for the spotlight, to be recognized and to build our name, but Jesus modeled a much different approach. Rather than coming down from Heaven on a streak of lighting with a loud and boisterous entrance, He came through a humble birth in a manger. All throughout His life, He maintained a humble position in the way He loved, spoke and cared for people.

So, in our lives, what position are we in? Do we always have to be first, recognized and noticed? Can we be content with not having the spotlight and knowing that life is not about us but about honoring and living for the Lord? On your job, are you always trying to show off your position to your boss or your co-workers? Trying to prove your value and to show how amazing you are? Can we learn to put ourselves in the position of a servant and, instead of building our name, can we go out of our way to help build the name of another?

2. Focus On The Person
Galatians 5:13 tells us to “serve one another in love.” Servant leadership is all about people. In fact, a life well lived is a life that focuses on people. Living in a fast-paced, competitive culture, it can be very easy to learn how to use people as a means to an end. It can be very tempting to try to use people as stepping stones in our life, but people are not a means to an end, people are the end! Jesus modeled this most when He was here. Jesus never used people, walked over people, looked past people or pushed aside people. Jesus always engaged with people and loved them for who they are.

So, in our lives, how have we been treating people? How have we been treating our friends, our neighbors, our spouse, our children, our parents, our relatives or even our enemies? Have we been focusing on the person you are with or have you been looking over their shoulder for someone better to talk to? Have we been loving people like Jesus did?

3. Refuse A Heart Of Pride
1 Peter 5:6 says, “So humble yourselves under the mighty power of God, and at the right time he will lift you up in honor.” It's been a theme throughout this devo, but the ultimate way to be a servant leader is to daily refuse a heart of pride. Pride is one of the most deceitful, destructive and damaging enemies in our lives. Pride puffs us up so high until it has us in a position where it can take us down. Jesus chose the humble route when He went to the cross on our behalf and took on Himself the pain we deserved. Great servant leaders have mastered how to be humble and selfless while also leading with power and passion. 

So, in our lives, how has our pride level been? Have we been making life about us, puffing ourselves up and walking with a heart of pride? Have we been rejecting counsel, pushing people away and not allowing others to have a voice in our lives? Have we been building our name or have we been building the name of Jesus?

This past week I got engaged to the most beautiful, incredible and sweet girl in the world - Alexa Lynne Wolfe. She is my dream! As we prepare for a wedding and future marriage together, God has been challenging me big time in how well I lead our relationship by serving. I know I have a long way to go! Today, it is my prayer that one of these basic principles would challenge you as much as they have me and will help us all to adopt the character and position of Jesus Christ!

Say It:Father God, thank you so much for the great role model we have in Jesus. I want to grow in being a servant leader. Help me today to get in a servant's position, focus on the people in my life and refuse a heart of pride. Thank you that by your grace I can be the leader that I am called to be! In Jesus Name, Amen!”