Come at me bro, I got Jesus.

You know when you hear certain verses that you have heard over and over, so you kinda listen to them with one ear open?

The thinking is, “well, if that scripture DID apply to me, I would’ve noticed it the first time.”

Not always the case.

I was reading in my Bible tonight when I had a huge heartcheck, one of those moments where Jesus just says to you, “oh no, go back and read that line. Listen to my truth.”

So…I went back.

“Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. And he said to him, “All these I will give you, if you will fall down and worship me.” Then Jesus said to him, “Be gone, Satan! For it is written, “‘You shall worship the Lord your God and him only shall you serve.’” –Matthew 4:8-10

My heart deeply caught on that verse, “and him only shall you serve.” I repeated it over and over again.

Of course, I serve only one God, right? Why am I feeling this conviction in my Spirit?

Jesus, I love you, you know that, I thought to myself.

And in the stillness of that moment, I heart Him so clearly say to me, “Yes but you so easily let worry steal your focus. I want to be the center of everything you do and say.”

Caught.

I mean, straight up caught and no where to hide.

You see, I have read that scripture over and over again but I really read it this time. I let the truth marinate into my mind and permeate into my heart.

Whom do I serve?

What is the focus of my thoughts? Or the purpose of my actions?

Is it pleasing Jesus?

I would love to say yes, but often times, that’s not the case.

Idols do not have to be people, in fact, most often times, they aren’t.

It can be worry that steals your joy and consumes your mind.

Or fear of the unknown that keeps your head between the pages of your planner and your mind attached to your ever-ringing, dadgum iphone that is SYNCED TO YOUR ICALENDAR.

Or maybe enhancing your appearance is the motivating point behind every daily decision.

Or maybe you wake up, go to bed and spend every moment in between terribly afraid that you will be a failure.

You don’t have to be clinically depressed or insane to think these thoughts.

You have to be human. And sad news, you are.

But the good news is that this issue is one that deals completely with the heart. And fortunately for us, we have direct contact with the one who made our hearts.

That worry? He sees the root of it. And yet He says, “surrender it.”

That financial burden? He knows the implications of it. And yet He says, “trust me.”

Those self-criticizing thoughts that violently attack your mind before you even place your feet on the floor? He saw them filing in one by one. And yet He says, “Focus on Me, just Me.”

God isn’t a jealous God because He doesn’t know how to get your attention. He created fire, wind and rain. Believe me, He surely knows how to get your attention. (hellur, burning bush, parting the red sea and rising from the dead).

He is a jealous God because He knows when you place higher priority on the creations of this world or the pressures of this place, your peace of mind seems distant and worry begins to cloud your focus.

He longs for you to experience freedom. He longs for you to be in such rich intimacy with Him that when Satan’s lies try to topple your fortress of trust with Jesus, they are a mere knock at the door that simply goes ignored. Just ain’t worth your attention!

Ask yourself this question: What is the focus of your thoughts? The purpose behind your actions? The central motivating factor behind the decisions you make?

Be honest with yourself. Is it Jesus?

“And Him only you shall serve”….

Do like Jesus did. When Satan tempts you to bow to him in one form or another this week, respond with a big, “BE GONE, SATAN!”

Aka come at me bro, I got Jesus.

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Small Steps make Big Dreams.

Recently, I decided to make a goal list.

It was kinda crazy to think about all the dreams I have and try to find a way to communicate them on paper.  There were big ones, small ones, ones that might happen in the next year and others that are over five years away.

However, after going through college in what felt like only one year, five years really isn’t THAT far away.

After doing this, I tucked my neatly written out goal list into my journal and felt like I had really accomplished something.  

Days go by….yepppp, it’s three days later and I have done zip, zilch, NADA to make myself any closer to my dreams.

I had a book that I had been setting aside to read (that always goes over well) but I decided it was about time to actually read it.  The book is called, “Greater” by Steven Furtick.

I feel as though no description I give will provide this book justice (it’s that good) but essentially, it dives into the difference between living a life that is “baseline living” and mediocre, living a life of “greatness” in which we have a bunch of vague, unrealistic expectations of doing better that don’t work in real life and THEN there is the way of “greater”.

“Greater” living requires a life altering understanding that God is ready to accomplish a kind of greatness in your life that is beyond human reach.

It is realistic.

But it is still beyond our comprehension.

The best part is: It requires a different perspective but using the same tools we have available now. It is a much, much deeper understanding of who God is, which allows you to be confident in who you are.

As I plunged deeper, I got caught on one line that I simply could NOT get out of my head.  This line was, “A big dream without a small start is a daydream.”

Dang.

Heartcheck.

Big dreams, I have those.

A small start? ….Get back with me later.

You see, it is not because a dream is impossible or too difficult that we do not achieve it, it’s because we are afraid to even start.

What IF things don’t work out?

Well, rest assured, they definitely won’t if you never even start!

Small steps of obedience are the game-changer.

Once these steps of obedience become more consistent, that life of discipline becomes what you are used to. 

And those BIG dreams that you once thought were so far out of your reach?

They become subtitles to an even bigger picture now stirring in your heart.

My friend, you were not created to live life by the skin of your teeth or a life of going through the motions.

WAKE UP AND DREAM! (catchy, right?)

Start taking those small steps of obedience.

And hold your head high, beloved. People would love to see you fall 🙂