Stop Longing For Egypt
Do you find yourself longing for something God took from you? Maybe it was a job, a house, a relationship, a friendship, some item you loved? The list could go on and on.
I find myself doing that more often than I’d like to admit.
That reminds me of the Israelites after they left Egypt. God took them out of Egypt. They lived as slaves in Egypt. They were in slavery, being missed treated, overworked, you name it.
But God took them out of that. Out of the hurt, out of the pain, and out of the oppression. God rescue them and remove them from that awful situation.
But later in God’s word we see them start to miss Egypt. Long for it even. At this point they had the promise of Israel to look forward to.
Sometimes We Can Forget
They had a promise of a new land. A place that would be their own. A place flowing with milk and honey.
Instead of holding on to that promise. Instead of looking to that promise. They looked back. They longed for Egypt.
They wanted to go back. Go back to what was comfortable and familiar. To what they knew.
And sadly we often do the same. We look back longing for what God brought us out of. We long for what we had.
Sometimes we can forget the promises of God because we cannot see them yet.
We Can’t Always See God’s Promises
But it says in Romans 4:21 “And, being fully assured that what God had promised, He was able also to perform.’
Even though we can’t always see God’s promises, we can know and trust that he will do what he says.
Don’t long for something God took you out of just because you cannot picture in your mind how God will fulfill his promise.
Let the promise be enough. Let your knowledge of who God is and his character be enough for you to trust him.
Stop longing for Eqypt when you have the promise of Israel.
But Praise God
Ever heard someone report something really unpleasant and then tag on the end of it, “But praise
“My car broke down, but praise God!”
“My washer broke and my house is flooded, but praise God!”
“My doctor gave me bad news, but (you guessed it) praise God!” It sounds insane – delusional at best.
What kind of out of touch, nut job spouts off praise to a God that lets things fall apart?
Well, Job, immediately comes to mind. After losing his wealth, his house, and all his children in one
day, he fell to the ground in worship and said, “The Lord gives, and the Lord takes away. Praise the
name of the Lord.” (Job 1:20, 21)
And then Paul, who had much to complain about, said, “Give thanks in everything, for this is God’s will
for you in Christ Jesus.” (1 Thessalonians 5:18)
Give thanks in everything. Praise the Lord. In. Everything.
His Goodness and Faithfulness Don’t Go Away
You know, sometimes, “Praise the Lord” is a statement of faith, and not a description of your
circumstances. Sometimes we just have to say “Praise the Lord’, fully believing that God IS doing and
will continue to do praiseworthy works and fulfill his praiseworthy nature and plans, even though
things look bad. His goodness and faithfulness don’t go away when pain is present. They coexist and
inhabit the same space – often.
When it comes to suffering, I think some of us believe that God is in heaven twirling his mustache
thinking up all kinds of maniacal ways to punish us, or maybe that he’s lounging up there, passively
watching us as we live out his grand social experiment. If that’s what we think, then we are forgetting
who He is. He is the Mighty One that goes before us. Even into pain.
Jesus willingly subjected himself to torture and death on the cross. And he wasn’t immune to the pain.
He was stripped naked, whipped, beaten, and rejected on the cross and felt it all. Try to wrap your
mind around that and then remember, “By His stripes we are healed” (Isaiah 53:5). His wounds. Isn’t it
interesting that the verse is not, “By His power you are healed” or “By His grace you are healed”? Jesus
didn’t stop at providing salvation through the cross, though that would have been more than enough.
Jesus died the kind of death that would matter to a person overwhelmed by suffering and shame. He
doesn’t look down at us from his throne aloof, with unknowing eyes. In fact, whatever I think I know
about heartache and pain, God knows much deeper.
Let the Name of the Lord Be Praised
Because He was broken for us, we can celebrate the comfort of knowing that our pain is understood.
We can rejoice that he can and WILL genuinely minister to our hearts. We can lift our heads high!
Because he died and defeated death, we have the power to overcome. And if that all weren’t enough to make us smile in the face of our circumstances, heaven awaits! Even the worst days, months, YEARS
even, are a blip on a screen compared to enormous joy everlasting of eternity with Jesus.
God understands us. He loves us even though we are riddled with sin and gnarled by dysfunction. He
heals and redeems us, even though we deserve to be left broken. And because he saw the joy ahead of
him and endured the cross (Hebrews 12:2), now I can say:
When I am rejected and misunderstood – let the name of the Lord be praised!
When my child is sick and her disease has no cure – let the name of the Lord be praised!
When past failures and insecurities haunt me – let the name of the Lord be praised!
Whether my heart feels like singing or not – let the name of the Lord be praised!
Everything Under The Son
You might be asking yourself what this blog Everything Under the Son is all about. It is all about God. Despite all the differences we have One common thing has brought us all together. We have come together for one common purpose to glorify God in everything we do.
Colossians 3:17Amplified Bible (AMP)
17 Whatever you do [no matter what it is] in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus [and in dependence on Him], giving thanks to God the Father through Him.
He is the one that has transformed us from the common to uncommon.
We are common people who have been called by God to be Uncommon! Each of us comes from different backgrounds, different cultures, some raised in country and some out of country. Some of us raised in homes with two parents and others raised by single parents. Some of us are in our 20’s not married, some newly married, some in our 40’s just starting a family, others a decade or more into marriage. All of us trying to find the balance in life between family, work and God. We all work in some way either in the home or out in the professional world. Regardless of this, that thing which makes us uncommon is not our background, marital status, age, or occupation, it is our love and joy for the Son. He is the one that has transformed us from the common to uncommon.
Acts 10:15New King James Version (NKJV)
15 And a voice spoke to him again the second time, “What God has cleansed you must not call common.”
It’s not about us the messenger
God has taken each of us in different ways from broken vessels to be used for His glory. God has committed us to carry out the message. Committed, Execute, to pledge ourselves to our faith. It’s not about us the messenger (us) but about the common message (The Son).
1 Paul, a bondservant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ, according to the faith of God’s elect and the acknowledgment of the truth which accords with godliness, 2 in hope of eternal life which God, who cannot lie, promised before time began, 3 but has in due time manifested His word through preaching, which was committed to me according to the commandment of God our Savior;
4 To Titus, a true son in our common faith:
Grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ our Savior.
This blog is going to be a weekly writing of Everything Under the Son! We will be sharing just that, from the mountain top experiences, to the struggles in the valley, to the ways in which the Son encourages us daily, how everything in our lives comes under the Son moving us from the common to the uncommon!
“Beware of the Scribes” from Faith and Victory Church by Pastor Matt Krachunis. Released: 2018.
“Many Infallible Proofs” from Faith and Victory Church by Deacon Jonathan Wilder. Released: 2018.
“The Key to Growth” from Faith and Victory Church by Pastor Matt Krachunis. Released: 2017.
Bloggers welcome to 2018. Happy New Year.
My goal is not to be a blogger but to spread the word that you have as far as possible in 2018. Part of that means requires me teaching you a few things along the way. I’m also going to inform you about what’s working for others and what I’ve learned from helping others blog for about 4 years now. I will be posting helpful/instructional things for you guys all year long :).
Shorter/More Frequent = Better
This is especially true with the video blogs. People have short attention spans and when on social media it’s even shorter. Get in – say your point – get out. If you have more to say that’s fantastic that means you already have your next blog topic to talk about. Posting more often with less stuff is preferred over one long post/video that is gigantic or long.
Video Blogs 2:00 – 2:30
Written Blogs – 3 – 4 paragraphs
Have a common theme/brand is a great way to get returning readers. Pastor Brittney has offered to make graphics (like Pastor Crystals and Amandas) for the bloggers. It’s free and can be whatever you want (as long as Brittney can make it). Just let me or Pastor Brittney know and we’ll get one started for you. She’s working on a video devo image that we can use (I’ll show you how to do that later).
Glen Petersen will be in charge of the scheduling of the video blogs
Jenna Petersen and Heather Foster are in charge of scheduling the written blogs
We want all the blogs to be as spread out as possible so we get maximum coverage. Work with the people in charge to find spots that aren’t covered that fit into your schedule.
How To Maximize Your Time Blogging
According to several different blogging “experts” the best way to blog is to split your time into three different equal sections. Don’t just spend writing your blog
- Preparation – Spending time thinking about what the overall direction and what your next blog is going to be about should consume 1/3 of your time
- Writing/Videoing Blog – Actually “put pen to paper” or get the video done. This is key :).
- Promote your blog. Many many many people leave this VERY important step out. Share your blog on your Facebook profile. Also share others so we can create a “network” of blog articles that people will begin to read. Also share to Facebook Groups (read below)
Jesus Blogs Page is the central location of our blogging world.
Everyone in the blogging group has been added as an editor to the Jesus Blog’s page. Make sure to share your blog to the Jesus Blogs page after you’ve written\recorded it.
Jesus Blogs helps us in a number of ways.
- It provides a place for you to share everyone elses blog. You never “miss” anything. On the page under notifications simply use friends posts or all posts.
- It puts your blog on the website. Anything posted to Jesus Blogs appears on the faith and victory website
- It allows other people to see your blog. I’m committed to growing this pages following and getting as many people to see your posts as possible.
Facebook Groups (Reaching the Masses)
Facebook groups are so powerful Facebook actually bans you for overusing them to much (ask me how I know). One person (me) CANNOT just go around an post in every Facebook group and build a mass following. What we can do however is get a bunch of people (the bloggers) to each dedicate themselves to one or two Facebook groups and achieve the same effect. Some of these groups are HUGE having over 100,000 users in them. Pick 2 that you like and share your blogs and everyone elses blogs to these groups. This is how we take over the world for Jesus with blogging :).
To join a Facebook group simply do a search in Facebook for Jesus, Bible, sermon, God, or whatever idea you come up with and join a group that looks interesting that no one else has joined. I’ll keep a list of which groups we already got people sharing too.
Love you all as always if you have specific questions just ask me :). I’ll be adding more tips and tricks as the year goes on :).