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Sean BE is a Christian Pop artist from Franklin Tennessee.
As a former Children's Ministry Pastor and youth leader, part of Sean's mission is to inspire the next generation to find their identity in who God knows they can be.
Sean wants to use his career as proof that God can do immeasurably more than we can imagine when we follow His calling, and remember that it's not us doing great things, but rather, God doing great things through us.
Above all, Sean reminds listeners that God has purpose in everything, and will work all things for good, for those who love Him. This is the inspiration for phrase, "We did not come this far, just to come this far.
Sean is best known for his catchy melodies, and electric live performances. His shows are a "must see" and his music is sure to stick with you long after leaving the venue!
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“Who's writing your story?”
"Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall." - Proverbs 16:18
God created and equipped us uniquely for the story He planned for us. But what about those who have chosen to remove God from their story, or maybe have done so without noticing?
Yes, a person CAN be "successful" without having God in their life. However, contrary to what some may want to believe, our stories are not determined by how successful we are. This is why you will see so many reaching the pinnacle of success only to fall hard.
As our lives continue to grow, we take on more and more: more responsibility, more decisions, more “stuff.” All the “more” overloads us, and we find that without God, we are forced to take on things that we cannot handle on our own. We want to take all the credit for the good in life, but we cannot hold the baggage that comes with it. We want to prove to people that we can carry the world when, really, it’s crushing us. There is a word used to describe wanting all the credit or insisting we can handle everything on our own… PRIDE.
When we remove God from our story—intentionally or not—we insert pride. I encourage you to read about Samson in Chapters 13-16 of Judges for a great example. To summarize, Samson did things the way HE wanted. He had an incredible gift, and he used it to glorify himself until he eventually lost it. Not because God took it away, but because in his pride, he gave it away.
Have you, like Samson, given away your gift? Are you close to removing God from your story and replacing Him with pride?
If so, there are three things you NEED to know.
You're not the only one. Temptation works best when we don't realize it's happening, and pride is the sneakiest of them all! Our only defense is to constantly praise God for who He is and what HE has done in our story.
It's not too late. Read to the end of Samson's story. You will find that God honored a humble heart and used Samson to fulfill an incredible purpose. You can bounce back. Embrace humility, and desire the glory of God to be shown rather than the glory of yourself.
Your story is not about you… but that is for tomorrow's study.
"It's not about you."
"Not to us, O Lord, not to us, but to your name give glory, for the sake of your steadfast love and your faithfulness!" - Psalm 115:1
When we think about how our story will turn out, we'd like to think it will end with us having a glorious victory, in which our accomplishments will be recognized and even celebrated. We’d love that movie ending where we’re lifted on shoulders and carried off the field with applause… Or am I the only one who’s thought that?
There’s nothing wrong with this: humans love being loved by others. Affirmation is a legit love language. BUT, if we are to fully ask God to step into our story, we need to realize one very important thing: our story is not about us.
Look at your common “Heroes” of the Bible: David defeating Goliath (1 Samuel 17:42–47), Daniel surviving the den (Daniel 6:19-28), rad shack and Benny (come on, veggie tales fans!) (Daniel 3:16-28), Joshua vs. Jericho (Joshua 6), Gideon and the 300 (Judges 7)…
What do all of these stories have in common? They’re not about what the person did; they are about what GOD did through that person. These heroes had willing hearts and faithful souls in the most extreme circumstances, and because of it, God used them to accomplish incredible things for His glory.
These heroes were celebrated by their peers, and I'm sure the honor they received felt great! However, they set themselves apart by reminding the people that it was God who accomplished the things being celebrated.
Here are the three takeaways I want to leave you with:
The worst situations created moments for the greatest glory. Each of these stories finds the characters faced with impossible odds—often facing death. Still, they choose to stand firm in their faith and put God first. They call on God to step into their story, and they move according to His direction. When you are lower than you’ve ever been, elevate God higher than you ever have, and use that moment for HIS glory.
You are a living testimony of the power of God. When we stop looking at our stories as what WE have done—and rather, what GOD has done through us—we can use those stories to prove what God can do with a broken but willing heart. Use the light God's given you to point people back to Him.
God’s version of our story is FAR greater than anything we could write for ourselves. But that’s for tomorrow.
"Repurposed - Reinforced - Rewritten"
"Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God." - Hebrews 12:2
I'm not a fan of the “no regrets” way of thinking. I would not trade where God has brought me to, but I believe some better choices on my end may have led to a smoother—maybe even faster—route to this destination. However, our past cannot be undone.
If we can't rewrite our past, how can it be anything but a reminder of hard times or regret? Well, by accepting that—while we can't rewrite our past—it can still be repurposed; and only the grace of God can do this.
When we ask God to step into our story, we do more than ask for a better future. We are asking for a repurposed past. We are moving forward from where we've been, forgiving those who hurt us and forgiving ourselves for choices that haunt us. We believe in God’s grace and forgiveness; we are moving forward, determined not to make the same mistakes. Most importantly, we are learning from it all. This is the first step to beginning a better story. In this step, we realize that God makes it all mean something! But it can't stop here.
A better story begins when you allow God to repurpose your past, reinforce your present, and rewrite your plan for the future—replacing it with His.
This creates the type of story that will allow you to point others back to Him. Some who knew the you “back then” will have a hard time understanding this “repurposed” you, but give it time and be consistent. They will see God’s life-changing power at work in you. Some who know you “now” will see something different about you that separates you from others. They see God walking before you, with you, and behind you, reinforcing this new life you’ve begun. Some who will know you in the future may be going through the same trials you went through, maybe even be on the verge of making the same mistakes you made. Your story may be what saves them from falling down the same path.
We can’t change what’s happened. Only God can change what comes from what's happened.
Allow God to repurpose your past, reinforce your present, and rewrite your future. Now, “Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith.”
Everything changes when you decide to say, “Jesus, Step into my story!”
“We did not come this far, just come this far.”
“Growth only comes when the rain falls.”
Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
- James 1:2-4 (NIV)
The hardest part about growing is the process of actually growing. With growth comes change, discomfort, uncertainty, and a fear that the result may not be worth what we went through to get there. Growth requires extra effort and makes us face things about ourselves that we’d rather ignore. The craziest thing about growth is that as hard as it can be, it is so critical to becoming who we were placed on this earth to be.
If you struggle with seeing the joy in your trials, I want to remind you that you’re not alone. EVERYBODY struggles with this.
This is the challenge that God places on us all so that we can remember even in our most challenging times that God is still working things out for our good. The verse above promises us completeness. It promises us that perseverance will leave us not lacking anything, not because of who we are, but because of who God is. Finding joy in our trials is a battle we can lose more often than we’d like to admit. But that’s what’s amazing about God and the promise we read here: God did not call us to be perfect… He called us to be perfected. Let his work perfect you today.
When we persevere and find joy in trials as this verse calls us to do, our growth then becomes living proof of what God can do in the life of an obedient heart! How cool is that?! Your trial serves as a testimony to the greatness of God and can help others grow through their trials.
Embrace the trials of life today with a smile! Know that they are crucial to becoming the complete person you are meant to be. Focus on how you react; thank God for a life that allows you to feel and experience things. And remember… growth only comes when the rain falls.
In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.
- James 2:17 (NLT)
Jesus talks about the power of faith in Matthew 17:20. He tells us even the smallest amount of faith can allow us to tell mountains to move. He followed that by saying nothing would be impossible for us. If this is true, the most challenging question we have to answer is… why are we not doing more?
When God says that with faith the size of mustard seed, we can tell mountains to move, we can be sure of two things:
• God understands that we are human and that faith can be difficult to have, so He only asks for the smallest amount—a mustard seed size, to be exact—for us to prove our faith to Him. He is trying to set us up for success!
• Faith will not move the mountains; faith will give us the ability to TELL the mountains to move. There has to be action! Again, God sets us up for a win because all we have to do is TELL it to move.
We can find an incredible example of faith in action in the Bible in Joshua Chapter 6. When the Israelites approached Jericho, God told Joshua, "I have delivered Jericho into your hands." This was before anything even happened! From the beginning, God told Joshua how the battle would end!
But Joshua still had to take action. God gave specific instructions to Joshua that essentially came down to marching around the city. (I encourage you to read this story in Joshua Chapter 6 as part of your devotional time.) These instructions weren't invading the walls, not firing boulders, not throwing slushies--yes, that is a VeggieTales reference--but simply marching. God showed His infinite power through the simplest of man's actions. Through action and faith, the walls of the city fell, and Jericho was given to the Israelites. They had faith, God instructed their works, and the battle was won.
Think about the walls that need tumbling in your life. God is setting you up for a win, if you choose to take action. Today, decide to be intentional about making your works match your faith. Now go see what mountains God will move through you!
"We didn't come this far just to come this far"
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
– Romans 8:28 (NIV)
Nothing proves this verse to be more accurate than the bible story of Joseph. (Read this story starting in Genesis 37). Ultimately, God’s plan for Joseph was to elevate him to one of the highest positions in the land. God would allow him to use this position to save his family and all those he was in charge of, but Joseph had to go through a rough season or two before the plan was fulfilled. After being thrown into a pit, sold into slavery, falsely accused, thrown in jail, and forgotten about… He stayed faithful to God and still saw God’s perfect plan happen. Talk about a comeback story!
What can we learn from his example? Regardless of the season of life, Joseph served faithfully, served with excellence, and endured! Because of this, God did not abandon him. The events of Joseph’s life were not for nothing. In the end, they lead him further than he ever could have imagined.
The past two days, we have talked about making a conscious decision to pursue something greater and finding the resilience to continue that pursuit in the face of adversity. I want to end this devotional series by emphasizing this: You have a purpose. There is a reason you are here. Just like the story of Joseph, the events of your life—whether good or not—have meaning to them. If you continue to put your faith in God and move in the right direction, you will see His ultimate plan and proof that all things work for good for those who love Him.
God’s got you, so enjoy the process! Imagine life’s highs and lows like pieces of a puzzle. Some parts are easy and fit in right away; others don’t seem to make sense at first, but they are all necessary to complete the big picture. Everything has a purpose, whether you see it right away or not. Allow God to finish His work in you, and trust Him to work all things out for good. He will not leave you hanging in your trials! Remember: You did not come this far, just to come this far.