Jarrid Wilson


Jarrid Wilson

Jarrid Wilson is a pastor, blogger, and author (30 Words: A Devotional for the Rest of Us) from Orange County, California. He writes about grace, second chances, and empowering a younger generation to find their potential in Christ.

Find out more on his blog.

God of Sometimes

Each of us have goals, dreams and ideas of what we want our futures to look like. But what happens when those things don’t necessarily happen when we wish them to?

It’s really easy to love God when things are going just the way we want. But what happens when things don’t work out the way we want. Is your faith, love and trust in God decreased? Or does it stand strong trusting all things are in His timing.

I think we sometimes forget that God is all powerful, all knowing, and all capable. He isn’t just a God of sometimes, but a God of always.

As humans, we naturally feel let down when things don’t go the way we want. But when did God ever promise to fulfill our desires in our time? He didn’t.

God’s promises are fulfilled in His time, His way, and for His purpose. And until we can let go and allow God’s timing to reign #1 in our lives, our relationship with him is nothing more than shallow and transitional.

It’s time to let go, and let God be God.

God is always. Not sometimes.

Deuteronomy 31:8 – Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the LORD will personally go ahead of you. He will be with you; he will neither fail you nor abandon you.

- Jarrid Wilson


The Waiting Room

Waiting, waiting, and more waiting…

Waiting is something all of us do in life. And while some people like to ensure that waiting is a great learning experience, in reality it feels more like a mental and emotional torture chamber.

To be honest, I dislike waiting. I’ve never been good at it. I’ve always liked to get things done as soon as possible, and at a time that was most convenient to my schedule. But over the years I’ve realized that life doesn’t revolve around me. Time does not click in parallel to my heart. And what I think will never be more important than what God already knows.

Have you ever been in a waiting room? You know, that smelly, dimly lit room that feels like the black hole of all rooms. And regardless of why you are there, it’s usually for a good reason. I can’t really think of any waiting room that wasn’t strategically placed in line before hearing important news.

My point is: Don’t expect anything of substantial value to come out of a speedy process. I’m not saying it can’t happen, but realistically it won’t. In fact, scripture even promotes this very fact.

Proverbs 14:29Whoever is patient has great understanding, but one who is quick-tempered displays folly.

Proverbs 21:5Good planning and hard work lead to prosperity, but hasty shortcuts lead to poverty.

The reality is: Life is a waiting room, and patience is the antidote. Don’t be in a rush to move forward when God might want you right where you’re standing.

Challenge: Anytime you feel impatience creeping within your bones, recite Proverbs 14:29, and pray for God to gift you with the blessing of patience.

Through patience and diligence, the snail reached the Ark.


5 Ways to Break Up with Porn

I haven’t posted on this topic because I wanted to make sure my content came across the right way, but because so many of you have requested I write on it, I felt compelled to finally do it. Regardless of your relationship with porn, it’s undoubtedly a problem with today’s Christians, and I believe it will only grow to be worse unless we deliberately do something about it.

Here are some stats:

- 54% of Christians said they had watched pornographic material within the last year. (survey from pastors.com)

- 47% of Christian households said that porn is a struggle in their household. (2003 focus on the family survey)

Pretty crazy, huh?

This post is going to a broad guideline to help you, a friend, or a family member abstain from the harm and affliction of porn. And regardless if you have a problem with it or not, it can still be used as a precautionary foundation for your future.

5 ways to help you break up with pornography:

1. Study scripture to understand God’s yearning for us to be pure by abstaining from fleshly desires.

- 1 Thessalonians 4:3, 1 Corinthians 6:18, Matthew 5:28, Ephesians 5:5, Colossians 3:5, 1 Peter 2:11.

2. Install accountability software onto any device that gives you internet access.

- www.XXXChurch.com offers a free software that is available for most platforms.

3. Keep your computer somewhere people can see it, and not behind a closed door.

- Boredom is Satan’s playground, and a closed door doesn’t help.

4. Give yourself limitations as to when you are to be online.

- Everyone has a different schedule, but try and disconnect from all online platforms about 2-3 hours before you go to sleep.

5. Do not put a password on your smart-phone, tablet, or laptop. Keep your devices open for accountability.

- Having a password gives you the comfort of looking at pornographic material and not worrying whether people will find out. This is exactly opposite of what you should be doing.

I hope these 5 points help you with your struggle. There are plenty of things other than this post to help you along your struggle with porn, but I pray this post will resonate with you in a way that is transforming and life-changing.

Be honest about your struggle. Don’t let porn obstruct your potential with Christ.

- Jarrid Wilson


The Burning Bush

I can only the imagine the intensity and curiosity of Moses as he approached the burning bush in Exodus 3. All throughout scripture we see people encountering God in the most unfathomable ways, but I believe this is one of those defining moments that truly showcases how mysterious and relentless God is when trying to reach His people.

1. Do you have a burning bush experience?

2. How did you encounter the presence of God?

While Moses was tending to his father-inlaws sheep near mount Horeb (the mountain of God), an angel of The Lord appeared to him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush. As Moses looked closer he realized the bush was clearly on fire, but that none of the branches or limbs were being consumed by the flame. (vs. 1-3) 

In Moses’s disbelief he began to watch towards the burning bush in curios shape and amazement. And, as The Lord saw that He had received the attention of Moses he then called out of the bush and said, “Moses, Moses!” (vs. 4-5)

God then began to speak to Moses, claiming “I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.” (vs. 6)

Summary: God uses the burning bush as a catalyst to get Moses’s attention in order for him describe the mission and calling God has placed amidst his life. Moses’s encounter with God was kindled and ignited by the initiation of a burning bush.

My Question: What is your burning bush experience? How have you encountered God’s transforming presence?

We may all have different stories, but the reality is that God is amidst all of them. Every encounter with God is incredible on it’s own. And, although some might be different than others, it doesn’t change the fact that they are still ENCOUNTERS with God. Moses encountered God through the presence of a burning bush, and Abraham encountered God when he was only nine years old. (Genesis 17:1) – Just to name a few.

In today’s society, some have experienced it’s transforming presence within the walls of a multi-million dollar Church building in the suburbs of Southern California, while others have experienced it’s transformational power inside of a small mud hut surrounded by the wild plains of Africa.

The Reality Is: It’s redeeming power knows no boundaries, it’s grace knows no limits, and it’s dedication to transformation has no age restrictions. It cannot be conquered by any enemy, and it cannot be withheld from any advance. No past is dark enough to withstand a transforming encounter with God!

- Jarrid Wilson


5 Things Christians Should Stop Doing

Here is some stuff Christians should stop doing.

1. Telling people “I’ll pray for you” without actually praying for them.

- Guilty as charged. I can’t think of anybody who hasn’t done this at one time or another. And while most of us don’t actually mean to forget, it’s probably best that we just set aside time on the spot to pray for people. Are we really so busy that we can’t stop and pray for someone’s needs? We need to make sure we are fulfilling our duties as Christians and actually follow through with them. One prayer could be the tipping point to someone coming to know the love of God. Don’t miss the opportunity to speak life into someone because you don’t think you have time. 

2. Attending Church on Sunday but ignoring God’s voice the rest of the week. 

- Ouch! This one stings a little. Many of us get in the habit of making God just another addition to our weekly check-list, but the reality is that our entire lives should revolve around him. God deserves #1 priority in each of our lives, and to treat him any differently would go against the foundations of the Christian faith. Evaluate the way you are spending your time, money, and energy. If you want to see a change in your life then you need to begin giving God the place of honor he deserves. Stop treating God like the last kid picked in dodgeball.

3. Praying for God’s provision when we have yet to use what he has already provided.

- Way too many of us tend to treat God like a personal genie. Prayer was given to us as an open line of communication between us and God, but the harsh reality is that way too many of try to use it like a drive-thru at a fast-food restaurant. You don’t get to pick and choose the way God provides, but you do get the opportunity to trust his plan and have faith in his promises. I can’t begin to explain how many times I’ve ignored God’s provision because it wasn’t wrapped the way I intended it to be. Every time we purposely ignoring God’s provision, we are indirectly telling him, “I don’t trust your plan.” 

4. Trying to be so relevant that we actually hurt the message of Jesus. 

- There is nothing wrong with trying to be relevant, but we need to understand that there is a BOLD line between being trendy, and then completely disfiguring the message of Jesus. We can’t expect to bring any change to the world when we don’t look any different from it. I’m a firm believer that Jesus came to reclaim culture and not abolish it, but this doesn’t mean we need to water down His message so that it’s easier to swallow. 

5. Telling people that “God will never give you anything you can’t handle.” 

- Why should we stop saying this? Because it’s a lie… We’ve completely twisted 1 Corinthians 10:13, as this verse is pointing towards temptation, and even then it states God will be there if things get too tough. The reality is that God just might give us things we can’t handle so that we will gaze towards him for the extra help. Mind blowing right? Realize that not everything is going to go the way you plan, think, or hope. Sometimes stuff is going to hit the fan, and in order for you to get through it you are going to NEED to rely on God’s comfort, peace, and understanding. We weren’t meant to do life alone.


Jarrid Wilson is a husband, pastor, and author whose motivation is to help others find their identity in Christ. Find out more on his blog.


Living with Purpose

It’s really easy to get caught up in the world's laser focus of money-making, getting popular, and the strive for successful living. But what if I told you God couldn't care less about those things? In fact, what if I told you that God isn’t focused on your “worldly success” at all, that is unless it is being used for the glorification of Jesus.

What a relief….

Think about it:

When it comes to the purpose of our being, do you think God is looking for us to join in on what the world has created? Nope, not at all. God wants us to be the difference in this world, and stand up for the purpose of His name (Romans 12:2). The last thing God wants is more people following the world’s shallow, dark, and vulturous ways.

Here’s My Point:

We were made to be more than puppets of the world. It’s time to start giving ourselves a little credit. We are a children of The King, and we were made to live for more than a paycheck and worldly acceptance. Don’t let the world fool you into thinking your life was meant to be lived for “its glory” rather than God’s.

Reflect: Jeremiah 1:5 notes that we were set apart from the beginning, and that we were destined for greatness.

Worldly success will never compare to purposeful living. And until your heart can wrap itself around this vital truth, your worth will never be fulfilled because you are seeking to fill it from a place that doesn’t have what you need. Way too many times have I seen men and women of all ages being let down by the world, only to get back up and try again. It’s time to break through the lies of the world, and seek purposeful living through the one who it is founded upon.

Stop seeking worth in a world that cannot offer what you truly need. Only Jesus can offer that.


Studying Your Bible

Over the last few months I have had hundreds of you request a post on “How to Study The Bible.” Well, here it is. I pray this post blesses you, challenges you, and inspires you to take the initiative to deepen your relationship with God.

Below is the formula I use when studying and journaling through the scriptures. This doesn’t mean it’s the only way to study, but I do believe this formula is a great way to strengthen your foundation in Christ.

1. Uncover

1. Time/Date/Author

2. Place/Location

3. Audience (who is the text directed to?)

2. Relate

1. How does it affect me?

2. How does it make me feel?

3. In what ways do I share a similar experience?

3. Apply

1. What did I learn?

2. How can it be applied to my life?

3. What is God trying to tell me through this text?


Social Netchurch

The internet is something we all use and enjoy, but are we using it too much, or not enough at all?

I hear so many people rebel against social websites because they claim, “It distracts them from God” or, “It’s just too worldly.” I know this might sound odd, but I want people to start re-thinking their decisions.

Now, don’t get me wrong… I understand their reasoning to boycott these cultural habits, but shouldn’t their reasoning to leave give them an even bigger reason to stay?

We as Christians continuously talk about being a light to the world, an example of Christ, and a reflection of His Hope. So, if the internet is something you claim distracts people from God, then how about you be the difference and make it a place that attracts people to GOD.

Let’s be a generation that TAKES BACK the internet and social media for the Good of Christ, using them to share His LOVE and HOPE.

Use your social networks for Gospel good works. We are called to tweet, post, pin, tumbl and digg all in the name of Christ.

Social Tips:

1. Be consistent. (Keep your posts fresh, and up to date. Don’t let your platform get dry. You never know who you’re reaching.)

2. Be honest. (Don’t try to be someone you’re not. People will call your bluff. Honesty is the greatest of leaders!)

3. Be creative. (Think outside the box.You never know until you try! Pictures and videos are a great way to increase engagement.)

4. Give God The Glory. (If you’re not glorifying him, you’re glorifying yourself.)

Romans 12:2 – Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

How are you using your social networks to share the love of Christ? Leave your comments below. 

- Jarrid Wilson


Army of the Broken

Within the last few days, a theme of “Brokenness” has taken point over my times of study and devotion. Whether it be my own brokenness, or the brokenness I see in others, Jesus provides a beautiful antidote for anyone going through a tough time.

At one point we have all have felt:

1) Broken

2) Useless

3) Abused

4) Hurt

5) Worn out

6) Depressed

7) Guilty

8) Weak

9) Addicted

10) Dirty

And if you have NEVER felt one of these, I’d love to hear your God-given secret to perfection.

The reality is that all of us are broken, but don’t confuse brokenness with uselessness. Just because you are broken does not mean God can’t use you. In fact, 99% of the people Jesus used for His ministry were broken, addicted, weak, and dirty. Dig into the depths of scripture and see for yourself.

Don’t let Satan confuse your brokenness for uselessness.

Through the power of Jesus Christ:

1) You are useable.

2) You are beautiful.

3) You are able.

4) You are capable.

God uses broken people to bring HOPE to a broken world.

Romans 8:11The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you. And just as God raised Christ Jesus from the dead, he will give life to your mortal bodies by this same Spirit living within you.

We are the army of the broken, finding restoration and power through the hope of Jesus Christ.


Fix Your Eyes

Over the last few weeks I’ve begun studying a passage of scripture that has really transformed the way I live my everyday life. I believe so much in the power of this text, that I wish to share it to all of you, in hopes that it will help you in your walk with the Lord.

I want to open up and just admit to you how crazy life has been for me over the last few months. And when I say crazy, I don’t mean bad. I just mean crazy.

There have just been an incredible amount changes in my life that all seem to be happening at once. And regardless of what I do to try slow things down, and re-think where I am headed, I feel like God is simply saying “Just trust me.”

So guess what? That’s exactly what I am doing, and I pray that this post will help you to do the same.

Hebrews 12:2 says this, “fix your eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”

And the part I want you to focus on is, “fix your eyes on Jesus.”

For some reason those five words stood highlighted to my gazing eyes. I am not sure if I had read this text before, but I am almost positive that this is the first time I’ve actually understood its power. As I read it I felt this warm sensation fall over my body, as if God was telling me, “See! I told you.” And He was right. He was definitely right.

I guess I’ve realized the answer to any problem, hardship, or ailment in my life. Wanna know what it is?

Ok, get ready… FIX YOUR EYES ON JESUS.

Yup, that’s it. Some of you might think that’s silly, but others of you just read those five words and felt the same spiritual sensation I did. Why? Because you got honest with yourself and realized how powerfully true that statement is.

So many of us are trying to do things on our own, when all God want’s is for us to do things with Him. We think we aren’t ready for the things ahead, but we forget that we are the ones who asked for them. We are the ones who prayed for them. And we are the ones who God has been molding to take on the tasks He has put before us.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying I know you personally, or know exactly what you’re going through. But what I am saying is this… FIX YOUR EYES ON JESUS and you will not be strayed wrong.

Fix your eyes on Jesus. He will never steer you wrong.


Your Scars are Proof that God Heals

1. “Crying is not allowed.

2. “Keep your pain to yourself.

3. “Never let others know your weakness.”

These are things we’ve heard throughout life. And while many of us may try to shake off their weight, you’d be surprised to know how many people are haunted by these thoughts on a daily basis.

 

We live in a world that calls failure a weakness, and labels weakness a flaw. We are taught to mask the truth because “it’s better if you keep that to yourself,” and that the best way to lead is from our strengths instead of our weakness.

If I can be honest, I think our world has built itself on a shallow and narrow foundation. The truth is that this foundation is ready to crack at any second. While I know this is just my opinion, I think I have a pretty valid point to stand upon.

I believe in a God of Grace, love, and second chances. And if it wasn’t for those divine qualities all working together, I can promise you that I wouldn’t be standing here today. I’ve been redeemed.

I’m not proud of my past, but I wear my scars on my sleeve because I am proud of who I’ve become in Christ. These scars remind me that I can conquer all things, and that healing is possible through God.

My failures and mistakes are NOT my most treasured moments, but because of them I am now a living testimony of His redemption and grace. Guess what? So are you!

Your story is His glory. Share it to the world. Don’t hide your scars, wear them as proof that God heals.

-Jarrid Wilson


The Director's Cut

As a Christian, I believe some of the easiest traps for me to fall into are the ones I have personally set for myself. Sometimes, the hardest things for me to overcome are usually the walls I have personally built with my own hands. And sometimes, the hardest addictions to conquer are the ones I have subconsciously self-inflicted upon myself.

The Reality Is: It’s really easy to get in a habit of doing things OUR way, on OUR time, and for OUR benefit. But, if we are to get really honest with each other, that is the exact opposite of who Jesus Christ has called us to be.

We need to realize that as Christians, we are NOT the directors of our lives anymore, and that we gave up that right the second we decided to GIVE our lives to HIM. In reality, we are supporting actors who have been blessed with the opportunity to be part of God’s bigger story. This role is not to be taken lightly, and I believe that God’s story is one that will break all box-office records.

When we begin directing our lives the way that we see fit, we will begin to lose touch with our heavenly father. That intimate and personal connection is the very thing that keeps us focused on righteousness, and turned away from worldliness.

Stay focused on your role as a supporting actor, and allow God to direct your life in the way He sees fit. It’s not about US. Trust me; if He can create the world, I’m sure he’s more than capable of directing your life.

Proverbs 3:6 – In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.