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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.

  • About 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.