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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?

  • 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.