This Means War.

Satan is relentless. He is constantly attacking those who follow Christ. I can say this confidently because I have experienced it first hand. Satan does everything he can to make me feel discouraged, fearful, and confused. He will stop at nothing to destroy me.

Satan targets my mind. He tries to fill my head with thoughts like “I’m not good enough” and “I can’t do it”. Every battle is won or lost in the mind and Satan knows that. I have a feeling that this mental battle is not a foreign concept to most of you. I know I am not the only one that Satan wants to destroy, which means I am not the only one who feels the pressure of his attacks.

Daily Satan reminds me of all the things I have done wrong. He is quick to bring to my mind all the battles I have lost. He does not leave anything out. My fears, my failures, my insecurities, all of it. He shows no mercy. Satan wants to steal, kill, and destroy everyone; there are no exceptions.

However, He that is is me is greater then he that is in the world. (1 John 4:4)

This war has been won, and I am on the winning side. Satan can attack all he wants, but he will not get the best of me. If my God is for me, then who could ever stop me. I may be hard pressed, but I am not crushed. Satan may have struck me down, but I am not destroyed, and “every time Satan reminds me of my past, I will remind him of his future” (Steven Furtick).

I do not stand a chance against Satan on my own, but God is in me, and Satan does not stand a chance against Him. Satan will knock me down, but, by the power of God, I will get up again. Yet, Satan will never be able to get up again, when God crushes him under His feet. The Devil’s fate is definite and my victory is sealed.

Satan is a liar! There is no such thing as a “lost cause” in God’s eyes. My sin is not too big for God. The Devil’s attacks are real, but I am more than a conqueror, through Him who loves me. This means war and I am a solider. Satan attacks me, because I am a threat. Yet, there is nothing he can do to stop my Heavenly Father’s plan for me. What the enemy meant for evil, God will use for good.

Yes, Satan is relentless, but so is God. Yes, Satan’s attacks are still a daily struggle, but God is with me, for me, and in me. I am unstoppable. Yes, the lies of the Devil are still ringing loud in my head, but the truth of God is louder still. Satan is strong, but Jesus is stronger.

The declaration of war is already out. I’m enlisted in God’s army. I’ve been through many battles, and I’m going to go through many more. Still, grace has brought me safe thus far, and grace will lead me home. The battles have been hard, and probably will only get harder, but the joy of knowing Jesus makes it worth it all. I’m still afraid of what is to come, but I confident in the One who stands beside me.

Satan, you don’t stand a chance against my God.

 

A closing note to my readers; I’m glad to be back. It has been a very long time since I have posted. I have been very busy the past few months. I love being able to travel and do what I do, but I am always glad when I get the chance to sit down and write. As always, if you have any questions, comments, or anything you would like for me to pray for you about, just send me an email at christy@tonynolan.org or leave a comment below. I hope to hear from you soon. Thanks for reading and God bless.

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Draw the Line.

I am so excited that we are on part two of our series about love and relationships. If you have not read the first post of this series, “Set the Cornerstone and Look in the Mirror”, then I recommend you do that. I was so blessed by the feedback on the first post, and I hope that this second post is equally as helpful to you. 

This time, I wanna talk about boundaries. A lot of people’s first thought about boundaries is not a positive one. Many teenagers think of boundaries as something that holds them back and keeps them from having any fun. Our whole culture seems to have a stigma towards boundaries and rules. 

With teenagers, if they are someone who has set boundaries, then they may be laughed at. People may say you are over the top for setting rules for yourself. They might think you are weak, because you don’t do all the things they do. I know because I have had this kind of stuff said about me, simply for having boundaries. 

However, all this could not be more false. Boundaries are not a sign of weakness, they are a sign of strength and maturity. There is no weakness is saying that you are not going to have sex until after you are married. You are showing that you have the strength and self control to wait. You are actually showing yourself to be courageous by having boundaries. Sometimes courage comes in the form of action, but there are also many times that courage comes in the form of drawing the line and saying “no” to something. 

People may say that you’re over the top, however, most of the people that would say that, are the ones who have no boundaries and a past full of regret. I would much rather have boundaries and have to say “no” to a few things, then say “yes” to those things, and end up with a bunch of regrets. 

Boundaries are also so important when trying to find Mr. or Mrs. Right. You can find out a lot about a person’s character just by the way they respond to your boundaries. The right person is going to respect your boundaries. The wrong person is probably going to push back, or even want to break the boundaries you have set.

You might be worried that if you set boundaries, then no one will want to date you. However, the only people who are not going to be interested in you, because of your boundaries, are the people that you would not want to date anyway. If someone does not honor your boundaries, then what makes you think they will respect and honor you in a relationship? If you want to marry a stong godly person, then that person will have no problem conducting a relationship in accordance with your boundaries. 

You might be asking, “Well, where should I set my boundaries?”. Well, I am not going to spell out for you exactly how you should or should not date. I think you should draw the line for yourself. However, Brent Crowe wrote a book, called “Chasing Elephants”, and I HIGHLY recommend that you read it.  If you are serious about making godly decisions and setting boundaries, this book is a must read for you. Brent Crowe writes 16 questions that are a grid, designed to help you make wise decisions. 

So, I picked just a few of those questions that I think go best with what we are talking about, and put them below. (I still want you to go buy the book, though, because the rest of the questions will revolutionize the way you make decisions. Trust me, it did that for me.) I want you to answer these questions in regards to dating, so that you can decide for yourself where your boundaries should be. 

  1. Is this decision (in our case dating) being made under the control of the flesh or Holy Sprit (Galatians 5:13-26)?

  2. Will this decision hurt a brother spiritually or set a spiritual death trap (Romans 14:13)?

  3. Will the decision damage reputation (Romans 4:16)?

  4. Will the decision glorify God (1 Corinthians 10:31); Will the decision make a big deal about Jesus (Galatians 6:11-16)?

So I hope you will pray about exactly where to put your boundaries. Are you going to be alone in a room with a guy? Are you going to kiss? Are you going to say the words “I love you”? These are things you need to think about when setting your boundaries. 

Anyhow, once you have your boundaries set, it is key that you hold to them. Don’t just talk the talk, you have to walk to walk. You have to hold to your boundaries. Don’t lower your standards, because a guy is giving you attention. Do not compromise what you believe, because a pretty girl is flirting with you. And I know, this is much easier said than done.

In Daniel chapter 1, we see Daniel being taken to become a servant of the king. In verse 8, it says that, “Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s meat, nor with the wine which he drank”. The purpose of me telling this story is not to forbid you from eating meat, it is to help you hold to your convictions. Daniel knew what he was and was not going to do. He had already set his boundary, so that when the food was brought to him, he knew he was not going to eat it. 

So, set your boundaries now, so that when the moment comes, you know what to do. You cannot wait until the heat of the moment, because, odds are, you will end up lowering the standard, because that’s what feels right at the time. You have to draw the line, so that when the time comes, you will not cross it. 

One of the best ways to hold to your boundaries is tell them to someone else. Accountability is critical in dating. When you’re in the middle of a relationship, you might not see something that seems so obvious to everyone else. Listen to the words of the people that love you. My best friend, Allie (who is more like a sister), has been my best accountability outside of my parents. She is never afraid to just tell it to me straight, and remind me of the boundaries I have set. I encourage you to find a godly friend, or adult, to just share your boundaries with. Ask them to pray for you and to hold you to the standards that you have set. 

Finally, after all this, remember that the right person is worth setting boundaries for. Your future spouse will be so grateful that you saved yourself just for them. Even if you do not know them yet, you are telling your future spouse that you love them by setting boundaries. The hardship of the journey is not even worth mentioning in comparison to the payoff in the end. It will be worth it. 

If you have any questions or prayer requests, you are welcomed to email me at christy@tonynolan.org or just leave a comment below. God bless you and thanks for reading.

Set the Cornerstone and Look in the Mirror.

It’s February, which means Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. It’s all about love in February. Hearts, flowers, chocolates, and couples are everywhere. So, I was thinking that I should do a few blog posts on love and relationships. 

The things I am going to write about, in these few posts, are the things I have learned that are a huge help to me. When it comes to the subjects of dating and love, I try to be a “listen and learn” kind of person, and I suggest you do the same. Finding your spouse is not a thing you want to just learn as you go on. I think it is essential that you dig into Scripture, so that you know what God has said about this topic. I’ve also found the advice of others to be especially valuable. Listen to the people that are older than you. Their advice can save you a lot of trouble and heartache down the road. Also, just observe. Some things are just common sense. I have learned so much by just observing the way other people conduct their relationships. So I have found that you can learn a great deal about the subjects of love and dating just by reading the Word of God, listening to the advice of others, and observing those around you. 

Alright, so, I would like to start by just making something clear: Complete satisfaction and happiness does not come from finding the right person. People walk around as if they will only be happy if they have a boyfriend or girlfriend or if they get married. However, If you think that you will find complete satisfaction in another person, then you’re going to be disappointed. They are human, and they are going to fail sometimes. So, that means that there is no human who “completes you”, because you cannot find complete peace in one flawed human being.  

Then, the reality is that the ONLY person that can truly satisfy you is Jesus Christ. Your boyfriend or girlfriend is never going to be able to fill the void in your heart that Christ was meant to fill. Before we even start to talk about human relationships, it is imperative that we talk about your relationship with God. 

If your relationship with God is not in the right place, then your relationship with anyone else is not going to be in the right place. Do you know what a cornerstone is? All throughout the Bible, we see Jesus referred to as the Cornerstone. A cornerstone is the first stone set in the construction of a foundation, and all other stones are set in reference to this stone, thus determining the position of the whole structure. Do you see where I am going with this? Christ should be the Cornerstone of our lives, and if our Cornerstone is not in its proper place, then all the other aspects of our lives are going to be out of place, as well. So, if our relationships are not centered around Jesus, then our relationships are going to be built incorrectly and become dysfunctional. 

So, while you cannot find complete joy and satisfaction in finding the right person, you can find it in Jesus Christ and being the right person that He calls you to be. In this first post in our series, we have to take a look in the mirror before we start looking for the right person. Some of my friends and I have created different lists of qualities that we would look for in our spouses, which I think is great and necessary. However, you have to be what you wish to attract. If you wish to attract a godly guy, then you must become a godly girl. I can assure you that the godly man you are looking for is not going to be interested in a girl that says one thing and practices another. If you’re not living the life God wants you to live, then God very well could send great guys or girls your way and you miss them, because you are not the type of person they would be attracted to.

So, as we kick off this little blog series, I urge you to make sure Christ is your Cornerstone. No one will ever be able to take the place of Jesus in your life. Before you even start looking for a relationship with a man or women, I believe it is imperative that you make sure you’re in the right place in your relationship with Christ. I also urge you to take a look in the mirror and make sure that you are what you wish to attract. If you are not, then work on it, so that when the time comes, you will be what the person you want is looking for. So, I pray that you will set your Cornerstone and look in the mirror. 

I hope you will continue to read as I write a few more posts on love and relationships. I am very excited, this is our first little blog post series! So, I hope you keep reading.  If you have any questions, comments, or prayer requests, please feel free to email me at christy@tonynolan.org, or you can leave a comment below. Thank you and God bless!

“I Believe In You.”

I want to tell you a little story at the beginning of this post. In 2012, me, my brother, and just a few of our friends planned a 24 hour live web show, called the “GaspAThon”. The purpose of this web show was to raise money to give my dad’s book, “Gasp”, away to homeless people in downtown ATL. This book gives a very clear presentation of the gospel, and we had seen so many people come to Christ through this book. We were up for a full 24 hours, doing whatever people wanted us to do for donations, all to give the gospel to homeless people. 

After weeks of crazy preparations, the day for the web show finally came. To say I was nervous would be an understatement; I was terrified. I had barely slept the night before, which is not good because I was about to stay up for 24 hours straight. You get the picture, I was in a panic. Then something happened that changed all that. 

My Dad got a message from the pastor of Elevation Church, Steven Furtick. If you know me, you know that this is a big deal to me. I absolutely love Elevation Church, and I listen to Steven Furtick’s messages all the time. He’s one of my all time favorite preachers. Well, he sent a text to my dad, saying that Elevation would donate $1,200 to the GaspAthon. 

You guys can just go ahead and imagine what my face looked like when my Dad read that text to me. Our goal was to raise $4,000. The show had not even started yet, and Elevation Church had already gotten us over 1/4 of the way to our goal. I was shocked! Pastor Furtick and Elevation made a statement when they donated that much before we ever even went live. When they did that, they were saying we believe in you.

After I got the news about their donation, I was not nearly as nervous anymore. I thought, heck, if Steven Furtick believes in us and what we are doing, then I’m sure we can do it. In the end, we ended up raising $8,000 (double our original goal) and last year we did another web show for orphans in Ukraine and we raise $9,000. 

After all this happened, it really got me thinking, it changes everything if you know someone believes in you. I think back to all the times I knew someone believed in me, I was able to accomplish so much, just because I knew they thought I could do it. I think that the words “I believe in you” are some of the most powerful words you can say to some one. Those four words can fuel someone to do things they never thought they would be able to do.

Now, this leads me to another thought, if I know that believing in someone fuels their drive to do things with excellence, then why do I not show more people that I believe in them? 

If you want someone to achieve greatness, you have to show them that you believe in them. I am a huge Martin Luther King Jr. fan. (Happy late MLK Day, by the way) A little while back, I read Dr. King’s autobiography. I was really in awe about some things He said about his mother. He said that he remembered, as a child, his mother holding him in her arms and saying that he was a somebody and just as good as anyone else. Little did she know that the same little boy she believed in would one day change the social system of America. Martin Luther King Jr.’s mother believed in him. She believed in him, before he ever stood up and presented his grand “I Have A Dream” speech. She believed in him, when he was just a child, and, when that child grew up, he could still hear the words of his mother saying “You’re a somebody”. When someone who is important to you tells you that they believe in you, no matter what anyone else says, you know you can do it, because that one person believes in you. Abraham Lincoln once said, “I am a success today because I had a friend who believed in me, and I didn’t have the heart to let him down.”

There is another very important aspect of believing in someone. You gotta walk the talk. Don’t just say you believe in someone, show you believe in someone. When we did our web shows we had countless people say, “I believe in you. Good luck with the show”, but the ones that really made an impact were the ones who showed they believed in us by donating to our cause. So, when you tell someone you believe in them, show your belief in them, too. If you really believe in someone, you’re going to invest your time, resources, and energy into that person. When you show someone you believe in them, you’re telling them that they are worth the sacrifice you are making for them.

So, if we want our friends and family members to be world-changers, we have to show that we believe in them. Teenagers, go to your little siblings’ games and be their biggest fan. Parents, I know it means a lot to me when my parents invest their time in me. Students, teachers, teammates, friends, we all have someone that we can pour into and show we believe in them. 

I am sure there are some people reading this blog thinking that no one believes in them. I have friends that have horrible home lives, and they do not have anyone at home who is telling them that they can do anything they set their minds to. However, do you realize that the God of the universe believes in you? Yes, he does. He thinks you are so valuable that He sent His only Son to die for you. God does not just say He believes in you, He showed He believed in you with the priceless blood of Christ. God is your biggest supporter. When we have His Spirit in us, we are unstoppable. God doesn’t just encourage us, He gives us His Spirt to help us actually accomplish all that He calls us to do.

So, I urge you to just pick someone and show them that you believe in them. If we want people to do things with excellence, then we must show the people around us that we believe in them.

If you have any questions, feel free to email me at christy@tonynolan.org or just leave a comment below. Thanks for reading and have a blessed week. 

My Heart for Hobos.

In this post, I am throwing it back to many of my Thursdays for the past 2 years or so. I don’t talk very much about my personal life or what I have been doing lately on this blog, If you wanted to know that, then you would just follow me on Twitter and Instagram. However, some of my past Thursday nights have been very special to me, so I thought I should share some of those memories here. 

Every Thursday that I possibly can, I go to the heart of downtown Atlanta and hang out with some homeless people. Yes, you read that right, homeless people. Me and some of my friends (who have been doing it far longer than I have), go down with a group called “Church on the Street”. 

If I look back on the past 2 years, there are few things that have taught me more, grew me more, and blessed me more than spending time with the people I meet on the streets of Atlanta. 

Hanging out with homeless people is so not what you would expect. Before I actually took the time to talk to them, I had a very stereotypical view of them. I just assumed all of them had a police record, and that they wanted to rob everyone they came in contact with. Now, of course, I have talked to many homeless people who are drunk, high, or just got out of jail, but I have also talked to many who are not like that at all. It only took a few conversations for me to realized that I am not any better than they are. I realized that God loves the homeless just as much as He loves me. I need just as much grace as the drug dealers and criminals I meet on the streets. In God’s eyes, we are all the same. I need Jesus just as much as the person I shared the gospel with on the streets. After I embraced the truth, I started seeing the people around me through God’s eyes. They were not just homeless people to me anymore, they were friends that God wanted to draw to Himself. 

As I continued to go visit homeless people on Thursdays, it affected how I treated other people every other day of the week. God doesn’t just want me to show His love to homeless people, He wanted me to show it to everyone I meet. He wants all of us to look at our co-workers, friends, waiters, family members, classmates, and everyone else as people who need Him. Christ calls each of us to reach the people around us for Him.

It’s crazy because I go to Atlanta to bless homeless people, and many times I come back equally, if not more, blessed by them. 

I’ve mentioned him before in other posts, but I met a man named Edwin who is now one of my heroes. Though we only got to talk a few times, he taught me how to have joy no matter what circumstances you are facing. I wish Edwin was still alive, so I could just tell him what an impact he made on my life, but I know now he is as joyful as he has ever been, as he dances in the presence of Jesus in heaven. 

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Me and Dr. Love.

There is also a homeless man that my friends and I all call “Dr. Love” (he is the one in the picture to the left). He is one of the funniest people I have ever met, and He is an amazing artist. Dr. Love uses his gift to draw pictures of Jesus, and different Bible stories. I have 2 of his drawings framed in my room. Dr. Love was one of the first homeless people I ever became friends with.

I’ve also met people on the streets who have broken my heart. About a year ago, I met a man named Uno. I talked to him a few weeks in a row and every time we had long discussions about the gospel. The last week I ever saw him, we had about a 2 hour conversation. Uno had just gotten out of jail, and he said he couldn’t stop thinking about all I had told him about the gospel. I had given him a bracelet one week, and he said he left it in jail, because it made him think of me and all I had told him. I knew Uno was convicted and that the Lord was trying to call Uno to Himself, but Uno rejected God’s invitation. I remember sitting in the grass with my brother and my two friends, trying to talk to Uno. He had so many questions, but he didn’t like the truth in the answers we gave him. I sat in that circle with him and just cried. No, scratch that, I sobbed. I cared so much for Uno. It grieved me to know that He didn’t want the gospel. My friends tried to comfort me, but there was nothing they could do. Though it was one of the hardest experiences of my life, I learned so much through it. I never got to see Uno again, and, from what I know, He still has not accepted the gospel, but to this day, I still pray for him. 

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Me and little RoTwain.

 

There are also some children I meet on the streets (you can see RoTwain, a little boys that I met a few months ago, in the picture to the right). They’re simply there because of someone else’s choices. It is heartbreaking to think that these kids have nothing, but the clothes on their backs. However, I have such a great time getting to play with little boys and girls. We race around parks in Atlanta and I put them up on my shoulders. Spending time with me and my friends is probably the most fun the kids will have for a while. It’s such a blessing to be able to share the love of Jesus even with children. 

So, you could certainly say that I have a heart for hobos. Now, I see why Jesus tells us so often in His Word to help the poor and needy. Obviously, they need our help and they need the love of Jesus, but I also think God tells us to help the less fortunate, because He knows that, in the long run, it helps us, too. “Those who refreshes others, will themselves be refreshed” (Proverbs 11:25). 

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns feel free to leave a comment below or send me an at christy@tonynolan.org. Also be sure to check out http://hobonation.org/. You can make a donation, so that we can keep doing what we are doing with Church on the Street, or you can buy a shirt that has artwork on it that is done by some of my homeless friends, like Dr. Love. Thanks for reading and God bless!

Enough Is Never Enough.

I absolutely love getting emails from my readers. Since I started this blog, six months ago, I have gotten a bunch of emails from different people, and I try to message each person back with the best advice, help, or answers I can give. Recently, I received an email from a girl that, I thought, posed a great question. She told me how God had blessed her, but it was hard for her to not be jealous of those who had more than her. I do not think that this young lady is the only one who struggles with this. I think many of us in America have enough, but we become discontent, because we do not have as much as our friend, coworker, or neighbor might have. So, what can we do to counteract this jealousy and discontentment? What do we do when enough just doesn’t seem to be enough? 

I would like to start by saying that if your hope is in money or “stuff”, then you will be disappointed. The reason enough is never enough is because earthly possessions will never fill the space in your heart that only Christ was meant to fill. If you drink water from a well, you will thirst again.  Jesus says, in John 4:14, “Whoever drinks the water I give them, will never thirst.” Jesus is the only thing that can truly satisfy you. You will never be able to attain enough earthly possessions to satisfy your soul. So, why would you fret over the earthly things that you don’t have, even though they will not satisfy your soul, when you can have a relationship with the One who can fill you more than you could ever imagine? In the end, it’s not gonna matter who has the most stuff; the only thing that is going to matter is if you have put your faith and trust in Jesus. 

However, I do still understand how it feels to want more. Steven Furtick says that “the death of contentment is comparison”. When we get jealous of what we don’t have, we miss the blessing of all that we do have. We will never be content if we compare what we have with what others have. If you’re always looking at what you don’t have, then you will never be able to enjoy the things that you do have. I have said it in other posts, but I will say it again, God does not owe you anything. We deserve to go to Hell, because we have sinned against God. However, God is so gracious that He gives us the opportunity to put our faith in Him and spend eternity in Heaven with Him. 

So, how do we overcome the desire for more and more earthly things? I believe we look at the blessings that have been entrusted to us, instead of the things we do not have. It is as easy as that. If you are a Christian, you have the most precious treasure of all: a relationship with the holy, gracious, perfect God. You have something no one can take away from you. It will never fade away, never lose its value. And God does not just offer satisfaction now, He promises it forever. As followers of Christ, we have the joy of being able to spend eternity with Christ after we die. We have a prize at the end of this life that is far more valuable than anything money could buy on this earth. So, friends, let us press on “forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.”  (Philippians 3:13-14)

To the girl who emailed me, I hope that this helped you as you continue on your journey. I pray that this also helped anyone else who read this that might have been struggling with jealousy or discontentment. 

If you have any questions or prayer requests, please feel free to email me at christy@tonynolan.org or leave a comment below. Also, I haven’t mentioned it on here yet, but I do have a Twitter and Instagram. You can find and follow me on Twitter, @christyanolan. Thanks for reading and, oh yeah, Happy New Year!

God Does Not Regret Saving You.

I strongly recommend watching the short video above. It has inspired and challenged me in so many ways, but specifically, it inspired this post.

I think that, often times, we can have an inaccurate assumption of how God views us. We can think, sometimes, that God views us in a way that He really does not. I have found that if you have an inaccurate perception of how God views you, then, it will affect every area of your life. So, it’s a pretty big deal that we understand how God actually looks at us.

If you are a Believer, it is natural for you to feel the tension between the sin nature inside of you and the Holy Spirit inside of you. If you are a Christian, you will struggle. Read Romans 7 and you will see the apostle Paul at war with himself. He does not want to do what is wrong, but the sin nature inside him causes him to do it. So, Paul struggled with his sin, just like every other Believer. However, as we fail to measure up, many of us can slip into a mindset that God is disappointed and frustrated with us. We start to think that God is watching us slip up, watching us fall, watching us struggle, and that He is regretting saving us; that He is sitting on His throne saying, “Can they just get it right for once?”. Maybe some of us think that God is simply tolerating us. In response to our idea that God is disgusted with us, we try to work hard to measure up. We get the idea that God will love us as long as our performance is worth loving. So, when we fail to do what is right, we assume God does not love us as much.

However, all this is just our inaccurate idea of how God views us, and I believe that the reason we think God views us this way is because we do not understand the depths of His grace. We think that God is simply tolerating us, because we do not see the vastness of His love for us. In our struggle, we can believe that our sin is bigger than God’s forgiveness. However, God says His “grace is sufficient for you” (2 Corinthians 12:9). Psalm 33:5 says that “the earth is full of His unfailing love”, meaning that there is no shortage of God’s love. He has enough mercy and grace for the entire world. In the video above, Matt Chandler describes God’s forgiveness as too much, over the top, out of control. There is no sin that is too big for a love like this. So, this kind of love means that we do not disgust God. This forgiveness is so vast that sinful people can approach God without disgusting Him.

Therefore, in our struggle, God still does not regret saving us. Even on our bad days, God extends forgiveness to us and He loves us just the same as on our best days. Do you realize that before God sent Jesus to die on the cross, He knew that you were not going to measure up? He knew that there would be times that you would fail, and He sent His Son to die for you ANYWAY. So, your sin does not surprise God. No sin you commit could ever surprise God. He loves us, in spite of the fact that we stumble and fall. God does not only tolerate us when we stumble, He loves us so much that He picks us back up again. Matt Chandler said that “you have no sin, past, present, or future that has more power than the cross of Jesus Christ”. So, when we are in a difficult season, we have to remember that our sin is not bigger than God’s forgiveness. Even when you sin, God’s forgiveness is so vast, that He does not regret sending His son to die for you.

How glorious does this make our God? The depths of His love and forgiveness are endless. This is a radical love that demands our radical response. Because God loves us, we should strive to obey Him and bring Him glory in all that we do. Let me make sure I am clear here, we do not do good things to earn God’s love, rather, we do good things because we have God’s love. I pray that the depths of God’s grace inspire you to “conduct yourself in a manor worthy of the gospel of Christ” (Philippians 1:27).

If you have any questions, comments, or topics you would like me to write about, shoot me an email at christy@tonynolan.org or feel free to leave a comment below. Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoyed the video above as much as I did. God bless.