When you don’t feel like putting any effort into your relationship with Christ


contemplation-1Many people are in this spot.  We know we should, but we don’t.  Does it matter?  Does it change anything?  Can I help maybe get us out of the slump of being apathetic about your life and soul?  I want to communicate these principles without more  guilt, but positive truths. Please know how much Jesus loves you. His presence is with you and in you and his life-transforming power, and special friendship is available to you, no matter what you think, what your past is, or what you are currently up to in life. He loves you. Here are some principles.

  1. Define what grows you closer to Christ.  There are many creative ways then just “read your Bible and pray.”   Investigate contemplative spirituality, journaling, solitude.  Maybe a new book to help guide you?  Can I suggest reading “Celebration of Discipline”  “Emotionally Healthy Spirituality” and reat it with the devotional book.  Maybe a fresh Bible Study guide, exciting new podcast, read a classic from an anointed author that has gone to heaven.
  2. Make your relationship real.  Don’t relegate your relationship with Christ to that few moments a week when you read and pray. He is in you. He is everywhere.  Even during the mundane things of life, have an awareness that Jesus is with you.  Talk to Him, Listen with a cup of coffee.  Take a walk and talk to the Lord. Engage Him as you enjoy a hobby or work.
  3. Be honest about distractions.  Do you get up and grab your phone, or device and immediately start scrolling through posts?  Do you always have to have a TV on?  Does your news blare all the time?  Our senses become consumed and distracted away from Christ too much. Maybe we just have too many social media accounts?  Maybe we need to repent that we will put hours into social media and not much time into seeking the Lord.  We are too distracted. Apple set out to do this to a culture, and it has been done.  We can’t put our devices down. We are an addicted and enslaved society and our hearts, souls, and families are beginning to show the suffering this is bringing.
  4. Get some encouragement to grow.  You might not have it at home, from your parents or your spouse, but relationships are the way to do it.  Get in a small group, join a class, follow a spiritual leader’s blog.  I love silence, but also love worship music. I love to preach, but also need the encouragement from other preachers.  Get some encouragement to grow.  You may have relationships that do the opposite of encouraging to be close to Christ.  Have the courage to be honest about those.
  5. Ask Jesus for a hunger for Him.  Begin to read the Psalms, and the Gospels.  Confess you are not putting much effort and ask the Lord to assist you. He will.
  6. It’s hard to pursue the Lord, if you know you are violating the Lord’s ways.  You might need to get rid of a sin you have allowed, and be honest with repentance, confession, and receive the freedom of forgiveness. Sin is so deceiving.
  7. Realize growing in Christ is enjoyable, fun, secure, moving, touching, energizing, filling, and purposeful.  It is not a chore.  Listening, talking, and pursing Christ is not a root canal.  It is a vacation. It is a way of life. It bring purpose, clarity, aligns our heart, and sets our priorities for a Christ-honoring life.
  8. This life of loving Christ and seeking Him will bring wonderful changes on the inside.  Want to stop getting angry?  Don’t focus on your behavior, allow Christ to take it out of you. Need to forgive someone?  Don’t fake it, allow the love of Christ to truly change your heart.  Are you discontent and ungrateful?  Grow in your thankfulness.  You see, Jesus changes our hearts and souls, which change behavior. We try to change behavior without letting Jesus, and being honest, about the brokenness in our hearts that contribute to our behavior.
  9. As you begin to ignite your relationship, begin to grow, your desires will change.  This will change your life.  We begin to pull away from the things of this world, and only Jesus matters. He is enough. The revelation and authentic belief will transform you as a person, parent, spouse, and  child of God.
  10. Just do it.  Start today.  Don’t let dishes, devices, laundry, sleep, netflix, or people stop you from your destiny, to know and love the Lord, to allow him to be your Abba, closest friend, and only hope for contentment and inner peace.

Knowing Christ, glorifying and enjoying Him, is our primary purpose.

— Pastor Nate Elarton

Encouraging Scriptures about our Relationship with Christ

“What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all — how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?” Romans 8:31-32

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5-6

“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

“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10

“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8

“But you, Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness.” Psalm 86:15

“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:38-39

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My thoughts and experiences with death and grieving


Death  is very hard on this earth. Knowing someone we love, someone who has been part of our life, our history, even our day, will never be with us again on this earth, can be overwhelming, paralyzing, and discouraging, even depressing. I have watched people grieve, walk through other’s terrible tragedies, and experienced my own.

I lost a close friend in high school, tragically and suddenly. We were best friends since kindergarten and man that was hard. My first funeral to oversee and preach, was my brother Pat. We grew up together, went to school together, found Jesus together and grew in Christ together.  I had no idea at 20 years old, how much his death would affect me at that time.  Since then, and being a pastor I have had to bury many wonderful people, including a lot of my family, and very, very close friends.

Since the tragic death of my brother Pat, and then my very close brother Steve in 2010 from cancer, then my mom from COPD, as well as grandparents, and one of my closest friends and pastors here at Compelled in February , I have had to do some grieving, and still do.

Can I share some points from my experience?

  1. Allow yourself to grieve in the way you want to.  Yes, I cry, I remember, I get quiet. I look at old pictures, I go be by myself, and yes I cry (did I say that?). It’s OK, your way is the right way for you.  Everyone grieves differently. Every way is the right way.
  2. Grieving does not have an end date.  How can I  “move on” and just quit missing people that loved me so much and I them?  Don’t feel guilty or like you are doing something wrong if you have not gotten “over it”. You most likely won’t.  The emotions get more manageable and less intense, but the longing in my heart will never stop here on earth.  I’ll never forget or stop talking about these people and “move on” as some may want. (Maybe it’s because they are uncomfortable with feelings and emotions they want us to move on??)
  3. Talk about them.  Tell the stories. Remember the laughs. Journal the fun times, and quotes. Don’t act like they never existed and be honored when others bring them up (not offended).  They still have a place in our hearts and lives, and so talking about them has brought and is bringing me healing and peace.
  4. I don’t blame God.  I never became bitter that God did not heal them. I have stressed my disappointment to the Lord, but I trust Him. If you are mad at God. He’s big boy, he gets it. Don’t worry about what you said or thought about God.  When Steve was fighting cancer I prayed for his healing and it came, not on this earth but eternal life.  That’s the most incredible healing.  The Isaiah 53 verse “by his stripes we are healed.” is not just applied to the present, but it is a verse for our future.  We will be “whole” one day. I miss him daily.
  5. Their things don’t help my grief.  Yes, a few things for memories, but no one can hold onto everything forever. Parting with their things, that  I have, does not mean I do not love them and I am disloyal.  You can’t hold on to everything.
  6. I don’t pay any attention to the day of their death. I hoping to forget that day on my calendar as the day _______died.  I personally have not felt that celebrating that, remembering it, or sinking into a depression on that day helps me. I remember their birthday and the day of life, as their life blessed mine. If you want to, though and grieve that way that is OK too.
  7. I express my feelings verbally. I dont’ hold them in.  “I miss Marty” I yelled in my woodcarving shop to the Lord, and I have said it to others.  When my boys wrestled I thought and said, “man would Steve love this!”   I eat real butter and blurted out ” this is for you mom” and held my toast to the heavens in honor of my mom’s love for real butter and not margarine.  These acts, and connection bring me peace, and I express them to others.  Dad and I just talked yesterday about what Patrick, Uncle Allen would be like today if they were still here, or what mom would think of this or that.
  8. When my mourning for Steve was so intense and I once broke down in a message and started sobbing  and could not pull myself together. Three hundred people sat there and watched me weep. I abrubtly closed the service.  I went and talked to a counselor, and I took some time to grieve.  You may need to go and talk with someone. That does not mean you are crazy, or losing your mind, it means you need to care for yourself and that is something you should never feel guitly about!
  9. I pray thanksgiving prayers to the Lord for their lives in my grief.  When my brother’s Steve’s passing was so raw to me all I could do was weep and thank God for Steve’s impact on my life.  The presence of Jesus comforted me, and I realized what Jesus meant when he said, “Blessed are they that mourn for they shall be comforted. (Matthew 5.4).” I was comforted by the Lord Himself. I admit there were times I felt desperately alone too. But I knew in my heart my God was with me.
  10. Be aware when you grieve, you are vulnerable. The enemy knows this. He wants Christians to go get wasted, pull away from the faith, shut people out,  relapse to drugs, surf porn, have an affair, go in debt through shopping, lash out at others. Don’t make stupid decisions when you are grieving, try to make no decisions that have too much weight at all, and be aware of the evil one, who tries to make one think dumb decisions will bring us peace.  They won’t. Stay connected to your church, family, and good people that love you.
  11. I allowed myself to express my grief in creative ways other than tears.  I wrote a journal about Steve, carved a face for Marty, eat butter for mom, etc.  These things have allowed me expression. I did some other things, but I will be shy about sharing those, they are deeply personal, and a little goofy (but not to me).
  12. Don’t stop loving people.  Some say, “don’t get close to people, don’t love them, they will leave you.”  That is true, but also a lie.  Keep people in your life. Don’t build up walls to protect you from pain of loss. You can’t do it and you will be robbed of wonderful relationships.
  13. I dismissed, without offense, the silly things people say (said), that I do not believe, and did not appreciate, but I knew they wanted to help me and they honestly had no idea what to say.  I did not let these things make me angry and I did not respond poorly.  “They are in a better place.”   “God has a plan.”  “When our number is up, there’s nothing we can do, it was his time.”   “This was God’s will.”  I could go on and on, but you understand. Guard your heart, it’s ok. They love you.
  14. I learned from my counselor not to live in guilt for what I did not do before their death.  We all struggle with this when we encounter death.  We beat ourselves up for not calling more, not visiting, a quarrel in the past,  etc.  This makes the grieving process impossible as it becomes about us and not them.  Let go of the “I wish I would have….s” and just be sad they are gone.
  15. Grief hits when  it wants. I go with it.  Out of the blue, like a punch in the gut, a wave of grief, without warning, consumes me.  I go with it.  I hope this never stops. It reminds me of the blessing they were to me, and God’s Spirit comforts.
  16. I don’t hold it against others if they don’t understand my grief, or seem to be not grieving like I think they should have.  Everyone grieves differently and all ways are ok. Some hide their’s, I do mostly, but I don’t keep it in. The Lord and I have a moment.
  17. I believe in Heaven and eternal life and the Gospel more than ever.  I used to be thankful for my salvation, and what God can do for me.  But I have a different view of the Gospel now. Jesus forgave my sins so I could be with him FOREVER.  There are more of my family with Him than with me.  Eternal life, and never dying, and Jesus’ death and resurrection to make that happen me so much more to me now than it did when I was younger.  I will see mom, Patrick, Steve, Greg, Grandma and Granpa Ford and Elarton, Grandma Knight,  Marty, Alta, Nancy, Brother Skoog  and on and on.  My faith in Christ’s work on the cross, forgave my sins, so I can be with Father in the eternal after life forever with those I love. I believe this!  This does bring me comfort.

I hope these help you or someone you love that is journeying through grief.   Nate

Stop being so unhappy and discontented


Why are so many people not content?  Unhappiness, anger, depression, and hopelessness seems to be much more prevalent than contentment.  Contentment is a state of peaceful happiness.  Few have it.  There are so many things that take peace and happiness away from us.  Most of these things are external or circumstantial, but some are rooted in attitude and world view.

  • Materialism steals contentment.
  • Sin Steals contentment.
  • Conflict resulting in bitterness and unforgiveness steals contentment
  • Neglected our spirit, and inner health steals contentment
  • bad eating habits, sleep habits, steals contentment.
  • Negative, complaining, and overall views of pessimism will steal peace for sure.
  • too much netflix and TV can steal contentment.

We get unhappy at our circumstances. Maybe life has not turned out the way you had thought, or someone is making rotten decisions in their life that is affecting yours?  Contentment can be evasive in a world of conflict, a life of hectiness, and a heart divided.

Many are discontent as the media continues to bombard us with ads telling us and reminding us we do not have the coolest and newest things, and we fall prey to feeling that we are not significant because we don’t own the new whatever and discontentment grips our heart.

True contentment, inner peace and happiness, comes when we our faith and hope is not in the external things, and circumstances we cannot control, but in an all-loving and unchanging God. He purchased a chance for us to experience His life and peace, through the life, death, and resurrection of His son Jesus Christ.  A life with Christ, is a life of contentment.

In a life full of people and circumstances we cannot control, we need contentment. In a life of stress, busyness, raising kids, paying bills, driving here and there, we need contentment. With hearts that  have been wounded, pasts that haunt us, consequences from past mistakes, remind us, we do need inner peace, happiness, and a sense that there is more to life than all of this.  We need contentment. We need faith to know, that no matter what, we are part of the plan God has for our lives. We need the peace and contentment from resting the hands and love of our Father in Heaven. Choose Christ’s presence, power, and peace in your life, and stop allow unhappiness to rule your heart and mind. With God’s help that is truly possible.

May I leave you with some ancient words from the 1 century found in the Scriptures.

“But godliness actually is a means of great gain when accompanied by contentment.” (1 Timothy 6.6)

New American Standard Bible: 1995 update. (1995). (1 Ti 6:6). LaHabra, CA: The Lockman Foundation.

Decline of Compassion Must be Resisted


Anyone sense that the emotion and character attribute of compassion in our country is declining?  Racism continues to hurt so many, aggressive and angry political statements, violence and anger, the plot with so much horrible violence on too many shows and movies, and the consistent personal battle we all face with selfishness and self-attention as we strive for better hair, nails, bodies, money, cars and better houses, and the inward desire to have everyone think we are awesome. Many churches have bitter infighting, families continue to implode as spouses refuse to die to self and sin, abandon their vows, and random acts of violence fill the headlines of our newsfeeds.  We must resist the darknesses attempt to eradicate compassion from our lives.

Believers, we cannot lose our compassion. It is critical to the mission of Christ that we stay connected to the heart of God, and compassion is the manifestation of His love.  Compassion is the fuel for action. Compassion keeps us thankful, keeps us caring for others, keeps us sharing faith, keeps us loving our families and spouses.  Compassion keeps the church on the tracks of mission, so we don’t end up arriving somewhere we never intended to go.

A community without compassion is more concerned about home values than the people.  A church without compassion becomes a social club of individuals agendas and power, forgetting the mandate of mission of Jesus. We become without love and without biblical direction. Judgement and critical attitudes push out compassion, and our worship disappears in multiplying areas of our lives. We lose our first love, and then the world loses, as another church becomes a religious, lifeless, closed, clique of the community void of the love or power of Christ.  If we lose compassion we will not be Compelled to do anything with eternal implications, and to manifest the love of Jesus to those who need Him.

A school without compassion becomes a place where students are required to learn for testing, not cared about, for life-long impact, teaching, and discovery.   A government without compassion becomes a burden to it’s citizens and a only financial entity, void of  care for the people. Leaders without compassion, become dictators, and power goes to their head with disastrous results.

We need more compassion as a people. I think it’s safe to say that.  I rejoice when I see people, groups, and communities pull together to show love and compassion to a family, group, or cause. We need more of those tangible expressions of love and compassion.

Compassion requires your time, maybe your money, maybe even your reputation as others will questions self-sacrifice. Compassion often requires us to get out of what we are comfortable with. Most importantly, compassion will require your heart.  We want to move with compassion because we are “compelled by His love” not our desire to earn brownie points with God, or to be seen by men.

Compassion as a people, starts with an honest look at our own compassion.  Jesus had great compassion for other’s. He gained nothing in return. His compassion moved him to heal, to feed the five thousand, and to suffer on the cross for the sin of humanity. His compassion continues to help us through our life, as we trust him through all of our challenges.  How compassionate are you? I believe true compassion comes from the heart of God.  We must look to Him, connect to Him, and ask Him to impart His great love and compassion to our hearts and lives.

I struggle with being compassionate like anyone, but the struggle diminishes, and my compassion grows,  as I connect with the Lord, and allow His love and compassion to be revealed fresh in me.  Let’s commit as a people,to be more like Christ, to be more Compassionate, to be more loving, and people will be changed forever, and we will be part of their story. Let’s search our hearts and lives with Holy Spirit help and honesty.  Rid the attitudes, things, desires, greed, self-attention, or whatever is stealing our compassion and resist the decline of the greatest motivator for the love of Jesus that we have….the compassion of Christ.

Pick your Dirt


The story Jesus tells about the soils is interesting to me. I read it this morning in Luke 8.  Jesus says a farmer went out to plant seed and here are the results.

  1. Some seed hit the road, was trampled and the birds ate it up.  He says (v.12) that the this is like the devil coming and stealing the word from their heart so they would not believe and be saved.
  2. The rocky soil grew plants when planted, but they soon withered away.  f Jesus says that this soil is like those that received the word with joy, bu have no firm root, they believe for a time and then in a “time of Temptation” they fall away (Luke 8.14).
  3. Some seed fell in thorns and the thorns choked it out.   He says this is the worries and riches of this life and the pursuit of pleasures, bring no fruit and choke out the Word (Luke 8.15).
  4. Some seed fell on good soil and produce  a crop a hundred times greater.  “But the seed in the good soil,these are the ones who have heard the word in an honest and good heart, and hold it fast, and bear fruit with perseverance (Luke 8.15).”

What soil is your life?  Does the enemy steal the Word from you?  Steal time for the Word?  Steal faith so strong belief in God does not happen?

Have you allowed your first joy and response to serve God to leave you because the investment in growing in Christ, left you with no depth?  Your dirt (heart) is rocky?

Has Christ been choked out of your life as the pursuit of riches, fun, and everything else but Christ, has consumed your time, mind,and resources?

Are you producing fruit in your life? Being transformed daily to be more like Christ, giving all glory and honor to the Lord!  Is your heart good and Honest dirt, resulting in a life pleasing to the Lord.

What’s your dirt. I believe our will does have something to do with our heart, which is the soil.  Let the Word grow in you and let Christ shine from your life.

FIVE Reasons why we still need a lifestyle that includes repentance.


Many times the word “repentance” brings up a negative connotation or an intense revival-type situation.  But may I encourage you to have a daily lifestyle of repentance?  I believe it is healthy, and will cause you to grow in Christ deeper, and quicker.

Repentance means to have a response of sorrow that lead to a changed mind, life, and direction.

So when the Lord, by His Spirit reveals to us that we are  “off course” in honoring God, or that we are in need of change, in attitude, heart, or behavior, we need to engage in this spiritual discipline called “repentance”

This would include a chat with Jesus that would include 3 components.

  1. An acknowledgement of sin (confession) with asking forgiveness.
  2. Praise and thanksgiving for God’s mercy, grace, and total forgiveness.
  3. Asking the Lord for the power and strength to overcome and not repeat the sin, but to continue to be like Christ.

A growing Christian is sensitive to the voice of God that lets us know when we need some “repentance”

Let me give you FIVE reasons we need repentance as part of our lifestyle.

  1. We become more sensitive to the Holy Spirit’s voice and direction
  2. We become more sensitive to since, thus we get more victory.
  3. We grow closer to Jesus and the relationship become more intimate.
  4. You become more like Christ as unChrist-like behavior, speech, and attitudes are weeded out of your life.
  5. You experience a few things, joy, peace, contentment, and the mercy and love of Christ.

Would you consider, if you are not, making “repentance” part of your lifestyle? You will never be the same,  you will never stop growing, and you will never regret what Christ can do for a heart that always wants to be totally right with him, and sin free.

Precious Faith


What is the most precious thing you possess?  I have a lot of things that I confess I love.  I am attached to stuff, but it is not precious to me. It may be of value to me, but not necessarily precious. For example my woodcarving stuff is valuable to me and of course I love my Bonneville and that it runs well enough to get me where I need to go, but the most precious part of my life is my faith in Christ. It is something that is mine and cannot be taken by anyone or anything. Because of my faith in Jesus it overflows and puts things in my life into the right perspective. It makes my family precious, my friends, my Wendy, my Kids, my church.  Read this from 1 Peter 1:6:

6 In this you greatly rejoice, even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials,

7 so that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ;

8 and though you have not seen Him, you love Him, and though you do not see Him now, but believe in Him, you greatly rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory,

9 obtaining as the outcome of your faith the salvation of your souls.  (NASB)

Why is our faith in Christ precious?

  •  It gives us the heart to rejoice during tough times and trials. This is the proof of our faith.
  • Our precious faith is more valuable than the most expensive gold.
  • Our faith is eternal and has way more value than the things of this world, like money.
  • Our faith helps result in praise and the glory of Jesus Christ.
  • Our faith in Christ brings us joy.
  • Our faith in Christ will result in our eternal salvation.
  • Our faith cannot be taken from us and is fully ours.
  • Our faith can be shared so others can experience how precious it is.

So let’s keep our faith growing and moving forward.  Let’s keep protecting our faith from being diluted by the things of earth.  Let’s keep rejoicing in our faith knowing it will bring us great eternal reward, salvation!

New American Standard Bible: 1995 update. (1995). (1 Pe 1:6–9). LaHabra, CA: The Lockman Foundation.

7 Reasons We Don’t Have Peace and What We Must Do


Why do so many of the Lord’s people live absent of contentment and peace?    Let me give you these simple seven reasons and please read the powerful Scriptures following my writing.

1. We skip our daily time with Christ- When we spend time reading the Word, thinking about the Lord and the things of God, talking to God, reading and journaling, we reap incredible peace.  Why?  Our faith increases.  We experience the closeness of Jesus and our security increases.  We know the Lord is near. We are ministered to by His Spirit. We trust, we seek, we have the confidence that life will not defeat us, as we are daily reminded, our God is in control and He never leaves us.

2. We allow sin in our life.  We will never have peace in our hearts as our peace with God is disrupted by a barrier in our heart.  Unrepented sin still steals our peace.  The Holy Spirit wants us unsettled when we are living with sin that we know it is not the will of our Father. We used to call that being “convicted” defined as “convinced” of our sin.  We repent, turn, receive forgiveness and keep growing. Have you grown “used” to a particular sin in your life?  Have you grown numb to the Lord’s voice beckoning you to desert and walk away from a behavior?

3. We have unforgiveness and bitterness in our heart toward, people, a person, the church, or the government.  Bitterness, strong feelings of hate and anger steal peace.  It does not have to be directed at one person. Guard your heart.  Allow the Lord to baptize you in love. We need more of Jesus.  Past family conflicts, X spouses, hurts in the church, or at work, let it go.

4. Watching and filling your mind with Garbage   Movies that are violent, cop TV shows where people are murdered, raped, hacked up, pornography on your computer, IPAD or phone will steal your peace. Your mind is under attack and you are what you think about and you think about what you watch.  Guard the window of your heart. Guard what goes in your eyes and ears.  Jesus saved us, and these things are not entertainment. This grieves the Lord, the fact America thinks that this is the fun thing we can do with our leisure time is a sign of how sick our society is getting.  May we as God’s holy people not participate in these deeds of darkness. Live higher, live better, walk holy.

5. Pride-We want to be in control and we are tormented with no peace if we are not.  We want to control others, and that leads to manipulation and drama…no peace.  We don’t take time with Christ daily and surrender because we have fallen for the ancient lie that we can really do a better job at our life than God can.  We lack humility and we want our way and life just isn’t like that. We don’t get our way all the time, and our peace is again shattered.  Turn from self, pride, control, and throw your life into the control of God!  You will never be sorry!  Be free of the torment and bondage of control.  As a leader, I can struggle with control, and I know that is pride. I have to repent and let God have His way not I.  The best thing to do sometimes is to just serve others.  We need to make sure we know life is not all about us, but about the glory of Christ.  Do something for others and minister Christ in this world.

6. Tough Times in life and storms.  Keep your feet on the Rock Jesus Christ during difficult times.  Surrender your desire and longing to control and acknowledge that God is in control.  Surrender the situation to the sovereignty of God.  Look to grow, learn from the dark experience.  Allow your roots of faith to be driven deep in Christ.  Don’t let the storms steal your peace!  I have to keep telling myself that Jesus is constant and consistent, my emotions and moods are not and this life sure is not!

7. Fear –Fear is a real emotion.  It steals peace, and can rule us if we are not vigilant.  We must be aware of our fears and know that 99% of everything we fear and think about, will never happen.  We must not be ruled by fear and thoughts of terrible things happening, or fear of the future, or the “what if” things we dwell upon. If I dwell on things that will not happen, I won’t only lose peace, I will lose joy, and be paralyzed with fear. That is not what the Lord wants for me or you!   Grow in faith, worship, and verbally speak the Word of God and His power over our life, our family’s lives and our future.  God has not given us a Spirit of fear.  This is not from Him.  Jesus Christ is Fearless.

Scriptures to bring the Peace of God and Freedom

Proverbs 16.7  “When a man’s ways please the LORD, He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.”

Isaiah 26.2 “You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.”

John 16.33 “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”

Philippians 4.6,7  “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

Psalm 46.1 “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.”  

John 14.7 “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”

2 Timothy 1.7  “For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.” 

2 Thess. 3.16 “May the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you.” 

Hebrews 12.1-4   “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. 2 We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne. 3 Think of all the hostility he endured from sinful people;* then you won’t become weary and give up.”

“Contact With God” Week of Prayer, January 12-17


Contact With GodStarting Monday will be the week of prayer and fasting for Compelled Church. I will be publishing our prayer guide on the website here in the morning. I really believe the Lord wants us to make strong Contact with Him so He can do a deep work in us to make us more like Jesus.  That is our goal right? Our goal should not be to be better people, attend church, be nice, or look good.  The mission of the believer is to be more like Jesus Christ.

Romans 8.29  “For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son”   NIV

If you would like a copy of the prayer guide emailed to you. Please let me know by commenting here or emailing me at   nate@compelledchurch.tv .  it’s going to be a life changing week.

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Go Ahead and Be Weak


If you have ever had a bump in life, and you struggled, broke down, or folded up under pressure, you most likely kept that secret, to yourself or your family.  We all have weak times, but our society does not embrace people struggling.  It seems no one appreciates weakness.  We are all to “be strong” all the time.  We must “be strong” for others, for ourselves.  Show no emotion. Admit no deficiency. Confess no weakness.  Keep up the strong front. Don’t mourn. Don’t weep. Don’t cry out. Never confess to weakness or people will think less of you.  These are all unwritten standards. But can we be weak?  Can we  confess to not be super dad and super mom all the time.  Can we admit that we hurt? That we are struggling?  That life has hard seasons?  Where can we mourn?  Is there a place in the world where we can be honest that we are sick of our job, and the pressure of life has taken all the strength from us and we feel totally depleted?

The Apostle Paul was given a thorn in his flesh. What that “thorn” was, we can only speculate. That is not the point God is trying to make.  He is teaching here and the Apostle Paul, shares his long and painful lesson in 2 Corinthians.

2 Corinthians 12.8-10   “Three different times I begged the Lord to take it away. Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong. (NLT) ”

Here is the deal. Paul’s weakness, gave him an opportunity to stretch his faith and rely on the strength of Christ. He made peace and accept the thorn and the weakness is brought, for from that he learned that his admission to being weak, made him needy. Christ filled his need for strength. Strength to move forward, to get out of bed, to face another day, to gain in weakness.

So admit to weakness and reject the pressure of our society to “be strong” and to have it all together all the time.  God is there for our weakness if we will draw from Him, he will persevere in divine power not from us.  For Christ is attracted t weakness.

So go ahead………be weak.