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O- Obey His Commandments

img_5330“Whoever has my commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves me. And he who loves me will be loved by my Fahter, and I will love him and manifest myself to him”

– John 14:21

After we acknowledged the cornerstone of our mission, that we have been redeemed through Christ’s blood, we wanted the “O” to be a direct result of that truth. Obeying the Lord’s commandments comes after we have accepted the fact that our lives do not have meaning without the Cross. Now that we have our meaning it changes our actions, words and even thoughts while on Earth.

Joyful obedience is a difficult thing most times. The World, our Flesh and the Devil are all three simultaneously trying to attack the Lord’s authority by saying things like “surely He didn’t say you cannot eat from the Tree..” – Genesis 3 and “to you I will give all this authority and their glory, for it has been delivered to me, and I give it to whom I will” – Luke 4:6-

Something we hear today is “If God really loved me, then he would want me to be happy and do what feels right”.. this is the Enemy trying to soften the commands that God gives us throughout the Bible by making them seem old/outdated/prude/boring/lame/etc.

However God’s way never steals joy from our lives. By following the commandments of the Bible it allows us to be examples to non-believers of what our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is like. It keeps our minds clear to receive his Truth from His Word and disciplines us to grow in that Truth.

As we raise our children we want to be focused on encouraging Obedience. Our goal is to not simply have well-behaved children, but to encourage a lifestyle for each of them that will help them prosper.

“Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers.; but his delight is in the law of the Lord and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in season and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, HE PROSPERS. The wicked are not so, but are like Chang that the wind drives away. Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgement, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous; for the Lord knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish” – Psalms 1

We’ve tried it the World’s way, and it failed us every time. #RobertsForever has decided we will go Christ’s way, because He will never let us down.

Update 10.20.15

Y’all. First… we wanted to express our deepest thanks for the outpouring of love we experienced following our last post. Seriously thank you. Thank you. Thank you. We are so thankful for our community around us that our story has been able to help a few others find hope in this world.

Since our big announcement we have been BUSY. Went on a few trips, saw the beach, toured Chicago and now we are home and anxiously waiting for baby boy Roberts to be here in February.

Blondie and baby boy are both doing great. We can feel him in there dancing and he loves when we read to him.

Momma is working hard on R+F and KILLING IT. Seriously would not have been able to travel to Mexico or Chicago without R+F providing us with residual income. She still works 5 days a week too at her offices and is loving her patients these days… As long as they have been flossing.

As we enter into this nesting phase we ask you be praying for her heart and perseverance. We know it is not going to be easy but know that Christ will give Blondie the strength needed to get to February.

I (Jase) have started as a small group leader in Watermark’s Junior High ministry called WAKE. I am one of three leaders for a group of 14 6th grade boys. FOURTEEN. Any prayers you can throw out there for me and my guys would be much appreciated. So far it has been such a blessing. These guys are a fun-loving group and it melts my heart seeing them pursue the Lord together. Please pray for my heart as I lead these guys. They are making me press into the Word and Jesus and I am so thankful for them (an empty jar cannot pour into others very well).

Please join me in praying that I can be a full jar to pour into each of these guys! I have been praying over this verse as I prepare to go through life with them:

“Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith.”

-Hebrew 13:7

We pray that I will have the knowledge to speak the word of God, that my life’s outcomes will reflect a life lived for Christ and my faith would be worth imitating. Please join us in that prayer.

We will be together all the way through their high school graduation… in for the long haul. Cannot wait to see what God has in store for these guys, they are destined for great things.

Thank you all for loving us so well! We want to share our walk with you, so we will be trying to update this more frequently!

I will leave you with this tidbit from my WAKE curriculum this week. I LOVE THIS. A simple question… Based on your life, what would someone say you “love”?

I know for me someone would first say Auburn, football, sports, Dave Matthews Band and then probably Cal and my faith. How backwards is that?

So what would people say you love? Are you okay with that being what defines you?

If you are a Christian, are you living every day for Jesus? Or are you living just like the non believer? If you were put on trial for being a Christian would they have enough evidence to convict you?

“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”

-Romans 12:2

Thank you for reading. Thank you for loving us. Thank you for praying for us.

#RobertsForever

I DIDNT WATCH THE GAME! OR RECORD IT! ON PURPOSE!

I have been feeling very convicted recently. While reading the Bible or listening to podcasts I have had the overwhelming nag in the back of my mind whispering, “what are you doing?”. Not literally like “hey bro what are you doing right now” but more like “this is what you’re choosing to be thinking about and doing? Over anything else in the world, this?”

It got me thinking AND doing math- two things Cal will tell you don’t happen often or at the same time for me. Try to follow me here.

24 hours a day.

7 days a week.

52 weeks a year.

Somewhere around 80 years on Earth.

698,880 hours.

That’s it. That’s all. Bang. Done. Gone.

Dust meet dust, good seeing you again.

“Make the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore, do not be foolish but understand what the will of the Lord is.”

Ephesians 5:16-17

Now try following this.

If we sleep 8 hours a night, that’s 1/3 of our life. Boom. 232,960 hours gone.

Do you work? I do…. averages out to be 8 hours a day (accounting for Saturday and Sunday which I work rarely)

Alright 8 hours left in a day. 232,960 hours left.

Do you eat? How long does that take?

What about the dog, kids, other side projects around home? You ever have to stop at a stoplight? What about errands, chores, homework, working at home, getting ready for bed. Boom. To quote South Park (awful show with a few funny lines)

“AND ITS GONE.” “It’s all gone”

What takes up your 8 hours left after work and sleep? I have a few things. According to the Bible I will call these temptations. My temptations are as follows in no particular order:

College Football

Any other football

social media

movies/tv/video games

reading novels

All other sports.

These literally CONSUME my every moment. I refresh my twitter to see if there is any new Auburn news. (there’s usually not) I read IMDB to see what else Mark Ruffalo played in. I know exactly what score the super bowl was, the teams that played ten years ago, I can tell you who is the leading rusher at Auburn and what year it happened, need to run down the entire roster? I am your man. I can name every ESPN analyst and tell you their whole back story. I can quote movies like no one else (except my friend Robert) I schedule my life around sports. Gameday Saturday? nothing else can be going on. Super bowl sunday? Stop everything. I can tell you what Cam Newton said in his Heisman speech. I know exactly what plays Auburn ran in the loss to Miss St. Pretty foolish (Ephesians 5) eh?

You know what I can’t tell you?

I can’t tell you what Jesus said in the Sermon on the Mount. I can’t tell you all the prophets of the Old Testament. I can’t tell you what Bible verse specifically talks against homosexuality. I can’t quote the Bible like I can any song I’ve ever heard.

How sad is this: I spend more time thinking about sports than I do talking to, walking with, and worshiping a God that came down for me, was tortured for me and died in my place.

“When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; but each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed. Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, give birth to death. Don’t be deceived my brothers.”

James 1:13-18

So tonight. I’m not watching the national championship game. In the spring I won’t be watching Game of Thrones and filling my mind with women who are not my wife. @JasePatrick is no longer a live twitter handle.

I’m going to spend time with my wife. I am going to press into the Lord through scripture and I am going to pray and spend time with the Lord. It is what he commanded me to do. Nothing feels like this weight on my shoulders from realizing I have been WASTING my time away from the Lord for almost 24 years.

Church lasts about 1 hour most places. Once a week. 52 hours a year.

52/8736 = NO WHERE NEAR ENOUGH. Do I honestly think that is enough for the God that gave EVERYTHING for me?

In Luke 8  we are told the story of the woman who reached out to touch Jesus in the crowd. She was bleeding, nothing on Earth could help her and all she wanted to do was touch her Lord’s robe. Just touch Him. After Jesus feels power leave Him to heal her He calls out to her. She professes to the world the miracle Jesus has done in healing her and He responds by saying

“Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace.”

I am bleeding all over the place. And I have been reaching out to fill all my voids with everything in the world. All my temptations. I pray when I see the Lord He can tell me, “Son, your faith has healed you.”

College football is a blessing to be enjoyed. But it is a terrible God. It brings more sadness and frustration than joy at times. It leads to fights, angry words, drunkenness and hate. I am not saying watching sports is bad, I am saying that anything that takes your focus off of your God is DANGEROUS. It is a slippery slope and it will not lead you to salvation. Enjoy football. Don’t worship it. It will fail you every time. Enjoy sports with your friends and family, take in the art of film making but never put it first like I have been for so many years.

So please PLEASE pray for me. Pray that I fight my temptations. That I don’t give in. Pray that I can find a way to put my God and my wife in front of Auburn and Rob Stark. Please pray for me. If you are reading this I beg that you pray for me because I am far from being the man that the Lord created me to be.

I pray you know your Lord. I pray you find and uproot your temptations. The enemy is soooooo good at finding stuff to fill our schedules with that have NOTHING to do with the Lord. I pray you know that the Lord will never abandon you. No matter how far you wander. No temptation can overcome His love for you. EVER.

“No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful, he will not let you be tempted beyond what you cannot bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.”

1 Corinthians 10:13

We are praying for you. We hope you are surrounded by people who ask you the same question we have been asking ourselves:

“What are you doing?”

-Jase

#RobertsForever