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Wade Phillips: Turning Lemons into Lemonade

Written by Staff on May 28, 2019 – 12:58 pm -

Wade Phillips

Wade Phillips

Turning Lemons into Lemonade by Pastor Wade Phillips

James 1:2-4 says, “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.  Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”

I know, some of you are saying, “You’ve got to be kidding me; there is no way I can consider what I’m going through as joy.”  

We must remember, God has a plan for our life and we can’t always see what that plan is. He may be using your situation to teach you something, or to teach someone else something, or to bring someone to Him.  Also, know that there are so many people out there who deal with even worse things.

There is a man named Nick Vujicic who was born with no arms and no legs. His life has been very difficult from the very beginning. For quite some time he was very angry and blamed God for His situation. Finally, he came to a place in his life where he realized that he could use his situation to be an inspiration to others, and gave his life to Christ.

Wade Phillips preaching

Wade Phillips

Nick now travels the world speaking to people of all ages. His message is very simple: “Take the lemons and make lemonade.”  

Be thankful for what you have and do the very best you can with it.

We have a choice to make when dealing with life’s troubles. We can be angry, resentful, scared, and faithless, or we can be thankful, driven, fearless, and faithful.  

In the first chapter of 2nd Corinthians, we are told God comforts us in our troubles so that we may comfort others with the same comfort we have received. God gets us through the things in our life so that we can be there for people when they are going through those same things.

We must maintain our faith so when we do get through the tough times we are made even stronger.

Look at it like this: The fires of life are like the fire used by the silversmith. He heats up the silver to a point where all the impurities float to the top. He then scrapes off the bad stuff and is left with the purest of silver.

close shot of fireGod is our silversmith and He is constantly trying to get rid of the impurities in our life so we can be more like Him.

It is my prayer that the next time you face a trial in your life, that you will think about James 1: 2-4 and remember that this too will pass, and when it does, you will be stronger because of it.

So, remember, the next time life gives you lemons, turn them into the best lemonade ever.

Look for the lesson in the test and allow God to grow you deeper in faith.

Then take that lesson into the world and help someone else mix their lemonade.

 

Wade and Tonya Phillips headshot

Wade and Tonya Phillips

Pastor Wade Phillips –  3in1ministries.org

SGNScoops is pleased to welcome Wade Phillips to our growing roster of wonderful writers. Wade is from Madisonville, Texas, where he attends Madisonville Christian Fellowship. He is married to Tonya Phillips, and they have a son, Nicholas, daughter-in-law, Courtney, and grandbaby Anna Grace. Wade’s Christian Country ministry is based on preaching, singing, and being the hands and feet of Christ.

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Wade Phillips: What does God want from me?

Written by Staff on January 10, 2019 – 8:11 am -

Wade Phillips, Christian Country artist and author, "What does God want from me"

Wade Phillips, Christian Country artist and author, “What does God want from me”

This question has been asked by millions of people all over the world. I have asked it many times in my own life. The answer, while not very complicated, is not an easy one either.

To nail down specifics of a calling, you must first get the foundation of your relationship with God set.

Wade PhillipsMicah 6:8 (NLT) says, “No, O people, the Lord has told you what is good, and this is what he requires of you: to do what is right, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.”

He lets us know three things we are required to do. The first of these is to do what is right.

At first glance you might think this is easy; however, you’d be wrong. Many people associate doing what’s right with obeying laws, holding down a job, providing for your family, and attending church on Sunday morning. While this is absolutely good, it is not all we’re talking about when we say “doing right.” What about when you see someone in need and just pass on by, or hear someone talking about being sad and down and you do nothing to lift them up?

Wade PhillipsJames 4:17 says, “Remember, it is sin to know what you ought to do and then not do it.” So you see? There’s a whole lot more to “doing right.”

Then there’s “loving mercy.” Now, we all love mercy to be given to us, because it means we don’t get what we deserve; however, just like doing right, “loving mercy” is much more than just receiving it in our own life.

To truly love mercy, you must be willing to give it out as well. If you truly love something you need to share it with others so they can fall in love with it as well. If you love music, you’ll want others to hear the music you’re making. If you love carpentry, you’ll want others to see the work of your hands. And if you truly love mercy, you’ll want to share that with the world. That means not jumping to judgment, not ridiculing someone for making a mistake, not always tearing down others, and so on.

We must be willing to give out mercy the same way Jesus gave it to us. I, for one, am glad that Jesus doesn’t hold me accountable for all the stuff I’ve done in my life.

And finally there is “walking humbly with your God.” Humility requires you to put someone else’s needs in front of your own. When we talk about living humbly in front of God, it means we must place what He wants in front of what we want. And again, there’s much more than meets the eye here.

Since walking humbly with God requires you to put Him before yourself, you must also place other people’s needs ahead of your own.

When the Church began, they had this figured out. Acts 2:25 says, “They sold their property and possessions and shared the money with those in need.” Boy, talk about placing other’s needs ahead of your own! They sold everything so they could provide for those who had nothing.

Now I’m not suggesting you go sell all your possessions and give them away; only God could convict you to do something like that. What I’m saying is, stop for a second and ask yourself what you have done for someone else lately. Have you sacrificed a little time? Have you given to a worthy ministry? Have you loved someone who is hard to love?

So back to the question I posed at the beginning…  “What does God want from me?” The answer is, to do right, love mercy, and walk humbly with Him.

As far as a specific task or calling in your life, start by doing the basics and let God reveal the specifics as you faithfully serve Him. If you seek Him, you will find Him. And, somewhere along the way, God will reveal His plan for your life.

Wade Phillips and family

Wade Phillips and family

God bless you and I hope you all have a great week in the Lord.

By Wade Phillips, special to SGNScoops Magazine

About Wade Phillips:

I was born in Conroe, Texas and raised in Madisonville Texas. My life truly began on October 9, 2001, when I accepted Jesus Christ as my personal Lord and Savior. I’m married to the love of my life, Tonya Phillips, and we have a wonderful son, Nicholas, daughter-in-law, Courtney, and grand baby Anna Grace. Jesus is my passion and that passion comes out in the songs God allows me to write and sing and in His Word that He allows me to preach. I am the most joyful when I’m singing praises to the King and preaching His Word to the people. All glory goes to God for everything in my life. It is my hope that as you listen to the songs I sing and as you hear the messages God gives me you will be touched by His spirit.

The most important thing I’d like you to know about me is that I love Jesus with all my heart, soul and mind. “I once was lost, but now I’m found,” fits me to the core. In my young adult years, I chased the dream of being a country music singer. I had the opportunity to open for many of the greats in country music; Gene Watson, Toby Keith, Wade Hayes, Perfect Stranger, Bellamy Brothers, and Tim Rushlow from Little Texas, just to name a few. I thought that obtaining fame and recognition would fill the desires of my heart and give me everything I needed to be successful in this life. I quickly found out that fame and fortune wouldn’t even come close to obtaining those things.

It was only after I found Christ that I realized what true fulfillment was. In that moment, my life changed completely.

I am now chasing Jesus in everything I do. I had the honor of serving at Madisonville Christian Fellowship from 2003 until September 2017; 5 Years as the Youth Pastor, and the rest as the Senior Pastor. God blessed me and the church during that time and now He has called me into a new and exciting ministry.

I am looking forward to seeing what God does through this ministry. Please take a second to pray for Me and Tonya as we go out into the world to share Jesus.

In His Service,
Wade Phillips

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