Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Living our faith . . . What if?

Now when Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to Him, pleading with Him, saying, “Lord, my servant is lying at home paralyzed, dreadfully tormented.” And Jesus said to him, “I will come and heal him.” The centurion answered and said, “Lord, I am not worthy that You should come under my roof. But only speak a word, and my servant will be healed. For I also am a man under authority, having soldiers under me. And I say to this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes; and to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.” When Jesus heard it, He marveled, and said to those who followed, “Assuredly, I say to you, I have not found such great faith, not even in Israel!  (Matthew 8:5-10)
Though this military man was a non-Jew, he knew the power of Jesus. He had heard of and no doubt seen His works.  He believed Jesus could heal his servant. He also understood authority and the power behind one's words.

What if we today had such faith? What if we really believed in the Person of Christ and the power His words could wield in our lives. What if we were living our faith as folks did in the Gospels and the  Book of Acts? What if we expected Jesus to act in our lives and really believed it? What if we gave Him such control and authority?

How would our lives be different?

Monday, August 19, 2019

Let's be real . . .

Let's be real . . . Any believer who thinks he is doing this thing called called life all by himself is fooling himself! This life is nothing but a spiritual battle if It is anything at all! Life without Christ at the helm is worthless, no matter what we say we are.
What/Who is in our heart today? Who rules and overrules our thoughts and decisions?
If you seem like me, it is a constant 24/7 battle of the mind and heart to allow God's Spirit to rule my life. I cannot believe some times how far even my mind can wander. Yet God reels me in, corrects me, rebukes me, and sets me straight. I want Him to have full control, but the battle is real! The world's views we twisted and perverse. Right is now wrong and wrong has become acceptable as right! But not so with God. He has not changed and I must continue to allow Him to control me!
For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ . . . (2 Corinthians 10:3-5)
Let's be real . . . We cannot do this alone. God the Holy Spirit must be given control for us to honor God! Excuse me self, but you are not my guide anymore. I have given God the authority to take over!

Friday, August 16, 2019

We cannot live in a protective CHRISTian bubble

All things are lawful for me, but not all things are helpful; all things are lawful for me, but not all things edify.  Let no one seek his own, but each one the other’s well-being. Eat whatever is sold in the meat market, asking no questions for conscience’ sake;  for “the earth is the Lord’s, and all its fullness.” If any of those who do not believe invites you to dinner, and you desire to go, eat whatever is set before you, asking no question for conscience’ sake. But if anyone says to you, “This was offered to idols,” do not eat it for the sake of the one who told you, and for conscience’ sake; for “the earth is the Lord’s, and all its fullness.” “Conscience,” I say, not your own, but that of the other. For why is my liberty judged by another man’s conscience? But if I partake with thanks, why am I evil spoken of for the food over which I give thanks? Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. Give no offense, either to the Jews or to the Greeks or to the church of God, just as I also please all men in all things, not seeking my own profit, but the profit of many, that they may be saved.(1 Corinthians 10:23-33)
We live in a challenging world. We cannot live in a protective CHRISTian bubble, yet we also cannot do everything the world accepts as ok. However, we can be sure to all that we do with the intent to bring honor and glory to God!

God created us for such a time as this. As we Stay in his Word and know Him and His character more deeply, we can begin to act more oil Him as we walk around the world. Just as Christ lived among men and glorified the Father, we too are shown to do the same with the strength of His Spirit.

We must challenge one another and stay accountable to one another. We cannot do it alone! We must be of One accord!!!!

Thursday, August 15, 2019

ONE-ness

Back to life as summer officially closes for me. Teachers report back to school and I say "so long" to summer fun, lazy days, mission trips, late nights and sleeping in! My daily blog is back up and running. I hope you enjoy.
 I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love, endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.(Ephesians 4: 1-7)
Unity . . . Togetherness . . . Common goals and objectives . . . ONE-ness.

If they is one thing I will take from this summer and especially my experience on the mission field in Puerto Rico, it is this feeling of ONE-ness. We as a Body are often divided over denominations, social issues, cultural traditions and personal preferences. We are more divided than united it seems. This is not how God planned it!

Paul pleads with us to humbly live out our calling among the Body. He challenges us to seek peace and unity within the Church family. After all, there is only One God . . . our Father and Savior, Who gave to us an ounce of faith and baptized us into His family!

It is so energizing as a believer to be able to travel to a place where the language and culture is unlike mine yet we as a people can worship, pray, and fellowship as one. When kindred spirits unite, language, food, music, and everything else is secondary. What matters is the heart . . . a heart to please God and worship Him as One!

Thank you to all in Puerto Rico who made us feel like family! The Spirit of ONE-ness, God's Spirit truly was evident. We are truly ONE family (John 17:20-23).

Friday, August 9, 2019

God wants oneness.

Abide in Me and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine, no more can ye, except ye abide in Me. I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in Me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without Me you can do nothing! (John 15:4-5)
Without a genuine relationship and focus upon God daily, no one can do anything! As we focus on Him, we can focus more upon others and their needs.  God wants oneness. (John 17)

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Prove the Truth!

 beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. (Romans 12:1-2)

We are to represent Christ at all times and in any way possible to win folks for Christ. We are to represent a TRUE Christ to a dying world and PROVE His Word to be true . . . in us! Despite the barriers we face, it is the least we are to do for what Christ did for us!

We are all on the mission field daily!

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

hear and understand

 I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the lifewhich I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me. 21 I do not set aside the grace of God; for if righteousness comes through the law, then Christ died in vain.” (Galatians 2:20-21)
  The Spirit of Christ has has used me this week in Puerto Rico to work through physical pain and continue to labor. More importantly, He has given me the patience to hear and understand with my heart. I am communicating with people even though there is a language barrier. Looking into a person's eyes as they speak and feeling their heart's passion is allowing me to understand without words!

Yet I still need His grace go work in me in order to reach more. Being all things to various people in order to reach them with the Gospel is a daily challenge. Teach me Holy Spirit! (1 Corinthians 9:19-23)

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

You are the reason for everything!

For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. (Ephesians 2:8-9)
It is all about You Lord!  Nothing I can say.....nothing I can do will change the fact that You are the reason for everything! It can never be about me anymore! Pleas give me the desire to please You always. Help me to share You with everyone so they too may know You and all Your wondrous deeds for us!

Your will Lordl

Monday, August 5, 2019

Real Family

For I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ....form it is the power of God unto salvation for everyone that believeth, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. (Romans 1:16)
After a great two days of worshipping and getting to know our new friends and family in Canonavas, PR, I am more than ever NOT ashamed of the Gospel of Christ! What a feeling to be welcomed and loved by folks we hardly know yet know already! Despite the language barrier and miles of ocean between us,  we are indeed one Body, one Spirit and one Faith . . . with one Father! (Ephesians 4:4-6)

My prayer is that we on the mainland can develop this kind of "family" within churches!

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Now we must "go"!

Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.  Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. (Ephesians 6:10-13)

As we are preparing to fly out to serve in Puerto Rico this Saturday, we have faced some personal, family and ministry challenges. We have had to rearrange team members, battle some illnesses, and even face the political shake-up in the Puerto Rican government. This is to be expected as Satan tries to derail our plans and steal our focus.

Yet we have to be prepared spiritually most of all, realizing that what God is planning is more important than any of us! We will not back down nor shy away from His calling.

We have asked God to "send" us, He has gathered the team and we have received the funding from many of you! Everything is in place to serve. Now we must "go"! 

Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”(Isaiah 6:8)
 Después oí la voz del Señor, que decía: ¿A quién enviaré, y quién nos irá? Entonces respondí yo: Heme aquí, envíame á mí. 

Please keep praying.....

Thursday, July 25, 2019

God-Honoring Government

It pleased Darius to set over the kingdom one hundred and twenty satraps, to be over the whole kingdom; and over these, three governors, of whom Daniel was one, that the satraps might give account to them, so that the king would suffer no loss. Then this Daniel distinguished himself above the governors and satraps, because an excellent spirit was in him; and the king gave thought to setting him over the whole realm. So the governors and satraps sought to find some charge against Daniel concerning the kingdom; but they could find no charge or fault, because he was faithful; nor was there any error or fault found in him. Then these men said, “We shall not find any charge against this Daniel unless we find it against him concerning the law of his God.” (Daniel 6:1-5)
Most of us know the next thing: Daniel would be set up and then caught worshipping the God of Israel! He was accused of honoring God while serving in government! Imagine that today! With all the corruption in government and all the un-Godly activity, here was a man who was convicted for honoring God . . . but God vindicated him!
Then the king arose very early in the morning and went in haste to the den of lions. And when he came to the den, he cried out with a lamenting voice to Daniel. The king spoke, saying to Daniel, “Daniel, servant of the living God, has your God, whom you serve continually, been able to deliver you from the lions?” Then Daniel said to the king, “O king, live forever! My God sent His angel and shut the lions’ mouths, so that they have not hurt me, because I was found innocent before Him; and also, O king, I have done no wrong before you.”
Now the king was exceedingly glad for him, and commanded that they should take Daniel up out of the den. So Daniel was taken up out of the den, and no injury whatever was found on him, because he believed in his God.Darius Honors God. And the king gave the command, and they brought those men who had accused Daniel, and they cast them into the den of lions—them, their children, and their wives; and the lions overpowered them, and broke all their bones in pieces before they ever came to the bottom of the den. (Daniel 6:19-24)
No matter the circumstance, God and His people will prevail. God rules and over-rules! Folks will receive their just due. Whether we are in the government, a secular job or in ministry for Him, let's be patient and be God-honoring in all we do! He will have HIS way!

Living our faith . . . What if?

Now when Jesus had entered Capernaum, a  centurion came to Him, pleading with Him,  saying, “Lord, my servant is lying at home paralyzed, ...