The Privileges of Today’s Christian

I spent some time with the Lord in prayer and in the scriptures today. I came across something that really touched me. Matthew 13:16-17

16. ´´But blessed are your eyes for they see, and your eyes for they hear´´;
17. ´´for assuredly, I say to you that many prophets and righteous men desired to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it.´´ (NKJV)

This passage really hit me as soon as I finished the last word in verse 17. Do you understand what you just read in these 2 verses? We are blessed for seeing what we see and hearing what we hear, for seeing peoples chains broken from satan, demons casted out, rehab centers healing addicts, churches leading ministries, people serving as missionaries, and SO MUCH MORE! Because we heard the gospel and the message of Jesus Christ, we are blessed! It says prophets and righteous men desired to see and hear, but they didn’t. Does this mean anything to you? Can you see how privileged we are compared to Moses, Noah, Isaiah, Jeremiah, and so many others! We are living the life they wished for, a life in Jesus Christ!

We are so privileged to be Christians. I don’t think we even come close to understanding what a gift we have, how blessed we are to be Christians. We have the Holy Spirit living in us. We are filled with the SAME POWER that rose Jesus from the grave. The same power that healed the blind, deaf, mute, the lepers, rose the dead, and blessed so many, is in us. We are living lives that so many from the past would be jealous of.

Now, we understand how privileged we are, but what are we doing with these privileges? Are we furthering the Kingdom of Heaven here on Earth? Are we fighting daily to crucify our flesh and its passions to the cross? Are we doing everything to live the life that God has called us to live? We have the Holy Spirit in us dear brothers and sisters. What are we doing with Him? Are we praying, preaching, testifying, doing works, healing, prophecying? What is the point to be a Christian who does nothing? If you aren’t using the Spirit within you, what is the point for you to even have Him in you?

These are just some thoughts I wanted to share with you all. I just wanted to encourage you all to understand what an amazing gift it is to be a Christian, to live in a time where Jesus died for our sins and rose to come back. A time in which we have a helper and a counselor, the Holy Spirit of God, to lift us up, empower us, encourage us, guide and lead us, bless and baptize and fill us up!

God bless you all and thank you for reading todays post. May peace and blessings be upon your home and family in this Christmas and New Year season!

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Hope In Hopelessness

Hello dear friends! I read something really amazing today in the book of Romans and I wanted to share it with you all! So many times in this life we find ourselves without hope. We find ourselves being hopeless in many situations. Maybe at home we don’t have the best relationship with our spouse, children, parents, or siblings. Maybe we are in a bad place at work and we feel like we can’t move up. Maybe we are stuck in sin and addictions that we feel are preventing us from living up to our full potential. Maybe we are in ministry and we can’t find a way to be satisfied with what we are doing and feel stuck.

Well, today I want to share with you something AMAZING! No matter what your situation is, THERE IS HOPE! In the Bible, we see so many examples of people who hoped in hopeless situations and circumstances and God came through. However, the example I want to talk about is from the Old Testament in Genesis, referenced in the New Testament letter written to the Romans by Apostle Paul. He says in Romans, chapter 4, verses 18-21;

“18 Even when there was no reason for hope, Abraham kept hoping—believing that he would become the father of many nations. For God had said to him, “That’s how many descendants you will have!” 19 And Abraham’s faith did not weaken, even though, at about 100 years of age, he figured his body was as good as dead—and so was Sarah’s womb.
20 Abraham never wavered in believing God’s promise. In fact, his faith grew stronger, and in this he brought glory to God. 21 He was fully convinced that God is able to do whatever he promises.”

We can see that Abraham had zero reasons to have hope in the idea that he could be the father of many nations being that he was already 100 years old and had zero kids. In reality there should have been no hope. BUT, Abraham KNEW the God he serves and held on to hope of God’s promise that He would come through. He held on to the word the God had spoken to him and didn’t waiver! It says in verse 20, that in fact, his faith GREW STRONGER.

I know that we each have our own problems and I can’t sit here and minimize certain situations while really giving attention to others. But, I can say that no matter what you are going through, no matter what brokenness and hopelessness you face, there is, among all of these things, hope. There is as a matter of fact much hope. That hope is Jesus Christ.

When you truly surrender your problems over to Jesus, when you lay your worries at the foot of the cross and acknowledge that you cannot fix anything that has been broken on your own, you cannot make something happen that is supposed to happen by yourself, and that the only true source of hope is found in Jesus Christ, only then will you be able to see this hope and cling onto this faith that Abraham had. Believing in a God who can raise the dead to life, who can create something from nothing, and who would send His son to die for you and me who deserve nothing but hell, this is the real hope.

There are always reasons to be hopeless, but there is one bigger reason to be hopeful. The promise of everlasting life found in Jesus Christ. When you focus on this hope found in Jesus, these problems, no matter how big, your heart will no longer be hopeless and burdensome, but peaceful and calm. Remember this!

God bless you all. I hope this post encouraged you and grows you as I have. Please feel free to share and encourage others with it. Don’t ever hesitate if you want to ask me a question or have a prayer request that I can post up!

Leaving It In God’s Hand

Right now I’m 20 years old. I know I haven’t gone through too much of this life, but I can tell you one thing. I’m going through it…that’s for sure. I’m seeing new things everyday being out in the mission field. 

Before a person gets into ministry, he might have some sort of assumptions about what it might be (at least I know I did). For example, he might think it’s something that he gets to do that glorifies God and is fun, or that it gives him the right kind of attention, or that it gives people a good impression about him, or that he’ll get to see the fruit of his harvest right after he starts. Although these things can be true, most of the time it’s not like this at all.

Ministry ultimately means service or serving. In case we forgot what serving looks like, I’ll remind us about Jesus. Jesus Christ of Nazareth, Son of God, came down on earth to teach us what serving is. 

Serving is when you are in the right, yet you humble yourself as if you were in the wrong. Serving is coming to a planet as a man, even though you are the Son of God, to heal, restore, and love a bunch of people who don’t love you back the same way. Serving is dying on a cross for the same person who spat in your face, beat you, and mistreated you as if you were worse than an animal.

It’s funny how I personally lose sight and understanding of this. I forget this truth about serving and what it means to serve. 

I talk to my missionary brothers all across the world and I see how whenever we go through these tough seasons, the devil finds ways to bring us down by convincing us our harvest isn’t bearing fruit, that our work is pointless, and we are doing nothing that is changing the world. But when these lies come up, this verse encourages me and I want it to encourage you if you find yourself in in a dry season or if you’re not seeing the fruit of your harvest:

“I replied, “But my work seems so useless! I have spent my strength for nothing and to no purpose. Yet I leave it all in the LORD’s hand; I will trust God for my reward.””

‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭49:4‬ ‭NLT‬‬

In these times, we must learn to leave it all in God’s hand. We can’t keep allowing the enemy to come into our lives, deceiving us, and making us quit from the ministries God has placed in our lives.

Let’s be encouraged again! Let’s allow the Word of God and His promises to lift us up and keep us in a state of joy because of what He’s done for us. Let’s trust Him with our reward for the dry seasons!

Hope this post encouraged you! If it did, please share it with those who might need it. Any questions? Comment below! God bless you all and thank you for your support and love.

Faith Known In All The World

I started reading the book of Romans again today and I came across something small, yet so big. If you read chapter 1 it’s so easy to just pass over this significant (or at least to me it is) verse without realizing. In 1:8, Paul says:

“First, I thank God through Jesus Christ for you all, because your faith is spoken of throughout the whole world.”

So what’s the big deal? This is: That these Romans had such a faith, that they were being talked about throughout the world. I don’t know about you, but I don’t really think my faith is being talked about throughout the whole world. That’s a very big and powerful statement.

There are many people in the scriptures who had great faith, Hebrew 11 is an awesome read about faith! But today I want to encourage each and every one you as well as myself to have a greater faith, to walk more by faith, to trust God more in faith, to bless others in faith, and everything else we do, to do in greater faith. Knowing that if we do something, we are doing it with a confidence in the Lord that He is leading, that He will take care of what lies ahead, that He will provide, that He will replenish the blessings we shower on others in greater measures, and so on!

All this being said, it’s great to hear about big faith. It’s tickling to the ear to hear that God will provide and that He will take care. Then why is it so hard to live by faith? Because often times we are bubble Christians. We live in a comfortable bubble that revolves around ourselves instead of Christ. (What I am describing next is not all Christians, just a vast majority in modern day America, and possibly other first world countries) A bubble that revolves around our schedule and what we want. A bubble in which we go to work, school, spend time with our family, and everything is nice and dandy. We know when the next paycheck is coming. We know that when we go to work or school, we are going to see the same people we see each day and they won’t be interested in hearing about Christ, because we never do anything to reflect Christ, and we are scared or nervous about what to say or do. We come home to our family and even more so are comfortable at home, so comfortable, that a whole other side of our character is visible. We raise our voice, make rude remarks, get lazy about chores and helping around the house, and so on.

So let’s pop this bubble! The only way to pop it, is to realize that this bubble that revolves around us, needs to go away and we need to center our lives around Jesus. When we do this, Jesus shows us how to use our time. He convicts us of where we must invest more or less time. Jesus will reveal himself more and more to our hearts and we will know how to speak with people at work or school. He will help us understand what we must do to live out the Gospel. He will give us wisdom to speak to our wife or husband. He will help us become a better brother or sister, son or daughter, father or mother. When we give it all to Him, every aspect of our life, and let it revolve around His desires for us, that’s when we begin living by faith!

I hope todays post encouraged you as it did me. May God continue blessing each one of us according to His perfect will for our lives! Please continue praying for the rehab center we have here in Austria. We have need finances to pay off the van we have for the center, the heating system, and now especially since winter is approaching, we must get wood from somewhere to burn for our heating! Thank you for reading. Feel free to share and encourage someone else with this post.

Against All Odds

Today I read something so encouraging that I had to share it with you all! I was reading from the book of Acts and I just read about how Apostal Paul just pleaded his case before Agrippa in and now had been on his way to Rome to plead his case before Caeser in chapter 26. In chapter 28, he was on his way as a prisoner on a ship and many difficulties arose. Storms arose and many feared death, but Paul told them that an angel of God came told him to not be afraid because he had to stand before Caeser and that God has granted everyone on bord with Paul safety! Later on in the chapter, we come across the following verses:

“The soldiers wanted to kill the prisoners to make sure they didn’t swim ashore and escape. But the commanding officer wanted to spare Paul, so he didn’t let them carry out their plan. Then he ordered all who could swim to jump overboard first and make for land.”‭‭Acts of the Apostles‬ ‭27:42-43‬ ‭NLT‬‬

This is where I get to the encouraging part! So Paul was on board as a prisoner. Being that he was a prisoner in chains, meant that the Roman soldiers were not on his side. Technically they were opposed to him.

Many times in life, as Christians, we find ourselves in situations where we feel like there is no help. We feel like all the odds are against us or that theres no way we can escape this problem or circumstance. Even if we are in a situation facing death, as Paul was, we have a hope! 

The soldiers wanted to kill all the prisoners so that they would not escape if the ship was wrecked. According to man, Paul and the other prisoners should have been killed. But God turned the situation around in Pauls favor! An angel of God spoke to him and told him that he would live and he was going to stand before Caeser. 

God fulfilled what He spoke through the angel, by softening the commanding officers heart towards Paul. He had something in his heart for Paul and did not want this plan to come to fulfillment, so he stopped it and Apostal Paul and the rest were spared and lived!

We need to have this confidence, that nothing can stop us or prevent us from fulfilling God’s plan in our life! Even if the situations we face seem impossible to overcome, if we stand up against only people that are opposed to us, if the odds are stacked against us, we need to not fear! God has a plan, and only when that plan comes to fulfillment will we be taken home. Until then we have nothing to fear! 

I believe God put this on my heart and revealed it to me in this was because in times like we have today, too many people are scared to do anything for God or step out of their comfort zone. They’re scared of making mistakes, people hating them, not doing what people like, sometimes even for fear of death. But this passage really helps us to understand, that if we are living for God, no matter what we face, God can and will come through for us to make the impossible possible, the big to be small, the complex to be simple, and even the enemy to become our friend.

Do not fear! Take heart and be bold in the Lord! If He is calling you, answer to your calling and He will lead and make the way for you!

Thank you for taking the time to read todays post. I pray it encourages you and may it help you grow! 🙂 God bless you all! ✌🏼️➕❤️

Something Different

I  usually post on wordpress when I’m at a great point in life and when nothing is bothering me. Well today I am at one of my lowest points that I’ve been in a while. I decided to share with you guys what’s on my heart and bothering me today. I am always in an argument with one of my brothers, always verbally abusing each other back and forth. I’m always arguing with my dad and always butting heads with him. I don’t know why, but the hardest place for me to be a Christian is in my own home. It’s so hard to tame my tongue when my brothers or dad bother me. It’s so hard to refrain from fighting with my brothers when they do something to tick me off. I really don’t know why but it is. I guess devil will work in the places where you probably find yourself the most, in my case at home. I do my best just to fall harder the next time around. It’s really something, God’s grace. It really is. That He could love someone that’s always messing up and bringing Him shame. That whatever we do, is covered by the death of His own Son….Thats phenomenal.

I am really down right now, but I need to do this. I would rather blog while at my lowest, than go smoke a pack of cigarettes, or drink some liquor, or smoke some weed because I’m upset at my brothers.

Going back to Philippians 1:27, I memorized this verse so that I could refer to it when i would be brought down and my character would become opposite of Christs. Today I ignored this verse and went crazy. Details aren’t important, however it is important that I share this: We need to act like Christ. I feel like a hypocrite saying that at the same time as knowing how I acted earlier today. I say this with confidence however, because the Word of God says that no man is without sin and if someone claims to be without sin, he is a liar. So in other words I am not afraid to share my short comings because you are not better than me and I no better than you. We are all in the same race, we are just moving at different speeds.

Let’s do our best to remember this verse. Philippians 1:27 ” Above all, you must act as citizens of heaven, conducting yourselves in a manner worthy of the Good news of Christ.” Be blessed and thanks for sharing your time with me.

Todays Devotional – Christ Character

After I came back from WIU, I think my biggest struggle was acting like Christ, being a Christian in all aspects of my life, not just at my church services and youth services. I struggle with being peaceful in my household. I struggle with anger towards anyone that bothers me. I struggle with pride towards my father. I have a hard time being humble towards my brothers. I struggle with many other things that if you looked at me, you wouldn’t have the slightest clue if I was Christian or if I was just a lost soul.

This has made me desire Christ even more recently, to desire Him with a spirit that’s unashamed to seek His help for my imperfections and to ask Him to use me to help anyone with the same issues.

I thought that if I went back to college, I could get away from my problems and stress that I accumulate in my home with my parents and siblings. But i realized going away isn’t going to help solve the problem. Rather it’s only going to postpone it for a later time. 

Today I read from Philippians and Christ gave me peace and strength once again as I decided to study this book again. As I read chapter 1, I got to verse 11 which says

“May you always be filled with the fruit of your salvation – the righteous character produced in your life by Jesus Christ – for this will bring much glory and praise to God.” Philippians 1:11

In this verse alone, God opened my eyes, mind, and spirit, to just be more reverent on this idea and this message and theme of righteous character. This is the thing we need in our life more than anything as followers of Christ; a CHRIST-LIKE character!

Later on in the passage we come to verse 27 which says in the beginning of it

“Above all, you must live as citizens of heaven, conducting yourselves in a manner worthy of the Good news about Christ.” Philippians 1:27a

Just in this part alone we are reminded once again of the character we must have and obtain. I do believe repetition is a strong emphasis in the Bible whenever an important theme, message, word, or idea was to be delivered, repetition was the tool in which that sense of importance was delivered by. Here in this chapter 1 alone we see this message and theme of having righteous character appear twice.

Lets ask the Lord to reveal to us in which ways we are faulting and messing up and ask Him to help us realize these mistakes and change them. Let’s ask Christ to mold us as He wishes for His divine plan because we are never truly done growing in Him.

Thank you for reading my message today, and I hope Christ works in you as He is in me. Praise His holy name. Peace and Love!