The Wheels Keep Moving

How many of you know that God is always working. He is constantly pouring out so we can learn, constantly pushing us to grow into the men and woman he wants. In case you did not know I have been serving in Kenya the past 6 months as an overseer for Pottersfield Ministries and can I tell you it has been just that; a time of learning, listening, watching, alongside many more. By adapting these lifestyles into living I have seen and witnessed my life grow more and more into His image. Never has it been easy nor has it been what I wanted but I’m reminded day after day God never looks at comfort or location all he wants is my heart, I put walls up that have no foundation and He keeps tearing them down. God sees what man can’t and He knows what man doesn’t and so often I am quick to forget He is God and Chris is not.
What two things are we confident in that happens everyday? We know 100 percent that the sun gives light in the morning and the moon shines at night. ( of course unless you live in Alaska where the sun shines half the year) I wake up every morning now confident that God is going to teach me something this day. This has lightened the load of my day so much knowing that God in His knowledge, His wisdom, His majesty wants to teach me something. The lessons have varied from small to large, hard to easy and old to new but God has stayed the same through it all. God tells us in Philippians to be confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ. Chapter 1 verse 6. I love that God’s work is not complete until Jesus comes back, daily my God is on the move in the heart and lives of the believer and does not stop pursuing even when we ourselves turn away. Day after day season upon season God wants to teach me and you He wants to show us new things, He wants to give us new eyes to walk through new doors. He is constantly showing Himself to me but am I always willing to adapt or accept? No matter if you have are a seasoned veteran in your walk or a new believer, God wants someone who is open and willing to walk in His ways.
Kenya has been a time if so much learning for me and I am looking forward to what He wants to teach me in this next season as I will be leaving Kenya tonight for America. I look back and Gods past faithfulness and know He wont let me down in the future, He is the same God always. The mission is always the same but location may change, Paul was a man who had to adapt this into his lifestyle and if God gave him the will and strength to get through why cant he do this for me.

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The Wheels Keep Moving

How many of you know that God is always working. He is constantly pouring out so we can learn, constantly pushing us to grow into the men and woman he wants. In case you did not know I have been serving in Kenya the past 6 months as an overseer for Pottersfield Ministries and can I tell you it has been just that; a time of learning, listening, watching, alongside many more. By adapting these lifestyles into living I have seen and witnessed my life grow more and more into His image. Never has it been easy nor has it been what I wanted but I’m reminded day after day God never looks at comfort or location all he wants is my heart, I put walls up that have no foundation and He keeps tearing them down. God sees what man can’t and He knows what man doesn’t and so often I am quick to forget He is God and Chris is not.
What two things are we confident in that happens everyday? We know 100 percent that the sun gives light in the morning and the moon shines at night. ( of course unless you live in Alaska where the sun shines half the year) I wake up every morning now confident that God is going to teach me something this day. This has lightened the load of my day so much knowing that God in His knowledge, His wisdom, His majesty wants to teach me something. The lessons have varied from small to large, hard to easy and old to new but God has stayed the same through it all. God tells us in Philippians to be confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ. Chapter 1 verse 6. I love that God’s work is not complete until Jesus comes back, daily my God is on the move in the heart and lives of the believer and does not stop pursuing even when we ourselves turn away. Day after day season upon season God wants to teach me and you He wants to show us new things, He wants to give us new eyes to walk through new doors. He is constantly showing Himself to me but am I always willing to adapt or accept? No matter if you have are a seasoned veteran in your walk or a new believer, God wants someone who is open and willing to walk in His ways.
Kenya has been a time if so much learning for me and I am looking forward to what He wants to teach me in this next season as I will be leaving Kenya tonight for America. I look back and Gods past faithfulness and know He wont let me down in the future, He is the same God always. The mission is always the same but location may change, Paul was a man who had to adapt this into his lifestyle and if God gave him the will and strength to get through why cant he do this for me.

What are you waiting for?

Psalm 130:5-6 I wait or The Lord, my soul waits, and in His word I hope; my soul waits for The Lord more than watchmen for the morning, more than watchmen for the morning.
Waiting in American culture is a word that no one likes to hear, it’s just a another means to be patient and be busy about what is on your plate for the day or week. The business of life creates habits leading to characteristics which then turns into a lifestyle. People wait for Friday to come to receive a pay check, they wait for 5 o’clock to roll around because it’s time to leave work or they wait for the weekend to relax and party with friends and family. I’m not saying any of these things are wrong or a sin I just want us to take a moment to think if you didn’t have a pay check coming and you didn’t have an 8 to 5 job or a family to fellowship with. What would you be waiting for?
For those who have been out of the country especially to a rule or third world place you have an idea of what I’m talking about. My time so far in the country of Cambodia has given me this drive and eagerness to wait and hear from God. From an outsiders perspective they would look at living conditions, dress, mal nutrition and think these people really must need help. Not knowing the whole time that these people have more joy and excitement about life than most Americans. From the way these people do life it’s changing my view and look at life, the hope of life and what all people are longing for is God and Gods word alone. Those who hope in The Lord will always be satisfied and never in need, though the waiting process is never easy it’s always worth it in the end. See God has this great and awesome plan for my life and for your as well but too many times I bring my own plan into it because I don’t want to wait and hear from God. The watchmen in the mornings wait and wait for days even weeks never seeing anything but always anticipating everything. When we’re praying and devoting our time for Jesus do we sit and wait with anticipation?
It’s been 6 months since my start of this year and only now am I getting a hold on what it means to fully wait for God to show up. With no set schedule and no future plans it’s a great place to be free from stress and worries. I want to leave us all with a challenge that may seem easy but truly take a moment. Are we bringing our plans into His plans? Or are we truly hoping and waiting For God who has brought you this far to do a miracle that will change your life forever?
Application- challenge myself to set my plans aside and truly wait for God to so something amazing.

Eating Healthy

1Corinthians 8:13- Therefore if what I eat causes my brother or sister to fall into sin, I will never eat meat again, so that I will not cause them to stumble.

I look at this scripture and the first thing that comes to my mind is stumbling block. How many times have I been this stumbling block or brick in another person’s path and not even know it? This scripture is talking about what we eat can cause someone to fall into sin, but it’s resembling the things of the world that can be a temptation leading into a greater sin or as we know it a “stumbling block”. I usually never know when I am doing this because I’m so focused on self and insensitive to others around me.

What is it that you and I do that makes us be this hick up or preventer in someone else’s life? I believe it is a variety of things but there are just a couple that I want to mention. The first which I already mentioned is that I am focused on self and I that we forget that there are true people around us with true emotions and feelings that at the sound of a certain song brings them back to that exact point of time of where they were. But to many times I want to fulfill my momentary pleasures which In return could cause someone around me to fall. I am to act in love and the law of love therefore to him, requires me to deny myself rather than to be the occasion of leading him into sin. 1 John 2:10 says” anyone who loves their brother or sister lives in the light, and there is nothing in them to make them stumble.

God deals with everybody differently and this causes everyone to be in different seasons and stages with God. Some learn faster than others, some may have a harder time in a certain area than others and the freeing of sin takes longer than it did for you. Being sensitive to the walk their on with God would be the next lesson to adhere when not trying to be a stumbling block. Ask questions, get to know the person, learn their story and see how their walk with The Lord is and this should be a huge help in how you can be an encourager and not a stumbler. Isaiah 57:14 tells us to build up and prepare the road! And remove the obstacles out of the way of His people. We are to uphold our brothers and sisters in The Lord to make their path suited for their walk.

Application- I need to show more love to my team so today I will pray individually for my team.

I’m Coming Back Don’t Worry

John 14:28

You heard me say to you, ‘I am going away, and I will come to you.’ If you loved me, you would have rejoiced, because I am going to the Father, for the Father is greater than I.

 

               3 years the disciples spent day in and day out with Jesus, the early mornings, their mid days and their evenings into the early mornings only to do it all over again. The disciples and Jesus were inseparable and were always together, when you saw Jesus in His day most likely He always had one of His disciples by His side. Now can you imagine hearing “I am going away and where I am going you cannot come?” these disciples had no idea what He was saying and I could just imagine the thoughts going through all their minds some maybe thought he was just saying things because He was tired maybe some were scared, some maybe started to doubt. I’m sure at the least they were confused. Now then in this verse Jesus says I am going away and I will come to you. “Ok so your leaving then coming back? I don’t get it”. At least one of His disciples had to say this most likely peter. Jesus even goes on to say you should have rejoiced. I do not know about you but for me I would not know what to do or think I would be so confused, angry, anxious in what was going to happen next.

               What these disciples were missing is that Jesus was going away so He could send the Holy Spirit, which was going to be the one who guides and directs their life. If Jesus never left them then the Holy Spirit would not have come. God has been taking me through this season of really showing me how important the Holy Spirit is in my life. I know He is there and I know He is always with me but still I do not obey Him. When I know the conviction still I go the way I want, when I know He is telling me to do something still I justify it. All these things I have been experiencing in my life recently and God has been showing me that He is not first in my life, that I am still leading my own life and making choices and decisions that please chris and not God. What these disciples and I are not getting is that Jesus had to leave us to send us His spirit to live in us so that it may draw us closer to Him. But so often I forget about the Holy Spirit that its self that is trying to draw close to God and doing this on my own strength will always end up with negative results. The power of Gods Spirit is so much Stronger than what I claim Him to be, I lower the standards and justify His power and strength that I always end up on the short of the stick. My only hope is with God and not using my own strength and wisdom, the Holy Spirit is the one who leads and guides us into all truth. (John 16:13)

Application- Ask the Holy spirit to convict me of an area of my life today where I am not obeying Him