"This life shall soon pass
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"This life shall soon pass
Friday, August 5, 2016
Topic: I wanna be with the Lord, but there is work to do!
Bible verse: Philippians 1:21-26
"For to me, living is Christ and dying is gain. If I am to live in the flesh, that means fruitful labour for me; and I do not know which I prefer. I am hard pressed between the two: my desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is far better; but to remain in the flesh is more necessary for you. Since I am convinced of this, I know that I will remain and continue with all of you for your progress and joy in faith, so that I may share abundantly in your boasting in Christ Jesus when I come to you again."
There have been so many situations where close friends of mine have told me: I rather be with the Lord, this world doesn't get any better, there's no point of living here anymore, can't wait till He takes me home, etc. And sometimes we even think that, there have been times where we just wish to have "rapture buttons". I heard this on the radio the other day, as soon as a tough situation approaches, we can just say "See ya" and press the button and never come back to earth.
But here what Paul is saying is, he is enjoying being in the world, he's not of the world but he is enjoying the fellowship with the believers, the promises of God being fulfilled in his life and the lives of the other believers, the works of salvation Jesus has been performing in each heart, etc. He is making people see what dwells in his heart: There's a great desire to be with Jesus, yet being alive is also a huge blessing that not everyone gets to enjoy.
The verse says that being in the flesh for him means fruitful labor! What an eye opener that is! Being in the flesh for him is being in person but doing God's work and being faithful in the ministry, the question for us today is: What are we doing while we're in the flesh? (Meaning, here in the world, right here right now?) It's because of salvation and grace that we labor and we know it's not in vain! So, are we enjoying like Paul the benefits of being alive and being a believer? All the wonderful fruit that comes with ministry? Don't be so overwhelmed by your problems and miss out the bigger picture: God is not done with you, He knows when it's time to come home but for now, let's fellowship, use your gifts and talents, serve the Lord!
I pray your heart won't grow weary, but be strengthened by His mighty power!
In His Name,
Wednesday, August 26, 2015
By: Keysi Cordero
Mark 9:23-24 says: "Jesus said to him, ‘If you are able!—All things can be done for the one who believes.’ Immediately the father of the child cried out, ‘I believe; help my unbelief!’
As I read this, I ask myself: What if this guy only said "I do believe"?
Yes he was telling the truth, yet his faith wasn't totally perfected and he was completely honest about it. Why? because he saw that Jesus already knew his heart, and only Jesus was able to change him right away and perform the miracle that he was waiting for a long time.
God honors when we simply come to Him and say: Oh Father You know I trust You, You know I know You can do this, but I am struggling!
The thing about faith is that, in order to produce its perfect power there can't be any partiality or doubt. Our humanity needs to leave completely and we take a step to the unknown, but with fully assurance that faithful is the One who called you, and He will do it! (1 Thessalonians 5:24)
James 1:6 also says that we need to ask in faith, without doubting anything.
But how? You might say. The more time we spend next to Jesus, seeking Him in prayer, reading His Word, then the more wisdom we'll get to understand this whole concept of faith.
Now check this out, there are different levels of faith. And this desperate dad already believed in God, but as you see here, believing in God is not enough!
This man believed that Jesus was the son of God, BUT was having a hard time believing that his son was going to be healed.
We must seek intimacy with Jesus! Why? because when we do this, we enter in God's presence, and when we are in His presence it is impossible not to be blessed!
Today, just be honest with the Lord and with yourself and say: Lord, I know you can do this (Fill in the blank) ______________________________ but please, help me to fully
believe, with no doubt in my heart that You are Able!
In His precious Name,
Sunday, May 17, 2015
1. Testimony before the trip
Hello everyone!!! On July 16th, 2015 a team and I will be going to Chiang Mai, Thailand to share the Love of Jesus!
Here's a little bit of how all of this unfolded and the things the Lord did and still is doing, in order for this trip to happen:
This year the Lord put in my heart to start saving money, in my head I was like yeah... I really need to because lately I've been wasting my money unwisely (Movie theater at least once a week, dining out on weekdays etc.) But in reality the Lord had something else in store for me and I didn't understand yet.
I started saving money with the idea of going to France in the summer since I was going to start my French program this fall and thought it would be good to come back with more knowledge of the language and culture, yet the doors were totally shut! The french courses weren't available for the Spring or Fall, I was told I might not be able to keep my position at work, etc. But through all of this, i just felt the Lord desperately saying: Keep trusting!!! And be faithful!!
So I didn't wanna lean on my own understanding. I had a couple of dreams of me evangelizing on a street but didn't recognize it! There were a lot of trees around me!
I had been praying for a missions trip since 2009, so out of the blue I felt like doing some research for short term mission trips. Just wanted to listen to some testimonies of people that had gone overseas.
So I began contacting people but there were some closed doors, the very first call was with an organization with great intentions, yet a non christian one. It was very hard to get phone numbers and then set up meetings over the phone with people that were missionaries but again, my budget was limited and I was very scared to take a step of faith.
Then I prayed fervently, trying to ignore any fear or doubt and I found 3 mission trips, 1 to Nepal, the other one to Tanzania and the last one was Thailand. So I began to pray for confirmation and clarity.
Never heard back for the Nepal trip after knocking on many doors. Tanzania was a No as well and I didn't think anything about Thailand right away but I had a different feeling for it. When I checked the info, I read that the registration for that trip was closed, I said wow Lord! I guess this wasn't meant to be, plus there is no way! I'm going to be a full time student this fall, I have no funds, I don't get paid over the summer, I might as well just forget all about this...
I was decided to move on and just relax this summer when I heard back from Jeff (The trip organizer for Thailand) 3 days later. Not only that but a lady at my workplace came the same week and offered me a part time job over the summer. My jaw dropped !! Not only that, but a few weeks later 2 other people asked me if I was interested in working for them during the summer. I even had to turn them down because the blessings were so abundant!!!
So I asked the Lord for forgiveness because of my unbelief and the fear of the unknown. I knew from the bottom of my heart Thailand was it!
Right now I am ready to go there and serve the precious people of God! I am ready to serve Him with all I am, regardless of the outcome! There have been lots of spiritual battle in different areas of my life, but I know the Lord is greater than these circumstances!
I will keep updating you all as more things happen, thank you for your prayers which are the most important thing right now! Getting out of your comfort zone is the best because God can actually start doing something through you & reach others with your gifts and talents!
God bless you guys!
- Kelly and Ellie, for the Thailand team:
Today is day three of being in Thailand but day two of the mission. After three longs days of traveling we arrived Friday morning. We can't even begin to explain our excitement as well as our exhaustion. We are staying in a house that the Jessen family has rented for a month, since they have another mission team coming three days after we leave.
- Pray for spiritual strength as well-- that we may not get discouraged in this darkness but remember the truth in who God is and what He has called us to do.
-Amy and Kc:
After arriving in Chiang Mai on Friday, we participated in training and tried to stay awake until night time. On Saturday, we trained a rather large (approx 100 people) church in evangelism and went into the surrounding neighborhoods with them to share the gospel. I worked with a newly married couple that had a heart to reach their neighborhood for Christ. I was challenged by the "zeal for the gospel" and boldness to share with their friends. As we were walking back toward the church, my new friend said he couldn't wait to go back and follow up with those we spoke with that day.
On Sunday, we returned to the same church and trained additional people, 40 in all, and went back into the village for evangelism.
Monday we were able to train a small, young (3 week old) church. They were very excited with the training and had already been sharing Christ with their village. In three weeks, the 6 original members had seen 6 additional people come to Christ. During our evening small group, 2 others met Christ. This church has already more than doubled in new believers. This neighborhood will be changed because of their obedience to Christ. We are also able to go to a juvenile detention center and share with over 60 youth. 17 of them put their faith in Christ that day. There is a team of pastors that go there regularly and will be able to follow up with these young people.
The following two days we worked in different areas of the city with local Thai pastors that had a heart to reach those areas. They have much to do in followup after the two days.
The first 5 days were long and hard as our team was often eating breakfast before 7 and returning to our house after 9 pm. It was difficult and rewarding. Thursday we had a chance to hear about Compass 31 ministries, a restoration ministry for girls rescued from trafficking. They currently have 5 moms and 5 kids in the house that are safe and receiving food, education including learning English. I'd encourage you to check out their website.
Thursday afternoon we got to spend time with Charlie and Deb Shimmin. They told us of their ministry and we enjoyed encouraging them. They have now been faithful missionaries to the Thai people for nearly 35 years. Pray for them as the wrap up their ministry over the next couple of years and prepare to transition back to the States.
Friday we were able to go to a school of at risk kids for human trafficking. We shared the Priceless cube that tells them of the dangers of traffickers and that they are priceless because they are made in the image of God. Friday night was one of the most difficult nights of my life as we prayer walked through the red light district (the "nice" one). The sights will be forever ingrained in my memory. The darkness was palpable. Children younger than mine are for sale and no girls appeared to be more than 18y/o. There were 89 establishments over the 45 min walk. These girls need rescued, they need to know that the God that created them loves them. Over the past couple of years, the Jessens have seen 15 girls rescued from this district as a direct result of their weekly prayer walks.
In all, 155 people heard the gospel and 23 new believers entered the Kingdom. 4 churches were strengthened and trained and the lives of the North American team members will never be the same. God answered prayer in so many ways. He directed our path by using people, weather, fatigue, etc. One person Kelly spoke with had a vision that morning of her conversation with Kelly prior to us showing up in the neighborhood. God is good and He is moving in the hearts of people.
There are too many other stories to tell, but if you are still reading this email and interested in more, please ask me or one of the other team members. You were part of this team and we could sense the prayers of His people. Thank you. Only eternity will tell the whole story. May God help us to be faithful to the "good works" He has appointed for us today (Eph 2:10).
Saturday, May 17, 2014
Put aside the lukewarmness, the laziness, memories from the past, previous glories (triumphs and things that won't come back) worries about what people might think, and all of that which surrounds us like a heavy cloud and hinders us from serving the Lord!
Lord I come before You empty-handed, with hands that might be dirty because of the lack of forgiveness, with thoughts that might have failed You, with words that maybe did not please You Father!! I cry out before Your presence Holy Spirit! Make me fall in Love with You again, teach me how to love you, to lift Your Name on high, to be the center of my life again, and that there would be no thing and no person that invades or fills my heart other than You! Oh I delight in Your presence, I decrease, I minimize the famous "me, myself and I" so that You would increase in me hallelujah!!! Father I repent of all my sins Jesus, I receive You as my Only and Sufficient Savior of my life, write my name in the Book of Life and do never erase it!
Help me to walk with You for the rest of my days until Your precious return, in holiness, purity, Godly fear and reverence holding Your hand!
Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Sunday, March 16, 2014
Good morning my brethren! Let us start with a testimony on this beautiful day that The Lord has made, some of you might have already read it or heard about it, yet what a great reminder! Since all of us at some point where there just like Paul, blind and against the very Way of life!
Acts 9:1-19 Meanwhile, Saul was still breathing out murderous threats against the Lord’s disciples. He went to the high priest and asked him for letters to the synagogues in Damascus, so that if he found any there who belonged to the Way,whether men or women, he might take them as prisoners to Jerusalem. As he neared Damascus on his journey, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him. He fell to the ground and heard a voice say to him, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?” “Who are you, Lord?” Saul asked. “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting,” he replied. “Now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.” The men traveling with Saul stood there speechless; they heard the sound but did not see anyone. Saul got up from the ground, but when he opened his eyes he could see nothing. So they led him by the hand into Damascus. For three days he was blind, and did not eat or drink anything. In Damascus there was a disciple named Ananias. The Lord called to him in a vision, “Ananias!”“Yes, Lord,” he answered. The Lord told him, “Go to the house of Judas on Straight Street and ask for a man from Tarsusnamed Saul, for he is praying. In a vision he has seen a man named Ananias come and place his hands on him to restore his sight.” “Lord,” Ananias answered, “I have heard many reports about this man and all the harm he has done to your holy people in Jerusalem. And he has come here with authority from the chief priests to arrest all who call on your name.” But the Lord said to Ananias, “Go! This man is my chosen instrument to proclaim my name to the Gentilesand their kings and to the people of Israel. I will show him how much he must suffer for my name.” Then Ananias went to the house and entered it. Placing his hands onSaul, he said, “Brother Saul, the Lord—Jesus, who appeared to you on the road as you were coming here—has sent me so that you may see again and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” Immediately, something like scales fell from Saul’s eyes, and he could see again. He got up and was baptized, and after taking some food, he regained his strength.
You might think that you weren't as bad as Paul when you came to Christ, therefore you can't really "relate" to his conversion, let me tell you right now I'm the first one to identify myself with Paul, as a matter of fact I think this is one of those testimonies that relates to my old life and how God worked things out very similar in my life as He did in Paul's!
Here's the thing, you didn't have to be a murderer or a persecutor of Christians to be separated from God! At some degree we were murderers or persecutors in the spiritual realm, by rejecting and not wanting anything to do with the things of God! See we are not just talking about the things he did or he did not, because all of is have a past, some of you don't wanna let go and still wanna live in it and in the sinful nature you were first found in! We are talking about the whole act of Mercy from God towards this man who according to judgmental/gossipers kind of people he didn't really have a purpose for this life nor a chance to go to a church for a little bit! This is like the bible type of Hitler you guys, Saul was serious about wiping out Christians ASAP! Yet God didn't care about Saul's intentions or desires, matter of fact He even fanged his name from Saul to Paul! Just to identify his new role and purpose! Paul means small/humble! And that is huge because this man used to be very educated/prideful, according to society and social positions he was ahead of everyone else! Yet God says in His Word that whoever wants to be first then he just be a servant of all! (Mark 10:44)
Let us not forget where God took us from! Don't forget your roots in the spiritual realm! You were lost without a shepherd, empty and dead in sin, anxious, desperate, needy, smelly (cause sin is poisonous and makes you ugly)
Just don't forget it and whatever spiritual level you're in right now, don't neglect what's really important: READING THE WORD, PRAYING, TALKING TO YOUR HEAVENLY FATHER & FELLOWSHIP WITH YOUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN CHRIST!
Have a blessed night!