Dear friends and partners, Thank you for your prayers and thoughts towards the ministry! We have never felt the effects of your prayers more than in the past few weeks. Our own city of Houston was hit by Hurricane Harvey. The tropical storm brought catastrophic flooding which resulted in great devastation and loss...
Jesus paid the price for us all and each year we get to celebrate His incredible gift of love on Good Friday and Easter. Jesus’ death and resurrection guaranteed us eternal life in heaven and a life of abundance here on earth. We ought to celebrate the victory of the cross every single day.
Soon we will be decorating the tree with Christmas lights, wrapping gifts, and planning holiday parties. Most importantly, however, we will be focusing on the reason of this special time of year – the birth of our Lord and Savior. 2,000 years ago God sent His Son to save the world and to bring mankind the gift of eternal life instead of eternal damnation.
Our lives have become so unbalanced. We feel pressured and lose track of our direction. We are coming into a season of thankfulness and peace, so let us do so by balancing our lives and staying focused on what is truly important.
The problem with having walls is that they not only keep other people out, but they also keep people locked in; thus, creating alienation and a prison for oneself.
So I want to briefly discuss what the Bible says about dividing walls and how we can build spiritual walls among believers.
We can never fully know what God's intentions are for us, but we can always do our absolute best with where He has placed us right now. Only then, when we have learned all there is to learn and are truly grateful in this place, this season, will God move us to a new, more bountiful, and blessed season.
What are some other ways to remind yourself of the Lord’s constant presence?
Believe His promises. Paul told believers to “be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil..."
We sustain intimate fellowship with our heavenly Father when we walk in step with God. A close relationship with Him brings us joy, peace, contentment, and purpose. Our walk with Christ allows other people see Him through our lives, and we make an impact for His kingdom.
Many of us are diligent when it comes to being silent and leaning in to hear the voice of the Lord. Nonetheless, I feel very strongly in my spirit that in order to arrive at the next great horizon, we must strive for a new level of listening and discerning.
The Apostle Paul is a great example of what it means to follow your passion – the one God has placed in your heart. Paul said, “I want to know Christ — yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death.” (Philippians 3:10). Friends, I, too, have found my passion; for the past 30 years my mission field(s) have been nations across Asia and Eastern Europe.
This morning I was reflecting on my previous trip to China where I met a woman who travelled by bus for 16 hours in order to see me at a Sunday meeting. She said to me, “I wanted to see you and share my vision and purpose for my life with you… I believe God has anointed my life as I serve Him in Northern China."
As we enter another new year, the Lord will help us to focus our trust on Him. This new year we can think of new possibility, new faith and new direction; however, we must make the decision to obey our Lord each day and submit ourselves to be guided by Him. We will have our true destiny only when we live a Christ-centered life.