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Expect the Unexpected (Southeast Asia)

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Often, our expectations, true or false, will determine our reality. All of us have expectations of the way things will be especially when outside of our routine. Often, I will tell my wife to expect the unexpected; but today, God decided to remind me of this and shatter some of my false expectations.

Many things have already happened on this trip that were better than I had expected. We were told there would be no AC and I did not expect hot water… Hence the way I started out the last post (I just did not know how to work it right). Surprisingly, we have both. I am thankful for them, but God knew they were not necessary for me.

Another thing I did not expect was the opportunity to try some new foods. Both dog and bat were served at a service I went to. Everything was so spicy that through the sweating, tears, and raging fire in my mouth, I could not taste much. I have decided that I do not like bat though because there are way too many bones and not enough meat.  Somehow, I survived.

But really, none of that really matters. What would take place after this service is beyond what I ever expected. Originally, the team I am with had prepared the way by speaking to the pastors and having them prepare homes to visit where the lost would get saved.  The Pastor I was with was not there so he did not receive these instructions. Instead, he decided for us to go out witnessing on the street. When I found this out, I immediately began praying for strength and ability. Those of you who know me could easily surmise I do not have the gift of evangelism, and mass evangelism in public is rather intimidating to me.  I had to give the situation to God and ask Him to give me grace to do something that was entirely outside my comfort zone and expectations.  I am sure I will have to do the same thing tomorrow.

All the way from the service to the first place we would go out, I was praying silently and feverishly. God gave me grace in an excited couple that gathered the people into groups and then had me come over and share. This made it a little easier, but not really more comfortable.  The picture above was the first group they had me come share with.  The intimidation factor is way up there when four people in full headhunting warrior dress are standing there with swords and skulls hanging from their waists looking at you.  God gave me the grace to go all in and all of those red warriors and a few other people around got saved.  We ended up sharing for around an hour and 19 people, that I know of, prayed to become born again.  This was far more than I expected as uncomfortable as I was going in. I praise God for His grace, strength, and boldness to share.

So, what about you? What expectations do you have that need to be broken down? The enemy will always try to put false expectations on you to hold you back from the fullness that God has. What comforts do you need to release? What fears need to be broken? What expectations need to change to come into line with what God wants? Only He can change your wrong mindsets. But, you have to be willing to step out of the boat!!! If I had said no for any reason, I would not have seen these souls enter the Kingdom. If Peter had said no, he never would have gotten out of the boat. Yes, you may fall, but Jesus will be right there with you to save you and put you back on your feet.  

I invite you to ask God right now, to change your expectations to expect what was once unexpected to you. My God “is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that I ask for hope for or imagine through His power working in me.” I pray that you allow that same power to work through you as you follow and obey Him!!!

Matthew 14:28-31 And Peter answered Him and said, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.” So He said, “Come.” And when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus. But when he saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried out, saying, “Lord, save me!” And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, and said to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” 

Jeremiah, Man in Fire!!!

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Call to Go (Southeast Asia)

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I remember now why I do not take showers in the morning in Asia. The bone-chilling cold water should be reserved for after sweating all day in the heat. However, I am truly awake now as I write this.  This is just one of the few things when God has called us to go, we must give up to say yes.

Your will, your way, your wants and desires are always difficult to give up. “I want it my way.” You may not ever say it out loud, but this is the way you are. I know this, because this is the way I am.  Graciously, the Lord granted me several confirmations that this was a trip I was supposed to be on. I do not often get such clear direction and continually receive confirmation I am supposed to go. I usually just give Him my Yes out of faith.

After the 30+ hours of travel, I can say thank the Lord for giving me the ability to say Yes. Sitting on a plane for any extended amount of time is physically uncomfortable, to put it mildly. However, for me, it has always been hard to sleep so it becomes that much more difficult. But none of this matters because I have said Yes to Jesus and His call for me to go. Unfamiliar places, faces, food, accommodations… None of this really matters for I have given my whole-hearted Yes to Jesus and His way.  

The people here are worth it because He loves them. Even more than that, He is worth it and I love Him!!! Right now, in your life, what is of the greatest value? What do you love the most? What would you hold on to if everything else was stripped away? What if God called you to give that up to Go for Him?  Could you do it? 

My prayer for you is that you hear the call of the Lord to Go and that you say as Isaiah did, “Here I am, send Me!!! No matter the cost, no matter the price I will follow You and say Yes!!!” Jesus is worth flying to the other side of the world and giving up so much! In the same way, He is worth it to lay down your fear, pride, selfishness, to walk next door, up the street, down the fruit aisle… Or wherever else He may have you. He is worth it to give all that You have to speak His good news!!! He gave first, and He gave His best for you.

What do you have to give the Creator of the Universe??? 

I give You my, Yes and my obedience!!! Here I am!!! Send Me!!!

Isaiah 6:8 Then I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?” Then I said, “Here am I. Send me!” 

Jeremiah, Man on Fire!!!

Ask of Me!!! (Southeast Asia)

Without any knowledge or forethought of returning to Southeast Asia, God has prepared a way for me to return.  The location is new (and undisclosed for safety reasons) but the vision and mission is the same to respond to Jesus’ command of “Follow Me” with a resounding YES!!!

While fasting and praying for this upcoming trip, a scripture was spoken to me very clearly. 

Psalm 2:8 ‘Ask of Me, and I will assuredly give You the nations as Your inheritance, And the ends of the earth as Your possession.’ 

This is the desire of The Lord for you today!!! Too often, we ask for such small mediocre things. God I need finances, take this stress from me, heal my headache… There is nothing wrong with asking these things, and I celebrate every prayer and act of faith in crying out to God.  However, if this is all we are asking for, we are aiming far lower than the Almighy God of the Universe desires or is capable of. 

My God is powerful and mighty and does great things beyond what we could ever ask for, hope for, or even imagine.  It is time for all of us to come out of small thinking and small prayers and graduate into Kingdom Prayers.  I desire a grand inheritance in The Kingdom!!! 

God has given me the privilege of traveling to many nations. I know most people may never have the opportunities I have been given, but how many nations have you asked for?  How many times have you poured out your heart for those in other countries to know The Lord and walk with Him? How often do you ask God to give your nation to you as an inheritance? Admittedly, I have not prayed as often or as fervently as I should, but God has given me the faith to ask for the nations as my inheritance.  

Now, as I travel again, unexpectedly, and without really praying for the specific location He has prepared for me before now, God has found a willing vessel. This is what He wants. Your abilities, talents, and gifts are not important. What is important is your willingness to be filled and desire to be used for His Kingdom.  

I encourage you today with this verse that has been on my heart the last month or so:

Romans 12:1 “Therefore I urge you, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies (dedicating all of yourselves, set apart) as a living sacrifice holy and well-pleasing to God, which is your rational (logical, intelligent) act of worship.”

It is time for us all, once again to worship God in the best way possible, by giving ourselves to Him just a little bit more today and letting Him do what He wants to do in and through us.

God, make us more willing and yielded vessels to You and Your will. Open our mouths to declare Your truth, may our thoughts and prayers be ever for Your Kingdom, and may our every breath be used for service in Your Kingdom anywhere You may take us, whether around the block or around the world. May we all have the faith and an abundance of grace to worship You with our whole lives!!!

Jeremiah, Man on Fire!!!

Strength in Struggle

Daily Encouragement –

Are you strong in power and ability? Where does your strength come from? What have you done to become mighty?

Never forget, you are not self-made! You cannot save yourself! You cannot rescue or cause yourself to be helped! No matter your physical or mental capabilities, you need help! You need Me!

Come to Me! Do not forget that I am the God who saved you and made a way. Through Jesus, you can be saved from sin and death, set free from bondage and destruction, and healed of sickness and backsliding. 

I am your Safety and Strength in times of peace and struggle! I am the One who made you! How much more do I know your purpose and destiny and can empower you to walk fully the way you were designed? You need me so desperately whether you realize it or not!!!

Come to Me and receive freely all My overflowing blessings (safety, strength, and so much more) that you may walk in My way with Me! I love you My child!!!

Isaiah 17:7 “In that day a man will look to his Maker, And his eyes will have respect for the Holy One of Israel.”
10 “Because you have forgotten the God of your salvation, And have not been mindful of the Rock of your stronghold…”

Jeremiah, Man on Fire!!!

Eternal Purpose

Daily Encouragement –

What is your purpose? What are your plans? How are you going to make these things happen? 

Having a purpose and plan is not a bad thing, but completely useless apart from Me! Your true purpose and calling can only be found in Me, your Creator. The wisdom and ability to complete the perfect plan for your life only comes from Me. Come to Me and receive everlasting purpose and the ability to carry it out! 

I will enable you to do far more than you could ever do on your own as you come to Me! By yourself, you may be able to accomplish a few things in this world that last a short time. However, My Kingdom is eternal and everlasting! I want to give you a place of prominence in My eternal Kingdom. 

Come to Me and step into all I have for you!!! I love you My son!!!

Isaiah 14:24 “The Lord of hosts has sworn, saying, ‘Surely, as I have thought, so it shall come to pass, And as I have purposed, so it shall stand:'”

Jeremiah, Man on Fire!!!

Power, Ability, Strength and More!!!

Daily Encouragement –

What do you see around you- problems, distractions, worries? Do you know all you need to walk through these things? Do you feel weak and powerless in certain areas of your life? 

Come to Me! I have all you need ready to give to you freely! I have given My Spirit to rest upon you and live in you. Receive Him and the help He has to give. 

Holy Spirit brings knowledge and wisdom for every situation. He will reveal what you need and how you need to do it. He gives power, ability, and strength to carry out all these things in the right way. He gives the ability to come to Me and truly know Me because of Jesus. 

You can continue to do things your own way, with what you see and know, in your own strength just like the rest of the world, but why would you want to? Why would you want to be broken down, exhausted, angry, and depressed? 

Come to Me and receive joy, strength, power, and rest. I have all these things and more to give freely as you come to Me. I love you My child!!!

Isaiah 11:2 “The Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon Him, The Spirit of wisdom and understanding, The Spirit of counsel and might, The Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord.”

Jeremiah, Man on Fire!!!

Dynamic Destiny

Daily Encouragement – 

Are you living for the moment? Are you focused on getting to the weekend? Can you only see the here and now? Do you feel broken down and weary in the drudgery of life?  

When you focus on the moment and what you can gain in the here and now, this is walking in the flesh. Your destiny is so much greater than you could hope to see, think, or dream in your own ability. I truly want you to step into who I have created you to be and do all I have created you to do. 

I have great, amazing plans for your future, but you must follow Me to step into them. You cannot do it on your own or in your own power. You will never see your destiny if you are only looking at what you can see. 

Come close to Me and let’s dream together! Let’s focus on the destiny I have created specifically for you and who I have called you to be. Without Me, you will fall miserably into mundane obscurity and never do any of the significant things I have placed within you to do.

Come to Me and let’s walk into heavenly destiny together!!! I love you My child!!! 

Lamentations 1:9 “…She did not consider her destiny; Therefore her collapse was awesome; She had no comforter.”

Jeremiah, Man on Fire!!!