Life is not as complicated as we make it out to be, but we make it hard by knowing too much. We think we must gather all the information, weigh all the options, and then make an informed decision. This takes too long and is more complicated than necessary. Faith is trusting that God knows best and His promises will come about no matter what the situation.
It is so simple what we have been doing here in Southeast Asia. We have been partnered with a pastor and translator. In the morning, they come and get us, then we go out all day. There are always plans, but it is almost not worth asking what we are going to do because these plans are ever changing. There is a beauty and an adventure in not knowing where you are going or what you will be doing. Your only focus is to trust that God will give you whatever you need when you get to that situation.
Before coming here, God gave me a message to speak whenever I was asked. The first two opportunities to speak, God did not let me share this message, but changed what I was to share at the last minute. I still do not know how many opportunities I will have to share, but I trust God will give me what I need at exactly the right time.
Originally, we were supposed to be doing home visits with the friends and family of the people in the church. Until last night, I had done none. My pastor wanted to immediately go out and do street evangelism. This is definitely not my gift as I shared before. However, God has given me the grace to share in markets, bus stations, schools and more.
Yesterday, God opened the door for me to begin praying for the sick and apparently that is what He wanted to do. I laid hands on the sick and prayed for more than 20 different people, several getting a least a measure of healing immediately. God even opened the door for me to pray over a young man oppressed by the devil for 13 years. On the way there, they said we were going to pray for a sick boy because that is all they knew before we got there. God worked in a mighty way in each situation.
My encouragement for you today is keep it simple. Don’t make life difficult! The salvation, healing, and deliverance we are seeing in a mighty way here can and will happen right where you are if you keep it simple. Here, are two steps straight from the Word to help you walk a simple life and do great things.
1. Know God!!!
Daniel 11:32 …the people who know their God shall be strong, and carry out great exploits.
The more you come to know God, the stronger He will make you. Also, He will give you everything you need to do great things.
2. Open your mouth!!!
Psalm 81:10 I am the Lord your God, Who brought you out of the land of Egypt; open your mouth wide, and I will fill it.
The word of God coming forth from your mouth changes things. If I spent all day seeking God and then went and stood at the market, nothing would happen. God needs you to open your mouth and speak forth His word. The promise is that He will give you what you need to say as you know him and open your mouth.
I bless you today with the ability to keep it simple. May you come to know God more and open your mouth to share about this great God you love and serve.
Jeremiah, Man on Fire!!!