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Determining Destiny

It has been over a month since my last post and sometimes that is how life is.  However, a major life change has happened, and I could not be more excited about how God is moving.  After 15 months of being back from our missionary journeys, plugging in wherever we can, God has sent us to a church.  God has confirmed in us that we are to be assistant pastors at Living Water Church in Burleson.  I have started working here part-time this week, and the more I get to know the pastor, the church and the people; the more convinced I am that God has us right where He wants us.

Things rarely happen how we think that they will.  I would have loved to be doing more sooner, but God accomplishes His plans in His timing.  It is how we handle the things that the world throws at us and the times of waiting that allows us to determine our destiny.  This is the fourth devotion in the Destiny Series [1: Designed for Destiny, 2: Best Possible Signal, 3: Destiny Destroyer (Unforgiveness)].

In a superhero’s life, there are moments when one choice determines their destiny. For Bruce Wayne, the death of his parents could have caused him to become insane or a criminal. However, he chose to use this as an incentive to dispense justice. This choice made him the greatest hero of all time!!!

Bruce Wayne/Batman

Sadly, Batman is just a fictional superhero.  However, you have the ability to affect your destiny, as well as the destiny of those around you, today. Right Now!!!  You do not have to be a billionaire or be special in the eyes of the world. You just have to be willing to listen and be obedient to whatever God speaks.

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Read Acts 9:10-20

Here, we meet a certain disciple. Ananias was listening and heard a disturbing word. “Go and pray for Saul of Tarsus”. Saul was known as a destroyer of the church, and he had authority to imprison and kill believers. Ananias had the choice to be obedient against his desire and comfortability or disobey. Because of his obedience, Saul was healed and saved. In effect, all of Paul’s missionary journeys, salvations, churches he established, and books of the Bible that you still read today resulted from Ananias’ obedience. What a destiny for someone who is never mentioned again before or after!

If you are walking with God, you are a certain disciple just like Ananias. You may feel unimportant and meaningless at times; however, as you position yourself to receive from God and are obedient to what He speaks, you become infused with His power and presence. As He leads you to speak and pray for others, God’s presence can be infused into other’s lives. Your choice to walk into your destiny with God has the power to transform you and everyone around you!!!

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One tiny word can change, save, or set a life free when spoken out of Obedience and Truth!!! 

One simple act can affect a person, a nation, or all of eternity if you are walking with the Spirit into your destiny!!!

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Challenge: Take time to listen carefully to Holy Spirit. Write down what He reveals. As He gives a word or action, be obedient to take action, do it or speak it. Talk to a leader if you have questions or need someone to help you be obedient.

Suggested Reading; James 5:17-18, Hebrews 11, Jonah

Jeremiah, Man on Fire!!!

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Destiny Destroyer (Unforgiveness)

Weight of Unforgiveness

At the beginning of this week, I had an overwhelming urge to do something!!!  I want to start a church, Bible Study, preach more, pray for people more, minister more!!!  I feel like I have so much that I can do to build the Kingdom of God, but still no direction where to apply it.  This is frustrating, but I know that God is using us, and working in us to prepare us for the next step.  This does not make the waiting time any easier though.  Here is the third part in a devotional series that God has been speaking to me to help me and my family walk more into the destiny that He has for us.

Now, since we know that we are Designed for Destiny and as we are removing every obstacle and making sure that we are receiving the Best Possible Signal, we must be very careful not to let anything destroy the destiny that God has for our lives.  There are a broad range of things that can be destroyers, Anger, fear, insecurity… but one of the most common destroyers of destiny is unforgiveness.

Imagine you order a meal from McDonalds. You scarf down the burger and are eating the fries when you discover a used band-aid nestled at the bottom of the box. Would you be able to finish the rest of the fries? Would you even want to?

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Something bad no matter how small can ruin the rest of a good thing!!!

You should know, God wants you to walk in dynamic destiny right now. You must position yourself to receive and remove all obstacles. One of the most dangerous destroyers of destiny is unforgiveness. The devil will use this to steal from you. If he can cause you to take up an offense, your destiny begins to wither and die until you are able to forgive.

Read Matthew 18:21-35

Here, Jesus tells a parable explaining forgiveness. One servant was forgiven an immense sum that he would never be able to pay back, but that servant would not forgive his friend a few bucks. Because of his lack of mercy, the unforgiving servant was punished.

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You are called to be a representative of Christ. When you come to Him, He forgives you such an enormous debt that you could never repay Him. He gave His life up completely for you. Because of this mercy that was freely given to you, you do not have a right to be unmerciful. No, what they did is not right, and yes it hurt you deeply. But God granted you mercy and freedom from death, and you also must grant mercy and let God deal with it. In releasing that offense, God is able to release you into fully walking in your destiny because you are a better representative of Him. Get rid of the band-aid and enjoy the fries!!!

Challenge: Ask Holy Spirit to reveal everyone that you need to forgive. Write their names down on a sheet of paper. Release each name to God and ask Him to help you forgive them completely. Rip your list up and throw it away as a physical act of canceling their debt.

Destroying Unforgiveness

Suggested Reading: Matthew 6:9-15, Ephesians 4:29-32, Psalm 103

Jeremiah, Man on Fire!!!

Best Possible Signal

At this moment, Gibsons Go Global is in a time of waiting.  One of the hardest difficulties during any time of waiting can be the confidence that God is still speaking, and that we are still hearing Him.  I know that in each one of our lives, we go through different times of waiting.  It is important that during these times that we are tuning in more closely to The Lord and getting anything in our lives out of the way that would hinder us from hearing Him.  I know that the only thing that I can do during the time of waiting is listen carefully, be obedient, and do what seems good to do until I get more clear direction.  Below is the 2nd devotion in a series that God has me writing.  For the First in this series, please read Designed for Destiny.

Are You Getting a Signal?

Are You Getting a Signal?

Everyone has experienced problems with weak Wi-Fi. The farther your computer is away from the router and the more obstacles between the two will cause you to get a frustratingly weak signal. The best Wi-Fi is when you place yourself as close to the router as possible and remove all obstacles. It is the same when you want to walk into your God-given destiny.

Just because you are designed for destiny does not mean that you will ever reach your full potential. You must put yourself in a place to receive, remove all obstacles, and be obedient to the Truth you have received. Your destiny and the power to walk in it can only come from God. Walking closely with Him, your destiny will be revealed one step at a time as you encounter His presence (2 Cor 3:18)!!!

Read 1 Samuel 3:1-4, 21

Samuel was a young boy, maybe 12 or 13. At the time before Jesus came, the presence of God was housed in an ark and separated from the people. However, Samuel slept as close as he could to the Ark, positioning himself to receive.

Ark of the Covenant

Even when God showed up and spoke to him, he did not recognize His voice. He was inexperienced and untrained in the ways of the Lord, but he put himself in the right position. When Samuel realized that God was speaking, he was quick to be completely obedient. He spoke with humility and honesty, and everyone knew it was from the Lord. Because Samuel placed himself in God’s presence continually and was obedient, God raised him up to walk into his destiny one word and one step of obedience at a time!!!

Is your signal coming in clear from the Lord?  

What obstacles do you need to remove to strengthen that signal?Remove the Obstacle

What do you need to do to position yourself to receive from Him?

Challenge: Pray and ask Holy Spirit to reveal any obstacle that is disrupting the signal between Him speaking and you hearing. Whatever He reveals, give it to Him today and listen for Him to begin speaking more clearly.

Suggested Reading: Hebrews 12:1-3, James 4:7-10, 2 Cor 10:3-6

Jeremiah, Man on Fire!!!

Walking in Greater Works

Recently at a worship and prayer night, God gave me a word of encouragement for another guy there, and with the same word He rebuked me. The word was “it is time to walk in the Greater Works.” Referring to John 14:12, we should be walking in works greater than Jesus if we truly believe in Him!!! In our lives, we have a baseline of good works that we are a part of. We go to church, pray, read the Bible, worship… These are good works, but they are centered around us. The Greater Works that Jesus wants us to be a part of, are about other people. Healing is for others, prophecies, freedom, raising from the dead… are not really for us. Good works are for us, Greater Works are for others and for God!!!

If we truly believe in Him, we will seek Jesus out and seek to be like Him and walk in the same way He did!!! If we are seeking Him out and these greater works, then we will begin to step into them. As we step into these works over and over, we will begin to walk in the Greater Works with Jesus! When we are consistently walking in this way, it becomes our lifestyle just as it was Jesus’ lifestyle to walk in sync with the Father because He knew Him perfectly.

Holy Spirit kind of rebuked me and asked me why I had stopped praying for others, speaking words of life, and commanding healing. Yeah, I am good at doing these things in safe settings, but even as we went and did an outreach a few weeks ago, I was shaking because I did not want to. I know that is dumb after all the things we have been a part of over the last year. However, if we really believe in Jesus and what He said, we must begin to walk in the Greater Works and not just the good ones. We can only walk in the Greater Works as we come to know Him more for who He really is!!!

To be like Him

To be like Him

My challenge for you this week is to seek the Lord in a way that causes you to move into one or more Greater Works!!! Pray for someone to be healed, speak the words of Life and Truth, step out of good works into Greater Works in the power of the name of Jesus!!!

Jeremiah, Man on Fire!!!

Know the Truth

Our time in Cambodia was different from every other place that God has taken us to, as has been the pattern of our journey thus far.  One of the things that remain the same is that God never fails to bring about God appointments where ever we go.

This little guy decided to join us on the bus and fell asleep on me.

This little guy decided to join me on the bus and fell asleep on me.

Last Saturday, Jeremiah and I went to an internet cafe for breakfast so we could do some work.  Soon after ordering drinks, the electricity went off and we found ourselves in the presence of a woman trying to get us to buy cookies to benefit the children of Cambodia. Jeremiah asked her what they do for the children and she said that they do a reading program. Jeremiah responded, saying that we believe unless you are helping them spiritually as well, you are not really helping them at all.  She said that they do help them spiritually, that they too were Christians.  She then invited us to her church for service on Sunday morning.  Later on that evening, Jeremiah said that he felt that there was an open door with this woman and we would go to her church.  Though no one on the base had heard of this church, we made a deal that we would try and find it and if not, we would have church together.

After a little trouble finding the church (It was not at Omega Hotel, but at Alpha Hotel…perhaps we should have started at the beginning and not the end,)  we arrived at the small gathering of people all dressed in the same white clothing.  Their church service consisted of watching and partaking in a pre-taped service from the Philippines, at their home church.  It did not take long for us to realize that this was no ordinary church service, but it was in fact, a cult that we had been invited to.  There were so many red flags within the first 10 minutes and throughout the 3 hour service.  During the service, I asked Jeremiah several times about leaving, but he said he felt there was someone to talk to.

The pastor of the church essentially spoke a message of repentance, through instilling fear that without repenting, horrible things would occur.  That you must repent and your life has to be completely given over to the Father and King, and live accordingly to the will of the Father.  He also spoke primarily on God’s love, reading all of 1 Corinthians 13.  Through many things, this man had now become the “Appointed Son of God”; basically, Jesus had not finished the work. Jesus came for the Jews, but God had appointed him to come for the Gentiles.  After the service, the leader of the church tried to get us to come to a meeting to hear more but he would not share the beliefs, saying that it was too complicated.

The Truth is, what Jesus preached was not complicated.  It is simple and made for everyone to understand. God sent us there to speak Truth where there was deception.  No, we did not see a change immediately, but planting Truth will always win out in the end, because Jesus is The Way, THE TRUTH, and The Life.  The problem with this cult and many others is that the people heard the message one man was given through spoken word, dreams and visions, and they followed him. There was no Bible there during his time of receiving this.  The Bible says ‘the enemy disguises himself as an angel of light’ (2 Cor. 11:14).  Paul warns us over and over again in Romans to beware of false prophets and teachers.  Though this man taught from Scripture, he was not teaching the whole Bible and from the Lord, thus leading 6 million people astray.

The point of the photo always stood out to me.

The point of this always got me.

 Joshua 1:8 instructs us toStudy this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do.”  We must study and know the Bible by spending time with God and receiving revelation from Him. Then when the enemy comes, we will be able to recognize it and bring to light what is moving in the darkness.  Have you given yourself wholly to studying the Word and receiving all the God wants to give you through it?  Are you familiar with the Truth and able to discern when something is not Biblical?  If not, I urge you to learn the Truth; and the best way to do this is by spending time with Jesus and reading His Word and receive the life and joy that comes from this devotion!!!

Katie, Pure Fire of Yahweh!!!

The Multiplication of Thanksgiving

Well, plans are ever changing here.  The Indian culture is a culture of change, and this becomes more evident every day.  We will be leaving tomorrow for Dharamapuri instead of today.  Knowing that we might not have an opportunity to use internet again for a while, I wanted to share what happened this weekend.

Friday, we got the privilege to go and preach at a small Fasting-Prayer gathering once again, and God supernaturally changed what I was going to preach and gave me a brand new word that combined the Parable of the Sower with John 15. This was a very powerful word that touched the people there greatly, and I know it was from the Lord, because I can hardly remember what I even spoke about.

Saturday, we went with Pastor Binny once again to a girls college in Kolar where they were having a Thanksgiving meeting.  It is the end of the year and everyone has taken their exams and are getting ready to head home for their summer break.  They had gathered to thank the Lord and give testimony about everything God had done this school year.  It was amazing to hear the testimonies about how God had raised up a prayer community in the group and by the end of the school year everyone was a part of it.  There was testimonies of divine healings, provision, and so much more.  Katie got the opportunity to share about the ministry and journey that God is taking us on and even had some spontaneous preaching.

Jeremiah preaching to college

Later, I was given the chance to speak about giving thanks.  Pastor Binny told me on the way that I was to share about this topic.  I spent the hour on the way to the college asking the Lord what He would have me share about giving thanks.  God brought to mind a passage of scripture and gave me some important revelation about thanking Him. This is what I want to share with you.

Most of us are familiar with the passage of the feeding of the five thousand found in the gospels.  In John 6:1-13, Jesus sees that need of the people and is more than willing to respond.  However, He wants to partner with the Apostles in meeting this need.  All the Apostles see is an unsolvable problem and such a small portion of food that they see no way that they can bring resolution to this problem.  “Jesus took the loaves, and when He had given thanks He distributed them… and likewise the fish, as much as they wanted”(John 6:11) and there were 12 baskets left over.  Five thousand men, as well as women and children, benefited from the blessing of thankfulness.

Jesus feeding 5,000

In our world, it is so easy to see the needs and the problems.  We are overwhelmed by these things in our daily news and it seem impossible for us to do anything to change it.  How can we end abortion, stop sex trafficking, stop wars, bring governmental reform, feed the hungry, end sickness…?  When we think of the the problems, we are placing our eyes on ourselves and our circumstances.  What can I do?  However, when we bring the smallest ability and blessing to the Lord and give thanks for it, He cannot help but multiply it!!! Thanking God takes our eyes off of ourselves and our problems, and places them upon Him.  When our eyes are on Him, we begin to see things from the heavenly perspective and the impossible things become the reality that God intended them to be!!!  It is by giving thanks to God in the small and great, that the gates of heaven are opened to pour out even more blessings of abundance upon us.  God will always multiply what we have if we thank Him for it!  It comes from Him and is for His glory, and when we recognize this, He will give us more!!! 

How have you been thankful to the Lord?  

Are you thanking Him for the smallest of blessings?  

Are you giving him thanks and glory or are you taking it for yourself?

Ask Holy Spirit to reveal all the blessing of the Lord in your life.  As you recognize these things, give Him thanks.  In the giving of thanks, the blessings we have are revealed because our focus is changed.  Our focus is no longer selfish and on us, but we focus on the person of Jesus and all He has done.  Unthankfulness is selfishness.  In any area where you have been selfish and focused on your own problems in unthankfulness, ask for forgiveness.  Ask Holy Spirit to change your focus to one of a thankful heart.  Ask Him to help you to be thankful in all things.  His blessings will flow more freely as thankfulness is released in your heart!!!  I bless you with a thankful heart that brings forth an abundance of blessing in order that God may receive all the glory!!!

Jeremiah, Man on Fire!!!

The Cost of Commitment

I shared in the previous post the message of the Call to Commitment that we as followers of Christ are called to walk in.  After I delivered this word to the church, the Holy Spirit came upon me in a powerful way.  As I sat there, He began to speak to me that for the people in the church this message would cost them much more than it would ever cost me.  He said that this would even cost some of the hearers their very lives.  As the Lord spoke this to my heart, I began to cry and be moved in my spirit for the people.

Jeremiah and baby

Here in India, Hinduism is predominant, and Christianity is the minority.  It is legal to be a Christian; however, it is against the law to share your Christian faith.  This being the case, we are international lawbreakers!!!  For us, the worst thing that would happen to us is that we would be deported.  However, the nationals we minister with every day, face much more life changing consequences.  They can be fined, beaten, imprisoned, or even killed in keeping with the law.  This persecution causes the people here to make a complete commitment to Christ every single day fully knowing the cost of their actions.  In America, often we will face the “persecution” of people mocking us, calling us names, saying mean things to us, treating us poorly…  Here, when the people turn from hinduism or islam (both of which are much more prevalent than Christianity) they will be completely disowned from their family and possibly village.  This along with physical persecution causes Indians to truly understand the cost in following Christ before coming to Him.  By the time they are willing to come to Him, they know that there is no turning back and give themselves completely to His service.

In spite of all this persecution, the church in India is growing and thriving in a mighty way.  Too often, in the US, we will make the half-hearted commitment to the Lord and easily turn back from doing the great things for Him that we were all designed to do before we were born.

How would each one of our lives be different if our commitment was true and full; and no matter what happened to us, our families, or our lives, we pressed in and were completely committed and obedient to the Lord???

What would the day to day changes be, in full commitment to Christ, that would cause us to be “persecuted” in our school, work, and even church?

When we seek to be committed to the Lord in such a way, the enemy will come in and try to make us do far less than the great exploits that Daniel spoke about.  The devil will try to use anything he can to keep us from being fully committed and doing great things for the Lord.  These are just three key lies the enemy has used against great men of God to keep them from being used greatly.

3 Lies that Make us Ineffective

  1. Too young (Jeremiah 1:5-10)  Here, Jeremiah buys into the lie that he is too young to do what God is calling him to.  God encourages him that He will be with him and do great things.  The rest of this book proves the great things Jeremiah does when he overcame this lie and committed fully to the Lord.
  2. Past sins that are too horrible (Jonah 3:4-10)  Jonah gets a call from the Lord and simply does not want to do it.  He runs from the Lord, and his heart is so hardened against the Lord that it takes three days in the belly of a fish before it is softened enough to repent.  Jonah grudgingly carries out the command of the Lord and offers a simple eight word proclamation to Nineveh.  As a result, over 120,000 people turn to the Lord and the whole city is saved.  God used him in spite of His unwillingness and blatant disobedience.  In the same way, God can and will use you if you are committed to Him no matter what the past held for you.
  3. Excuses, Excuses (Exodus 3-4)  When God comes and supernaturally speaks to Moses, Moses gives Him any and every excuse that he can come up with. He says “I am nobody,” “I cannot speak,”  and “Use someone else”.  God continues to destroy all of these lies, and Moses is used to free an entire nation of people.

Sadly, people are so steeped in the wisdom of this world that even in the church, they can rely on their own insights and miss the wisdom of the Lord.  When we were preparing to go out on this mission we knew that God had clearly given us a word to “Go”; however, there were many good Christian people that advised against it.  These counselors knew us and wanted the best for us, but I understood later that they had no investment in our lives.  The people that we called to pray and fast with us for a week, all gave us the confirmation that we were to go.  The ones that listened fully to how God had called us and the word that He had spoken to us understood and have encouraged us along the way.  The Lord had called us and we had to choose whether to follow Him in full commitment or to do what made sense.  We do not know yet the full outcome of our obedience, and I pray that we are always able to follow Him in what he calls us to do no matter how others will end up treating us.  In the end, we have been obedient and the Word of God has gone forth.  Whatever things that come from this mission, whether great or not, we know that we have been obedient to the Lord.

I pray that you are encouraged to be committed no matter what the cost may be or the tests that may come.  Whether we are ever tested as the Indians are or not, we must stand as truly committed followers of the Lord no matter what!!!  We are designed to truly carry out great and mighty things.  James 5:17 tells us that Elijah was man just like us.  There is no difference between us and this great man of God.  Wherever he came from and whatever the Lord took him through, he stood the cost of commitment, and God did great things through him.  For us, the choice is the same as every one of these men in the Bible.  Leonard Ravenhill said once that sometimes “the enemy of the best is the good.”  We can do many good things, but if we settle for these because they are easier or require less of a commitment, we are not doing the best that God has for us!!!  You have been created the best, by the Best, for the best!!!  Never settle for only the good, press in for the very best!!! Never back away from your commitment!!!  Always stand for the Lord in every situation!!!

Are you conquering the lies of the enemy that will hold you back from being truly committed to Him?

Ask Holy Spirit to reveal any lie that has caused to you settle for less than the best He has for you.  Examine the cost of following Him into the great things He has for you and ask Him to strengthen you to walk in the very best ways!!!

The promise of the Lord is that if you are completely committed to Him you will be strong; and just like Daniel, Jeremiah, Jonah, Moses, and Elijah, you will do great things!!! 

Jeremiah, Man on Fire!!!