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Stand Strong and Speak

Belize Day 3 –
Today was a little more relaxed as we gathered together in the morning.  We have four professional teams coming to play futbol, all under 13 yrs old. One team recently won an international championship. We started with some worship and games, and I spoke to them for about ten minutes.
 4 teams playing 4 games is an all day event.  We watched, ate, and cheered on the teams. Finally, at the end, we awarded them some medals, water bottles and other practical and candied items.
Our final event of the day was for the guys on the team to lead a men’s meeting and the women to lead a women’s meeting at two different churches.  About 40 men were gathered for the men’s meeting and we went for two and a half hours in worshipping, preaching and praying for people.
It was here that I met a man named Sebastian. I talked with him for a while and found out that he was a new believer, 10 days, he had been saved and here he was hungry to learn. He admitted readily that before, he had been to several of the surrounding countries dating beautiful women but had by the grace of God not gotten any diseases like HIV… I think there was a little bit more than dating going on.  As I sat and talked, it was good to see how God was moving and how I got to be a small part of the growth of this man in the kingdom. Just being here and encouraging him was an important part of why I came on this trip.
Devotion –
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Psalm 24:3-6 Who may ascend into the hill of the LordOr who may stand in His holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart, Who has not lifted up his soul to an idol,
Nor sworn deceitfully. He shall receive blessing from the LordAnd righteousness from the God of his salvation. This is Jacob, the generation of those who seek Him, Who seek Your face.
It is time for you to stand up in the Kingdom!!!  You stand to fight, to run, to act, and command authority.  You cannot sit by and let things return to the evil one, but you must stand and take back the Kingdom of God.
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Ephesians 6:10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.
It is time for you to strengthen yourself in the Lord!!!  Without Him leading, guiding, and strengthening you, you will not be able to stand.  He is the most important part of anything you do, and everything flows out of your relationship with Him.  Spend time deepening and strengthening that relationship and you will truly be able to stand strong!!!
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Matthew 28:19-20 “Go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
It is time for you to speak out!!!  Even if you are standing strong, if you do not speak out the truth of why and for Who you are standing, then you might as well be a tree or a statue.  It is good to stand strong but everyone around you needs to know the goodness and might of the Lord and the strength He has put in you.  He calls you to go and preach.  If you just go or just stand, you are the same as any other good ol’ boy.  However, when you speak out the Truth, this is what sets you apart from everyone else.  You have the love and truth of the Lord and this is why you must go out to share the love and truth that He has placed in you.
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Challenge –
Ask God to help you to stand, go, and fight today to build His Kingdom.  Strengthen yourself in Him by spending a little extra time with Him.  Thank Him for this strength of heart and ask Him to strengthen you more.  Today, speak out the truth and love that you have.  Share the good news in a small or great way by speaking forth the wonderful works of God and why you are who you are, not by your power or might, but by the Grace of God and His Spirit!!!
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Jeremiah, Man on Fire!!!
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Finding Fulfillment

We were given the privilege recently of partnering with a ministry here in Newcastle called Street Pastors (http://newcastle.streetpastors.org.uk/). Street Pastors is a ministry that pairs with the local police on Friday and Saturday nights from 10 pm to 4 am to attend to the homeless and people partaking in the nightlife here. Newcastle is known to be the 8th largest party city in the world. People from all over England and even the bordering nations travel here to enjoy the wide variety offered up for entertainment and fulfillment.

We met up the day after New Year’s with the team we would be venturing out with to pray and prepare for the night. We had been told that this night would be rather quiet because everyone would have gone out the night before to celebrate and party it up, spending all of their money. We spent the first part of the night walking around giving candy bars and blankets to the homeless people along the streets, of whom many are very acquainted with Street Pastors and among seeing the bright yellow vests and jackets, flocked to receive a gift.

At midnight, we encountered a woman with her 7 year old son who had traveled to Newcastle to visit the city. She didn’t research travel times to be able to get back home so they had missed the last of every form of transport home. After many attempts to contact people, we ended up taking them to the police station where they could stay warm and wait until morning to get home. The leaders of the team spent time with them and talked with them for a long time learning about them. As the night went on, we encountered a group of drunk young men who prevented us from watching after a young girl passing by dressed in as little clothing as possible who was oblivious to her surroundings. They asked about our beliefs, about Jesus and some in a mocking tone. We realized it was a distraction from the enemy that caused us to lose her when they began speaking derogatory words about myself and the woman leader.

I was able to assist a girl who was drunk and walking across the slick street in 6 inch heels who tripped and face planted on the ground. She was intoxicated enough to not feel any pain through laughter though I wouldn’t be surprised if she gave herself a concussion. I gave her a pair of flip flops so she could walk safer and she found it more necessary to eat that get medical help. The last 30 minutes were so eventful that there almost weren’t enough of us to attend to every situation. As a bar was closing, I saw two girls carrying their heavily drunk friend who could barely open her eyes, who was crying and in pain. She had no shoes on so I gave her a pair of flip flops and found out in seeing the massive lump on her ankle that she fell down a flight of stairs and clearly broke her ankle. After much yelling from her friends, who knew we were good and here to help, we got a cab to the hospital for her since she refused EMTs. As this occurred, another girl behind them punched a young man in the face so the rest of the group was trying to keep him from retaliating. She walked off and punched another man whose friend eventually ordered a taxi to take this angry guy home because he refused to not go after her. We had to call the police to pick her up because she was drunk and vulnerable and another man was trying to pick her up.

One thing I learned from this night is the power the enemy has over hungry souls searching for what only God can give and how degrading of levels he takes them to in false fulfillment. Luke 8:4-15 was brought to life before me in reference to the Parable of the Sower. The seeds that fell among the thorns are those who hear the Word but quickly it is choked out by the cares of this world, deceitfulness of riches and the pleasures of this life. It was a joy to share the love of Christ to those who are lost and need to know the depths of this love. James 1:27 says “Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you.”

Are you living out this verse to the fullest? If not, what ways can you spread God’s love through serving? If so, is there a new way that you can live it out?

Katie, Pure Fire of Yahweh!!!