I took the team to the first family, where we were greeted by the boy pictured above, and we were able to pray for them and bless them. It was good to be in this place of ministry once again, but I was sad that we did not get to do more personal ministry. Even as we finished up giving away the last bags, the rain began to come. From that point for the rest of the day it has rained with more or less intensity.
Day 5 – Walk with Me
Key Verse –
1 John 2:6 He who says he abides in [lives in relationship with] Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked.
“Come on, you can do better than that!” Your friend says this to you as you continue on. Not wanting to disappoint them, you press yourself harder even though you are already weary and struggling to keep up the pace. You would never have been able to push yourself this hard, but having your friend with you makes you want to give even more than your all. They push you to do your best in a way that you never would on your own.
When you have a friend with you to help set the pace and encourage you, you push yourself even harder. You want to impress them and prove it to them who you really are and that you are worthy of their efforts. The good thing for you is that living in relationship with Jesus, she is always there to help you walk through daily life. He walked on this earth and made you worthy of the power and life he has to give. He sent the Holy Spirit to be with you and help you live beyond what you would be able to on your own.
Have you tried to walk through this life on your own?
Does it encourage you that you are not on your own but can walk with God as your encourager and pacesetter?
God wants you to excel in all things. You can only do this as you walk with Him just as He walks. He is willing to walk with you and help you in every area of need if you will only ask Him. He can be your pacesetter and encourager and help you to walk just as Jesus did.
Prayer – God, thank you that you have me the ability to live in relationship with its you. Come and be my encourager and pacesetter. Help me to walk just as Jesus did in purity, power, and pleasing in a Your eyes. I choose to walk with you. In Jesus name, Amen.
Challenge – Commit to live in relationship with Jesus from this day forward and walk with him. Ask Holy Spirit to reveal to you one way that Jesus walked that you need to work on. Do you need to walk with Him into deeper purity of mind, heart, and body? Do you need to step more into the power He has for you? Do you need to be more pleasing in what you do, say, and think? Whatever Holy Spirit reveal, ask Him to help you walk just as Jesus did and how to live it out practically today.
Day 4 – Follow Me
Key Verse –
John 8:12 Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”
“Just follow me, I’ll take you there.” Your friend says this, climbs into their car and the race is on. Desperately you try to keep up with the speeding vehicle in front of you. You don’t want to lose him because your phone is out of battery and you forgot your charger. You have no way to get to your destination except by keeping up with your speed demon friend.
In a situation like this, you might be worried that it could be dangerous to try to keep up with your friend or that they might lose you in traffic. This is something you never have to worry about when following Jesus. He is always with you, and when He calls the you to follow Him, He walks right with you making sure you know which way to go.
Do you feel like you are walking in darkness in some area of your life?
Are you lacking hope or see no end to your troubles?
When you follow Jesus, He promises that He is with you and that you have the light of life. No matter how dark or hopeless it may seem, Jesus is with you to help you. If you will follow Him, He will lead you into life, light, hope, and so much more!
Prayer – Jesus, help me to see past the darkness and trouble around me and look to you. Help me to follow you no matter what life brings. Help me to follow you and know that I have you, all the light, life, and hope I will ever need. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Ask Holy Spirit what is the next step you need to take to follow Him. Often, you will already know what you need to do. Write it down and decide to do it. Ask a friend or leader to help remind you to take the action you are supposed to. Step out and follow in action as soon as you are able.
Day 2 – Seek Me
Key Verse –
Jeremiah 29:13 And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.
Bam! It hits you hard. Your movie has just ended and as good as it was, all you can think about is finding a restroom and fast! It hurts to walk normally which you try to do but probably fail miserably as you wrack your brain trying to remember where the restroom was when you came in. In this moment, nothing is more important that finding a restroom.
God wants us to search Him out harder than the restroom in the example above. The promise is that if you seek Him, you will find Him. It is true that there are so many other things to think about relationships, popularity, movies, Facebook and so much more. All of the distractions, worries, and troubles of the world can cause you to take your eyes off of what is truly important.
Jesus has the answer to every problem you will ever face. He is calling you to come to Him and wants to be found by you. Push every other distraction aside and focus on seeking Him out above every other thing. As you do, know that you will find Him and gain all you need to overcome every obstacle you are facing.
What obstacle are you facing today? What do you need from God?
What are some things that are getting in the way off seeking God with all your heart?
What are you willing to lay down so you can receive all that God has for you?
Prayer – God, I need you right now more than ever to help me. I want to find the answer to my problem and victory over my situation. Help me to push everything out of the way and seek you will all my heart. I know that you are my answer and truly need you right now. Help me find you. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Challenge – Starting today, ask God to reveal anything that steals your time away from Him. Cut out one of these distractions this week and give the time to seek God.
Daily Encouragement –
My child, My beloved, do you know how much you mean to Me? I gave the best and most valuable sacrifice so we could be in fellowship together forever. That is how much I value you.
You are not perfect and make mistakes, but that is why I made the way for you to be cleansed, purified, made whole, and perfect. Even though you make mistakes, you will be made perfect through Jesus’ blood if you bring those things to Me. I will clean you and use you as My vessel of righteousness not because of what you have done, but because you come to Me!
I am the One who does it. Listen to my voice. Watch what I am doing. Come and walk with Me. I want the best for you more than anyone else, and I will cause you to succeed. I love you My child!
Hebrews 10:14 For by one offering He has perfected forever those who are being sanctified.
Colossians 1:27-29 To them God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles: which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. Him we preach, warning every man and teaching every man in all wisdom, that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus. To this end I also labor, striving according to His working which works in me mightily.
Hebrews 12:1-2 Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
Jeremiah, Man on Fire!!!
Daily Encouragement –
I love you My child. Do you know the gift I have given you in repentance? Through the blood of Jesus, you have the opportunity to be set free, cleansed, restored, and made right before Me.
Though your sin is dark and disgusting, Jesus’ blood made the way for you to be fully righteous before Me. This is the starting place for the atmosphere of revival to rule and reign.
The power of Holy Spirit within you is held back by unclean and unrighteous vessels. Even a little impurity holds back the fullness of what I want to do.
Come to Me and confess, and I will forgive and cleanse you fully. Then, the full power of Holy Spirit will be made ready and available.
Ask for it, and you will receive more than you ever thought possible because that is who I am. I love you My child!!!
1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Luke 11:9-13 “So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.
10 For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.
11 If a son asks for bread from any father among you, will he give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent instead of a fish?
12 Or if he asks for an egg, will he offer him a scorpion?
13 If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!”
Jeremiah, Man on Fire!!!
Belize Day 6 –
Emerging from our shelter we were greeted with an unfamiliar sight. Trees as large as houses were strewn everywhere. Branches and leaves had been stripped from the trees and scattered on every inch of the ground. With the welcome morning light, this is what our eyes came upon. A new world lay before us, somehow similar to the old, but oh so different.
Some of us got to work cleaning up immediately and others went off to sleep in their beds and make sure their rooms were not torn apart. We had a lot of things get wet in our room and some leaves had blown in, but besides that not much trouble. The power being out is inconvenient for a lot of people, but just another effect of the storm. We worked all morning to pile branches and leaves. Sometime during the night, Santi had forgotten to move his vehicle to a safe place and it had been partially crushed by a monstrous tree. The highlight of the morning was when we were finally able to get the tree off the truck and see that it was dented and had some broken windows but was still usable.
Our next task was to clear the downed power lines so that we could get them repaired. Along, the way, we repaired the horse pen while many continued to stack the seemingly endless supply of broken branches and downed trees. By lunch, most were exhausted and I had to sleep for a few hours. After a quick nap, I got back to work until dinner when I found out that Sarah was apparently suffering from heat exhaustion and lack of sleep. I know she worked just as hard as, if not harder than, the majority of the guys and never took a break for water or anything. She was paying for it. Heidi and I went and prayed for her, and we saw an immediate improvement. We sat around for about an hour around a candle talking and finally turned in for the night. This has become a rather interesting real mission trip that most people were unprepared for.
Interestingly, a day or two before I left for Belize, God had spoken something to me during my prayer time. I was praying and preparing spiritually for the trip and got a strange impression. It was not even what I would call a word, but I felt as if this mission would be more than what we knew or expected and that we may not come back when we planned on it. I know now that it was God, but then I had this feeling that this trip was going to be bigger than anyone expected and that something was going to happen that no one planned on or prepared for. Like I said, it was not clear enough for me to tell the leaders, but it was this nagging thought. I was unsure of what to expect or if I was just being silly, but I made plans in the physical to have everything taken care of in case I did not come back when I thought I would.
Now, I know that was a word from the Lord. I doubt any of us would have gone if we had known that we would be in the middle of a hurricane. However, God was preparing me even before the trip for unexpected things that would take place. Even on my 28th mission trip, God is still giving me adventure and allowing me to experience something I had never done before and may never do again, endure through a hurricane.
These are difficult times that we all live in. God has chosen you to live at this time and He gives you everything that you need to succeed. The more troubling things that are around you, the closer you need to get to Him!
Press into Him and He will give you the ability to press on no matter the lack of sleep, uncomfortable conditions, pain, or whatever you may be going through.
Interestingly, God revealed to me something that I never really could have known or been prepared for, experiencing a hurricane, during my time with Him. I was close to Him even before the hard times came, and because of this, He was able to prepare me for the unknown hard times to come so that I was ready to endure when the time came. This demonstrates how important it is to press into Him during the easy times as well as the difficult.
Today, ask God to help you to come closer to Him than ever before. As you do this, look for the encouragement, strength, and life that will come as a result of deepening devotion and intimacy with Him!!!
Jeremiah, Man on Fire!!!
Belize Day 5 –
Today, our plans changed with the incoming hurricane. We still went and delivered school supplies and clothing to the Valley of Peace. We purposefully prayed for each family for healing and life.
Right now, I am sitting in an open air building with a roof surrounded by rain and gushing winds as we wait for the storm to come. There will not be much sleeping tonight. We have a safe cement building to head to when things get really bad, but this is a new experience for me. Never have I been in such a storm, and yet, I still have peace. In the end, we can do nothing but pray and wait and wait and pray. No amount of complaining, wishing, or even hard work will cause the storm to pass. We must wait, trust, and pray for peace and protection.
At this moment, I realize that this is not any different than any other moment in life. We can do a lot of things, but in the end, we must wait and pray for God to do the work. We cannot cause anyone to grow and bear fruit, but we can plant the seed, water, and fertilize. God brings the fruit, and causes us to be safe during the storm. Storms come and they may howl and blow and seem strong and mighty, but God controls the storm. He protects us in the storm and brings about good in the midst of roaring rushing wind all around.
Storms will come. They sometimes surround us and cause us to cower under their intensity and might. Storms are still a mystery because they are something we cannot control. However, God is our peace in the midst of the storm. He protects us and guides us into the best way. God uses the manner in which we handle storms as a witness to who He is. We must trust that He is mightier than the storm and obey even when it may not make sense. His love is more powerful than the raw potential of the strongest storm. He is our peace! He is our comfort! He is the one who brings the best out of the worst.
I challenge you to look at your circumstances in a different way today. The boss that is unhappy with you, the co-worker that says things that hurt you, the family member that purposefully does things to get on your nerves, look to God and pray for Him to help you respond as He would. Respond in love, peace, and trust in the worst possible circumstances that God may get the full glory!!!
Jeremiah, Man on Fire!!!