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Expect the Unexpected (Southeast Asia)

Headhunter warriors

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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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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!!!

Changing History

Daily Encouragement –

What have you done with your life? Who has benefitted? How have you affected history? 

Most people are only concerned with surviving themselves and give little thought to others. This is never who you were designed to be. Come to Me! I am The King of kings who laid down His life willingly so that the whole world may live! My sacrifice was for far more than Me and my people. I died for all nations and all people, no matter how dejected, forgotten, or broken, that they may become part of The Kingdom!  

Everyone deserves the opportunity to see and know the Truth! Come to me! I will give you everything you need to boldly proclaim the good news of The Kingdom and exhibit it’s power. All nations and people must not only hear, but see the Truth coming forth that they may see, consider, and come to be a part of The Everlasting Kingdom! This is how you will change eternity! I love you My child!!!

Isaiah 52:15 “So shall He sprinkle many nations. Kings shall shut their mouths at Him; For what had not been told them they shall see, And what they had not heard they shall consider.”

Chosen to Carry Truth

Daily Encouragement Oct 19 –

You are my vessel of Truth and Light in this world!!! I have spoken and declared the Truth to all mankind and displayed My light for all to see. It is your job to keep doing this wherever you are at this moment.

I do not want anyone to walk in darkness, deception, despair, or death. I have placed the Light of Truth in you, and I need you to shine brightly!!! So many people around you need what you have inside. 

All must come to know Me that they may press in and be set free. Everyone must have this opportunity, and you are the one I have chosen right here, right now to carry The Truth. 

Go out and speak The Truth, shine the light for all to see and hear. This will bring freedom and life to those in bondage and darkness. You are My Child, and I love you!!! Go and speak that all may see and come to Me!!!

John 1:12-13 (AMP) But to as many as did receive and welcome Him, He gave the right [the authority, the privilege] to become children of God, that is, to those who believe in (adhere to, trust in, and rely on) His name— 13 who were born, not of blood [natural conception], nor of the will of the flesh [physical impulse], nor of the will of man [that of a natural father], but of God [that is, a divine and supernatural birth—they are born of God—spiritually transformed, renewed, sanctified].

Moving Forward into New Growth

Daily Encouragement – 

New growth is coming to you, My Child, even as you press in to know Me!!! Right now, you are learning how to walk and live in The Kingdom even as you continue through life in this world. Come walk with Me and grow even more into the fruit bearer I have called you to be. There will always be a place of growth and an opportunity to overcome the enemy as you draw near to Me. 

Press into me and know My rest. As you rest and stand firm in Me, I will cause growth and advancement in The Kingdom. As you stand with Me, I will destroy every work of the enemy in your life. 

Move forward with Me into The Kingdom and let’s take back what the enemy has stolen from you together. I love you My child!!!

Ephesians 6:13-14 (AMP) “Therefore, put on the complete armor of God, so that you will be able to [successfully] resist and stand your ground in the evil day [of danger], and having done everything [that the crisis demands], to stand firm [in your place, fully prepared, immovable, victorious]. 14 So stand firm and hold your ground…”

Don’t Be Selfish with The Good News!!!

Daily Encouragement – 

My child, the good news has been richly poured over you. You have been given an amazing opportunity to know Me and come close to Me. 

You must never be selfish with the good news. The good news is for all people to know and receive and come close to Me! You must never withhold or keep it to yourself. There is more than enough for you and all who will receive. 

You were given the good news freely and completely. You must also give out the good news freely and without restriction. I never withhold blessing from you, so you must not withhold the blessing of the gospel from all men.

In giving away what you have received, you will receive more and in greater measure than you ever thought possible. I love you My child! Come close and receive even as you give out all you have!!!

Luke 6:38 “Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.”

Luke 2:10 “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people.”

Jeremiah, Man on Fire!!!

Know Me

Day 3 – Know Me

Key Verse – 
 Hebrews 8:11 None of them shall teach his neighbor, and none his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ for all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them. 

“You don’t even know me!” Have you ever found yourself saying this to a friend or maybe even a parent.  Worse, have you ever felt betrayal in such a way by someone close to you that you have thought, “I don’t even know you”. 

Do you ever walk around with a mask in an attempt to hide who you really are?

In doing this, you are keeping everyone else at a distance.  You are pushing them away and as a result, you can never really know them and they can never really know you. You may have a variety of reasons why you may do this, but in the end it hurts rather than help you.

Amazingly, the Creator of the universe, God gives you the opportunity to know Him. You do not have to have a friend, leader, or pastor talk to Him for you.  He gives you the ability to come to Him.  He desires to reveal to you who He really is.  

As equally as amazing is that He knows you completely apart from any masks and loves you for who you are. He made you and loves you unconditionally.  Only He can help you become the person you were truly designed to be.   

Do you want to know the Creator of the universe?

Do you want Him to reveal who He has created you to be?

Prayer – God, reveal Yourself to Me and help me to know you and the awesome love you have for me. Help me to remove the masks I put up and be exactly who You have designed me to be. In Jesus Name, Amen

Challenge – Spend some time today and ask God to reveal to you, one thing He says about you. Write it down. Show a leader have them confirm it is from God if you are unsure, and have them ask God what He says about you. Put these somewhere where you will be reminded of them.