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.
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.
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!!!
One week from today, my wife and I will have been traveling for five months. Now when we spoke about what God had called us to do, many people talked about us having an extended honeymoon. Whether they were joking or serious, I do not know. However, The Lord knows the reason He called us out immediately. So many people have commented as we travel that they wished they could do the same thing, but were so tied down it would be impossible. It seems that when people are young enough to travel and do the work of The Lord that they are discouraged by their lack of money. However when they do have money to travel, they are normally tied down until they are older, and their children are grown. After that, they do not have the life and energy they once did.
God called us out at exactly the right time. Many people think that mission work is all roses and honey, but it is not. For me, one of the constant things I have had to battle is not worrying about money. God has called us out to do this work, and I know that He has promised to provide. He has done this in many ways, but in the day to day it is hard to see where the provision is coming from. He has promised to provide for us in both our physical as well as spiritual needs. It seems like it is easier to trust The Lord for the spiritual things, because there is not much I can do differently to acquire these things. Yes, discouragement comes and attacks the vision, purpose, and the actions we are taking, but for me, this is easier to overcome. In the realm of the physical, I can see where money is coming from and where it is not. Should we write more blogs, make more videos, sell more things, (I actually own almost nothing now, my wife is richer in the world’s eyes because she has a car), ask more, pray more…? I do not know. But one thing I do know is that God is in control.
Recently, God opened a door for us to travel to Kosovo. As you may remember, only 15 years ago, there was a major war and genocide that took place here. The door that opened was obvious and had nothing to do anything we did. Because Kosovo is in a unique situation, the cost of travel from Spain to get there is about the same as if we went straight to India, which is the next place we know that we are going. Because of the money, we talked and prayed about if we got the right amount of money during one week’s time, we would see that as God sending us there. Six days passed and we received only $50 from some people in England. I was talking with The Lord in the bathroom how it did not seem possible that we could travel to Kosovo because of the added cost. Right now, we have no regular supporters and live one day at a time, and I did not see how we could bear this added expense. My spirit was overwhelmed by a word that I believe is from The Lord. As we have traveled, even before we left, we have prayed for three specific things: protection, provision, and open doors. I could see very clearly that this was an open door, but was disheartened because of the expense. The word I felt was from The Lord was this. “Why would we not walk through an obvious open door just because we did not see the provision?” I know in the eyes of the world, this does not make sense. However, this is the faith that we are all called to live by. We are to walk in obedience and not look at the circumstances of the world when our Heavenly Father is the One that gives us everything we need. It only takes a little pavement from the Heavenly Kingdom to provide for an all expense paid ministry trip around the world for two.
Now, I do not want anyone to think that this is a plea for financial support. It is not. If God speaks to you about giving to us, give. If He speaks to you about building up His Kingdom in a different way, than be obedient to that.
I want to encourage everyone that has a clear word from The Lord to follow that calling. Do not worry about the seemingly insurmountable obstacles that stand in the way of what He is saying. If The Lord has called you to follow Him in His work, He will easily melt the mountains like wax and make rivers come forth in the desert. It is not difficult for Him to move the obstacles out of our way. We cannot do it, but if we could, we would deserve the glory. All glory, honor, and power be to The Lord. As the Men and Women of God, we lift high His name and walk in obedience. He gets the glory when we are able to walk through impossible situations no matter what they may be.
I encourage you to keep on asking and keep on seeking the direction that God wants you to move and where He wants you to partner with Him in His Kingdom. When He speaks, be fully and completely obedient to everything He is calling you to do. The best thing about being in partnership with God is that He is the one that does all the hard work, all we do is walk with Him in obedience!!!
Hebrews 10:39 But we are not of those who draw back in fear or sin, but we are of those who press in and believe to the salvation, healing, and deliverance of the souls in all the world!!!
Jeremiah, Man on Fire!!!