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.
God has orchestrated many amazing things this month and we have seen Him move in mighty ways through our obedience all around the world! Please continue to pray for us and partner with us as we are pursuing the ministry that He has for us here in Texas as well as globally. We pray that you are blessed by reading about how God has been moving in our lives and through us and we would love to get together and share with you personally what has taken place as well what’s to come in the future! Please let us know if you would like to meet or have us speak in your ministry! 🙂
Blessings, Jeremiah and Katie
I know, it has been three weeks since our last post and it was just a video. You might think that coming back to the U.S. that we would be finished with full-time ministering. However, the Lord wants us just as much here as everywhere else we have gone. We hit the ground running with speaking at youth groups, Fire by Night, connecting with churches and reconnecting with old friends. A lot has changed since we have been gone and that is not only us but what has been going on here as well. Many people need encouragement and strengthening and that is what God sent us out to do. This ministry does not stop because we are back at home now. Everything we have been doing has been full-time ministry, but people are now more reluctant to support us since we are back in the U.S. We have no desire to get jobs and split our time between ministry and working to survive, but it looks like we have no choice.
The Friday after we got back, we were able to connect with a small group that became our family and that truly supported us while we were away. There, God gave me a good word to share and Katie got to see two legs grow out, and someone who had crooked feet her whole life got them straightened by the Lord. It was amazing to see the Spirit working powerful here at home within our spiritual family.
Monday through Friday was a youth camp, Encounter God’s Presence, that we have been a part of helping with for three years and we got the opportunity to serve and speak. God used us mightily to encourage the youth to listen for the Word of the Lord and be completely obedient to what He has to say. Again, we saw God working in the lengthening of shortened legs and even a young man who was said to have a broken leg walked out of the building 10 minutes after we prayed for him. God is awesome!!!
God is moving here in amazing ways. Our job is to listen for what God is speaking and be obedient to whatever He is staying. We were obedient to go out because of the word spoken to us. But many people are called to stay and minister here and at their jobs and schools to those they are around. In the end, you will be blessed as you listen to the Lord and be fully obedient.
Ask Holy Spirit to give you a word today and be obedient to whatever He has to say no matter what it is. No matter if it is BIG or small, our obedience brings blessings!!! May the blessings of the Lord be released upon you mightily this week as you are obedient to His word to you!!!
Jeremiah, Man on Fire!!!
I want to confess that our time here in Cambodia is very different than what I expected it to be. We have been here more than two weeks now, and God has had us focus on praying and encouraging the staff here at the base in Battambang. When I envisioned coming back to Cambodia where I spent more than two months only two years ago, I thought we would be doing some of the same things as I did before. However, God has us doing things that are quite different but exactly what He needs to be done.
Right now, it is the hot season in Cambodia. Ironically, we came from the hottest part of the season in India to the hottest part of the season in Cambodia. I heard an American who lives here remarking that it was 106 degrees in the shade. Being from Texas, I understand the heat and know it well. However, I do not like how it is so humid here that your clothes are constantly soaked with sweat even when indoors. At any point in time, I could take off my shirt and wring it out and fill a bowl with the sweat. It is not fun and definitely is not attractive, but it is where God needs us to be.
The only relief that we have had from the scorching heat was a violent monsoon that came out of nowhere. It tore up the carport covering and part of the eating area and literally drenched our room before we were able to do anything to stop it. I was outside for less than five minutes rescuing the truck from being demolished and came in dripping wet. I guess it did not really matter because our room was half submerged anyway. Apparently, we got more than two and a half inches in about 30 minutes. After all this, I have found some comfort in this verse, “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, Nor shall the flame scorch you. For I am the Lord your God” (Isaiah 43:2).
While repairing a broken bicycle and dripping with sweat, a lady that has been here a while said something to me that I took as an encouragement from the Lord. She said that right now, in hot season, is exactly the right time to come and encourage the staff. The heat is not fun, classes are about two months from being finished in one of the schools, and most people are worn down at this time. It would definitely be more comfortable to be here not in hot season, but God knew that He needed us here right now to encourage His people.
When God calls us, He is always directing us to what He needs us to do, He is just waiting on us to be obedient and come into line with where He needs us to be.
His people are much more important than our personal comfort! Over and over, we have to remind ourselves that we do not make decisions based on our own comforts. If that were the case, we never would have come to Cambodia, India, or on this faith journey at all.
God gives us the strength to grow beyond our comfort level so that His work may be done where He needs it and at the time He needs it to be done!
Where you are right now, ask yourself. Are you in a place where you are comfortable? Is it pleasant both physically and spiritually? Are you being stretched so that you can grow or are you resting comfortably in what you have?
God constantly wants to be stretching us beyond what we are able to do for two reasons. One, He wants us to grow and be able to do greater things in the Kingdom. Secondly, and more importantly, when we are able to accomplish things that we could never do on our own, He is the only One who will receive glory.
I know that you are sitting there and have the desire to do great things for the Lord and to bring great glory to His name. Ask Holy Spirit right now, where have you settled into a lifestyle of comfort? Ask Holy Spirit to stretch you and do great things through your obedience to Him. Pray that He will give you everything that you need along the way, and trust that He will provide it. Pray that He would use your life to bring great glory to His name!!!
I bless you to know that God is the great provider! He gives strength in our weakness!!! He gives mercy in our failures!!! He gives us the ability to grow and change more and more into His image!!! He gives us a continual life of adventure in obedience so that the comforts of this world do not make us ineffective for His Kingdom!!!
Jeremiah, Man on Fire!!!
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!!!