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Expect the Unexpected (Southeast Asia)

Headhunter warriors

Headhunter warriors give their lives to Jesus!!!

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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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.”

Self-Help???

Daily Encouragement – 

What are you saying? What are you doing? Are you speaking out My words or your own? Are you walking in My way or doing your own thing? Whose power are you walking in? 

The rise of self-help books is amusing to Me. In all your human strength, intellect, and self-control; you cannot change your selfish, sinful flesh. You will always think you know better and can do better if you try harder. Do not be foolish! 

Change only comes as you line yourself up with Me and My Word!  Come to Me! I have done the hard work of living a completely selfless, sinless life. Follow Me in My Way and receive all the blessings and life I gained by doing this! Why would you restlessly struggle to survive doing your own thing? 

Come to Me and enjoy the fruit of The Kingdom I have waiting for you!!! I love you My child!!!

Jeremiah 44:16-17 “As for the word that you have spoken to us in the name of the Lord, we will not listen to you! 17 But we will certainly do whatever has gone out of our own mouth…”

Jeremiah, Man on Fire!!!

Complete Victory!!!

Daily Encouragement –

What are you worried about? Why do you live in fear? I have overcome the world!!! I have complete victory for eternity!!! Your mind, body, and soul are able to remain in perfect peace because I have already won. Come to Me and walk totally in this victory!!! 

This world is full of trouble, pain, sorrow, and death. But this world and the ruler of it have been soundly defeated. You must no longer live in fear or submission to the world or it’s temptations. Come close to Me, The Complete Victor, and receive courage, confidence, and joy that you are on the winning side. 

Even now, begin to walk with Me in a deeper way so My victory may be upon you in the midst of this dark world. Press in to Me, and I will give you all you need to not only survive, but thrive right where you are. I love you My child!!!

John 16:33 “I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have [perfect] peace. In the world you have tribulation and distress and suffering, but be courageous [be confident, be undaunted, be filled with joy]; I have overcome the world.” [My conquest is accomplished, My victory abiding.]

Ministry in the Mainland

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.

Speaking at Faith Family Chapel in Mineral Wells, TX

Speaking at Faith Family Chapel in Mineral Wells, TX

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!!!

Bringing the Word of the Lord at EGP

Bringing the Word of the Lord at EGP

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!!!