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Expect the Unexpected (Southeast Asia)

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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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Completely Clean

Daily Encouragement –

What have you done to get to where you are in life? Are you successful? Have you overcome every obstacle? Are you self-sufficient? 

I am Yahweh, Creator of Heaven and earth!!! I am all-sufficient and the provider of all things!!! No matter what you may have done or accomplished in this life, you need Me and My help! You have failed and done wrong in some area that you can never erase. You may have tried to hide or balance out the negative with positive, but you will never be able to take away what has happened. 

Come to Me! I have provided the perfect sacrifice that all the wrong, malicious, evil things done by you are able to be taken away and completely cleansed! You do not need to hide what is completely clean!

Come to Me! Trust in Jesus’ perfect sacrifice to cleanse, restore, and make you new! This is why Jesus came and died so that you could come to Me, exactly the way you are, and be made pure and holy! I love you My child!!!

Isaiah 53:4-6 “Surely He has borne our griefs And carried our sorrows;
Yet we esteemed Him stricken, Smitten by God, and afflicted.
But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed. 
All we like sheep have gone astray; We have turned, every one, to his own way; And the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.”

Jeremiah, Man on Fire!!!

My Way

Daily Encouragement –

Do you feel like you are fighting an uphill battle? Do you always seem to go against the grain and rub people the wrong way? Do you have seemingly unnecessary struggles and difficulties in daily life? 

I am The Almighty God!!! Come to Me and walk in the way I have prepared for you! My way is the only way of true peace, life, and strength. Any other way will be a struggle because you are trying to make your own way. 

My way is not the easiest, but it is the right way. I have gone before you in the way and truly walk beside you to help in all things. I will never leave you alone, but I am here to strengthen and guide you in The Way! 

I have called you by name to walk into My Kingdom together with Me. Why would you struggle and fight just to go your own way and do your own thing? I love you My child!!!

Isaiah 45:2-3 ‘I will go before you And make the crooked places straight; I will break in pieces the gates of bronze And cut the bars of iron. 
I will give you the treasures of darkness And hidden riches of secret places, That you may know that I [am] the Lord, Who call you by your name,

Jeremiah, Man on Fire!!!

Good Fruit

Daily Encouragement – 

What seeds have you sown? What choices have you made? What is the reward coming to you as a result? 

Every action has a reward, a fruit, some good some bad. My desire is for you to be completely saved, healed, delivered, blessed! However, this only comes as you obey My word. 

The fruit of obedience to My Word is abundant life! Never let your actions or words be against Me or for the enemy. When you get to the point where you openly speak against Me and My ways, you are in trouble. 

No matter what level, if you do wrong, your reward and fruit will come to you. Good fruit comes from humility and obedience to Me. Disobedience will bring bad fruit even if your sinful pride would disagree. 

Come to Me, change the seed you are sowing, and reap the abundant life I desire for you!!! I love you My child!!!

Isaiah 3:8-11 “For Jerusalem stumbled, And Judah is fallen, Because their tongue and their doings Are against the Lord, To provoke the eyes of His glory. The look on their countenance witnesses against them, And they declare their sin as Sodom; They do not hide it. Woe to their soul! For they have brought evil upon themselves. “Say to the righteous that it shall be well with them, For they shall eat the fruit of their doings. Woe to the wicked! It shall be ill with him, For the reward of his hands shall be given him

Jeremiah, Man on Fire!!!

Self-sufficient?

Daily Encouragement –

What do you need? Are you good? Are you self-sufficient? Where do you place your trust? 

It is not wrong to know you are needy. It is prideful to think you could ever be self-sufficient. This lifestyle leads to death and destruction in so many different ways. You need Me! 

Do you trust in your good works, the work of your own hands? I am the One who works in you the Good. Do you trust in your own reason, resources, and riches? Everything good comes from Me! You must never trust in the things I have given, this is idolatry. Trust in Me!!! 

You can never be self-sufficient. You need Me. You could never take away the stain of sin! You cannot work your way into salvation, healing, or freedom… But why would you want to even try? I have already done the work and paid the price. 

Come to Me and receive all that I have! My storehouse is full of resources waiting for you to ask and trust. You need Me. Come and find your sufficiency in Me. I love you My child and will supply everything you need and more, if you will only come to Me and trust!!!

Jeremiah 48:7 “For because you have trusted in your works and your treasures,You also shall be taken…”

Philippians 4:19 “And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”

Jeremiah, Man on Fire!!!

Moving Forward

Daily Encouragement –

Are your wheels spinning? Do you feel like you are taking 2 steps forward and 3 steps back? It is time for you to examine your heart. I am always here calling you to come to Me. 

I do not wait until you are lost or far away, but have called out continually since the time you took one step down the wrong path. I have and will continue to call you to come to Me wholly and completely right now. Do not turn away or deafen your ears to My cry. I have life, and the only way for you to move forward. You do not know a better way, and you cannot do it on your own. You need Me. 

Come and follow Me. Walk in obedience to Me and all I have spoken. This is how you will succeed and move forward in this life and the next. 

Without Me, you are spinning your wheels and moving backwards away from Me. Come to Me and gain everything you need to move forward into My Kingdom!!! I love you My child!!!

Jeremiah 7:13, 23-24 “I spoke to you, rising up early and speaking, but you did not hear, and I called you, but you did not answer…
…this is what I commanded them, saying, ‘Obey My voice, and I will be your God, and you shall be My people. And walk in all the ways that I have commanded you, that it may be well with you.’ But they did not obey Me or bend their ear [to hear Me], but followed the counsels and the stubbornness of their [own] evil heart (mind), and [they turned and] went backward instead of forward.”

Jeremiah, Man on Fire!!!

100% Both and More!!!

Daily Encouragement –

You must become like Me!!! As you really come to know Me, you will be changed into My image. The more you are changed into My image, the more you will be able to truly know Me and become like Me!

I am a God of grace and truth, peace and boldness, power and love, spirit and life!!! Many times, you focus too much on My grace and forget the truth, or you overemphasize My truth and leave out My grace. Focusing on one without the other leads to deception, false thinking and wrong actions. 

I am 100% grace, 100% truth and so much more!!! You must walk deeper with Me and know who I am so you become like Me. You are My light to this world! Shine brightly and truly, My light, for all to see!!! 

Come close to Me!!! Know Me!!! And walk in line with My character as I walked in this world. I love you My child!!!

John 1:14 “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.”

Jeremiah, Man on Fire!!!