Trusting in Him

I have found myself relying on Him heavily since the beginning of the New Year. And even more so in the last few weeks. I don’t want to go into details, but I lately I found myself in a situation that is completely out of my control.

There is nothing else I can do at this moment it requires a giant leap of faith in people I know and more importantly in God. More than I have in a while I have found myself trusting in his… fill in the blank.

Trusting in His Word.
Trusting in His direction.
Trusting in His timing.
Trusting in His provision.
Trusting in HIM!

But why is it so hard? Why is it so scary to do this?

Even as a Christian. A self-proclaimed disciple and follower of Christ. Even I find it hard to let go and just trust Him.

What is love?

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Baby don’t hurt me.

Seriously though. We use that word in so many different contexts that many people don’t even know what it really means anymore. We get it confused because we don’t get what it means to express love.

For far too many of us, the most common expression of this is just how it makes us feel, but what even worse the world tries to teach us that the greatest expression of love is sex. The greatest expression is sex?! Don’t get me wrong, God designed it to be beautiful, wonderful, and pleasurable, but that doesn’t mean that a physical act is the greatest expression of love.

My mom loves me and I love my mom. I have friends I have known since I was 10-11 years old that I love deeply. And to top it all off, Jesus loves us without fail.

Not in a single one of these cases can you remotely say the greatest expression is anything close to sex.

Do you know what the greatest expression of love is? Sacrifice.

Love is a 14 year old who just told her dad that she hates him, but he still works two jobs so that she has food on the table and a roof over her head.

Love is giving up a Friday night out because your best friend is in a depression and needs a friend.

Love is willing to damage a friendship because you want to do what is right.

Love is Jesus dying a cross so that we no longer have to have to live under the bondage of sin and we can live free.

It is in what we sacrifice that shows who deep love can go.
What have you sacrificed due to love?

Ministry is…

“Ministry is giving when you feel like keeping.
Praying for others when you need to be prayed for.
Feeding others when your own soul is hungry.
Living truth before people even when you can’t see the results
Hurting with other people even when your own hurt can’t be spoken.
Keeping your word even when it is not convenient.
Is being faithful when your flesh wants to run away”
-Author Unknown

Thankful for those who serve others. Your selflessness reflects Jesus.

Agreements

I was first introduced to this concept during my intern training right before I made my way here to England. The way it was explained then I didn’t quite understand what it meant. But now after reflecting upon conversations I have had with a few people, during my time, I think I’ve known about agreements and what they are for some time now.

They are about LIES. Lies that Satan gets you to agree to. But unfortuantely we often forget this important truth:

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Jesus says this about Satan in John 8:44 – “He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies.” (emphasis added)

John Gilberts, who is the Chief of Staff of Greater Europe Mission, says this about Satan’s lies. “Satan has two favorite flavors of lie – kind of an unholy one-two punch to the soul. Lies about the nature and character of God, and lies about the nature and character of you. In fact, as I began to think about it more, the reality is that we are exposed to his lies every day – it is a core element of spiritual warfare and it is insidiously dangerous.”

Satan tries to make us believe lies in every area of our life, but he knows our weakness and tries to attack us there. Whether it’s our identity, our circumstances, our relationships, we have all been convinced of some lie.

How do we fight off such evil? We reconnect ourselves to the branch and allow He who is holy, He who is righteous, He who knows our sin but calls us by name, to prune us of this junk. Yes it will probably be painful, yes it will be something we will fight to hold on to. But Jesus is for us and wants us to thrive.

“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” (John10:10)

What lies has Satan told you that you have agreed to?

Your Story

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The past week leading to my flight yesterday, I participated in some pre-trip training. Part of that training was to share our stories. John Gilberts, one of the leaders of the training, said:

“Sharing our stories can be just as if not more worshipful than any Sunday morning service.”

Powerful words that you may doubt at first, but once you experience people sharing the depths of your heart, it doesn’t matter if you know them or not, it is a deeply worshipful experience! The honesty, courage, and vulnerability it takes to be able to share your story isn’t like

It’s personal, sometimes wrought with pain, suffering, and hardships, but also overflowing with forgiveness, redemption, and hope. Few things are as powerful as the story of God working in people’s lives.

If you want to see some great stories of God working in people’s life, check out I Am Second. There is a great collection of some powerful stories on there that you can enjoy.

But, I want to challenge you to share your story with someone soon, even if you think it’s boring, it’s the story God gave you and the story you can use to impact someone’s life.

Thoughts on Reddit

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They are a whole culture in it’s own. I’ve lurked around for about a year but haven’t really posted until recently. I find it fascinating and a cool place to discover things, including new perspectives.

But one thing that disappoints me about Reddit is the mob mentality and overall negativity. Sure you can say “What did I expect,” but the posters on reddit are not shy about sharing what they hate and if you disagree they will sling so many insults and so much hate you way until you disappear.

Will that stop me from using Reddit? Probably not, it helps knowing that going in so I can guard myself against that negativity. But secondly, I believe that the internet is a mission field. Instead of needing to go into world, the world as come to us with the internet. So personally feel I can make a difference for the Kingdom there. So whether it’s Reddit or another website you frequent, know that God calls us to minister and love to those people as well.

Happy Redditing.

Twitter

I just started using twitter, I think that it’s a clever way to stay connected. In this world of the internet and cell phone, there have been some great ways to connect with others, people you already know and people you don’t. But since most churches are still connect to people traditionally, the internet is overlooked as a way to outreach to others and share the gospel. The youth group that I’m working for never really used online resources, like facebook, blogs, twitters etc., to outreach. Once I started working this summer, that was one of the first things I wanted to change. It’s not only a problem at my church, it’s a problem across all believers.

So to my delight, cruising around on twitter I found a great page. The screen name is Praise Jesus, and for every update, it puts down a reason to Praise Jesus. To check it all out click on the link, but here are a few of my favorites:

Praise Jesus– for the cross
Praise Jesus– just when I got nothing left, that’s when I find you !
Praise Jesus– You taught us to believe and not ask many times. Let us rest in your care – give us faith and peace as we persevere in prayer.
Praise Jesus– you made the mountains and the sea. You stretch the stars like a canopy. You’re my Creator King.
Praise Jesus– for a good nights rest – may my day be filled with praise for your name. You are so good to me.

People go on mission trips all the time to reach out to the unchurched. Which is amazing, but if you want to find and share the gospel to unchurched, you don’t have to go any furter than your computer and a broadband connection. Praise Jesus for the internet, the mission field of the 21st century.