Mission Trips

Dominican Republic Part 2 – Monument Visit and Mission Preparation

After getting settled at our mission base in the Dominican Republic, we got ready to spend Sunday Church Service with a local congregation. It was a beautiful time to have sisters and brothers in Christ from all different nations worship together just like we will one day in heaven. Afterwards we went to have lunch and visit the famous Monument of the Heroes of the Restoration in Santiago. We had an amazing view over the entire city. We traveled back to our base, spend some time enjoying the outdoors and then spend time preparing for our mission and praying together.

Thank you for following us on our journey but most important for your continued support and prayers. God is good!

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Weekly Devotion: Humility

Our bible study group has been studying through the book of Daniel. What I love most about our group is that we have multiple generations as well as multiple cultures participate which offers very diverse views. The heart of each of us is to grow and continue to live our life for the Lord through seeking God, encouraging each other and holding each other accountable (And trust me, the younger generation is rather bold in pointing out shortcomings).

One of the reoccurring themes in Daniel is the sin of pride, its consequence, but most importantly, God’s sovereignty in it all. Studying the various kingdoms and their kings in the time of Daniel pointed out very clearly how pride is a step towards destruction and how God hates it.

How does this apply to us today? We look around us and see facets of pride and egocentric lifestyles we didn’t even realize existed. Much                                                                                            of our time is spent worshipping the false gods of this world. This may sound harsh, but when we truthfully reflect on how we spend our days and what we allow into our lives, it becomes evident that we give priority to security, money, food, impurity through the things we watch…Our bodies are a living sacrifice, a vessel of God created to worship Him. We have allowed ourselves to align with the culture and this world rather than with the word of God.

Everything is about ourselves, especially her in the US. Truthfully, I believe we clearly miss the big picture. When studying the past, we clearly see how God raises up kingdoms and allows them to be destroyed as well according to His purpose and plan. The US is just a glimpse of time in the timeline of God’s story. This nation has completely turned away from God, how do we expect God will continue blessing us if we do not acknowledge and praise the Giver Himself? God will humble the proud in His timing. The scriptures give us clear warnings to turn back to Him. We have a choice!

Humility is recognizing and acknowledging our total dependence upon the Lord and seeking Him in every aspect of our life which belongs to Him. If we don’t realize that we are nothing apart from Christ, we will continue to struggle with pride. Our flesh is sinful and leads us to a desire to have authority and control.

James 4:6-10  

But he gives more grace. Therefore it says, “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Be wretched and mourn and weep. Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. 10 Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you.

 

How do we humble ourselves?

  1. Submit and surrender yourselves to God and His will.
  2. Repent and turn away from any sin in your life and do not allow the devil to get a foothold.
  3. Seek God and study His word.
  4. Purify your hearts.
  5. Mourn, weep and grieve over our sinfulness.
  6. Do all this for the Lord with a pure heart and He will lift you up.

If you won’t humble ourselves, God will!

Humility is a default response to those who seek God.

There is a different aspect of humility that is so often missed however. Having the opportunity to surrender into the love of God through Christ Jesus, is our greatest gift.  It gives us the peace we all seek but that is otherwise unattainable. When we seek God, desire to be in the presence of Him and start to understand His sovereignty, humility will be our natural default response. God will exalt the humble according to His purpose and what better place is there to be?

 

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Forgive


The world we live in is full of sin. Our very own nature is sinful. The result is that we face daily trials, disappointments and offenses. What is the biblical approach to overcoming those hurts, betrayals etc? How do we forgive and why is it so important to forgive?

The inability to forgive causes so much pain and entangles us making us paralyzed in continuing our walk with the Lord.

1 Thessalonians 1:15 states “I am the foremost sinner”. We have to realize that we are the foremost sinner. There is no sin greater than another and when we truthfully reflect on ourselves it becomes evident that we fall short daily. And in this depth of sin, God showed His grace towards us. We didn’t deserve it. It was His love for us, that He gave His only son to die for us, so we could be reconciled to Him. God was merciful towards us and calls us to extend that same mercy towards others. Luke 6:36

Matthew 18:21-35 is a parable about forgiveness. In summary, it explains how a slave, who was forgiven a debt he was unable to pay by the king, went to a slave which owed him and choked him demanding the debt owed to him. The slave was not able to pay, just as he himself was not able to pay back the king, but rather than extending the same mercy he received from the king, he threw him into prison. The consequence of not being able to forgive is seen in the kings response. When he heard what the forgiven slave had done to the other slave, he handed him over to the torturers until he could pay what he owed. Until we have truly forgiven with the heart, our heavenly Father will do the same to us. When we don’t forgive, we are the ones suffering and in pain.

Trials are a gift from above as God uses them to sharpen us and shape us closer and closer into His image. 2 Thess. 1:5 This is a plain indication of God’s righteous judgment so that you will be considered worthy of the kingdom of God, for which indeed you are suffering. God promises us that we will be persecuted just as His son has been persecuted. We need to count it joy as it is a pledge of God Himself showing us that we are His. The story of Joseph is a beautiful example of God’s sovereignty as well as God’s ways to use what is meant for evil for good. Jospeh’s brothers sold him into slavery out of jealousy, but God raised Him up to be the Highest Official in Egypt besides Pharao himself. Joseph continued to humbly walk with the Lord fulfilling His plans, and in the end extended forgiveness to his brothers. He had His eyes fixed on the Lord and trusted in God’s sovereignty.

If we want to forgive, we can’t have our eyes focused on our current world. We have to set our eyes on the things above. Collossians 3:2. This world is not our home. We are called to live a life set apart for the gospel. Hebrews 12:1-3 run the race with indurance getting rid of all the sin that entangles us focusing our eyes on Jesus, the perfector of our faith We are called to run this race alongside our brothers and sisters in truth, grace and love building each other up as we build God’s kingdom.

– Counting it all Joy –

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Ditch the New Years Resolutions

I am so excited and thankful to continue our mid week devotion. For the past months, the Lord has placed on my heart to be quiet and to listen. It has been an incredible time, that I needed with every inch of my heart. It is hard for me to sit still. If you know me, I am a visionary. I see an idea in my head and I will go for it until the goal is reached.

But God, in His perfect timing, placed a bible study in my path during this time of quiet. Not any bible study, but one that focuses on hearing God’s voice by Prescilla Shirer. It has been absolutely amazing and I would recommend it in a heart beat. As I studied, one truth in particular struck me and I felt the nudge to share it as  so many of us prepare for a perfect start in the new year.

Every year after Christmas, many of us fall into the same habit…we make plans for a healthier lifestyle, better eating habits, set educational or career goals, fine-tune our schedules…As I mentioned, I am an entrepreneur at heart. So I easily fall into the same trap. Just the though of developing new ideas to expand our family business get’s me all excited. Naturally, during the time of rest we get throughout the holidays, my entrepreneurial wheels start spinning at full capacity. But in the midst of mapping out new directions…while studying God’s word…something struck me.

What if I am exactly were God wants me to be? What if I can stop searching for my calling, for a new opportunity to serve, for a purpose, for a better way to hear Him? Millions of books have been printed on how to find our purpose etc and we are taught to take things into our own hands. God wants us to hear His leading, He gives us glimpses of His presence, He takes the responsibility to guide us through the Holy Spirit in order to realign us to His word and purpose. All we have to do is listen. I started looking back at my life. The times I searched for God’s will, I didn’t find it. The times I didn’t search, He guided me opening doors I didn’t even see before. There will be times we hear Him clearly, but there may be times we don’t hear Him. That doesn’t always mean we are doing something wrong, or that we are walking through a trial…it may just mean that we are exactly were God wants us to be. All we have to do is to continue in seeking God.

This year I pray that we will not frantically search for God’s will, but rather for God Himself (Voice of God). God will lead us if we live out Romans 12:1-2. Every New Years, should be a reminder how we can’t keep simple resolutions from the year before. We fail in the most simplest ways. How different would our life be, if we present ourselves as a living sacrifice…daily…it would change us from the inside out sanctifying us. And the best part: we wouldn’t have to worry about new years resolutions anymore;)

I pray that we will get rid of any hinderances that distract us from living our life for the Lord. That today, we surrender, presenting ourselves as a living sacrifice. KAY ARTHUR QUOTE

We would love to hear how you seek God. Please feel free to share in the comments below.