Let me tell you…when you need it…the Lord gives it to you. Think about that. How can we ever experience the presence and power of the Lord in our lives if He doesn’t take us to the point where we need Him. If we don’t come to the “end of ourselves,” we’ll never see our needs met by the Father. When we run out of __________, you fill in the blank, then we won’t experience His presence.
One of our ladies experienced this last night. She was teaching in Progreso, Mexico at the church site we are helping to build. We are doing a Vacation Bible School of sorts, there. Angela Ellis is in the left of the picture with a blue visor on. She is on the ground with the children she is teaching. A lady is translating (sitting in the chair on the left, reading the Bible).
Angela shared with me this morning that the Lord took her to a place in her teaching that she had not prepared or even thought about. Angela had shared with me earlier in the day, “Pastor Kevin, I’m just not sure how far I need to go with this lesson. I just want to do what the Lord wants.” I said, “Angela, He’ll give it to you.” And He did. She shared with me this morning… “Kevin, it was amazing. I was teaching the kids and I got to the point I was concerned about (how deep/far to go) and He gave me a direction that I haven’t even thought about. I smiled and I said, “Awesome.” Goose bumps popped on my arms… I said under my breath, “Thank you, Lord! You did it again.”
Now, what is it that’s happening in your life that He’s using to bring you to the end of what you know or can do or can analyze, understand or figure out. Let go. Don’t worry. He’s got you! Smile!! It’s going to be ok. God’s in control.
I love the time we have travelling back and forth across the border. We are almost in each other’s laps… Talk about “togetherness.” This brings a closeness to the group as you sweat and spend close time together.
Want to see how little Oscarito is doing? Here he is in momma’s arms…
Talk about someone coming to the end of themselves. Miriam and Oscar have already had to deal with one of the worst experiences in life… the death of a child. Their daughter, Gracie, died about three years ago of a disease that caused her body to stiffen and her organs shut down. She was less than a year old. Last year the mission team prayed for Miriam and Oscar and the unborn baby. The doctors told Miriam there was a 50% chance the unborn baby could have the same disease as Gracie. I’ll never forget the presence and the power of the Lord in that room above the church. We were in our own “upper room” and experienced the Lord’s “Peace I bring unto you.”
I’m so happy to report that Oscarito is 100% healthy and doing wonderfully!! God answers prayers!!
I was reading in Oswald Chambers’, “My Utmost for His Highest” this morning and Chambers said…
The questions that truly matter in life are remarkably few, and they are all answered by these words— “Come to Me.” Our Lord’s words are not, “Do this, or don’t do that,” but— “Come to me.” If I will simply come to Jesus, my real life will be brought into harmony with my real desires. …Personal contact with Jesus changes everything. Be “foolish” enough to come and commit yourself to what He says. The attitude necessary for you to come to Him is one where your will has made the determination to let go of everything and deliberately commit it all to Him. “. . . and I will give you rest”— that is, “I will sustain you, causing you to stand firm.” He is not saying, “I will put you to bed, hold your hand, and sing you to sleep.” But, in essence, He is saying, “I will get you out of bed— out of your listlessness and exhaustion, and out of your condition of being half dead while you are still alive. I will penetrate you with the spirit of life, and you will be sustained by the perfection of vital activity.”
Isn’t that good?
And that’s what we’re doing on this mission trip… But, isn’t life a mission trip? Aren’t we just pilgrims passing through? This isn’t our home. This is just a hotel stop on the journey home. So, see it that way. Stop expecting this life to be everything that you want heaven to be. This isn’t heaven. But, there are glimpses of it… Like this…
That’s my daughters, Kandace and Katy singing with Steve Bryan and Keith Michael Anderson, playing guitar as we worshipped together yesterday in Progreso. By the way, we don’t do “youth” mission trips, because I never see in Scripture where the family is segregated and separated. So, we travel together and do work as “one body,” a team. Young and old alike. Why would we ever consider doing otherwise? Can you see the mentoring taking place… Look at that picture again… You’ll see what I mean.
Last thing for now. See this man and his family…
That’s Manuel. He is leading his family. Can you see that? You say…”What…he’s just sitting there.” No he’s not. He’s leading. He’s leading his family by being in church. His son Daniel is in a wheelchair. See him looking up at his Dad? Manuel is leading his son. Can you see that look in Daniel’s eyes? Priceless!!
By the way, this is an odd sight in Mexico and yes…even in America. Few men lead their family spiritually. It’s usually the women. Not Manuel. He’s leading. No one else is equipped to do the job like he is for his family. And Dad…no one else is capable or equipped like you are to lead your family spiritually. Get your family together tonight and spend some time in the Word of God and lead them Dad! You can do it!!