Afehyia Pa!! Happy New Year!!!

It’s a New Year!  I want to keep running to the finish line.  The only life prize that matters is the one that has been promised by God, through Jesus Christ … eternal life with him.  I’m not there yet, God knows I’m not!!! But I’m committing to leaving the junk and mistakes of 2020 back there … and moving on in 2021, allowing His Spirit to guide and direct me, and doing every single thing for the sake of His glory. 

No! I’m not yet all that God wants me to be … but I’m pushing hard to let Him change me, mold me AND make me all that He’s called me to be.  It’s what my Savior wants from me. It is why He made me His own!!!  (Philippians 3: 12 – 15) So … for 2021, I want to keep moving after some things and add new things that’ll help me be what He wants me to be. 

So here’s my 21 for 2021: 

  1. Focus on the problem solver, not the problem (preach Reginald!)
  2. Believe I can do things, because He told me to do them
  3. Love, even when the love is not returned
  4. Forgive, even if it happens again
  5. Repent and repent again
  6. Ask for the filling of the Holy Spirit each and every day
  7. Extend mercy to people, just as I beg for mercy from Him
  8. Grace, I’ll give it to others just as He gives it to me
  9. Share my joy
  10. Speak truth
  11. Build friendships
  12. Pour in to relationships that I’ve neglected
  13. Be a respecting baby sister – listening to and being taught by my older sisters, who are amazingly God filled women
  14. Listen and learn from the Word of God
  15. Love and pour truth into my children and grandchildren
  16. Truly take care of my physical body 
  17. Lead well in every role God has placed me in
  18. Serve well in every place God has sent me
  19. Love, obey, adore, serve, encourage, care for, invest in … my wonderful gift of a husband
  20. Serve, obey, glorify, uplift, reflect, praise, submit to, listen to, talk to  … my God, my Savior, my King, my Father, my All In All
  21. Yield and Submit fully to The Almighty God!! Living fully for His will, His glory, His purpose … for the sake of His Kingdom!

Happy New Year, friends and family!!!

Let’s take the next step in wonderful new ways for the sake of His glory!!

For His glory … let us ALL be willing to do anything!!!

What Are You Expecting?

Working in the world of global missions\international ministry/missionary service – whatever you’d like to call it 🙂 is a grand privilege.  We work in the power of God to present the world with the truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ! Our boss is the most powerful boss on the planet; the most virtuous; the most fair; the most loving boss in the entire world.  He is loving; He wants all of us to succeed; He has equipped and called us in specific ways!  He created the world and He has accomplished more than we will ever accomplish AND He will bring to pass more than we can ever hope to do in our own power!  Perfect — He is absolutely perfect!

But there is, as always with humans, a little bit of a catch.  We love to give honor; adoration; credit; distinction to others who have been in the same line of work – as if something that they’ve done is beyond us.  It’s normal – its what we do; its what I do!  We name things after those who went to the mission field 100s of years ago; we compare one another to those who have laid their lives down for the gospel and gone on to glory; we remind ourselves of what our predecessors have done.  Normal ….

The truth of the matter is there was but ONE who counts as the initial missionary – He is our Christ, His name is Jesus.  He left His home and throne to come down to this earth and ensure that a fallen world would be reconciled to The Creator.  He is the ONE who shed His blood – and only His blood is worthy of any praise and adoration.  For those of us who have believed on Him and have since been called to a life on the mission field (Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, or the uttermost parts of the earth) — we all will benefit the same; whether we were called 100s or years ago or just landed in our new place of service.

We just better be careful!  There is nothing that we do that will esteem us above Him.  There is nothing that we will do that will esteem us above one another.  Didn’t you believe on Him to be saved?!  Didn’t you answer the call out of your own love and obedience to God?  Didn’t you say “Yes” because you were willing to work for His glory and not your own?  Aren’t you ready to accept whatever it is He greets you with in glory, even if its not the same as Jim Elliot, Ray Buker, Mark Young, Amanda Berry Smith, George Leile, Grover Cooper or even Lloyd Chinn?!

Think about it…

No Power … Except His Power

‘If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must rule over it.” ‘ Genesis 4:7

I’ve experienced seeing some believers sacrifice their lives to Christ fully, and be blessed in amazing ways. Many have seen the provisions of God in ways that they could never have imagined. I’ve experienced seeing believers sacrifice their lives, in ways that seemed to be full, that have experienced a lack of the respect and fame that they were going for. As believers in Christ, Christ followers, we should surely encourage one another. But for those that are doing what He has told us to do, our hope should be ONLY to bring Him glory and to give Him full and sincere obedience. Truth is that if we allow the sin of the world to get in our hearts and minds – the sins of a desire of fame in ministry OR a desire to be considered more important than others around us … the sin will just stay right there with us, standing at the door of our hearts controlling every move we make.

Sin is standing at the door of the hearts of many people who want to be seen as brilliant, powerful, ???. Yes, this is a strong truth! Too many of us have not taken just one moment to look our enemy in the face and tell him to “get away from me! you are not helping me! you don’t care about the same things God does. You care only about things that people think are important!” (Matthew 16:23) Oh! my brothers and sisters in Christ …. Be Careful!

Looking around us right now and seeing that we, believers in Christ, seem to be letting civil leadership all over the world make us believe that one group is better than another. Just never forget that He, The Almighty God, created us all. Just never forget that He, The Almighty God, send His Son Jesus to die for us all. Just never forget that our loyalty should be leaning toward Him alone, The Almighty God.

Right now these dangerous thoughts are truly sitting right on our shoulders. The world’s powers have jealousies of one another, and their sin has passed down to some of us – building jealousy within in Body of Christ. Just makes my heart so sad. Causes many tears for me.

I encourage you to yield and submit your life and your mind completely to Him. Whether He leads you to a place or task that you love OR if He leads you into something that you don’t even understand … yield and submit to Him. You can only give him all of you if you do it completely and sincerely. Giving Him your life in ways that you believes looks like it … will cause you tremendous pain and sorrow. And then your jealousy for those that God exalts, in His own way and time, will move you to do terrible things as you try to bring them to an end. Don’t let sin have you. Don’t think that anything that you desire should be beyond a desire to bring God glory and praise!

By Faith

In order to embrace a God-given future, we must trust and not waiver in our belief – despite what we see or experience.

We live in an age where we want promises fullfilled now. No waiting; no delays — we want what’s coming to us NOW — just like the prodigal son. However, we must remember that God is an eternal being. He eists outside of time. His promises are eternal also – they exist outside of time.

It is our faithful obedience and service to expectantly believe the promise will come even if it is our resurrected future.

There are many blessings He will grand us now – but if not NOW — will we still believe? If He heals now — if He heals in heaven — we must choose to rejoice either way! I’m speaking from my own personal experience. When my mother had this unexpected bleeding stroke … my cry out to Him was for healing and life. When my best friend, Barbara, was diagnosed with cancer … my cry out to Him was for healing and life. My Ghana mother, Beatrice … healing and life. My dear friend, Francis … healing and life. And what I had to return to truths … they were all believers in Christ and worshippers of the Almighty God! They were all healed completely and are living life eternal! The tears that came were real! But if you talk to me face to fact about any of these dear ones – you will see that all that I feel is gratefulness, thankfulness and pure joy toward The One who gets all glory and praise from me about the beauty of the lives they are living now!

Our heavenly future is greater, for we are only sojourners in this foreign place.

O Lord! please help us to understand that as partakers of Your gift of salvation, we have been given eternal life! Help us to grasp the gravity of this great promise – looking ever toward the eternal, heavenly future that is laid out for us. Help us not get caught up in the now!!

Only in Truth and Love

We can be tempted to live in our Christian lives on the edge of the truth. Well, I should say that it seems that today, the Body of Christ is in some ways living on the edge of the truth because of the struggle of including and attracting more people. Now don’t get me wrong – we demand belief in God for sure! But, we do not always demand a trust in Christ.

Because of the difficulties of the world right now, we can be tempted to live in such a way that we are protecting ourselves from some hurt, or treasuring our own station over that of another. But, that is not love. You see, we are told to give the cloak. We are told to walk the 2nd mile. We are told to prefer others above ourselves. When we neglect the truth and love in our lives, we effectively remove from our lives any guarantee of grace, mercy and peace.

We cannot allow ourselves to be lulled in to a state of complacency — we need to be faithful to the truth of Christ — and the love of God!

When operating outside of the truth, which is that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh and is the Savior; or when operating outside of love, which is obedience to God — then we cannot expect grace, mercy and peace to be with us.

Embrace His Truth. Show His Love.

I’m praying that Our Father will help us to keep Christ at the forefront of all things that we do, for the sake of His Kingdom. Praying that He will help us to stand firm as we meet others who do not acknowledge Christ as coming in the flesh. Praying that He will help us to fight for the truth and for His glory. Please Father, teach me to obey You — which is to love! Bend my heart toward Your will daily – so that my inclination will always be to love! And may grace, mercy and peace by my portion as I honor the truth and commit to love!