I am Complete. I am Whole. I’m not Half – I am Full.I am rooted. I am grounded. I am established. I am planted. I have abundant life. I have nothing lacking. There is no need for anyone or anything to give me my identity.
If you are a Christ follower – a believer in Christ – the same is true for you!!
Whatever you are facing today is too small for you to place the whole of your identity into it. You have Christ in you! The real definition of living large! What a wonderful truth!
Today, I went over to my house to pick up a few things that I keep forgetting that I need. Isn’t that something?!?!
On Tuesday, February 16th – my house was one of the houses in Humble, TX that flooded. It didn’t flood in just one room, it was our entire house. It was an interesting moment because the ice storm had taken our lights and water – we stayed at home that night with the gas fireplace on. When the electricity came back on in the house I grew up in, we headed over there to have heat and warm up! Just about 3 hours later, when we went back home … because the electricity was on … we opened the door and water just poured out from the door. Just about 3 inches deep.
I think that I was convinced that only the floors were damaged, until we found the ceiling area from which the water was pouring. Insurance adjuster walked in three days later and let us know that it was the entire house. Exterior walls would be removed for about 2 feet from the ground. All floors had to be taken out, except the tile (kitchen and bathrooms). Water mitigation would have to be first — drying the space and sanitizing it to protect from mold and mildew – before any restoration could happen.
Here’s the truth – we have had no reason to be distressed, not even for one minute. The Home Owners Insurance that our mortgage company chose for us is awesome and we do have the family home, that I grew up in, to live in while all of the restoration, repairs and replacements are done.
So … the virus is alive; hate in the USA is alive; division in the Body of Christ is alive … these are true. But more that all of this … The Power of The Lord is Alive! The Faithfulness of The Lord is Alive: The Provision of The Lord is Alive! The Peace of The Lord is Alive! The Joy of the Lord is Alive!! Because of Him …. it all just feels like a small bump in the road.
I was thinking about David … God’s chosen one. He surely did not did not do everything perfectly – but he submitted Himself to God’s call on his life and in the midst of great difficulty – he just kept praising God, knowing that God had his back. And so do I.
The house has flooded and I can’t go home … but He is my God and my life – my time — yes I am in His hands!
The insurance company has to ensure we have what is needed, and we’ve gotta wait! … but He is the one I trust — yes, my life is in His hands!
I wanted to push all of the people to get this done in a hurry … but He tells me to stop fighting and remember that He is my God!
I trust Him y’all! I really do trust ONLY Him! What I need, He will provide. What I need to do, He will give me the wisdom and strength to do it. What I need to be, He will break me – melt me – mold me – fill me! There’s just no way at all that I cannot step right on over any bump in the road. And, let me just encourage you … for His truth is for all of His children.
Weak and wavering faith is not only found in those who are nominal believers, it is also found among people who walk with The Lord every day. Something in us naturally prevents us from believing miracles and supernatural happenings even when we sincerely believe in God! One of the reasons I have thanked God for His calling to the part of Ghana where we served, is the gift of seeing up close much that only He can do; and seeing this without the distractions that jump in our faces here in the USA; distractions that lead us to believe that miracles are things that a person does. NOT!
Learn to trust that the God we serve is able to do more than we would venture to imagine. Resolve within yourself that what has been revealed to us in the natural is what He knows we can handle; and, if we desire to experience Him fully – – we must open ourselves up to the possibility that all that we know is not all that there is to be known.
Praying that we will let Our Father help Our Unbelief! Asking Him to expand our minds to see beyond what we expect to be true! Begging Him to help us to hold off on our human reasoning when it comes to our view of Him and what He is capable of doing in the world. Teach us, Oh Lord, your ways, so that we remain un-doubtful!
I was recently with my two sisters. We like being together! Grateful that we are all women of God in ministry. Married to men in ministry. Anyway …. We stayed together, the three of us, in a hotel room. I was getting dressed and started putting the bathroom back together and noticed something that I am just used to and never think about as something special. The three of us serve one another completely. We were in a hotel room together. If any one of us entered the restroom at any moment it never looked like (or smelled like!) anyone had been in the rest room. I mean the hand soap looked unused, there was no splashed water, no stained towel, no disorder on the bathroom counter, no empty toilet paper holder, no absent hand towel … the three of us just love to serve one another.
Made me think about God in a whole new way. When we think about God being more than able – do we take the time to understand that there is nothing too hard for God includes small things?? Do we take that time to remember that we, His people, are supposed to be living lives that reflect Him … which means there should be nothing too hard for us??
When I thought about His love for us, and all that He does to make sure we feel His love for us; I wondered if we do the same thing for one another. Oh, the recent weather issues in Houston have opened my eyes once again to so much about our service and our disservice to one another. Making sure that people have what they need – especially things that we can tell everyone about – moves us to do things … but what about simple things? Are we willing to just sit and talk to someone? Are we willing to open the door for someone behind or in front of you? Cook some cookies for a neighbor? Take garbage bins out/in for people? Sweep driveways? Give your talents away for the service of another? Harvest someone’s garden? Advertise a friend’s work/business so that they have more customers? AND … are you willing to do any of this and leave it just between you and the person you have served?
Nothing at all is too hard for God! Not small things … not huge things … nothing is too hard!!! Let’s pray that it will be the same for all of us as His children. Serve your brothers/sisters in Christ in any way that is needed. Serve all people around you in any way that is needed. Nothing is too low for you to do AND nothing is too high for you to do because you are His! He is the God of every person on the earth and we, His children, are to be finding ways to serve them in every single way! Is there anything too hard?!?!
Lloyd and Jan Chinn are native to Texas. Lloyd from Edna, TX and Jan from Houston, TX.
In 1999, Lloyd was invited to Ghana, West Africa on a short term mission. Lloyd and Jan had never even met a missionary and had no desire to enter into missionary service; they scarcely knew where Africa was – and had never heard of Ghana. God provided the funds for the journey and they took that as confirmation that Lloyd was to go. God spoke to Lloyd clearly on that trip that Africa would be his context of ministry. In 2000 they took all of their children and 22 other people to the same little town in Ghana – and on that trip, Jan’s experience opened her eyes to the need for discipleship in Ghana.
In 2002, Lloyd received his ThM from Dallas Theological Seminary and that same year they were appointed as long term missionaries with WorldVenture. They moved to Ghana in 2004 with their two sons and opened WorldVenture’s new field of ministry in Ghana. The Chinn’s served in the town of Nkwanta in Ghana’s Volta Region. Their ministry focus was Pastoral Leadership Development. As they became for familiar with the community, they added Orphan Care, Educational Development, Women’s Empowerment and Community Economic Development. They were blessed by The Lord to design and begin the construction of a Leadership Development Center; a Short Term Missions home; and, a Poultry Farm.
In 2013, they returned to the USA on a home assignment which was supposed to last 10 months and during this time, they were asked by the leadership of WorldVenture to take on the role – Global Director for Africa. In March 2014, they stepped in to this new role.
Lloyd and Jan are the first African Americans to serve as Global Directors for WorldVenture. The new role has added 12 additional countries to their Africa ministry life.
Lloyd and Jan are also serving MANI (the Movement for African National Initiatives) as the North America Diaspora Coordinator. They also serve at Crossover Bible Fellowship as leads of the Missions Ministry (Front Door to Frontier).
Lloyd’s firm message to the African American church has been the same from the beginning of their journey: “Pray! Pay! or Pack!”
If you want to serve long term in Africa — WorldVenture is, in our opinion, the best organization to join. Get in contact with us, we will gladly show you the way! Email us at J.Chinn@WorldVenture.com or at email@example.com
For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.--Romans 8:38-39