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!

The Miracle Worker

Reading the book of Matthew. I got to chapter 11 and what an amazing picture of those who see God’s power but still will not believe!

Verse 20 says “they had seen miracles, but were not moved by them. ‘Then Christ began to denounce the people in the cities in which most of His miracles were done, because they did not repent and change their hearts and lives.

The text does not tell us that they did not marvel; nor does it say that they did not believe in the power that was displayed, but it is clear that these miracles did not serve as something that made them turn from their sinful ways.

Here’s a question: What if there were believers in those cities in which Jesus had done miracles? Did believers stand up and point to the need to believe in Jesus’ based on the miracles? What If?!?!?!

Miracles are seen today in amazing ways that bring God glory! Well, they are supposed to bring God glory – but do they?!?! I am a testimony myself of what miracles look like and what they can do to the believer’s heart. For me, my faith is bigger!, my trust is even more true!; my words to the lost are even more common – they have to know Him and believe Him so that their lives will be changed and their hearts will be more pure … that’s why I’m always opening my mouth.

When you’ve experienced God’s amazing power yourself, have you told the lost around you about The One who did it? Did you take time to offer them The God who never leaves nor forsakes? OR, Did you just testify about your own favor from Him and let them call on Him without ever believing? What about your own heart? Do you testify about your relationship to Him? or, do you testify about this thing that God did for you because He is able?

Do you see what I’m saying? As believers in The Most High God, our testimony about what He is able to do should point people to Him and not lead them to believe that just anyone at all can just expect Him to solve their problems OR even cause them to believe that our God is an amazing entertainer.

In this scripture, it is clear that Christ sent His disciples to preach the truth – and Christ entered those cities teaching and also showing people the amazing power of God. Christ had to punish these people because they were excited about the works they saw but not by the God that made these works happen. Certainly, they applauded the Christ for the miracles, but not as the Son of God. Christ was not seeking to be glorified, He was seeking to bring them to salvation … repenting of sin and faith in Him!

Repentance was not AND is not spurred on by miraculous acts!

We, as believers in Christ – as the Body of Christ, must aim for the same thing! We just have to lift Him up as Our Savior, because He was lifted up on Calvary to draw all people to Him … not just to miracles! (John 12:32).

Christ Himself must be the one for which hearts long! Christ Himself must be the main attraction! No miracles; no mystical experience can take the place of the Risen Christ.

If we are not careful to point to The God of miracles and NOT to the miracles themselves, we will be leading a generation of people into the lowest place!

Because we have seen/experienced the utmost miracle – our salvation and our reconciliation to The Holy God while we were yet sinners – that miracle must be the one that we feel everyone has to know! We cannot forget and we must know in our hearts that our salvation and reconciliation is the most wonderful miracle that we must share …

Lord God, point our hearts in the right direction. Make our desires to be for You and for The Christ. May we turn from our sin because of what we know about You. May we lead others to true knowledge so that they too will understand the power of God unto salvation. Amen

Carrying Out His Calling … No Matter What!

Howdy from France!

Our first work stop was in the town of Strausbourg. It’s was cold for a Texan girl (just about 50 degrees and under) but I’ve got a jacket. I also have an orange hat that was crocheted for me by an amazing friend of mine (thank you Wessilee!). It’s been a little rainy so we had to get an umbrella; and, of course, I’m wearing my hat and there’s a hood on my jacket – so no complaints.

A few difficulties:

  • I’ve had some headaches
  • I’ll need to have some things with my eyes/vision checked out. My two eyes are very different from one another
  • It seems that one of the medications make me very drowsy and dizzy.
  • The vertigo is not gone 

OK, family/friends – the list below is my testimony for the first part of the trip:

  • God is good! God is faithful! God is powerful! God is merciful! God is gracious! God’s Healing Is REAL!
  • We had effective and encouraging times with the two missionary families that we were here to meet with
  • I am managing well and I’ve been able to live out my responsibilities in my role.
  • I have been able to remember most things that are said to me; including names (SMILE)
  • I have been able to communicate in ways that make sense (my funny vocabulary is just … funny)
  • Not ONE Seizure!!! Not one!!! Not One! NOT ONE!!!

Y’all – this seizure trial has come for sure! But, my Father has already overcome it, which means I cannot worry! This trip overseas will be alright and I’ll be able to step back into my role 100% very soon because I LOVE Him; and because I am answering a call from Him! It’s all about Him and it is not always easy.

Keep praying! We took about 4 hours in 2 flights from Strausbourg and then drove about two hours to reach the next city.

I’m looking forward to sending you a new testimony. In fact, I’m looking forward to being a Jesus testimony to my doctor’s office. Wouldn’t it be just incredible to see people on the neurologic team come to know Jesus!?!?

Father I want to honor You with my whole life, and at the end, when I stand before Your judgment seat – I want to hear You say well done. I refuse to live a life rejecting the great plans that You have for me! I am embracing Your best for me and, by faith, I am committed to complete the task that You have placed before me! I commit to finish well. Lord, You have done Your part by redeeming me through the blood of Christ; and equipping me with Your Holy Spirit. I will not neglect my part to submit to the difficulties, the setbacks, the disappointments and the pain, NO! I will look ahead to the day when I’ll meet You face to face. I am determined to allow You, my Lord, to develop within me a heart that can stand. I am committed to ask You to move in Your power and ignite Your passion in me to live for Your pleasure and for ultimate joy! I won’t give out – I won’t give in! (1 Corinthians 6:20; Deuteronomy 6:5; 2 Corinthians 5:10; 2 Timothy 4:7; Acts 20:24; Philippians 3: 12 – 16)

Walking in Faith NOT Fear!

Saturday, December 1st!! I know that is tomorrow, but I will have completed the 6 weeks that the hospital appoints me.  But today – November 30th, there’s been a blessing!!

Good news:

  • Last weekend I had a fellowship the Saturday after Thanksgiving that was very encouraging to me. It was a time with our Ghanaian friends/family from all over Houston; that just lifted me up!
  • I cooked gumbo.  Lloyd said it was great.
  • I tasted a Whataburger Jr. LOL! I liked it more than Sonic but do no understand why people would eat it regularly
  • And the best news is … The difficulties are not bothering me!!! Vertigo, tiredness, vocabulary, recognition of people … they are still there but I feel ABSOLUTELY blessed!  

Lloyd has been pretty clear that we were going overseas in our job soon.  I didn’t really believe it, but the doctor’s office called me  to let me know it was necessary to ensure that I’m ready to return full time to my job.  The doctors office also let me know that they have been communicating this to Lloyd which means, I’m on a plane!! We are going to France (NO! not Paris) to visit three missionaries who are learning French in preparation for their work in Africa. 

I was a little scared at first, but I was reminded by my Spiritual Director, Minister Denise Foxx, to remember that I have not had a seizure in six weeks AND I haven’t had even an airplane seizure since the Lord placed me under the care of this neurological team.  I believe in The Amazing Almighty God! I trust Him! Yes, I do! He has guided me and He will keep me.  Y’all … pray for me!

When I return from the trip, I will be meeting with the surgeon as soon as I get off the plane … literally! He wants me to land and drive straight to the Houston Medical Center.  I love the relationship I have with them, and God’s impact on them through lil’ old me! 5 days after meeting with the surgeon I have an appointment with the neurologist.    It is not over yet!

I know that The One who is healing me is worthy of all praise.  In fact, I know that The Almighty God has healed me of the seizures and sent me through surgery because I can let others understand the work of Our Father in medical care. I’ve had six weeks without ONE seizure! The Holy Comforter has kept me in my right mind. The Great I AM reminded me day by day that I am a child of the King who is!!  

My Father, my Lord, the fullness of my joy is in Your presence! You receive my praise each and every single day!  You have loved me, My Father. You have called me to be a saint and have, through Jesus Christ, given me grace and peace. I’m rejoicing today because I know, with no doubt, that you will keep me firm until the end. I know that Your hand keeping me will help me to be blameless when Jesus Christ is looking at me! My Father, you are so faithful. I am grateful beyond my own understanding that You have called me into fellowship with Your Son, My Savior, Jesus Christ.  Traveling across the ocean is a place that You will keep me. Using me to serve people who have been called by you into missions, I know you will use me strongly for the sake of Your Kingdom.   (Proverbs 3: 23 – 24; Romans 1:7; 1 Corinthians 1: 8-9)