Don't Worry … Be At Peace

Peace

The Coronavirus is a serious thing that we are all facing. Some are ill; some have passed away; MANY have survived it. The national news channels are not telling us that for every 1 that passes away, 20 survive. We are forgetting to tell ourselves that for any believer that passes away … the truth of the eternal life that we way that we believe in and desire is real! My mom says, “I’m ready to go to heaven. But, I’m not in no hurry!” She means that if the Lord calls her home at any time, she will rejoice; but that she won’t do anything to hurt herself and, of course, she is not wanting anyone to hurt her.

Truth is … this virus is only ONE of many things that we allow to affect our peace.

The troubles that we face are not for us to carry on our shoulders, but rather to lay on the shoulders of The One. The needs that we have should not be concerning – because our worry won’t make the need met. Trials – they come, I can’t solve them. Anxiety – does no good, weighs me down. Death – its inevitable, but it can’t conquer me. Money – it answers many things, but it is not the real need – EVER. Fear – it happens, but it doesn’t solve anything. These are just a few of the things that can occupy our minds; our hearts; our thoughts.

The great thing about being in Him is that we have answers for all of these things. Tomorrow – He knows what lies ahead of us. Needs – He will generously take care of them not based upon what you can do, but upon His own limitless supply. Trials – He has already overcome them all and He is working them out for your good. Anxiety – gratefulness will run it away and besides He is with us always. Death – no such thing, we are eternal beings destined to dwell with Him forever. Money – He owns the cattle of a thousand hills and as our Father, we will have what we need. Fear – we trust in Him and His love casts it out.

When you feel yourself starting to slip into worry, REMEMBER –  He calms storms; He opens up seas so that you can walk right through; He brings life to things that  once were passed away; His love is unfailing; He hears the cries of the righteous and delivers them; His compassions do not fail; His mercies will meet the needs of each new day; He gives endurance and encouragmenet; He is your strength and your defence; He is the source of our help; He is greater than all – what problem do you have that can stand against Him!

This virus is truly something that is causing many of us worry — but by worrying we don’t solve anything.

I am praying:

Father, fill each of us with your Holy Spirit so that our hearts and mind will just trust Your Word — believing that everything is going to be alright! Father I know that you have our back; and our front; and each side; and You even hold us up. You are faithful. Your promises are yes and amen. You are the covenant keeper. We will rest – lay back into Your presence (as I imagine the beloved disciple did) – and watch You work.

Encouraged … believing the healing is coming

When dealing with this kind of healing – a situation where my salvation in Christ and my strong dependence upon the Father and my strong listening to the Holy Spirit is real – there is just no way for me to be in fear.

My rules from the doctor in these first two weeks is quite real – I have to study regular language; I have to practice the names of my family; I have to rehearse and reintroduce the names of my friends, neighbors, and others that are in my regular community.

I’m enjoying hearing from people that love me deeply and who just want to be close and understand the journey! I haven’t been able to see everyone physically, but it has been amazing joy knowing that they’ve come by or called.

I’m enjoying the beauty of waking up each day desiring my Father; my Savior; and the Spirit that works in me in amazing ways!!!

It’s only week one – but I’ll be great! I know the survived Jan be used in amazing ways by the God who called me!

Keep praying!

Christ I have nothing but encouragement from being united with You, my Savior I have no doubt at all that Your love is comforting me. I have no doubt, that my Father is ensuring my connection with the Holy Spirit. Father God, Jesus, and Holy Spirit I have no doubt that depending upon you means that I will be like-minded with you, that I will be having the same love that you have placed in my heart and that I will be one in spirit and one in purpose for the sake of my belief in You!! (Philippians 2: 1–2)

Peace, Faith, Thanksgiving

The things we have to face on this earth can make your throat tighten.

Cancer; Deaths of those we love; Insurmountable Debt; Divorce; Infertility; Depression; Illness; Surgery; Joblessness …

Our minds tend to think about the worst outcome … fear is a normal reaction. But hope is too …

My surgery is today and I’ve had a couple of crying spells thinking about being under anesthesia for 6 hours, but a friend reminded me that my Savior, The King of Kings, was in tears in the Garden of Gethsemane. And He was crying not because of fear but because in His human state he to wasn’t looking forward to pain or being in the hands of others …

So, I’ve regrouped!

I will be anxious for nothing! Even in this surgery I will give thanks for the amazing medical care thanking God with all that is within me that this didn’t happen our beloved Nkwanta.

Lord, be with me. Guide the hands of everyone involved. Keep the minds of everyone clear. The machines, Lord, keep in perfect working condition. Cleanliness in every space. No infection. I claim your peace because I know that beyond anything it will cover and protect my heart and my mind in my Savior Jesus, who is the Christ! Indeed I will submit my heart to you so that your peace, to which I was called, will rule and so that my response to it all will be thanksgiving. Amen

(Philippians 4: 6–7; Colossians 3: 15)

Enough?

As a missionary, I have had countless people ask what it was like to have plumbing with water that ran out; to have electricity that wasn’t reliable; to have friends that were an ocean away.

I was asked often how Lloyd and I started in Ghana with no team, no one to talk us through, no language, no understanding of culture.

The answer – Jesus!

It may sound simple – trivial – even ridiculous; but I can say a full truth – the situations that we had to endure, taught us to be completely satisfied and even desirous of Jesus because we knew that He Was Right There!! We knew that He was willing to give us more and more and more of Him!

When Jesus tells us that the water will not run dry, it is an amazing truth! When he placed us in a village with no community that we knew already, we found deep love. When he placed us in a situation with no one to guide us,  we felt a road of clear guidance. When he placed us where we didn’t know how to get around, we felt provided for.

He is more than enough – ALWAYS!

Do you feel called to serve long term in missions? You can contact Lloyd and I at: missions@crossoverbf.com or l.chinn@worldventure.com or j.chinn@worldventure.com

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He’s Got It … Keep Your Hands Off!!

Trust And ObeyI love reading through the history of God’s people throughout the Bible.  Witnessing from the hands of those God ordained to pen it what our fleshly weakness looks like; what human faith can accomplish; and the enormous grace that God extends to us.  I think my favorite thing to read is what Our Father has been willing to do for us!

The truth is that there is no issue that can arise in our lives that God is not aware of and from which He cannot bring victory … when we are COMPLETELY COMMITTED to
Him!

Nothing is impossible when our trust is in Him!! But when we rely upon ourselves – our knowledge; our own strength; our connections; when we use effort and plotting on our own inventiveness – ANYTHING: we can be assured that we will bring disaster and ruin into our circumstance!

Just look at King Asa.  After committing himself to God’s ways he experienced peace and prosperity; but once all was well, he decided he had it under control and in took “the silver and gold out of the treasuries of the LORD’s temple and of his own palace” and sent it to a heathen leader to make a treaty that was not even necessary, because He was living under the beauty of a covenant with God Almighty!  God’s response through the man of God, “Because you relied on the king of Aram and not on the LORD your God, the army of the king of Aram has escaped from your hand.  For the eyes of the LORD range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him. You have done a foolish thing, and from now on you will be at war.”  (The story can be found in 2 Chronicles 16)

My brothers and sisters, read your word and learn from the downfalls of others.  Trust In Him Completely!  Trust and don’t waver. Trust His strength. Trust His word. Trust His promises. He cannot fail!

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”
‭‭Romans‬ ‭8:28‬