Archive | September 2012

Nothing to Hard for the Lord

Nothing too Hard for the Lord

People say that the city of Portland is a hard place to reach people spiritually. Every time I hear that it just makes me cringe. Another thing I hear people say is that people of Oregon is so un-church yes this too makes me cringe. Why does this make me cringe because it seems like a person has accepted defeat before they even begin. While I was in college I took a lot of Human Development Classes in one of my classes we talked about self-felling prophecy, basically if you already determined an outcome, the outcome will come true. When we say these things no matter where you are you have already determined that people are lost and cannot be saved, and you have admitted defeat.

Someone might say well you only been living here for six years, I’ve grown up here so you don’t know what you are talking about. Well yes I do, I have seen the power of God in my life, and places where I have lived. Jesus said in Matthew 18:20 that whenever two or more people are gather together I am in their midst. If the city of Portland or your city has let say over a million believers guess what Jesus is there.  Then God asked two different men in two different situations Abraham and Jeremiah “Is there anything too hard for the Lord”. Is reaching your city for Christ too hard for the Lord? No it is not.

What if every believer in every city in the world would stand up and truly speak the truth of the Lord, instead of letting culture, surroundings, people, politics do the talking for us. If we are so bold for the Lord then no the city will not be hard at all, because we are giving multiple chances for people to hear and receive the gospel of Jesus Christ, once we have shared until the day the person died then we have done our good deed. Let’s say you are like me, if I got shot down multiple times by the same person, I would give up saying they are lost, nothing I can do. See right there, I said nothing I can do, but the Lord can. He says in His word in Phillipans 4:13 I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength. See He gives us strength, because of the strength He is giving we can spread the gospel.

Our methods for sharing the gospel are different for each generation and city. If we can be bold in sharing what a difference it would make in our cities. I was in Costa Rica a couple of months ago, it was great people were so open to the gospel and prayer (well to me because I don’t live there yet, so don’t know if it was hard to reach them or not). There were a couple of people on the team saying I wish we could do that here at home you know just ask a person if we can pray for them, but we can’t it’s too hard. Today as I was on my God date, I had this hankering to go over to Value Village, and I was like okay I can stop at McDonalds and get some lunch. Well I finally made it to the other side of town as I was at the Rose Garden when I decided to go, and I had to go to the bathroom really bad but I knew I had to go over to McDonalds to use the bathroom. I get there finally after an hour, and I see that its code lock so I run to the front if I got to buy something for the bathroom, then run back and there is a line! Before I continue I have to say I asked God on our date who can I share Him with today and I saw a group of ladies nope not them. Back to the story. I’m trying to convince the woman ahead of me that I really had to go, but she replied she was at the Saturday market and didn’t use the bathroom there. Then she went in, suddenly behind me was this woman, and she is crying. I asked her if she was okay and she goes no her dad is sick. Well-being the good Christian girl when I saw the bathroom door open I ran in, but I knew if she wasn’t there I would be spending time finding her. I come out the bathroom, she is still there, I open my arms to her, and she came into my arms, crying her eyes out. Then I asked her something bold, I didn’t ask if she knew Jesus, all I asked was can I pray for you and your father. To my shock and delight she said yes. I immediately began to pray for her and her dad, as I was praying she was calming down. If I had that attitude of this city cannot be reached for Christ, I couldn’t give this woman the greatest comfort of all that of Jesus Christ.

If we children of God began to really be bold in our faith, begin to go out and pray for our city what difference it would make. Jesus said we are to be Salt and Light. Most of us want to be either just salt or just light, we need to be both. We need to stop that attitude of this city is too hard. While there are at least two believers gathering together then the city would never be hard. There will be times that we will be shut down, times that people will not be able to receive the good news, but we do not stop.

This is my challenge to you, if you are living in a Christian bubble, pop it and go out and share Jesus. If you are one of those who are saying that my city is too hard to reach, get on your knees ask forgiveness and asked God to even make you bolder. If your church does outreaches leave attitudes behind and do the outreach. Only with a humble heart, only with a bold heart, only when we accept that Nothing is Too Hard for the Lord can our world be reached with the true message of Jesus Christ.


God Speaks

I have a confession. I have insecurity. Okay so I’m a woman that’s to be sadly expected, but I have been crippled with it. Praise the Lord that He is working on it with me. Last night, as I was getting ready to leave to hang out with friends for the evening, I clicked on this webcast. This man Steve Furtick was talking, he was talking about getting back what was lost, i.e. if you haven’t spent time with God, why where did you lose it. At that I fell to my knees because a lot of my insecurities come with men, especially believing that a guy can find me desirable and chosen to be his wife. God been dealing with me in trusting that yes this is the path of marriage I have you on and it will happen, I will be married in His timing. I had always believed that it steamed from my own earthy father’s rejection of me, which was not it, that’s a part of it. God took me back to my first boyfriend, where he coerced me into trying to have sex with him, by showing me pictures of sexy women mainly from the Victoria Secret catalog. I am a curveous woman I am not skinny at all, but here was where my confidence was starting to strip at lot because what you don’t want me unless I look like that or that because I don’t looked at that you are the only one who want me so sex is the way to prove, or something along both of those lines. There is where the desirability confidence was strip, then I had a friend some years ago, who I thought we would be perfect for each other.  He pretty much had everything I was looking for in a future husband, but he started to date a girl, and then got engaged to her and is now married with a son. I remember thinking God wasn’t he the one, he was so perfect, mind you I wasn’t listening to God, but in my mind, in the lies from Satan, all I thought of was he didn’t want me because how I looked.

As God was showing me this yesterday as I’m on my knees, I was asking forgiveness for believing in those lies. For taking them into my heart and letting those roots stay for many years. As I was praying the webcast was suddenly off, and it was quite, God led me to Isaiah 43:18-19 where He pretty much says forget the past; I’m doing a new thing. Of course I go God you are really speaking to me? Then I looked up and there is my Experiencing God book by Richard & Henry Blackaby, I go to the unit of where God Speaks. Through the examples of how God reveals Himself, how He does tell us the plans to do in His time and whereas people believe He doesn’t tell you His plans (by the way He does), finally how He uses His word and people. I closed the book, I was praying because God been doing something wonderful, but I think I’m crazy and yes it surrounds a particular guy I know. I asked God if this is real, reveal it in His word and a person tell me yes it is.

I go to the volleyball and bible study last night. I get a verse in Daniel 2 where it said God revealed the mystery that night, after Daniel’s friends prayed that God will reveal the dream interpretation that night for the king. It struck me, they prayed, and God revealed what was asked. I was okay God I am just so in love with you right now and I think you are so hot, thank you for confirming that you will reveal.

As I was riding home with another guy friend who I’ve always had a crush off and on, he was telling me about this girl he is dating. I am very happy for him, and God crossed him off my list, as I was speaking about another guy friend that people thought we should date. I have to admit I had thought about it as well, but there is just something missing. I’ve told people he just does not have the heart of ministry that I want in a future husband, because I’m pretty involved and I would love to ministry full time but content doing it part time. Anyways as I’m telling my guy friend this, he said you need someone who is already in ministry right now, and if you go for this other guy then you would be settling. He proceeded to talk about how people settle because it’s close to what they want but not fully. I admit this other friend I can’t see going on mission’s trip with him, or see him give up a Saturday to work for others in need or help a person in crisis. There again God spoke, and it was clear that no, this friend I kind of wanted to dated is not the one. Finally as I dreamed last night a wonderful dream from God, me and this particular guy are walking, and we are walking so closely that we are touching, and at the same time our hands intertwined with each other, and we continue to walk. Then again I a bit later, I saw our hands again they are intertwined but this time a ring is on my finger. I looked up and saw who he is. This morning immediately as I woke up He gave me Genesis 2:20-25. Wow a God given dream!

Yesterday, and last night God spoke to me in different ways. He spoke through his church, his word, his people, and yes a prophetic dream. He met my insecurity in this area head on, showed where the seeds were planted, how He is healing/correcting me, and what He has in store for me in His timing.

I pray that my story will help you in where ever you are. Realize that God speaks, we just need to listen, He never lets us choose our own plans for very long because He will correct them, He will show you the next steps in times, just take that first step today, and listen.