Delight in prayer – a sign of spiritual transformation

It’s the season, I know. Each time, when the end of the year is this close – 2017 is only a few days away from now – I always get into the frenzy of reviewing and setting goals. This year it is particularly more demanding, because of the current stage of my service to others; it is at a very critical part of its development, and almost every single detail, no matter who simple it may seem, has a big repercussion in the whole of it. In the midst of all this, the LORD reminded me of how much He has restored me with a very simple indicator of His work: my delight in prayer.

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The good thing about being dead – Quickshot

There are many good things about participating in the making of disciples, specially among Hispanic Americans and other culturally diverse setting. There are many words you can use to qualify such Kingdom-building endeavor, but “easy” is not one of them.

There is a lot of pressure, from many side, to perform, to do well, to be successful. And there seems to be a self-imposed idea that somehow results are equal to God’s blessing for us: the more people we reach, the more He will be impressed by our abilities, the more He will love us – at least that is the logic we live by.

To avoid this kind of reasoning, it would do us good to remember that we are not from this world. That human standards are never a good idea when we talk about His Kingdom, since they don’t always apply.  We are so not of this world that Scripture says we are dead for those who do not yet know Him. The Apostle Paul says, in Romans 8

As it is written,
“For your sake we are being killed all the day long;
we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.”

As a someone regarded equal to a sheep about to be slaughtered, there is no much room for pride, or for concern regarding how one is perceived by the world – it has made it crystal clear already. Sine we – His people – are considered to be dead to sin and the world, but alive for His glory and the benefit of others, there is real freedom for us, the past and our circumstances bear very little influence on the direction we should go, while waiting for Him to come back. We are not too much preoccupied with what legacy we are leaving behind (consider it: it is kind of funny to think a sheep about to be slaughtered to be meditating too much on that topic), but we are enjoying, here and now, the fact that our place in glory, in His glory, is secured by His Beauty.

 

That, familia, is the good thing about being dead already.

 

Remember His grace, Follow Him in Humility, Cultivate constantly, All in cultural diversity.

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Praying for the impossible – Quickshot

I am reading a book – the story of L’Abri – that has challenged me in an unexpected way: Do I really believe all of what Scripture talks about? Do I believe there is but one God who is personal, intentional, holy? Do I believe He responds to His people’s prayer?

The truth is that I do and don’t.

Then, to die more to the flesh, to decrease so that He may increase in me, to express real concern for those who are not like me, to see Him more clearly He has moved me to pray for the impossible. Yes, the impossible. This morning I started praying for something that, unless this personal God who is there and is neither silent nor inactive intervenes, will never happen.

 

Remember His grace, Follow Him in humility, Cultivate constantly, All in cultural diversity.

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I’m not an orphan – realities of discipleship

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It is true that to follow the Lord Jesus in humility is not an easy task. Yes, there is meaningful Spiritual Transformation when we follow the Christ into the places that only He would go, to love the people that only He would love. But since we are dealing with hearts stained by sin – including our very own – there is also pain, things do not go as planned, we do not get the desired results.

But this is true, also: He will never disown me. I will always be His adopted son, no matter what. None of my enemies – my sin, the world, Satan – will have the final word.

Because of Who He is and what He has done, I will never be an orphan.

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