I struggle to write. In fact, I don’t like to write. I think it is exhausting, confusing, overwhelming, and it takes time. A lot of time if you want to write something worth being read.
Yet I know words are important. There is something about words, and even though I consider my vocabulary limited in many ways. I am certain that words are the only way to express our most inner feelings, thoughts, and ideas. There is no way around words to express how we truly feel. The more words, the better you will be able to not only explain but even understand yourself.
Babies cry for every reason, right? If they are hungry, tired, in need of a clean diaper, you name it. They need something, they cry. Thankfully, as they learn to communicate, they can express what they really need or want.
How does God communicate with us? Creation absolutely reflects His greatness, but it doesn’t have the ability to explain to us God’s deepest desires. Our human bodies are complex and even with all the technology available today we have not seen anything that has been created by us that can do what humans can do. Yet, it still doesn’t tell us the reason for our existence. So how will God tell us the mystery about our existence and His plans for this world? Words! And I find it unbelievable that the Bible was written over the course of about 1,500 years, by some 40 different authors who happened to live in different places and speak different languages. Add to it that the authors were not of the same social status. Yet, the Bible speaks. God spoke through these writers and left us with a book filled with words that give life.
Words are an entrance to our inner being. You can know God through His word. In it you will learn not only a lot about Him, but also about yourself and your purpose in life. Maybe we need to pick up God’s word a little more and hear what He has to say.
Who knows, maybe one word will change your life forever.
Trials come in different sizes, shapes, colors, weight… you get the point. Every human soul will face trials in this life continuously. It is easy to sometimes believe that certain people are not exposed to trials or challenging situations. But the truth is that everyone is in a journey, and every journey has obstacles.
The Christian life journey is no different. Sometimes the trial is physical, but other times it is mental or spiritual. How can we overcome? That is the question.
Yesterday for example, I almost lost it. Actually, if I am honest, I lost it. In my heart and in my soul I know I let pressure and stress take over my emotions. You probably know the feeling afterwards. Doubt, defeat, sadness, a mixture of feelings that try to tell you that you are not good enough.
It is in those moment, that I have to push through my emotions, fall on my knees and call upon God’s name. He has never failed me, and He never will. That’s what faith is, believing that God can make you stronger, lift you up, forgive you, restore you the moment you choose to believe.
In the words of Oswald Chambers:
“Faith must be tested, because it can be turned into a personal possession only through conflict.”*
What is your faith up against just now? May be you need to look at it as an opportunity for your faith to be strengthened. Don't give into doubt, fear, or defeat. God will do the impossible if you choose to believe.
Then Jesus said, “Did I not tell you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?”**
I choose to believe, after all the journey is not over yet.
*Chambers, O. (1986). My utmost for his highest: Selections for the year. Grand Rapids, MI: Oswald Chambers Publications; Marshall Pickering.
**The New International Version. (2011). (Jn 11:40). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.
Over the last few weeks, I’ve been meditating and praying a lot about the future of The Gathering. I believe our best days are ahead of us, and as I look at what God has done I feel overwhelmed and filled with a huge sense of urgency and responsibility to be ready for what is coming.
Prayer is vital and fundamental for the health and growth of the believer’s faith. And corporate prayer is just as important. One very important factor to take into consideration is the context in which the believer and the Church operate. We are a busy community, but we can’t afford not to pray.
Beginning this Sunday, our worship center will be open for prayer at 9:30am every Sunday. And then at 9:50 we will join to pray together for God to continue to move in our midst with all of our team and team leaders.
At this time kids checking will not be open yet. If your children come with you, they will be ok to sit in the auditorium as we pray.
Please make an effort to join us and keep an atmosphere of prayer and reverence. Jesus said his house would be a House of prayer, let’s be that church.
I hope to see you tomorrow!