Waking up this Morning
Today I woke up at 4 am. Knowing that it was the Holy Spirit that woke me up. God was talking to me so clearly in a dream. Showing the necessity that is in this world. I am going to retract a little bit and talk about my experience yesterday (Sunday June 22nd) after church. When I was heading home, God used me to speak to this guy about the Lord in the bus. How the conversation started, was really random. I was listening to my Ipod and he just asks me “is that an Ipod,” at first I was not really able to hear him. He then apologized for interrupting what I was doing. I told him that there was no need for that. He asked what I was listening to and I told him that I was listening to worship. I said that it is always good to be in the presence of God. That opened up a conversation. He started explaining to me his situation and the Lord gave me word to speak to him. In the end, I gave him a flyer of the church I am currently attending. I wrote on it to read the book of Matthew chapters 5-7.
I got home and fell sleep. Well back to the dream. In the dream, I was in an airport. I looked outside the door and I saw this elderly lady, yelling to her grandson, which was a baby. I went up to her and told her there is no need for that. When I saw her eyes, they looked fogged up. Then the Lord told me, “You see this. She is not physically blind, she is spiritually blind.” The Lord gave me the boldness and courage to talk. The lady in the dream asked, “What is salvation?” I started to explain to her. Then the Lord told me “the harvest is plentiful, but little are the laborers” this connects to what He tells us in scripture, in Matthew 9:37. The world is hungry to know what the truth is. The souls of people are crying out, wanting to know what their purpose in life is. They are thirsty to know the truth. The devil has placed fear upon God’s children. There has been this development of fear of speaking the word to those that need to hear it. God has given us the truth; He has revealed to us our purpose in life. Why are we so afraid to go out there and speak? God spoke to me and told me that I have to stand up in boldness and not be afraid to speak. For He has given us the authority, through His Holy Spirit. We need to ask the Lord to break the chains of shyness and place courage and boldness in our hearts instead. There is a great need out there. I am speaking to myself as well. I have always had this fear of speaking to others, due to past hurts. But the Lord told me that He has delivered me from that and it is time to speak. This past week, God has given me the courage to speak to those that are being deceived with lies. This past week our church fasted. They prayed for deliverance and repentance, for courage and boldness. One of our sisters prayed for me and said, “I bind that spirit of fear and ask the Lord to break the chains of shyness, I pray for her to speak truth to those that are being deceived” Those where powerful words. After she prayed for me, the Lord called me to some alone time with Him. Little did I know that He was preparing me for what was going to happen on Saturday. God has been constantly showing me examples of people being bold and speaking truth to dose in need. For example when I was going to school this summer, this lady stood up in the train and even if she was speaking softly, she stood up and had the courage to speak the gospel to those in the train. God really tugged my heart there. There are so many opportunities in our lives to speak to those that need the gift of salvation, yet we hesitant to actually do so. Lest stand together and make it happen. Let us not be afraid to speak God’s truth to those that are lost.
Another thing that God revealed to me is that we need to start reading the word more seriously. We sometimes tend to read it (I am speaking for myself), as a history book, stories, and so on. But the Lord placed in my heart to read it as an instruction book. A manual, which He has left for us. If we open our eyes and see, there are many words of wisdom in the Bible, examples on how we should live our lives. Imagine if we actually lived according to the example that Jesus left us, how much peace would be in this world. We all know that we have our struggles, but what I am trying to say is that this life is just temporary. We have the promise of eternal life with God. I am not saying we are not going to struggle. Struggles and tribulations help us call upon the Lord and learn to depend on Him. For with our own strength we wont be able to preserver. We persevere trough Jesus.
“3Not only so, but wealso rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; 4perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us. 6You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. 7Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die. 8But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.9Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him! 10For if, when we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life! 11Not only is this so, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.”- Romans 5:3-11
I know this has been a long note, but the Lord put this in my heart.
This is my prayer for you: “Father God, I pray for my brothers and sisters in Christ, that you may anoint them and cover them from the top of their head to the soles of their feet. I pray courage and boldness upon their lived Father. I pray against that spirit of fear, I rebuke it in the name of Jesus. Help us stand up Father God and be bold to speak Your word to the lost. Father God, I pray that you bring healing to the hearts that have gone through a lot of pain. I pray healing for those who are going to sickness, physically, and spiritually. I pray that you give joy to those who have been struck by sadness Father God. You turn our mourning into dancing Father. I thank you Father God, for Your love and mercy. For that sacrifice of love that you did for us. Help us understand that salvation is through grace alone, not through our works. Soften the hearts of those that You place in our way Father God, prepare their hearts to receive Your word. We pray for Your will to be placed in our hearts Lord. I also pray provision over Your children God. Those who are struggling through finances, Lord, I pray that You provide jobs for them Father. Above all Father God, give us a Spirit of giving Father God. Teach us to be more like You. All we have Father God belongs to You. We lift up our stuff to You Lord. I thank you Father God, for allowing us to come into Your presence and for allowing us to be able to worship You Father. Words cannot describe how amazing You are Father God. I pray blessings upon my brothers and sisters in Christ. Thank You Father God. I lift up this prayer up to You, in the name of Your precious Son, our marvelous and glorious Savior, in Jesus name, Amen”
For some reason I can’t sleep. Lord please give me rest.
God is Amazing! Lets Pray for our Brothers and Sisters In Japan
Japan Relief Concert “Draw us Nearer”
At the Top of the Mountain
Wow did it take me a while to actually have time to write this blog. Well here it goes.
Friday March 11, LPA-HB gathered together to head to our retreat at Big Bear. This retreat was a refreshing reminder of how much God is in control and how much he loves us. On Saturday our Pastor decided to take us to the mountain. Little did I know how much I would struggle. I am afraid of heights and my body started to enter into a panic attack. When this happened my Friend Jackie told me, breath and think of your favorite Hymn. When that happened my Pastor (Dimas) and my little brother Yeyson came to help me. That is when Dimas told me “Our goal is that tree, but if you want to stop here we are here with you.” When he said that my whole thought changed, instead of seeing the tree I saw the Cross. Walking up that snowy mountain reminded me of my walk with Christ. There where many times in life where I fell and almost felt like giving up. But God reminded me that I am not alone. He will always send “Angels” in this case my Pastor (Dimas) and Brother to pick me up and help me make it to my goal. I fell a few times and felt like I could not keep going, but then the hymn “Praise God from Whom all blessings flow” came to mind. I started singing it and we started moving faster. I finally made it to the Goal and I started to cry of Joy. I did not give up. God told me “You are not alone in this, I am here for you and I am helping you through this. I am the one that gives you strength. Trust in me and I will take you places that you never thought you would go. I will help you fulfill things you never thought you where capable of. I am here to take your fears away. Just trust in me.” After that I was just so happy. We slid down the mountain which was really fun. Another event happened that same day but I will leave it to my brother and Moises to tell that story.
All I can say is that never give up. When God puts a dream in your heart just know that it will come true. Not when we expect it to come true but when God says its the right time. We sometimes tend to rush things in life and end up with the short end. God wants us to learn to be patient. He knows what is best for us. This can apply with ministry work as well as our everyday lives. For us that are unmarried and getting older, finding “the right one” becomes a pressure. But we need to think about this for a second “what is the task that you are in now? have you finished it before moving to the next?” I heard this from a very Wise Salvadorian Pastor lol (inside joke) What is your position in life right now? Are you a student? Starting your career? God has his timing. He has us where we are for a reason. Maybe having a boyfriend/girlfriend or being married right now would take away from what God wants us to focus on right now. Maybe you are called to missions and having somebody else with you will distract you. Maybe you are working on ministry right now and have a lot on your plate. The one that will fill that void is God and when he feels you are ready He will put the right one in your path. It will be when you least expect.
I am not just writing this for any random reason. God has been telling me this for a while and I am finally learning to wait and trust him. He is healing the hurts in my heart and this is one of the steps. Ask God to fully heal your heart and prepare you first before moving to the next step. And know this for a Fact- God knows what is best for you.
" la montaña - donde TODO es posible!!!!!"-Jackie Lopez