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What I am Learning in Matamoros

14 Mar

There is something about being face to face with people that love Jesus that are so different from myself.  As I write this now, there are two mexican translators bunking in the same room with me.  A few short days ago they were merely strangers to me and now they are my friends; guys that I laugh and enjoy life with.  Here in Mexico, I am learning to love…

The church is really screwed up.  I say that knowing full well that Jesus loves the church just as we are.  Yet, when I see the church in action, I realize how much we men have messed things up.  My first reaction to this is to sound an enourmous alarm, jump on a bull horn and yell, “STOP!”  It seems like a good idea, but it is just yet another attempt to fix something that I cannot fix, that we cannot fix – only HE can fix it.  I was reminded this week that if we are not an intercessor, we are an accuser.  The more I have prayed for God to intercede in that which I have seen as broken, the more I have been able to step back and let God be God, and by the way, He is quite good at it.  Here in Mexico, I am learning to let go…

I have to confess, I have lived much of my life in ministry looking for the approval of others.  If someone didn’t like me or didn’t support me, it ate me up inside.  There are so many things broken with this that I don’t even know where to start.  God is putting some big pieces together for me.  Primarily, I am begining to look only for His approval – and here is the awesome thing – I already have it!  Yep, don’t have to earn it, don’t have to prove it.  Isn’t that amazing.  I have been having a great trip down here.  Most all the kids like me, I get along with the leaders – it is great.  Yet there was this one person that I could just tell didn’t like me.  It was starting to affect me and then I realized the Lord was trying to teach me a lesson.  I think I got it!  Here in Mexico, I am learning that He is more than enough for me…

 be blessed
-pastorj

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Posted by on March 14, 2007 in Uncategorized

 

2 responses to “What I am Learning in Matamoros

  1. Stella

    March 15, 2007 at 3:34 pm

    Amen on all counts!

    I think that living and loving with Christians from different backgrounds is just a foretaste of Heaven. That’s one of the reasons unity with brothers and sisters from other nations is so precious and so sweet. We can sense in our spirits that this is it (at least that’s my theory 😉 ).

    Yeah, we humans are very far from perfect…but I totally agree about how to handle it. Besides just sitting there doing nothing, there are just two reactions to behavior that sits wrong in our spirit: 1) intercede/encourage in the right direction and 2) accuse/tear down because the person’s going in the wrong direction. The one mirrors God, and the other mirrors Satan (literally “The Accuser”).

    I totally get where you’re coming from about approval. It’s hard to know some people dislike us.

    Hey, I just noticed the tiny smiley face at the bottom of your template. That’s awesome, man! 😀

     
  2. Stella

    March 15, 2007 at 3:35 pm

    Yay! I can comment now!! :-D:-D:-D

     

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