God Is Great

You know those little lessons in patience and understanding that come about at times when you are so frustrated with things that you thought were going well only to find out that there were some missteps that could have been avoided? I had one this past week. I won’t go into great detail but there was a moment that I was feeling defeated and frustrated with the way things were going only to realize that God was working in me to correct certain mistakes that I, like Abraham, took upon myself to get something done.

I had guidance but my impatience took the better of me and I ended up not being in a good place mentally. But God works in these moments teaching lessons in patience and understanding and corrected me in a learning experience at a cost. God put me back on track and I feel better mentally and physically. I love the lessons and I know there will be more but with each lesson I remember the punishment and the results so that I do not do that again.

With all that said, we should be closing on land by the end of next week to begin making the vision a reality. The Path-Way Refuge and Retreat Center should be partially opening by Easter with a preview by Christmas this year.

Call For Assistance

If you are part of a group that is looking for a place to assist in missions building we could use your help very soon. Once we get the land cleared and a design set up we will be starting to build the prayer path and reflection gardens. If you would like to be part of the effort to bring this calling to a reality then please leave a comment or connect with us through the contacts page.

God Is Great

Rob, Servant of God 

In Whom do You Put Your Trust?

We all want to get to the “Pearly Gates” and hear the words, “Welcome home good and faithful servant!” but how do know we are a faithful servant. Faithfulness is a Fruit of the Spirit. It is the quality of being faithful to God and His ways. 

Faithfulness: the result of the Spirit working in us. The Holy Spirit dwells in those who accept the truth that God will and has saved us from sin and death through the sacrifice of His Son. Faith is placing our trust in God that He is provider, protector, savior. It is putting our lives in His hands and choosing to let the way and will of God be the controlling factor in our lives.

Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. For by it the people of old received their commendation. By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible. Hebrews 11:1-3

Hebrews 11 gives a long list of the faithful from the Old Testament who trusted God. The list is of people that knew God and put their full trust in Him. Some translations will see the word “trust” instead of “faith” in this portion because they trusted God after being witness to certain events which caused them to place their faith, their lives into God’s hands.

Jesus informs us that true faith the size of a mustard seed can be seen as great when it is seen by the world (active). That is putting full trust in the Lord Almighty and great things can be accomplished. This leads to the description of an active faith verses a going through the motions faith. Just going to church on Sunday and not being involved nor sharing your witness does not mean you are full of faith. You are going through the motions of being a Christian inside the walls and boxing up God. True faith is an active faith where you live it daily. You put your life in God’s hands fully trusting that living for and in Him will get you through while showing others who you are. Yes that means you will disrupt the normalcy of worldly work and be subject of ridicule but that is okay. You have God.

Trusting others is important to make it through the day but God needs your full trust more than anyone. Having this trust gives you the strength to put your trust in the right people and helps you discern who to place your trust in. Being faithful to God will help direct you to the people God will place in your path and guide you through your interactions. Be aware that some that call themselves Christian still have the stints in their eyes and will cause more pain than anything. They are concerned more for themselves and living in the world, do not trust them. Instead surround yourself with those whom you know are truly faithful or those who are searching and the Spirit will shine through you.

Brothers and Sisters, be careful and let God guide you. Place your life fully in His hands trusting in Him to give you the strength when you are at your weakest no matter the circumstance. In His Love you will be comforted. Blessings.

Rob, Servant of God   

Faith and Trust

Do you have faith that God has your life in His hands? Do you trust God with your life? If you said yes to both then you are exercising the fruit of the spirit known as faithfulness.

Hebrews 11 teaches that people of from Noah on down who had faith in God trusted Him with there lives. Ifyou look at Hebraic and Aramaic translations you will notice that the word trust is in the place of faith in many instances. This is because the two are almost interchangeable.

Faith goes deeper than trust but without it, faith is almost nothing but an empty thought. This is just something to think about as we enter the week and study faithfulness as a fruit of the Spirit.

Just A Note (note 3:16; 5:13, 1:9; and 4:6-7,13)

With everything going on lately it is sometimes hard to sit and write. This past week was very long and we have some good things going on. The surveyor started working on a property that we are under contract to purchase, my secular job responsibilities have increased, Katrina started a new job even though I am playing taxi because she works near me.

There are feelings of frustration, excitement, impatience, and (quite honestly) exhaustion, but in all this is prayer and supplication to the plans of which are not my own. I have let a few things slip nd have felt the ramifications of those missed things both physically and spiritually. I am reminded of many verses that are engrained in my memory that are very hard to forget but the one thing that I know is that God Loves us.

We hope to have the land very soon and should have the first part of the Worship Center complete by the end of the year. With all things happening I pray that the Holy Spirit will keep me from total exhaustion and mental drainage. I know He has my back and just ask for prayers that we can do what is required of us at His pace.

Love and Blessings to All,

Rob, Servant of God

God’s Plan Will Prevail

Proverbs is the greatest place for one line verses that can make or break a person. These little quips of knowledge and understanding have moved so many people to a right way of life. There are many things we can learn from Scripture but most of the ways of responsible and common sense Godly living are covered in this book.

One of the things covered in Proverbs is making plans. Now making plans is good to a point, but before executing the plan make sure you pray over your day that the plans are what God needs you to do.

 One can devise many plans in one’s mind, but Adonai’s plan will prevail. Proverbs 19: 21 (CJB)

God knows the plans He has for us (Jeremiah 29:11) to be a successful person, the main thing that must be done is prayer. Yes God will direct us onto the right path but if we ignore God by doing our own thing then we will have to get through many obstacles before getting to the right place. When we stray from His plan and have a real bad experience we can lose trust in Him but a faithful person will stay on track and make it through to the end.

We are all sinners and the Adversary has made himself known through all the evil and influencing people to influence others astray. The worst part of the influencing has been making good evil and evil good. Common sense and responsibilities have become bad things. Our minds are clouded to the point where many are blaming everyone else for their troubles when they do not want to take responsibility for their own actions. In fact, being a God fearing, responsible, common sense minded adult has become a bad word. Adulting (the act of behaving like a responsible adult) is like a disease to many who do not want to be responsible for themselves and depend on worldly things to control them.

The influence of the devil’s power has corrupted many and the disease is spreading like wildfire. These plans are not of God but of the devil. So much sin has become the norm that even some established church bodies have caught the disease and forgotten their ways. We really cannot let this perversion of the gospel go on much longer.     

Brothers and Sisters we must do more than just pray for the souls of the lost. We must pray that our lights get so bright that it opens the eyes of those blinded by all things that are against God. The trust of the masses needs to turn back to God so that we can survive. According to Scripture, we already know that there will be many who are destroyed in the pit because their minds and hearts have turned so far away that there is no return but we can hope for change. We still have influence in this world through the power of the Holy Spirit and our faith, hope, and trust in the Lord God Almighty. The thing is to make sure we are doing the right thing so we do not go through the pains of human plans by fully relying on God.

Prayer: A Work of The Heart

The debate on works getting us into Heaven has been around since before the first Scriber of Scripture. The issue is not really what one does but how it is done and who gets the credit for the work. Abraham did many things by his own hands but most of those were not pleasing to nor were they for God’s Grace. He wanted to please God with the works but there was a difference between what Abraham thought God wanted and what God said. To be honest, it was not until Abraham took Isaac up on the mountain side to sacrifice him that he finally learned the difference between acting in obedience in faith and doing things of his own accord to please God.

When we look at the differences in those who were full of faith and those who had selfish desires to please God, we see the difference in how they act towards others. Selfish ambition to get into heaven is not pleasing to God while random acts of loving kindness without seeking accolades and privately in prayer thanking God for the gifts of the Spirit is.  

How often do we pray that God will use us as a light but do not recognize when we are actually used as that light. That is God working in our heart through our prayer. Prayer is a very powerful thing, more powerful than people think. A heartfelt prayer can heal, can ease pain, can bless a soul, and can make one understand the humility of our place in the world.

Prayer works wonders on our soul and the souls of others. Prayer helps empower us through the Spirit to do the works of faith that are required of us. We go to God in prayer to ease our minds, to ask God for help, and to thank Him for His Grace and Mercy throughout the day. Doing these things are showing our faith, love, and trust in God that He will support us, guide us, and grant us what He desires of us, not what e desire for ourselves. Prayer works help to heal others in their time of need because we have a heartfelt desire to trust fully in God that intercedes for those whom we pray for.

Humbleness is the most important part of prayer. Recognizing that we are not in charge but have the power to ask God’s favor through our faithful supplication in prayer keeps us humble. It is this humility that keeps us from the wicked desires of the heart and helps transform those around us through God’s work in us. The humble heart works in prayer and shares with others through faith in action without selfish desires yet like Jesus gives selflessly of their lives.

Prayer is the work of the heart that grants us the ability to do God’s will and helps move God’s plan for us forward. Do you pray for yourself or others? Prayers of thanksgiving and for those who are not ourselves is the greatest work prayer can do in our lives. Can works come through prayer? Yes, that is faith in action. Will you?          

Goodness in the Spirit

“As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s grace.”  1 Peter 4:10

Goodness is the selfless desire to be open hearted and giving to others above what they deserve. This is very hard for some people especially when someone truly believes a person deserves negative attention rather than positive. Jesus reminded us that we are to remain without a vengeful heart and instead treat those who should be treated poorly with a kind and good heart but in a tough love manner.

We are to trust in God as our protector. Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture (Psalm 37:3). The prophet Nahum tells us:  The Lord is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in him (Nahum 1:7). If we trust in the Father then He will be there to protect us. Though it may seem like we still have difficulties, God is there. We are to trust God even to our death.

It is hard to be a good person all the time thanks to our human sinful nature. We must continue to trust in God with all our heart so that we can “Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it (Psalm 34:14)”.

The more we seek to be good followers of Christ and Children of God, the easier times will be for us and we will find rest from the world.

This is what the Lord says: Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls. Jeremiah 6:16

We are constantly standing at those crossroads especially in this day and age where persecution is on the rise and we must make choices that determine our earthly status to keep living in the now. The thing is, if we live for today there is little hope that tomorrow will bring peace. If we stay firm and continue to walk in the way of the Father then we will find rest and have eternal life in the Kingdom.

In order to live for the Father through the Son and the Holy Spirit we must be firm in our faith. Remaining in good faith is the first step to finding God’s everlasting love and to live it.  For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. 2 Peter 1:5-7

If we continue in our faithfulness and stay from wavering, we can show the world who is the true ruler, savior, redeemer. It isn’t money or anything made by man. It isn’t human progressive ways. It isn’t technological advances. God is.

To this end we must remember to seek out others who are good and faithful servants that do not rely on mechanical or physical means but the Will of God and His Grace, Mercy, and goodness that keeps this world in motion.   

I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Psalm 27:13

 

Keep the Doors Open

Churches ClosingChurches that close their doors to others will eventually close permanently. I have seen this happen with small churches in the “Bible Belt” that were started by families where one family’s legacy thinks they can run the church. These types of churches are the ones that are very picky about whom they let in and try to have preachers that only preach what they want to hear rather than what they need to hear.

The Body of Christ, the church, when stagnant like that becomes malnourished in the spirit and will suffer greatly. The Body of Christ, the community, that continues to grow without succumbing to worldly needs and desires will flourish from the growth of the nurturing spirit. The church that is strict on tradition and old legacy will die while a community of believers who grow in Godly values and character build up to the point of expansion and will move throughout the world.

The first Christian Communities had a hard time wherever they went and were closed off but they flourished because of their values and character which emulated the Image of God. Yes there were some zealots within who wanted to battle their oppressors with fists and iron but they died by the sword as Jesus had said they would. Today, the fists and iron are replaced by those unchanging traditions and specific adherence to a specific translation. The people that go into the world with the power of the Holy Spirit share and bear the Fruits of the Spirit upon others and grow.

Doors and Walls are a Barrier    

If God meant for a select group of people to shut themselves away then His Word would have never reached the ancient world. The tent of meeting only closed its flaps when there was private counsel otherwise it was always open for the hearing of the Word. The Tabernacle had an area where the priests received the Word but the rest was almost always open. The First Temple shut away the Holy of Holies which separated God from man and gave the Priests control. How similar are those churches who shut their doors well before the service begins and has no one to greet a single soul.

At Path-Way there are no closed doors and we welcome all who wish to hear the Word. We believe in God’s Word reaching the full Community of Believers no matter the denomination. Jesus spoke in the open and only held private counsel with the twelve so why should we exclude anyone who wants or needs to hear the Word.

Brothers and Sisters, we need to share God’s Word in all ways, in all languages, in all the world. Do not succumb to worldly society but the Community of God. His is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. Following the examples of the past during and right after the time of Jesus and the Apostles, we can change the world. We need to strive to live for Him who saved and continues to save us and we will complete the earthly process of bringing the Kingdom to all the world.

Be Blessed,

 Rob, Servant of God       

The Kindness of Generosity

A kind man benefits himself, but a cruel man brings trouble on himself.  Proverbs 11:17

One of the best ways to describe the Fruits of The Spirit to children is to give an example of actual fruit.

When we eat grapes, we often share them.  A stem of grapes can be shared with many people.  Grapes represent being kind to others because we can share them.  Kindness is showing goodness, generosity and friendliness. 

Generosity is the act of being unselfish. It is sharing of the plenty that one has been blessed with. When we are generous that does not always mean money. It can be many things to include food, time, and patience. Being Kind through generosity shows the measure of a heart that has no weight in the world and is free from the bonds of self-indulgence. A Godly generous person takes care of others even to the point of just having enough to survive on. A Godly generous person does not desire attention or accolades. The Godly generous person is one attribute of the sheep that Jesus spoke of when He spoke of the sheep and goat.

Showing Goodness and Friendliness is the extension of acts of kindness that go a very long way and helps others pay it forward. One would be surprised how far the chain goes when paying for the car behind you at the drive through. There are times noted where one person started the chain at breakfast and the next ten cars did the same. It would have probably been longer but the eleventh car was the last in the line at the time.

Sharing even the simplest smile or kind word can be an act of generosity even when the person speaking or smiling is really not having a good day. It helps everyone involved. Asking a person how their day is going could make all the difference in the person for the rest of the day.

So just like kids at lunch sharing their grapes or other foods, adults can learn to be just as generous in everything they do. It starts at home. The generous parent teaches the child to do the same. Are you generous?    

We Are Not To Judge

Therefore you have no excuse, O man, every one of you who judges. For in passing judgment on another you condemn yourself, because you, the judge, practice the very same things. We know that the judgment of God rightly falls on those who practice such things. Do you suppose, O man—you who judge those who practice such things and yet do them yourself—that you will escape the judgment of God? Or do you presume on the riches of his kindness and forbearance and patience, not knowing that God’s kindness is meant to lead you to repentance? But because of your hard and impenitent heart you are storing up wrath for yourself on the day of wrath when God’s righteous judgment will be revealed. Romans 2:1-5 

Humans have this problem. If we see something we do not like then we pass a certain judgement upon them. The Godless in society today who do things from their own heart are the quickest to judge without realizing that they themselves are doing exactly what they are judging others against. It is this worldly oxymoron that condemns. 

There are many out there who are so confused about who they are because they have become dependent on society and the media to dictate their actions to the point where they have lost themselves. These individuals have been so blinded that they cannot see the judgmental stint that has grown in their own eyes and think that everyone else is wrong. In thinking this, they condemn others for the very thing that they are doing themselves.

I do not think I have to go into detail on the situations because we hear it in the news every day. The Devil sure has his hands and mind all over these individuals hearts and has blinded them to the point of no return. 

Some even think they are doing the right Godly thing because they are following what the Bible says. The problem is that the Bible has been so perverted and misinterpreted by people who want to fit in and believe that if they preach a certain way (even if it denies Scripture) they will not be lambasted or condemned in their community. Inclusion is one thing but telling people that it is okay to continue in your sin is another. Did not Jesus tell the adulteress to go and sin no more once she was physically and spiritually saved? That does apply to all who wish to be saved.

Do not judge lest ye be judged. How hard is that to understand. Some do not realize that the judgments of the heart here on earth have eternal ramifications. They do. Please be watchful of your words and your heartfelt thoughts. Be kind and patient because God will take care of those who persecute and judge you. Be blessed.

Rob, Servant of God