We are all called

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Devotion by Julie Nash for Guatemala team

Recently a young married couple shared their testimony about how the Lord is calling them to the mission field. They are going to a Muslim country in North Africa that is very dangerous. They are working with a missionary who’s husband was martyred there several years ago. When someone asked how long they planned to stay, they were quick to answer, “for life, it’s our calling.” I was instantly struck by the power of those words. It’s our calling. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is everyone’s calling that wants to be a true follower.

Philippians 1:27 states: “Just one thing, live your life in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. Then, whether I come and see you or am absent, I will hear about you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind, working side by side for the faith that comes from the gospel.”

We will be working side by side this week. Whether in the airport, the village of Pueblo Del Rio or at Hope of Life let’s be of one mind. The Gospel!

Take a few minutes and pray Ephesians 6 over our group.

Notice the apostle Paul asks, “that the message may be given to me when I open my mouth to make known with boldness the mystery of the Gospel.”

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Delight in God’s Word

Written by Julie Nash

Psalm 119

1 How[a] happy are those whose way is blameless, who live according to the LORD’s instruction!
2 Happy are those who keep His decrees and seek Him with all their heart.
3 They do nothing wrong; they follow His ways.
4 You have commanded that Your precepts be diligently kept.
5 If only my ways were committed to keeping Your statutes!
6 Then I would not be ashamed when I think about all Your commands.
7 I will praise You with a sincere heart when I learn Your righteous judgments.
8 I will keep Your statutes; never abandon me.
9 How can a young man keep his way pure? By keeping Your[b] word.
10 I have sought You with all my heart; don’t let me wander from Your commands.
11 I have treasured Your word in my heart so that I may not sin against You.
12 LORD, may You be praised; teach me Your statutes.
13 With my lips I proclaim all the judgments from Your mouth.
14 I rejoice in the way revealed by Your decrees as much as in all riches.
15 I will meditate on Your precepts and think about Your ways.
16 I will delight in Your statutes; I will not forget your word.

The secret to delighting in God’s Word…

1.    We need to seek God with all of our hearts to be happy!
2.    We need to praise God with a sincere heart
3.    We need to treasure God’s Word in our hearts to keep us from sinning.
4.    We need to seek God with all of our hearts to keep us from wandering.

Spend some time reading through this Psalm picking out all the ways that God is in control and involved with His creation. These truths about God seem simple, but it should drastically change our everyday response to Him. Shouldn’t this awareness of who God is awaken in our souls a desire to draw near and worship Him? Shouldn’t it embolden us to share this truth with those around us? _

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Haggai

Julie Nash wrote the devotion below.

My dad recently shared this in our devotions at work….it so encouraged my heart I (Julie) wanted to share it with all of you. Read the book of Haggai- it’s only 2 chapters and it will just take a few minutes.

God is speaking through the prophet Haggai and is commanding the people of Israel to rebuild the temple. He offers the people this encouragement:

1.   Be strong!
2.   Work! Do your job because I am with you.
3.   Don’t be afraid! I have delivered you from Egypt and I my Spirit is with you!
4.   I will provide peace!
5.   I have chosen you for this job!

God brought us all to Guatemala for a specific purpose. So let’s be strong in the power of the Lord. Let’s work together knowing God is with us. We do not need to be afraid because we have the Holy Spirit with us.

The fruit of the Spirit is peace- God will give it if we ask and trust. We were chosen by God for this time!

Look back at those 5 points.   Which do you need most today?  In your work or school back home?  In your family?   What ministry does God have ready for you?

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Pueblo del Rio

Glorify the LORD with me;   let us exalt his name together. Ps. 34:3

Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be
thirsty again, but whoever drinks of the water that I will give
him will never be thirsty again.  The water I will give him will
become a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”
The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water,
so that I will not be thirsty or have to come here again.”

This afternoon we spent time with the people of Pueblo del Rio.  Two years ago there was no church building or a pastor in this village.   God has done much in this little village.  In February 2012 the church was built.  In February 2013
the well was constructed.  How exciting that the place the people come to get clean drinking water is right next to the church where they can find THE living water! On the church wall you will see in Spanish “Not I, But Christ.”  That same quote is on the TRBC church wall each Sunday.   We pray that Christ will be magnified and lifted up in every way in this village.

Lord, prepare my heart to worship You today.   Empty me of everything that needs to go and please fill me with your Holy Spirit. In Jesus Name, Amen.

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Ground Breaking

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Pastor Martin serves in Pueblo del Rio. The Training Center will equip pastors across the country.

Reading Hosea 10:12

Sow for yourselves righteousness; reap steadfast love;
break up your fallow ground,   for it is the time to seek the Lord,
that he may come and rain righteousness upon you.

The  prophet uses the example of farming to help his audience understand preparing the ground of their hearts for a fruitful crop.  Finney said:

“To break up the fallow ground therefore, is to bring the mind into such a state that it is fitted to receive the Word of God. Sometimes your hearts get matted down, hard and dry, until there is no such thing as getting fruit from them until they are broken up, and mellowed down, and fitted to the Word. It is this softening of the heart, so as to make it feel the truth, which the prophet calls break up your fallow ground.”

This morning we will participate in the Ground Breaking of the Jerry Falwell Center for Ministry Training.   A ceremony will take place where the ground will be loosened symbolically – not for farming – but for construction.  This center will be the training ground for pastors and leaders that will impact Guatemala and the world.  Men and women will come for training – and they will gather to have the ground of their hearts loosened so that God can begin construction in their hearts for His Kingdom work.

God wants to begin this work in our hearts today.

Why need any pastor or church fail to share in the blessing? How sad the experience of that worker who sees others greatly used in such a movement and himself passed   by—other fields rejoicing with the joy of harvest while his still lies barren and unfruitful! It need not be so. Let us break up our fallow ground, seek a fresh anointing of the Holy Spirit, and then move forward, expecting great things of God. – D.L. Moody

Today 2/18/14 God invites us to break up our fallow ground.

What does groundbreaking look like for you today?

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No Tourist Allowed!

Read James 1: 22-25
22 But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. 23 For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. 24 For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like. 25 But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing.

“In my estimation, one mission trip is worth more than fifty-two sermons! We are already educated way beyond the level of our obedience. What we need most is not another sermon. Please don’t misinterpret what I’m saying. We need to study the Word of God diligently. But we don’t need to know more. We need to do more with what we know. At the end of the day, God will not say, ‘Well thought, Intellectual!’ or ‘Well said, Orator!’ There is only one commendation: ‘Well done, good and faithful servant!’” – Mark Batterson, ALL IN

On this trip we are NOT tourists.

This week is not about sightseeing.

  • A Tourist is a Sightseer – A Missionary is a sight”doer”
  • A Tourist focuses on the destination – A missionary is focused on the people.
  • A Tourist takes a “day trip”  – A Missionary looks for eternity.
  • A Tourist expects service –  A Missionary expects to serve.

Let’s get our hands dirty, our hearts broken, and our minds transformed.  Let’s experience showing the love of Jesus Christ. Don’t let the language be a barrier to keep you from reaching out. God will use your kindness – hard work – and big smile to speak volumes to those around you.

Lord, How do You want to work in my heart today?

This post is a devotion for the Thomas Road Baptist Church Guatemala Team serving along side of World Help at Hope of Life in Guatemala.

While I wrote this for a team serving in Guatemala this week, it can also apply to your Life Group and ministry in your hometown.  How can you go beyond observing what is happening around you?

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The Unexpected

 

We planned to leave on Friday for Guatemala and wrote the devotion below for Friday night.

God is at work in the UNEXPECTED. What was unexpected to us was no surprise to God.

 I will be sharing the team devotions each day of week so that you can follow along with us.  Prayers Appreciated.

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Devotion 1

Psalm 62:5-8
Find rest my soul, in God alone,
My hope comes from Him
He alone is my rock and my salvation
He is my fortress, I will not be shaken
My salvation and my honor depend on God
He is my mighty rock, my refuge
Trust in Him at all times, O people
Pour out your hearts to Him
For God is our refuge.

God is not surprised by the snow or by the time line He has us on this week. Perhaps He will put us in the path of different people because of this situation. Maybe there will be someone at the airport who needs an encouraging word from you.

Let’s be on the lookout for God working in the Unexpected today.

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