There has been an outpouring of grace and blessing, from God, into my life. I naturally rebel against it because I’m use to things going wrong. My first reaction to a blessing is “thank you, Jesus.” My second, “when are things gonna start going wrong?” So, I am making a conscious effort to put those foolish thoughts away. I have entered a season of continual grace and blessing from Christ. I will enjoy every second of it. I’m going to, at least, try. I am here with open arms. Fill me with Your love, Your peace, Your patience Lord.
In two days I’m heading to Haiti. Back into the mission field. Although I have visited this part of the world before I’m going with a fresh set of eyes and perspective. It will be a completely new experience. That excites my soul. When I think of those kids. Remembering how they reacted to our presence; some shy away, most walk up to us. They love the camera, they want you to see them. They want you to care, they want you to help. My heart brightens and saddens at this thought. We’re going there to help, yet it doesn’t feel like enough. It doesn’t seem fair that I was born into the life I have. I was born in a country that has allowed me freedom and opportunity. They don’t have much of a choice, they have to deal with the cards they were dealt. I’m a believer in making the best of what you have; and, I see the joy these people have. They are more connected to each other. Something we are lacking more and more in our technological world.
There is a side of me that wants to give up all that I have, but what good is that–especially if I am not called to make such a decision. I need to be aware of what I have and use my resources to help those who are less fortunate; which is what we are doing. These are just the thoughts that cross my mind as I prepare for the mission field. This is my process. This is my journey.
Being in constant prayer is number one on things to do, for this trip. When you do the Lord’s work there is a Spiritual battle that becomes more “in your face.” You see the enemy trying to discourage you. This is why it’s crucial we put on the whole armor of God. Praying, reading His word, surrounding ourselves with brothers and sisters in Christ. (Iron sharpens iron.) I also worship. I praise Jesus through it all. I become dependent on Him. I can’t beat the enemy in my flesh so I cling to my heavenly Father every moment of every day. That’s the only way I know how to get through this.
During this prep time I have learned a lot about my weaknesses. There has been a huge light on my flaws. I can see them crystal clear. I see how prideful, controlling, bratty, impatient and suspicious I can be. There’s a lot of work that needs to be done within me. I’ve got a long way to go, but I won’t ever stop trying to better my self in every way possible.
As I deal with Spiritual Warfare I seek counsel. I am in the Word and am surrounded by believers who have encouraged me. However, I always browse the internet for something extra. No article seemed to have the information I was looking for. So, I decided to share my personal truth and experience of preparing for the mission field in hopes of helping someone with my same need.
Avoidance of Sin
When God calls you to walk His narrow path it’s important for us to avoid sin. This is one hundred percent impossible to fully accomplish, but if you work on it every day, like a muscle, you will become stronger. You will clearly begin to understand and see how much more powerful you can be used in His name. It’s almost like having superhero powers. Once you know this truth and feel it, you don’t ever want to let it go.
God knows our heart, He sees it all. Don’t be discouraged when you fumble in sin. All we can do is strive to be better in His name. We cannot do this in our flesh, we aren’t strong enough. So cling to Christ.
Whenever I’m tempted I have a small window of opportunity to walk away, taking the high road, or indulging in my sin. So many times I used the excuse of being “too weak,” but God doesn’t allow us to be tempted beyond what we can handle. Plus, when I choose sin I deal with the consequences. I deal with the guilt. The enemy uses it all. So, when you’re embarking on a mission quest don’t give Satan the opportunity to pull you down. Claim victory in Jesus Name.
I do hope that, if you’re going on a mission trip, you have such an open and personal relationship with God that He has overflowed you with His Spirit. I can’t imagine walking into a spiritual battle, in my flesh.
My spiritual walk has shown me that obedience in prayer and singing songs of worship have allowed me to be an open vessel for Christ to pour into me.
This is the place to be, in prayer; on your knees desperate to be close to Jesus. Praying to God is talking to God. It’s not about a ritual, it’s not about rules. It’s about connecting and building with our Savior. He wants us to depend on Him. He wants us to need Him.
Praying for your mission before, during and after is critical. And, having your brothers and sisters in Christ, lifting you up, will place a protective hedge over you and the mission.
I’ve seen a huge difference, in my day, when I don’t put Christ at the center. When I go through the day, in my own strength. It’s not that things wont go wrong, it’s that He fills me with strength and peace. He gives me an understanding I can easily forget if my eyes aren’t on Him.
You have been chosen to be a good soldier. We all have. This means we will be persecuted in Jesus name. We must rejoice in this truth! Christ does not promise us an easy life. Those lies have been fed to some of us by preachers who are twisting the Word of God.
Our trials, here on earth, are a small price to pay in light of eternity. Keep your eyes on the prize–Jesus.
I am under attack because I am doing the Lord’s work. And, I want you (who are battling with the same struggles) to understand that this is normal. Don’t lose heart. The enemy is making me think I’m not good enough, I’m not ready, I’m not strong enough–what am I thinking, what am I doing..? He is distracting me from the mission. He is placing doubt in my mind. But, I know it’s one of his schemes. I know they are lies. So I let the momentary doubt and confusion pass through me and move on.
Moving my eyes back to Christ where my soul finds peace and an unconditional love.
Christ already won. We already won! We must hold on to His promise and truth. Satan will try to distract us and place doubt in our minds especially if we’re living a life that gives glory to God. Especially if you’re going out, into the world and making a difference in Jesus name. When times are rough, remember His promise.
It’s an honor to have the opportunity to make a difference with the group, in the photo, above. I ask that you keep us all in your prayers.