Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Peru ~ Final Reflections

We've been home 11 days and I am still processing all the Lord did in Peru...

After 11 days I still can not find the words or pictures that seem to accurately reflect my changed heart. My new spirit of submission to the Lord or my desire to follow the Him wherever and whenever He leads.

A mission trip for a believer (at least for me) is very similar to the fresh new life feeling a New Believer feels when he accepts Christ as His Personal Lord and Savior.

Its a revival for the soul. An awakening in your Spirit.

As I reflect on Peru and struggle to share my heart these verses come to my mind:

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. (Philippians 4:13)

For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not evil, to give you a future and a hope. (Jeremiah 29:11)

And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God to those who are called according to His purpose. (Romans 8:28)

Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God's grace in its various forms. (1 Peter 4:10)

The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart. (1 Samuel 16:7)

As we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers. (Galatians 6:10)

Blessed is he who is kind to the needy. (Proverbs 14:21)

For God so loved the world that he gave his only son so that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16)

Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. (Mathew 28:19)

Something the Lord continued to show me in Peru was that there are missions fields everywhere. There are people all around us (even PSL) that do not know Jesus. People that don't know that the Lord is alive and active still today. People that don't know He IS coming back. And He will claim those that are His.

In the States, the mention of God has become Taboo. We (me) have become accustom to keeping our faith private to not offend anyone or to avoid being "weird".

We (me) have put ourselves in a safe bubble where things don't get too uncomfortable. We (me) are not stretched. There's no growth. Just a safe comfortable lukewarm ride. But you what the Bible says about being lukewarm? "so then, because you are lukewarm and not hot nor cold, I will vomit you out of my mouth" (Rev 3:16)"

We (I) need be alert and active in our (my) walk.

I need pop my protective bubble, step out in faith and boldly seek first Kingdom of God and His righteousness.

My heart, my desire is to serve Him with wholehearted devotion and with a willing mind knowing He searches every heart and understands every motive behind the thoughts and believing when I seek Him, He will be found. (1 Chronicles 28:9).