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April 2015

When Your Afraid to Answer His Call

fearLet’s be real here, how many of you have at one time in your life, been fearful that if you get serious about serving the Lord, He just might send you to some village in Africa to live in a hut?

The truth is, I remember feeling this way as well. Oh I had a heart and passion for missions, but I was a little fearful of where God might send me. A little apprehensive about what all it might entail.

I can remember vividly after my husband and I got married being terribly afraid. While dating, and during our engagement. All we could talk about was going to China as missionaries. This was our goal, our greatest desire. Even after we said, “I do.” The desire was there. But then…. I found out I was pregnant and somehow moving my little baby to China, didn’t sound so exciting anymore.

And I said, “No, I won’t go.” Immediately all the paperwork we were in the midst of was pushed to the back burner, and my husband accepted a pastorate in Arkansas. We would end up serving there for 3 years and at a church in Tennessee for another 3 years before I was willing to say, “Yes, Lord, Send Me!”

Fear is a powerful tool of the enemy. A tool he has used way too many times to count in my life.

Fear keeps us from getting serious with the Lord.
Fear holds us back from signing the dotted line, and giving our lives to the Lord.                   Fear keeps us from telling the lost the news they need to hear the most.

I read an article today by Paul Tripp, entitled “Called to Go.”

In this article he said, “Here’s the principle that I want you to take away today: our job is not to accomplish the task; our job is to go. Let God do the saving. It’s your job to do the going. You will never be able to accomplish the task of saving someone. You can’t turn a heart. You can’t create belief. You can’t replace sinful rebellion with joyful submission. Those are acts of divine intervention. But you can introduce them to the Divine.When you live under the banner of “Salvation belongs to the Lord!” (Jonah 2:9), the scary burden of evangelism comes off your shoulders. You’re free to be a messenger only, not a savior. But you have to stop calculating and start going.

Many times we think we can’t do it. We have believed Satan’s lies and think what God is asking is too much, too hard, impossible.

And this is true, if we are counting on ourselves to win a nation to Christ. This is true if we are believing we must save our lost friends.

Yet, this isn’t what God has called us to do. He has not called us to save, He’s called us to go.

Years ago, I gave into fear. Looking back, I have to live with that regret.

Did God uses those year, yes. Were they wasted, no.

Yet, I will never know this side of Heaven, what could have been.

Now, 14 years later, after serving in Korea for a few years, our family is living and serving in Nepal. I have seen the hand of God in amazing ways, and I get to live out His calling day by day.

I will be honest and say it isn’t always easy and it isn’t always fun.

But, I wouldn’t trade it for the world.

So, what do you do when your afraid to answer His call?

Well, I can tell you what you shouldn’t do. You shouldn’t say no. Instead you should say, Yes Lord.

You may not be able to recognize how it will all work out. You may feel what He is asking of you is too much. (and it is for you, but not for Him)

But as you say yes, and step out-of-the-way, you will see how God can and will bring this calling to pass.

Let us not be like Jonah, who ran from God’s call. Instead let us embrace the plans and purposes He has for our lives.

Blessings from Nepal

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The blood of bulls and goats

jesusToday is Easter. A day to celebrate our risen Savior.

In many churches today, the cross, and the blood are offensive. They are depicted as too gory and not something to talk about.

Yet, I wonder, what is there to talk about apart from the cross and the blood of Jesus.

Here in Nepal, the sacrifice of bulls and goats is a common thing. Back in the fall my kids and I watched as our neighbor slit the throat of a goat, pouring out its blood. At festival time, hundreds of bulls are sacrificed up to the gods.

And I can’t help but be reminded of the verse which says, “It is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins (Hebrews 10:4)

The blood that is shed here as a sacrifice can not cleanse them of their sins. No amount of good deeds they do can appease the gods.

As I daily walk past, and see these people living in darkness, going through their own religious motions, my heart breaks.For I know that apart from the blood of Jesus, they can not be forgiven. Apart from the blood of Jesus, they will die and be eternally separated from the One True God.

Day after day every priest stands and performs his religious duties; again and again he offers the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. But when this priest had offered for all time one sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God, and since that time he waits for his enemies to be made his footstool. For by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy (Hebrews 10:11-14)”

Jesus has come and been sacrificed once for all. His blood is enough!

So as we celebrate the cross, as we celebrate the blood that has cleansed us and set us free. As we celebrate our risen Savior.

Let us not forget that as His children, it is our responsibility, no our duty, to go and share this good news with those all around us.

IT IS FINISHED!

WHAT A JOY, WHAT A SAVIOR!

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