“For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline. 8 So do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord or of me his prisoner. Rather, join with me in suffering for the gospel, by the power of God. 9 He has saved us and called us to a holy life…” (2 Timothy 1:7-9)
Hey friend! How are you doing today? I hope you are having a good sunday.
Yesterday was a special day! I don’t know if you are aware of this event, but yesterday was the gathering of The Send in Kansas City and it was amazing! I mean, I was not there, I was watching online with some friends, but it was powerful!
This movement, if you don’t know about it, it is a movement of prayer and evangelism that was born in the hearts of several leaders of different countries/movements and the goal is to activate every Christian to go to the fields and preach the Good News of Christ, with passion and authority! It is so powerful, I have to admit that my heart burns for this goal and I was very glad to join in the Send 2020, that happend here in Brazil!
However, my purpose with this post it is not to talk about The Send ,specifically, but to share the need that we Christians have for community! I mean, the whole message is very powerful and necessary, but yesterday during the event, Francis Chan said something really important: It is not only about being send to the fields, but to have a life grounded in God, through a life that involves community(fellowship with the local church) and submision to the Word of God!
It is very easy to embrace this idea of “Let’s start a revolution. Let’s change the world!” but it is very easy to miss the point when you are moving in your own desires and strength! We can easily say: Yes, let’s go, let’s do it! But it is very tricky when we are moving on the wrong perspective!
It is not easy to be patient and understand that we need to take one step at the time! I remember when I was in this DTS school, I experienced a lot of miracles and new things with God and was amazing! But after I came back home, I felt frustrated for a while, because it is hard to slow down and come back to a “normal daily life”. Sometimes, we go back to our local church and we want to change everything, we struggle to connnect with people and the culture of our church.
However, what I’ve learned these past few years is that God is patient and He wants us to be patient with us and the whole process we are being submited!
He wants to be our Lord, partner and guide in everything we do, but it takes time for us to understand that, a life grounded in God’s Word takes time to show the results we want so bad to see!
There is a proper time to everything: To grow roots, to become more mature in our spiritual walk with God, to fruitify! Only on the other side of the “line” the results we expected to see will show up, but we need to be patient!
What I want to share here is that, if you have a passion for the Gospel, with you want to go to the nations, to be a leader or maybe a businnes man or woman to contribute for God’s kingdom and glory, that dream need to be sow, watered, daily cared for and it will grow, but it takes time!
Second, we are not called to walk alone or in our own strength! I have to say that I struggle with this sense of community for a long time! Even for years after I gave my life to Christ, I struggled to connect with others Christians, to let people be part of my life!
Part of the reason was because I was hurted by people and I needed to be healed first! But also because, I had this individualistic sense deep inside, that made me believe for a while I didn’t need people to accomplish my dreams and goals!
That is a big mistake. We can’t accomplish anything great without help, without a good leadership in our lives! First, we have to submit to God’s ways and timing for us, and that part can be very tough and frustrating! If you are a stubborn kind of person like me, you know what I mean!
I suffered a lot before I realized that, I din’t have all the answers or the autonomy I’d like and I needed to submit to God and to the people He put in my life!
So, if you struggle with this kind of rebellious feeling, I encourage you to surrender it to God quickly, so you don’t have to suffer like I did! Submit your mindset, your feelings and beliefs to Him and watch Him change you from the inside out! It is not a easy choice but is totally worth it!
Don’t let your past and traumas isolate you from the body of Christ! We need to walk together in submission and partnership. Like God healed and helped me to see things in a diffrent perspective, I believe He wants to do the same thing for you. You just need to open the door and let Him in!
Yesterday, while I was watching to the Send, I realize how amazing was the work of God in my own life. For a long time, I felt so disconnected from people, so alone in my struggles and, yesterday I was surrounded by good friends!
Friends that God gave me during my walk with my local church, and that makes all the difference in my life! It is so powerful and encouraging to have people we trust and can share our burdens, pray with, laugh together. I am really grateful to Jesus for this gift in my life!
I know that some day my season will change again, that He will send me in a different direction, but till them, I will enjoy the opportunity He gave to be part of His body here and now. I know that I am learning new lessons in every season, with the challenges, opportunities and people He puts in my life!
So don’t feel discouraged, don’t give up! If your dreams are not fulfilled yet, if you are feeling frustrated or isolated, just remember that God is with you, helping you in every battle and every season of your life and, eventually, it will change! New people and opportunities will arrive in your life and you will be ready to receive it!
Just remember that we are all being shaped, challenged, purified by the fires of adversities, but it is not the end! It is just a process and we will succeed, in Jesus name!
Have a great day friends!
“Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. 13 For we were all baptized by[c] one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. 14 Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many.
15 Now if the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. 16 And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. 17 If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? 18 But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. 19 If they were all one part, where would the body be? 20 As it is, there are many parts, but one body.” (1 Corinthians 12:12-20)
“I am coming to you now, but I say these things while I am still in the world, so that they may have the full measure of my joy within them. I have given them your word and the world has hated them, for they are not of the world any more than I am of the world. My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one. They are not of the world, even as I am not of it. Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth. As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world. For them I sanctify myself, that they too may be truly sanctified. “My prayer is not for them alone.
I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one— I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.”John 17:13-23 NIV
This was one the the last prayers of Jesus before He got betrayed and arrested!
We can realize through His Words that He was interceding for the spiritual health of His followers. He cared about how the disciples, and also the gentiles, would live after his dwparture!
He interced mostly for 2 things: That we, his followers, would be santified by the Word He spoke and left as an example and, how it would affect us, so we could be made ONE (one body under his rule, the head) through the same mindset and way of living!
He say that two times: Father , make they one as we are ONE. May they be in us and we in them in unity!
So, why UNITY is so important?
When people walk together in comunion, in the everyday life, that shape the way we think, talk and live!
Through unity of thinking, we can affect, and ultimately, change the enviroment we live in, changing it’s culture!
Jesus made it very clear that “Every kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and every city or household divided against itself will not stand.”(Matthew 12:25)
Why is that? Because we are weak and easily influenced by everything that surround us! If we walk with people that has different perspectives and principles we going to be affected and ultimately changed in our ways.
For example , if you walk in a everyday basis with a pessimist and rovolted person, soon you going to be reproducing their thoughts and sayings and that will affect the way you live!
That”s why we need to be imersed in the culture of the kingdom of God!
When we walk alone or the the wrong enviromemt, we get weaker and isolated from the kingdom mindset and culture, thats why we bible made it very clear that we need to walk together with those that share the same faith and face the same strugles:
“Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up. Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone?” Ecclesiastes 4:9-11 NIV
“They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common.” Acts 2:42-44 NIV
“Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.” James 5:16 NIV
“Finally, brothers and sisters, rejoice! Strive for full restoration, encourage one another, be of one mind, live in peace. And the God of love and peace will be with you.“
2 Corinthians 13:11 NIV
I could go on with so many examples, but those ones already made clear that unity brings a lot of benefits! It encourages us to keep going when we are feeling down, walk in union multiply our efforts. Unity also brings the Presence and favor of God!
In times of so much divison and hate, even among the so called Christians, let’s stand up in truth and love! Jesus said that the world would recognize Him when the Love between us was real and solid!
We can decide to live above all the diferences we may have, theologicaly, political, cultural. Whatever it might be, we can choose to keep the Word of God alive, despite of it all!
I hope that encourages you to love all the people God put in your life, despite the struggles, so you could be salt and light in this fallen world! That’s what we are called to be, friends!
Let’s keep the mindset and culture of the God’s kingdom alive, encouraging one another every day! “Together we stand, divided we fall!”
That’s all folks. Have a great day!
Por que a unidade é tão poderosa?!
“Agora vou para Ti, mas digo essas coisas enquanto ainda estou no mundo, para que eles tenham toda a minha alegria. Eu lhes dei a tua palavra e o mundo os odiou, pois eles não são do mundo, como eu também não sou do mundo. Minha oração não é que você os tire do mundo, mas que você os proteja do maligno. Eles não são do mundo, assim como eu não sou dele. Santifica-os pela verdade; sua palavra é a verdade. Assim como você me enviou ao mundo, eu os envio ao mundo. Por eles eu me santifico, para que também eles sejam verdadeiramente santificados. “Minha oração não é apenas para eles. Eu oro também por aqueles que acreditarão em mim através de sua mensagem, para que todos sejam um, Pai, assim como você está em mim e eu estou em ti. Que eles também estejam em nós para que o mundo creia que tu me enviaste. Eu lhes dei a glória que tu me deste, para que sejam um como nós somos um, eu neles e tu em mim, para que sejam levados à completa unidade. Então o mundo saberá que você me enviou e os amou assim como você me amou.” João 17:13-23 NVI
Esta foi uma das últimas orações de Jesus antes de ser traído e preso!
Podemos ver em Suas Palavras que Ele estava intercedendo pela saúde espiritual dos seus seguidores. Ele se importou com a forma como os discípulos e depois, os gentios, viveriam após sua partida!
Ele intercedeu principalmente por 2 coisas: Que nós, seus seguidores, fossemos santificados pela Palavra que Ele ensinou e deixou como exemplo e, que nos tornássemos UM (um corpo sob seu domínio, a cabeça) através da mesma mentalidade e modo de vida!
Ele disse isso duas vezes: Pai, faça deles um, pois somos UM. Que eles estejam em nós e nós neles em unidade!
Então, por que UNIDADE é tão importante?
Quando as pessoas caminham juntas em comunhão, na vida cotidiana, isso molda a maneira como pensamos, falamos e vivemos!
Através da unidade de pensamento, baseados em princípios e valores comuns, podemos afetar e, finalmente mudar o ambiente em que vivemos, mudando a cultura!
Jesus deixou bem claro que “Todo reino dividido contra si mesmo será arruinado, e toda cidade ou casa dividida contra si mesma não subsistirá.” (Mateus 12:25)
Por que isso? Porque somos fracos e facilmente influenciados por tudo que nos cerca! Se andarmos com pessoas que têm diferentes perspectivas e princípios, seremos afetados e, finalmente, mudaremos em nossos caminhos. Já a unidade de princípios e propósito nos fortalece ao longo do caminho!
Por exemplo, se você convive diariamente com uma pessoa pessimista e revoltada, em breve você estará reproduzindo seus pensamentos e ditados e isso afetará a maneira como você vive!
É por isso que precisamos estar imersos na cultura do reino de Deus!
Quando andamos sozinhos ou num ambiente dividido, ficamos mais fracos e isolados da mentalidade e cultura do reino. É por isso que a bíblia deixa bem claro que precisamos caminhar juntos com aqueles que compartilham a mesma fé e enfrentam as mesmas lutas:
“É melhor serem dois do que um, porque eles têm um bom retorno pelo seu trabalho: Se um deles cair, um pode ajudar o outro a se levantar. aquele que cai e não tem ninguém para ajudá-lo a se levantar. Além disso, se dois se deitarem juntos, eles se aquecerão. Mas como se aquecer sozinho?” Eclesiastes 4:9-11 NVI
“Eles se dedicaram ao ensino dos apóstolos e à comunhão, ao partir do pão e à oração. Todos ficaram maravilhados com as muitas maravilhas e sinais realizados pelos apóstolos. Todos os crentes estavam juntos e tinham tudo em comum.” Atos 2:42-44 NVI
“Portanto, confessem seus pecados uns aos outros e orem uns pelos outros para que sejam curados. A oração de um justo é poderosa e eficaz.” Tiago 5:16 NVI
“Finalmente, irmãos e irmãs, alegrem-se! Esforcem-se pela restauração completa, encorajem-se uns aos outros, tenham uma mesma mente, vivam em paz. E o Deus de amor e a paz estará com vocês” 2 Coríntios 13:11 NVI
Eu poderia continuar com outros tantos exemplos, mas esses já deixaram claro que a união traz muitos benefícios! Nos encoraja a seguir em frente quando estamos deprimidos, caminhar em união multiplica os nossos esforços. A unidade também traz a Presença e o favor de Deus!
Em tempos de tanta divisão e ódio, mesmo entre os chamados “cristãos”, vamos nos firmar na verdade e no amor de Cristo! Jesus disse que o mundo O reconheceria quando o Amor entre nós fosse real e sólido!
Podemos decidir viver acima de todas as diferenças que temos, seja teológica, política, culturais. Seja o que for, podemos optar por manter viva a Palavra de Deus, apesar das divergências!
Espero que isso o encoraje a amar todas as pessoas que Deus colocou em sua vida, apesar das lutas, para que você possa ser sal e luz neste mundo caído! É para isso que somos chamados, amigos!
Vamos manter viva a cultura do Reino, fortalecendo-nos mutuamente a cada dia! “Juntos nos mantemos de pé, divididos nós caímos!”
Isso é tudo pessoal. Tenha um ótimo dia!
“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way….”(“A tale of two cities”- Charles Dickens)
Dear generation, I know this present time can look overhelming! We are so fed up with a variety of informations, opinions, teories and conspiracy. There are so many roads that we don’t know wich way to go. We are tired, right?!
Are you sick of living a purposeless, empty life? Are you tired of being labeled? People say that you are giving up. That fear and anxiety are overtaking you, that you are the most confused and unsatisfied generation of all. How long you are going to put up with this?
Can you hear a voice inside of you, calling you for more? Insisting that you were born to live a more meaninful life? You can choose to surrender to despair and just give up or you can fight and believe there is more on the other side of this wall of bad news and anger!
Are you ready to give up of everything you thought you knew, to step into something greater? That requires boldness and courage! But this is the time to risk everything that seems “secure” to enter in the amazing unknown, that can lead you to where you always wanted to go!
Dear generation, it is not the end yet. You can say yes to a new path, a new way of thinking and living that is completely counter-cultural. You can choose to rebel against this fallen system.
Isn’t that what the younger generations always wanted to do?!
You can decide to live the best of times or keep drowning in the worst of it. You are called to a life of surrender, where we can undress ourselves of every burden, masks and every lie, to be what you were creted to be: Sons and daughters of Light, embassadors of the Truth.
Dear generation, you are called for more!
Don’t be afraid! All you have to do is to embrace a simple YES, that will change your history forever. Leave behind the old and the known to step into something new and greater than anything you could ever dream of!
You were created and called for a life of adventure!
“Today is a day for reflection: we think back on the finished work of the cross and what it means for our lives.
How grateful are we for hindsight! We know that the cross is not the end. Resurrection gets the final word.
But put yourselves in the shoes of Jesus’ disciples.
Imagine leaving everything to follow Jesus.
Imagine seeing countless miracles: the blind see, the deaf hear, and the mute speak.
Imagine watching Jesus ride into Jerusalem on a donkey to thunderous applause. Palm branches are laid before him, as the people cheer, “Hosanna!”
If you were one of his disciples, you would have probably thought this was the moment Jesus would restore the kingdom!
Imagine their horror as they watched Jesus get betrayed, arrested, taken through a mockery of a trial, and humiliated while executed on a wooden cross—like a criminal.
Imagine their dejection and disorientation.
Similarly, we often go through seasons where it feels like God has let us down. We find ourselves shrouded in darkness and despair, wrestling with shattered hopes.
During those long days and nights between the cross and resurrection, we can’t imagine the agonizing confusion Jesus’ disciples endured. If anyone had a reason for a faith crisis, they did!
If you find yourself in a season where you are struggling to hold onto faith, barely clinging to the words God has spoken to you, Good Friday is a reminder that you are not alone.
Whatever present darkness you are walking through, take heart. Your story is not yet finished.
As you struggle forward in the faith, like the great cloud of witnesses who have gone before you, be filled with hope that resurrection is coming!”(by Messengers- John and Lisa Bevere)
“Hoje é um dia de reflexão: pensamos na obra consumada da cruz e no que isso significa para nossas vidas.
Como somos gratos pela retrospectiva! Sabemos que a cruz não é o fim. A ressurreição tem a palavra final.
Mas coloque-se no lugar dos discípulos de Jesus. Imagine deixar tudo para seguir Jesus.
Imagine ver inúmeros milagres: os cegos veem, os surdos ouvem e os mudos falam.
Imagine ver Jesus entrar em Jerusalém montado em um jumento sob aplausos estrondosos. Ramos de palmeiras são colocados diante dele, enquanto o povo aplaude, “Hosana!”
Se você fosse um de seus discípulos, provavelmente pensaria que este era o momento em que Jesus restauraria o reino!
Imagine o horror deles ao verem Jesus ser traído, preso, levado a uma zombaria de um julgamento e humilhado enquanto executado em uma cruz de madeira – como um criminoso.
Imagine seu desânimo e desorientação.
Da mesma forma, muitas vezes passamos por épocas em que parece que Deus nos decepcionou. Encontramo-nos envoltos em escuridão e desespero, lutando com esperanças despedaçadas.
Durante aqueles longos dias e noites entre a cruz e a ressurreição, não podemos imaginar a agonizante confusão que os discípulos de Jesus sofreram. Se alguém tinha uma razão para uma crise de fé, eles tinham!
Se você se encontra em uma época em que está lutando para manter a fé, mal se apegando às palavras que Deus falou com você, a Sexta-feira Santa é um lembrete de que você não está sozinho.
Seja qual for a escuridão atual pela qual você esteja caminhando, tenha coragem. Sua história ainda não terminou.
À medida que você avança na fé, como a grande nuvem de testemunhas que o precederam, encha-se de esperança de que a ressurreição está chegando!” ( Texto de John e Lisa Bevere)
“I love God because he listened to me, listened as I begged for mercy. He listened so intently as I laid out my case before him. Death stared me in the face, hell was hard on my heels. Up against it, I didn’t know which way to turn; then I called out to God for help: “Please, God!” I cried out. “Save my life!” God is gracious—it is he who makes things right, our most compassionate God. God takes the side of the helpless; when I was at the end of my rope, he saved me. I said to myself, “Relax and rest. God has showered you with blessings. Soul, you’ve been rescued from death; Eye, you’ve been rescued from tears; And you, Foot, were kept from stumbling.”
Psalm 116:1-8 MSG
Passing by just to remind you that God still answers His children’s prayers!
He hears our cry and He fills our lives with good things, at the right time!
All of us who hopes in Him will not be disapppointed. Even when the processes are hard and we are going through tough seasons. He is still present, He is always faithful!
Looking through my pics today, I saw some special faces of people that Jesus gave me in this season of my life, and I feel so blessed!
Not long time ago I was feeling very lonely and isolated and I prayed for Jesus to bring special people into my life and He definetely did it!
Today I can say that I received things from Jesus that I prayed for, for a long time! Yes, we have to ask, and wait and cry for a while, but He listens to our cry and He teachs us to be perseverant! That is part of our growth!
If you did not received what you have been asking for, keep asking and trusting! Don’t give up! God is right there with you, giving you strength and hope to keep waliking on His plans for you!
We can learn to be satisfied and grateful through the journey! It is not about the destination only, but how we walk our way through it, in a daily basis!
God is reminding you to smile today, be happy and thankful today! And not spend your entire time thinking about what you may get in the future!
Let’s invite His Presence into every detail of our daily lives! That’s the better way to enjoy wich day as a blessing, because “this is the day that the Lord has made, so let’s us rejoice and be glad!”
Have a great sunday friends!
“So let this love be like a fire
Let my life be like a flame
Fill our souls with Your desire
Let our passion bring You fame!”
“Suddenly, God, you floodlight my life;
I’m blazing with glory, God’s glory!
I smash the bands of marauders,
I vault the highest fences.
30 What a God! His road
stretches straight and smooth.
Every God-direction is road-tested.
Everyone who runs toward him
Is there any god like God?
Are we not at bedrock?
Is not this the God who armed me,
then aimed me in the right direction?
Now I run like a deer;
I’m king of the mountain.
He shows me how to fight;
I can bend a bronze bow!
You protect me with salvation-armor;
you hold me up with a firm hand,
caress me with your gentle ways.
You cleared the ground under me
so my footing was firm.
When I chased my enemies I caught them;
I didn’t let go till they were dead men.
I nailed them; they were down for good;
then I walked all over them.
You armed me well for this fight,
you smashed the upstarts.
You made my enemies turn tail,
and I wiped out the haters.
They cried “uncle”
but Uncle didn’t come;
They yelled for God
and got no for an answer.
I ground them to dust; they gusted in the wind.
I threw them out, like garbage in the gutter.
You rescued me from a squabbling people;
you made me a leader of nations.
People I’d never heard of served me;
the moment they got wind of me they listened.
The foreign devils gave up; they came
on their bellies, crawling from their hideouts.
Live, God! Blessings from my Rock,
my free and freeing God, towering!
This God set things right for me
and shut up the people who talked back.
He rescued me from enemy anger,
he pulled me from the grip of upstarts,
He saved me from the bullies.
That’s why I’m thanking you, God,
all over the world.
That’s why I’m singing songs
that rhyme your name.
God’s king takes the trophy;
God’s chosen is beloved.
I mean David and all his children—
always.” (Psalm 18)