What Does God Want From Me? A lesson From Nicaragua

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The Church—-An open structure with a new foundation laid for an enclosed place of Worship.

All of our lives are built on a foundation.  The question that must be asked is, “Is my foundation that I’ve built upon, one of truth or one which will deteriorate over time?”

The foundation for the Church we build in Los Hernandez, Nicaragua was in place before we arrived and began to build the rest.  This is like our lives.  God has already made a firm foundation for us to build upon but He also gives us the choice to do so or not.  Some will choose to build upon things they believe are sufficient.  However, if it is not from God they will suffer loss.  It is so important to accept Jesus as God’s Gift of Salvation.  Jesus is the only foundation that will last and His words are secure.

Jesus said that those who built upon the words he gave would have a firm foundation so that when the storms come they will remain.  Storms always come.

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If they did not build upon His words, then they were doomed to disaster when the storms arrived.

The foundations built in these locations of Niaragua would typically be build to stand a couple feet above ground level.  This allows the water to not hurt the building when the rains come and flood the plains.

This is the Church we built for the small community.  The Pastor oversees two churches in the area and travels miles on his bicycle with his wife riding on the cross bar so he can serve his people.  KIMG0841Part of our team went to the town of Tempelon and built a small home for the pastor.  Understand, when I say small we are talking about a structure about 10 X 15 feet.  The chapel was about 20 x 30 feet.

Being a person who is in construction,this was hard not to build like I wanted to.  It was different to have to do things differently than we would do back in the states.  I learned to respect the “Nicaraguan way” of construction and allowing them to make the choices how their building was to be constructed.  I learned to follow the direction of those in charge.

So, where is the lesson?  The Lesson is one word.

Obedience.

When I set aside “My way” that is Obedience.  This shows humility.  God says that He resists the proud but gives grace to the humble.  Following the direction of those leading the project and doing what was needed gave me the confidence that I was in the center of God’s will.

I am an analyzer in life.  When approached about “what my purpose is”…..I WANT to answer that.  I want to run after my desires…..BUT what does God want from me?  OBEDIENCE!

When I Obey I please God.  In Ecclesiastes 12: 13+14  it says,  “The conclusion, when all has been heard, is: fear God and keep His commandments, because this applies to every person. For God will bring every act to judgment, everything which is hidden, whether it is good or evil.

It has been said that the Bible is open up for interpretation but some, things are very clear that interpretation is not needed.  God requires obedience and humility.

I remember the story of King Saul in the  Book of 1 Samuel 15:22 (NASB)  22 Samuel said,  “Has the Lord as much delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices As in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice,  And to heed than the fat of rams.HPIM5256

Saul was given specific instructions and he chose to go against God’s requirement so, he retained what he thought was the best of things he had been instructed to destroy.  I have often done this too.  I go ahead with something that is important to me and yet God does not want me to do it.  I reason that I can just give some of it to Him and He will be pleased.  I have even said, “Sometimes it is easier to ask forgiveness than to ask permission.   But……Does this please God?  Anytime forgiveness is given there has been a sacrifice on someone’s part for it.  I love God for His forgiveness but I don’t need to keep “dipping into the sacrifice of Jesus on the Cross” to enjoy it.  Here I learn God shows that Obedience is His plan and desire for my best in life.

Obedience is a great act of Worship.  KIMG0866KIMG0869When I obey God, I am trusting Him that He knows best.

Being in Nicaragua with the team (including my wife, Tina) from my church was a great experience but the best part was to learn the importance of Obedience.

 HPIM5378  The Theme verse we had for our Team was Ephesians 6:6,  “ not by way of eyeservice, as men-pleasers, but as slaves of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart.”  (NASB)  We wore it on the sleeve of our shirts but I pray we will wear it continually on our hearts.

I obeyed by going,  I obeyed in my service.

I thank God for His way, His Word and the trip to Nicaragua.  God is Good!

My Path to a better me starts with and leads to God.

 

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MKMMA- Week Fourteen–A Departure Determined From Within

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With a grateful heart, I thank you for letting me be a part of your life and sharing in the changes within mine.  I have loved so many things regarding the Master Key Mastermind Alliance.  From learning to clearly develop and concentrate on my desires to controlling negative thoughts, that so harshly has worked to prohibit my goals; I have established persistence and habits that are tools to build myself as well as weapons with which to defend my positions.  Learning to think, to focus, to make thoughts fire together, to positive affirmations, to cards that remind me of my successes, to learning to share my heart to the public that benefits them, to learning that I have a choice as to Hug the Kettle or dream my dream…….These have moved me to be a better me.

Thank you for all the positive encouragement and guidance along the way.  To Mark and Davene and my personal guides, to my friends who remain as such and always…. and to the new friends I have made within the alliance, Thank you.  What you have given me and what I have gleaned from this MKMMA experience to the present, I am most grateful.

With sadness I’ve arrived a point where I can no longer remain in harmony with the Alliance.  I did not expect this to happen and was surprised.  A couple things occurred within the week, prior to this event….. but it was when I read Scroll IV I knew I must make a decision.

Was it due to the value and the upcoming Paying Forward?  Oh!  Somehow, I wish.  I had considered my finances at points and wondered if there would come a time when that might hold me back BUT it wasn’t….. I was set for the PIF this time.  Christmas money was going to take care of this.  I looked forward to continuing…….. though if I had had to stop, I still had Greatest Salesman.  This was going to be the document in my possession that could carry me forward….or so I thought.

Now, most people never agree 100% of what may be said or written…… and like myself, we choose to glean the good from what we hear and experience with Hannel’s writings and the other things we learn here.  Some concepts, I disagreed with, so I just mentally changed the terminology and proceeded forward.  Much has been so useful.  I wanted to gloss over the statements that referred to God as “The Universal Mind”.  To an extent, I would make sure that it was “God” in my thinking.  The attributes of both are the same—– being Omnipresent, Omniscient and Omnipotent.  For some, this course had brought a change of knowledge that there is a God…… where there was not one prior to this study.  The problem I see with the recent readings of Key 14 Paragraphs 18-24 in Hannel’s writings is that it removes God and makes Him just an impersonal force.  This is very difficult for me.

When I read Og’s Scroll IV on New Years Day, I realized there were terms and ideas that I would be saying day after day, as our habit is, and these would be in direct conflict with what I believe and know about my God.  Thoughts from within told me not to deny Jesus.  Being one who loves God and wants to know more and more about Him, I read my Bible to a good extent.  The passage came to mind that says this, “Whoever denies the Son does not have the Father; the one who confesses the Son has the Father also.”  (Bible Ref. 1 John 2:23)   How do I explain this?

Within this course we have referred to Him as the Master Teacher and we have also been encouraged to follow His teachings.  His name is Jesus—-God With Us.  Shall I say that some things I will accept but other things I will not?

The Creator

God says Jesus is the creator. (Genesis 1:1, Isaiah 66:2, Colossians 1:16)  Do I say that “nature” made me?  Did I evolve over time?   No.  God said I was formed in the womb. If I had a manufacture tag, it would say, “Made in Heaven by God.”

My Friend/My Relationship

 Is God a force?—–A collection of Mind and matter that moves with the collective thought of the masses?  No.  He is a personal friend of mine who created all that exists and made me for relationship with Him and others.  He uses prayer as His means of providing us an avenue of communicating with Him and in turn uses His Holy Spirit to communicate with us.  This was a promise from Jesus that He spoke about in the Gospel of John Chapter 16.

My Choices

The questions I ask myself is this, “Do I follow His teachings for my benefits or for His?”

Humility–See, Jesus also taught by bringing a little child to himself and telling those around Him, that if they desired to be great in the Kingdom of God then they must become as the child…..A picture of humility…waiting on the parent. (Matt. 18:4) Jesus was humble.  He followed God’s examples and only did what His Father did– (John 5:19).

Worship–All gods demand worship.  God himself accepts no other god and claims to be a jealous god.  “….for you shall not worship any other god, for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God”–(Exodus 34:14)  Jesus, the Master Teacher, claimed to be God.  He made a direct reference to being God by calling Himself  “I Am” (John 8:58) which was a declaration made by God in the Torah (The Jewish Law and record of history) Exodus 3:14.  Jesus was one with the Father and therefore was God.

A Path–Jesus also made a powerful declaration.  He said, “I am the way, the truth and the life.  No man (person) comes unto the Father, but by Me.”  (John 14:6)

You see, when I say I am a “believer”, this means I believe in the God of the Bible.  But, “my belief” is only part of who I am. See, there is a part about “God knowing me.”  When I was a teenager I knew about God but it was when I believed that God had sent Jesus to die to save me from my sin, that I received the gift of salvation and became a child of God.  Being known by God is far more important than knowing about God and through Jesus, this is the only way.

See, today, in church, my pastor was making reference to a passage where Jesus is speaking…Recorded in Matthew Chapter 7. He Declares, “21“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter. 22 “Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’ 23 “And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; DEPART FROM ME, YOU WHO PRACTICE LAWLESSNESS.’”

Lawnessness is those practices outside of God’s will and to be in God’s will one must be in relationship with Him through Jesus.

Soon after Adam and Eve were made, God, out of love, gave them a choice.  The wrong was chosen and today we (the rest of humanity) live with the effects of that cause.  However, in His great love, He has always made a way to regain the intimacy He wants with us.  At first, it required the death of animals in the form of a sacrifice.  The most common one used was the lamb.  Jesus was referred to as the Lamb both in the Hebrew writings of Isaiah the prophet in Chapter 53.  And in the New testament writings by Jesus’s cousin, John the Baptizer, says, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world.”  (John 1:29)  http://www.gotquestions.org/Jesus-Lamb-of-God.html

Jesus was the final sacrifice ever needed to satisfy the payment for sin.  As Jesus gives his final breath on the cross he yells, “Tetelestia.”   This has two meanings “it is finished and paid in full”  Jesus ended any work to have a relationship with God from then on out and the penalty was paid in full.  Belief and acceptance of this gift from God was all that was necessary to be in relationship with God.  Love started with God and by Him we can love.

Hope was planted as a seed…… as Jesus was buried and now it grows and flourishes because He came back to life afterwards. Paul, who is quoted in Hannel’s readings of Key 14 number 25 speaking of Faith being substance, speaks in 1 Corinthians 15, of Jesus “that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures.” There is and Herein is Hope!

The Bible says that Jesus sits at the right hand of God and make intercession for us.  God is truly on our side.

Jesus, the Master Teacher said, “For God so loved the world, that He gave his one and only son so that anyone who believes in Him (Jesus) will not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)  St. John said in I John 4:10, ” We love Him because He first Loved us. In the Gospel of Mark. Chapter 8:34-38 The Master Teacher is speaking about denying one’s self.  In verse 36 he says, “For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul?” (NASB)

The Choice

To have “choice” there must be more than one option.  To know the options one must hear about them.  As we have learned in this there is an effect for a cause.  Sin is the Cause and eternity apart from God is the Effect.  The Gift is the option—-a Cause you may accept and eternity with God is the Effect.   The Jesus, Master Teacher said this in John 14:1-3, “1. “Do not let your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me. 2. In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you. 3. If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also.

The Master Teacher wants us to be with Him for Eternity.

Is my thinking narrow?  Perhaps….. by the standards of many today…… but when I consider that the amount of time I have on this earth compared to an eternity with God, this is liken to a drop of water in the ocean.  How can I commit so much concern to whether I am getting ahead versus letting others know of God’s great love for people and His desire to have them be in relationship with Him?

My friends, I love you all and desire your best.  Thank you once again for letting me be a part of your lives.

A friend of God,

Daniel Fenton