I Don’t Celebrate Halloween Because

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Good evening everyone!

Tonight I have a topic on my heart that I want to get off my chest.

Everything that I have to say in this post is in love and I’m going to compare it against the truth of the Word of God.

Do everything in love (1 Corinthians 16:14).

I don’t understand why there are people who call themselves Christian that celebrate Halloween. Aren’t we the light of the world? Isn’t it common sense to say that if someone even sees lot’s of  Holloween decorations in stores that those decorations represent an example of evil, demons, and death? Why is Halloween taken so lightly, even in the church? There is a Devil and demons exist, and Jesus Christ died on the cross to redeem people from the forces of evil. Why can’t Christians take God more seriously? Can’t Christians see that there is no peace in celebrating Halloween? I’m not shunning nonbelievers, but I’m saying, come on Christians, open your eyes!

Maybe some people might think that I’m super religious, or that I don’t have a heart. That’s not the case. I love my neighbors very much and I’m just a simple girl who has a relationship with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I take God seriously and I’m not going to play around with evil, even if Halloween looks like a harmless day for others.

I just want to take a moment to briefly talk about the origins of Halloween. Then I’m going to talk about what the Bible says.

Halloween goes back 2,000 years to the Celtic tradition in Ireland, The United Kingdom, and Northern France when the Celts celebrated a festival called Samhain. Then Pope Gregory III made up All Saints Day on November 1. Both days eventually came together to combine Halloween. The Celts celebrated Sahmein on November 1 which marked their new year. This time marked the end of their summer and the beginning of their winter harvest. They believed that this time was associated with death and that the spirits crossed a blurred boundary between the living and the dead. On October 31 the Celts celebrated Samhain because they believed the ghosts of the dead returned to the earth. The druids, or Celtic priests, believed that the evil spirits caused trouble and damaged crops. They used crops to predict the future and they sacrificed crops and animals to the Celtic deities.

Jack-O-lanterns come from a fable that says there was a man called Jack who tricked the devil but that backfired on him because he was later turned away from the gates of heaven and hell. Jack used a lantern to guide his soul. As a result, the Celts believed that a Jack-O-Lantern would guide lots spirits back home as they wandered the streets. Jack-O-Lanterns were originally made from turnips, and the sinister carved faces were meant to scare evil spirits away.

The commonly known witches with a pointy hat and warted nose actually come from a pagan goddess called “the crone”. It was honored as a representation of Samhain. The crone is also known as “the old one” and the “Earth Mother”. It morphs into a menacing cackling witch, which is supposed to symbolize wisdom, change, and the changing seasons.

I also want to mention that Halloween is a night when crime rates rise and more drunk drivers are on the road (Leonard, 2015).

The examples I mentioned above are commonly seen in Halloween decorations. The historical examples of sacrificing to pagan gods, the use of jack-o-lanterns, and the existence of witches are just a few of those “decorations” that inspire a fire within me to talk about what the Bible warns us about.

Take a look at some of these scriptures:

My heart’s desire is to see more Christians walking in the light as the bible calls us to do. That is God’s heart for his children. The Bible says,

Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things God’s wrath comes on those who are disobedient. Therefore do not be partners with them.  For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light  (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) and find out what pleases the Lord. Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them. It is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret. But everything exposed by the light becomes visible—and everything that is illuminated becomes a light. 14 This is why it is said:

“Wake up, sleeper,
    rise from the dead,
    and Christ will shine on you.”

Ephesians 5:6-14

Here is further scripture about walking in light:

I heartfeltly warn Christians about practicing Halloween.

The Bible clearly speaks in Hebrews 10:26-31 saying,

If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left, but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God. Anyone who rejected the law of Moses died without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. How much more severely do you think someone deserves to be punished who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, who has treated as an unholy thing the blood of the covenant that sanctified them, and who has insulted the Spirit of grace? For we know him who said, “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” and again, “The Lord will judge his people.” It is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

Let’s not take the blood of Jesus for granted.

Colossians 2:13 is my favorite verse:

When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, having canceled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; he has taken it away, nailing it to the cross. And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.

I don’t celebrate Halloween because I want to be faithful to the Lord. I wouldn’t for a moment take a day to be unfaithful to my future hubby. I wouldn’t much less take one day out of my relationship with Jesus Christ to spend it with the Devil. Celebrating Halloween would invite evil spirits into my life, it would give way to evil strongholds in my life (2 Corinthians 10:3-6), it would become a negative influence for those around me, and it would harm my spiritual state.

I love my friends and family but I will not participate in Halloween, nor will I go outside that night. Jesus loves you. I love you.

I want to make a correction to this blog post, December 29, 2017, 1:24 p.m. I think I owe my readers the truth when I confess that I went out to youth service that night. A friend from the youth group wanted to visit another friend of ours who went on a two-week hiatus. I care about the both of them and wanted to make sure that she was well. So, we visited her home, and she was well. After we left our friend’s house, we stopped at the store because my ride wanted to buy some nail polish. By that time, youth service was only about an hour away, and I decided to go with her. After youth service, we went to the worship leader’s house, then I came home safe and sound. In no way did I celebrate Halloween. Due to the time, I felt convicted to go to service because I love to hear the Word. I wasn’t happy with everything that I saw in the church that night, but it was another experience that I learned in my personal relationship with Jesus. So, that’s what I really did on the 31st.

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The life of a Christian is a life filled with love for servitude

I’ve taken some time off from this blog to spend time with the Lord. I didn’t want to write anything for some time because it’s his blog and I want what I write to be special to you.

In that time I’ve learned a lot of about the gospel, and how lovely it is to remember God’s grace each and every day. The core of this post is about love, and what it means to live in God’s love.

You can take your time reading this post, to learn the scriptures given. I find it good to meditate on the Word and let the Holy Spirit help me grow in the Word as I learn these scriptures by heart.

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Photo by Jussara Romão on Unslpash.

Our love comes from the source, God the Father! We as Christians have the good news of the gospel to live by and share with others. John 3:16.

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

I chewed on this for a while and realized that God meets us half way. He loves us. So he gave us his Son. If we believe that, we will not perish, but have eternal life. It’s that easy! Just believe.

Another scripture is 1 John 4:9-10.

This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.

Remember, we are saved by grace, not by works. That is by faith. (Ephesians 2:8-9)

I also learned and began to store this in my heart: Christ’s righteousness is my righteousness. (Romans 3:21-24, Philippians 3:8-9)

It doesn’t matter what I do, or how much I do to win God’s love because I can’t. The only way I have wholeness and satisfaction in my heart is by believing that what Jesus did on the cross and rising the third day, is enough for me in God’s eyes. I’m his child.

When I mess up, I ask God for forgiveness.

The bible says “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9 (emphasis added).

But it’s important to know that we must repent, that means to stop doing the sins that we were doing before; to live a life holy to God. Keep your eyes on Jesus! (Hebrews 12:1-3)

In light of God’s forgiveness, I also love to remember this scripture: Blessed is the one whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered. Psalm 32:1.

Jesus loves you! Remember that every day. God is good, and his Word is good.

In the time that I spent with the Lord, I learned and meditated on this Word about his characteristics. The bible has many scriptures about what God is like. But I find that Jonah 4:2 describes how good God is!

He prayed to the Lord, “Isn’t this what I said, Lord, when I was still at home? That is what I tried to forestall by fleeing to Tarshish. I knew that you are a gracious and compassionate God, slow to anger and abounding in love, a God who relents from sending calamity (emphasis added).

Other characteristics about God include that he is love, and a consuming fire (we are to revere him). God is holy. He is full of lovingkindness, and tender mercies. He is stern, he is just, and he is good. God has no favorites. He will never turn anyone away who comes to him through Jesus Christ. We can approach him with confidence! (1 John 4:7, Hebrews 12:28-29, Hebrews 12:14, Psalm 36:7, Luke 1:76-79, Romans 11:22, 2 Thessalonians 1:6, 1 John 1:8-10, Psalm 119:68, Romans 2:11, John 6:37, Hebrews 4:16)

God’s love endures forever! (Psalm 136)

Another thing that I learned about God’s love includes two foundational godly principals. I learned these from the church I started attending.

The two foundational principals are to love God, and love people.

The pastor used Deuteronomy 5:32-6:1-9. The context of this scripture teaches about the commands God gave to the Israelites as they went to inherit the promised land. It has great principals about teaching the believer to love God with all their heart, all their soul, and all their strength, then to teach their children these things, so that they will teach the generations after them to fear the Lord.

This scripture immediately reminded me of the conversation that the expert of the law had with Jesus in Luke 10:27-37. To love God with all one’s heart, soul, strength, and mind. And to love one’s neighbor as their self. At the end of that conversation, Jesus told the expert of the law to have mercy on his neighbor. If you read the parable you will see what I’m talking about.

Jesus had mercy on us, and it pleases God for us to have mercy on each other. (Hosea 6:6)

I hold fast to this because it really is foundational. Jesus taught in John 15 that he loved us as the Father loved him. Then he commands us to remain in his love (emphasis added).

How?

His command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.

Colossians 3:12-14 explains it to us this way:

Therefore as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity (emphasis added).

Forgiveness is key (Matthew 6:14-15).

 

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Photo by Roman Kraft on Unsplash.

Learning about loving God and others, was also reinforced into my heart by a video that I saw from Christine D’Clario, she is a well-known bilingual worshipper. She said, that if we live by loving God with all our heart, all our soul, all our strength and all our mind, and loving our neighbor as ourself, then we will remain in God’s love and be able to persevere. We will find it easier to do what pleases God because we will want to!

That leads me to the next point about God’s love and it’s something else that the pastor at my church talked about.

He stated that we all want to belong to someone, but we, as children of God, belong to God!

1 Peter 2:9 says, But you are God’s chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light (emphasis added).

As I’m in my waiting season for the future that God has for me and the special man that I’m going to marry, I realize that this is true. My guy is far away in another country, studying to get his diploma and I just graduated from college. I have plans to continue studying but as we are long distance, I realized that what the pastor said is so true. We all want to belong to someone, but we belong to the Jesus. I remember that God will never leave me nor forsake me, and that nothing can separate me from the love of God. (Deuteronomy 31:6, Joshua 1:9, Hebrews 13:5, Romans 8:31-38)

In light of loving others, the bible tells us how to treat our family.

For instance, husbands have a role as how to treat their wives (Ephesians 5:25-33, Colossians 3:19, 1 Peter 3:7),

wives have a role as how to treat their husbands (Ephesians 5:22-24, 33b, Colossians 3:18, Titus 2:3-5, 1 Peter 3:1-6).

Parents have a role as how to treat their children (Ephesians 6:4, Colossians 3:21), and children should learn from their parents how to treat them according to the Word (Ephesians 6:1-3, Colossians 3:20).

1 Timothy 5:1-3 tells every believer how to treat older men, younger men, older women, and younger women. I advise you to memorize these scriptures and store them in your heart. They’re good!

The bible also says to be wise in how you act towards outsiders. (Colossians 4:5-6) That’s especially important because people who don’t believe in the gospel yet look at how a Christian lives their lives!

During this mother’s day, I went to church and heard the Word about Timothy’s grandmother Lois and his mother Eunice. They had sincere faith and passed that on to Timothy.

During the week, before that service, I told the Lord that I didn’t have that type of motherly example, and after the service, I repeated it the Lord. I said to him, “I don’t have a mother or grandmother who could have left behind a legacy of faith in my heart, but you Jesus, your Word is my example.”

So I left that day with that promise in my heart. That I will be that type of woman with a sincere faith who serves the Lord to teach my family about God’s love. You can too!

However, I am thankful to God for giving me a dad who raised me in the Word of God. His example is present and it has driven me closer to the Lord!

If you identify with my position as someone raised by a single parent, and you don’t have someone as a motherly figure, or father figure to be your example, you can be the first one in your family to start with the Lord Jesus Christ! (1 Corinthians 11:1)

So I’ve learned that it’s not my job to tell my friend, or dad, or brother how to treat me. It’s my job to obey the Word of God and let God take care of the rest. I will do my part and love my neighbor as myself.

There are just a few more scriptures I would like to share with you. They are 1 Corinthians 13. The characteristics of love and Romans 13:8-10:

I love to remember the characteristics of love and putting Jesus at the center of them, because he is love! It’s the right perspective to keep and see how God pours his love into my heart as I serve Him, so that I can serve others.

The other verse is found in Romans 13:8-10:

Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for whoever loves others has fulfilled the law. The commandments, “You shall not commit adultery,” You shall not murder,” You shall not steal,” You shall not covet,” and whatever other command there may be, are summed up in this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Love does no harm to a neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law (emphasis added).

Oh, and it is also good to remember what Jesus said in Matthew 5:17,

“Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.”

I cannot stress enough, to keep Jesus at the center of this. He came to fulfill the law, and we learn from his example to teach others.

Finally, after I read Ephesians 5 and 6, I realized how to bible commands in how to treat others then it tells us to be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power, because we are fighting a spiritual warfare.

Finally, Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.

I know you know there’s more, please take the time to read the rest of the scripture.(Ephesians 6:10-19)

Use the Word of God to take pull down strongholds, and take thoughts captive that shouldn’t be there. (2 Corinthians 10:3-6)

Remember, the Word of God is alive and active! (Hebrews 4:12) Use it to fight your daily battles. We already have the victory through God’s grace! Our victory is in Christ because of his triumph at the cross. (Colossians 2:13-15, 1 Corinthians 15:57, 1 John 4:4, 1 John 5:4, 1 Corinthians 1:18)

 

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Photo by Aaron Burden on Unsplash.

So dear friends, I just wanted to share with you what I’ve learned in the Word about God’s love. Remember God’s grace, love him, and others. The good news of the gospel is that Jesus loves us and that we who believe are children of God, filled with the Holy Spirit. If we believe the good news of the gospel (John 3:16) and take that faith with us every day, the Holy Spirit pours love into our hearts by the Word of God, so we are able to love others and serve the Lord keeping eternity in mind. You have the mind of Christ. (1 Corinthians 2:13)

 

Walking to the Beat of God’s Heart

 

It’s 2 AM and I’m laying up in bed.

 

it’s dark and all I hear is the ceiling fan whirring up above me,

along with the thoughts in my head, narrating my heart b-b-b-b-beat.

My hands crossed upon my breast,

I feel my heart b-b-b-beating against the walls of my chest

and do you know what that means?

It means that I’m still living.

It means that I’m still breathing,

and that I have a purpose.

It means that my life has meaning.

Have you ever thought about what self-esteem and dignity mean?

It means that you respect yourself, value your self.

It means that you admire who you are

as a human being.

In the past few weeks I realized that I don’t have to do

anything that I don’t want to. I’m not tied to anyone’s

opinion of who I ought to be.

Because my identity is in the cross. In whom Jesus says I am.

I ought to be loving and kind, yes.

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Photo by Gaelle Marcel on Unsplash.

 

Considerate and loving my neighbor,

but not at the expense of my self-worth.

Who likes feeling rejected or ignored?

We all want to be accepted

but

the truth is,

that the truth is a hard pill for many to swallow.

I ought to be like Jesus, who spoke the truth

in the face of his opponents who breathed out murder against him.

Jesus esteemed the opinion of his Father in heaven

and God was pleased with him,

even if

Jesus had to stand alone.

As long as I’m speaking and living the truth for the glory of His Son,

My Father in heaven looks down on me and says,

“that’s my girl!”

One thing to remember is, is that the world didn’t die for me.

My dignity and self-worth is found at the cross.

Not in any other thing or human being.

I am a fighter,

a warrior,

a survivor

a soldier

a victor.

I’ve made it through lonely days, and lonely nights. I’ve survived moments without “friends”, because we’ve all parted our separate ways. I’ve pushed past suicidal thoughts, and won the victory over depression. But every time I feel myself slipping back, God works me like a muscle:

He brings me to my limits

and breaks me down again

so that I can recover

and be made stronger.

I have to keep moving, keep walking past

the circumstances that tell me God has forgotten.

I have to keep trusting, praying and surrendering to God

because He will prove that what He said will come to pass.

As long as my heart is b-beating, and I have breath in my lungs

God has a plan for my living, something that I could never plan on my own.

I’m a warrior in Christ and I’m never going to give up.

My Portion of Grace

Hello friends! I know it’s been a while since my last post, and I would like to apologize for that. To be honest with you, the past couple of weeks have been of great growth in my personal relationship with Christ: spiritually, mentally, emotionally, and as well personally with my family.

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Photo by Jeremy Gallman on Unsplash.

I can tell you that since my deliverance from depression– all thanks to Jesus Christ! I have a lot more clarity, joy, and ability to reason and see the reality of things with a new perspective through faith (2 Corinthians 5:7). This new perspective is greater than my own. It is God’s perspective. I’ve realized that life doesn’t revolve around me, but rather, my life is one of servitude to God and others around me. My life is a testament to the wonders of what God has done, will do, and is most importantly doing right now in my life; here today, at this very moment. To keep this perspective I must forget about what is passed and what not yet is, but keep my eyes fixed on Jesus.

 

Ever since my family returned from Costa Rica last July, we have fought an uphill battle. Recalling what God spoke to us in the mountains of that beautiful land, He gave each of us (my dad, brother and myself) confirmations in regard to prophetic promises that have been already spoken over our lives. These promises are directed towards our ministries and personal lives a like, all for the glory of Jesus Christ. After we returned back to the flat lands of Florida, here in the valley was where our faith was put to the test. With little to no breaks, the enemy has been bashing us from left to right. Two days after returning from Costa Rica, we were run out of our apartment with other tenants who were victims of an arson fire, due to the envies of criminal activity in our neighborhood. We with the seven other families, were homeless for two weeks, but God provided everything we needed. Then the time came that we moved into our new apartment; renovated and at the same price for the other one that was lost in the fire. Keeping our home unfurnished, we’ve stuck to the essentials as we wait for our time to go. In the meantime, our neighborhood continued to get worse before it got better, but the Lord heard our prayers and there are huge changes happening in this complex for the better. The ghetto will no longer be the ghetto. Thank you Jesus!

While these changes have been occurring, Jesus has also been making changes within me. He has been enlightening the dark chambers of my heart and affirming my faith in Him to the certainty of His promises everyday. His consistency and grace has relieved me from the fears that plagued my heart. The fears that told me that God wouldn’t do what He promised.

Around two weeks ago, I searched the scriptures of my bible to better understand what the apostle Paul meant when he quoted the Lord our God who said, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness. (2 Corinthians 12:9)” I’ve heard this verse repeated so many times before, but left without explanation. It was only for me to know that God’s grace is enough. This quote from the bible made me feel like a child who asks, “but why mommy?” and mommy’s only reply is a short, “because I said so.”

It probably might even come as a shock to you that in the intimacy of my prayers, I cried out to God and told Him that He wasn’t enough. I desperately wanted Him to be enough, but in my desperation, He wasn’t. In love, my Heavenly Father knew what to do with that prayer, and He showed me that He is indeed everything that I need.

So the next day after that prayer I went to the back of my bible to the concordance. I looked up the words “portion” and “grace”. I wrote down every scripture that cited those two words and thanks to God, my understanding was greatly opened!

I’ll add the scriptures to the bottom of this post if you desire to search the bible for yourself on these topics, but what I learned is this:

Psalm 16:5-6 says O Lord, You are the portion of my inheritance and my cup; You maintain my lot. The lines have fallen to me in pleasant places; Yes, I have a good inheritance.

Jesus himself is my portion. A small sentence, yet full of so much meaning for the believer. The bible says in John 10:10 that Jesus came to give us life in abundance. This abundant life is given to us due to the blood sacrifice He made for us on the cross, because Jesus was wounded for our transgressions, and crushed for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him (see Isaiah 53). Jesus died so that we could be a part of his inheritance as children of God; no longer slaves to sin or to our own weaknesses but through Jesus’ sufferings, we are able to enjoy the daily provision of life that God gives to those who believe in faith.

The bible says in Acts 17:26-28 From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands. God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any one of us. ‘For in him we live and move and have our being.’

So because of the cross, I am able to live a full life of joy in the presence of God (Psalm 16:11). The inheritance and the lot that God gives me today is not necessarily material riches, but they are my daily needs (Matthew 6:9). God has assigned to each of us the place on earth where we are to live and the appointed time we are to remain in that place, because there is a purpose. There is purpose in which I am to remain in Florida for the time being, because this is where God has placed me and my family to draw closer to Him. For today in this moment, this is my portion from God. Though we live in the ghetto, we have never been harmed, without food, clothing, or the means to pay the bills. We have health, education, and we have each other. We have all of this because of God’s grace. Not because we deserve it, but because of his mercies that extend to us here and now, regardless of His promises for our future, He loves us and gives us everything we need today. We have this fullness when we realize that Jesus gives us this grace when we make an exchange of our lives for His at the feet of the cross.

Grace doesn’t end there. Our inheritance and portion of eternal life is found in the resurrection of Jesus Christ. When Jesus died he was given authority to take up his life again because he had no sin (John 10:17-18, 2 Corinthians 5:21). He humbled himself in such a way– to save the life of sinners and to give us freedom– that God exalted him and sat him at His right hand (Philippians 2:5-11; Mark 10:45; Mark 16:9). Jesus is the first example of what our glorified bodies will be like when we pass away from this world and resurrect in Him (1 Corinthians 15:20, 40-44). Jesus is the resurrection and the life; whoever believes in Him will live even if he dies (John 11:25). Those who think of such things purify themselves as they fix their eyes on Jesus Christ (1 John 3:1-3). Doing this we honor God’s command that says, “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth … but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. “For where your treasre is, there your heart will be also.

How gracious is the God that I serve! How much more can I entrust Him with my life when He gave us His only Son to die in our place? If He’s able to care for my eternal inheritance through Jesus Christ, how much more is He able to guard the inheritances of His promises to me and my family?

 For when God made a promise to Abraham, because He could swear by no one greater, He swore by Himself,  saying, “Surely blessing I will bless you, and multiplying I will multiply you.” And so, after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise. For men indeed swear by the greater, and an oath for confirmation is for them an end of all dispute. Thus God, determining to show more abundantly to the heirs of promise the immutability of His counsel, confirmed it by an oath,  that by two immutable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we might have strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold of the hope set before us. This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which enters the Presence behind the veil, where the forerunner has entered for us, even Jesus, having become High Priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek (Hebrews 6:13-20).

I thank God for his love and his faithfulness because the whole year in which has passed I have been at unease in having to return to Costa Rica to face the promises that are for me, but not being able to claim them yet. God’s timing is perfect and purposeful. In two days we’ll return to the place where our hearts are most delighted on earth, but we have our hope in God. He knows how to get us there. His ways are greater, and there is much to learn along the way.

Please pray for my family that we may have safe travels and be empowered by the Holy Spirit to share the gospel of Jesus Christ with boldness, to those who need to hear the word of God from us while we’re in Costa Rica.

I hope to keep up with my blog while we’re there! I know that I’ll have lots more to share. I hope that you may also be able to rest in the portion of grace that God has given to you today. Lets together keep our eyes fixed on Jesus Christ (Hebrews 12:1-2)! ❤

“Portion”: Psalm 16:5, 73:26, 119:57; Isaiah 53:12, 61:7; Jeremiah 10:16; Lamentations 3:24; Matthew 24:51; Luke 12:42, 15:12.

“Grace”: Genesis 6:8; Psalm 45:2, 84:11; Zechariah 12:10; Luke 2:40; John 1:17; Acts 4:33; Romans 5:17, 11:6; 2 Corinthians 12:9, 13:14, 8:9; Galatians 5:4; Ephesians 1:7, 2:8, 4:7, 6:24; Hebrews 12:28; James 4:6; 2 Peter 3:18.

Disclaimer: I am not a scholar or a theologian. I’m just a repentant sinner who has a personal relationship with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

From Korn to Jesus

Wow.. this testimony is so genuine! It doesn’t matter where you come from or what you’ve done, the love and grace of God isn’t exempt from anyone! Come to Him as you are and Jesus will transform your life. 🙂

“Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.” (Revelation 3:20)

Dear Pen Pal

Dear Pen Pal,

This has been on my heart for a while and I just need to pour it out. I hope you don’t mind. 🙂 I just wanted to say that I thank God for you every day! I know it might sound kind of crazy to say this since we’ve only been exchanging thoughts for a short while but you have been a great blessing in my life! I don’t know you personally but one day God willing, I would be so delighted to meet you. Maybe one day we can sit down together, face to face with a cup of coffee in hand to share the untold stories that e-letters can’t fully express.

This has been on my heart for a while and I just need to pour it out. I hope you don’t mind. 🙂 I just wanted to say that I thank God for you every day! I know it might sound kind of crazy to say this since we’ve only been exchanging thoughts for a short while but you have been a great blessing in my life! I don’t know you personally but one day God willing, I would be so delighted to meet you. Maybe one day we can sit down together, face to face with a cup of coffee in hand to share the untold stories that e-letters can’t fully express.

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Photo by Joanna Kosinska on Unsplash.

I’m so blessed by your letters though, because the Lord knows that I’ve always wanted a pen pal! However, His timing has purpose and He crossed our paths at just the right time! It really does amaze me how you are on the other side of the world and I smile to myself as I think about our many differences. For instance: your ‘Good morning’ is the same time I lie down to sleep, you speak Nepali while I speak Spanish, and I’m Americanized while you’re accustomed to the culture of a third world country. Then I think to myself that our differences are insignificant by the way our existences are aligned for the same purpose! We are both walking down the same narrow path to eternity and your Counselor is the same One who counsels me on this journey! Like, how awesome is it that the same Holy Spirit that dwells in you lives in me too!? It’s even more awesome because even though I never even met you before we’re part of a huge family of brothers and sisters around the world! Our family speaks so many different languages and comes from many nations all around the world but we all have one thing in common: we all profess the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord and our only Savior! To top it all off He knows each of us, I N D I V I D U A L L Y. I’m not sure if I am explaining myself well, but this simple truth just blows my mind!!! 😀

I’m also astonished by the way the “Living word” comes to life for you and your family as is does for mine. The testimony of how your father came to know Jesus Christ is one that I revisit frequently. I’m filled with awe by the way God saved your dad from his deathbed and along the way unveiled the eyes of a Hindu man who never even knew who Jesus was or is; the uncanny way the Lord answered all of his questions by quenching his curiosity was how God made himself real to your dad! That just goes to show that your dad’s God is the same one who delivered my dad as well! My dad came from a wealthy family, he had it all but lost everything. In his youth he made a pact with the devil but when the time came, he was literally snatched from the hand of Satan himself! Jesus completely saved the life of my dad who was a suicidal drug addict. Even though he did come from a catholic home he didn’t know the true redeeming Christ! I never knew my dad as the man that he used to be, but many of our relatives can attest to his past destructive lifestyle. Now he lives with no side effects from the cocaine or other drugs that poisoned his body, and I’m honored to say that my dad is a man who zealously preaches the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ; the same Jesus that your dad preaches too!

Isn’t it hard to not get excited about the amazing things that God does for us? Even though we don’t deserve it! His grace is so wonderful! I know you understand what I mean, because as I read your letters I see the passion behind your words and for that I greatly admire your faith; the source of your strength! Though you are young, only a few years younger than me, you stand firm for the truth of the gospel. The lifestyle your family takes on as missionaries is no easy task! Especially in a country where millions of blind, deaf and mute idols are worshiped as true gods. I can’t even begin to imagine the opposition you must feel as the minorities in a Hindu population. As Christians we know what the bible says in concern to God’s jealousy, about receiving worship and glory as the One True Living God and He does not share His glory well with anyone! As his children, we know that our Father is slow to anger and abounding in love, but in the midst of His judgement and wrath, our God remains faithful; He shows mercy to those who call Him Lord and He saved your lives in the midst of that devastating earthquake! I can only imagine what it would have been like to experience the back-and-forth swaying of the building your church was in- and on the third floor! While everyone outside was fearfully running for their lives, the church on the inside continued to worship the One True Living God, the refuge of His people in times of trouble. I can only imagine the presence of God in that place as all of you sang “Almighty Father”, pouring out your hearts in prayer to the God of Life for help! I can only imagine the angels God sent to protect not only that building from collapsing, but He also protected your whole town! You have no idea how this testimony impacted me on the other side of the world! This testimony helped to seal my faith further under the knowledge of God that He is the same today as He was in bible times.

With that being said, I do pray for your country of Nepal. I pray for your loved ones that every single life may be safe and sound. I pray for those who are still alive in the midst of all the chaos as the people of your country try to heal themselves, but that their eyes may be opened to the truth of Jesus Christ. Only God can heal their land and restore their country the same way God did with his Jewish people. The Lord handed them over to the sins of their idol worshiping but in love He gathered them together and restored their land by teaching them the Truth, and that only He is the giver and sustainer of life. I pray for the safety of your family and that the Holy Spirit continuously fill you all with grace and courage, enabling you all to rescue the lost souls of Nepal in Jesus’ name.

My dear little sister in Christ, I have so much more inspiration on my heart in regard to you. I hope to learn more about you and your story and to be blessed by your experiences– even half way across the world. I hope that you may be blessed richly in your relationship with Jesus Christ, and I pray that I may be of encouragement to you in anyway that I can! I just want to remind you that you are special and that though you are small you have a life changing purpose in God’s plans! I don’t think I would be able to take up the burden the Lord laid upon your life and your family, but know that God has entrusted your family with much and that is reason to rejoice! This letter can’t even begin to cover the amount of admiration I have for you and all that God is doing in your life! I love you so much pen pal, and whenever you may feel down or discouraged, just remember that Jesus loves you soooo much more!

Yours truly,

La Rosa de Saron