Even in the Terrorizing Presence of Death.

Is it possible to be perfect? Perhaps yes and perhaps no! Without God we can’t go any further. We all know that as we stand right now and if we are honest with ourselves, that we still have issues in our lives that need some more fixing. What we know, confirmed by this Scripture, is that we can go after God with all of our hearts and that our pursuit of God can, indeed, be perfect.


February 12, 2011

“The only exceptions are Caleb son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite and Joshua son of Nun, for they have wholeheartedly followed the LORD.” (Numbers 2:12) (NLT)

 

            No doubt that Joshua and Caleb were not perfect men; they were just like the rest of us; they needed to carry their own humanity day in and day out. However, these individuals had the honor of being the only two people out of the original group that came out of Egypt, that went on to enter the promise land.

            Not only did they enjoy this distinction, but also, the “Reina Valera;” perhaps the most popular Spanish Bible Version, actually stated that these two men were perfect in their pursuit of God. To go after something wholeheartedly means: “To go after something enthusiastically, entirely, unreservedly, unconditionally, etc. It is characterized by unreserved enthusiasm, passion, or commitment.”

            Is it possible to be perfect? Perhaps yes and perhaps no! Without God we can’t go any further. We all know that as we stand right now and if we are honest with ourselves, that we still have issues in our lives that need some more fixing. What we know, confirmed by this Scripture, is that we can go after God with all of our hearts and that our pursuit of God can, indeed, be perfect. I am talking about a hunger for Him, a hunger for His presence and a sincere desire to surrender more and more of us to God.

            You and I have our own promised land to conquer; the Lord already gave us the land; it is ours to take; we just have to fight for it. But the issue here is not to fight with our own strength; the issue is not in having more of God. We have all that we need in us from God and more. The issue is for us to be reckless in our trust to God and go after HIM with all of our hearts. Let God have more of us!

            For those that want to sound the trumpet of negativism and declare the impossibility of such commitment; Joshua and Caleb stands as statutes with mirrors on each side that reflects the condition of our own heart and our trust and loyalty in other gods. For those that are injected with faith that goes beyond circumstances, Joshua and Caleb stand as soldiers of encouragement. They stand as two men with a powerful inspirational message that casts out all fear, a message that cries out “Go forward!” a message that will never back-down, even in the terrorizing presence of death.

 

Author: angelcasiano

An independent thinker with a profound call to see the orthodoxy of the church and passion for Christ manifesting together. Angel was born in Brooklyn, New York in April of 1968, he was raised on the beautiful island of Puerto Rico where he earned his B.S. degree in Sociology with a minor in Education from the Inter American University in San Germán in 1991. That same year he moved to Jacksonville, Florida. After working construction jobs for a year and learning the English language, his first job working with foster-care children in the capacity of youth care worker was with Jacksonville Youth Sanctuary in September of 1992. With JYS he was promoted several times as group home supervisor, legal caseworker, and program director. While in Jacksonville, Angel studied a couple of martial arts styles. After earning his black belt, he became the founder of Good Fight Ministries as he used martial arts as an instrument to preach the gospel. In 2004 Angel was selected Martial Arts Instructor of the Year for the State of Florida and in 2005 Angel was inducted in the USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame where he also received the Christian Spirit Award. In July of 2005 Angel accepted his call to pastor a bilingual church in Winton, NC where he served for a couple of years. Five months later he lost his first wife to cancer in December of that same year. This initiated a deep valley of suffering in his life, a mountain of costly mistakes and the embracing of lifestyles of sin that are well documented through this blog. In August of 2012 Angel moved to Fairbanks Alaska with his wife Rayette Casiano and six children who are now adults. In Alaska, Angel continued his social work-related career and his ministry of preaching, teaching and writing. Angel is the author of two books, Hope for the divorcee: Forgiving and Moving Forward and 7 Banderas de Esperanza: La Bendición de Yokdzonot. In January 8th of 2020 Angel and his wife moved to Arizona.

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