“Now, Israel, hear the decrees and laws I am about to teach you. Follow them so that you may live and may go in and take possession of the land the LORD, the God of your ancestors, is giving you.” (Deuteronomy 4:1) (NIV)
No doubt that from the time we are babies we love the idea of taking over, of having things our way, of making it all about us and about the fulfillment of our own personal needs. As Christians, we are encouraged to focus on serving others, sacrificing for others and giving ourselves for the benefits of others. This is a strange language in today’s culture and way of thinking! However, in all the dynamic and complexity of Scripture, we must also understand that God is preparing us to; once again, move on this earth in a spirit of dominion just as it was in the Garden of Eden.
This is a very complex and controversial topic, but we must understand, for the sake of the emphasis of this small writing, that we will be missing out on much, as long as we refuse to listen to what God has to say. Many want the “taking over part,” but then close their ears to what God is saying. In this verse we are encouraged to listen to God and to specifically listen to God’s “decrees and laws.” This, my friends, is God’s Way of life! This verse then, takes us to a higher level because it encourages us to “follow them.” To follow something is “to pursue, to chase and to go after something.” In this case, it is to chase after God’s way of doing things.”
Our problem is that we chase after so many things in our selfish pursuit of dominion, that we always end-up, like the children of Israel, losing it all to our enemy. Chasing after God’s way of doing thing is precisely what will give us that abundant life that Jesus came to give. It is more than just accepting Jesus as our Savior, but also as our Lord. When we combine all these things together we position ourselves in the place of God’s blessing; the place where we will take possession of the land of our dreams. Everything starts with listening…will you listen to God?
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. On June 8th 2021 Angel started his home church, not as a starting point, but as a closer way to how the church is suppose to look like according to Scripture.
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