Get Up!

I know that as I write these words many of you are bound by the sins of your past. You repented; you are forgiven, but you have yet to forgive yourself. To make matters worse, in some of our own Christians denominations they have “X” you for life. Today the Lord wants me to tell you that as long as you have breath, it is not too late. The Lord wants me to tell you to start dreaming and allow yourself to hope again.


The mercy of God is not fully manifested in an un-repented heart; in that condition is impossible to experience joy and peace. However, the grace of God causes us to repent. It is repentance that releases the mercies of God; it is that mercy that gives us a new day, a renewed hope and a new opportunity to get things right with God. Repentance can’t be faked! Repentance is a phenomenon that happens straight in the center of our hearts. In return, God releases His compassion upon you according to Psalm 51:17 as He reminds Himself that a broken and contrite heart, He will never despise.

 

God is not going to bless our un-repented hearts; however, once we have indeed repented, even as we must follow some consequences as God expressed His love by disciplining us, before God we become totally innocent by the blood of Jesus as if we have never sinned. This is a concept that is totally misunderstood by the world and many times totally misunderstood by the church also. God is merciful, He can’t be mocked (Galatians 6:7) so don’t worry; no one will get away with murder as we say. But when God releases His mercy, it is our responsibility to flow and rejoice in that mercy given to our brothers and sisters. As a matter of fact, we are called to give mercy; it is a condition for our receiving mercy. Jesus told us in Matthew 5:7

 

“Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.”

 

Also, even as we have an individual responsibility as Christians to confront sin, we must do it according to and in the spirit of Galatians 6:1

 

Dear brothers and sisters, if another Christian is overcome by some sin, you who are godly should gently and humbly help that person back onto the right path. And be careful not to fall into the same temptation yourself.”

 

            I know that as I write these words many of you are bound by the sins of your past. You repented; you are forgiven, but you have yet to forgive yourself. To make matters worse, in some of our own Christians denominations they have “X” you for life. Today the Lord wants me to tell you that as long as you have breath, it is not too late. The Lord wants me to tell you to start dreaming and allow yourself to hope again. The Lord is saying at this hour:

 

Get up! Answer the call I have for your life; use your gift for my glory and for the service of my people for in Romans 11:29 I declared through my servant Paul: “For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance.”

 

Today I hear the Lord saying that He has not changed His mind about you; that you are not an accident…GET UP!

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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