In Exodus 33:1-3 we see that God was getting ready to follow up and follow through with His promise of giving Israel the land He promised, yet restraining His manifested presence. The Lord says in these verses:
“Then the Lord said to Moses, “Depart and go up from here, you and the people whom you have brought out of the land of Egypt, to the land of which I swore to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, saying, ‘To your descendants I will give it.’ And I will send My Angel before you, and I will drive out the Canaanite and the Amorite and the Hittite and the Perizzite and the Hivite and the Jebusite. Go up to a land flowing with milk and honey; for I will not go up in your midst, lest I consume you on the way, for you are a stiff-necked people.” (NKJV)
The word ‘stiff-necked” is synonym for “proud.” Pride is what is getting in the way of God’s glory; for He says in James that He “resists the proud.”
It took the humility of one man to bring forth God’s glory. Humility is key if we want Revival! Thank God for Moses. It is because of Moses intervention and intersession for the children of Israel that Israel is able to enjoy the benefits of God’s glory.
As we see our story unfolding we can say without fear of error that every time the children of Israel humble themselves before God they experience God’s glory, every time they allow pride to take over their hearts they experience God’s judgment. Humility brings forth revival; pride kills it! The Bible tells us in 2 Chronicles 7:14
“…if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” (NKJV)
The healing of the land is revival! But it takes God’s people to bring revival. We must humble ourselves before the Lord, we must go after God in worship and pursue loving Him above all things; we must repent from our wicked ways and stop justifying our lack of sanctified lives.
We must make up our minds to be holy and live our lives as such. Then and only then can God hear our prayers, forgive us and pour out His glory. It is time for us as God’s people to do our part.
We need men at this hour to stand and cry out for the condition of their own hearts, for their families, for their communities, their cities, their nations and for God’s glory to fill the whole earth. One willing heart is all it takes! Could that be you? Could that be me?
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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