"But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:" 1 Peter 3:15 (KJV)
Good Thing That God Gave This to Me Today
If you constantly fight discouragement, that is the enemy’s way of telling you to stop serving the Lord. If you constantly fight depression, that is the enemy’s way of telling you that there is no hope and that whatever you are doing for the Lord is worthless. If you constantly fight guilt, that is the enemy’s way of telling you that your sins have not been forgiven. If you constantly fight personal disappointments and extreme dissatisfaction, that is the enemy’s way of telling you that you are disqualified, that you will never be good enough, and that you are just one more hypocrite walking on this earth. Oh, believe me I know! For there are times when I feel like quitting. There are times when hiding until my ends comes is appealing. Have you ever felt this way before? Do you know what I am talking about? So what do we do?
Without walking with the Lord we are without a compass in the enormous ocean of life. The reality is that without Jesus Christ’s blood we stand forever guilty indeed. However, all changes when we call Jesus our Savior and our Lord. The Bible tells us in Philippians 4:13
“I can do all things through Christ[a] who strengthens me.” NKJV
This does not mean that you can jump out of a building and start flying or buy that thing you can’t afford. Let’s not use this verse as a ticket for irresponsibility. As I said before, there is a thin line between faith and stupidity. But what this verse is telling us is that we can do everything that God has called us to do. Jeremiah 29:11 establishes that God has a beautiful plan for all of us:
“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.” NKJV
God wants us to be emotionally at peace; He does not want us feeling discouraged, depressed, filled with guilt, or seeing ourselves as losers. God wants to give us a future and a real sense of hope that what He has called us to do, in HIM, we are able to do. The Apostle Paul told us in 2 Timothy 4:7
“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” NKJV
Finishing the race is possible! Yesterday I went for a long walk at around eight in the morning. What a beautiful morning it was, near the City of Atlanta, Georgia! I took the time to speak with the Lord. What an amazing God we serve indeed! Our daily struggle is to grow in our intimacy with HIM. The distractions and busyness of life constantly serve as great obstacles in that process of growth. How much I need the Lord today! We really need HIM every day, but the pollution of life takes away the sensibility to realize the magnitude of our true need for HIM. What is the secret? How can I continue this pursue of loving HIM above all things? Boy, it feels so good when we find ourselves reading the Word and talking to the Father in our secret places! There is absolutely nothing that can come close to the wonderful feeling of hanging around Jesus. Our souls are created to be totally satisfied by God. No matter what we do or what we have, without that closeness and fellowship with the Holy Ghost we will eventually run right into the wall of depression, dissatisfaction and regret. Good thing that God gave this to me today!
“32 For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” Matthew 6:32-34 (NKV)
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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