"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)
What’s Your Problem?
I am beginning to understand that lacking faith as we face our challenges in life is indeed offensive to God. In Matthew 8:23-26 we see the disciples in a very difficult situation at night, in the open sea and facing a powerful storm. Can you identify yourself with situations like that in your own life? You would think that was a reason for anybody to at least be “Concern”, but look at how Jesus responded to this situation,
23 Now when He got into a boat, His disciples followed Him. 24 And suddenly a great tempest arose on the sea, so that the boat was covered with the waves. But He was asleep. 25 Then His disciples came to Him and awoke Him, saying, “Lord, save us! We are perishing!”
26 But He said to them, “Why are you fearful, O you of little faith?” Then He arose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm. NKJV
Emotions such as anxiety, frustration and depression are the product of hearts that do not see God as a God that can deliver, provide, produce, restore, create, give and save us out of whatever situation we are facing. These emotions, often times, flow out of seasons in our lives when we are not hanging around our Heavenly Daddy enough or perhaps we are not spending time with HIM at all.
When we do not spend time with God our faith is weak. The Bible tells us in Luke 1:37,
“For with God nothing will be impossible.” (NKJV)
What an amazing revelation is to know that the God we serve is able to do all things; absolutely nothing is impossible for Him. Not only that nothing is impossible to HIM, but also nothing is at all hard for God to do.
As Christians, faith is an issue that we can’t escape from. We are supposed to be Believers. We are supposed to be people that are known for their trust in God.
In Isaiah 53:1 the prophet asked the question, “Who has believed our report?…” Going to church is not enough, memorizing Scripture is not enough, ministering is not enough…if you do not have faith in God your religion is empty. The Bible tells us in Hebrews 11:6,
But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. (NKJV)
The same Bible that tells us that there is nothing impossible for God is now telling us that when we do not have faith, it is impossible for us to please HIM. The second part of this verse is equally powerful. As we go before the Lord, we must do so believing that He is able and will reward those that diligently seek Him.
What is your problem today? What are the challenges you are facing right now? What do you want? Are you willing to trust God to give you what you need? Can you take a “No” or a “Wait” from God and still keep your faith? Or are you going to baptize yourself in an ocean of frustration, unbelief, anxiety and depression?
Beloved, I encourage you to trust God; He knows best and His will for you is forever far greater than the job of your dreams, the house of your dreams, the husband, the wife, the career, the car of your dreams, etc.. Jeremiah 29:11 tells 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)
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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