"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)
Why Should I Stop Dreaming?
If after the great flood, God gave us the rainbow, why should I stop dreaming?
If after David’s adultery and murders he was still called by God a man after God’s own heart, why should I stop dreaming?
Solomon worshipped other God’s, however God still kept him as an anointed king, gave him more prosperity and wisdom than any other man in the history of humanity and allowed him to write books in the Bible. Why should I stop dreaming?
Did God give up on the stubborn nation of Israel Israel? Still today the Covenant of Abraham stands. Why should I stop dreaming?
The Samaritan woman was a failure in her relationships with men. She had more divorces than Elizabeth Taylor and was fornicating at the time of her encounter with Christ, but God still used her to evangelize a city. Why should I stop dreaming?
Peter denied Jesus three times, however he was used by God to release into existence the foundational revelation of the church. Why then, should I stop dreaming?
Should I keep going? A man in first Corinthians had sex with his father’s wife; it caused him to be kicked out of the church. However, by second Corinthians he repented. It was then that the same Apostle who ordered his dismissal from the Body ordered that this man be restored. Why should I stop dreaming?
Beloved, that is the key; no matter what you done, repentance is the key to your reconciliation. I am not talking about playing with God’s grace; I am not talking about doing the same thing over and over. I am talking about true repentance.
Now, I am aware that sin will always bring forth consequences and we must face them. However, we must understand that at the heart of the divine calling of all God’s people, is a relentless desire that flows from the heart of the Father, for reconciliation. First Corinthians 5:16 tells us,
16 Therefore, from now on, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we have known Christ according to the flesh, yet now we know Him thus no longer. (NKJV)
See, this is our problem exactly; we continue to see people according to their flesh and not according to the Spirit. That is the reason why after people experience a public fall, they are never restored, that is because people chose to see them in the flesh; their fall becomes their final assessment on that person’s character. Never mind that we have all fallen in our secret places; but because our falls have not become public we can still wear the mask of hypocrisy. In the name of avoiding stigmas we refuse to reconcile with some for the fear of what others will say. But isn’t the Bible our ultimate authority? In First Corinthians 5:18-19 the Apostle Paul continues by saying,
18 Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, 19 that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation. (NKJV)
You may say, the Apostle is talking about sinner, not about people whom are already Christians. Meaning, that in the view of many, once you are a Christian, you no longer qualify for reconciliation. However, all of the individual examples I gave you in the beginning of this article, with the exception for the Samaritan woman, are from Godly men who committed some awful sins. Galatians 6:1 gives us the closing zeal to the point of this article by saying,
Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted. (NKJV)
See, you have to be spiritual to even qualify for the ministry of reconciliation. Carnal, judgmental, Pharisee-like Christians are unable to restore anybody. You want more evidence of someone Holy Ghost Baptism; look at their God-giving power to reconcile others.
Beloved, it is time to get Biblical. Why should I stop dreaming for wanting a brother or a sister’s reconciliation and restoration in the Body? I will continue to dream no matter what denominational bylaws stipulate, no matter the stigmas, no matter if you are a Bishop, an Apostle, a Doctor or whatever title you want to give yourself. I will continue my biblical dream for reconciliation.
I want to finish with this; the reason I won’t stop dreaming is because others did not stop dreaming for me after my public fall. So, for you who, after repenting, are still being treated as second-class citizens in the very churches that speak about unconditional love, I want you to know that I will never stop dreaming for you.
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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