"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)
The Face of the True Abundant Life
If you are good and passionate at what you want to do with your life, if you add to your passion hard work and if you have a vision, you will be successful; even if you don’t acknowledge God. The devil will be there to assist you, use you and destroy you. Remember the story of Babel in Chapter eleven of Genesis? In verse 6 God made a profound statement,
“… now nothing that they propose to do will be withheld from them.” (NKJV)
You must understand that these folks were completely outside of the will of God. As a matter fact, the root of every false religion can be found in the Tower of Babel story. Nevertheless, God needed to personally stop them because they were going to be successful in their ungodly purpose.
How many unbelievers do you know who are successful? They have the best house, great cars and everything money can buy. So what do we need God for, outside of salvation? The Bible tells us in John 10:10,
“The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” (NKJV)
How then can that abundant life looks like? There is something the world cannot give you like the Lord can; it is something the human heart longs for: peace.
“and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” (NKJV)
How many people have you seen or how many stories have you personally witnessed, where even though the “successful” have it all, they destroy themselves? That is because they do not have the peace of God. The peace of God is what guards our hearts (Emotions) and minds (Thought process, decision making, etc.)
God’s ways are not our ways. His ways require that you give your life for others. It is not about you; a desire to make a name for yourself is un-Godly. We must serve. We must be people that are aggressive and intentional about making the fist commandment a reality in our hearts. We must bring down the idols of our lives. When we do, just like the children of Israel, we will experience great prosperity. When we don’t, we will end up taken captive and being slaves of this world system.
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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