Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. First Thessalonians 5:23 (ESV)
As we continue with First Thessalonians 5:23 definition of key words, the spirit is the part of us that gives us life; that is, the breath of life that comes from God according to Genesis 2:7. Because of the breath of life we became a living soul. The spirit is the part of us that is born again (John 3). From the spirit we express our deepest expression of love: our worship according to John 4:24. The spirit is the part of us that is willing and able to do God’s will according to Matthew 26:40-43.
A spirit that is not in submission to God is a spirit filled with idolatry and a spirit who allows the soul to take dominion. Ever wonder why so many messages are focus on us and not on God. This is a list of the book titles of one of the best seller authors in this nation, Pastor Joel Osteen: I Declare: 31 Promises to Speak Over Your Life, Your Best Life Now: For Moms, The Power of I Am, Become a Better You, Think Better, Live Better, It is Your Time.
Many of these preachers are mere motivational speakers who cater to the soul, but not the spirit. They address financial prosperity, but not the prosperity of the soul. They address happiness, but never joy. They address a better us, without addressing the sin in us. And they talk about growth while ignoring maturity in Christ.
To be continue…
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. On June 8th 2021 Angel started his home church, not as a starting point, but as a closer way to how the church is suppose to look like according to Scripture.
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