Need Help in Overcoming FEAR?

As I sit here today planning and WORRY about my returning to Guatemala on Christmas Day. The fear of the future started grabbing at my heart. I turned to prayer and God gave me this from the “God Calling” book.  I do believe Jesus spoke to these ladies. This book has ministered to me for years in this same manner. It never fails, when I am faced with something overwhelming, I turn to the Bible and this book and I  always find my answer. May this devotional encourage you today!

Perfect Love

Our Lord, give us that Perfect Love of Thee that casts out all fear.

Never let yourselves fear anybody or anything. No fear of My failing you. No fear that your faith will fail you. No fear of poverty or loneliness. No fear of not knowing the way. No fear of others. No fear of their misunderstanding.

But, My children, this absolute casting out of fear is the result of a Perfect Love, a perfect Love of Me and My Father. Speak to Me about everything. Listen to Me at all times. Feel My tender nearness, substituting at once some thought of Me for the fear.

The powers of evil watch you as a besieging force would watch a guarded city — the object being always to find some weak spot, attack that, and so gain an entrance. So evil lurks around you, and seeks to surprise you in some fear.

The fear may have been but a small one, but it affords evil a weak spot of attack and entrance, and then in some rushing despondency, doubt of Me, and so many other sins. Pray, My beloved children, for that Perfect Love of Me that indeed casts out all fear.- Jesus

What Am I Worth To God? What Is My Value?

Here is an analogy I once learned:

Take a brand new 100 dollar bill. Crumple it in your hand, then throw it on the floor and walk all over it, next look down and spit on it and spill a drink on it. I want you to treat the 100 dollar bill as bad as you can without destroying it. Now pick it up, wipe it off and then go to the store and ask the clerk how much that hundred dollar bill is worth? It is worth a 100 dollars, nothing has changed it.

Now take a Christian. Crush him, throw him on the ground and then walk all over him. Next, you can spit on him and denigrate him. As a Christian, he also can fall, come up short and never make the so-called mark. How much is he worth? He is worth the same as he was when Christ died for him, nothing has changed.

Remember, no matter what happens to you as a Christian, you are always the righteous of God, you have been saved and declared righteous by the King of Kings and nothing can ever change that. No matter how much you mess up in this world, just like the hundred dollars, your worth never changes in the eyes of the Savior. He died for you.

What if I never excepted Jesus?

If you never gave your life to Jesus or you have tried to live a religious life and trying to earn your way to heaven.

So if you are not sure: Ask this question: Am I going to heaven when I die? If you say: “I do not know” or “yes,I believe I am a good person!” BOTH answer will disqualify you!

Only Jesus paid for your sins at Calvary. You owed a sin debt to God, in which you could never pay. So in order for God to make you sinless and righteous, He became man (Jesus) and died for you. Your debt is paid, so all you need to do is to except Jesus gift to you. You just need to give your life to Him and ask:

“Father, I know that I have broken your laws and my sins have separated me from you. I am truly sorry, and now I want to turn away from my past sinful life toward you. Please forgive me, and help me avoid sinning again. I believe that your son, Jesus Christ died for my sins, was resurrected from the dead, is alive, and hears my prayer. I invite Jesus to become the Lord of my life, to rule and reign in my heart from this day forward. Please send your Holy Spirit to help me obey You, and to do Your will for the rest of my life. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.”

Written by Dennis Stauffer

Edited by Gary Green

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Our First Guatemala Christmas

After I finished my schooling in Calvary’s Timothy Program, I stayed in Guatemala according to the leading that God was giving me.

Soon I began working with Maria Perez, my interpreter. It was soon after this I found five families living on a missionary project, who were not being feed or having supplies for their basic needs. Even though these women worked 6 days a week, 12 hours or more a day they had not been payed for three months. We soon began supplying food for these ladies and the children.

As months went by, we developed a strong friendship with these ladies and their children. We started doing outings and bible studies. Sunday we would hold church services at their project and the ladies would cook lunch for Maria and I.

Christmas was fast approaching and one Sunday in children class, I forgot where I was and asked the children to make a list for what they wanted for Christmas. The children had no problem making the list but I soon found out, it made the mothers very awkward.  When I asked Maria why, she told me that in Guatemala the very poor do not celebrate Christmas.

I felt embarrassed for only a minute or so. After I looked over the childrens’ list I exclaimed to Maria ” lets have a Christmas party and we will, like Santa Clause fill this list for the children!” After saying that, the ladies said “where is our paper for our list!” So all the women made their Santa wish list to.

Soon after that, Maria and I began searching how much it would cost to fill every list. I found out it would be no problem financially doing it. So for the next two weeks Maria traveled all over San Benito buying everything those kids wanted. We even found a Christmas tree and decorated it after our Sunday church service.

On Christmas Eve all the families joined me for Christmas dinner, we served chicken and all the trimmings. The Christmas tree was lit and the festivities began. You should have seen their faces after dinner when they went in and seen all the presents under the tree.

One lady, Carmen, wanted a queen size bed so her family would not sleep on the floor. Fatima wanted new baby clothes and a stroller for her new born baby, Joshua. We bought new dresses for all the ladies and every girl received a new doll and of course every boy had on their list a bicycle.

I think the only thing on their list that we did not get was a trip to the USA, which Fatima wrote. Before we open the gifts the women and children had a present for me. They made me leave, so they could prepare. They had no money to buy me a present, but instead they lit candles and sang a Guatemalan song which is dedicated normally to sing on Fathers Day to their fathers.

I was completely move. We finished the evening at midnight with a Guatemalan tradition. They light sparklers and every one in Guatemala shoots off fireworks at the midnight hour. I soon found out that for everyone there, it was the first time they ever received a gift and celebrated Christmas.