June 15, 2014
Submitted by: Kim
Just days away from my third adventurous mission trip to Mexico. I can hardly stand it at this point. I feel such excitement in my heart knowing God is going to unleash His power on our team. I have to say I love seeing the transformation of those around me and of me.
Recently, Mark Hogan presented a devotion to our group as we prepare for what is to come. Mark’s devotion had everything to do with having our lights shine before men and shining them as brightly as we can until we are no longer burning and it is time to go home with the Lord.
Well, it is no coincidence that a few nights prior to Mark’s devotion the group had prayed for the wife of one of the pastors who will be meeting us in Mexico. She has an undiagnosed lung disease and the outcome is unknown. As we prayed for her, I immediately was given a vision of a candle burning. No coincidence again that I had just finished a study on how a candle, when it is burning, consumes itself. I started to think about this young woman and the vision God gave me of her, how she was that burning candle. She is going to be blessed by being the light of our Lord in a very special situation, and many will come to a better knowledge of Him because of the light that her life will bring.
My life has been very much like that candle, especially since this mission trip started to get underway. Countless issues kept coming into my life. Some, I am sure, were attacks from a very real enemy that hates believers. Others – God’s ultimate plan and direction in my life. And others, well, just the ugly in people who don’t know our Savior and Lord.
I realized that God is truly in charge of all of this. God’s desire, above all things, is to have us burn for Him. God wants us to be consumed by Him, not fearfully but hopefully, to be that light for all to see. I know that burning for Him means losing more of myself as the flame burns off what is not necessary to have for His kingdom.
Pray for us that we will allow ourselves to be consumed by His love and His life!
Here we come Mexico!!!
Love to all,
Salt and Light
Matthew 5:13-15: “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.”