Mortals make elaborate plans, but God has the last word.” Proverbs 16:1
Prophet Jeremiah used different words to communicate the same idea, “O Lord, I know that the way humans act is not under their control. Humans do not direct their steps as they walk.” (Jeremiah 10:23)
On July 8 we finally arrived to Costa Rica! But, “my” nice elaborate plans weren’t working as schedule. The morning schedule for departure, my blood pressure went way up! I was starting to question if it was wise to fly that day. I never before experienced such problem. But, by faith, we believed that God lead us so far in this trip; so we got aboard the plane. To be honest, it was not with some concern. We finally made it to San Jose; what a joy to be received by our youngest daughter Ruth and her wonderful friends from Torchbearers Bible School.
After relaxing a few days, because how I felt and because a Tropical storm taking place in the Caribe side of Costa Rica, it became obvious that I couldn’t keep my first engagement, it has to be postponed. I feel sorry for Pastor Jose and all the trouble he went to received us. Ginette had a sewing class booked and I was responsible to train Christian’s on how to do street evangelism and peach that Sunday.
The following Monday I was directed to a medical clinic called “Jerusalem Hospital”. Dr. Salgado took such a good care; he is a pleasant man, able to communicate in English. New medications were prescribed, and time to relax in the beautiful environment of Portantorchas. (http://www.portantorchas.org/english/index.htm)
What do you do when a project doesn’t go the way “you” had plane? Well a person could panic, or better, learn to trust God. In his book Show and Then Tell: Presenting the Gospel through Daily Encounters, Kent Humphreys said “God uses both planned and totally unplanned situations to bring people to Himself (serendipity). We just have to be sensitive to what God is doing and to what part He wants us to play in His plans.”
Tomorrow, Lord willing, I will share more about amazing encounters God allow me to experience in Costa Rica.
How does one learn to trust God?
When a little child takes a walk with his dad, his small hand willingly slips into the larger hand being offered. The little boy’s hand is soft and tiny, perfectly formed, and holds the promise of a robust and skilled man. Does the child worry about the obstacles to overcome along the way? No; in fact due to his short stature, the child is not even aware of the upcoming curb or the busy roadway beyond. But Dad, seeing all from his higher viewpoint, grips his son’s hand tighter and merely lifts him over the curb. The Christian life is like this child’s example.
Psalm 46:10 “Be still and know that I am God.” Coming to know and trust God happens the same way that we come to know another person deeply. Intimacy occurs when we spend extended time quietly conversing with another. As we sit and talk, we become comfortable and begin to describe what is really in our heart: our feelings, our desires, and the way we view things. And as we come closer together, we can almost predict what the other person is thinking before he says it. Similarly, when we love God wholly, making our heart’s focus Him alone, we become more and more willing to submit to Him for anything He plans. That willingness frees Him to bring people into our lives that He wants to love through us. God intensely wants this kind of relationship with each of us.
“For the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him” (2 Chronicles 16:9).
“God looks down from heaven on the sons of men to see if there are any who understand, any who seek God” (Psalm 53:2).
“You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart” (Jer 29:13).
This call to and promise of relationship was repeated by Jesus Christ:
“I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me” (John 10:14).
In his book “Experiencing God”, Henry Blackaby explained the process this way, “Don’t just do something, stand there.” “Stand there,” Blackaby wrote it is this quiet getting to know God, by prayer and His Word, that develops our relationship with Him, our trust of Him, and our usefulness for Him Continue reading →
Brigitte Marcelin, une très cher ami à nous, a écrit dans sa dernière lettre de nouvelles c’est quelques lignes. “À trente ans d’écart, une jeune femme suit les traces de ses parents. Jean et Ginette Gaucher partaient en 1984 pour servir au Bénin avec la SIM. En 2014, Anne Jisca leur fille, son mari Josiah et leur trois beaux enfants partent pour servir au Niger. Que c’est touchant de voir les parents aider aux derniers préparatifs et revivre à travers leur fille ce qu’ils ont vécu trente ans plus tôt ! Et c’est encourageant de voir cette famille qui a su transmettre cet héritage et cette vision missionnaire.” Un grand merci à Brigitte pour ses paroles fort encourageantes. Notre fille Anne Jisca ainsi que Josiah sont arrivé sain et sauf à leur destination jeudi le 3 Juillet 2014. Je dois avouer que sans la grâce de Dieu rien n’aurait été possible.
The blog Cafegospel.me was born in Costa Rica during the first missionary trip. On July 8, 204 the next phase will take place, with my wife (Ginette) and my youngest son (Brian) we will land in San Jose Int. Airport. My youngest daughter by the name of Ruth is already there learning Spanish.
God gave me a verse theme that is found in Luke 15:4 “Wouldn’t you leave the 99 to go and search for the lost one until you find it?” So, I invite you to follow us starting July 8, 2014. I was reminded this morning not to trust in my own strength. In 2 Co 3:5- 6 Paul wrote “Not that we are adequate in ourselves to consider anything as if it were coming from ourselves, but our adequacy is from God, who made us adequate to be servants of a new covenant not based on the letter but on the Spirit.” Another translation put it this way “It is not that we think we are qualified to do anything on our own. Our qualification comes from God.” NLT
An anonymous Christian said one day “When I was filled with the Spirit, I loved the Scriptures so much that if I could have gotten more of the Word of God inside of me by eating it, I would have eaten the Book. I literally would have taken and eaten it—leather and everything—if I could have gotten more of the Book inside my heart.”
Well, you don’t get it by eating it, but the Word of God is sweet to the Spirit-filled person because the Spirit wrote the Scriptures. The spirit of the world does not appreciate the Scriptures—it is the Spirit of God who gives appreciation of the Scriptures. One little flash of the Holy Spirit will give you more inward, divine illumination on the meaning of the text than all the commentators that ever commented.
It 1727 the Moravians who were quiet people, like you and me, but they waited and prepared their hearts, and one morning, suddenly, that which they called “a sense of the living nearness of the Savior, instantaneously bestowed,” came upon them.
Now, when the Holy Spirit is allowed to come with particular intimacy in a human soul, He never talks about Himself, but always about the Lord Jesus Christ.
Count Zinzendorf wrote that the small group of 75 German Christians arose and went out that building so happy and joyful that they did not know whether they were on earth or had gone on to heaven. The historian says that, as a result of that experience, within twenty short years those Spirit-filled Moravian Christians did more for world missions than the entire Church in all of its parts had done in 200 years. It made missionaries of them.
The New Testament speaks of the sense of “wonder” among the early Christians. The Church in our day seems to have lost this. I remember that Dr. R.R. Brown, of Omaha, once said to me, “God is so good to me that it frightens (amaze) me!”
 A. W. Tozer, The Counselor: Straight Talk About the Holy Spirit from a 20th Century Prophet (Camp Hill, PA: WingSpread, 1993), 149.
It’s never too late to share good news, is it? I hope not, because I have awesome news to share… From about two months ago!
In February, our boys started fighting a lot, Jedidiah started hurting other kids on purpose, and they just didn’t get along. As parents, that us very hard to see! We tried to remain consistent in our discipline, but saw no result.
After a few weeks, it finally dawned on us that there was spiritual warfare going on. God was fighting for their souls! Of course there was resistance! We prayed even harder, and requested prayer as well.
One evening, the boys and I got talking about Jesus, his death on the cross for our sin, and how we need to believe that He died and rose again for us, to spend eternity with Him in Heaven. I asked Jedidiah (3yrs old) if he wanted to…
Last Monday, as I was talking on the phone with a friend in Windsor it was snowing. I ask him what the temperature down his way was; I truly didn’t like the answer, a sunny and a beautiful 18C. I taught of giving up the North and move down South. Many things in life can provoke us to give up! Maybe it is unemployment, financial loss, infidelity in marriage, death of a loved one, etc.
Centuries before Jesus Christ, the nation of Israel was in a terrible shape, the future didn’t look too bright. Soon the nation would go into captivity (bankrupt), the enemy was exulting with Israel downfall. Yet, God was not done with his people. God is in the business of encouraging those who trust in Him. God did come to his prophet Micah to reassure him. If your world seems to collapse, remember that God want’s to come to you and reassure you. Micah was so uplift that he wrote these delightful words, “But me, I’m not giving up. I’m sticking around to see what God will do. I’m waiting for God to make things right. I’m counting on God to listen to me (Micah 7:7)”.
Do you feel depres? Do you feel like giving up, out of touch? Please, don’t give up! Remember, God is an expert to turn around desperate situations. Nothing is too hard for Him! Remember that discouragement is the Devil’s best tool. When I get this tool into a man’s heart, the way is open to plant anything there I may desire.”
Don’t give up! Obey Jesus telling you“Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.” (Mt 11: 28)