• Jorge Espinoza

Hello Reader,

It has been a while, since I last blogged. I appreciate anyone who takes the time to read this. I recently was inspired to preach a sermon on obedience, and fulfillment. This was inspired from some personal experiences my wife and I went through.

In my sermon I looked at Deuteronomy 28 from about verse 15 onward. I really focused on verses 64-67. In this chapter Moses, makes a call to obedience, but does not hide the consequence of disobedience.

Verses 64-67 keys in on something that is important we forget in disobedience. The word of God tells the reader, that disobedience, brings nothing good. One of the examples of this is when God's word tells us that the disobedience of his children will never bring rest. Never bring fulfillment.

There is something that connects the three disobedience, weariness, and destiny. God knows what we want, we know what God wants (God is not mute), will we obey ? We know the will of God is found in 2 peter 3:9 that none should perish. So to say we don't know what God wants doesn't work.

Christians are faced with many decisions, and its always good to consult with God what we should do, without Gods guidance we really are in the dark, and reacting on emotion, and self interest, rather than Gods interest.

Years ago my wife and I lived in Henderson, NV. The area we lived in was known for having scorpions roam around. At night my son and I would turn on a black light because black lights help spot scorpions (pretty cool). We then would make sure our yard was clean of scorpions. 2 Peter 3:9 could be considered a black light, something that shines in our dark decisions of the unknown. When we make decisions we should ask ourselves, is this taking me away from the Will of God for my life? Will I begin to perish with this decision? Will others perish? Am I perishing because of a past decision? Is my decision being made through the spirit of God or the spirit of self.

Often good Christians make bad choices, can I get an amen!!?? They might not cause us to walk away from God, but they certainly can make us wander off into idleness, and we can become ineffective. I will say people who have disobeyed God, are not wondering why they are in the place they are in. The spirit of God is true and living, and will show us our error, and disobedience.

I just want to encourage any individual who is at the point of disobedience, or past this, to consider a choice. Disobedience causes a world of trouble, but the beauty of Jesus Christ is he is always willing to forgive us and redirect us. This starts with repentance, asking Jesus to forgive us of our disobedience. God can help even the most disobedient (I would know). I encourage you before you make decisions, ask God "Is this your will?" Then ask yourself "Is this really Gods will for my life?" friend God will answer. When God answers its our chance to act in obedience.

Obedience brings blessing and purpose, always. Obedience puts us in the safest place on earth, that place is in God's will. We are safest right in the middle of this. I encourage you to consider what you have read. Ask yourself next time, is this Gods will in my life?

Until Next time God Bless.

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  • Jorge Espinoza

Hello Reader,

Today I want to write on the issue of compassion. I recently read an article in the news of a child who was neglected and abused. Everything inside me stirred with anger, and sadness, but deep inside there was compassion.

How did the child feel? How scarred and distressed was he? Its easier for someone to understand, when one has gone through it. I understood. There was a level of compassion in my heart, so much I had a dream of the child.

Everything in my heart longed to save the child in my dream, but only to be met with an obstacle. After awaking from my dream I told my wife I wish I could save all the children in the world from hurt and pain.

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This gave me a revelation. This is what the Lord Jesus Christ felt when he said in Matthew 9:36 :

"Seeing the people, He felt compassion for them, because they were distressed and dispirited like sheep without a shepherd."

The word of God tells us he saw humanity, for what it is without Christ, broken, sad, and only trying to find happiness. Sadly many of the methods humanity uses to fill the void in their heart only leads them down a life of emptiness.

Many will put an emphasis in career, or money to resolve life's issues, only to one day grow old with the same thing that drove them, hope for Joy.

Reality is that we are all broken people.

Honda is a great company (bias opinion). Honda will know their vehicles better than anyone else. They can troubleshoot a Honda better than anyone else. Same with men and women who have a creator, GOD.

No one knows the heart of man better than God. 1 kings 8:39. So the best thing to do is submit, and enter a relationship with Jesus Christ who can direct our lives, to a life of rejoicing.

Maybe that is you, and today can be the day. Simply repeat this prayer:

Lord Jesus come into my life, forgive me of my sins. I desperately need your help. I need joy in my heart. Change me lord and take away my hurt and pain. Write my name in the book of life. From this day forward I will do my best to live for you.

If you prayed that prayer and meant it, the bible tells us he who calls on the name of the lord shall be saved. Romans 10:13.

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  • Jorge Espinoza

Hello Reader,

Glad to launch our New Year in Christ. We are excited for bigger and greater this year. Bigger and Greater is something that many people look forward to in a new year. For many new year’s is a reset from the prior year. As much as I like to agree with the reset of the year, it is evident that the energy for change tends to burn itself out within weeks. One of the prime examples of this, are the local gyms. At the beginning of the year many will join gyms and begin to eat healthy. The hope is that this will be the year there is a change only to end in a rut two or three weeks after, quitting and eating a cheeseburger (personal experience). 

Recently in my ministry something that I have frequently encountered is the heart that is stuck spiritually. I like to call this a spiritual rut. An area where the Christian operates on cruise control with the weekly habits work, family, and church. This becomes like a song on repeat. Ruts cause a person to continue faithfully, but it also causes believers to operate on the do’s and don’ts. Furthermore causing spiritual fatigue. I am not saying standards and God’s commands aren’t important. What I am saying it is easy to begin to live a life of laws and regulations.

The word of God teaches us how both the laws of God and the Grace work together. In Romans 5 into 6 Paul is speaking of the Grace and Mercy that is forgiveness of sins through Christ. However, Paul attacks the question in chapter “6 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? 2 Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it?”.

Paul tackles the issue that we don’t sin because sin should be dead in our life, and therefore any law-abiding acts should be out of the love and gratitude towards Christ. All of this points to one thing, the spirit of God does the transformation, not our do's and don'ts.

Man cannot get himself, or herself out of a rut. It is often said in this world “try harder”. In kingdom of God that does not work. If it were so, the crucifixion is pointless. Now we do want to place ourselves in a position for revival. How do I place myself for revival in my life? It would be insane to think that just keeping everything the same will make a change. That is the definition for insanity.

Rather something must break and be new. In the bible there are two men who have similarities but have two different outcomes, Zacchaeus and the rich young ruler. The bible tells us both are encountered with the decision to make a change in their life. Both men are challenged to do something out of their scope, give money away (ouch). Zacchaeus changes his routine of hoarding money and gives away money, then Jesus goes and dines with him. The rich young ruler does the opposite, the bible tells us he doesn’t change anything in his life and remains a religious dead man whom Jesus loved, but would not spend too much time with.

Changing routine will be something that will kick start a revival in Christ. My prayer and encouragement are that we do not allow ruts to dominate our life. God bless you until next time. Here are some tools to break ruts:

  • Repent of any anger or resentment towards someone

  • Prayer begin to get loud and vocal with God daily

  • Serve, start a new ministry, make yourself available

  • Read, drop the smart phone (not making us any smarter)Evangelize go on a missionary trip or outreach

  • Change your routine

  • Get involved in your local Church

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