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Today’s Truth

So we are Christ’s ambassadors; God is making his appeal through us. We speak for Christ when we plead, ‘Come back to God!’

2 Corinthians 5:20

Friend To Friend
My husband Brad went on a missions trip to Guatemala several years ago. What he saw and experienced changed his life and increased his faith in a dramatic way because he was an eyewitness to the healing power of God. On that trip he prayed harder, believed more, and expected more from God each passing day—and God used their medical missions team as a conduit for miracles.

Do you ever doubt that God wants to move in and through your life?

Do you want to experience more of God’s strength and power in your average, ordinary days?

If so, then lean in, girlfriend, because what I’m about to share with you is a key to increasing the power of God in your life!

Hector, the founder of that Guatemalan ministry that Brad teamed up with on the missions trip, visited North Carolina, and my family and I went to hear him speak. When I heard him testify of the provision and power of God, my heart was stirred and my faith was boosted. But what moved me most was the story of the lesson he learned about his call after God led him to be a medical missionary.

Before he began the medical ministry that he devotes his life to now, Hector’s main goal in life was to make lots of money. Back then he didn’t even apologize for it. He was a Christian and figured that God could use his money to help others.

What happened to change the course of his life? Back in the late eighties, Hector and his wife joined a medical team on a trip to a mountain village. The team was blown away by what God did through them while they were there. On the four-hour drive back to the city, they worshipped and sang praises to God. As he worshipped and drove, Hector heard the Lord speak to his soul. This is what I’ve made you for: to medically treat my people, to pray for their healing, and to share the hope of Jesus with the hopeless and the lost.

Hector felt so overwhelmed that he pulled the truck over and told the team of his call from God to be a missionary doctor. They prayed over him, whooped it up in celebration, and then continued down the mountain with an even greater sense of purpose and excitement. Hector thought that God had called him to be a missionary because of his skills as a doctor. Later, he would think otherwise.

A few years into his work, while visiting a remote village, a woman with a large mass on her side came into their makeshift clinic. Her terrible pain was curbed only by her excitement that the medical team had come to help her. One glance at her tumor and Hector had a strong suspicion that it was malignant. Upon examining her further, Hector was convinced that she was terminal. He became very frustrated with God, to the extent that he didn’t even want to share the gospel with her because he couldn’t do anything to help her physically.

Hector sent up a few prayers of frustration, but felt God nudging him to share the gospel with this woman. So he reluctantly shared the good news of Jesus with her; and, to Hector’s surprise, she wanted to place her faith in Jesus Christ! And as they sat on the floor of that makeshift med-center, this sweet woman trusted Jesus as her Savior. When they finished praying, the woman had a radiant smile and tears in her eyes. He hugged her and she began to cry.

“What happened?” Hector asked. “Why are you crying?”

“As we were praying,” she said, “I felt a warmth that started on my head and spread to the tips of my toes.” As she said this, she realized something had changed, and she screamed with delight, “My mass is gone! My pain is gone!”

Hector had her lie back down on his examining table. The tumor that had been there just minutes ago was gone. God had intervened. She was healed, both spiritually and physically!

In the amazing celebration that followed, God spoke clearly to Hector’s heart. God told him that He had all the power needed for the work He had called Hector to, and it had nothing to do with his medical training. God impressed on his heart that He didn’t need Hector’s skills or his knowledge, He had all of that covered. He just wanted him to go in His name.

You and I have that same opportunity every day. We have a chance to be a witness of God’s healing love to a world of wounded hearts. Did God need my husband and the other volunteers to heal Guatemalan villagers, treat their physical wounds, and share the hope of Jesus with them? No. Did God move in the lives of the villagers because of their willingness to go in His name? You bet!

One of my favorite sayings is, “God doesn’t call the equipped, He equips the called.” If you are His, then you are called. Not because of who you are or what you can do, but because God can and will do His work through you. {Tweet this!}

Did God tell Jonah to go to Nineveh because Jonah was a great leader with amazing vision? No! Jonah proved to be quite wimpy. When Jonah finally made it to Nineveh, did God bring a great wave of repentance and restoration because of Jonah’s rhetorical gifts? No! God stirred the hearts and changed the lives of hundreds of Ninevites because Jonah finally had the courage to speak God’s words.

God wants to do something similar through you. He wants you to stop fighting Him on this and be willing to speak for Him so others can know the same healing and hope that you know. He wants to bring beauty up from the ashes of brokenness all around you.

Let’s Pray
Heavenly Father, I’m so humbled that You would call me to anything. You have all the power needed for every job, yet you ask me to join you. Thank you, Lord. Please make my heart willing to say yes to everything you want me to do.

In Jesus’ Name,
Amen.

Now It’s Your Turn
Do you have a willing heart? What is God calling you to do for Him? Spend a few moments in prayer and ask God to guide you and strengthen you for the task.

Read 2 Corinthians 5:11-21.

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3 Responses to “Are You Willing?”

  1. Sandra Padilla says:

    I am asking to please pray for me. I am feeling very insecure about myself. Please pray that the Lord will open door to find a job I can do and do it well I don’t have a college education I am a hard worker and give it my all when I do work but I feel like everything out there is for people with a higher education
    I feel so worthless and guilty at the same time for having these feelings especially because I am a child of God. I can’t stop crying. Please I can have the faith to believe that all will be well that God is on my side

    • Donna says:

      Praying for you Sandra. You are not alone. Don’t buy the evil ones lies! God is refining us and it’s a process that takes time and doesn’t come to full fruition til we reach Glory land. Remember you are loved unconditionally by our heavenly Father.

  2. Ro says:

    Hello Sandra,

    I was just getting ready to go to bed and though I would come and visit “the girlfriends,” first. I came across your post and I want you to know that you are so LOVED! I just started praying for you. I used to be a single mom in a very tough spot. I didn’t have much money and wasn’t sure how I was going to make ends meet. My car broke down and I had to walk miles and miles with my son on my back (ruined my back for a few years). But I was a hard worker! I also have a lot of learning disabilities (my mother was a heavy drinker and smoker when she was pregnant with me years ago before they knew how bad that could be for babies).

    I wasn’t making much money to feed my son and myself. Yet, God kept providing me with just enough to get by…and people who helped me along the way (i.e. a friend of a friend needed someone to stay in their home who was trustworthy, because he didn’t want to rent it out to others. I paid $500 a month in 3 bedroom house in CA that was worth $2,000 a month). This was God’s doing. I was so grateful that I painted the house for my landlord so he wouldn’t have to pay painters. I kept it clean and nice for him.

    Anyway — I realized I was not able to make much money. I prayed for God’s purpose for me. One thing led to another over a series of events and I decided to go back to school. I took out loans and worked part-time while attending medical school in Traditional Chinese medicine (me…in MEDICAL SCHOOL…the gal with dyslexia and learning disabilities). After MANY years of study and long hours and internships, I am now a doctor healing others.

    It took determination and the will to follow God’s plan for me. I also am now married to a WONDERFUL man who took my son in as his own. ALL OF IT was God, Sandra. There were MANY nights that I cried myself to sleep wondering how I was going to feed my son. God never, ever left us hungry. I will pray for a job for you but even MORE SO, that you will see God’s hand in it.

    Much love and many blessings to you, dear one. You are loved. You are the daughter of the Most High.

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