CHRIST LIVES IN US!
"I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me" (Galatians 2:20).
These are exciting days! Did you see the Palau the Movie? If not, I highly recommend it! God is using it in a powerful way all over the United States and Latin America! In one of the scenes, Luis (played by well-known Argentine actor Gaston Pauls) is preaching on a street corner in Argentina. When they were done filming there, a man approached Gaston.
He thanked the “pastor” for sharing the message of salvation and told him that he had just accepted Jesus into his life! Gaston was surprised as he was only reciting his “lines” (which happened to include God’s Word). Gaston told the man he was only an actor, but that didn’t change the man’s decision for Jesus!
God’s Word does not return void! The Good News was proclaimed and received! In fact, through the movie and by playing the part of Luis, Gaston himself rededicated his life to Jesus.
It’s also exciting and a huge praise to see and know Luis is still going strong! He continues to encourage and inspire others as he shares the Good News. Luis was inspired himself (this story was shared in the movie too), when he was in a seminary class being taught by Major Ian Thomas.
Thomas was relaying the story of Moses and the burning bush (the presence of God); He shared “There is a bush that burns. I would like to be a bush like that, but I am just a heap of ashes.” Luis thought that was him, a heap of ashes. I bet Gaston may have thought that too, as I also sometimes think. How about you?
Ian Thomas, Luis, Gaston (and we) encounter God and His presence when He lives in us as we die to self and allow His power and hope to lead our lives. As we allow the Holy Spirit to live in us, like the fire in the bush. Thomas emphasized just how unremarkable a place God chose to inhabit. He said, “Any old bush will do, as long as God is in the bush.”
YAY!! How comforting, inspiring and empowering to know that we may just be any old bush, but God is in the bush . . . in us!
All we need to do is humbly be available, to be committed, and willing to be used by God. You may think that’s not easy to do, but that’s where prayer steps in! Each of us can pray to die to ourselves and our selfish ambitions and be used by God for His glory!
Continue to pray for Luis, Andrew, Kevin and the entire LPA team as God equips and uses them and their ministry for the salvation of many!
Used by our Lord in prayer,
“To them (the saints) God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory” (Colossians 1:27).
Please open and pray for the people and events represented:
Africa | Praise for Nairobi Prayer Summit / NGA Uganda festival in July | Report
Asia | Perseverance and the Lord’s timing for future travels | Report
North America | NGA “Festival Por La Vida” in Kentucky on May 18 | Report
Europe | Details for festival in Madrid in June | Report
Latin America | NGA LifeFest Pucallpa July 26-August 4 | Report
Caribbean | NGA Cuba festival on hold! Pray for favor | Report