by Ryan Wolfenbarger MCTD #31
Every Tres Dias Weekend has a theme and this Weekend’s theme of FAITH hit very close to home when I was very far from it.
Recently I traveled halfway around the world to Kolkata, West Bengal India with Calcutta Mercy on a missions trip. Originally I went to help in the hospital, feeding lines, schools, and spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ through preaching – but what I wasn’t expecting was the way the people of Kolkata would bless me.
The Bengali people shined the light of Jesus, Fire of the Holy Spirit, and an unshakeable FAITH I had never seen. This is the Word brought back from Kolkata for you and me my fellow Pescadores! This entire weekend boils down to FAITH and this weekend more than the previous. FAITH is a hope and assurance in what we do not see.
So we have to ask ourselves, what do we see? We see our current circumstances as we look through our natural eyes. Maybe it’s sin, sickness, pain, struggles, trials, barriers, or even worse, being caught in a cycle of one or more of those things that we see in our lives. If these are the things we see, how are we to respond?
How we respond is where the rubber meets the road my friends. The words that cross our lips matter. Words matter! “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits.” (Prov. 18:21)
Do you ever think about the words and phrases that we say? Why do we say them? Who said them first?
See, we tend to repeat what we hear and accept it as fact, when in fact they can be a fallacy and even a farce. Take the phrase “History Repeats Itself” for instance. We say this all the time and even generally accept it as truth. Do you know who actually said this? A man named Thucydides, a Greek philosopher, first said it, but it was made famous by a man we all know well, Karl Marx.
Thucydides was described by his peers as “a cynic devoid of moral sensibility” and Karl Marx is the father of socialism and communism. Mr. Marx is also responsible for the death and mistreatment of hundreds of millions of people, yet we quote his words and ideas as though they are truth.
His words are not truth! God’s Holy Word is the truth and Jesus is that Word made flesh my friends! Our WORDS MATTER! Rev. 21:5 Speaks what God says, “Behold, I am making all things new.” The phrase “History repeats itself” and Rev. 21 don’t jive! When God speaks, His Holy Word is beyond contestation and his word says in Isaiah 43:18-19, “Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?”
God makes all things new my friends. Karl Marx and Thucydides are liars trapped in a cycle of sin that we have all been stuck in where we ALLOW history to repeat itself because we take our eyes off Jesus and the NEW work that God is doing, and wants to do!
God is doing a NEW work in Tres Dias #32! God is doing a NEW work in you! God is doing a NEW work in a NEW campground! God is doing a NEW work in NEW candidates! “Can you not perceive it,” he asks us. Through FAITH we are called to have confidence and hope in the unseen.
We perceive that God is doing a NEW work and even though our eyes have not yet seen it we have FAITH. He is bringing forth what we do not yet see in a NEW way! I exhort you brothers and sisters to have FAITH that God will show up this weekend and do a NEW work at Tres Dias #32!