“Lord I pray that you would create in me a greater dependence on you.”
I find it crazy, especially in my own walk with Christ, that we forget about our need of God in our daily lives. We all know and understand that we need God for salvation but sometimes it is easy to forget our daily need of God. For example, the Israelites are known for the forgetfulness. All throughout the Old Testament God gives the Israelites to turn back to the Lord their God. In Hosea 13:4-6 the Lord says,
“But I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt. You shall acknowledge no God but me, no Savior except me. I cared for you in the desert, in the land of burning heat. When I fed them, they were satisfied; when they were satisfied, they became proud; then they forgot me.”
We love the Lord’s provision and protection in our lives. We understand that God is always with us. But for some reason we, like the Israelites, forget about our need for God. We forget who is really in control of our lives. In Romans 8 Paul says, “You, however, are controlled not by the sinful nature but by the Spirit.” As Christians, we need to know and understand we can do nothing outside the power of Christ. Apostle John says, “Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.” We can make our faith about what we can bring to the kingdom, when it’s really all about God has done and is doing through us.
This is the lesson that the Lord has put on my heart during my time here in Nicaragua. I noticed that the things I were doing was without the Lord’s guidance or power and all I could think of was how God used me last year in Nicaragua. Last year I had many speaking opportunities and I was freaking out. I did a lot of praying for what the Lord wanted me to say and for the boldness to speak. I believe that is what the Lord desires from us. To trust on His guidance and power.
I have had a great time in Nicaragua and have been truly blessed by this last leg of the trip. The church we stayed at is filled with some of the most selfless people I have ever met. They cooked us great food for all of our meals, they did our laundry, swept the floors multiple times a day for us, and much more. We came to encourage and bless this church, and they even more returned the favor. We also had the opportunities to go to homes around Somoto to pray for the sick families from the church, we were able to lead a few worship services, I had the privledge to speak for one of the services, we went to the poorer side of town and gave the kids snacks and played games with them and also were able to share the gospel with them. We did whatever the church needed us to do. This was a very dear time we had in Nicaragua and is truly something that every Christian should experience.