Dont Worry….”Daddy” Will Take Care Of You!

by Anita Mondragon
 

“Light is sown for the righteous, gladness for the upright in heart.” -Psalm 97:11

Do you ever look at your children and wish you had the same stamina and resilience they have?  I remember a time, even in my twenties, I was strong and could stay awake for hours; now I find my husband gently shaking my arm at 9:45 p.m. and saying, “Neat… go to bed!  You’ve been sleeping for the last hour in this chair…go to bed!”

Wow!  I hate feeling old and despise being unable to do the things I used to do and took for granted at the time!

I look at my eight-year-old in amazement.  I put him to bed at 9:30, and many times he is still awake and talking at midnight.  Last Friday night, I let him watch a movie when he went to bed.  It was only to last for an hour or so.  I woke up at 4:20 a.m., and went in his room to check on him and turn things off only to find him sitting up in bed, playing with his toys!  AWWW!  To be young again!

Kids don’t stay sad for very long either…have you noticed that?  One minute, they are crying because they weren’t able to do something they had their heart set on, and a few minutes later, they have forgotten all about their anxiety and sadness and have moved on to a new adventure.

This is how we as Christians are to be.  When the trials of life seem to get us down, our crying and sadness should soon stop, for we KNOW that God will make a way…it’s time to move on to a new adventure.  But sometimes we get “old and crotchty”, we get bitter at the things life has dished out to us.  But I want you to remember this quote from Max Lucado: “Play hard, laugh hard, and leave the worries to your Father.”  That’s how we need to live!  Our Heavenly “Daddy” will take care of everything!



Your Gracious Gift

by Anita Mondragon
 

I went to the Promise Box this morning and found the following:

“Jesus said unto him, I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life; no man comes to the Father, but by Me.” -John 14:6

I began to ponder that verse in my mind-asking myself such questions as:

  1. Did Jesus know from the beginning, that He was going to have to die for us?
  2. Did He have anxiety over the thought of having to suffer?
  3. Did He see the picture of the Cross…the hill where three crosses stood…the soldiers casting lots for his clothes…his mother, and Mary Magdalene, weeping at the foot of his cross…all the legions of angels in heaven ready to fight, to rescue the Son of God…all of nature wailing the loss of their Creator?
  4. When He prayed, “Not my will…but Yours, Father” – did he hear some of the angels whispering amongst themselves, “Isn’t there another way for Him to accomplish Salvation?  …There has to be an easier way…”

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Find Out Your Real Destiny

by Anita Mondragon
 

Have you noticed all the commercials/advertisements  on TV, Radio, … all over the internet regarding Astrology, Your Future, Medium’s KNOWING what your future holds- and all willing to “guide” you…for a price?

I don’t know about you, but I am so fed up with these “Astrology Answers” sites-especially on Facebook, popping up every little bit!

They say things like, “The day you were born, is who you are.  Find out your real destiny.”

There were so many on my FB page yesterday, I, in frustration responded to one saying: Read more…



The Aproned Warrior

by Anita Mondragon
 

The most violent of battles that are ever fought…

Do you know who fights them and when?

In history books, you will find them not,

For they are fought by the mothers of men.

Not with tanks, guns or swords, like in wars of today;

But down on their knees, as they kneel to pray!

These battles don’t last for mere days or months,

But they turn into years.

And their weapons of war, are calloused knees, Read more…



Another David

by Anita Mondragon
 

Our Worship service at the Mission on Saturday was such a blessing!  Praying for folks with all kinds of requests.  I was amazed when I realized that none of them asked for prayer regarding their homeless estate.  They were praying for others-family members, friends, strength to witness…it was a real eye-opener to me.

We that are not homeless, usually ask prayer for our “miserable” situation such as a job change because we hate the one we have, a better place to live, a more reliable car ….and the list goes on.

These folks however, are homeless.  They have no job-but wish they did…ANY job; they live in the street, sleeping in door-ways, or beside dumpsters…or maybe a cardboard box; they have no car-reliable or otherwise…yet they were not asking prayer for themselves-only for others!

As happened last time we went, my little “Prayer Warrior” Joe, was standing next to me in the battle against Satan and his demons that seemed to overwhelm the room at times.  I prayed for the last person in line, and when I opened my eyes-Joe was already out in the crowd of people praying for those that didn’t have the courage to get in line and ask for it.

I saw him walk up to someone and presumably ask them if he could pray for them.  They shook their head no, so he patted them on the shoulder, and went on to the next row.  He was undaunted in his quest to pray for those in need.  The man who had been sitting next to the person that refused prayer, called Joe back to pray for him.  He was a big biker looking dude.  Joe grabbed both of his huge hands, knelt before him, and prayed.  I wish I knew what he said in his prayer, for when he was finished, he rose, shook the man’s hand, patted him on the shoulder, and went looking for another person to pray for.  As Joe walked away, I saw this rough-looking biker begin to wipe the tears from his eyes.  He was sobbing now, and could not control the tears as they ran down his face.  His countenance had changed.  My “little David” had struck at least one of the giants in this man’s life with his prayers!

We as adults need to have that kind of faith.  The kind of faith that believes NO ONE is beyond God’s grasp…that NO ONE is beyond redemption.

When we become adults, something happens to our innocence, our belief that ALL things are possible with God.  We begin to reason, and think logically, but forget that miracles still happen if we’ll only believe.  We forget that prayer changes things!  Jesus said, “The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” James 5:16    Are we righteous within ourselves?  NO!  We are righteous, or, in right standing with God because of what Jesus did for us on the cross of Calvary.  Because we are washed in the blood of Jesus, God hears our prayers and answers them for Jesus’ sake!

Let’s stop offering obligatory prayers to God.  Instead, let us call on Him, in faith, believing that He will answer our prayers!  Let’s put on the whole armor of God, and walk into the battle unafraid…undaunted by what we see; let’s look with the eyes of a child, and like the little shepherd boy of the Bible-little David…and like my little Joe,  let’s go slay some giants in people’s lives!



How To Receive The Master’s Touch

by Anita Mondragon
 

I drew this from my Promise Box this morning.  “Show me your ways, LORD, teach me your paths.  Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior,(You are the God of my salvation) and my hope is in you all day long.”  Psalm 25:4, 5 I know you all must be getting tired of my Promise Box revelations, and my Teddy stories… But, God reveals so much to me through these two things.  So…here I go again! Read more…



Are You Under A Curse?

by Mike Mondragon

Cain did not get himself in trouble, when he killed his brother, he was already in trouble.

There were signs previous to his deadly and murderous encounter with his brother, which showed Cain was not right with God, and he was not obedient to God. 

Short and to the point, are we right with God tonite? You see, regardless of what we believe, there is no such thing as a little sin or big sin. All sin is equal to God.

There are people sitting in prison tonite who are there because of the choices they made. And I don’t mean just physical prison. There are mental prisons, there are spiritual prisons. Some People are divorcing, they are losing homes and jobs and cars and relationships because of the dishonorable choices they make. There are those things which weigh us down so much, we can’t and don’t operate the way God wants us to. What is weighing us down tonight?

See Cain was operating under a curse he placed upon himself. He thought he was doing everything he was supposed to be doing. He was working and paying his tithes, he was doing everything he thought he was supposed to be doing to serve God, but you see the Father can see what is crouching at your door. 

You see if you claim Christ, the enemy is out to kill and destroy and steal from you. See when God says NO to something in your life, those things he wants you to stop doing, and you say no to God, because of disobedience, you curse yourself! Not only that but you may curse those nearest to you as well.

See Cain also brought offerings of first fruits to the Lord. He must have had some kind of spiritual life, he believed he knew God, and he brought his “tithes and offerings” , but you see Cain was putting on spiritual lipstick. He was using holy rouge and makeup, trying to please the Father. He was going through the motions. There are lots of christians these days, putting on spiritual makeup. Many of us believe we are doing God things. See, You can preach and teach and do visitation, sing in the choir and do other good works, there are a whole bunch of these works we can do to powder up our” religiosity “but are your spiritual activities all Cain like.? It’s entirely possible, because You do not have a faith filled love centered, relationship with God!

You know how many christians get mad at god, because he is not blessing their works. Some are Working 50 to 60 hours a week and not making ends meet. Mortgages are not being paid on time, struggling with finances and children and bosses and all sorts of drama. We go through this life, Experiencing baby mama drama and no good daddy problems. We have issues with family and moms and dads and teenagers, and all sorts of trouble and then we end up being angry with God! Telling God in our prayer time, how can he bless that other person, that doesn’t even go to church regularly, and not bless you. Come on you know it’s true. 

Extra extra…I hate to tell you this, but I have learned that God does not favor everyone.  The Bible says God looked with FAVOR upon Abel’s offering but not Cains. Both of them were doing God things, but You are not blessed because you do good things, or act like you are doing them in God,s name. In order for God’s favor to rest upon you, you must do those things BECAUSE you posses a displaced heart. Are you doing what God has told you to do? Favor is fair! See we want to blame God for our troubles. 

I really don’t know how to say this, but, Some of Gods people are favored and some are not. If you are a born  again Christian, you are going to heaven, yes, but we are not walking in the favor of God, receiving the blessings of paid bills, extra money for offerings, not having to compromise on our tithes, because of our heart condition. We don’t get favor from God just by just naming it and claiming it or singing a song about it. You get favor by doing God things with a changed heart. 

Hebrews says  in 11:4 BY FAITH Abel brought God a better offering than Cain. God doesn’t care what type of offering you bring, it’s the condition of your heart with faith AND obedience and love for and to God. Faith brings obedience and obedience brings favor! Favor is just evidence that you are pleasing God!

You must intentionally do things through faith to please God. You see I’m trying to impart some wisdom to you, that I had to learn the hard way! We get all religious and say, I’m saved and covered under the blood! And walking in God,s favor…..GOOD! GOOD! That’s a start. Come on God is a person, and expects more from us. He expects us to these things because we love HIM! Because of our relationship to Him. Because WE LOVE HIM!

If your heart is not set to please God, by doing what God expects from us, and do it in love, and faith to obedience FOR God, , we ain’t getting it right.

We cannot please God through religion, there has to be a love thing going on. Jesus said if you love me you will obey me.  It just going through the motions! 

Focus your attention on falling in love with God and your relationship will be the type of spiritual act God provides favor upon, does that make sense. You see it says if you don’t do it right sin is crouching at your door!, ready to snatch you up! Sin! The questions we should ask ourselves is:

Lord search me and know me. What’s crouching at my door what is the enemy trying to use to place the curse in my life. What’s going on in my heart? 

The definition of crouch states 1. Is to bend close to the ground like an animal preparing to spring or pounce 2 to crouch or cringe in fear. See sin will respond to your heart position. What will the enemy do when he rolls up on you? Before you let sin make you crouch or cringe in fear, get your heart right tonite. Sin desires to have you but you must rule over it! Salvation gives us the power to rule over sin and fear, we must get the devil crouching and cringing in fear! The enemy knows we have the power over him, but he roars LIKE a lion to get you in fear. He is not a lion. See Grace is the tool we use to defeat sin. We can fail, but we have the GRACE which gives us the POWER to rule over sin. When sin gets the best of us, we have the grace to get up and try again. God is not mad at you..It is Gods love for us. Jesus died to remove punishment for sin, but we must be the master over sin. We must die everyday to sin. Holiness and purity costs us something. Spiritual Blood sweat and tears, but it’s necessary to gain God’s favor!

Start by embracing the grace God has already provided for us. We are not under the law but under grace! Let’s give God our heart before our service, and the favor of God will follow us all the days of our lives! The only holiness and purity i possess in my life, is because I have fallen in love with God!

My challenge to you tonight is,  Are you willing to put in the work.? Are you ready for God’s favor, simply because you have fallen in love with Jesus, and are we ready to do the things he asks of us because we love Him? 

His favor will abide with us if we seek purity and holiness and to please Him in every area of our lives.

I encourage you tonite to ask him to show us what is crouching at our door. 

What sin has beset us. 

What is it that we either need to do, or stop  doing, in order to gain favor with God . How do we obtain his favor in our lives!

God wants to place in order, and give us favor in the things He has ordained for us. Oh Father, we come humbly in the name of Jesus and pray:

Search us Lord and show us the errors of our ways. Change our hearts  and draw us nearer to you, remove and rebuke the curses we have placed upon ourselves with our unbelief and faithlessness, cleanse us and renew a right spirit within us, and show us the way to your favor, We Thank you father for your unfailing grace And mercy, in Jesus name!

Amen!



No Room…No Time

by Anita Mondragon
 

“…For He says (God), I have heard you in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I comforted you; behold, NOW is the accepted time; behold, NOW is the day of salvation.”  –  II Corinthians 6:2

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There always seems to be room in life

For pleasures and parties and fun…

But still in life, Jesus has no part…

There is no room for the Son.

There’s always room for gossip, and lies,

And dreams of lust, and ambition…

But there’s never enough time to search the heart,

And notice its sad condition!

There is ALWAYS room for overtime,

For position and wealth mean much!

But, never a spare moment for prayer each day,

To ask for the Spirit’s sweet touch!

These things you’re acquiring, will all soon pass away…

And you’ll stand at eternity’s gate;

See…you may find time for Jesus then…

But He may say, “…it’s TOO LATE!”

No room…no time…in this busy world you pass through;

Someday, when you come to the end of it all,

You may find…there’s NO ROOM FOR YOU!



Messes and Forgiveness

by Anita Mondragon
 

You’ve all heard me talk about my new puppy, Teddy.  He is a real joy…well…most of the time that is!  But, sometimes, he frustrates me no end!  Take this past Sunday for example.  He is house-broken for the most part, but still has an accident once in a while.  On Sundays, we have to shut him up in a kennel cage, or the bathroom to contain him, and any messes he may make.  This past Sunday, we were gone an extra- long time because of a meeting we had to attend after the service. Read more…



Kill or Heal

by Anita Mondragon
 

“A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver.”  Proverbs 25:11

Timely words are works of art. -Unknown

Have you ever noticed the effect words have on folks? A hostage negotiator is trained to use certain phrases in quiet tones.  In most cases, this will calm the perpetrator, and resolve the conflict. Knowing the right time to speak words of love, encouragement, or rebuke, can be beneficial to both the one speaking, and the one listening.  But, the one speaking should consult God before saying anything. Read more…