Monthly Archives: October 2015

Seeking God

I felt the refreshment of the Holy Spirit splash across my face like the salty air of the ocean as I entered the main conference room. The wafting smells of an exquisitely prepared dinner delighted my senses. The energy among the women was palpable. I was experiencing my fourth She Speaks Conference sponsored by Proverbs 31 Ministries.

At each place setting was a Bible verse typed out on parchment paper and rolled up like a scroll. I couldn’t wait to uncurl mine and read the Scripture, which God in His providence had chosen for me, and the ministry He has called me to. I confess I was taken aback as I opened and read:

“…know the God of your father, and serve Him with a loyal heart and with a willing mind; for the Lord searches all hearts and understands all the intent of the thoughts. If you seek Him, He will be found by you; but if you forsake Him, He will cast you off forever.” (1 Chronicles 28:9)

Had I sat down in the wrong seat? I suddenly had an urge to trade mine for the unopened one beside me. 🙂
I thought to myself, “Lord, you know I have been a Christian in leadership for over 25 years, do I need a warning that if I ‘forsake’ you I will be ‘cast off forever’?” Then I remembered the words of the apostle Peter: “Even though all may fall away because of You, I will never fall away.” (Matthew 26:33) Peter denied the Lord three times shortly after that. The Holy Spirit gently reminded me of the struggles I had recently had, temptations on every side to return to the sins of my youth. As one who is born again by the Spirit of the Living God can I possibly sin so badly that I will be “cast off forever”? (Nope!) When Christ died on the cross for the sins of His people He did not merely make my salvation possible, he secured it. Not by works of righteousness which I have done, rather because of His amazing grace. However, am I above slipping in my faith and causing others to stumble? (Nope!) I knew it was time to humble my heart and heed the exhortations written before me.

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We “know” God by studying what His Word says about Him and by communing with Him in prayer. We are to serve Him with a “loyal” heart, not a heart that is lusting after the idols of this world. A “willing mind” means we engage with His Spirit, and do not serve for selfish gain. He knows our motives, as all is laid bare before His sight.

What about you? Are you surrendering your life and ministry to Him? Are you serving Him will a loyal heart and a willing mind?

Give your dreams to Him with a heart that is truly seeking His glory above all. In doing this your plans will not be cast off or forsaken, rather He will establish them. In the above verse, David was speaking to his son Solomon, who indeed stumbled later in his life. We must fix our focus on David’s “greater son” (Jesus) who came in the fullness of time, one greater than Solomon, who was faithful to the end. He graciously gives us the will and ability to serve Him as He desires, because He obeyed the Father perfectly and saved us to the uttermost. After all, it’s all about Him!

Latest on the Lutzes: Guest post by Alan Lutz

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Greetings to you in the matchless name of Jesus, Lord of the Nations! I am sincerely grateful for all you prayers and financial gifts. You enabled me to make my first trip to Haiti in association with MINTS at the beginning of last month. Because of God’s blessings on that mission, tomorrow in the town of Bohoc in Northern Haiti, a group of six Haitian pastors will meet as the Study Center Committee and Coordinator of a new theological school. They will devote themselves to prayer, a meeting agenda, and completing their student applications. We should have an official name for the school after tomorrow’s session! Please pray for Pastors Chery, Gocelyn, Odison, Alexandre, Georges, and Fred.

Secondly, please pray that my passport renewal will be sent to me pronto (they promised within four weeks) so that I can return to Haiti early in November. I want to be there to wrap up the planning with the Study Center Committee in preparation to hold our first class early in 2016! Lord willing, I will also teach on the history and theology of the Reformation, register more students, and distribute French Study Bibles (as a result of a most generous donation from dear friends – now we can all be on the same page, literally!). We must have a minimum of eight for our first class, but the pastors I’m working with assure me that that will be no problem!

And thirdly, please pray for my study of Creole, the native language of Haiti. I made good progress on my September trip, thanks to my tutors, and I want to reach conversational status in Creole along with French. Some of the pastors speak Spanish, so when my French and Creole fail, and their English is inadequate, we just speak español!

In closing let me share with you that by God’s grace our family got moved into an apartment in mid-September. We are feeling more settled in Florida now. The Lord has led us to a wonderful Bible Church, and we are meeting new friends and neighbors. God has brought an amazing level of healing for Cheryl, and she is enjoying working full time at the Genesis Prep School in New Port Richey in the PreK department. We trust that God will provide all our need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:19), who called us to be His witnesses! All for Jesus!

Alan & Cheryl Lutz – 11835 Cassandra St., # 304 – New Port Richey, FL 34654 MINTS International Seminary – 14401 Old Cutler Rood – Miami, FL 33158