The Simplicities of Life.
with everything

"let hope rise
and darkness tremble in your holy light
that every eye will see Jesus our God
great and mighty to be praised”

let’s be honest.

i probably won’t be blogging about africa very often. who am i kidding? i don’t know how often i’ll be blogging, but i know one thing for sure:

God is good.

that is all.

tanzania

it’s going to be another interesting time abroad, specifically in Africa this time around. once again, i don’t really know what to expect, but expecting great things from the Lord (basically the story of my life). He’s brought me thus far and showed me innumerable truths over the past 6 weeks in india, thailand, and korea; surely, God will reveal to me the reasons for this particular travel. 

recently, 1 peter 5 has been poking at my heart. the latter portion of chapter 5 says this:

"Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you. Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world. And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself RESTORE, CONFIRM, STRENGTHEN, and ESTABLISH you. To him be the dominion forever and ever. Amen."

Amen to Peter’s Amen. 

"Trying to prove God is like defending a lion homie,

It don’t need your help, just unlock the cage. Let’s move on how our debt can be paid.”

Travels

i’ll be heading out in exactly 9 hours. what an insane trip this is going to be. i don’t have words to really describe what i’m feeling, but it seems to be a concoction of excitement, anxiety, expectancy, and trust. 

i’m excited. who else gets to travel to 4 different countries in a span of a month and a half? this is going to be a unique adventure that only a handful of students will ever embark upon in their entire lives. what a wonderful opportunity, all thanks to a wonderful God who surely has a great plan for me.

i’m anxious. i don’t know what i’ll be seeing, who i’ll be meeting, or what i’ll be experiencing. it’s a bit frightening knowing that i’ll be traveling to these distant places without even the slightest understanding of neither their cultural contexts nor their spiritual conditions.

i’m expectant. despite the lack of knowledge of what to expect, i still expect my great God to show me great things, whether it be about myself, my brother, the places i go to, or His heart. there is a deep, spiritual implication for these travels, and God will show them to me. i believe it.

i’m trusting. i’m trusting in God’s provision, safety, and sovereignty. i’m trusting in God to shower me with revelations. i’m trusting in the Lord to reveal to me the answer to what i’ve been asking God this entire summer: why me and why this?

He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose
Jim Elliot
We have unnecessarily (and unbiblically) drawn a line of distinction, assigning OBLIGATIONS of Christianity to a few while keeping the PRIVILEGES of Christianity for us all. In this way we choose to send off other people to carry out the global purpose of Christianity while the rest of us sit back because we’re “just not called to that.”
Radical by David Platt
It was not the nails that held Christ to the cross, but His love for you and for me.
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"God we invite you, have your way with us, God!"

gospel is power.

"For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel- not with words of human wisdom, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power." 1 corinthians 1:17

no more beating around the bushes. no more watering the message of christ. no more diminishing the power of the gospel. as 1 john 1:5 says, “God is light; in him there is no darkness at all.” we have power because we carry the light of christ; darkness trembles and flees in our presence. because of jesus, we have all authority in heaven and on earth. 

friends, “whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus did.” let’s walk in the footsteps of jesus and shine the rays of salvation to all who are in need.