I Believe!

I believe

by Linda Lucas

I was reading a news update from Lifeline Christian Mission this morning and they were reporting on the Christians who meet in a humble home two thirds of the way up an active volcano mountain in El Salvador. One hundred percent of their members are currently suffering a failed coffee crop brought on by a terrible disease that destroyed 88% of the crop. Yet, you would never know it from the great sound of singing, warm greetings, hugs and praise that was rising from the humble church declaring “God is good, all the time; all the time God is good!” over and over in over in Spanish.

In addition to this declaration that God is good all the time, came a time of fellowship and sharing of food following their worship service.  No, in reality, it was part of their worship and service, as in the sharing of their food in the face of such circumstances they displayed the reality that they genuinely believe their declaration to be true.  “God is good all the time; all the time God is good!” Yes, it is true!  Hallelujah! Amen!

How refreshing and pure is the testimony of the meek and poor in spirit.   These who reflect the character of their Farther are truly blessed. As Jesus teaches the beatitudes in Matthew chapter 5:1-12, we can take note that these are not character qualities to choose from but attitudes to have if we are to truly reflect our Father’s heart. We must integrate this into our lives as our brothers and sisters in El Salvador have, if we are to effectively share the joy of what it is to be authentically happy in the Lord.

Do we REALLY BELIEVE that God is good all the time?
Do we REALLY BELIEVE that Christ is both Lord and Judge?
Do we REALLY KNOW what it is to be authentically happy in the Lord?
Do we REALLY UNDERSTAND that we have been blessed so that we in can in turn bless others?
Do we REALLY BELIEVE that the Church is commissioned to go and make disciples of all nations?
Do we REALLY REFLECT in our actions and worship a reality – that we GENUINELY BELIEVE our declarations to be TRUE…..

Author Linda Lucas

Hi! I’m Linda. I am a Midwest, born and raised, PK who grew a heart of passion for missions and the global church by way of being a witness to the exemplary lives of my parents and the missionaries that passed through our home. After attending Cincinnati Bible College for one year I married my husband, Jim Lucas. We have since been very blessed to raise three amazing sons, gain three wonderful daughters and three perfect grandchildren with one more on the way. Firmly believing that my ministry begins at home I was always a stay at home mom and ended up home educating the last 10 years of our sons education. My feet first hit foreign soil in the spring of 1993, joining with a Team Expansion partnership in the Ukraine for a 17 day journey through which my life and direction of service for the Lord were forever changed. Following that point of transformation I began serving on our church’s Missions Ministry and to participate in our annual, short term / exposure trips. By the year 2000 I found myself transplanted from Ohio to Indiana and leading these trips. I reconnected with Team Expansion in 2009 and am currently in partnership with Team Expansion as a volunteer Regional Mobilizer for NW Indiana, a Connections Trip leader and mobilize prayer warriors for the Shuar peoples of Ecuador. A favorite of passage of Scripture that gives me courage to do all that I do is Philippians 1:3-6: because of this passage my hope abounds and all fears are dispelled …To the work to the work… until all have heard … or He calls me home.

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