Our late good friend and one of the last 2 pure Yagan Indians, Sister Ursula Calderon, lived in the Ukika Indian Village and used to say that they taught younger Indians to respect the older Indians and take their advice.
Relational accountability has become lost in our culture due to our hunger for independence.
I have experienced too often the hardship that results from making decisions without obeying and taking God's advice (The Oldest Indian).
Walking in obedience is the only real freedom in Christ.:
I want to present Jesus to you because I have seen him with my own eyes and touched him with my own hands.
We saw Him with our own eyes and touched Him with our own hands. - 1 John 1:1 NLT
Someone close to me today needs what I've got.
You may not know it or even want it, but you need it nonetheless.
And what is it you need? Christ!
"We saw Him with our own eyes and touched Him with our own hands...now we testify...to you that He is the one" (1 Jn 1:1-2 NLT).
But before you will be attracted to Christ you must first see Him working in my life.
After all, if the shoes I'm wearing don't look very comfortable, why would you want to put them on?
After Saul of Tarsus' life-changing encounter on the Damascus Road, God told him, "I have appeared to you to appoint you as My servant and My witness...tell the world about this experience" (Acts 26:16 TLB).
Understand this: every experience I've had with God has had one purpose - to make me His "servant" and His "witness."
That's my assignment! And if I'm serious about it, I'll guard my tongue!
I'll never win people to Christ if all they hear coming out of my mouth is: 'what's wrong' with the church, preachers, and Christians, etc.
Like the bumper sticker says - Christians aren't perfect, just forgiven!
The church is a hospital where Jesus, the Great Physician, makes wounded people whole. And while some in the church are doing well, others are in critical care.
Properly understood and presented this should draw people, not drive them away.
So what's my job?
To be His servant and His witness, to introduce you to Christ, the One I've seen with my own eyes and touched with my own hands - and He will do the rest!
What do you think was and is wrong? You must realize that the Bible is taken by faith and that Jesus is the originator and finisher of our faith. I am sorry to say it, but you should be around your negative friends as little as possible until you get stronger and are completely renewed by God. Then you can win their souls.
When I was in a similar situation of despair as you are, Jesus took me out of it when I fully committed my life to him, and has blessed me ever since.
In spite of having the bends, with God's help, I have built a 75 ft schooner, gotten married to a good Christian woman, had 3 more nice children (the doctors said I probably would not be able to have children after the accident), Pastored the Foursquare Church of Puerto Williams, built a house, a hostal, a cyber cafe, a mini market, a travel agency and sent Grace to the USA to study.
These projects are all doing well, with God's blessing; the Father Son and the Holy Spirit. God also saved me from prostate cancer, shipwrecks several times, being unconscious at 120 ft below the surface, etc, etc.
Take an example from my life. You know that I spent almost as many years as you (or maybe more than you) wasting my life until May 1975 when I gave my lie to Jesus. (I was 41) I kneeled in Helen’s Garrett's (my mothers) living room and said a prayer like the one that follows. It completely changed my course! I was bankrupt morally and physically. Just like you are right now. It’s guaranteed to change your life also, without doubt! All you need is the faith of which Satan has robbed you. Try it, you’ll like it.
I have now gone through 3 bankruptcies. We were at the point of losing everything. Just like you are going through right now. God always did a miracle and brought me out of the problems with bells and whistles.
Those are only a few of the dozens of miracles that Jesus has done since then.
Now, even though I have an impediment, I have sailed as captain of the S/V VICTORY to Cape Horn a dozen times. :-).
All this was not from my doing anything or my physical attributes, or my strength, or my luck, or my mental prowess, or nothing I did. It is and was ALL Jesus doing!
The only way you will ever know is to try it. Then, and only then you will feel Jesus’ power come over you to give you the will power, the strength and the force to do anything you want. You will have for your father, the creator of the universe. What could be too hard for the best physicist, best mathematician, best philosopher, best chemist, best astronomer, best mechanic, best medical doctor, best healer, best biologist, and the most kind, most wonderful, most merciful, most sacrificing, most loving person in the world? Why would he not help you, if you asked him? It’s not because of your sins as everyone is a sinner. Jesus forgives murderers, robbers, fornicators, adulterers, liars and cheats.
The Lord Jesus Christ is knocking at the door of your heart right now. Just invite Him in and receive the gift of the pardon, that He gave His life to give you. Then thank Him for the pardon and for keeping His Word.
Pray this "Prayer for Life", mean it, and YOU will be SAVED, right where you're sitting.
PRAY "LORD: I here and now REPENT and BELIEVE in Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
I believe you died for ME, as MY Substitute, and rose from the dead according to the Scriptures.
Lord Jesus, thank you for taking my place, and paying MY debt in full. I believed that the slate is erased clean and my sins are now as white as snow. Even though I was separated from You by my sins, You saw me, helpless, and fallen, and loved me enough to die for me. You were innocent. You did no wrong. I'm the one who has sinned; I broke God's Law. I deserve to die for my sins, but You took my place on the Cross. I BELIEVE that You suffered the penalty of MY sins, and You paid the full price to clear my debt. Your Precious Blood has paid for all of my sins.
Because You suffered MY penalty, I am free. Now no sin remains to condemn me. I'm no longer guilty before God. I can never be judged or condemned for my sins because they were judged in You, Lord. I ask Your forgiveness, and I now RECEIVE You into my heart.
I am a new creation in you; Christ and I know you will gradually, over time, heal my life and my spirit completely. I will be a new creature in you.
I TRUST that You did ENOUGH for me. You paid it all. No further price needs ever to be paid.
I will never make any effort, or claim any merit, or offer any good works, pay any price, as long as I live to try to pay for my sins that you have already paid for. Your Blood cleanses me now. I am forgiven now. I am saved now.
Help me to follow you, and to share this wonderful news with everyone.
Now you have the full anointing of the Holy Spirit to work in your life, to help you to be able to understand the word of God. John 14 :15. The word is discerned spiritually, not carnally.
For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Romans 8:6
This is why one can study the Bible, but not understand it and learn its true meaning, before they say the prayer above which lets the Holy Spirit take over your life and guide you.
Please write me at Box 70, Puerto Williams, Chile or email me at the address below.
PRAY and ask for everything in Jesus’ name and he will surely give it to you. But remember, he may say wait, he may answer now or he may say No and not answer, if what you are asking is not his will. Have faith and you can do anything without limits. You are free now from Satans power by the blood of Jesus. When he bothers you tell him to go away by the blood and name of Jesus!! He will go and has to go if you stand firm!
Memorize the Lord's Prayer and Psalm 23. They will help you in times of spiritual need.
Don’t expect feelings right away, although some have them, some don’t. The important thing is to simply believe God keeps His Word and He now has come to live in you.
Seek out and attend regularly, a Spirit filled Church that is true to the Bible and seek to learn about your new life by reading GOD'S WORD. (Write us and we will recommend one in your area.)
“For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” (2 Corinthians 5:21)
You have now made Jesus your Lord. The Bible is written to help equip your life with Victory everyday and all the time.
Even though we go through many challenges each day, it IS possible to maintain the Victory that Jesus died to give us.
Welcome to the Victorious Life and the family of God forever!
Write us and tell us about your New Victorious life at mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
I'm a 73 year old Indian, take my advice!
Pastors Monica & Ben aboard the missionary schooner VICTORY
The Cape Horn Church