As I promised in part 1 I want to share what God showed me during my trip! If you haven't read part 1 click here to do so.
As I mentioned it the first post about Cambodia, it is a very spiritually dark country so I really made sure to begin each day with the Lord in the word and in prayer and it really helped me during the trip.
During the two weeks He showed me a lot, so here it is!
Be Courageous (Joshua 1:1-9)
This was the passage that we read from during our first team devotional. I feel like this is one of those common passages and because we say it's cliche we loose sight of the power of the message. The Lord is speaking to Joshua and tells him to be strong and courageous. We too are to be strong and courageous, of course we can't do so without God but in verse nine the Lord promises to be with Joshua EVERYWHERE he goes. He is with us EVERYWHERE we go and if we hold on to that we have no reason to be fearful. God is with us and will protect us.
Set Yourself Apart (Joshua 3:5)
As believers we are to be set apart, it's mentioned so many times in the Bible. In this particular verse Joshua is using the word sanctify which is to be set apart or declared as holy. By setting ourselves apart we are not only showing others how we are different but we are allowing God to do a work in us. As Joshua puts it "...The Lord with do wonders among you." In order to be sanctified we really have to stay in His word and meditate on it. We have to truly place our trust in Him and believe that he can do those wonders.
Don't Worry (Matthew 6:25-34)
During my personal reading time I have been in the book of Matthew and I read this and it's not like I had never heard it before, but this time it really resonated. Too often I find myself worrying about my future or just silly things. But I read this and then later out we went to a small village and it was so neat to see that even though these people had very little they had what they needed they had clothes and food but most importantly they had put their trust in God. It was as if this passage had come to life.
Counting the Cost (Matthew 8:19-20)
We often say that we will follow Jesus but we don't fully realize what that means. In these verses we see a scribe who is telling Jesus he will follow Him everywhere. Jesus kindly tells him that it isn't going to be easy. I felt like Jesus was saying, "This is what it's like to be a missionary, people will let you in their house but you won't have your own." I think that as Christians in America this sounds so crazy to most people, for the most part American Christians place so much value in material things and that's not how we are supposed to live.
Spiritual Health is Most Important (Matthew 9:2)
I read this before we went on the prayer walk and outreach in the brothel-infested area. I was really thinking about it and was wondering how I could apply it. Jesus told the paralytic he was forgiven before telling him to walk. I think that there are so many times we see people who are ill or in certain situations and we just want to see them healed and out of those situations. In reality we should be more concerned with their salvation than their physical being. So as much as we want to see all the women out of the brothels we have to:
There Will Always Be a Need
In the missions field specifically there is ALWAYS going to be a need for help. It is so important to go to a place that God is calling you and not just where you want to go. Even if you go to a place God isn't calling you, He is still going to do a work but I think it will come with more challenges and it won't necessarily be as powerful. Especially with going on short-term trips you see so many areas that can use more people and you create relationships but that still doesn't mean that God wants you there longterm. We have to remember that we aren't the miracle makers we are merely vessels.
If you want to learn more about my trip, feel free to reach out with any questions!