Great Life Transforming Books to Begin The New Year!

As we live the Christian life seeking to live the abundant life is  a desire we all have.  Several years ago I became exhausted with regularly feeling like I just could not live like the Bible was calling me to.  And I was right.  I finally  discovered how my only hope was Christ in me the hope of glory.  Once I started allowing  (through my own choice and daily invitation) Christ  to live His life through me I began to live a life of true freedom, joy and peace in Jesus!

Today, I want to share with you some life transforming books that made a difference in my life.  Jesus is coming soon, and when He comes He will have a people that will be reflecting His life and character to a the world.  It can happen!  He is faithful who has promised!

Lastly, if you like, you can invite our ministry to your place, organization or church as we would love to share with you this message of mercy through seminar(s) on how to experience the Righteousness of Christ in your life.  It will transform your life, family and all of your relationships!

May God bless you as you journey in this adventure of the Christian life.

Christ Our Righteousness suggested donation of $17 Includes S &H (In the U.S. Only)
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The righteousness of Christ…When God’s people truly take hold of this encouraging and hopeful message, it will lead to genuine revival and reformation. This book is a series of 32 sermons presented by J.W. “Bill” Lehman on the topic of Christ our righteousness. Through these messages, Pastor Lehman sets a solid foundation for Christ our righteousness, comparing popular teachings on the subject with what the word of God tell us. Once this message is truly accepted by His people, God will pour out His Spirit and enable us to proclaim the Loud Cry of the Third Angel.

God’s Love Affair with the Guilty suggested donation of only $15 (Includes S&H in the U.S. only)

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Guilt is something that all people experience and can produce a heavy burden to bear. The Law of God, if simply viewed as a set of rules that condemn us in the judgement, can leave a person devastated under their burden. We can only remain on a continuous guilt trip if we do not understand that Christ has already taken our sins and guilt upon Himself when He died on the cross. God’s Love Affair With The Guilty reveals to those bearing a heavy burden of guilt a loving Savior who knew the fallen condition of mankind before He came to this earth to lay down His life as a ransom for guilty sinners. God’s grace is greater than all our sins.

God’s Last Message: Christ Our Righteousness by Steve Wohlberg 14.00 (Includes S&H in the U.S.)

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In this dynamic book Steve share his findings after about 10 years of study of the truth of Righteousness by faith and how truly it is God’s last message to dying world. You will also discover how to experience the righteousness of Christ in you life

God’s Compelling Love suggested Donation 12 (includes S&H in the U.S.)

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This is a very practical bible study on how to experience the love of God in you life and then how to be a conduit of His grace in the life of others.

Fatherhood: Reclaiming Your God-given Role. Suggested Donation $15.00 (includes S&H in the U.S.)

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This book is a very practical approach for men who desire to be the man, father and husband God has called them to be.

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Needful

 “Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things: But one thing is needful, and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.”  – Luke 10:41,42.

Are you busy?   Are you busy in the things that you believe matter most?  Martha was. And just like Martha, we become so busy in what we think are the most important things that need to be accomplished that we forget the most important thing – Jesus!

Life can be so filled with activities such as work, business appointments, personal appointments, church, the kids, my personal church project, time on the internet, etc., that in trying to get things all done our walk with the Master slowly becomes distant and erodes.  We begin to feel it on the inside but just can’t seem to help ourselves stop being so busy!

What keeps us so busy in the things that don’t matter most as compared to Christ? Well, I believe, it is self.   Self can be at the center of what we do and as we try to fill self, with self, it just doesn’t work.  The problem is that as we continue to fill self with self the loneliness and pain does not get better.  Yet we try to medicate the pain with more and more of . . .  filling ourselves with self.  Oh, when will this end?

Jesus shared with Martha how this viscous cycle of busyness can come to an end.  Isn’t it funny, when we are full of ourselves just like Martha we are quick to point the finger that someone else is not doing what we feel they are suppose to be doing.  It only reveals that we need more of Jesus! And that is the wonderful counsel that Jesus had for Martha, and has for us today.

Today, Jesus is trying to tell us to take the time today to invest in the one thing that is most needful – Him!  Begin today to make Him your priority number one.  As we do, the void in our hearts will disappear, and our problems will begin to have the answers that will really solve our problems.

Jesus said,  “I am The Way, The Truth and The Life,”  (John 14:6),  “Seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all things these things shall be added unto you” (Matthew 6:33),  and “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28).  

Are you busy? Are you tired?  Are your wheels just spinning and spinning?  Are you thirsting for something more?  Is your complaining and critical spirit growing as a result?. . .  Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things,  but one thing is needful, Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.  Choose Jesus, Choose life!  Begin today to prioritize your life and take the time needed to sit at the feet of Jesus and let Him finally lead the way in your experience.  As you do, you will be choosing the good portion that will never fade away and that no one can take away from you for it will be so precious and dear to your heart!   Begin that journey today and finally enjoy the peace that only He can give.

Until next time, God bless, and may I encourage you to keep your eyes on Him!

Blessings,

A Great Place to Start in the New Year

In the Bible we find these most humbling words of Christ: “If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.” (Luke 9:23) Denying self can be a very challenging task.

The challenge comes as for our innate desire is not to deny self but to make sure that we minimize our risks while we maximize our benefits. When missionary Dr. David Livingstone was working in Africa, a group of friends wrote him: “We would like to send other men to you. Have you found a good road into your area yet?” Dr. Livingstone sent this message in reply: “If you have men who will only come if they know there is a good road, I don’t want them. I want men who will come if there is no road at all.”

There’s a big difference between just being interested in doing something and actually making a commitment to doing it! Just being interested allows us the freedom do a thing only when our circumstances permit. However, making a commitment to do that thing means accepting no excuses and no reservations. It means putting aside our fears and reservations moving forward till we see the end result! Dr. Livingstone was looking for results, and this required persons of commitment!

As the New Year gets underway, let us reevaluate our commitments. Let us consider the words of Jesus that we must deny self and go, as well as do things, that although may be uncomfortable will make for a better world and a show of our dedication to a higher calling and an eternal destiny. So as we begin the New Year, let us commence with the commitment take up our cross and follow Christ no matter what the cost!

With 2015 under way, let us examine our lives and place our commitments with our Lord, our families, jobs and out community that will take us out of our comfort zone and into the denying of self zone. It may make us uncomfortable but the blessing and benefits will be out of this world!

Blessings,

The RTFM Team!
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The Storms of Life: An Opportunity for Something Great!

Storms can be an exciting wonder at the same time they can be quite intimidating and cause for concern. I am always amazed how close storm chasers get to those storms and get them on video. However, for me, I wouldn’t and dare not get that close. My son Joel loves them and is a storm chaser in his own right. My son Micah is growing to be the same way; but me, I am on the other spectrum. Maybe that is why God has given me those two boys! In order for me to learn how to accept, as well as grow through the storms of life. They say we can learn something from every one.

In the book of Matthew chapter 14, Jesus had just finished addressing the “stormy” need for food by feeding five thousand with five (5) loves of bread and two (2) fish. He then goes up to a mountain to pray and send his disciples across the sea and into a storm! That’s right, when you read the account where Jesus sends them a storm swiftly comes upon them and this storm is so tumultuous that the disciples are at sea crying for help wondering if they are going to live through this one. Things then take a sudden change.

Jesus comes to them in the midst of their storm and lets them know that all will be well. In their cry Jesus comes and more than that He calls one of them (Peter) to Him and Peter keeping his eyes steadfast upon the savior does the miraculous in the midst of the storm: Peter walks on water holding the Savior’s hand.

You know, life is just like this experience. God, allows storms to come into our lives in order that we may learn and know that He will come to us, as we cry out to Him, and not only calm the “sea” of our troubles but also help us rise to the occasion and walk through the difficulty in a very miraculously wonderful way.

However sometimes like Peter, when trouble strikes, we forget our knowledge of God too. We struggle to recall past answers to prayer, specific guidance provided by the Holy Spirit, and lessons learned in previous crises. Only the present seems real. Our minds spin with future implications, and our troubled emotions inhibit clear thinking. Then suddenly we remember God, prompted by His Spirit of course and once again remember who it is that can help us get up again after we have sunken in despair because we have allowed circumstances to get our eyes off of Him!

In our own strength, we lack sufficient resources and abilities to meet life’s challenges. So God provides what we need. Our suffering is never a surprise to the Lord. He knows everything we are going through. More than that, He’s orchestrating our circumstances for His glory and our benefit, according to His good will. We must remember that.
Reflecting on the divine purpose in hardship can help us respond to trials in a God-honoring way. Let’s take a moment to fix our attention on the Lord and seek to understand the lessons He wants us to learn through life’s dark moments.

No one enjoys suffering. But in the hands of almighty God, trials become tools. He uses hardship to shape believers into the people He intends them to be. Jesus allowed the disciples to experience the fear and anxiety of being in a boat on a raging sea. He permitted them to suffer because He had something far more important to teach them. He wanted the disciples to recognize their own helplessness, His sufficiency, and their dependence on Him. He asked Peter to come to Him in order that Peter exercise faith in Him. And so it is with us. In the midst of our troubles He calls us to come to Him in order that we exercise our faith in Him and as a result experience His sweet deliverance. We must keep our eyes fixed on Him! When we do, it gives God the open door to help us to have the opportunity to experience something great!

David Guerrero, Speaker/Director Rekindle the Flame Ministries
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Finishing The Race

The Christian life can be compared to a race. The New Testament draws a parallel from this metaphor, as to the endurance required of believers. (Mat 13:18-23) If we would partake of the prize set before us, we must remember the words of Jesus that “He that shall endure unto the end” get the greatest prize of all (Mat 24:13; 10:22; Mark 13:13).

In any contest, the important factor is not how many begin the competition but who finishes the race and completes the course, who wins the prize. Late in life, Paul declared, “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith. Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness …” (2 Thes 4:7, 8). Scripture says we are to “run with patience (endurance, persistence) the race set before us, looking unto Jesus the Author and Finisher of our faith … For consider Him that endured … lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.” (Heb 12:1-3)

Becoming Weary Often times we become so weary or may I say tired with what life’s circumstances. We then lose patience, endurance and persistence to keep on keeping on and our vision becomes skewed and we stop looking at the bigger picture. This September My son and I ran a half marathon for the first time in our lives. I was running well until I reached the 10th mile. It was at that time that I felt like giving up running and ending the race. However, something happened in my mind that kept me going-the resolve to finish the race! You see, keeping my eyes on the finished line and not on the immediate pain in my legs kept me going. This is a lesson that we can apply to life: when we become weary with life or life’s circumstances we need to look at the bigger picture-the finish line! As Christians we need to look at Jesus the Author and Finisher of our faith for He has all the resources to help reach His desired destination for us—Heaven.

The Bigger Picture

Many focus on the initial speed of their progress, but overlook one far greater factor of successful athletic competition: consistency. We may start out in the front lines, leading, but if our progress is not consistent — if we become entangled with the affairs of this life (2 Tim 2:4; Gal 5:1) — we will fall back as we weary with the stress of the race.

The bigger picture in it all, is to realize that our lives in eternity are being affected now by the many choices we make daily. We need to daily make the choices that will build usup and lead us in a direction of well being, healthy thinking, healthy relationships, and “peaceful living.” We need to keep our minds in the right place. The Apostle Paul Explained it this way: seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right
hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. Seek, set and hide. These three words are key ingredients into how we can keep our eyes on the bigger picture. By Seeking God’s will in all things, setting our minds on His word, His will and His presence, and realizing that my life is entrusted to Christ as well as that I can trust Him for the outcome that will be to His glory, can assist me in looking at my life and my circumstances through the lens of God. Doing this will allow me to have a much improved attitude and perspective. Someone once said “attitude is like a flat tire, you will not be able to go anywhere until you change it.” This is so true!Seeking the things that are above, setting my mind on God’s agenda and hiding my life behind His truly can aid me to live life from a very positive perspective.

Finishing the Race

You see, the race is not given to the swift but the person that will endure until the end (Eccl. 9:11). In order to finish the race of life well, we need that endurance that can only come from above. We cannot afford to become entangled with the affairs or bad attitudes of this life, for if we do, we will fall back as we weary with the stress of the race. We must choose to set our minds on the things above as we seek the things above. We must daily hide ourselves behind our great protector-Jesus Christ. With His help we can see life through His eyes and live it in His strength.

Our lives in eternity are being affected now by the many choices we make daily. “Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompense of reward. For ye have need of patience (endurance), that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise.” (Heb 10:35-36). May the outcome of our daily choices be such that we experience the blessing of His promises. My prayer is that we will all finish the race!

God will Deliver!

And it happened at the end of the four hundred and thirty years, even it was on this very day, all the armies of Jehovah went out from the land of Egypt.

Exodus 12:41 NKJV

It took ten (10) plagues in Egypt to finally arrive at the place of deliverance for the Children of Israel. God had predicted that He would deliver His people, but told Moses that it would not happen without much resistance from Pharaoh ( see Gen 15:13 & Exodus 3-9). Not only was it hard to convince Pharaoh, it was equally difficult to persuade the children of Israel; who even questioned Moses sanity and his coming as a deliver for God’s people (Exodus 5:21). Deliverance seems never to come without its challenges.

As we examine today’s text we discover that God saw the children of Israel as an army! When I first read this I chuckled and thought “an army? You must be kidding me?” On the surface Israel appeared to be anything but an army of God. And that is just the point that God is trying to make in this passage. When we belong to God, really belong to Him and are His Children, we belong to the Captain of the LORD of Hosts! And the very fact that we are His, places us in a position for sure victory! You see God does not see as we see things, His vision is one that far surpasses what we can see. Where we may see utter hopelessness and defeat, God sees triumph and victory. So how do we get there? How do we view things how God sees them – faith! A faith that results and responds in obedience to what God can do and follows through with what God tells us what to do. This is what will lead to victory!

You see, it wasn’t until the night of the Passover in Exodus chapter twelve (12) that sure deliverance took place. On that night the Children of Israel had to follow the LORD’s prescribed plan in order to experience the salvation and deliverance of the LORD. So it is today, our sure deliverance hinges upon our following God’s plan for our personal exodus and we must to do this by faith! For, “this is the victory that overcomes the world, our faith.” (I John 5:4 ESV). How’s your faith this morning? Our faith in God, His plan and faithfully obeying His word, will result in a sure deliverance. It did for the children of Israel:

“And on that same day the LORD brought out the sons of Israel out of the land of Egypt by their hosts.” Exodus 12:51

It can happen for you today as well! God will deliver!

David Guerrero is a life, marriage and health and wellness coach. He as also the speaker/director for Rekindle the Flame Ministries. If you like to invite David and the RTFM team to speak or do a retreat or event for you, contact us at (715) 310-2196 or email us rekindletheflametoday@yaoo.com. Also visit our website at www.rekindletheflameministries.org

What Do You Have Your EYE On?

What do you have your eye on? That is what God asked me this morning as I was reading His word. I was reading Matthew 6: 21- 24 which says:

Matt 6:21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
Mat 6:22 “The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light,
Mat 6:23 but if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!
Mat 6:24 “No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.

You see Yahweh was sharing with me that it is where I set my eyes that determines the depth of my spirituality. Do I have my eyes set on the things of this world or do I have them COMPLETELY set on Him. In my life do I set my eyes on doing His word, doing what is right, or do I set my eyes on having my own way and doing things the way I feel or think is best. If I set my eyes on Him, His word, and His way, my whole life will be filled with true light! If I choose otherwise then, my life will be filled with darkness. It is simply my choice. I must choose. Well, my prayers is that daily I will live by what the Apostle Paul declared in Ephesians 5:14:

Awake you who sleep, and arise from the dead, and Christ will give you light.

May we wake up from the slumber of this life and arise to new life, as Christ then pours the beauty of his Holiness and Presence in to our heats and lives is my prayer!

May you have a great day in Him!

David Guerrero, Speaker/Director Rekindle the Flame Ministries

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