God's Roadmap

Now may the Lord Jesus Christ and our Father God, who loved us and in his wonderful grace gave us eternal comfort and a beautiful hope that cannot fail, encourage your hearts and inspire you with strength to always do and speak what is good and beautiful in his eyes (2 Thessalonians 2:16-17 TPT).

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Living Water

by Barbara Latta

We recently returned from a trip to Niagara Falls. It was my first time to experience the wonder and majesty of this amazing creation. Standing near the water and watching it go over the edge of the rocks falling hundreds of feet below, I was reminded of the words of Jesus when he said, “He who believes in Me, as the Scripture as said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water” (John 7:38).

If this living water should be flowing out of me like Jesus said, why don’t I always feel like it does? Sometimes I feel stale and stagnant, not free flowing.

One thing we need to remember is that the promises of God are not dependent upon our feelings; they are dependent upon His faithfulness. Whether we feel it or not, his promises and provision are there for us simply because He said it. My part is to rely on those promises and apply them to my life.

So how can I get the water flowing again when I feel like it has dried up?
  • Find the promises that apply to what I am going through.
  • Talk to Him daily and listen to what He has to say.
  • Share what He says and what He has done by helping those in need, encouraging others with His message, contributing to church and ministries, and praising Him for His goodness.

Water flowing down the falls has several characteristics that make it a life-giving part of nature:

·         It’s moving, therefore it’s not stagnant.
·         It’s moving, therefore it’s powerful.
·         It’s moving, therefore it’s refreshing.

The power of this water flowing down the river and over the falls can be used to generate electricity, move objects such as fallen trees and debris, and give life to the flora and fauna of the region.

By letting the water flow through me, it’s moving; therefore, I will not be stagnant, I will be powerful, and I will be refreshed.

Niagara Falls is a powerful force, but the living water Jesus spoke of is more powerful than any force in the universe. It can electrify me to action, move debris out of my life, and supply me with all I need.

Have you experienced this living water? If you haven’t, read the tab on this blog, Knowing Him.
Feel free to share your thoughts.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

by Barbara Latta

July blog marathon of American heroes continues with a focus on All Things Possible Ministries founded by martial artist Victor Marx.

Severely abused as a child, left in a cooler for dead, and almost purposely drowned in a bathtub, Victor Marx has an incredible testimony of the healing power of Jesus for the wounded soul. Victor and his wife, Eileen, take this story of redemption to high schools, prisons, and military bases. 

Presently his ministry is sponsoring the making of a film, “Triggered,” which focuses on the causes and cures for PTSD. The ministry’s goal is to distribute this film to as many military bases as possible to help combat the rising rate of suicides in our veterans returning from war. PTSD can occur in anyone’s life, not just those who have been to war, and this movie will be shown in other venues, as well. 

Victor Marx is a 7th degree black belt in Keichu-Do and 5th degree in weapons and a former United States Marine. He uses his skills of power and speed while explaining the gospel to audiences about the healing power of the love of God. That power reached out through Victor to reconcile him to his father, who was one of the abusers in his life, and before his death Victor’s father became born again. Victor and his father were able to spend some quality healing time together before his dad went to heaven.

According to worldly statistics, Victor Marx shouldn’t be alive and well. Without God’s intervention he would be dead, or if he were alive, he would be in a mental institution. Victor’s story presented to those who think they are without hope and stuck in their pain brings light to the darkness of a soul’s prison. 
You can watch Victor’s story and see trailers for the movie at www.victormarx.com.

What can you do as an individual to help those who are hurting from past abuses?
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Sunday, July 13, 2014

Help for the Hurting Heroes

by Barbara Latta

We can never do enough to thank our military members for the work they do to protect us and keep us free. This month we celebrate our nation’s birth and it’s only because of people who were willing to fight, suffer, and die that victory was won and we became a free and independent nation. Since the Revolutionary War, soldiers and sailors have been continuing to defend our country and they have paid a heavy price.

Coming home for a veteran should be a joyous occasion, but for those who are wounded the battles continue. Thankfully, there are numerous organizations that take these heroes under their wing and help them become whole again.

One of these is the Roever Foundation located in Ft. Worth, Texas. This is a faith-based organization helping veterans, troubled teens, and needy children around the world. Its founder, Dave Roever, was severely wounded in the war in Vietnam and has been telling his story about healing and redemption since his recovery.  

One of the projects of the Roever Foundation is Operation Warrior RECONnect assisting returning veterans in learning to function in life again. Education, spiritual renewal, healing, and bonding are provided in various locations throughout the country. A wounded hero is also a wounded family. Those surrounding the veteran also have to learn to cope with injuries that may be permanent, as well as the mental and emotional stresses of the changes this brings to life.

Dave Roever can truly say he knows how these soldiers feel. He has been there and experienced life from death. What better way to show these true American heroes that there is life after war. They gave their all on the battlefield. Jesus gave His all at the cross. That’s the reason there is hope for all who suffer.

I encourage you to visit the Roever Foundation, www.roeverfoundation.org, and see how you can help.

Do you know a wounded hero? Feel free to pay tribute here.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

PTSD - The Enemy Within

As we celebrate our nation’s birth this July, I would like to dedicate each blog this month to patriots who support our military and the godly foundation of our country.

Many veterans are returning from war with physical scars they will live with the rest of their lives. But behind theses wounds lurks a more dangerous kind of injury, post-traumatic stress disorder. PTSD is an enemy that comes home with a soldier and doesn’t go away just because the bombs and guns are an ocean away. It continues to attack the mind of the victim making life unbearable and relationships painful.