In The Presence Of My Savior

imageI found this writing that spoke to my life situation. In the presence of my Savior I live to preach! I live for His glory and to do the pure will of God. There is no other way for me.

In the course of finding those messages, they are a part of my soulish being. It is me. It is what I know. It is what I walk. They go beyond the words, beyond the titles and beyond where He places me.
It is Action! Activity! Activation!

I am passionate about what I do.

I am passionate for God.

I am passionate to do this with substance!

You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be My witnesses, telling people about Me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth (Acts 1: 8, NLT).

Jesus, you are awesome and amazing, and you’ve proven yourself to me again and again. I want to tell the world about the things I’ve witnessed you do and the important truths you’ve taught me. I want others to know that abundant life and hope are found in you and only you. But it’s not always easy. Sometimes my fears and insecurities keep me from getting the words out. Other times the words come out and don’t make sense.

When I work in tandem with the Holy Spirit, powerful things happen. My mouth moves, and messages come out that I didn’t even have in my head. And those messages impact lives. It’s so much fun! Thank you for giving me stories to tell and for the power to get them said.

What has been your experience with telling people about Jesus?
Raindrops From Heaven: Gentle Reminders of God’s Power, Presence & Purpose by Twila Belk

Here she writes, “It’s so much fun!”

Ha! Yes and sometimes NO! It is painful, wearisome and through gritted teeth… To get to that deep word! It’s having BEEN through the words! You carry your sermon! Heavy words. Heartfelt. Taking  heed to the things of the Spirit. Times you experience the miraculous. Times you experience the disastrous! That’s the preachers walk!

What people don’t know are the tears behind the messages. The pain that we experience too. The hardships we face. The lack for what we cannot have or do. The things that must be restricted, given up and surrendered. Sometimes those are your dreams. Sometimes it’s even the things you hoped for. Or what about what you have loved. The things that become “gone” to us.

We are no different from the one in the pew. We will go through it too, even stronger at times, but God gives us the strength to carry out His tasks. Is it just a fear of God (Proverbs 1)? I know it to be that and a zeal for God, especially when nothing has even come close to the pure power and substance of what He alone can provide.

This message I preached, I loved, I lived and I believed…. It was the story of Leah from Genesis 29. For it’s not that she was ugly but that she had an ugly situation that God used to bless her above the rest! She kept birthing nations! God had a need for nations. A need for this broken vessel. He took her weak eyes and gave her a strong vision to see exactly what He saw.

All of which happened, In the Presence of her Savior!

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About Christina

Blessings to all that are viewing this. My name is Christina Cruz-Mendez. I am a Senior Pastor at Mission United International Church in Yonkers, NY working along side my husband Juan A. Mendez Jr. Senior Pastor, currently residing in Canton, Georgia. We have been together for 29 years with 2 children that God has blessed us with. Makes us the family of four - "JusChrist4". I have been a Christian and active in ministry for about 22 years now. Through all the rocky and smooth roads in life I am eternally grateful that God has brought me this far in life to share with the world what He is doing in me, through me and for me. View all posts by Christina

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