Carry Your Cross

It's the end of February, the start of March...

“ who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession- to the praise of His Glory “ 
— Ephesians 1:14

 

A revival begins with a passionate hunger and thirst to know God's Spirit in a deeper dimension. Everything and anything that a church does needs to be based upon the truth of the guarantee that Jesus left  with us, which is The Holy Spirit himself.   He is our inheritance and right, and yet 90% of the time many of us do not fully soak up the gifts that The Holy Spirit pours out. The more constantly we walk with Jesus, the more we feel compelled to be conduits of His Presence to lead others into the same reality that we have with The Person of The Holy Spirit.

These past few weeks, have been specifically eye opening, challenging and fruitful. Our immersion in the German culture, understanding and fulfilling the vision of the church here. We have been immensely blessed here by the leaders here, with their time,attention and trust.

We been working now a 6 day week, serving under the cafe ministry and the international ministry. Sharing lives, leading worship, sharing testimonies and God's heart for this nation, never gets old and is always a privilege for us. Slowly but surely we are growing to understand what Jesus meant when he said what it meant to follow Him.

And He said to all, If any person wills to come after Me, let him deny himself [ disown himself, forget, lose sight of himself and his own interests, refuse and give up himself] and take up his cross daily and follow Me [ cleave steadfastly to Me, conform wholly to My example in living and, if need be, in dying also].
— Luke 9:23
 

The path of the Apostle can be a very lonely one at times. We feel loved and encouraged and blessed, but the nature of the call has a reality that we are, with time, now seeing. God's immense wisdom has given us hope and light through every situation. But to deny yourself is a daily process where you die to your own wants, desires, likes, and dislikes. You put on the mantle that God gave you, because one day, in your walk in life, you fell in love with your Saviour.

We cling on to God's heart and see with God's eyes, and do whatever The Holy Spirit instructs. All the many questions that effortlessly run through our minds about the future is silenced by God's supernatural peace and the reminder that this is not a rat race but a Holy Marathon. So every day we take the steps He's provided to love this nation with His Heart for a Revival. Eternally grateful to Him, that he would even want to use us.

 

We came here with nothing but His promise. And God, day after day has shown up through people, places and bank accounts to provide for our work here. I just need to say that we have no reason to doubt that our needs will be met, we have been poor and we have been rich. But never have we not been filled, blessed or surrounded by His Presence.
Nur Glauben. Unser Gott weiß alles. Seine Segnungen kommen vom Himmel.
 

Thank  you to all your prayers, wisdom and love. We send our love and want to encourage you to stay the course. God is perfect and so are His ways.

Liebe,

Ricky und Prav