A Hunger from within

A hunger from within.

Greetings from Lima Peru!

I have a lot to write about in regards to the past week and I do not know how to piece it all together in fancy wording, but I hope it inspires you and causes you to share with others the love Jesus has for you, me and every human sucking air off the planet both good and evil.

I arrived last Saturday night at 1 am. I stayed up chatting with my friend Adam for about an hour, and then went to sleep so I could wake up early for Church. The services at this particular campus were at 9, 10:30 and 12:00. I attended the first 2 one in English, and one in Spanish. After those services I ventured off into a nearby shopping plaza/mall where I found a star bucks. I wasted no time opening my bag grabbing my bible and throwing on some worship music. I began to study the Word and observe the events around me, after a few hours I went back home took a nap and attended the evening service at 7:30.

Monday

I didn’t really do a whole lot on Monday except go to the mall get some minutes on my phone and exchange some US dollars for Peruvian Solace.

Tuesday

Tuesday I went with my friend Adam to “Johnny’s house” Johnny is a 12 year old boy who used to live in a dirt house with fabric for the windows and cardboard as carpet with no bed. He has a medical condition of some kind, (I am not sure what it’s called) apparently his blood cells attack each other keeping his brain from growing properly and functioning the way it should. As a result he’s unable to talk and has constant sporadic movements throughout the left side of his body.  The good news is now he is living in a smaller house with an actual roof! Its two small bedrooms a bathroom and a kitchen with actual beds, I had the incredible opportunity to pray for him and his family and I will see him again before my trip is over.

I do not have time to write day by day but I would like to write a little bit about what God is stirring in my heart regarding the trip so far.

Peru is a 3rd world country, and It consists of the people groups that you can find in any country Rich, Middle class, poor and poverty. Though there are enough resources in the earth to enable every single human to live above their means without lack, each country still has the 4 groups and a whole lot more issues. I do not wish to talk about ending poverty because I believe it’s impossible to end poverty in fact in Matthew 26:11 Jesus says the poor you will have with you always, but Me you will not have with you always.  I do not want to bring about a debate in ending poverty or world hunger but I do want to talk about something I believe all 4 of these groups have in common and that is this. They are still hungry or in some cases starving but for what you might ask? Their starving and hungry for God! All of humanity is hungry for God, and we are left starving no matter what we try to do. We go to Church and say the pastor’s preaching isn’t feeding me, or one religion fights another’s statement of faith while some religions don’t even believe in God, yet people are left hungry or in some cases starving for God and often find themselves in what seems to be a relentless pursuit of failure. We should not find it shocking that people are hungry. You eat 3 times a day and your body notices when you skip a meal. Well your spirit notices when it’s not getting fed to, and when you’re hungry you got to eat. Without food one will eventually perish or lose the desire for hunger altogether.

I think the reason we’re hungry is because we are eating and drinking from each other’s sources rather than the only source that is capable of satisfying our hunger.  Were humans and the last time I checked no human is able of producing food or drink capable of satisfying your spirit.  In John 4 Jesus says something very profound to the women at the well that still applies today Vs 13 Jesus answered and said to her, “Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life” and in John 6:35 Jesus says “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst.  Beloved the food we try to feed each other is not better than the food King Jesus wants to serve us, so why are we continuing to starve ourselves when Jesus has a plate for you waiting for you to feast.

I began to think about this because I see so many hungry people over here starving spiritually and there are not enough Churches in the world to deal with the hunger. So I began to think about it and cry, because the reality is all over the world there will never be enough Churches to deal with the amount of people. But there is enough people to deal with the hunger. I began to think to myself what if we got singers and worshipers in houses all over Peru and had millions of Churches everywhere? What if we stopped waiting for someone to finish a 2 3 4 5 6 10 year degree to come along and fit our theology and we just began to have meetings about Jesus? You don’t need a man with a degree to teach you about Jesus, all you need is a hunger for Him and He promises to feed you  Matthew 5:6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness for they shall be filled!

 

    I want to say thank you for everyone who continues to pray for me. The Lord is at work over here in Peru, and I am excited for the remaining days ahead.

Father, I thank for you Jesus! I thank for every person who hungers and thirst for righteousness and I thank you that every time we get hungry you promise to feed us with what our spirit longs for. I ask our eyes would be opened to Jesus and only Jesus guide us Lord we need your direction not mans in Jesus name Amen.

In Christ

Matthew Fierro

 

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An excerpt of prayer

I was recently climbing mountains in Lima Peru, with my friend Adam. We climbed a few mountains and followed some steep and dangerous paths, that could easily take the life of someone if they were to slip. Eventually we came to a nice spot to sit and relax and I began to read, write and listen to worship, as I began reading a book I’ve been reading for quiet some time now “Between Heaven and Earth.” I came across an excerpt on prayer that I would like to share, I hope it speaks to you like it spoke to me.

How do we pray?

In many different ways as there are people. Some of us pray with our eyes closed; others with our eyes open. Some raise their hands; others lower their heads. Some stand; others kneel. Some pray regularly; others sporadically. Some pray formally; others spontaneously. Some pray throughout the day; others bookend their day with morning and evening prayers. Some pray out loud; others in silence. Some pray easily; for others it takes great effort. We pray in our favorite chair with a hot cup of coffee and a quilt thrown over our legs. We pray kneeling on the hardwood floor by the bassinet of a sick baby. We pray standing in a phone booth. Sitting on a park bench. Lying on a hospital bed. We pray “Heavenly Father” or “Hail Mary” or “Dear Jesus.” And though our theology may differ, our thoughts about prayer are remarkably similar. The thoughts on prayer by a twenty-four-year-old prostitute in Nevada (In the section Seekers from around the world), are surprisingly similar to those of an 86-year-old Mother Teresa of Calcutta (in the section, Proven Methods; Silence—-Listening to God). And the way Normal Lear of Holly Wood prays (in the section, Seekers from around the world), is surprisingly similar to the way St. Francis of Assisi prayed almost eight hundred years earlier. But along with the similarities are great diversities. Who’s to say why? Maybe it’s cultural. Maybe it’s individual. Or maybe… maybe it’s biblical. For when we look in the Bible we see people praying in all sorts of ways. Daniel prayed three times  a day at a set time in a set place. David seems to have been more spontaneous . Moses made a lengthy intercession for the Israelites. The publican in the Temple courtyard made  a short plea for only himself . Job called out to God in his anger and despair. Mary called out to him in joy and exultation. Some prayed in synagogues; others in streets. Some spoke with the tongues of angels; others stammered. Some prayed in priestly robes; others in sackcloth and ashes. However they came with there prayers, they came. In their own way. With their own words. Standing or kneeling, they came. Raising their hands or clenching their fist, they came. Full of food or fasting, they came. And maybe there’s something to be learned from that. Maybe it’s not so important how we come… but that we come. “Ken Gire”

I will be posting another post shortly regarding the current events and some stories of my first week here in Peru.

Blessings

In Christ

Matthew F.

 

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The journey ahead

Hello friends & family!

 

    It’s been a while since I wrote the last post however, I have mentioned that this would be the best way to keep up with me, and that I would begin writing regularly so here is the first of many post. As most of you may or may not know I have an upcoming 5 week trip in South America specifically in Peru, I am going on this journey to pray about the locations for planting Churches in Peru and inquire of the Lord as to where He would want to begin. I booked my ticket and arranged my plans some 2 months ago about what I would be doing over there and how I would spend my time but how many of us know that when you follow the Lord it doesn’t matter how well you plan something out He’s quiet capable of changing the plans. I originally was going to go over there for a 5 week prayer journey but the Lord seems to have a better plan in mind, as I began communicating with my contact over there we began to discuss what I wanted to do over there and the reason behind my trip. I had planned this 5 week expedition with little intentions of making it a “Missions Trip” as we were talking my contact began to plan out the trip, he added lots of travel and made sure my time there would be well spent. I thought to myself this is going to be incredible because He had planned lots of travel, but also lots of opportunity to teach others about the word of God and share with them some of the things He has been teaching me over the past few months. I don’t know what to expect out of this trip but I do know one thing, I am excited for the journey God has me on, and I am humbled to be a part of His greater plan. 

 

   Matthew 

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Made For More

I have been recently pondering thoughts/idea’s as to what I would officially name my blog, and after consideration I have came up with “Made For More” Coming from the Scripture in John 14:12. Which says this, 12 “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father.

I want to discuss this verse and help you understand that you and I were made for more than ordinary, we were made for greater than.

John 14:12 starts off with “Most assuredly” the Greek word for “Most Assuredly” is Amen meaning a truth, a confirmation. It was a custom which passed over from the synagogues into the Christian assemblies that when he who had read or discoursed had offered up a solemn prayer to God. The others in attendance responded with Amen, and thus made the substance of what was uttered their own.

Other scriptures or versions might say Truly, Verily, Most assuredly or I tell you the Truth.

Jesus is trying to help us understand from the first two words in this verse that what He says is trustworthy, what He says is completely true. He’s making a proclamation from the beginning, that the works we will do are greater than what He did in his time here on this earth.

He says from the start “Trust what I am saying it’s completely true!” What Jesus say’s and what He does comes from His Father. He only does what He sees His Father do. John 5:19-21 19 Then Jesus answered and said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees the Father do; for whatever He does, the Son also does in like manner. 20 For the Father loves the Son, and shows Him all things that He Himself does; and He will show Him greater works than these, that you may marvel. 21 For as the Father raises the dead and gives life to them, even so the Son gives life to whom He will. We need to say Amen, and make this our reality, we need to make it our own substance.

Jesus speaks another profound sentence in John 14:12 ” I say to you, he who believes in Me.”

Jesus wants us to know we can trust what He says to be true because He does nothing apart from the Father. He desires us to trust what He says to be true, followed by believing. Jesus declares what he says to be true and make it our own then He says now believe it. The word Believe occurs over 90 times in the gospel of John alone. The Greek word for believe is Pisteuo it means to place trust in one another.

Jesus starts off by saying look you can trust what I say to be true, and you accomplish it by trusting in Me. Jesus wants us to trust in His character, and His person. Without trusting in the person of Jesus we will never do a greater work. He wants us to look to HIM not a miracle, He wants us to look at Him not a sign or wonder, He wants us to believe, and trust in Him because He is the way. John 14:1 Jesus starts off by saying “Let not your heart be troubled you believe in God, believe also in Me. Everyone believes in God but if you start talking about Jesus it weird’s people out however, Jesus is saying look I know you believe in God believe also in me. John 14:6 Jesus states that He is the way to the Father meaning Unless you believe in Jesus you will never have access to God. Though you believe in God He will not answer your prayer, He will not heal your disease and He will not save you. Jesus states He is the way to the Father He is the way to life He is the way to the miraculous, He is the way to raising dead people to life again, He is the way to healing sickness and disease, He is the way to casting out demons, He is the way to Heaven, He is the way to everything that belongs to the Father and He is the way to greater works.

The final declaration Jesus makes is that we will do greater works.

“He who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works he will also do,”

The Greek word for greater is kī, and it literally means also, likewise, the same thing what I do you do. He literally means you will do what He did plus more! I think Jesus gave us the example by showing us what we could do, not only through His 3 years of ministry, but through the entire book of Acts.

Jesus goes on to let us know the assurance of His word by letting us know that He Himself goes to His Father to ensure this. Jeremiah 1:12 says He watches over His word to perform it. “Then the Lord said to me, “You have seen well, for I am ready to perform My word.”

Because I go to My Father is the closing statement to verse 12.

The Greek word for Father here is Patēr. The translation for this word is so long because it attempts to describe God, because that is who Jesus is referring to Abba Father God. The God who created the Heaven’s and the earth in Genesis 1:1 The God who upholds everything by the Word of His power Hebrews 1:3. He wants us to know that we are capable of doing greater works than anything He did because God is the power source through which they are accomplished, Jesus goes on in verse 13 to give us the HOW to “How to do greater works”

He talks about trusting what He says, trusting Him as a person and He declares if you do. The works He did you will do also, and greater because He will go to His Father then in verse 13 tells us how this all works.

John 14:13 And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.

He empowers us through His name to do the works He did and greater, because through His name God is glorified. The important part of verse 13 is the the Greek word derived from ASK it’s aiteō and it means to ask, desire, beg, require, crave, demand or call for. Which adds a whole new meaning to our prayers in Jesus name. In the Gospel of Luke 8:43-46 the Woman with the issue of blood “Ask” through the crowd and touches Jesus and is immediately healed. This woman has set the example for which you and I are to operate on the bases of John 14:12.

She knew who Jesus was, trusted that He was able to heal her, believed that He could heal her knew that He had the authority and power and made a Demand and as a result the Father was glorified. The essence for doing greater works is to Glorify the Father. Every time a greater work is done It brings Glory to the Father.

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The power of choice

The Power of Choice

Recently I have had many opportunities to choose from. As I was faced with deadlines and dates to make a decision, it dawned on me that the choices we make carry a powerful outcome and have the potential to change the course in life in which I was on. Let me see if I can break this down a little.

An electric outlet is always carrying power whether or not you have something plugged into it, however, the source of that power does not stop if there is nothing plugged in.

Our choices are much like an electric outlet. They are always carrying power to alter or change the course of our life or someone else’s. We need to realize that our choices carry such power. So the question that remains is this. What would our lives look like if we were always plugged into the realization that our choices carry exceptional power?

How would your life look different? How would your day be different? How would the lives of those around you be different?

How would the Kingdom of God look different?

Consider this, how many times have you ever done something and after the fact you think to yourself, I should have done that differently, or I could have said that differently.

If you and I will take a moment to understand the power behind the choices we make and the power they carry I bet some of our choices would be different.

Remember the choices you make carry more power than you think.

My challenge to those who read this is simply this.

The next time you make a choice take a moment and ask yourself this question. What will be different based on the choice that I am about to make, and who will this choice effect?

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The beginning of something impossible

Hello all,

I have a lot on my heart and a lot more on my mind especially when it comes to all that the Lord is doing. However, there is this constant theme that I continue to find heavy on my heart and deep in my spirit, and that is the possibilities of the impossible. In the beginning of the year as I was praying and really just seeking the Lord trying to grasp a vision for what this year would mean, or what it would look like. The only question I could ask myself was what would it look like if I lived this year believing God for the most impossible ideas or plans. What would it look like if instead of believing God to do something impossible this year that He can do the impossible every day? What would it really look like if you and I were to believe God for the impossible everyday that we live? Well before you and I are to decide what it might look like to see the impossible everyday we must first ask ourselves the question of what’s impossible.

Here is a list of the 37 recorded Miracles in the Bible              Matthew     Mark       Luke          John

1 Jesus Turns Water into Wine 2:1-11
2 Jesus Heals an Official’s Son 4:43-54
3 Jesus Drives Out an Evil Spirit 1:21-27 4:31-36
4 Jesus Heals Peter’s Mother-in-Law 8:14-15 1:29-31 4:38-39
5 Jesus Heals Many Sick at Evening 8:16-17 1:32-34 4:40-41
6 First Miraculous Catch of Fish 5:1-11
7 Jesus Cleanses a Man With Leprosy 8:1-4 1:40-45 5:12-14
8 Jesus Heals a Centurion‘s Servant 8:5-13 7:1-10
9 Jesus Heals a Paralytic 9:1-8 2:1-12 5:17-12
10 Jesus Heals a Man’s Withered Hand 12:9-14 3:1-6 6:6-11
11 Jesus Raises a Widow’s Son in Nain 7:11-17
12 Jesus Calms a Storm 8:23-27 4:35-41 8:22-25
13 Jesus Casts Demons into a Herd of Pigs 8:28-33 5:1-20 8:26-39
14 Jesus Heals a Woman in the Crowd 9:20-22 5:25-34 8:42-48
15 Jesus Raises Jairus’ Daughter to Life 9:18,
23-26
5:21-24,
35-43
8:40-42,
49-56
16 Jesus Heals Two Blind Men 9:27-31
17 Jesus Heals a Man Unable to Speak 9:32-34
18 Jesus Heals an Invalid at Bethesda 5:1-15
19 Jesus Feeds 5,000 14:13-21 6:30-44 9:10-17 6:1-15
20 Jesus Walks on Water 14:22-33 6:45-52 6:16-21
21 Jesus Heals Many Sick in Gennesaret 14:34-36 6:53-56
22 Jesus Heals a Gentile Woman’s Demon-Possessed Daughter 5:21-28 7:24-30
23 Jesus Heals a Deaf and Dumb Man 7:31-37
24 Jesus Feeds 4,000 15:32-39 8:1-13
25 Jesus Heals a Blind Man at Bethsaida 8:22-26
26 Jesus Heals a Man Born Blind 9:1-12
27 Jesus Heals a Boy with a Demon 17:14-20 9:14-29 9:37-43
28 Miraculous Temple Tax in a Fish’s Mouth 17:24-27
29 Jesus Heals a Blind, Mute Demoniac 12:22-23 11:14-23
30 Jesus Heals a Crippled Woman 13:10-17
31 Jesus Heals a Man With Dropsy on the Sabbath 14:1-6
32 Jesus Cleanses Ten Lepers 17:11-19
33 Jesus Raises Lazarus from the Dead 11:1-45
34 Jesus Restores Sight to Bartimaeus 20:29-34 10:46-52 18:35-43
35 Jesus Withers the Fig Tree 21:18:22 11:12-14
36 Jesus Heals a Servant’s Severed Ear 22:50-51
37 Second Miraculous Catch of Fish 21:4-11

Maybe instead of asking ourselves the question of what it looks like to see the impossible is the wrong question,  because all throughout scripture we see God doing the impossible. Perhaps you and I need to start BELIEVING that He is able!

Matthew 19:26  But Jesus looked at them and said to them, “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.

Genesis 18:14 Is anything too hard for the Lord? At the appointed time I will return to you, according to the time of life, and Sarah shall have a son.”

Numbers 11:23 23 And the Lord said to Moses, “Has the Lord’s arm been shortened? Now you shall see whether what I say will happen to you or not.”

Job 42:2 “I know that You can do everything,
And that no purpose of Yours can be withheld from You.

Isaiah 59:1 Behold, the Lord’s hand is not shortened,

That it cannot save;
Nor His ear heavy,
That it cannot hear.

Jeremiah 32:17 17 ‘Ah, Lord God! Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and outstretched arm. There is nothing too hard for You.

Luke 1:37 37 For with God nothing will be impossible.”

So the question remains. What will it take for you and I to begin to believe that our God is in the business of making the impossible, possible.

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