Philippians 2:4

Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too.

glow

God placed a very special friend in my life over a year ago through providential occurrences. At our very first encounter, God spoke, “You will minister to him.” The problem…I was out of town and didn’t even know this man’s name. I said, “God you must be kidding, right?” His response was steady and sure, “You will minister to him.” The conviction was so strong and the voice so loud that I almost started to believe that the people around me heard God’s voice too! There was nothing left to do than to obey. That simple act of faith and obedience has taken us down a grateful road for well over a year.

Through a series of special “God winks,” we have become good friends and have shared life together. Even more, you would never “put us together” by society’s standards. You see, we are complete opposites honestly. This is what makes this a beautiful God-designed encounter. In full transparency, I do not care about what society tries to define upon my life. I seek to live and act like Jesus. I would venture to say that Jesus also met and shared life with people that society would consider “opposites” even today. For starters, Jesus was ridiculed for being friends with tax collectors and sinners (Luke 7:34). All I have to say is, “Praise God” that glory came down and broke bread with sinners – like you and me!

I found out today that this friend might be moving far away. “Lord, are we done?” I asked. “I thought I was to continue ministering to him. How can I do that so far away?” I continued. The Spirit stated, “I’m the One who brought you together so trust Me to deliver for physical distance is only a barrier for those who don’t believe.” I must admit, this was hard to hear! “You’re right, Lord, I humble myself and place my human restrictions and finite cognition into your control and hands.”

I call upon you too dear believers. Please pray with me. I pray that we are in agreement and in unity with our prayers for each other. I pray for God’s blessings over my friend. I pray that he will fully surrender to the King. I also pray that God will continue to equip me to minister, lead, and/or instruct however He sees fit. Ultimately, we are called to “take an interest in others.” So, our journey is not done just because of a possible move far away; it is just beginning a new chapter.

Question: Are you taking an interest in others around you?

Thankful,

Christian Armetta

4 thoughts on “Glow

  1. My dear brother, the Lord our God is faithful!
    After reading your post before bed, I didn’t really have a response although it has a profound impact on me.
    Actually, it convicted me! As I was settling in to begin preparing for my nightly reading Holy Spirit began to give inspiration on the message He wants to deliver through me on Friday.
    I had planned to read Isaiah 61; however, I was led to read Isaiah 60 first! This is when I recalled your message entitled, “Glow!” The first verse says, “Arise, SHINE, for YOUR light has come and the glory of the Lord SHINES over YOU.” I’m leaping in my spirit at this point AND then I continue reading…”
    2 For look darkness will cover the earth, and total darkness the people’s; but (I just love the Lord’s buts’) the Lord will SHINE over you and His glory will appear over YOU. 3 NATIONS will COME to YOUR LIGHT and kings to YOUR SHINING brightness. 4a Raise your eyes and look around: they all gather and come to you…
    Matthew 5:13-16 says, “YOU are the salt of the earth. But if the salt should lose its taste, how can it be made salty? It’s no longer good for anything but to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet. ( this simply means that, as Christians we must not allow anything to hinder our witness/effectiveness or in others words dim or light)
    Continuing at verse 14, “You are the LIGHT of the world. A city situated on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 No one lights a lamp and puts it under a basket, but rather on a lampstand, and it gives light for all who are in the house. 16 In the same way, let YOUR LIGHT SHINE before others, so that they may see YOUR good works and give glory to your FATHER IN HEAVEN.” 🙌🏽🙌🏽🙌🏽🙌🏽🙌🏽🙌🏽🙌🏽

    GOD IS SO GOOD! HE IS WORTHY TO BE PRAISED! BLESS HIS HOLY NAME! GREAT IS HIS FAIRHFULNESS!!!

    Much love and blessings,
    Rita

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    1. I’m speechless my friend! Your words always bring such strength and power…it never fails. It doesn’t matter if you write them or speak them – the message always brings truth and such conviction. I’m struck by your ability to preach! Yes-you most certainly can! I will definitely read Isaiah 60 and meditate on it surely.

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  2. Christian, please read the entirety of Isaiah 60. It is such a confirmation to the call of God on your life as well as the lives of ALL who call ourselves Christians!!!

    Thank you for your obedience!

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  3. I’m speechless my friend! Your words always bring such strength and power…it never fails. It doesn’t matter if you write them or speak them – the message always brings truth and such conviction. I’m struck by your ability to preach! Yes-you most certainly can! I will definitely read Isaiah 60 and meditate on it surely.

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