iCare Community Magazine
From the Editor, Angel Chavez: A Matter of Priorities
By living purposely and well-focused in the right target, our lives will produce fruits of peace and joy and at the end of our journey, we will look back fully satisfied. Some of us need to refocus and Christmas is a
perfect time to do it.
I have heard or read somewhere that the Cemeteries are the richest places on earth. Buried in the ground there are human dreams, passions, destinies, and purposes. Meaning: There are all kinds of professionals, sport champions and even most importantly great fathers and mothers who never
developed their potential because of wrong priorities.
It seems that the most difficult thing in life is to fulfil our destiny. Our God given potential and purpose
and gifts because we have been blasted for generations with lots of misconceptions or twisted wisdom, not real wisdom. For example: Study hard, work harder and you will reach your highest potential.
I took my wife a few months ago to a doctor in North Palm Beach Gardens. It was a beautiful building, and in the parking lot I saw Roll Royce, Mercedes Benz, Lexus, Tesla, etc. I thought to myself here are some smart people who have studied hard and worked hard and have reached their greatest potential.
About two hours later, on our way out of the building I saw an incredibly old man with crutches getting into the Roll Royce. An older lady in bad shape getting into the Mercedes Benz and another older person in similar shape getting into the Tesla. And I said to The Lord something is wrong with this picture, what is it?
The Lord said: “A MATTER OF PRIORITIES”
…Long silence then He continued: “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you.” Mathew 6:33
“For the Kingdom of God is not a matter of what we eat or drink, but of living a life of goodness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. If you serve Christ with this attitude, you will please God, and others will approve of you, too.” Romans 14:17,18
I SEE: THE CARS WERE OK, THEIR PROPERTIES WERE OK, BUT DOING IT GOD’S WAY WILL ADD PEACE, JOY, HEALTH, GODLY PURPOSE, BLESSED FAMILIES, AND PEACEFUL COMMUNITIES.
Please don’t argue with me that those people are full of peace, joy and righteousness. Nobody with bad health is, I know it by experience.
WE MUST RETARGET AND REFOCUS OUR PRIORITIES: DON’T PRIORITIZE PERISHABLE THINGS.
“Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, you want to be with me because I fed you, not because you understood the miraculous signs. But don’t be so concerned about perishable things like food. Spend your energy seeking the eternal life that the Son of Man can give you.” John 6:26-28
Is God against work? No, he is not. As a matter of fact, He has personally prepared beforehand in the spiritual, all the works we must perform in the natural, individually, for each of us.
“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” Ephesians 2:10
When we worship material things, we get just that… material things. And the material things that we collect out of God’s agenda will be burying us and somebody younger will enjoy them; not us. Instantly I lost my admiration for that order of things. I am not saying all material things are bad. The order in which we place them in our heart, is what is wrong.
What is the correct way of doing things? God’s way. What is God’s way?
“Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.” 3 John 1:2
“Delight yourself also in the Lord, And He shall give you the desires of your heart”. Psalm 37:4
If you think that God does not want you to have good things, you are wrong. God’s will for all is that we prosper in all things and we enjoy good health but as our soul prospers.
Yes, God’s will for many is to become millionaires, billionaires and trillionaires. He personally made some like that in the Bible and out of the Bible, but these men walked with God. Meaning their wealth
was a result of them walking with God and doing it God’s way.
THAT IS HEALTHY WEALTH THAT WILL NOT DIMINISH OUR OWN HEALTH.
Finally, brethren, work is good if we perform it under His direction and strength:
• Let us work building our inner man.
• Let us work in learning how to walk in His love.
• Let us work in keeping our spirit, soul, and body healthy.
Working like that will keep us focused and full of His peace and joy. “Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blamelessly at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ”. 1 Thessalonian 5:23-24.
MERRY CHRISTMAS… Start your Holy Season by Praying and connecting: Lord, I do believe that Jesus of Nazareth took my place in the Cross. Lord, I am sorry for all my sins against you and against my own life, please forgive me. I believe Jesus was raised on the third day for my justification. Jesus, I receive you as my Lord and Savior.
Your Holy blood cleanses me right now and God gives me a new heart and eternal life. Now my name is written in the book of life, guaranteed by the following written law: “That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made
unto salvation” Romans 10:9-10
If you made this prayer, email me at: email@example.com. I would love to share your joy and send you material for balanced growth in the grace of the Lord. Also, send this letter to anyone you know as a testimony of your faith.