Gerry & Julie Gutierrez' Update
Dear friends of my husband, Gerry Gutierrez,
The following is from Gerry’s journal and I want to take this opportunity to share with you. I want to share because I witness as a wife, the deep, deep love and genuine heartfelt concern my husband carries for those whose lives he seeks to touch…touch for the honor and glory of Jesus and to truly shine for Jesus!
Gerry awakens in the early morning hours to God stirring in his heart. He leaps to his Bible and Journal putting pen to paper while being Holy Spirit guided.
This in part is his daily routine seeking to inspire his friends that he encourages all over the world through his Radio ministry and the Internet.
I hope you find Gerry’s writings encouraging as have I. With great honor I would be most pleased to send more of the same upon request.
Pray for MTW and us as we seek together God’s will for our lives. And please also pray for me as I study Spanish in this year of adjustment and preparation for the ministry.
In the precious name of Jesus our Lord,
Julie Marie Gutierrez
January 27, 2014
“Teach Them to Obey”
The Great Commission is to teach people to obey what they already know about Jesus.
The gospel according to God the Father as stated in the Mountain of Transfiguration and introduced at the baptism of Jesus is clear:
Jesus is the Son of God
“This is my son”
Depth is more of the shallow! The same water at the edge of a sleepy, white sandy beach that wets the legs of a 3-year-old little boy and his bucket is the same water that surrounded a nuclear submarine in the deepest oceans.
The drops of water from the melting snow of the Andes are the same drops of water that thousands of miles later become the great Amazon River and the mighty Atlantic Ocean.
As you understand an atom you will understand the solar system; as you understand a living cell you will understand the body; when you understand Jesus, as God in the flesh, then you will understand God. Though many things in Scripture are full of mystery and hard to understand, it is designed by God to keep us dependent on Him and humble at the same time.
“It is the glory of God to conceal a matter; to search out a matter is the glory of kings” (Proverbs 25:2).
Our intellectual peace will rest as long as we remember that the secret things belong to God, but the revealed things belong to us and to our children from generation to generation.
God in his infinite love and wisdom has made that which is important and indispensable for salvation plain, clear, and transparent for us to enjoy. At the ocean of God’s infinite wisdom and at the safe edge of His grace, and as in the shallow sandy beaches where 3 to 12 year olds play happily, we dwell within the view of the angels of the Lord who encamps near those who fear him. The wisdom of God the Father was such that it caused Jesus to burst in to words of praise when he said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children” (Matt. 11:25).
“For this was your good pleasure”.
It is to the pleasure of God to place the cookie jar of his truth on the lower shelves at the reach of the little ones, otherwise by climbing to the upper shelf they may fall empty handed.
Yes! The cookie jar has been placed on the lower shelf, so if the tall, the high and mighty want to have a taste of it they will do so only as they bend their knees and bow their tall self in a child-like manner and join the fun of those about whom Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven” (Matt. 18:3). ;
“Unless you become like one of these little ones of mine, you will never enter in to the kingdom of God.” “Let the little children come to me, for such is the kingdom of God”.
Notice that the kingdom of God is not offered only to little children but also to those “such” as little children.
Remember that truth is not of those who master it as if it was a concept or a formula or even a trade - truth is to be received because truth is a person and that is Jesus who said, “I am the Truth”.
One learns more by submission, reception and just accepting than by hard study; it is by grace and not works we are saved by the knowledge of God in Jesus.
We do not apprehend the truth but we are apprehended by the truth. If truth is apprehended then it is truth under control – like a policeman who apprehended a felon and handcuffed him and threw him in to jail closing the iron gates behind him.
Truth under control makes the learner of truth its master. For instance, the Roman soldiers apprehended Jesus and handcuffed him, slapped, spit upon him, pierced him, crucified and killed him. But these soldiers could not have been farther from the truth, as mean, domineering and in control of the physical body of Jesus.
On the other hand, the disciples, even though they were far and separated from Jesus by persecution, death and ascension, they were one with the truth by submission and obedience to the mastery of Jesus the Truth.
Jesus in his Great Commission pleads with his disciples for one thing and one thing only:
This is the heart of the Great Commission and the content of that commission is: “Everything that Jesus has commanded”. Thus the disciples went to Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria and the rest of the world trying to teach people to obey Jesus. Now let us see how John the most beloved disciple of Jesus understood and practiced the Great Commission.
We must remember that John did not have the New Testament as we have it now. However, by this, I am not excluding the rest of the sixty-six books of the Bible. We are focusing on the tip of the spear to make a beachhead on the hearts and minds of men, that because of sin there is a short attention span to the things of God.
By the words of John we can safely conclude that the content of their message was “Jesus and his teaching”.
“That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched – this we proclaim concerning the word of life. The life appeared; we have seen it and testified to it, and we proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and has appeared to us. We claim to you what we have seen and heard so that you may also have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with the Son, Jesus Christ. We write this to make our joy complete” (I John 1: 1 – 4).
This was the understanding and practice of the Great Commission by John.
“Teach them to obey Jesus by lifting Jesus”.
For Jesus said, “If I will be lifted up, I will draw all men unto myself”.
Jesus is the light of the world that attracts men, just as a bright light bulb attracts bugs at night.
When any and every preacher understands and obeys this instruction of Jesus, he will experience the power of the gospel as Jesus himself attracting men to the fellowship.
How long or short-lived this experience is in the life of a minister, it will be in direct proportion of how faithful he is to remember Jesus and the power of his name.
There is power and authority, but only in the name of Jesus the Lord.
When a preacher stops lifting the name of Jesus he immediately and unavoidably experiences a set-back, and instead of repenting and going back where he exited off, he desperately begins to create new activities, programs, projects, gimmicks and the Amish saying becomes true of him: “The hurrier I go the behinder I get”.
If the axe has lost its sharpness, double strength will be needed.
When a man forgets his First Love, and when he takes his eyes off the Lord Jesus, like Peter, he is bound to fall and sink.
The storms of life overwhelm the gentle voice of Jesus. The waves and the wind distracted Peter from his focus on Jesus; consequently he sunk, only to hear the ever-present immutable voice of the Master who changes not, that he is not consumed.
Why did you doubt? Jesus asked Peter. This is a rhetorical question that has an implicit answer.
“There was no reason for you to doubt”. “I am with you always to the end of the ages”
Therefore the followers of Jesus have rightly concluded that progress in the faith is beginning again and again in Jesus. It is to remember to obey.
“Going back to our first and only Love is the key of growth and progress”.
In contrast to John’s obedience to Jesus and his Great Commission, in our time and age we seem to have succumbed to the expectations of a “seeker friendly people and we are consuming our time and energy in instruction and more educations of “things never heard and never spoken before” and we address issues that take us away from our focus in Jesus and the power of his name.
First of all the question is: Is there such a thing as “seekers”? Consider this is the light of Scripture that says, “There is no one who seeks God, not even one”. This concept could not be right. If by seeker we mean the people who wander into our fellowship, then we must not forget that the Father has brought them by the universal message of the cross of Jesus that attracted all men irresistibly.
It is high treason to deny the teaching about Jesus to them whom the Father has called to himself. The case example is that of the Ethiopian eunuch who went to Jerusalem 1200 miles on foot in search of Jesus but did not find teaching about obedience to Jesus, due to the fact that those who knew Jesus were persecuted, scattered or hiding in safety.
But God who is the true “seeker”, who himself works the will and desire to seek, will never leave anyone who wants to listen to his son without a witness, just like he sent his obedient servant Philip into the desert to meet the Ethiopian Eunuch to whom he spoke about Jesus and his cross.
A word of testimony is fitting at this time. All my youth have been spent seeking political solutions to problems in humanity. And if I entertained dialog with the followers of Jesus, it was not due to their political solutions to the problems of society because in my view they did not have any such political solutions. When I spoke with them, it was because of the supernatural nature of their message. I did not know it was Christ I was looking for without knowing that Jesus was the Christ of God the Messiah, the answer of all mans problems. It was Jesus whom I needed - it is Him who I want to follow and proclaim.
If a believer does not seek to teach people to obey Jesus, it is better total silence than pious and fruitless religiosity.
All this has led us to ask the question of how much do I need more instruction and teaching, when I am not even practicing that which I have already attained?
The proverbial and popular saying seems to be fitting at this moment. “ I need more instruction as much as I need a hole in my head”. That is to say, I do not need a hole in my head nor do I need new teachings apart from Jesus, even if this teaching may come from an angel of heaven.
More than ever before we need to eat from the little scroll of Revelation 10: 9-11. Eat the sweet little scroll that sours the stomach – Jesus is sweet, but his claims are nonnegotiable. Jesus whose desire, will, and command is that we may obey everything he has communicated. Jesus is the mind of God revealed. Jesus is the ‘Red Letter’ word of God written with his own life and blood. Pursue the mind of Jesus. Seek unity.
“Teach them to obey”. Says the Lord of lords and the King of kings. And God the Father says, “Listen to Him”.
Let us lift and obey Jesus.
PS: “ Behold, I am coming soon! Blessed is he who keeps the words of the prophecy in this book”.