Gerry & Julie Gutierrez' Update
January 1, 2015
Attached [see below] you shall find a picture of some small gifts from loved ones.
These little stones have traveled farther and wider in the world than the tie clip I got in the Oval Office in the White House. Gifts are expressions of worth. These are precious stones to me, more for who gave it to me than its real value. They are prayer reminders.
"For God so loved the world that he "gave". The most precious gift of all is the gift of self. No wonder why rejection is such a great sin against the giver.
Recently I was reminded of the words “belong” and “disowned”. Married women in Latin American countries keep their last name and add their husband’s last name as “Of Gutierrez”. There is a sense of belonging to the household of her husband and to no other man. She has given herself to her husband by marriage. She can be disowned only by unfaithfulness.
Do you belong to someone? Does someone have a sense of belonging to you? Jesus prayed that we might be one. (John seventeen). Jesus never advocate for dependence from one another. Neither did Jesus advocate for independence from one another. Jesus was for interdependence from one another. “You lean on me and I will lean on you. If we seek independence from that kind of relationship we will fall? But together we will stand”.
No wonder why Jesus designed "The Lord's Prayer" with the umbrella word "OUR" Father. Jesus requires the need to get together and agree according God's will for a guarantee answer to prayer. It might also be proper to say now at the first day of the year 2015. "Do yourself a favor, be one and agree in Jesus with that someone if you want answer your prayers and power as a result"
To achieve unity will cost us all that we are, all that we have, all that we know and all that we can. But few things are worth dying and this is one. We must never settle to run with turkeys instead of flying with eagles. We must die to self and forget independence and seek interdependence with someone in Jesus.
Don't give yourself to a whole congregation, less you end up in togetherness instead of unity. This should be the year when we must pursue the power of faithful prayer based on the agreement of the few according the mind of Jesus. When two are totally in agreement together to the point of oneness it will be very difficult. If that is the case among few, it is nearly impossible for larger groups to become as one. We are not talking about skin-deep unity. We are talking about the example of the Godhead who being three different persons are of one will.
God said: “Let us make man into our image”. So it was said, so it was writing and so should it be done; unless of course we are satisfied with our faithful prayer and powerful life.
“Dear Lord, not ours, but your will be done”.
PS. Hugh Powlison my mentor is about to go home to be with the Lord soon. I loved that man. It cost his job to help me in my pilgrimage to the Lord Jesus.