5:31 AM

The Things That Are Seen....

2 Corinthians 4:17-18 - For our light affliction which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and external weight of glory; while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.

In case you haven't noticed, everything around you, everything you can see, is subject to change. The natural realm is actually constantly changing. Circumstances change, the way we look changes, nature is in constant motion. Yes everything that is seen is temporal. I don't know about you but that gives me peace. I know some people might not like change, but without change breakthroughs couldn't happen and growth coulden't happen. I don't know about you, but I welcome breakthrough and change. It ministers peace to me to know that change is possible. Whether it be a change in our character, our finances, our family situations, or something else. I always welcome a change for the better.

Also, it's even more exciting to me that there are some things that don't change. There are some things we can count on no matter what. Eternal things don't change. They are static, fixed and not subject to change. God who is eternal changes not. (Malachi 3:6). Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever. (Hebrews 13:8) Also, the word of God is eternal and doesn't change. (Psalm 119:89) God doesn't alter the thing that goes forth out of his mouth or go back on his words and covenants. (Psalm 89:34) The Lord's character, will and nature have never changed. He thinks the same way today as he did before the foundation of the world.

If you really embrace this concept it will strengthen your faith. God is dependable. His word is dependable and if you continue to stand on it in the face of challenges, 2 Cor. 4:17-18 says our light affliction will last just for a moment. So next time you receive a bad report, stand on God's word and don't be moved. Get a scripture out that speaks to that situation. For example, if you get an unexpected bill in the mail that you don't know how you are going to pay. Take Philippians 4:19 and stand on it, speak it out loud and believe it. Or if you get a negative doctor's report. You can just respond be saying, "Well, this is temporal. It's subject to change. I'm not going to focus on this, I'm going to focus on the eternal things, things that don't change. I'm going to believe God's word that says by his stripes I'm healed. This doctors report is subject to change and by faith I see it reversed."

So let's all make a decision to stand firm today on eternal things and not let the temporal situations in life steal our joy. Believe the word for your kids, your marriage, your finances, your unsaved loved ones. Believe that God is able to turn anything around. See it done. Get your heart in agreement with God's word and watch the circumstances change!

3:13 PM

The Process of Vision

For those of you that know me, you know I'm big on vision. I love everything about vision. I love writing vision, helping others tap into a vision and really believe that vision is a very important key to living a fulfilling life.

Here's a couple of my favorite scriptures on vision:

Habakkuk 2:2-3, "And the Lord answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it. For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it because it will surely come, it will not tarry."

Proverbs 29:18, "Where there is no vision, the people perish." (I heard one preacher say this version of it, "Where there is no prophetic vision or insight, the people perish." I like that.)

You know we have to have a vision for our lives, but can't vision be so frustrating at times? Why is that? Well number one, it's because God's vision for our lives is a revelation. It cannot be logically or mentally figured out, it's a mystery that has to be revealed to us by God. I don't know about you, but I'm the kind of person that wants the answer and wants it now. But the thing about vision is that it's like putting together a puzzle or even sometimes like a Rubik's cube. You have to get the pieces in the right place before anything starts to look right. Sometimes with vision, we have the pieces all out of order. Or sometimes we are missing important pieces that we need in order to see the big picture. Regardless there's only one thing to do. Focus on the vision and pray, pray, pray for wisdom.

So I ask you, what's the vision for your life? When is the last time you looked at it? Maybe it's time to get it back out, pray over it and see if the Lord reveals something new or shows you a new step. One thing I do know, time spent meditating on the vision God has for our lives is never wasted time.

Blessings, until next time...

6:32 AM

Happy New Year!

Happy new year and welcome to the new Schlyce Jimenez Ministries blogsite. That's right, the time to launch the ministry God has placed in my heart has finally arrived! Needless to say, I couldn't be more excited. When Brian and I felt led to move to Colorado last year, we knew it was purposeful but we weren't exactly sure what the Lord had up his sleeve.

We've always had the desire to live in the mountains, but we didn't really think it was part of the ministry. We just thought maybe we'll have a retreat or vacation home there someday. But then last year in prayer, the Lord spoke to my heart from Haggai 1:8 which says "Go up to the mountain, and bring wood, and build the house; and I will take pleasure in it, and I will be glorified saith the Lord."

So here we are, not even a year later, living right at the base of Pike's Peak and preparing to build a ministry. Actually the town we live in is Cascade, Colorado. It's a small town about 8 miles from Colorado Springs. You take this great little highway up the mountain towards Pike's Peak that runs right beside a beautiful mountain stream to get to our new house. It's breathtaking, really. Everytime I drive home I think of the scripture in Psalm 37:4 which says "Delight yourself in the Lord, and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart." God is so wonderful and has been so good to us!

So needless to say Brian and I are overjoyed at what the Lord has planned for us in 2008. We're seeking the Lord and praying over the vision for the ministry and currently in the process of forming a 501c3 for Schlyce Jimenez Ministries (SJM). We have so much in our hearts. We're currently praying about the structure of the ministry and whether we should start a church or prayer and healing center. Honestly, I've never envisioned myself as a pastor although I've always known I would start churches. Go figure... Also, I've had a prayer and healing center in my heart for a long time so I know that this is a big part of the vision. So if anything, please keep Brian and I in your prayers regarding receiving God's blueprint for the ministry.

If we know one thing for sure, it's that this is God's house not ours. So we want to make sure that we build it to his exact specifications. Which reminds me. The first monthly publication for Schlyce Jimenez Ministries is scheduled to be mailed this week. In it I talk about getting on God's program for 2008. It also includes a propehcy for new year and a prayer confession designed to help us fulfill God's plans this year. So if you'd like to get on our mailing list, please contact Schlyce Jimenez Ministries at PO Box 12, Cascade CO 80809 or at info@sjmi.org.

God bless you and keep walking by faith!