The 2015 Honduras Missions Team trip to Church
Sunday, February 7, 2015 we went to Betsy’s Church in the capital, Tegucigalpa, Honduras. All 50 of us.
The church was built in 1990 and is in excellent condition. Simple and clean design. No fancy and expensive stuff.
Service began with a 5 piece band with a female lead singer. The music was incredible and very up lifting. The singer was the best. What they do is project the music on a large screen. There were about 250 in attendance. The worship leader handled the opening then turns it over the Pastor Evert Monroy.
He was very high energy and Betsy wrote down for us the sermon as we all are a little slow with Spanish.
The following is his talk, very good and solid stuff.
Jeremiah 2:12 thru 13
Satisfaction is something we all want-like when we eat something really good or when we are really thirsty and we drink something refreshing.
The Bible shows we are where we can find satisfaction and where maybe we are looking for it in wrong places. Sometimes a child will bug their father for a toy until the parents give it to him and then he plays with the box and not the toy- there is satisfaction. Sometimes we think our marriage or another child will satisfy us and when we receive it we are still left with a hole, because often we look for satisfaction in the wrong places. Read Jeremiah 2:12-13
They are looking for water in broken cisterns-instead of looking for satisfaction in god-we look for satisfaction in God. If we look for satisfaction in broken cisterns, we find that only Jesus really satisfies. If you have that written in your heart, it needs to be downloaded into your heart. Only Jesus satisfies. From chapter 2:2, Jeremiah says this what God says-- remember when you loved me as a bride and followed me through the wilderness.
God seeks a relationship with his people that is a love relationship. Remember your first love- how you would do anything to be with her or him but later on when you are married and the passion to be together is less perhaps a beautiful thing as time goes by and causes temptation. If your satisfaction is coming from your marriage it can cave in. But if your true satisfaction comes from your relationship with Jesus, He will always satisfy. He protects us and is like an Oasis in the desert. We can always find refreshment for our soul in him.
When I am burdened and feel overwhelmed only Jesus will satisfy. In his Presence is plentitude of fullness of Joy. In this we find our oasis in the desert. God rebukes Israel in Jeremiah when he says don’t look for your life in broken cisterns.
Like a husband or wife says to their spouse don’t look for satisfaction elsewhere. It’s an act of ungratefulness when we look for satisfaction outside of Jesus.
If God has blessed us with satisfaction and an abundant life, if we leave him or put him in a lesser place, it’s an act of ingratitude. If we aren’t worshipping him, praying and seeking him daily, we need to reflect and ask what are we looking to for satisfaction. Only Jesus is the source of real life.
When someone feels abandoned and rejected by someone else, it affects the relationship. God is in charge of allowing us to be frustrated and unsatisfied so that we come back to him if we are seeking satisfaction in other places. He loves us.
If you want to be satisfied, look to God. Only he can satisfy your life like no one else. He is the source of living water.
The search for abundant life in the world is useless. If we are looking to make our pain go away or reduce our burdens, we can look to stagnant water but it’s nothing like reviving refreshing waters that are flowing and filling. A stagnant place can be an idol in our lives- a person or something that we look to in order to fill our lives…a person or something that we look to in order to fill our lives.
When we look to fill our needs our though others it never works. In our day there are people who are looking to meet their needs through “likes” on Facebook--- we are fried chips (laughter). An addiction can be that idol…the person looks to a certain substance to fill the hole in their lives. Pornography can be another addiction that people become enslaved by. Academia and seeking position through becoming super qualified can be another idol.
Work can become a huge idol but frustration always ensures if we are looking to that for satisfaction. There are many people who are trapped in games (video, gambling) and also when we are over busy we can look to things that will not satisfy. And what about food (you’re probably thinking: “O Pastor please don’t touch ‘food’” , but food can be something we look to for satisfaction.
Sensuality and sexually going off track are other things that can enslave us. A cistern that turns into something we look to for satisfaction becomes a place of slavery for us enslaved. Verse 16.
Our sin becomes our chains--our own chains. We deny it, but it is true. When people join AA their first step is to recognize that they are an enslaver. That’s our first step to becoming free from a broken cistern is recognizing that we are enslaved and to stop justifying it.
Verse 24… When we dig our own cistern it’s like a mule in heat—we will live unsatisfied lives if we look for satisfaction outside of God.
God says clearly that if we run after that which is not of His, we will live unsatisfied lives.
See Verse 24 &25 in conclusion.
Church was a wonderful experience. Lastly the children here are the best. They all have traveled through life experiences that would destroy most. This message is a little late as communications up here in the hills is not so great .See you soon.
Love Bill Peace
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