God’s Will

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What is God’s Will for My Life?

This age old question has been thought provoking since the beginning of time. At some point in our human span of existence, whether we believe in God or not, we all question our earthly purpose. Why am I here? Where did I come from? I’m certain you have contemplated these very things before yourself. Do you know the answer? Do you find yourself wondering what the answers are? These are good questions. Even the most intellectually gifted bible scholars and theologians have considered these questions at some time or another in their quest for truth. We often continue to ponder these things before and even after we give our life to Christ. We should always be considering our deep purpose. So how do we know? How do we know all the bible says is true? How do we know God is real? How do we know, after we believe, what our purpose is here on earth?

Think back to our beginning by first looking at creation.

GEN. 1: 1 says, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”

The first four words of the bible are crucial. “IN THE BEGINNING GOD.” Stopping there reveals a vital piece. It shows us God was around in the beginning, even before. You would know God is the focus of all things beginning AND you would note, nothing happened prior to God. He always was.

**Right now you are in one of two places; either you are saved by the blood of Jesus Christ and you believe and know without a doubt when you die you will be reconciled to God or you are not. You might be in a place of doubt or uncertainty but the facts remain, either you are currently in a growing relationship with Him or you are not. If you are not and you are still searching for answers, it is normal. If you truly ask God to reveal His realness to you, He will. Questioning God is ok, but only if we are willing to follow in obedience after He guides us to the truth.

If you are a believer, I rejoice in you being my brother or sister in Christ. This means you identify your sin and understand how it separates you from God. It means you do not want sin creating a spiritual blockade. It means you recognize how God’s love covers your sins and if you are willing, He will take away the burden of sin and cleanse you, allowing for a relationship to be born with your Heavenly Father. This IS the single most important decision you can EVER make in your life. That being said we can move on to understanding our purpose.

As believers, we have a purpose. We are to first, “Love God and Love People.” These are the two greatest God given commandments through His Son Jesus. Before the ascension of Jesus Christ into His heavenly home, He spells out our purpose at the end of Matthew 28, verses 19-20, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”  As a Christian, we have three callings of purpose or responsibilities to God, ourselves and others; Love God, love people, share the Good News. How God calls me to respond to these commands can most certainly look different than how another believer is called. My desires to love God could be spending time praying for an hour every morning and reading scripture. Someone else might sing praises focused on His biblical truths in a different format. Someone might love people by offering a homeless man a meal while another might love their brother by listening to something they are going through. Sharing the good news might be walking up to total strangers and sharing Jesus Christ or by praying with a group of close family members and talking to them about God. It is important to recognize that God creates differing opportunities to interact with others through our faith and if we are faithful and obediently embrace those opportunities, we will see God at work. Do not compare yourself with others and their way of answering how God speaks to them. Ask God to give you specific talents and desires to connect with Him and connect others to Him in a way that works for you. God has provided the resources to get out of our zone of comfort for His glory.

What is God’s specific purpose for my life? After we put God first in all we do, we wonder, what about a career path and a spouse and children? God has given each of us specific skills and desires to pursue and master to use for His benefit. There is no specific formula for figuring that out. I do know when I was going through a time in life and trying to get this question answered, God kept putting deaf people on my mind. I enjoyed ASL and did not really know why. I can look back 15 years now and see the divine plan God had and how He turned my interest into passion and passion into pursuit for His glory. Ask, Seek, Knock. Ask God. He will listen. Seek different ideas and what interests you. Knock, question and God will tell you yes or no.

You are worthwhile. You are cherished. You are important in the big picture of God’s story and your story is in God’s hands. Do not fear it, question it and seek His will in your life and you will be amazed at how God writes your story.


Verses for prayer in regards to purpose:

Mark 12:30-31 And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”

Psalm 119:105 Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.

Jeremiah 29:11-13 For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you. You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart.

John 16:13 When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come.

Exodus 9:16 But for this purpose I have raised you up, to show you my power, so that my name may be proclaimed in all the earth.

Welcome

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Welcome to Deaf 316 Ministries!

Did you know???

  • Most deaf people have never seen the name of Jesus signed in their own language and are dying lost.
  • Only 2% of the entire world’s 35 million deaf are reached by the gospel of Jesus Christ.
  • Very few biblical resources exist in sign language, the native language of the deaf community.
  • The deaf are some of the least evangelized people on earth.

Why should you care???

HELL IS REAL AND 98% OF THE DEAF ARE GOING THERE.

Yeah, I know what you are thinking…

“WHOA, Lindsey, that is a harsh statement.”

The reality of the situation is, anyone who dies without the saving knowledge of Christ in the form of a personal relationship with Him, will be eternally separated from God. This includes the deaf population.

After searching across the internet for deaf ministries that focused on making biblical resources accessible to the deaf, I became aware that very little was being done.

Individuals who use sign language as their primary language to communicate become lost in the hearing world. They are left confused about how to pursue a relationship with the One True God.

The goal of this ministry is to simply take all of the biblical resources that the hearing world takes for granted and make them accessible to the deaf.

Our mission is to provide the deaf community with the knowledge and love of Jesus through video devotionals, personal testimonies and biblical resources in their own language.

Every video will also have a written transcript allowing the hearing community to benefit as well. We also aim to connect the hearing community with the deaf by providing free resources to learn American Sign Language (ASL).

Deaf 316 provides every person the opportunity to connect and get involved with a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ, regardless of their fluency in ASL.

How can you have a direct impact on reaching the deaf for Jesus?

Prayer Support

It is vital for us to have other believers coming together on behalf of this ministry to advocate to the King for its success.

Financial Support

Your financial partnership regardless of amount will greatly and directly impact the future of Deaf 316 Ministries. Please prayerfully consider becoming a monthly donor to Deaf 316.

Please visit www.deaf316.org/support-us to set up your tax deductible donation today!

Whether you are deaf or hearing, this website is for you! This is the perfect place for all individuals to be encouraged and connect with others worldwide who communicate through sign language. 

Scripture Memorization

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Scripture Memorization

As with anything in life in which perfection is the esteemed goal, practice is required. When I was first learning ASL, I did not make it a priority. I was taking the class because truthfully I thought it would be easy. I was required to take two years of a foreign language before I could graduate, like every other high school student. The first few weeks I coasted through the class carefree. It did not bother me to show up to class unprepared until one day my teacher, who was deaf, decided to give us a pop quiz. “Great.”  I thought. I was blindsided and my grade reflected what I already knew, I failed the quiz. Once I started taking the course seriously, an amazing thing happened, I started to really enjoy the class. I found joy in memorizing the signs and my skills became more natural. We often treat scripture this way too. We read the stories, we know what happens, we know just enough to get by. We do not see the value to know them by memory? Memorizing scripture can reshape how we live our lives and how confidently we share our faith.

Memorization is a skill that is built, take it slow. Start off small by memorizing one verse a week. This tip is something I got from the MacArthur Daily Study Bible (EXCELLENT resource by the way). In a year’s time, you will have successfully memorized 52 verses. Start with the ones you know and add to them continually.

Knowing scriptures by memory will help and benefit you in a variety of ways. Here are a few examples of what scripture memorization can do for you.

  1. Increase your knowledge. ~Proverbs 2:10 “For wisdom will come into your heart, and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul.”
  2. Comfort others by communicating the gospel. We all have Family members, classmates, coworkers, friends and neighbors who are struggling. Some hide it better than others, but the Holy Spirit working in you will open your eyes to discern who might need a word from the Lord. Scripture brings comfort, joy, encouragement, hope, salvation and freedom to those around you. ~John 8:32 “You shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free.” Knowing scripture strengthens our faith and opens the door to share Christ’s love. We have confidence in the truth to share without fear of rejection or disbelief.
  3. Defeat Satan. Jesus Himself was tempted in the wilderness by Satan. The words of truth from the scriptures protected Jesus from stumbling. Read Matt. 4:1-11 Let those verses serve as a reminder, Jesus can conquer the schemes of the devil, so can I.
  4. Defeat Sin. Satan knows our areas of vulnerability. When we are equipped with the armor of God, coated with His words from the inside, we can then discern when Satan has tempted us to sin. The power of God’s word crushes all temptations. The enemy has no power over you. ~1 Corinthians 10:13, “No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and He will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation, He will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it. 
  5. Brings us closer to God. James 4:8 “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.”

 

Tips for memorization:

  • Pick your favorite bible translation and stick with it.
  • Write them down. Use index cards, journals, post it notes. Whatever works for you. I use index cards. I write where the scripture is found on one side and the scripture on the other. I test myself by alternating which side I look at. This helps with the scripture reference and also the verse.
  • Ask a friend to quiz you. Who knows, with unbelieving friends, this could open the door to share the importance of the bible.
  • Use them in conversation. Repetition is key for memorization. Pray for an opportunity to share scripture you are learning. The verse might present itself to coincide with a conversation, “Oh that reminds me of a bible verse I love.” Then the door has been opened to further assess and share your faith.

By taking the time to memorize scripture, God will take the time to lead us more in love with His word. The ability to memorize scripture requires work, but the more you do, the more natural and easy it will become.

The Trinity

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The Trinity

The Trinity is a term to describe God as three in one. Even though there are three separate roles that God has, they are also embodied as one. Hopefully as this is explained with scriptures it will make more sense.

God the Father

God the Father is distinguished as, Creator God or the One True God. God the Father created everything; earth, planets, galaxies and everything living. He was not created by anything or anyone, He always was. In the beginning of the bible, in Genesis (which means, “the beginning), the story of creation is told.

Genesis 1:1-2

“In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.”

Our human mind simply cannot fathom the concept that nothing created God, but before the earth and all that was/is in it, God was. God spoke everything into existence and at His voice, everything began.

Verses 3-4

“And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. And God saw that the light was good. And God separated the light from the darkness.”

Take time on your own to read the creation story in Genesis chapters one and two. In six days our Creator spoke everything into existence to His satisfaction and thus rested on the seventh day.

God the Son

Jesus Christ, Son of God, God in Flesh, these are some names we know God the Son by. God Himself longed to have a relationship with us. In the Old Testament books of the bible, God the Father had close conversations with those who served Him. He spoke directly with Abraham, Joseph, Noah, Moses, Daniel, just to name a few. The perfect plan all along was to send Himself, in human form, to appear to His creation on the earth and prove His love for us through death on a cross. In Luke 2, an angel of the Lord appears to Mary, a virgin.

Luke 1:30-32

“Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High.”

Jesus was God, but Jesus was also man. He was born to live and die on earth as decided by His Father in heaven.

John 3:16

“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.”

Jesus came in order to prove He was God in Flesh. This further exalted the realness of Creator God by fulfilling His plan to take our place with Jesus’ death. Jesus died because there was sin. Sin was separating us from God. God wanted to draw us near to Him. The only way for this to happen was for Jesus to die. His death on a cross opened the door for relationship to exist and our sins to be washed away.

1 John 2:2 

“He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world.”

John 14:6

“I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

 

THE HOLY SPIRIT

Like God the Father, The Holy Spirit always was, dwelling with the Father. The Holy Spirit’s help was made available to Gods children on earth after the death and resurrection of Jesus.

Jesus told His disciples of His death to come, but He promised not leave them alone. Here is His promise in John 14:26.

“But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, He will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.”

Romans 8:26

“Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groaning too deep for words.”

God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit are separate, but three. They constantly work as one to teach, intercede and guide us into deeper relationship with Him. Having communion with Him leads others to see His love in us. This allows them to be led to salvation through Jesus Christ as well.

Prepping for Battle

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Prepping for Battle

We know the Apostle Paul did much and suffered much for the sake of the gospel. In Ephesians, Paul directs His letter to the church at Ephesus, in hopes they may understand the weight of his imprisonment. The goal of chapter 6 of this letter is to shed light on the powers of spiritual warfare and the severity of its ability to knock us off track. Paul describes each piece of armor we should be using and what they do to protect us against the enemies of the gospel.

Ephesians 6: 10-20

“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day and having done all, to stand firm. Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints, and also for me, that words may be given to me in opening my mouth badly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains, that I may declare it boldly, as I ought to speak.”

 

Every day as you get up and face the world both inside and outside of the home, you must be prepped for battle. Just as we have love, truth and salvation from our Creator God, there is one who opposes everything our Father does. He goes by many names; The Devil, The Enemy, The Serpent, Lucifer, Satan and the Ruler of Darkness. He is a liar. He desires us to fail, entices us to believe his lies and to sin at every possible opportunity. His main goal is to make us stumble and try to pull us away from our Savior. He is relentlessly evil.

Lucifer was an angel who resided in heaven with God. He schemed wickedly in hopes to overthrow our Heavenly Father. In trying to do so, God thwarted his selfish plans, rejected Him and threw him out of heaven. Satan exists now as the prince of darkness, using evil to rule over the earth. The “angel” and “demon” you envision on your shoulders, they stem from real examples, God and Satan. When you feel the urge to sin, that is the voice of Satan whispering those vile lies to you in hopes that you will ignore the scriptures and follow his lead. Darkness is real just as our Jesus is real. As a believer, Satan will try everything in his power to throw you off track.

This passage in Ephesians gives us tangible insight of how to be prepped for battle against the forces of darkness. It is a scary thing to be met with the enemy unprepared, but with essential tools, we can combat any evil encounter.

There are five pieces of armor we need to have on at all times. Each piece of armor was important to Roman Soldiers in biblical times.

  1. Belt of Truth: Having scripture memorized, we will be ready to fight discerning truth from lies.
  2. Breastplate of Righteousness: This guards our hearts, where emotions live and helps up guard against the lies that try to make us stumble.
  3. Shield of Faith: This blocks the arrows of immorality that encourage us to be angry, lustful, prideful etc.
  4. Helmet of Salvation: Our minds remain protected from any doubt of our salvation.
  5. Sword of the Spirit: Knowing the truth of God’s words cut to the core of any evil scheme.

Remember your brothers and sisters in battle as we are always being fired at all day long. Pray for each other so that no one may stumble. As a Christian the fight will continue until our Lord returns and the battle will be over once He seeks the vengeance He so desires. Until then, we fight as God’s Army here on earth to protect His name and keep the forces of darkness at bay.