By Nathan D. Pietsch
I had an amazing opportunity to preach at a local church on Easter Sunday. Easter is also known as "Resurrection Day" as Christians celebrate the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The people responded very well to my message explaining the significance of the death and resurrection of Jesus. Almost the entire church came forward following an invitation to rededicate their lives to the Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ, and Holy Spirit.
Towards the end of the service I ministered to individuals who desired to receive prayer. A young man in his twenties was at the front. I learned later it was the first time he had ever gone to that church. He wanted to give his life to Jesus. After I led him through the "sinner's prayer" I began to pray over him. While I was praying, he passed out and fell to the floor. During that time on the ground, the Holy Spirit did a quick and deep work in his life. After he arose, he couldn't believe how clean and refreshed he felt. He described his experience as, "After I received prayer from you, I feel so clean now. I feel like a new born baby."
Our time in Mexico has not been in vain. We have been helping feed hungry children, lead workshops to train up the local Body of Christ, and preach at churches. As wonderful as it has been, we are hoping for God to do even more. We feel He is desiring to do a mighty work in Mexico. We are excited to be a part of it. Please keep us in prayer as we are believing to see God do a powerful work in Cabo San Lucas and beyond.
Crucified with ChristBy Dawn R. Pietsch
We are currently in Mexico, and I had the opportunity to join some of the local believers in an amazing discipleship class. One of the topics that fascinated me so much was on "the flesh." I felt like the Lord said to grab a hold of this, because this can be a new tool to use to set people free!
When we are operating in the flesh, it isn't pretty, kind, or nice! It's actually contrary to operating in our spirits! There is a real battle between our spirit and the flesh. The Scriptures say in Galatians 2:20 and Romans 13:14:
20 I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.
14 But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts.
As an activation, when I feel myself thinking or acting out some wrong behaviors, I immediately say... " That part of me that is acting out in the flesh, I ask you Lord to crucify it...in the name of Jesus Christ! Because I have been crucified with Christ, it is no longer "I" who lives, but Christ who lives within me! I use scripture to combat the flesh! And it works! I start feeling a shift in my behavior immediately! Yea God!
There are many Scriptures on the flesh. Here are two more:
Galatians 5:19-21 New King James Version (NKJV)
19 Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, 20 idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, 21 envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.
Romans 7:18 New King James Version (NKJV)
18 For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) nothing good dwells; for to will is present with me, but how to perform what is good I do not find.