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Sunday, December 10, 2017

Doubt: My Nemesis


“Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you.” - John 14:1-2 

Do you ever wonder if God is really there for you? 
I do.
Do you ever doubt God's unknown plans for you? 
I do. 

That is my main struggle: doubt. I doubt because of what I see, not what I believe. Because I see pain, suffering, and death, I do not believe that God is really there for me. Doubt is the devil's weapon against me, because when I doubt, I take the battle in my weary hands instead God's almighty hands. When I pray, the devil attacks me with doubt that God will answer my prayers. 

I don't want that. 

I want to pray to God without doubt that he will answer my prayers. I want to do what he wants me to do without doubt that it will work. 

If any of you are struggling with this kind of thing, I would be honored to pray for you. (And I would also give you virtual hugs if you want them.)

Your brother in Christ,
Michael.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

God Does Has Plans For You


Do you ever wondering what God has in store for you? I do.
Do you ever worry if the future will not go the way you want it? I do.

These two questions and answers aren't really what God wants you to worry about. He wants you to think about here and now.

Why?

Because He knows that if He revealed the future to his children, it would be too much for our imperfect, human minds. In the future, all we'll see is suffering and death, we might see little good things like a tribe getting the Bible in their language or a revival, but God doesn't want to reveal the future. If God let us see the future, we would think about our plans, and forget God's plans for us.

We should focus on here and now, stop worrying about the future, and trust that God knows what he's doing in our lives. After all, God is in the past, present, and the future. So, we don't have to worry about the future at all, because God is in control and knows our future.

Your brother in Christ,
Michael.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Where Are The Harvesters? (Blog series 3 of 3)

"The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few." Matthew 9:37

Over 50 years ago, before there were many American missionaries in Paraguay; my grandparents, along with many other missionaries came to Paraguay because they saw how few of workers were in the mission field of Paraguay. Once they arrived to Paraguay, they came under the mission organization of NTM (New Tribes Missions), now Ethnos360, to preach the Gospel to the First Nations (as some people call them, Indians or Native Americans.) of Paraguay. After they came, more missionaries came to spread the Gospel in Paraguay.

Anyway, now over 50 years later and three generations of missionaries in Paraguay later, many of missionaries are leaving Paraguay. Why? I don't have the full answer to that question, but I believe Matthew 9:37 saying that "the workers are few." is very true. So many left, but many came also.
Maybe the answer to the question could be: The missionaries can't stand the environment, the board that they are a part of is too putting too much burdens on their shoulders, or they feel like God called them to a different place.
I feel them, even though I'm not a part of a board (I'm 15, so doubt I could be a part of one anyway, but it's possible), but I do know how torturous the environment can be: Paraguay isn't the cleanest country and there are quite some bugs in the summer. But no matter how the environment is, God wants us to preach the Gospel "to all nations." He might send someone to a nation that persecutes Christians, a nation that has tons of  poverty, or a nation that doesn't persecute Christians. Whether it's the neighbor next door or the family with no home, God will use us in different ways.

We need to pray that people will come to the harvest/mission field and be workers in it and that the people in those fields that God sent them into will never give up spreading the Gospel.

Well, this is the last of the blog series, hoped you liked them!

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving!

Today, we remember on this day, in the year 1620 AD, our Pilgrim Fathers came to America to find a new life.
Today, we remember on this day, in the year 1621 AD, our Pilgrim Fathers celebrated the first Thanksgiving for a whole week, with their native friends.
Today, on this day, in the year 2017 AD, we come together to thank God for his blessings and his abundant love for us.
Here are three things that I am thankful for today:
1. For God's grace on us.
2. For the soldiers that fought in the American Revolution to make our country free, free to thank God on Thanksgiving day.
3. For my family, not just my family by blood, but also my family in Christ.

Happy Thanksgiving to you all! :)

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Are We Being Ants or Elephants? (Blog series 2 of 3)

I'm going to share another story from "Explorer 2.0" devotional with you.

"One day, a herd of elephants decided to stampede and destroy everything that stood in their path. Before the herd took off, a small ant listened in on their plan and decided to join them. In just a few minutes, the elephants destroyed an entire village with overwhelming strength and speed. All the while, the ant ran alongside them, watching as the elephants left no structure standing. After the long day of terrorizing the people and village, the elephants, along with the ant, decided to rest on the bank of a river. After a while, the elephants spotted the tiny ant laying on the leg of one of the elephants. They heard it say, 'WOW! We destroyed a lot of stuff!'" (page 335 of "Explorer 2.0", author Warry Nuñez)

Funny how you think about it, the elephants represent the missionaries doing God's will with their God-given gifts and strength in the mission field. Don't ask me why the elephants were destroying instead of something less chaotic, I don't know why. Anyway, the ant represents Christians that brag how they support the missionaries, who brag about how much they support the missionaries without being a part of the actual work.

So, are you one of those elephants doing God's will or the ant who is just supporting the missionaries and bragging how much they do support them? The choice is yours.


Saturday, November 18, 2017

Blog Promoting

Hey, guys! This is out of the blog series, but please check out this blog by a writer from my writing community! It's all about her writing. She'll be sharing behind the scenes of her writing, story snippets, writing tips, book reviews and the occasional fun/off-topic post! Her blog is for anyone to read and she would really appreciate it if you read it and became a consistent reader! She'll be posting every Saturday as well as she can. You can read her blog at Behind The Pen
I am on her launch team and she asked us (the launch team) to share her blog around. So, I did. Please take the time to look at it.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Why Didn't We Come Sooner? (Blog series 1 of 3)

I'm going to tell a story from a devotional that I recommend reading. I'll tell the name at the end of the post.

"One night in a First Nation village, the men were sitting around the fire while a missionary was sharing the Gospel with them. He had done this before, but today was different. He noticed a growing interest among the natives. The power of the Gospel was having its effect, they were starting to understand why Jesus came to this world and the difference He could make in their lives. Suddenly, the chief rose and came close to the missionary.
Pointing at the Bible, he asked, 'How much time has gone by since this story was written?'
The missionary, who was somewhat surprised, answered, 'Nearly 2,000 years.'
The chief responded, 'And you still believe the story that you just told us?'
'Since my childhood.' answered the missionary.
'And your father believed the story?' asked the chief.
'Yes, not only my dad, but also my grandfather and even my grandfather's grandfather,' the missionary answered with pride.
'Then why didn't you come sooner?' asked the chief with pain."

I don't know if this story is true or not, but it's meaning struck me. Why didn't we come sooner? I know that my grandparents, and my great-grandparents were missionaries to Paraguay, but if my grandparent's grandparents were also Christians and their parents before them, why didn't they come to Paraguay sooner?

That question, makes me think. Even though my grandparent's grandparents didn't come to Paraguay, will others come? Will more Christians see that Paraguay and the world need harvesters in their fields? As Matthew 9:37 says, "The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few." The fields need more workers!

Hopefully next week, I'll be able to post another article for the blog series.

Anyway, the name of the devotional is "Explorer 2.0: Explore God and the Nations" it has multiple authors.

Friday, October 6, 2017

New Update

Why haven't we been posting much on Obey God, Reach Others? One excuse I have is that I'm writing my first book that I don't want to fail.

Now that we are back, I would like to make changes to the blog, I want to change more than just the blog, I would like to change the name also.

I want to write on a blog and write a book at the same time. I will mention that I like multi-tasking, but writing on a blog and a book is a lot harder way of multi-tasking. I feel like I want to give up blogging and just write my book that I want to write so bad.

Not until I found an old post that I wrote on another blog talking about NOT giving up. So that's why I want to come back to blogging, just want to make a lot of changes.

Would you like that? Contact me at michaelgoddard02@gmail.com if you have ideas or would like to ask questions.

Here is the link to the post I wrote if you want to read it: Never Give Up

Your brother in Christ,
Michael

God bless.

Monday, September 25, 2017

What's Been Happening Lately

Recently throughout this year, I have been really struggling, not just with consistency on the blog, but spiritually with God. I know that God has already forgiven me for any sin I committed or will commit in the future, but I always feel alone in all of this. Until these past few months, I've been going back to God. I've been getting into praying, reading the Bible, and writing, but I still struggle. Sin is a life long struggle for everyone, but if we keep our hope in Christ, sin will be locked behind the door.

Do you struggle with this also? Here is my best advice I can give: Pray to God as often as you can, repent your sins, read his Word as often as you can, and say "No!" to Satan.

If you are in need of prayer, I'm here to pray for you.

God bless you brother/sister in Christ,
Your brother in Christ,
Michael

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Under Construction

Hey, we're back! This time we are going into construction to make this blog better. What would you like that would make "Obey God, Reach Others" better?

Please comment below. Or even on the Facebook post that is the same as this.

NOTE- We will keep posting even during construction.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Embracing The Freedom You Already Have

Image result for You're Loved No Matter What: Freeing Your Heart from the Need to Be Perfect

Holley Gerth wrote an amazing book called You're Loved No Matter What.
(You can check out her website here)
I confess I haven't read the whole thing yet but so far it is really good.
Today I read chapter three about embracing the freedom you already have.
These are some of the things I learned:
1. Get brave and ask.

2. Take a chance.

3. Don't hesitate.

4. Don't not do something because you're 
afraid you'll make a mistake, we all make mistakes.

5.Your human, stop trying to be perfect.

6. The more you get out and ask the easier it gets.

7. Use the freedom for God's glory.

8. Sometimes you have to just say "No."

9. Be yourself.

I'd recommend checking out her other books too.

Monday, July 31, 2017

The Door Is Open


Can you do me a favor?
Think of sin as a jail cell. 
Everyone says that they don't like jail, right?
And when a person thinks of jail they picture a dirty place filled with rats.
But this jail has pillows, curtains, blankets, 
everything that gives a human pleasure.
Who could resist that?
And Satan will leave that door wide open for us to leave,
but he knows that because this is a sinful world,
not very many people are going to want to leave.

Okay, now think about it like this.
God set us free. 
He opened that cell door and said, "Come be apart of my family."
And He gave us a choice to stay in that comfortable cell,
or to live for Him and live forever, no matter the cost.

And if you stay in that cell...
one day while you are resting on your comfortable bed, 
that door is going to slam in you face, 
and all that pleasure is going to become your worst nightmare.

Live for God, He deserves it for never giving up on you, 
for loving you the way He does.
Don't pretend to be happy,
don't pretend to enjoy your life with Christ.
LET IT BE REAL!

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Dry Bones


Did you ever notice how Ezekiel 37
is similar to some missionaries situations?

The bones were dry, old and broken.
The people in this world are dry, old and broken without God.

Ezekiel 37:6
"I will put flesh and muscles on you and cover you with skin.
I will put breath into you, and you will come to life.
Then you will know that I am the LORD."



Ezekiel, like many missionaries, spoke;
Ezekiel spoke to the lost and the broken.
He told the dry, old bones what the Lord had commanded him to say.
And God brought them back to life.

Ezekiel 37:12
"Therefore, prophesy to them and say,
‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says:
O my people, I will open your graves of exile and cause you to rise again.
Then I will bring you back to the land of Israel."

Isn't it cool?

Revelations 7:9
After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude 
that no one could count, 
from every nation, tribe, people and language, 
standing before the throne and before the Lamb. 
They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands.

They say that there are currently 7097 languages total today.

There are over 1000 First Nations groups that need the Bible in their own languages.

They aren't going to translate themselves.

Be like Ezekiel, speak to the lost, dry, broken bones (Or people).
Teach them, encourage them, train them, care about them, 
help them with a servant's heart.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Honor Your Parents

“Honor your father and your mother, as the Lord your God has commanded you, so that you may live long and that it may go well with you in the land the Lord your God is giving you.” Deuteronomy 5:16 (NIV)

Honoring and respecting your parents is very important. Without honor and respect, there is dishonor and disrespect; without parents, children would not have proper discipline. Can you imagine not having parents?

If children do not receive proper discipline, they would be spoiled, bratty, and even disobedient to their parents. And I don’t know about you, but I sure wouldn’t want to spend time with them either.

I am blessed to have parents that love me enough to discipline me.

Parents, take time to invest in your children. It is worth it. And not only your children will thank you, but others will too.

Children, obey your parents as the Lord commands. Respect them, and be very thankful for them. Why? Because without them, you wouldn’t even exist. Be thankful that God gave you parents to honor.

“Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. ‘Honor your father and your mother’ which is the first commandment with a promise ‘that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.’” Ephesians 6:1-3(NIV)

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

The Vineyard(Part 2)

This is a continue of The Vineyard(Part 1) where we were talking about Isaiah 5 verses 1-7. In our last post we talked about verses 1-4, and will be talking about Isaiah 5:5-7 in this post.

Through verses 5 and 6, God talks about what he will do with his vineyard. In verse 5 he says, "I will take away its hedge, and it will be destroyed; I will break down its wall, and it will be trampled." What I believe it means is that he will lift his protection on Israel for their disobedience.

In verse 6 he also says, "I will make it a wasteland, neither pruned nor cultivated, and the briers and thorns will grow there. I will command the clouds not to rain on it." Wasteland as in exile them out of the Promise Land. He will empty the land with nothing but "briers and thorns", and will "command the clouds not to rain in it." That would be a wasteland all right.

And last but not least, verse 7. Where He explains who the vineyard is, and also talks about what the vineyard has become. He says that "The vineyard of the LORD Almighty is the house of Israel, and the man of Judah are the garden of his delight. And he looked for justice, but saw bloodshed; for righteousness, but heard cries of distress." It is indeed sad to hear that God saw nothing but bloodshed and heard nothing but "cries of distress."

Well, here is were it ends. To learn more about it read Isaiah 5:1-7.

Monday, June 26, 2017

The Benham Brothers


Whatever The Cost And Living Among Lions

Both of these books are amazing.
I hope you enjoy them.


Here is a video where they talk a little about themselves. 

Sunday, June 11, 2017

The Vineyard(Part 1)

This is going to be about Isaiah 5:1-7, the song of the vineyard, an example of obedience and disobedience to God.

Through verse 1 and 2, Isaiah is talking about God clearing a field of stones and planted a vineyard to yield good grapes, built a tower to defend the vineyard and a winepress to turn the grapes into wine. When it was the time of harvest, he looked for crops of good grapes; but he learned that it only yielded bad grapes.

The field is the Promise Land, the stones are the Canaanites, whom the Lord wiped out, the vineyard is Israel, the tower is God's protection on Israel, the good grapes are people who want to obey God, and the bad grapes are people who ignored and disobeyed God.

Through verses 3 and 4, God said, "Now you dwellers in Jerusalem and men of Judah, judge between me and my vineyard. What more could have been done for my vineyard than I have done for it? When I look for good grapes, why did it yield only bad?"

At that time, Israel was becoming a very evil nation like it's neighboring nations. And God wasn't happy with them at all. So God sent Isaiah to warn them of what was to come if they continued their wickedness. Thankfully, because of the faith of King Hezekiah, they listened to the warnings. And because of their obedience, God didn't bring destruction to them during King Hezekiah's reign.

In my next post, I will finish talking about verses 5-7. To understand more about it, read Isaiah 5:1-7.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

The Hostage


About three American missionaries serving in Panama 
that get held captive.

A sad, but incredible and true story. (And one of my favorites)

This Changes Everything


This Changes Everything is a great new Christian book for teenagers.

Quote from This Changes Everything:


“We're not like the other teenagers around us. We don't conform to stereotypes. We've actually become weird in the the eyes of our culture. Teen magazines were not written for us. Modern pop music is not composed for us. The latest TV lineup is not scripted for us. We're not your average teenagers anymore.What are we? We are free. Following Jesus means we don't have to live the way our culture tells us to.” ― Jaquelle Crowe

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Missionaries To Paraguay

Robert and Helen Goddard

Robert and Helen Goddard moved to Paraguay, South America, on May 3, 1955.
During their lives they encountered many test and trials, but they remained faithful to God.
When they came to Paraguay they brought seven kids with them.
Robert and Helen worked with six First Nation tribes in Paraguay.
They didn't know any of the languages.


They lived in the Northern part of Paraguay, 
called the Chaco or "Green Hell" because of the thorn jungle and heat.
They also worked with a hostile tribe called the Ayore.
The Ayore, and many other First Nations now have churches, 
thanks to the missionaries that risked everything for God.
At times it comes at a price, but it is worth it.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Story of The Missionaries of Ecuador





The End of The Spear by Steve Saint and Through Gates of Splendor by Elisabeth Elliot are stories about missionaries to the First Nations people of Ecuador. 

Steve Saint was born in Quito, Ecuador and is son of Nate Saint, one of the five missionaries that was martyred by a First Nations people called the Waodani. 


Elisabeth Elliot is the wife of Jim Elliot, who was one of the martyred missionaries.


On January 8th, 1956, five American missionaries to Ecuador were martyred by Waodani warriors at the banks of the Curaray river. Once the missionaries learned that the Waodani were coming, they thought that the Waodani came in peace, but that was not the case. The warriors threw their spears at the missionaries, and none of the missionary men survived. Once Elisabeth Elliot and Rachel Saint (the aunt of Steve Saint) learned that the missionaries were killed, they did not allow that to stop them from reaching the Waodani with the Gospel. Later, they went back to the tribe and made peace. 


To this day, Steve Saint and many others are working with the Waodani, and many of them are Christians making an impact in their country.

 Check out Steve Saint's organization called I-TEC

Saturday, May 13, 2017

The Leader's Edge



I just want to share a tool for people who want to be leaders, leaders that want to obey God by reaching others through leadership. This tool is called The Leader's Edge by Rick Green, Republican, former representative of Texas. I highly recommend this tool to leadership, and here are some things that it taught me:

1. How to effectively communicate.
2. How to speak in front of crowds without having problems.
3. Prevent stuff like: padding, getting stuck, and freezing.

To find more information on The Leader's Edge: click here

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

It's Been a while.

It's been four months since I created and wrote on my blog. I'm back because I found a comment on The Rebelution by me that said this:
My name is Michael and I'm 14 and one of my goals is starting a blog to inspire other teens to follow God and reach the world. I want to see teens and young people change the world. I want to see teens and young people to be Warriors on their knees. I want to see teens and young people know that their God is always with them and is One Step Away. Praise be to God the Highest!
1 Timothy 4:12 "Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity." 
Obey God, Reach Others
Michael
This was also four months ago. And I literally forgot that I was going to write a blog. I first called it "Obey God, Reach Others" but then my first article didn't sound like it was about "obeying God and reaching others" so I decided to changed it to "Michael Goddard II" so that would fit what I write. But now I would want to change it back to "Obey God, Reach Others" because I think the Michael four months ago wanted to call it "Obey God, Reach Others" hope I can continue to write on this blog.

I'm going to try to write at least once a week.

Obey God, Reach Others
Michael

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Do Hard Things



In 2016, I was at my cousin's house. At that time, a red book on the shelf caught my attention with the words, Do Hard Things: A Teenage Rebellion Against Low Expectations by Alex and Brett Harris. I was curious about it, and I asked my cousin what the book was about. He explained some things that he had learned from reading the book and how it was about a rebellion against low expectation.

Then he asked me if I would like to borrow it to read.

I said, "Yes."

When I returned home, I began reading Do Hard ThingsThis book changed my life forever.

Here are 3 things that stood out about teens:

  1. Teens are not expected to Do Hard Things because adults and teens alike often think that the teen years are days that they can party, play video games, etc.
  2. Teens are expected by adults to get serious about going to college, getting a job, etc.
  3. Teens are not expected to do stuff that is "only adult business". 
I am reminded every day that us teens have a responsibility to be an example to the world.

These are two of my favorite quotes from the book:

"The teen years are not a vacation from responsibility,” we had told the columnist. “They are the training ground of future leaders who dare to be responsible."  ― Alex HarrisDo Hard Things: A Teenage Rebellion Against Low Expectations 

“Courage is not the absence of fear. It is rather not letting your fear control your actions.” ― Brett HarrisDo Hard Things: A Teenage Rebellion Against Low Expectations


For more information about this book, go to The Rebelution