VCB – Men’s Split Session
I'm very excited even though I'm a little bit nervous because I know that God is with us and this is his word not my ward and so I'm very excited to share but me it started with this. I'll just kind of bring you up to how you doing brother Jeff bring you up to speed in to what has been happening.
So we left on May 30. And now when we left left the bunch of bags and we got to the airport and we're really excited when we got to the airport. We got was like what in the world are you doing? Because he's never seen so many bags for just two people. You know, he's like, what are you doing? So he was like, oh you're selling these people around the airports, like look at how many bags say gets.
Why are you calling so much attention don't really want that to happen. And so he got to us and he's like, hey, I want to take a selfie with you. Okay, sounds good. He took a selfie with us. And so we're really excited. He packed up our bags and went in the plane and then I thought they were going to get all the way to Columbia.
Well that didn't work out. He told us they would and so we get to Fort Lauderdale where we made our first stop and the back start coming out and I said what's going on? Because I started seeing all these pile of bags and I said there's got to be a mistake. And so I started grabbing one by one and it was just my wife and I and so now I got the work out of the life there.
So I started grabbing my bags and putting them on the side and I had to go and haul and get cards to take him to her that they do you put the bags and take the back soon find out what to do with them. And so I was getting a little bit frustrated with the airline because they told me I was going to go all the way through and they did not go all the way through.
And so they said well no problem. We'll take care of it. Just leave them right there. Like it's all our belongings out of just want don't want to leave them right there. And so I just kind of stayed there and watch him for a little bit and eventually they put them in the plane. They got we got to clone me and I was really excited and I was a little bit frustrating because of so many things that we're going on, but I got there and the guy that helps with bag she's like, so can I help you?
I said no. No, somebody's picking us up by I called. They going to pick us up and they have this big van that's going to help us with this. And so I wait there for about 30 minutes and I'm like no. No they're coming. They're coming and I keep waiting and nobody comes and I call the company. I'm like, hey, I made a reservation for van and I thought you guys were supposed to be here like an hour.
Like what reservation wow come on this again. And so I started thinking to myself what's going on. Like I mean, I thought you know is going to go well and everything was going to happen great because I mean God called us to go to Columbia and and go and start churches. And so I thought man guys going to help us with all these different things and he was helping us.
I just didn't know it at the time but so I was there and I saying, okay, what do I do now? And so the guy that was helping with the back she says, well, I got a friend that can help. Take the back to where you need to go in such a great. So call your fan and so he called his friend and the guy shows up with like this really small van and get all these bags.
They've got my wife and I and he says here it is. I said, there's no way do you not see the bags? I mean their bags to the the amount of bags were bigger than the van that they had said that just no way. Because I don't know they'll fit and so they start grabbing bag by bag and start pulling the car and there's sorry going and pushing towards the bags and some of the things got broken because of it, but they just said I don't think I was like no.
No, I don't think you understand. It just does not fit. It's like yeah, we'll make it. So it was the guy that was driving the van my wife and myself and we all had bags in our I mean you just couldn't see. Okay, so we just kept going and driving Wheels about an hour drive. So it's really uncomfortable.
But hey, we got and we got to the apartment we rented on Airbnb and they told me that it was a first for part. Well as on the 847 and so I said I'll come on not again and so it's not yet a little bit more frustrating and I said, okay, I'll just doing the guy help me out. I had to pay a little bit more so you can help me out with bag.
I mean it took about two hours to get all the bags up to the seventh floor in the apartment. And we said great let's a great apart. Well, we open up the door and turn the lights and all of a sudden we see this little things just go. You know what they are cockroaches I said, oh that's not what they told me about this apartment.
They told me this very clean is going to be really nice. And so we just put in the bags not to worry about it. Just go out try and get something else. So all that all that happened and so we got set a little bit and then there's some to find a house and we found a house very quickly. I thank God for that because we did find it.
And so we just moved and so we moved again. No problem. I was really excited about the house. And when we moved into this house I said, okay great. We're going to get started with the church in about two weeks. That didn't happen. There's also start find out problems with the house. There's pipes broken here.
There were different things going on throughout the house. So we had to fix them. No problem God provided for that. But then I said, okay now it's time to start finding the place so we can go and start this church and I started going in the car. We had a car by then think that thanks to God. I parked the car in one day and I said well, maybe this is the air and I start walking walking through the area and I started looking for a place because over there.
The first thing I did was call a real estate agency. And I said man, these guys are so excited to make the commission. They will help me find a place. Well, I call them the beginning they said okay. Yeah, we'll help. Couple days went by week went by and I heard nothing from that comb back and I said hey.
Are you guys find anything yet? And they said what's your name? I said, my name is so-and-so and they said no we have nothing for you. We don't have your own files it great. I just wasted all that time not doing anything. So I started going out on the street walking because that's how I found out that you really find a place and so I started going different places and we got to this one place and I called the agency and I said, yeah, well we'll go in and look at it with and so the agent comes and he gets to the door and he says oh man.
This place is already been rented. And I said what in the world your sign is here. It says it's for rent. He says no no, but the other agency renting it out, so I said okay if I kept looking and we finally found a place and I said great this is the place because the guy had told me yeah, I will accept your offer will do it.
No problem. And then I call the guy and I keep calling the guy doesn't pick up my phone and he eventually says I rented it out to another guy. No. Go to another area turn find another place. I found this other place and the guy had his number on there. And then we agreed to everything everything was great up until the last minute and he calls me and he says you know what?
I don't really want to rent the place. This is what do you mean your science right there. Your phone numbers are like three corners of the place where in the world because yeah, it's just I want to give it to my son. Eventually, we did get to the point where we found the place. But in between that time and doing all those things I was getting really frustrated and I got home one day and I say God do not want me to be here.
I've moved my family my wife. I've moved my things. I sold everything I had do you not want me to be? Because it seems like things are not really working out the way they're supposed. It seems like you're not really helping me to find the place to do the things that I need to do. It seems like it's just getting.
This is not for me. This is not where I'm supposed to be. And I realized that my walk with God was not where it's supposed to be. I was doing my devotions. I was waking up every day do my devotions and then going straight to work doing everything that I needed to do, but I wasn't Walking with God.
I don't know you might understand what I mean by that but. I started reading the book of a feet looking for Lupin Benson's Philippians and I started studying more and more and I start seeing that I wasn't really Walking with God and I'll show you why if you go to the book of Philippians with me Philippians chapter.
We'll start chapter 2 verse number 5. In the book of Philippians sweep find out that there's a letter that Paul wrote to the church at Philippi. And he sent through with the apocalypse. I don't really know how to say in English are buffered. Itís okay good and in this letter that he sent to them he make sure that they know that Jesus is everything that Jesus is the center of everything that Jesus is everything that we need right in as he takes.
He he sent this letter another thing that you and I find out is that Paul he's not in the greatest of places. He's in prison. Who knows what he has been going through but he tells us I'm in prison and when you're a prison back in that time, it is not a very good place to be. And so I start thinking about this letter and I start realizing and start studying.
I realized that God in this letter. He helps us. To walk one he helps us to live for him. He helped us to have joy in our life and he shows us how to have this Joy he shows. What we need to think about who we need to focus on he shows us that Jesus is must be everything. He's not just about an hour in the morning and then you go about your day and you just don't think about it anymore.
He's everything he really is supposed to and so I hope this helps you the letter open sap and is there's Paul and he's thanking God and as I was thinking about that how you thinking God for the church and for the brother I. How in the world you're in prison? Why would you think about thanking God for all these things?
When if I was in prison, I would be thinking about that would be trying to get away. I be trying to do everything. I could to find a better place. I don't know be trying I've been crying I'm saying God. Why are you doing this to me? Why me? Why me now, right, but instead he's thanking God for what he's done, right?
He's thanking God because he got it has been doing great things and he's going to continue to do great things. Right? And so he's a thankful person. I need to think but Philippians chapter 2 verse number 5. This is where he gets into and he starts showing us the ultimate example, he shows us examples.
I'm going to look at three. We're going to look at 3 tonight. He shows us this example, but this is the main one. This is the most important one and he starts out with this one because he is saying this is who you need to focus. Business who your life must be about this is this is what everything is about Jesus might his example, it says in Philippians chapter 2 verse number 5 the Bible says let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus who being in the form of God thought it not robbery to be equal with God but made himself of no reputation and took upon him the form of a servant and was made in the likeness of men.
And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient unto death even the death of the cross. So here we find out that Paul starts talking about Jesus and he says but let me show you who he is at least show you what he's done. And as we know I mean Jesus was in his mind because that's what he was thinking about most of the time and when it all the time and whenever he was riding him, and he was always saying look at.
Look at who he is look at what he's done for us, right? So here we see that Jesus is as perfect example because Paul puts him there so we can look at him and think about him and Paul wants us to think and live just like Jesus did that's what he wants is to do right because him being God Jesus being God.
He made himself of no reputation. Just think about he is God and he came here to this earth and he became a servant instead of being served, right? He put on flesh. When he he wasn't he doesn't he didn't have to do that. He humbled himself he became obedient. He did all these things that you meet.
He was humiliated. He was beaten he gave his life. He was he suffered. He was mocked right but he is God. And he didn't have to go through all that but he went through it because he loves us. right for love. and so Paul says. Look at him. He loves you so much. He is God. He is our ultimate exempt look at all the things that he went right Jesus Christ.
Think about right who like Jesus there is none like him. He did not deserve any of the things that he went thinking of him and thinking like him it's what is going to help you and me to live a life full of joy. That's what Paul has shown us right here, right? When I went before I went to Columbia when you go and dictation people love you and people take care of Brandeis and it seems like they almost put you up in a pedestal and you think wow, I mean all these people love me.
I'm an expert in Colombia and I'm going to go there I'm going to do all these great things and so like your your is it self esteem is like way up here. And I thought when I got to call me at you know, they're going to open up the doors to the planning is saying welcome over here. We've been waiting for you coming over right?
That's not what happened. Whenever I start telling people about who I was and what I came to do there like what a weirdo. Whatever I started going around and asking if I could rent the church or like no church over here. I'm sorry. We don't want to church. Whenever I start doing the things that I needed to do when people were looking at me and they're saying No, thank you.
I was thinking what happened right? But I needed that, you know, because Jesus suffered right? Why shouldn't I have to suffer for him? So all these things were going on in Paul is saying he is our ultimate example, he is the one you and I need to think about he is the one you and I need to be looking at he is the one that you and I need to be focusing on and he goes on and he starts giving us more examples and he starts talking about Brethren there that that help that Paul his name is a buffered itís and when he talks about him, I mean he is talking about like one of the best guys in the church.
And it's saying look at this guy. He came to me look at what it says in Philippians chapter 2 verse number 25. He says he came to me. He says yeah. I spoil it necessary to send to you from epaphroditus my brother and companion labor and fellow Soldier but your messenger and he that ministered to my wants verse number 29 go over there and says receive him therefore in the Lord with all gladness and hold such an in reputation.
Because for the work of Christ, he was nigh unto death not regarding his life to supply your lack of service to award me. So here Paul. He says look at him. Look at the pafford itís look at his again. He's not saying that preffered adders is more than Christ when he saying about for that is he lived for right?
He minister to Paul because Paul was no going over there to proclaim the gospel among nations whose poll was going over there to do the work of the Lord and that's why he went to Paul. But look at what this guy is doing he came from his church from a safe place. I imagine and he came here to minister to me in this horrible place.
He got so sick he was about to die, but he didn't care. He was not regarding his life. He knew was worth it because Jesus is worth because Christ is worth because the gospel is worth right? And he didn't think about himself but he thought about just the gospel going forth Paul going forth and doing what God called them to do how to sign had a point in him to do.
That's all he was thinking about he knew that Paul was God's man. He went to minister to Paul no matter what could have happened when he went he knew that to live is Christ right and to die. Is he knew and that's what you think about. Let me ask you a question do you think about. Everything that same thing do you think about Jesus and how he is your life and that if for some reason we die from whatever happens that is gain for you.
Or is that kind of remote put away in a box somewhere that we barely look, you know God here shows us that he wants more people like a preferred. Itís he doesn't hold such in reputation verse number 29. You saying like that guy look and see whoever is more like hit man. That is so muddy that you guys need to uphold hold up because he is somebody that has Christ in their life, right?
So he was one of the one more example and then Paul starts out and he goes on more and he says well, let me give you another example and he says we'll look at my life and Paul's not doing this to say. Okay, look at how the things that I did look at who I am. Look at what I've done. No, he's not doing.
You say look at my life. Look what has happened with right? Remember what I told you where Paul was very beginning he saying I'm impressed and he said that in chapter number one when you look at chapter 1 verse number 12, he says, but I would you should understand Brethren. He says that the things which happened unto me have fallen out rather unto the furtherance of the Gospel when I would think that Paul would take this time in this LED and would say.
You know, the reason why I'm here in prison is very unfair and very unjust. It should have never happened. This is no no, I'm here because I'm here the the gospels going forward and he starts talking about how these people are getting saved our next to him. And these people are preaching Christ that he's the that he led to Christ and Christ is being preached where he is and that's all he thinks about right.
For dieter's thought about that Paul thinking about that. He's not thinking about prison. He's not thinking about the horrible state that he in. He's not thinking about any of these things is not thinking about himself. He's not thinking about the the probably that he's going he's nothing about any of these things.
All he's thinking about is Christ that he's being preached, right the people are getting to know who he is and what he's done, right? He doesn't have all these different things and when you and I look at this, we should be saying wow, that's amazing. You know, I hope you're a skip over this but because this is an amazing story for you to be in prison to be preaching Christ and for people to begin saving all these things happen.
That's amazing. Because Paul was focused on Christ. Right? Look at Philippians chapter 1 verse number 20. Bible says. According to my Earnest expectation Paul's continuing on and my hope that in nothing I shall be ashamed but that with all boldness us always. So now also Christ shall be magnified in my body whether it be by life or by death verse number 21, which we all know for me to live is Christ and to die is gain he shows us the being in prison didn't take his hope didn't take his Joy away.
Being in prison his Joy was there with them? You know, why because his Focus was on God. His Focus was on Christ. That's all he thought about that's all he sent their his life upon Christ needed to be magnified through Paul. That's why he had hope right instead of showing us that he was sad that he was the prayers that he was in a horrible place.
He showed us. Cries needs to be magnified Christ needs to be the most important one Christ needs to be here every where he needs to be in my mind. He needs to be in your mind. He needs to be right. That's all we should be thinking about Christ. So Paul talks about all these things and he says it's all about God.
You continuous in Philippians chapter 3 verse number one. Go to verse number 4. I'm sorry and Paul continues here and he starts showing us more about how to walk with God. And how to change your way of thinking because that's where he's going. He says in order for you to follow Christ in order for you to have joy in your life in order for you to live and walk with God.
You need to it change the way you think right and we know all these things to Philippians chapter 3 and number 4, but look at what it says in chapter number 3 verse number 4 he says so I would also have confidence in the flesh if any other man thinketh that he hath whereof he might Trust In the Flesh says I'm more.
Paul kind of gives us the other side about this he says yeah, you need to be thinking about Christ but he says then this is the problem. This is why we don't think about it, right? This is why we don't think about Christ because we focus on me. I focus on my knowledge and my my understanding I focus on my strength my social status who's talking about my discipline my seal my righteousness.
Everything was about his flesh and how great he was for all that. Right when I went to Columbia and my mind I was thinking. You know, I know language. Wrong for me to think about that. You know, I am kind of Colombian. I'm kind of confused, but I know a little bit wrong for me to think about that.
I've been there before I have family not in that City, but another and I was trusting all these things and I should have never trusted him. I should have been thinking. I know God he's my strength and he gives me the wisdom that he helps me out whenever I have problems instead of thinking. Oh, you're so smart Miguel.
You can do all the things that you need to do over there. But I don't know if that's your problem. That was my problem. That is my problem something I continue to fight. Whenever we trust in ourselves like Paul was trusting in himself before in the things that he did. God is never the focus of our life.
That is why some people become depressed frustrated because they keep trusting in themselves and they get focusing on their life. They keep focusing on what they can do and they keep focusing on the things that they accomplished when he says no. No your focus should be on God and God Alone. Paul continues this and he says think about right and we're almost done but he continues on he says there should be a new way of thinking in your mind not about you.
This life is never about you. This life is never about what you can accomplish its life is never about your strength. This life is never about your knowledge and what you can do when you can bring this life is never about that. If you think that you're going to have joy because of that. Never be joyful.
This is but if you trust in God. and every second that you live every minute every place that you go to whatever you do he is in your mind and if you start focusing on him and him alone, yeah, you will have joy. Because he is the only one that can give us joy that we nothing underneath the sun give you the joy that you and I mean never.
So all these things that happened to me, I know they're very little because I know some of you have gone through things that I have never and could ever imagine. And the pain that you've gone through. But I hope that whatever you go through. That never takes you Joy away. I hope that whatever you go through that and never takes your focus away.
Your focus should be on God. I hope that whatever you go through whatever things you've been through. That God is still the one in your mind. But he is the main the center the most important thing in your life. That is what Paul was trying to say in this letter. He says your joy. It's God. That's it.
It's nothing else.