This morning during my time with the Lord, He chastised me for my behavior and lack of trust. He gave me what I needed to speak to the boys. After breakfast, we met in the sala and I said, “I am sure that you have heard and will hear many things that were said during the meeting on Saturday. One is that Casa and all the other homes will be closed. You may ask yourself, ‘Why? This is a beautiful home. We are taught God’s word. We are taken care of. We are educated. Why? Doesn’t God love us?’ Yes. He loves us. He loves us so much that He came down from heaven to be with us. To teach, preach, heal, forgive, provide, love and give. He gave His life so we could have life. He died on the cross, was placed in a tomb for three days and then, rose to life. A life that He offers to each one of us. Do we love Him? Do we trust Him?
“God loves us. Because He loves us, He disciplines us. I love you. Because I love you, I discipline you. Without discipline, there is no love. I would let you lie, steal, lack respect, say bad words, be disobedient to the rules at school and at Casa. Yet, I can’t allow that. I desire for each of you to be a godly young man who desires to do what is right in God’s eyes. God is our Father in heaven. Why does He discipline us? The reason is not because He wants to hurt you but because He desires to bring us to repentance.
“Not just the children here at Casa, but the adults also. We can blame the world for our problems or for closing Casa yet we would be wrong. Groups have no power over God’s home and His will, yet we know that He allows people to do things in order to bring discipline. Remember, God disciplines those He loves, as a loving Father, for our good. When we are disciplined, we are sad and sometimes angry, yet later, it will bring you strength, understanding, discipline and what God is looking for…. repentance. Hebrews 12:7-11, ‘Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as sons. For what son is not disciplined by his father? If you are not disciplined (and everyone undergoes discipline), then you are illegitimate children and not true sons. Moreover, we have all had human fathers who had disciplined us and we respected them for it. How much more should we submit to the Father of our spirits and live! Our fathers disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, that we may share in His holiness. No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.’
“When we study His word, we see that He had disciplined His children to bring repentance. God can discipline us directly or by another form. We call it, ‘removing His hand of protection.’ The hardened hearts, pride, love of titles and positions, love for worldly pleasures or a lack of love for Him. I look around at church and see this both in the States and here. Those that He loves and provides for, standing around like statues with no desire to praise Him and give Him thanks. No desire to raise their hands and give HIM glory. He is worthy. Matthew 15:8-9, ‘These people honor me with their lips but their hearts are far from me. They worship me in vain; their teachings are but rules taught by men.’
“He is worthy! We need to humble ourselves and repent. 2 Chronicles 7:14, ‘…if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.’ We need to pray for the government and others in authority. We need to pray for Mike and Dottie, the director, social worker, the dorm parents, our families, teachers, and our friends. We need to pray for ourselves. This is good and pleasing to God our Savior. 1 Timothy 2:1-4, ‘I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone – for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who want all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.’
“God does not want us to fear, but to believe. We can move mountains with little faith. He is the author and finisher of our faith. We need to humble ourselves and pray. Ask Him for forgiveness and turn from our sins, our pride and lust for the world. We need to stand in the gap for Him. This is not the end of Casa; this is the beginning of repentance and trust of Him.”
Today was Pablo’s last day here at Casa. The boys gave him hugs, and we prayed over him. He has been a blessing to our boys and we know that God’s word will not return empty. Thank You, Lord, for sending your servant here to minister to your children.
Lee and Candy