Time and time again God has confirmed that He has called us to this. And yet, we literally find ourselves at a standstill. We have found ourselves boxed in all sides, with no call to step out, no call to minister on the streets or in the prisons. These are the places where our hearts yearn to take the Gospel, and yet we had heard nothing from the Lord. I must be honest, I had begun to grow weary, as a sinful man, I had begun to doubt the call of the Lord on our lives. And yet, in His grace, God came in response to my discouragement. "Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,' says the LORD Almighty" (Zechariah 4:6) The Lord reminded me that He is bringing us to a place of total dependance on Him. So much so, that when He begins to move, it will be very evident that it is Him and Him alone that is working. When doors are opened, mountains are moved, the sick healed, the dead brought to life, we will be so dependent on God and God alone that we will willfully acknowledge, "For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure." (Philippians 2:13) The mighty works of God are exactly that, mighty works OF GOD. We, in fact, are mere vessels. Apart from God, we can do no good. Apart from the Holy Spirit, all work is done in vain. And so, through this revelation, God has given us three areas in which we are to devote to constant prayer. They are essentially the core values of Ponte Trucha:
1. "And each went straight forward; wherever the spirit was about to go, they would go, without turning as they went." (Ezekiel 1:12)
Our desire is to go where the Holy Spirit leads. To be obedient to God and God alone. To fix our eyes on Him and Him alone. Our one focus, our one desire, is to do God's will. Not to look at what is going on around us, but to fix our gaze intently on the Lord. As the old hymn declares, "Though no one go with us, still we will follow." The voice of man, no longer carries any weight in our lives.
2. "Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus." (1 Thessalonians 5:16-19)
Ponte Trucha was birthed in prayer. It is dependent on prayer. No matter, in times of plenty or in want, our desire is to be a people bathed in prayer. We want to remain faithful to prayer, to be constant in prayer, and to be fervent in prayer, most especially in times of great blessing. The downfall of any ministry begins the moment one's dependence on God shifts to dependence on self.
3. "Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross." (Philippians 2: 5-8)
We want to remain the least of all servants. We do not want to know or to be known. We want to remain nobodies apart from the cross of Christ. Our desire is to remember that we were once useless vessels, and apart from Christ, we are still the same useless people we once were. Our greatest desire is to remain humble servants of God. We are completely content with you never remembering our names or who we are. Our desire is for you to see Christ and Christ alone through us. We are mere servants who desire to be clothed in humility. We take no credit for the tremendous things God has done and continues to do.
Out with the old and in with the new. The crucified man leaves no room for himself, as every crevice has been filled with God and God alone.