Into the Nations, and Beyond

"From the head to the heart
You take me on a journey
Of letting go
And getting lost in you." 

What do I see: The reflection of myself, smiling the joy which is bubbling up. From my balcony, I see the bay the ocean right at my fingertips. 

What do I hear: The sound of the waves crashing, noisy traffic. The sound of people the sound of life. I hear the background music of Turkish music, from the vintage tv in my 70's hotel room. 

What do I smell: a musty scent, from years of the sea salt staining the walls. Lookout out at the bay, which is right at my fingertips I'm undone from the faithfulness of God. Woah I'm completely blown away by the opportunities he has given me. I'm 25 years old and I'm living the life most pastors don't even get to experience. I'm so undone by the faithfulness of God. Now sit back, and scroll down to experience and relive this journey through my images. 

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 Checked Vatican City and the Sissten Chapel off my list! Vatican City, Italy

Checked Vatican City and the Sissten Chapel off my list! Vatican City, Italy

 Night life Roma, Italy

Night life Roma, Italy

 Trevi Fountain - "Hey now, Hey now this is what dreams are made of" Roma, Italy

Trevi Fountain - "Hey now, Hey now this is what dreams are made of" Roma, Italy

The past 8 weeks have been one crazy ride. Currently on my sixth bed, in my 5th country. From Switzerland to Italy, Italy to Greece, Greece to Turkey, and Turkey to Egypt. Oh, you guys the Lord has been showing me so many things through his word. Which is so alive and active in my life. 

This experience has been life-changing, I see the word of God so differently now. I can see glimpses of this world, and how History points back to His Story

 Made it to the iconic Colosseum! Roma, Italy

Made it to the iconic Colosseum! Roma, Italy

The turning point is, I've always learned the Bible in a spiritual formate, not a historical formate. Yes, the bible is for us and for the word of God to change us. But likes I've mentioned before the bible was written for us, but not written to us. The bible was written for the original readers of the time. Relating and addressing matters such as head coverings, sexual immorality, worship of idols, and the list goes on. What has stuck out to me? 

C O N T E X T - C O N T E X T - C O N T E X T

Yes, Context is very important. To really see the bible as a whole picture that points to one thing, Jesus Christ. A big revelation is that head knowledge is knowing the context and historical background of the Bible. In order to receive the heart knowledge of Jesus Christ. What is needed in order to study the Bible is to have a balance. A balance of heart knowledge, and head knowledge. The word of God is very powerful and uplifting which guides and points us to Jesus Christ. What I've learned is for my heart to never to run dry. Loads of information has been downloaded into me, I have learned so much in the past eight weeks. And now I see the Bible with new eyes, I won't be able to read the bible the same way again. Only to read deeper and deeper into his Word, and understanding. 

 The Acropolis of Athens, Greece

The Acropolis of Athens, Greece

 Studied the letters of Corinthians in Ancient in Corinth, Greece

Studied the letters of Corinthians in Ancient in Corinth, Greece

 Downtown Athens, Greece

Downtown Athens, Greece

Learning - Discovering.

Growing - Delighting

Applying - Becoming

The three words the Lord gave me at the beginning of this school are coming to completion. Discover, Delight, and Becoming. The whole process of this school is learning and learning how to learn. Growing while learning because of the solid truth of scripture and the men God has appointed to carry out his message into the ends of the world (In context this would be into the ends of Spain from Asia Minor and over). While reading and studying I'm seeing and walking where Saint Paul would have walked. Over thousands of years old, the countries I'm in have so much weight of history, which has defined society today.

 Blue Mosque, Istanbul, Turkey

Blue Mosque, Istanbul, Turkey

 Grand Bazzar, Istanbul, Turkey

Grand Bazzar, Istanbul, Turkey

 Downtown Istanbul 

Downtown Istanbul 

 Spice Bazzar, Istanbul, Turkey

Spice Bazzar, Istanbul, Turkey

 Stand in front of the Celtic Library, Ancient city of Ephesus, Turkey

Stand in front of the Celtic Library, Ancient city of Ephesus, Turkey

This school would be a waste of time, energy, and money if I don't take what I've learned to heart. For personal application to sync in and completely change my life. Only by the Lord's Holy Spirit can this happen. After studying each book, I ponder and ask the Holy Spirit how I can practically apply this truth, power, and wisdom over my life. Quick to response the Lord comes and shows me how to walk in righteous, courage, and authority.   

A big take away for me is whenever I seek Jesus, whenever I see another side of him. The bigger my responsibly is. My responsibly to carry out the gospel of the good news. To say the Kingdom of God is here. Here on earth, the floodgates of heaven have been opened once Jesus died and was resurrected on the 3rd day. Once the veil was torn, we now have the fullness of Jesus. This is wonderful news to share to the end of the earth. I'm willing to be a vessel for God, for the Holy Spirit to flow through me to speak to whoever. There's a willingness in my heart, that burns to be a torch for my generation. 

I encourage you to take a moment and pause. See what responsibilities has the Lord given you, and in what areas do you walk in authority. Maybe ask God to show you, your strengths and weaknesses. Sometimes our strengths can lead to our weaknesses as well...

Be blessed loved ones, I hope this has posted has encouraged you. If you'd love to hear more about my trip reach out! This post is one out of many. 3 months is a lot to cover in terms of 5 countries and all 66 books of the bible.