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The Look of Faith

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This morning I shared a message entitled, “The Look of Faith” taken from Numbers 21:1-9

The story of Israel when they departed Egypt and wandered in the wilderness is a story of rebellion, complaining and unbelief. They rebelled against Moses, they rebelled against God and worst of all, they wanted to go back to Egypt. Israel hadn’t been allowed to enter the Promised Land because of unbelief, and now here in Numbers 21, we find that God is going to deal with their attitudes. 

God ended up sending fiery serpents to bite the people and many of them died. The people of Israel quickly realized that it was God’s judgement upon them for their attitude of complaining, and they begged Moses to pray for them. What catches my attention about this story is God’s response. God could have answered and healed them instantly, but He didn’t. Instead, He used this opportunity to share the message of the Cross thousands of years before it actually happened. 

I’m shocked to find the amount of believers that think that the message of the Cross and the gospel began in Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. Let me say that the message of the Cross and God’s redemption of man is the CENTRAL theme of the Bible. From Genesis 1 all the way to Revelation 22, the message of the Cross permeates every single page of the Bible! 

Let’s take a look at how God responds: God tells Moses, “Make a serpent out of bronze and put it up on a wooden post, now whoever looks at that bronze serpent after being bitten will be healed.”  Now there is something interesting about this order: 

Bronze in the Bible always means: “Judgment”, the serpent represents “sin”, and the wooden post represents “the cross”. The message here is absolutely clear: It was a prophetic sermon about the work of Jesus on Calvary. God was saying, “One day in the the future, My Son will die on the Cross, and endure the full judgment for sin.”  

The amazing thing is that all through the Bible, salvation has come and will always come through the Cross of Jesus Christ. Pre-Calvary believers were saved by placing their faith in what Jesus WOULD DO on the Cross. Post-Calvary believers (us) are saved by placing our faith in what Jesus HAS DONE on the Cross. So no matter what side of the Cross you are on, the central theme of salvation has been and always will be the Cross!!!

Just as the serpent on the pole was a sign of God’s judgment against sin, Jesus on the Cross received God’s judgement for our sins. Our sins were judged at the Cross. Jesus bore the sins of the world on the Cross. But you have to believe the Gospel. You see, the Gospel has no impact of effect on anyone if it is not received in faith! Take God at His word, and believe in what He did for you at Calvary! 

“And as Moses lifted up the bronze snake on a pole in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up.” John 3:14

Have a blessed and amazing week! 

Expect A Miracle, 

Pastor Jubal

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Lay Down Your Burden

Hannah Whitall Smith tells the story of the man who was walking along a road, carrying a heavy burden on his shoulders. A wagon overtook him and the driver kindly offered to give the man a ride. The man happily accepted the offer, but even when he was seated on the wagon, he continued to carry the heavy load on his shoulders.
Perplexed, the kindhearted wagon driver said, “Sir, why don’t you put down your burden? There’s plenty of room.”

“Oh, no,” said the man. “I feel it’s almost too much to ask you to carry me. I wouldn’t think of asking you to carry my burden also.”

Maybe you are like that man. You’ve allowed Christ to carry you—to be your Savior—but you are unwilling to entrust certain areas of your life to his care. Jesus wants control of your whole life: “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28). If there are problems in your life too heavy for you to bear alone, give them to Jesus. He will carry your load.

Expect a Miracle,

Pastor Jubal

PHILIP SEYMOUR HOFFMAN (Spanish)

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Sentado en el Aeropuerto, esperando un vuelo hacia Monterrey, México, leía en las Noticias sobre la trágica muerte del gran actor, Philip Seymour Hoffman. Los informes dicen que aún sin terminar una autopsia, los Investigadores creen que la causa de la muerte es una sobredosis de heroína, considerando, que habían aproximadamente 5 envolturas usadas de heroína y posiblemente, 65 paquetes de heroína, encontrados en su apartamento.

Lo que me conmueve de esta historia es que aparentemente, no hay respuesta para la epidemia de las drogas. A pesar de todas las opiniones, sugerencias y profesionalismo, las principales corrientes de este mundo, tienen ZERO de respuesta para detener la adicción de la gente, o para que no mueran por sobredosis de drogas. Yo estaba en shock al leer un artículo de CNN, titulado, “¿Cómo te mata la Heroína?” –este artículo trataba sobre: Qué es la Heroína, promedios de muerte por drogas legales o ilegales y aún sugería, como usar la heroína.

Lo que más me molesto del artículo, fue el hecho completamente claro, de que pocos días después de la muerte de Hoffman, la conversación fuera sobre la heroína y no sobre Hoffman, o aún, lo más importante: LA SOLUCION!

¿Qué de bueno hay en saber “como la heroína te mata,” para los millones de drogadictos en America que luchan contra lo que ellos consideran un demonio al que no tiene solución? ¿Qué de bueno es saber “como la heroína te mata,” para los bebés de Hoffman quienes han perdido a su Padre para siempre?¿Que de bueno fue para Philip Seymour Hoffman saber “como la heroína te mata?”

Verdaderamente crees que los adictos que consumen drogas, no saben que “la heroína los matará?” ¿Sugieres acaso que sí “Educamos” a los adictos que las drogas son malas, ellos ya no la consumirán?

Déjame aclararte algo: los adictos no son estúpidos, o gente sin educación.

Tengo un amigo que se graduó primero en su clase, en Física Nuclear, y aun no podía librarse de su adicción al alcohol ni a la cocaína. Los adictos no son gente estúpida, y si tu fueras suficientemente afortunado, de poder ver algunas de las actuaciones clásicas de Hoffman, sabrías que él tampoco fue estúpido. Así qué, de tal resumen, debes admitir que el problema es más profundo, que la ignorancia, o la falta de educación.

Así que, cual es la razón para un artículo así? Quiero decir, en un tiempo como éste, ¿no hubiera sido más sabio ofrecer una solución, en vez de insistir en el problema? Ahora mismo, cada Estación de Radio y Canal de Noticias están hablando sobre adicción, heroína, sobredosis de drogas, etc.

Ahora que los oídos de una Nación están abiertas y los corazones están tristes por la pérdida de este gran actor, no sería éste, el mejor momento, en que podamos decir: “ofrezcamos la respuesta, ofrezcamos la la solución…. la forma en que las adicciones puedan ser rotas, para que no tengamos otra tragedia más como la de Hoffman”

Como verás, hemos perdido a un gran actor de la pantalla, pero alguien ha perdido a su Padre, a su hermano, a su hijo, a un amigo. Este es el tiempo para hablar…y con la plataforma, como la que estos reporteros de noticias, y columnistas, tienen, demos al mundo, una solución y una respuesta, …al menos QUE TÚ NO TENGAS NINGUNA!

Y pienso que es allí donde encontramos el problema. NO HAY RESPUESTA. La Sociedad dice: “una vez adicto, toda la vida, adicto”. De modo que hemos aprendido a aceptar que habrán incidentes como Belushi, Ledger, Jackson, Houston & Philip Seymour Hoffman, cada ciertos años. Miramos a jóvenes, como Justin Bieber y (He oído a gente…) decimos: “ese chico se va a dar un sobredosis de droga algún día”

Pero realmente, ¿ son las cosas así? ¿Es todo lo que tenemos? ¿Críticas y desgracias contra alguien que obviamente está luchando y peleando con un serio problema?

Lo que estoy tratando de decir, es que en vez de escribir sobre “como mata la heroína” o criticar, y desvergonzadamente profetizar de: cómo o cuando Justin Bieber morirá… busquemos la solución. Asegurémonos que no haya otra historia de sobredosis, Hagamos cierto y seguro que Bieber o alguien más, no sean la siguiente tragedia.

En vez de gastar preciosos espacios en las columnas de los periódicos repitiendo el problema, usemos plataformas globales como CNN, Fox, y otras grandes cyber publicaciones, para promover la solución! Demos a la gente una respuesta, demos esperanza a las familias de los adictos, y demos a los adictos una salida fuera de este pozo infernal llamado ¡Adicción!

Les pido disculpas por hablar tan agresivamente, pero yo no tengo el tacto de un escritor refinado y educado, ni la precisión de un columnista profesional. En verdad, ni siquiera sé como escribir. Todo lo que estoy haciendo, es pararme en mi cajita de jabón y hablar desde mi corazón.

Verás, el caso de la sobredosis de Philip Seymour Hoffman está muy cerca a mi corazón, y la razón es porque yo soy hijo de un ex adicto a la heroína, un hombre que solía clavarse una aguja en sus brazos, muchas veces al día y disparar heroína en sus venas. Mi Padre muchas veces puso en sus brazos, el mismo veneno, que mató a Hoffman. Y de la misma forma, mi Padre fue esclavo a la misma atadura, de adicción como Hoffman.

Mi Padre era drogadicto a la heroína, un drogo y un prisionero a la adicción. En tres distintas ocasiones, mi Padre se dio una sobredosis de heroína, pero por la gracia de Dios no murió.

Mí Padre también, sentía como sienten todos los adictos, que “el sería un adicto, por siempre,” sin ninguna salida; viviendo solamente con las “cartas que les habían jugado”, pensando “Esto es lo que soy y es lo que siempre seré”.

Pero sabes qué? Algo sucedió en la vida de mi Padre, que ROMPIÓ LAS ATADURAS DE LA ADICCIÓN!! SÍ… debes leer la línea anterior, de nuevo! …
La experiencia que mí Padre tuvo, CAMBIÓ SU VIDA PARA SIEMPRE, y nunca jamás volvió a ninguna clase de adicción. Mi Padre nunca fue un “adicto en recuperación” –porque recuperación implica que todavía estás enfermo. NO! Mi Padre quedó COMPLETAMENTE LIBRE DE LAS ADICCIONES!!! Ya nunca volvió a hacer un adicto, sino que por el resto de su vida, fue un EX ADICTO!!

¿Y sabes cual es la mejor parte de esta historia? Yo, JAMÁS vi a mí Padre adicto a nada. Para cuando yo nací, mi Padre, había sido libre por muchos años antes. Pude gozar de mi Padre, cada día, hasta que el Señor, se lo llevó a Su casa, a los 72 años de edad.

No estoy criticando a ningún columnista o escritor, por favor no vayas a tomar mis comentarios de esa forma… Yo simplemente estoy dando el Testimonio de mi familia. Mis dos padres fueron adictos, y algo les ocurrió un día, ¡que los transformó completamente para siempre!

En vez de insistir enfocando en el problema, demos a la gente, la respuesta! Ofrezcamos Esperanza, y una solución! Mis padres encontraron esa Esperanza, libertad y liberación de la adicción y NUNCA MÁS VOLVIERON a ello, ¡ni siquiera una sola vez!

Mi corazón se quiebra al pensar en los hijos de Snr. Hoffman, quienes nunca conocerán a su Padre, por quien el era realmente y yo he orado a Dios, cada día, por ellos, desde que me enteré de esta tragedia.

Mi mensaje es simple: ESO NO TIENE PORQUÉ SEGUIR SUCEDIENDO!! Hay una Respuesta! HAY UNA SOLUCIÓN!!

A todas las familias de los adictos: LIBERACIÓN COMPLETA ES POSIBLE! No creas la mentira, que: “un adicto, siempre será un adicto”– esa es una mentira de las partes más profundas del infierno!!

A los adictos: TÚ NO TIENES QUE VIVIR NI MORIR UN ADICTO!! Hay libertad de las adicciones! Tómalo del hijo de un ex-adicto, tú puedes ser libre! A mi no me interesa lo que la gente, los doctores o consejeros te hayan dicho: Hay un camino, para ser totalmente y para siempre, libre de tus adicciones! No tienes que morir como un adicto!! Te prometo que hay Esperanza y Libertad!!

Hoy, como pastor dirijo un lugar llamado OUTCRY, que tiene uno de los altos! sino es el más alto porcentaje en promedio, en el mundo para liberar a los adictos!! (60-80% para aquellos que completan los seis meses del programa). Literalmente, yo he visto a miles de adictos, quedar libres y liberados!! Esto no es un truco o una actividad febril (pasajera), pues no gano nada, contándote mi historia. Yo sólo quiero, que madres, padres, hijos, hijas, y aquellos que aman a un adicto, sepan QUE HAY LEBERACION COMPLETA DE LAS DROGAS Y SU ADDICCION Repito una vez mas, esta no es una trampa o mentira es 100% verdad.

Dos semanas atrás, el Congresista por Wisconsin, Paul Ryan y el personaje legendario, del NBA, David Robinson, vinieron a visitarme en OUTCRY, para ver el “Como y Porqué” OUTCRY, esta teniendo un éxito increíble. Si tu no puedes creerme que es posible una LIBERTAD ABSOLUTA de la adicción; siéntete libre en contactar a: la oficina del Congresista Ryan, o a la oficina de Mr. Robinson y pregunta si OUTCRY es de fiar.

Si tú o alguien que conozcas, está pegado en las drogas y necesita ayuda, por favor contáctanos en OUTCRY. Puedes llamar a:

210.433.0028 (oficinas)
210.434.2774 (línea de 24 horas)

o escribir E.mail a:

OUTCRY
PO Box 37387
San Antonio, Texas 78237
info@outcryinthebarrio.org

Deseo regalarte la Autobiografía de mis P adres, (Sí, regalártela!) sólo contáctanos y te la enviaremos, sin cargo alguno! Quiero que veas por tí mismo, CUAL FUE ESE ENCUENTRO QUE TRANSFORMÓ A MIS PADRES de adictos en ex-adictos.

Por favor contáctanos. Déjanos saber si tú o alguien que conozcas necesita ayuda. Queremos ayudarte y enseñarte que la LIBERACIÓN de la adicción a las drogas es posible y disponible para todos!!

Si tú estás leyendo este mensaje, por favor seleccionanos en FB, comparte o retuitea, y envía un E.Mail a cualquiera y a todos tus conocidos. Tenemos que pasar las nuevas al mundo entero. LAS ATADURAS DE LA ADICCIÓN PUEDE SER ROTA PARA SIEMPRE!!

No permitamos que ocurra otra tragedia como la de Mr. Philip Seymour Hoffman, en Hollywood, o en los Barrios de las ciudades, en la Clase media de América, o las altas clases de los Negocios de USA. No ignores este Blog, y ayudemos a pasar estas nuevas a un mundo necesitado. SE PARTE DE LA SOLUCIÓN….

Nosotros aún podemos SANAR nuestra Nación, una persona a la vez!!

Espera un Milagro,

Pastor Jubal

Philip Seymour Hoffman

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Sitting at the airport waiting for a flight to Monterrey, Mexico, I began to read an article about the tragic death of a great actor, Philip Seymour Hoffman. Reports say that the autopsy isn’t in yet, but investigators believe that heroin overdose is the cause of death, considering that there were approx 5 used envelopes of heroin and possibly 65 unused envelopes of heroin found in his apartment.

What really gets me about this story is the fact that there is seemingly no answer for the drug epidemic. With all of it’s opinions, professionals, and suggestions, the mainstream world has ZERO ways to stop people from addiction & dying from drug overdoses. I was shocked to read an article from CNN entitled, “How Heroin Kills You” – it covered what heroin is, death rate ratios between legal and illegal drugs, it even suggested how to use heroin.

What bothered me the most about the article was the crystal clear fact that just days after Hoffman’s death, the conversation is about heroin and not about the man, or even more important: the CURE!!

What good does knowing how heroin kills you do for the millions of addicts in America battling what they feel is a demon that there is no cure for? What good does knowing “how heroin kills you” do for Hoffman’s babies who have lost their father? What good did knowing “how heroin kills you” do for Philip Seymour Hoffman?

Do you really believe that addicts do drugs because they “don’t know it will kill them?” Are you suggesting that if we “educate” addicts that drugs are bad they won’t use them?

Let me clarify something: addicts are not stupid or uneducated people. I have a friend who graduated first in his class in nuclear physics and couldn’t shake a cocaine and alcohol addiction. Addicts are not stupid people, and if you were fortunate enough to see any classic Hoffman performance, you would know that neither was he. So right off, you have to admit that the problem is deeper than ignorance or lack of education.

So what’s the reason for an article like that? I mean, in a time like this wouldn’t it be wiser to offer a solution instead of reinstating the problem? Right now, every major news station is speaking about addiction, heroin, drug overdoses, etc.

Now that the ears of a nation are open and hearts are saddened by the loss of a great actor, wouldn’t this be the moment when we would say: “Lets offer the answer, the solution….the way that addiction can be broken so that there’s not another Hoffman tragedy.”

You see, we lost a great actor but someone lost a father, a brother, a son and a friend. This is the time to speak up……& with a platform like these news reporters, & columnist have, give the world a solution and an answer…that is, unless …..YOU DONT HAVE ONE.

And I think this is where we find the problem. There is no answer. Society says, “once an addict, always an addict”. And so we have learned to accept that there will be Belushi, Ledger, Jackson, Houston & Philip Seymour Hoffman incidents every few years. We look at young men like Justin Bieber and (I’ve heard people) say, “that kids going to overdose one day…”

But really? Is that it? Is that all we have? Criticism and ill will towards someone who is obviously battling and struggling with a serious problem?

What I’m trying to say is that instead of writing about “how heroin kills” or criticizing and unashamedly prophesying how or when Justin Bieber will die…lets find the solution. Lets make sure we don’t have another overdose, lets make sure Bieber or whoever else doesn’t become the next casualty.

Instead of wasting precious column space on restating the problem, lets use global platforms like CNN, Fox and other major cyber publications and promote the solution, lets give people an answer, lets give the families of addicts hope, and lets give addicts a way out of this hell hole called addiction!

I apologize for speaking so aggressively, but I don’t have the tact of an educated writer or the precision of a professional columnist. I actually don’t even know how to write. All I’m doing is standing on my soapbox and speaking my heart.

You see, the Philip Seymour Hoffman overdose is very dear to my heart, and the reason is because I am the son of a former heroin addict: a man who used to stick a needle in his arm multiple times a day and shoot heroin in his veins. My father used to put the same poison in his arm that killed Hoffman. And in the same way, my father was a slave to the same bondage of addiction that Hoffman was in. My father carried the same “monkey on his back” (drug addict terminology) that ultimately choked the life out of Hoffman.

You see, my father was a heroin addict, a junkie, and a prisoner of addiction. Three separate times my father overdosed on heroin but by the grace of God, my father didn’t die.

My father also felt like all addicts feel, that they will forever be addicts with no way out. Hopelessly living with the “cards they were dealt”, thinking “this is who I am and this is who I will always be”.

But guess what? Something happened in my fathers life that BROKE THE BONDAGE OF ADDICTION!!!! Yes…you have to read that previous line again….the experience that my father had CHANGED HIS LIFE FOREVER , and he NEVER returned to any kind of addiction. My father wasn’t an “addict in recovery” – because recovery implies that you are still sick. NO!! My father was COMPLETELY SET FREE FROM ADDICTION!!! He was never again an addict but for the rest of his life, an EX ADDICT!!

And do you know what the BEST part of the story is? I NEVER had to see my father addicted, by the time that I was born he had been set free for many years already. And I was able to enjoy my father everyday until The Lord took him home at 72 years of age.

I am not criticizing any writer or columnist, please don’t take my comments as such…I am simply stating the testimony of my family. Both my parents were addicts, and something happened one day that completely transformed them forever.

Instead of reinstating the problem, lets give people the answer!! Lets offer hope, and a solution!! My parents found that hope, freedom and deliverance from addiction and they NEVER RETURNED to it, not even one time!!!

My heart breaks for Mr. Hoffman’s three babies who will never know their father for who he really was, and I have prayed for them everyday since I heard about the tragedy.

My message is simple: THIS DOES NOT HAVE TO KEEP HAPPENING!! There is an answer!! THERE IS A SOLUTION!!!

To all the families of addicts: COMPLETE DELIVERANCE IS AVAILABLE!!! Don’t believe the lie that “once an addict always an addict” – that is a lie from the deepest parts of hell!!!

To the addict: YOU DONT HAVE LIVE & DIE AND ADDICT!! There IS deliverance from addiction! Take it from the son of a former junkie, you can be free!!! I don’t care what people, doctors or counselor have told you: there is a way to totally and forever be free from your addiction!!! You don’t have to die an addict!! I promise you there is hope and freedom!!!!

Today, I pastor a place called OUTCRY that has one of the highest, if not the highest success rates in the world for addicts!!! (60-80% for those who complete the 6 month program) I have literally seen addicts by the thousands set free and delivered!! This is not a gimmick or a hustle, I have nothing to gain by telling you my story. I just want mothers, fathers, sons, daughters and loved ones of addicts to know that THERE IS ABSOLUTE DELIVERANCE FROM ADDICTION. Again, this is not a joke, it’s 100% true.

2 weeks ago, congressman Paul Ryan of Wisconsin and NBA Legend, David Robinson came to visit me at OUTCRY to see how & why OUTCRY was having such incredible success. If you don’t believe me that ABSOLUTE FREEDOM from addiction is possible: feel free to contact: Congressman Ryan’s office, or Mr Robinson’s office and ask if OUTCRY is legit.

If you or anyone you know is hooked and needs help, please contact us at OUTCRY. You can call, write or email:

210.433.0028
210.434.2774 (24 hour line)

OUTCRY
PO Box 37387
San Antonio, Texas 78237

info@outcryinthebarrio.org

I want to give you my fathers autobiography, (Yes, give you) just contact us and we’ll send it to you, free of charge! I want you to see for yourself WHAT THE ENCOUNTER was that transformed my parents from addicts to ex-addicts.

Please contact us. Let us know if you or someone you know needs help. We want to help you and show you that DELIVERANCE from addiction is possible and available!!

If you are reading this, please like us on FB, share, retweet and email to anyone and everyone you know. We have to get the word out: THE BONDAGE OF ADDICTION CAN BE BROKEN FOREVER!!

Lets not let another Philip Seymour Hoffman tragedy occur in Hollywood, the inner city, middle class America or corporate America again. Don’t ignore this blog, lets get the word out. BE PART OF THE SOLUTION….

We CAN still heal our nation one person at a time!!

Expect a Miracle,

Pastor Jubal

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Un Mundo Sin Limites 2014 (A World Without Limits)

Wow!! Where do I begin to put into words the amazing week we had in San Antonio, Texas at the UN MUNDO SIN LIMITES Conference?

From day one there was such an anticipation in the air that God was going to do something. From my staff to leadership academy students, everyone kept asking me, “Pastor, do you sense something in the atmosphere? God is going to do something special!” Everyone could feel it and like always, God delivered!

Something shifted in the atmosphere this week…something different took place. It felt as if we are coming into a new season of vision and purpose! As a ministry we have always had a great sense of direction coming from our founding pastors, Freddie and Ninfa García, but this felt as if the calling to take the gospel to the nations was solidified for this NEW GENERATION!

From the first night of the conference Pastor Luis Salazar (Lima, Peru) broke the conference open with a powerful message challenging us all that we should be part of this global movement!

Tuesday morning began with messages from Pastor Antonio Piña (Mexico) sharing that we all have a responsibility to take the gospel to the rest of the world. Pastor Monce (Brownsville, Texas) spoke about how many of us put limits on God because we have no world vision. Pastor Juan Carlos (Panama) spoke about how we are called to make disciples in order to impact our cities & Tuesday evening closed with Pastor Jose Luis (Corpus Christi, Texas) teaching us that we were created for a mission!

Wednesday morning began with me speaking about purpose & calling. Pastor Julio Caceres (Venezuela) followed up with a great message on discipleship. Then Pastor Pedro Marrero (Puerto Rico) spoke a powerful word about how preparation is absolutely necessary in order to fulfill your calling! Wednesday evening closed up with Pastor Gustavo Garces (Spain) speaking an incredible sermon entitled “My Descendants will inherit nations!”

Thursday morning kicked off with Pastor Roman Herrera (San Antonio) speaking about “who is God?” and giving us a great illustration about the inner workings in the Outcry Home and the process of producing disciples in the leadership academy. Then Pastor Victor Quevedo (Mexico) spoke a message about the “call of God” where he challenged us to stop making excuses and obey God! After that Pastor Gustavo Garces spoke about his experiences in pioneering the first Outcry home in Europe, as well and the challenges and losses involved. Thursday evening Pastor Antonio Piña closed the evening with a message that clarified that God calls us but he won’t beg us.

Friday morning I spoke again about why it is so important to discover your calling! I shared two things: 1. We each have a tailor made destiny to impact this planet. 2. We only have a certain about of limited time to accomplish it. Pastor Luis followed up with a great message about how we all have amazing potential that God has placed inside all of us! Friday evening was special for me because I closed the conference speaking about the importance of discipleship, and raising up the next generation. But as the evening closed God has put in my spirit to speak a word of “resurrection” into the lives of all the Pastors, Directors, Leaders of our ministry. God told me “Jubal, there are many dreams and visions that I have given these men and women; but because they haven’t come to pass yet, these men & women have given up on them. Their dreams are dead and buried…but tonight I am going to resurrect their dreams once again. God put a word in my heart to “call forth” those dreams and visions to rise again from the grave of unbelief! We had such a break through is was an amazing night to close up an amazing week!!!!

Some of the most amazing highlights for me were:

• The fact that we streamed every session all over the world!! From different places all around the earth, people were rejoicing with us and celebrating the power of God. So many people watched online and I believe that they experience the same anointing that was in that conference!

• Pastor Piri was a real blessing to me! Seeing him grow in his anointing and calling is so special to me! The kid is literately a quadruple threat, there’s not much Piri can’t do! He’s a real blessing to Metanoya Church and Outcry Global, I’m proud of him and excited about what the future holds for him! (Ps: watch out for Piri’s album being released in 2014)

• My brother Paul taking worship to another level. Earlier in this blog I said that I feel that something happened in the atmosphere…this is what I’m talking about. It all begins with worship. There is something special that happens when Paul worships….sometimes I feel like there’s that moment when he’s singing and gets to a certain level of anointing in the room…a moment where I feel like God stops everything He’s doing, and tunes His ear to listen. I know that when Paul sings, God smiles. It’s always an honor for me to share the stage with my brother. He’s an amazing person, a great musician but a supernatural worshiper. I hope one day to be able to make God smile as much as he does.

• Finally, one of the greatest moments for me was at the end of my message Friday night, I spoke some prophetic words into Pastor Roman & Alma, Pastor Luis & Vangie Salazar, and to my dear loving Mama. It was amazing for me to be able to minister to those who have ministered to me for so many years. To be able see God’s faithfulness in each of their lives and to know that God has so much more for them. I have been extremely blessed this week!!!

And now, I’m packing for Monterey. Un Mundo Sin Limites begins Monday night in Mexico. Go figure, I just spent an amazing week seeing God do some ridiculous things, and now I get to pack my bags and see it happen all over again in another country…I have the best job in the world!!

In the end I realized something very special…I am part of an amazing global transformation!!! Not a religious organization or even a denomination, but a movement. I’m not part of a “church”, I’m part of a family. We aren’t building a ministry, we are establishing God’s Kingdom. I realized I love my God, I love my family & all my loved ones at Outcry & Metanoya so much! I realized I’m not a Pastor, a spiritual teacher or even a leader….

I’m a world changer…a trailblazer…blazing a path to places no one is going or wants to go for that matter and taking the message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ all over the world!!! This is who I am, this is who we are. It is in our spiritual DNA to love the lost, the broken and the hurting. To reach out to the ones the world doesn’t want or has rejected. To seek after the diamonds in the rough, to find the beauty in the ashes and pearls of great price. We are spiritual miners, digging into the depths of drug connections and shooting galleries, under bridges and abandoned buildings…finding God’s treasures out of darkness and bringing them to the saving power of Jesus Christ.

To be honest I’m humbled to be a small part of this global movement. And in the end, it’s nothing we do or know. IT IS A WORK OF GOD. There is no formula or magic pattern. We follow what the bible says, preach the gospel in faith and God does it all. The secret to Outcry’s success…IT IS A WORK OF GOD.

So I’m proud…honored and humbled to be a part of this. I’m awed to see so many people who love God and love others. Outcry & Metanoya have the absolute most amazing teams, staff and leaders I’ve ever been a part of! I’m so proud of you all and thankful for each and every one of you that work so hard. I honor you and pray for you and your loved ones. Thank you for believing in the Vision!! Lets take the world for Jesus!!!

Expect a Miracle,

Pastor Jubal

The Wrong Choice

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The Wrong Choice  

Luke 23:32-43

Jesus was crucified between the two criminals, one on the right and the other on the left. The name calvary comes from the Latin calvario which means a “skull.” The prophet Isaiah had prophesied that two criminals would be crucified with Jesus. Isaiah 53:12

While they were nailing Jesus to the cross, He repeatedly prayed, “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.” Jesus was practicing what He preached when He said, “Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.” Sometimes it is very difficult for us to forgive people. We often harbor an unforgiving spirit in our hearts. Someone hurts us, says something against us, and in our hearts we cannot forgive that person.

One of the criminals hanging there insulted Jesus by saying, “Are you not the Christ?  Save yourself and us!” The Greek says that this criminal prayed this prayer repeatedly.  He didn’t say that prayer one time, he said it repeatedly. He wasn’t asking to be saved from sin.  HE WAS ASKING TO BE SAVED FROM THE CROSS. In my heart, I believe he wasn’t asking to be saved. He wanted to get off that cross so that he could go back to his old lifestyle. The two criminals were dying on the cross because of wrong choices they had made in their lives. All of our lives we are going to be confronted with choices (decisions) and if we make the wrong choices, it’s going to painfully affect us the rest of our lives.

Wrong Choices In My Life: I along with many other people am guilty of making some serious wrong choices in my life. Time & time again, I seem to do what I know I shouldn’t do. My parents told me many times not to do things that I ended up doing. Suffice it to say, I’m a master of bad decisions. I was like the two criminals on the cross. The thieves were dying on the cross because they had made wrong choices in their lives. The criminals were confronted with one last choice. One thief made the wrong choice. One thief said, “Get me down so I can go back and sin again.” The other thief made the right choice. The other thief said, “Remember me Lord, when You come into Your Kingdom.” Jesus told the other thief, “Today you will be with Me in paradise.” One day I was confronted with another choice. The decision was whether to repent and accept Jesus as my Lord and Savior or to reject Him. This could have been the last choice that I would ever make in my life. I remember the day I made my decisions to make Jesus Lord and Savior of my life. For the first time in my life, I made the right choice.

Today, I want to encourage you to make the best decision you can ever make. Give your life to Jesus, ask Him to forgive you for all of your sins. And if you are backslidden, come back to Jesus, He will welcome you with open arms, just repent, and ask Him to forgive you.

I pray that you have a blessed week!

Expect a Miracle,

Pastor Jubal

The Benefits of the Blood

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The dictionary defines the word benefit as: “to receive an advantage; profit or gain.”

The Bible is clear that as followers of Jesus (Christians) there are advantages, profits or gains that we can claim from the blood that Jesus shed on the cross of Calvary. So why should this matter or even be important to a Christian?

Lets take it from the beginning:

God creates Adam & Eve and place them in the garden of Eden. (Genesis 1:27) God gave them identity, career, and also responsibility. One of the responsibilities was to not eat from a certain tree in the middle of the garden: the tree of knowledge of good and evil. (Genesis 2:16-17)

Most of us know the story: Adam and Eve decide to disobey God and eat from the tree. This results in the original sin, the fall of man, the sin nature in humanity, and spiritual death (separation from God) which ultimately led to physical death. (Keep in mind, death was not part of the original plan of creation)

God didn’t leave them in their sin after their disobedience, He provided a way so that they could be forgiven. (Genesis 3:21) Two innocent animals had to die as substitutes for Adam and Eve’s sin. Why? Because God requires bloodshed for sin. (Hebrews 9:22) In the same way that the animals were substitutes for Adam and Eve’s sin, JESUS CHRIST  died as a substitute for our sins, even before we knew we needed Him. (Romans 5:8)

BUT WAIT THERES MORE (Infomercial Voice) ….You and I have the right to claim the benefits of the Blood of Jesus. As children of God, saved, and forgiven, we have the right to His blood and to the benefits of the blood. Here are a few of the benefits:

1. The Blood of Jesus cleanses us from all sin! (1 John 1:9)

The blood of Jesus is the basis for our forgiveness, salvation and eternal life. It’s the blood of Jesus that forgives us, cleanses us, and washes us. (1 John 1:9, 1 John 1:7, Revelation 1:5)

2. The Blood of Jesus brings us near to God. (Ephesians 2:13)

The blood of Jesus gives us permission to enter into God’s presence. Like an all access pass that gets you backstage to a concert, or event, the Blood of Jesus gives you access into God’s presence. In other words, the Blood of Jesus is your “all access pass”.  (Ephesians 2:13, Hebrews 10:19)

3. The Blood of JESUS CHRIST overcomes satan. (No matter what autocorrect says, I’m keeping that “s” a small “s”) Revelation 12:11

Through faith in the Blood of Jesus, and by our testimony of Jesus’ work on Calvary, we can conquer anything that comes from satan.

4. The Blood of JESUS CHRIST gives us safety and protection. 

We need to plead the Blood of Jesus by faith when we are engaged in struggles against demonic forces.

So how can we apply the Blood of Jesus in our lives today? I know all this sounds good, but how does it work in every day life?

The first thing you need to do is believe and trust in the power of the Blood of Jesus. I remember my father used to always say, “Son, everything in the Christian life is by faith.” And that’s the truth, you see, nothing works if you don’t have faith. The Bible makes it clear that without faith it is impossible to please God. (Hebrews 11:6) In a nutshell…FAITH IS THE KEY. Next, you need to start pleading the Blood of  Jesus over your life, marriage, family, etc. We need to plead the blood of Jesus when we are in the middle of spiritual warfare,  or when you are in any situation that you feel may be controlled by satan. We need to plead the blood of Jesus over ourselves daily, and over our marriages, families, and homes. THERE IS POWER IN THE BLOOD OF JESUS!

Right now, as you read this I want to speak a word of life to you: I want you to know that 2014 will be a year of breakthrough and clarity. I declare a protective covering of the Blood of Jesus over you, your marriage, your children, your family, your ministry, your business, your finances, and your health. I believe that God will begin to do things this year for you that you thought He had forgotten, and I want you to know that you will have victory over battles that you thought you had lost. Put away your white flag, you will be victorious, because you are a child of the KING, because He has promised that “no weapon formed against you will succeed (Isaiah 54:17), and because you are washed and protected by the Blood of Jesus that He shed on the Cross of Calvary! Praise God! There is Power in the Blood!

Expect a Miracle,

Pastor Jubal