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The Adventures of Gato Mighty

Thoughts, Stories and Feels

Lessons

The qualities of God that I aim for in my day to day walk with Him are not one time experiences or lessons. God continues teaching me grace and patience by reminding me of the many times people showed it to me, and especially the daily grace and patience He shows me. He continues to give me opportunities to forgive and reminds me of the things I have been forgiven of. He uses the times I feel disappointed or betrayed by my friends and family as a way to show me that He understands perfectly because He experienced all of the Joys and Pains first before anyone created in His image did. To finish His supreme level of understanding, Jesus being God in the flesh was sent here and experienced humanity to show is how much He loved us.

I love you so much that I will give up the comforts of heaven and live with you and teach you how to have a relationship with the Father. I will do it facing many obstacles and hardships. I will do it living a pure and blameless life, and I will even take on the punishment and wrath humanity deserves as sinners, as enemies of God.

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People, History & Lessons In Forgiveness

I have a very diverse group of friends. We are from all sorts of backgrounds, belief systems, cultures all different levels of social status, education and income levels. My friends aren’t necessarily friends with each other or friends with people like each other, so I like creating opportunities to put all of the people I care about in the same room.

(Side thought:

Maybe God is using me as a bridge so we can all see the many things we have in common, and how ultimately we have God in common.)

Because we are different, and because life has handed us different perspectives and pain; There are times we have different opinions on things, sometimes to the point of anger and argument.
Recently I have had some deep conversations with friends and a couple strangers about race relations. I come from an African American perspective that has been tuned in to the Black experience since I was 7 years old. Often I have to explain why my people, myself included, are the way they are and the history and present state of the world/country that nurtures the growth of so many emotional triggers and negative thoughts.
It’s very emotionally draining when I have to give one of my friends a history lesson that spans over 500 years, plus the having to present evidence of inequalities of today. All of that talking and time traveling just so he or she can understand why certain comments, questions, or jokes can hurt some already delicate feelings. And after all of that explaining, there is still the possibility that they don’t understand.
I was recently at odds with a friend over a facebook comment
After being baptized God began transforming my heart. God allowed a love for people and friendships to grow and the desire to share and give, not take, like I did the majority of my life. He’s increased my patience for people and friends in the times where an awkward but very necessary conversation needs to happen. Things can become heated and both sides may become extremely passionate about the points they’re trying to make, but God is increasing my desire to listen.
The battle to truly forgive is at my door, because I don’t want to treat situations and people like I did before Christ. I want to love with words and actions, and in this case forgive with love and actions. I’m having to think about the grace God continues to show me, and all of the things I’ve been forgiven of to help me in forgiving people. There is continuous prayer over the subject also.
Forgiveness is hard!
In order to be more like Jesus, these things absolutely have to happen. God will continue giving me opportunities to forgive. They are also opportunities to be more like Him.
No more fake love
Sincerely,
Gato Mighty

Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.
Colossians 3:13‭-‬16 NIV

Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.

Ephesians 4:2‭-‬3

For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.
Matthew 6:14‭-‬15 NIV

With All My Heart

Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”
Mark 12:30‭-‬31

I made a list of things “I Want” to happen in 2018, but honestly, what is better to focus on than the greatest commandments. I already know its not going to be easy but I’m already encouraged because I was given the holy spirit as a gift. The same spirit that hovered over a void earth and brought forth land lives in me, and I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.

For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory. I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed. For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God. We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption to sonship, the redemption of our bodies. For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have? But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently. In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God. And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified.
Romans 8:14‭-‬30

This Year

This year I pray that my deeds line up with what I claim as my faith

I pray that my faith increases

I pray that with an increased faith, my ability to love people improves

I pray that I learn more about and improve at loving people with actions and not just words

I pray that God shows me how to work at everything as if I am working for Him, and that it is obvious to people that see it

In my journal I made a list of goals. I am going to look at the list again today and see if my selfishness made its way into the list. I dont want to fight against the goad this year. There are so many people God has set for me to meet and share the gospel with. If I dont know anything else I know this, and I need to train and be prepared spiritually.

Father in heaven, train me and show me how to want everything you have for me. Remind me that when I feel burdened its because I have taken off your yoke and placed the old one back on. A yoke that is burdened with worry, anxiety, and sin.

God, please grant me your peace, and mature my thoughts and actions so that I forgive immediately and never become bitter over silly things that wont even matter to me in the future

The Great Commission

A guy who has been coming regularly to church expresssed some frustration with a scripture that I shared on a Facebook post that he made. We were able to talk in person and some more through text. He is angry with God and doesnt believe Jesus is who he says He is. I guess you could classify him as agnostic. He doesn’t think of God as loving or a father but does believe that God exists. Please be praying for him. Of course I want him to make Jesus Lord, but not more than God does

2 In Particular

It’s very easy for me to only be concerned with what I’m going through. I can become so consumed with my self (selfishness) that it shows in my interactions with friends and strangers. Lets talk about my friends though, 2 in particular.

I will never say names on this blog because part of my creating this blog is to share my life and the things I’m learning as a disciple in a safe place, in a righteous way that teaches but doesn’t dishonor others, and always protects.

The person who is immediately on my heart is a brother who I’m in disagreement with right now. I’ll share more about my talents in the future, but long story short, I am a music producer, mainly HipHop. The brother that I’m not on one accord with is frustrated with the way I work. And I’m frustrated about him not taking my experienced advice. During the interactions which have mostly been through text (mistake), I feel like he has a lack of concern for whats happening in my life, and in his frustration he is saying some hurtful things. As I grow as a Christian, my convictions on using words to uplift people and not tear them down is strengthening, but I’m trying to find that middle ground of that and sharing the truth in love. I know that he has his struggles also and perhaps the frustration is from another part of his life and he’s misdirecting the frustration. There are a ton of things I can’t see, and things that I will never know about peoples life unless they share them so this morning I will spend time praying for this brother, and praying that I be led by the spirit in my interactions with him while we are at odds.

The 2nd brother I am at odds with I truly dont know hiw he’s doing because he won’t ever call me back. Maybe he’s upset with me and isn’t ready to talk about it. I’ve talked with him before about how it makes me feel when he doesn’t return my calls. It’s not the first time this has happened and I’m just trying to not succumb to negative thoughts and feels towards my brother. Growing closer to people and maintaining friendships has become harder for me as I get older, but I believe in deep friendships so I’m going to fight for my friendships…even when I’m the only one fighting.

Jesus fought for me.

Please pray for me and unity with my friends…..these 2 in particular.

Yours Truly,

Gato Mighty

A Prayer For A Friend

Father in Heaven,

Forgive me for all of the times I tried to lean on my own understanding. Forgive me for all of the times I tried to manipulate change in people for my own selfish reasons instead of living out the truth and letting your word speak perfectly to any situation I faced.

God, he has been broken and wounded by the world and is starting to give up. He’s isolating himself and becoming more and more inwardly focused. He wont take any advice and its humbling because it is my reminder on how powerless I am, especially when it comes to changing the human heart. God, please work powerfully in all of your mighty and mysterious ways. Father search my heart for any offensive way and lead me in your way everlasting so that I please you, and in turn help encourage my brother to draw closer to you. God transform me, use me to lead others to you and draw closer.

All these things in the name of your son, Jesus

Amen

The Plans I Have

Many of the ideas and feelings I share on this site begin as entries in my personal journal. This past week there was a lot i could’ve done better to connect with God during my low emotional points, but Amen. Today is a new day.

I was reflecting on the gifts and talents God has given me, and in my heart I know that they weren’t given to me for me. God ultimately wants me to make it to heaven and He wants me to bring people with me. I’m inclined to believe that these talents are supposed to aid in that.

I’m asking God for insight on exactly what does that look like for me?

How can Gato Mighty use his God given talents to:

  1. Serve the Lord
  2. Seek and save the lost
  3. Encourage

I could go on and on. I know following Jesus close can only help things

If you’re reading this pray that prayer for me.

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord , “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you,” declares the Lord , “and will bring you back from captivity. I will gather you from all the nations and places where I have banished you,” declares the Lord , “and will bring you back to the place from which I carried you into exile.”
Jeremiah 29:11‭-‬14

Sharing

This morning one of my coworkers shared about the favortism and lack of fairness at our job. As she continued sharing she became visibly angry and part of the anger was from others receiving pay increases. I could relate to her feelings and though i have never verbalized my envy and jealousy, I have those thoughts and I’m still accountable for them. I shared a scripture with her:

Who is wise and understanding among you? Let them show it by their good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom. But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth. Such “wisdom” does not come down from heaven but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic. For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice. But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness.
James 3:13‭-‬18

She just thanked me and gave me a hug and it encouraged me. While reading it to her I was being cut by the same scripture.

That double edged sword is real!

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