DESIRE FOR GOD

You can say that you have a desire for God when you think about GOD all the time. When He is your first thought in the morning, and He is your last thought in the night. When you think about Him all day long, and when you know that the things in the world are not as important as He is.

It doesn’t matter how people conceive God, even in your same church, or even in your same house. What really matters is how you conceive God, and your relationship with Him. He is the one speaking to your heart, He is the one telling you what to do, if He is the source of your strength, He is the one who leads your steps. When that happens, He is your Lord, and also your best friend.

You have a desire for God when you want to experience Him with your five senses, because first you will be grateful that you can see, and then through your eyes you will see everything. How marvelous God is, the wonders of God, the mercy of God, the creation of God, and the provision of God. You will appreciate the fact that you can see, and you will also appreciate the fact that you can taste and smell. You experience God in flavors and in aromas because you know that He is the creator of all that. You are experiencing God in everything because you desire more and more of Him.

You will experience God even with your touch, because when you are praying, you can feel His presence around you, You know when He is there with you powerfully, you enjoy his soft touch, it is something indescribable, and it is absolutely personal, something between you and Him. Then, when you are experiencing God in that way, you know that all that is happening because you desired more of Him.

But it is going to be your ear, the last area, and most important area of your life in reference to God, because you will be able to hear His voice. You will be able to understand what He wants you to do. Sometimes even without hearing a whisper, you just know it. It is that ability to understand His thoughts, and all that is possible, because you desire God in your life.

Desiring God is obvious when you think of Him day and night, every single day and every single night. You just can’t stop thinking of Him and things about Him. It is the result of the deepest desire of your heart. It is in your heart where everything begins, the desire of more of His holiness, more of His presence, and it is because He became your number one, above everybody else and everything else, the number one in your heart. When you experience God with your five senses, when you think about God all the time, when you want more and more of Him, that is when you can say — I desire God.

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THE TRUE HAPPINESS

I have found in the Lord God my true happiness. Nobody else can make me feel like He makes me feel. In Him I am complete. I can come to Him totally vulnerable and express my deepest frustrations, the most profound sadness, even the angry thoughts provoked by the injustice of others, and yet He always makes me feel safe, not judged. He embraces me with all my imperfections.

When I am thirsty for love, He is the perfect fountain. When I am in need of peace, He is that calm quiet ocean that relaxes me. When I am devastated when I know the cruelty of many, He is the strong tower that I can go, because He becomes my refuge.

Every single time that I have been abandoned or betrayed, He has been my faithful friend, the shoulder that I can go to in times of need. He has been my doctor, my attorney, my supplier, my recreation park, the precious garden where I find beautiful flowers wrapped in wonderful colors.

My Lord God is this plentiful valley filled with all kinds of wonderful vegetables and fruits, grains and delicacies that satisfy my soul.

There is no one like Him. I don’t have the best words to express to my Lord God my gratitude for His amazing love. But with my own words and the feelings that are coming out from my heart, I say, “You, Lord Jesus, are my true happiness! I love you so much!”

Because He is my happiness, I don’t need to beg for love to anybody. Rather, I love everybody because if He is so wonderful to me, and merciful, and loving, I should do the same thing towards everybody else.

Being happy with the good Lord doesn’t mean that I don’t have problems, neither that I don’t have sad moments or frustration from time to time. It is exactly when I am sad or frustrated that I remember that He is the true source of my happiness, nothing else, nobody else.  

I invite you to experience the love of our Lord God by opening your heart to Him. It is imperative to forgive, forget the bad things that others have done to you, and learn to move forward every single of your life.

“Because of the Lord’s faithful love we do not perish, for His mercies never end.They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness! I say, —The Lord is my portion, therefore I will put my hope in Him.” Lam 3.22-24 CSB

Push Yourself

I know… it is not fun! Unfortunately, it is the only way you will accomplish things in life. If you are a student, and you don’t push yourself to do the homework and study for the tests, you are not going to pass the class. Therefore, you will not pass the semester. Then you will end up losing.

When your supervisor is giving you a project, you know very well that you have to take care of that project. You have to review what are all the elements, the materials that you need to work with, and the people that you will be involved with. All that requires a lot of organization. Basically, you are talking about a lot of work. That is precisely the reason why, only if you push yourself, you will succeed in life

If you have a business, you are financially independent. You handle your own schedule. You must push yourself even more than in any other situation. You need to be the one making sure the doors are open, phone calls are being answered, emails are being responded to. Ultimately you are the one responsible for all the customer service activities.

There is not one thing in life that doesn’t require effort. Absolutely everything. It doesn’t matter if you are someone working within a white collar or blue collar environment. Whether you are involved in politics, sports, business, education, arts, entertainment, federal or city work. Housewife, farmer, scientist, musician, attorney, or working from home online. It doesn’t matter. Any activity, and all activities, need people to do their job. When they don’t do the job they don’t get paid.

All of us get paid one way or another. Sometimes it is money, but not always. There is a reward when you do your job. You will receive a reward when you do your part. The important thing, is that you see the relevance of your contribution to your household or work environment.

Keep pushing yourself because, you know you can give more. You know very well that if you don’t push yourself, you are not going to even take a shower or brush your teeth. Push yourself to be healthy, mentally and physically. Push yourself to overcome difficulties, in your home, and also in your work arena.

Do not give up. God is with everyone who needs help. The Lord created you to give, and give, and give, and give. Push yourself. Don’t treat yourself like you are an invalid person. Don’t see yourself like you are not smart enough or strong enough to do what you need to do.

Don’t compare yourself with others. You have an assignment in life. You have responsibilities in your home. You have a calling from God. Do it. Push yourself, so when you finish your tasks of the day, you can then rest and enjoy your evening.

Gian

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Get it done!

What are you waiting on to get that job done? A funny quote is this, ”My resolution for 2021 is to eliminate procrastination from my life! But, I will start tomorrow”. And it seems like that is the way that most people operate in today’s world.

Why is that? It’s just part of our bad habits like anything else. We do wrong, and we continue doing it, although we know it’s wrong for some reason, we just can’t stop it.

Until you lose your job! Or you lose your spouse! Or you lose your good health! Or somebody comes to repo your car or your home or anything else, and you are not making the monthly payment!

Look around and you will see a lot of adults in trouble simply because they are not doing their job. It is not because they don’t know what to do, because they know what to do. They just don’t want to do it. They refused to do it. Certainly they have things to do, but truly it’s not because of lack of time. It’s called procrastination!

In order to eradicate procrastination from your life, you need to be accountable. Simply share with somebody that you trust with certain things that you want to do, or you need to do, and present those things on a list with a deadline. The idea is that you will force yourself to get the job done. But in all case, the one person that you are accountable to, is entitled to ask you about the results of that particular project.

Although the fascinating idea of becoming a business owner swims in the mind of many, it is a fact that not everyone can be his own boss. There is nothing wrong in working for somebody else. But if you have the opportunity to be financially independent, there is always a big risk of losing everything due to procrastination.

Checklists are always useful, but they are useless if you are not going to come back to them and work until things get done. That is why being accountable is extremely important for your own sake. The challenge for you is to accept the authority of the one that you have as an accountable person to go to, and present an account of your schedule. You will find out that pressure is not bad for you. Actually, having pressure as far as deadlines, is precisely what makes us become productive. And let’s face it, that will keep our lives, our careers, our businesses, and our families running well.

Can you imagine God being a procrastinator? How could we trust Him if that were the case? He is giving us a superb example of responsibility, accuracy, efficiency, and in all and throughout all the processes, He is always loving to us

– Gian

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My personal experience with Covid 2019

My wife and I got infected with that horrible virus in October 2020My . One night we felt some of the symptoms, we slept a lot of hours that night, then we decided to go to get tested, both came out positive.

Initially we felt nervous but honestly we thought we are going to make it. We received some medications and strict orders from the doctors to hydrate ourselves and rest as much as possible.

Besides the lack of comfort in your body and pain which is a constant, probably the most important thing was the lack of energy and the need for sleeping. We felt tired constantly, even now almost three weeks later still we feel with little energy.

But you need to eat, you need to rest and you need to keep positive while you go through this. You know that there are millions around the world struggling with this illness and probably many of them suffering with more important health problems than ours.

But because we have responsibilities we can not stop taking care of the things that we need to take care of, in our homes and also in our church. We didn’t feel like working but we needed to do it and we did it. We did not want anybody come in around us during the period of time that we were contagious. Everybody understood that. Until we got better and clean.

My wife has to have another back surgery in Dallas and now we are going to face another challenge. But like in all previous challenges that we have faced in life, by the grace of God, being certain of His love and kindness, we move forward with faith trust in Him that everything is going to be all right.

I encourage you to keep your faith, don’t give up, don’t be a crybaby, and don’t be careless either. Be optimistic and careful, take care of yourself and think positively. With faith in our Lord Jesus we will overcome all struggles in life!

Anyways, here is my song dedicated to Covid 2019, The Vi-Vi, enjoy it!

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HEALTH TECHNOLOGY

Can you imagine Jesus’ disciples using glasses to read or even using contact lenses? It was a preacher in Pisa, Italy who wrote a sermon on February 1306, “It is not yet twenty years since there was found the art of making eyeglasses, which make for good vision.” We are so used to use technology today in all areas that it is almost impossible to conceive our lives without it, especially applied to our health.

It is laudable the effort of millions of people investing their lives to improve our health. Thanks to their sacrifice we are introduced to modern techniques to save lives and restore organs; How great it is that through prescriptions our bodies can be normalized. We praise God for good health, and we praise Him when specialists can help us bringing our health to levels that without all that technology and knowledge it is available today, it would be impossible. Science is working miracles, if only we could see that is our Lord the One illuminating the mind of those individuals.

We can’t stop giving thanks to God for the gift of life! We can’t thank Him enough for all the technology available to help us improve our health. We need to encourage our friends who work on the medical field to keep doing that task that it is extremely important in our cities.

We need to treat them really nice, we need to congratulate nurses who help millions of people all over the world. We need to show our gratitude to hospitals, clinics, even to insurance companies, because all of them are working to get our health better. Certainly it is a profitable business for some people, but for us, American Citizens, today the medical field is a wonderful area that we are proud of, and highly appreciative. Today I say to all of you, people who help us with our health: Thank you so much! Our prayers are with you, may our Lord protect all hospital workers.

Gian | mygiancarlo.com | vchurch.us

EMPTY MINDS

In today’s world entertainment has become probably the most important thing in the life of many people. It is not like during those years when people wanted to create, discover, invent, etc, people utilized their time thinking about their projects, and studying materials related to the matter they were investigating.  We do have today some people investing time and theirs lives being leaders and innovators. But not many. Everywhere we see more complacency, somehow it feels like the joy of thinking of something new has been stolen.

When we finish our tasks, or work, it is like suddenly this idea of mind-wandering is convenient. Kids and teenagers are pretty good at that. But responsible adults know very well the danger of an empty mind, an idle mind. There is nothing wrong with resting or finding ways to entertain ourselves. In fact it is necessary for the wellbeing of our minds and bodies. For the sake of our relationships at home, and in the workplace, we all should invest time relaxing and thinking of some other things other than working all the time.

However, the entertainment in this world is becoming more brutal, disrespectful, nasty, antiBiblical, and immoral. People without filters are easy victims of all those bad things available today in social media, apps, tv channels, internet channels, etc. Kids and teenagers can be assimilated quickly by that sort of entertainment, youngsters assume without problem the vocabulary, behavior, attitudes and horrible examples shown, and they laugh about it like it is not that serious. 

Parents are responsible for being those filters for minors. Teachers and leaders in the community also play a very important role influencing inexperienced ones. But the worse thing is when we, adults, are entertaining ourselves with bad stuff, and we don’t have a problem watching, listening, reading, viewing, even participating online through chats, text, audio or video, with individuals who have no fear of God at all.

Every time you have the opportunity to suggest a good movie, book, magazine, internet website, channel, radio, do it. One fight today is against what is being poured into people’s minds. Also, if you see a kid or teenager talk to him, or her, about the dangers of evil entertainment. You never know when your message will come in the perfect time to save their soul. The future is already here, young people are the future. My contribution is through my website https://www.mygiancarlo.com where so far you can find 30-minutes audiobooks. It is your responsibility to guide, influence, inspire and even correct those youngsters that don’t have a clue that “idle mind is…”, well, you know the rest of the sentence. Don’t say there are not options today, because there are. You need to search for it and you will find great ways to entertain yourself in a decent and healthy way.

Money

MONEY

Rev. Gian Carlo Villatoro Founding Pastor
VICTORY CHURCH ODESSA https://www.vchurch.us

This is one of the things going through our minds everyday. Whether it is for basic things like food, gas, medicine, utility bills, insurances, car payments, house payments, loans, taxes, credit cards, etc., to entertainment, savings, vacations or retirement. It is fact: money is very important in life! Therefore, money management should be one course everyone should take periodically.

Budget is one word that most people hate, and when I say “hate”, I mean, dislike with the utmost intensity! Because that word -budget- basically means “be responsible, and stick with the plan”. Most people have a big problem with doing what they say they will do. But, if we do not have a budget, or if we don’t stick with the plan of how we are going to use the money in the following week, 2 weeks, or a month (whatever method you are being paid), the truth is: you will be broke.

There is an old song, “Girls just want to have fun.” I tease people telling them that the singer’s name is Cindy Lopez. I know it’s not. It is Lauper, actually. That song talks about a simple idea: How fun it is to have fun! That was the amazing thing when you were a kid, teenager or young adult: You only wanted to have fun! However, with the pass of the years you saw the big difference between those who only have fun and those who were accomplishing great success in life: in their studies, career, marriage, family, etc. And that is one thing: Fun or Budget.

You now, a total grown up adult with tons of responsibilities, know that only having fun is extremely dangerous. It is fun, though! It is really fun to have fun. I love to have fun. As a matter of fact, if you ask me what I would like to do today, my immediate answer would be, “Let’s have fun!” Because how fun it is to have fun! Unfortunately, not everything in life is fun, we know that. That is why we teach our kids when they are little to assume responsibilities in the house, with their chores and school homework. We remind our teenagers the same thing, and we continue telling our children the same thing all throughout their lives: be responsible! Wow, that is so sad, right? It is! I would prefer to say to my kids, grandkids, and my church members, — come on guys, let’s have fun— but the consequences of that route are a total disaster, not just financially, but physically, mentally, and in our relationships.

In your budget, you need to consider your income and your expenses. Remember that the source of all blessings is our Lord God. He is the One giving you that business or job. He is the One who gave you life, intelligence, and the strength to make money. He should be the number one in your budget when it comes to start making your payments. There are many promises of abundance and provision in the Bible, but honestly, God loves those who give with a grateful and cheerful heart.

Hygiene helps you to be healthy

HYGIENE HELPS YOU TO BE HEALTHY

Rev. Gian Carlo Villatoro Founding Pastor
VICTORY CHURCH ODESSA https://www.vchurch.us

Many people have discovered the wonders of a healthy life by keeping good hygiene. When you visit your family or friends, whether it is to their homes or work places, there is always something that you will like: Cleanliness. Every time you get into a car, a clean car always makes you feel good, even if the vehicle is not new. When you are ready to start your day, clean clothes will always make feel better. Clean socks, clean shirts, etc., are some things that just make you feel really good. When you take a shower, it is awesome when you are all clean, it makes you feel even cleaner. Using a clean towel is sensational. The same thing applies when you want to brush your teeth. Having a new clean toothbrush and putting your toothpaste from a clean tube is just great. Using a clean comb or hairbrush makes you also feel very good.

Think about your food. A clean pantry, clean kitchen utensils, clean stove, clean microwave, clean refrigerator, clean plates, clean silverware. All that simply makes you feel good. It does not matter if your home is simple or fancy, it does not mater if you will cook a superb meal or a simple plate. Having clean ingredients, clean tools, it will always make you feel better.

Spiritually speaking it is the same. In order to feel good within ourselves, we need to be clean. That is why we will never get tired of proclaiming the great news of the GRACE OF JESUS. The Salvation that anyone can experience for free. It is free for you. You don’t have to pay anything to be saved. Read this passage in Romans 10.9, “If you openly say, —Jesus is my Lord— and believe in your heart that God raised Him from death, you will be saved.” © ERV.

In order to become a child of God, all that is required is to believe. Faith that comes by God, by hearing his Word. It’s like now how you just read that passage. Could you please read out loud that passage? “If you openly say, —Jesus is my Lord— and believe in your heart that God raised Him from death, you will be saved.” Becoming clean is matter of accepting the gift of Salvation. Do not listen to any other person, or group of people, telling you otherwise. Only believe God’s Word, and let the Holy Spirit guide you to take the next step. Areas that He will guide you in are: Joining a church, getting baptized, becoming an active member in your church by doing volunteer work for God, or making financial contributions to your church, but more importantly is the change in your heart. You will start to feel the need to have cleaner desires, cleaner thoughts, cleaner words, and in general you will begin to long for a much better relationship with our Lord God, and with yourself, and everyone else who wants to have a clean friend.

You now see that Hygiene definitely helps you to be healthy. Remember, God can clean you so well that you will be able to live a life with purity, good conscience, and spiritual good health.

Am I a Victim of Myself?

AM I A VICTIM OF MYSELF?

Rev. Gian Carlo Villatoro Founding Pastor
VICTORY CHURCH ODESSA https://www.vchurch.us

Yes, I am. But, it is also true that others have offended me and hurt me throughout my life. However, when I think of all the problems that I have faced in the past, and the ones that I am facing now, for some reason I keep thinking I didn’t handle this right.

I do not particularly enjoy beating myself up every time I make a mistake. But my personal history teaches me that if I would have applied wisdom in each case, most of the problems that I had, and the ones that I have now, would not have been as bad, because the direction of my life and certain circumstances would have been different.

I know this to be true because I have accomplished many wonderful things in my life, and I had success in the past in many areas, and today I am successful in many areas. All that is because of the grace of God and the wisdom that I have received through the Bible, as well as my mentors.

I am 56 years old. I am the oldest sibling out of six children. My parents are in Heaven. I am a pastor. My wife, Tracy, and I have four children and one grandchild, and one more grandchild will be arriving into this world in November, in the name of the Lord.

Every day I communicate with many individuals, in person, on the phone, etc. I have the privilege of speaking with many people, and they share with me their personal challenges, which is an honor for me that they choose me as a friend and confidant.

Based on all I have said above, and knowing what the Scripture says, I know that quite often I am the victim of myself. So are you. But what is the real challenge? It is to admit that I have done something wrong. That I am wrong. That I need help. The biggest challenge is to accept that I am weak, that I am not that smart. That I need God. That I need the help of anyone who is able to guide me in the particular area that I am struggling with. Even in cases where I am the victim of any kind of abuse from others, even then, I have to learn how to defend myself, how to protect myself. Basically, I need to acquire wisdom. The wisdom that comes from God is the solution to all problems. I always tease my friends, telling them that chocolate is the answer to all questions. Therefore, I can say that wisdom is like chocolate.

Where can I find it? In the hearts of individuals around me that love God, and who love me. That is your choice. Get it. Do it. Learn to become accountable to them.