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Satan’s Agenda | Ocean’s Edge Lifestyle

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Satan’s Agenda | Ocean’s Edge Lifestyle

By Melissa New | Ocean’s Edge Intern Wouldn’t it be nice if everyone would just tell the truth? If the Devil didn’t have an agenda? Unfortunately, he does and Satan’s Agenda is to do anything that opposes God (1 John 3:8, 2 Corinthians 11:3, John 8:44). I have been realizing this more and more each day and realizing the implication of Satan’s Agenda for us is that he wants to deceive and lead us away from God. One of the ways he tries to do this is by false teachers and prophets.

“False Christs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and wonders that would deceive even the elect, if that were possible.” – Matthew 24:24

“Thus says the LORD of hosts, “Do not listen to the words of the prophets who are prophesying to you. They are leading you into futility; They speak a vision of their own imagination, Not from the mouth of the LORD.” – Jeremiah 23:16

Ferocious Wolf

“Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves” – Matthew 7:15

The way I interpret the last scripture is that this “ferocious wolf” prophet will look like an authentic believer. However, they will not be a messenger of Christ. They will probably even know scripture well! Even the Devil quoted Psalm 91: 11- 12 to Jesus, trying to tempt him:

Then the devil took Jesus to the holy city. He had Jesus stand on the highest point of the temple. “If You are the Son of God,” he said, “throw Yourself down. It is written, “ ‘The Lord will command his angels to take good care of you. They will lift you up in their hands. Then you won’t trip over a stone.’ ” – Matthew 4:5-6

God’s Word

So what do we do with this information?

We need to know God’s Word like our lives depend on it- because they do. We need to be able to discern Satan’s agenda and whether something is Biblical or not. When we know scripture and are lead by the Holy Spirit, we can be confident in our discernment. This is the only way we will be able to obey the following verse:

“Do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God. For many false prophets have gone out into the world.” – 1 John 4:1

Passport Program | Ocean’s Edge Lifestyle

Passport Program

Passport Program | Ocean’s Edge Lifestyle

By Melissa New | Ocean’s Edge Intern. When I arrived in Jaco, around mid-January, I was given my first official assignment: to join a three-month “Passport Program” mission team. The team of 16, as well as their two leaders, would be moving onto The Edge mission base just five days later and we would be serving God in Jaco together under the Ocean’s Edge Ministry program.  I didn’t really know what to expect from my internship with Horizon Church. I had never done anything like this before, but I was up for the adventure ahead.

God’s Way or Bust

Passport ProgramI could hardly believe what I was hearing for two reasons.

First, I was about to have an instant community of Christian friends who were my own age. Praise God! Secondly, only a few months prior I had had my heart set on a different Passport Program trip, as it fit “my plan” perfectly. I also had heard really good things about the World Race Mission Trip, and the Passport Program is sent from the same sending agency, Adventures in Missions.  Unfortunately, I was told I was ineligible to go on a Passport Program trip because I was not within the 18-22-years-old age limit. I had even emailed the director and requested an exception, but the answer was still no.

 

Future Hope

Even when it seems impossible, God can make anything happen to accomplish his purpose. I remember praying that he would open a door to allow me on a trip and look what happened. God has proven himself faithful time after time when he has worked things out in a way better than I could have even imagined. Writing this post has reminded me that God has a good plan for my life. He is not going to forget me nor leave me empty handed.

Passport Program

Jaco Kid’s Club | Ministry Outreach

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Jaco Kid’s Club | Horizon Church

By Melissa New | Ocean’s Edge Intern. Jaco Kid’s Club is a ministry outreach put on by Horizon Church every Saturday morning. At 10am, as many as 40 Children (and sometimes their mothers) meet us at a park where we play a game, read a bible story and do a paper craft. At the very end, each child receives a bag of beans and rice to take home to their family. Jaco Kid’s Club is just one of the ways we have been able to make and maintain relationships with a lot of the local Tico youth. It’s an interesting concept that once we get the “in” with one kid, we can easily find favor with the rest of their crew.

Costa Rica Ministry Outreach

Jaco Kid's Club by Horizon Church, Oceanside Edge Intern Ministry, Jaco Beach, Costa Rica | Melissa NewA few Friday nights ago, Kyle, Jordan and I went to Iglesia Radical (a Spanish-speaking church) with a few local 16-year-olds that we befriended and had been spending time with. One of the 16 year olds, *Isabella, invited us to meet her family afterwards and we readily accepted the offer.

As we approached her house on our bikes, a ton of kids came running out of their homes, eager to meet the random Gringos in their street. It was so cool to see the trust these kids gave us as they all begged to ride on our handlebars and the back of our bikes. 10-year-old Daniella* (Isabella’s younger sister) and 9-year-old Sara* were two of these kids and now whenever I see them at the Jaco Kid’s Club, they sprint towards me and temporarily attach themselves to some part of my body and my heart melts.

Jaco Kid’s Club | Opening Doors

As a result of the relationships I’ve built in Jaco Kid’s Club, I’ve had been blessed with so many new friendships and opportunities. Last Saturday I invited Sara to come to Iglesia Radical with us, and she excitedly accepted the invitation. Her older sister Isabella wasn’t too happy about it, as she doesn’t want her “annoying” little sister to come with, but hopefully in time she will enjoy bringing her along.

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Jaco Arrival | Melissa New

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Departure To Jaco From Arizona

I board my plane destined for the San Jose International Airport, and sit next to Costarican local (aka a “Tico”) Jeffery. He is flying home after a three-week-long business trip in Scottsdale, and raves about the desert beauty. We chat a bit throughout the flight and he gives me the scoop on what I should expect upon my Jaco arrival. He helps me with my bags at baggage claim and gives me his contact information if I ever need anything. They say Costaricans are extremely kind people and I can see why.

Melissa New’s Jaco Arrival

After I get through customs, which was surprisingly quick and easy, Amanda and Jair, pick me up from the Airport. Amanda is from the United States and has been working with Ocean’s edge ministry for about a year. Jair is a Jaco native and if he is not surfing professionally, he is either teaching surfing lessons or hanging out with kids in Christian surfers. Both of them go to Horizon Church and involve themselves in different ministries around Jaco.

Upon my Jaco arrival, Carli, Ocean’s-Edge-Ministry (“The Edge” for short) property manager, greets me at The Edge front gate. Carli first visited Jaco a few years ago when she was on a mission trip called the “World Race”. We have a mutual friend, Natalie, who was actually my supervisor at TbarM this past summer as well as Carli’s teammate on the world race. Carli gives me a tour of the property and shows me the place where I will be residing over the next 6 months.Melissa New Jaco Arrival

My studio apartment, otherwise called “the castle”, is so cute. When I walked in I couldn’t believe I would be spending the next six months in the cutest little apartment. I’m can’t wait to have my own little living space and to decorate!

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