Behold! They fixed their eyes on One!

Last Sunday I heard the live testimony of a pastor who has recently returned from her three years’ mission in a “hardened” oriental place, where people love to get married in pretty churches (buildings) but don’t want Jesus. Depression and suicidal rates are high. I ponder on these questions: Does hope have a name? What does love look like? Yesterday I watched several mission documentary videos and am impacted by the power of God’s love in the hearts of these missionaries. It may have sounded impossible to many. Yet, by fixing their eyes on the One that matters, it works for the missionaries. Behold! They fixed their eyes on One!

Video one: Compelled by love- subtitulado

Video Two NIFENTO – New Heidi Baker Documentary Premiered Nov 12, 2022 NIFENTO (“LOVE” in the Mozambican language Makua.) Iris Global

Quoted from the description underneath the video:

“Heidi Baker, co-founder of Iris Global, has been living in Mozambique, Africa for over twenty-five years. Since 2017 her home province has been overcome by war. When Heidi’s friends and family shared their concerns for her safety, asking her to consider leaving, Heidi’s response has always been, ”Why should I leave behind the ones I’ve raised and disciplined; those I love? They can’t leave, so why should I?” “

“Filmed by two missionaries, James and Jessica Brewer, NIFENTO is a film that showcases the grim reality of war and terrorism in northern Mozambique. It features stories from families who are experiencing it firsthand and the response of Iris Global who is working hand in hand with the local church. “

“Striving to be the hands and feet of Jesus in one of the poorest nations in the world, Heidi and her team have faced cyclones, floods, famines, extreme poverty, and now terrorism. The conflict has ravaged the region resulting in over 800,000 people fleeing from their homes and becoming internally displaced.”

Video three: Hope Has A Name (2017) | Full Movie | Heidi Baker | Mary Lanier | Amy Lancaster | Deena Van’t Hul

Nov 10, 2020 “An inspiring documentary film about ordinary women bringing extraordinary hope in unlikely places. In urban America, the bush of Africa, the war zone of the Congo, and in closed nations there are women who are living outside their own cultures, society, and comfort level to care for orphans, build schools, liberate addicts, feed the poor, and love the broken. These ordinary women are reaching into hopeless situations of people and creating hope. A few of these women have names you may recognize, while many are mostly unknown. Heidi Baker, Amy Lancaster, Deena Van’t Hul, Jessica Goodman, and Cassandra Lee take you on a candid and intimate journey into their worlds and lives as they make hope come alive—and with it the belief that we can all do something.” (Vision Video)

Video four: Mama Heidi (2004) | Full Movie | Heidi Baker | Rolland Baker (Vision Video Nov 17, 2020)

“If you ever wondered if caring people can make a difference in this world, then be sure to see this program. In 1994, Heidi and Rolland Baker arrive in Mozambique amidst the hard times following the Mozambique Civil War. Even the Red Cross trucks were not safe and were bombed. Before coming to Mozambique, Heidi and Rolland worked as missionaries in Indonesia and China. After hearing about the conditions in Mozambique, they decided to go there and work with the poorest of the poor. They make a difference by adopting a dilapidated orphanage. The children had all kinds of diseases and sometimes even ate rats to survive. Heidi and Rolland began caring for the children, educating and feeding them. During the hard times, sometimes even threatened by death, Heidi and Rolland experienced amazing miracles of healing for the blind, crippled and those afflicted with AIDS. Currently, Heidi and Rolland provide three residential orphanages and schools, caring for 700 children. Hundreds more are cared for by many of their thousands of pastors. The Bakers serve the most forgotten, including street children, prostitutes, the imprisoned and those surviving off a huge city dump. This documentary shows how Heidi and Rolland are a powerful inspiration for many in Mozambique, Africa and around the world.”

Video five: Heidi Baker’s Simple Secret to Overcoming Evil: ‘Fix Your Eyes on Jesus’ Feb 13, 2023 CBN

“In 1980, Iris Global Ministries started with just two people: Heidi and Rolland Baker. Today it encompasses more than 2,000 missionaries, staff and volunteers. They work in 73 ministry centers in 37 nations, bringing help and hope to the poorest of the poor. In some of those areas, especially in Africa, persecution and life-threatening dangers are on the rise. CBN News spoke with Heidi Baker to talk about her ministry, and her new devotional book, God’s Got This, about how Christians can draw their strength from God during life’s hardships.”

“The world is shaking,” Baker told The Prayer Link. “Every single person on the planet has gone through something hard, something challenging, something painful. But how do we see it through the lens of the power of God, the love of God. And how do we as believers comfort one another.”

God’s Got This: 40 Devotions of Courageous Faith By: Heidi Baker

Some of Heidi Baker’s quotes

“As our hearts become pure, our vision becomes clearer.”

“When we are compelled by love, when we embrace the life of the Beatitudes, we are truly blessed. Truly we are filled with inexpressible joy knowing we dwell in the shelter of the Most High God. We rest in the shadow of the Almighty. He is our refuge and our fortress; we put our trust in Him. He covers us with His wings of love, and we find safety in Him.”

“A minister is simply a sent one. You might only be sent across the street, but it does not matter. To God, whether it is to one or the masses, it is the same—it is love incarnate.”

― Heidi Baker, Compelled By Love: How to Change the World Through the Simple Power of Love in Action

“It is when you become immersed in the love of the Father that you truly begin to love like Jesus. He wants to immerse you. He wants to hold you. He wants to take you to a place where you are so far over your head in the river of God that miracles happen all around you. He wants to fill you entirely with His Holy Spirit.”

“We too must realize that developing a life in God’s presence above all else is the only way to fulfill our God-given destinies. Keys to our callings are released when we spend time there. We must always run to Him in the secret place to find the true source of life. What’s more, when we spend time in the secret place, our passion and hunger for Jesus grow. It is only as we abide in His presence that the most precious treasures can be born. This is much better than work! More is accomplished by spending time in God’s presence than by doing anything else.”

“No can be an anointed word. We cannot be saviors to all. We are servants, daughters, sons, and brides, but not saviors. There is only one Savior. We cannot have His job. We are called and allowed to rest. God is able to keep His world going, and in the meantime it is very important we do not do more than He is asking.”

― Heidi Baker, Birthing the Miraculous: The Power of Personal Encounters with God to Change Your Life and the World


Bible verses (NKJV)

Romans 8:35 Who shall separate us from the love of ChristShall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?

2 Corinthians 5:14 For the love of Christ compels us, because we judge thus: that if One died for all, then all died;

Ephesians 3:19 to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

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purchased with His blood

This diagram is based on Paul’s letter passage Ephesians 1:3-5, 7.

Ephesians 1:3-5 New Living Translation

Spiritual Blessings

All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ. Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes. God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure.

Read full chapter

Ephesians 1:7 New Living Translation

He is so rich in kindness and grace that he purchased our freedom with the blood of his Son and forgave our sins.

Colossians 1:13-14New Living Translation

13 For he has rescued us from the kingdom of darkness and transferred us into the Kingdom of his dear Son, 14 who purchased our freedom[a] and forgave our sins.

Our faith is in Christ Jesus

This diagram is based on Paul’s letter to the holy people of God. Greetings, thanksgiving and prayer continue to flow to the brethren across the distance. Faith and love always go hand in hand. Our faith is in Christ Jesus and through His love for us, we can love one another. No space and time can hinder the flow of God’s perfect love for His people. Amen.

Colossians 1:2-6 New Living Translation

We are writing to God’s holy people in the city of Colosse, who are faithful brothers and sisters[a] in Christ.

May God our Father give you grace and peace.

Paul’s Thanksgiving and Prayer

We always pray for you, and we give thanks to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. For we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and your love for all of God’s people, which come from your confident hope of what God has reserved for you in heaven. You have had this expectation ever since you first heard the truth of the Good News.

This same Good News that came to you is going out all over the world. It is bearing fruit everywhere by changing lives, just as it changed your lives from the day you first heard and understood the truth about God’s wonderful grace.Read full chapter


  1. 1:2 Greek faithful brothers.

1 Thessalonians 5:8

But let us who live in the light be clearheaded, protected by the armor of faith and love, and wearing as our helmet the confidence of our salvation.

1 Timothy 1:14

Oh, how generous and gracious our Lord was! He filled me with the faith and love that come from Christ Jesus.

Galatians 5:6

For when we place our faith in Christ Jesus, there is no benefit in being circumcised or being uncircumcised. What is important is faith expressing itself in love.

Philemon 1:5

because I keep hearing about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all of God’s people.

Revelation 2:19

“I know all the things you do. I have seen your love, your faith, your service, and your patient endurance. And I can see your constant improvement in all these things.

Be strengthened with His glorious power

Paul continued with his prayer (pt.2). Colossians 1:11-12 New Living Translation

11 We also pray that you will be strengthened with all his glorious power so you will have all the endurance and patience you need. May you be filled with joy,[a] 12 always thanking the Father. He has enabled you to share in the inheritance that belongs to his people, who live in the light. Read full chapter

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Excerpted commentaries on Colossians 1:11 and 1:12

The Greek word “DUNAMOO,” which was translated “strengthened” here, is a present participle, signifying continuous action. That means God doesn’t just strengthen us one time; it is a continuous process. Where does this might come from? It comes from God, of course, but it comes through the Holy Spirit. Acts 1:8 says, “Ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you.” The same Greek word that was translated “power” in Acts 1:8 was translated “might”(NKJV) in this verse.

We can’t operate in all patience, long-suffering, and joyfulness without giving thanks. Thanksgiving focuses our attention on God and gives us an inoculation against the doubt and unbelief of the devil.

God has already made every true believer able to partake of His inheritance (John 1:12). This is stated in the past tense. It is never a question of God enabling us. It’s always a question of us knowing what we have and believing it to the degree that we act like it.

Andrew Wommack’s Living Commentary

2022 (a different drum beat pt 2)

God loves to give. He hears you talking about Him. He takes note of those who put their attention on Him and distinguishes them from others.

“Then those who feared the Lord spoke to one another, and the Lord listened and heard them; so a book of remembrance was written before Him for those who fear the Lord and meditate on His name. “They shall be Mine,” says the Lord of hosts, “On the day that I make them My jewels.”(Malachi 3:16)

The watchman’s list of random words and verses received chronologically in the year 2022 continues.

God loves to give: Ask, seek, knock. How much more will your Father who is in heaven will give good things to those who ask Him. (Matt.7:7-11, Mark 11:22-24, Luke 11:9-13) Romans 8:32 He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?

Paul’s prison experience demonstrates his close relationship with God Who has enabled his dominion over his adverse circumstances. Paul listens to the Holy Spirit and sets positive goals. (Read Philippians)

  1. He knew and predicted he would be set free. Indeed he was.
  2. He set only one goal: experience the mighty power Christ has been through (the resurrection power).
  3. He knew he was in union with Christ and nothing could separate them.

The psalmist of Psalm 91 did just that: Making God his dwelling. Thus, no evil can come upon him, nor any plague can come near. Jesus says, abide in Me, and let My word abide in you, and you will ask what you desire and it shall done for you. (John 15:7) It means living in the Almighty, through His word as building blocks on the cornerstone of His love.

Proverbs 18:24 I have a true and faithful “Friend”, “there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother”. Jesus says the Holy Spirit will dwell with me and will be in me, and abide with me forever. (John 14:16-17) He will guide me into all truth, and tell me things to come. (John 16:13) He is indeed!

Proverbs 21:31 “The horse is prepared for the day of battle, but deliverance is of the Lord.” We need to be prepared. The second part of this verse assures us that the Lord will always ensure victory. He will always lead me in triumph in Christ. (2 Corinthians 2:14)

A study on “Grace”. Grace is my password to access all that Jesus has accomplished, to manifest all good gifts in my physical life, my body, mental and emotional health and wellbeing in all matters. Something happens in my whole being when I fix my eyes on Jesus. (Hebrews 12:2)

Grace is what God is to me. God is my Healer, Provider, Defender, Protector, Comforter, Guide and Guard…my all in all. (psalm 23)

A life worth living is a life lived under the grace of God. I believe right about God. What I believe affects how I live my life. I believe God’s love for me. He is always my ever ready Help! Hebrews 4:16 Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need. All His promises in Christ Jesus are yes and amen. God is always good and faithful. (2 Corinthians 1:18-20)

I am created for a purpose. My life has meaning. Christ hold my life together so I need not fear. I am joined to the Lord, one spirit with Him, integrated into His life, His victory my victory, His possessions, mine. (1 Corinthians 6:17, Colossians 1:16-17, Colossians 1:12, Philippians 4:7,13,19)

I hold fast to the truth-all the promises that Jesus has given to me and set me free. (John 8:32) His grace is the truth. Grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. (John 1:17) I believe and enjoy His grace and love, with His wisdom, stability and peace flowing into me seamlessly, guiding my decisions and actions. For God has made Him my wisdom, righteousness, sanctification and redemption. (1 Corinthians 1:30) I have the mind of Christ. (1Corinthians 2:16)

Grace put the divine medicine inside my spirit. It will do the work. I am aware of what I have, all that Jesus has provided through grace. He says, “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit”. Healing is the fruit too. Jesus is the true Healer. I abide in Christ, aware of Him and stay in fellowship with Him, often through reading and meditating on His words and praying in tongue, downloading wisdom and understanding from Him directly and applying to my life.

The life of God is in my spirit, when released by faith, can cure any disease. I see this possible. For with God, nothing will be impossible. Luke 1:37 All things are possible for him who believes. Mark 9:23.

A study on “Faith”. The body and the blood of Jesus. Read Hebrews chapter 10.

I have been sanctified through the body of Jesus Christ once for all. (Hebrews 10:10) I have boldness to enter the holiest by the blood of Jesus. (19) I can draw near to God with a true heart in full assurance of faith. (22) I hold fast the confession of my hope without wavering for He (God) who promised is faithful! (23)

I am members of His body, of His flesh and of His bones. (Ephesians 5:30)

My feelings do not determine my anointing. My situation does not influence my possession of the life of God. My faith is not based on feelings. My faith is based on my belief in God and His words. He sent His words and healed and delivered. (psalm 107:20) Jesus said, “Your faith has made you well.” “Go your way; and as you have believed, so let it be done for you.” (Matthew 8:13, 9:22)

On ministry: A final point for 2022 to ponder on: The apostle Paul was rejected by Jerusalem religious leaders. What did he do? He submitted to his original calling to preach the grace Gospels to the Gentiles and fulfilled the great commission of Christ, making disciples of all the nations. The dynamic exponential growth in believers turns out to be in all the nations, just as Jesus has spoken.

Application for every believer: Where is my “all the nations”? How may I reach them? (Matthew 28:18-20; Mark 16:17-18,20)

Note: the year 2022 was somewhat bent to walking in divine healing and divine health due to the many needs around.

What will 2023 bring? What is the word from above? (to continue in my next blog)

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