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|Bio||Mauricio "Mo" Valencia
My Testimony At 19 years old, when I outwardly appeared to be satisfied with the pleasures of sin, God revealed Himself to me on July 23, 2000. I had very little Christian influences in my life, however, there were two friends that were praying for my conversion. In the middle of the night, laying on a couch, God helped me feel His presence and the reality of my sin. I broke down in tears, and had a real conversation with God, opening my heart to Him for the first time. The next morning, I told my friend about my experience, Gunner, and he started crying, too. He said, "Last night, I had a dream that we got baptized together. We need to go to a church!" Fortunately, it was Sunday morning, and service was about to start, so we went to a church where we accepted the gospel. Soon after, we did get baptized together, and within 2.5 more months, he was hit by a car and killed.
I began attending Calvary Chapel South in Kent, WA, where I discovered that we can trust God's simple word, & His Spirit ministers to us.
In May 2008, after nearly 8 years of being a Christian, God began to open my understanding to the meaning of a more meaningful, consistent Christian experience, which some call "Exchanged life." God began speaking to me through sermons, reading Hudson Taylor's letter, and in Taylor's own words;
"It was the exchanged life that had come to him -- the life that is indeed "No longer I"... It was a blessed reality "Christ liveth in me." And how great the difference! -- instead of bondage, liberty; instead of failure, quiet victories within; instead of fear and weakness, a restful sense of sufficiency in Another. Perhaps I may make myself more clear if I go back a little... I prayed, agonized, fasted, strove, made resolutions, read the Word more diligently, sought more time for meditation -- but all without avail. Every day, almost every hour, the consciousness sin oppressed me... All the time I felt assured that there was in Christ all I needed, but the practical question was -- how to get it out. He was rich truly, but I was poor; He was strong, but I weak. I knew full well that there was in the root, the stem, abundant fatness, but how to get it into my puny little branch was the question...I strove for faith, but it would not come; I tried to exercise it, but in vain...When my agony of soul was at its height, a sentence in a letter from dear McCarthy was used to remove the scales from my eyes, and the Spirit of God revealed to me the truth of our oneness with Jesus as I had never known it before. "But how to get faith strengthened? Not by striving after faith, but by resting on the Faithful One." As I read, I saw it all! "If we believe not, he abideth faithful." I looked to Jesus and saw (and when I saw, oh, how joy flowed)! That He had said, "I will never leave thee." "Ah, there is rest!" I thought. "I have striven in vain to rest in Him. I'll strive no more. For has not He promised to abide with me -- never to leave me, never to fail me?" And... He never will. ... As I thought of the Vine and the branches, what light the blessed Spirit poured direct into my soul! How great seemed my mistake in wishing to get the sap, the fullness out of Him! I saw not only that Jesus will ever leave me, but that I am a member of His body, of His flesh and of His bones. The vine is not the root merely, but all -- root, stem, branches, twigs, leaves, flowers, fruit. And Jesus is not that alone -- He is soil and sunshine, air and showers, and ten thousand times more than we have ever dreamed, wished for or needed. Oh, the joy of seeing this truth! I do pray that the eyes of your understanding too may be enlightened, that you may know and enjoy the riches freely given us in Christ. ... It is a wonderful thing to be really one with a risen and exalted Savior, to be a member of Christ! Think what it involves. Can Christ be rich and I poor? Can your right hand be rich and your left poor? Or your head be well fed while your body starves?... No more can your prayers or mine be discredited if offered in the name of Jesus (i.e., not for the sake of Jesus merely, but on the ground that we are His, His members) so long as we keep within the limits of Christ's credit -- a tolerably wide limit! The sweetest part... is the rest which full identification with Christ brings. I am no longer anxious about anything, as I realize this; for He, I know, is able to carry out His will, and His will is mine. It makes no matter where He places me, or how. That is rather for Him to consider than for me; for in the easiest position He must give me His grace, and in the most difficult His grace is sufficient... So, if God should place me in serious perplexity, must He not give me much guidance; in positions of great difficulty, much grace; in circumstances of great pressure and trials, much strength? No fear that His resources will prove unequal to the emergency! And His resources are mine, for He is mine, and is with me and dwells in me. And since Christ has thus dwelt in my heart by faith, how happy I have been!... I am no better than before. In a sense, I do not wish to be, nor am I striving to be. But I am dead and buried with Christ -- ay, and risen too! And now Christ lives in me, and "the life that I now live in the flesh, I live by faith of the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me." ... Do not let us consider Him as far off, when God has made us one with Him, members of His very body. Nor should we look upon this experience, these truths, as for the few. They are the birthright of every child of God, and no one can dispense with them without dishonoring our Lord. The only power for deliverance from sin or for true service is Christ. And it is all so simple and practical! I change, He changes not; The Christ can never die: His truth, not mine, the resting place; His love, not mine, the tie."
Interests I'm interested in helping others fall in love with the scriptures as I have, here is a message I gave on The Enduring Word of God http://www.calvarychapelsouthanchorage.org/files/youth/word_endures.pdf