Be Empowered by Faith With Pablo Diaz

Be Empowered by Faith With Pablo Diaz

Rev. Dr. Pablo Diaz makes a big difference in his wide-ranging outreach ministry with Guideposts, where he serves as vice president of ministries. In a new outreach booklet, he shares a message of faith for believers seeking to be empowered in their daily Christian walk.

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Episode Notes

Charisma Connection

Guest: Rev. Pablo Diaz

Rev. Dr. Pablo Diaz makes a big difference in his wide-ranging outreach ministry with Guideposts, where he serves as vice president of ministries. In a new outreach booklet, he shares a message of faith for believers seeking to be empowered in their daily Christian walk.

Introduction

Chris Johnson: This is Charisma Connection. I'm Chris Johnson. Rev. Dr. Pablo Diaz is vice president of ministries for Guideposts Outreach Division, and a contributing writer for Daily Guideposts. Before working with Guideposts, you were also a pastor in various congregations and you had different leadership roles for nonprofit organizations. I also understand that, right now, you are an independent certified coach, teacher and speaker with the John Maxwell team. I'm sure many of our listeners will know who John Maxwell is. That's really great. You must have a strong leadership leanings and I understand that you have really made it your mission to help people maximize their personal and leadership potential. Do you consider that your calling?

Rev. Pablo Diaz on CPN

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Rev. Pablo Diaz: Yeah, I consider that to be my life's mission. I believe that one once you know the Lord as your Lord and Savior, I think one of the most essential aspects of living is be able to maximize the gifts that God has given you, the talent, the potential that God has placed in all of us. I really believe that God has a purpose and a plan and a place for us execute our gifts and talents. Too many of us wander off or if lack the confidence and the clarity of what we're called to do and serve. So, I believe really that it’s important to help people kind of discover or uncover or straying from their potential and to exercise it to the fullest. And, also leadership. As John Maxwell often says, everything often rises and fall because of leadership. I think leadership is an essential component of all our institutions, organizations to church and our society. We need leaders, both men and women that are committed and qualified. I have a sense of calling to serve people and to fulfill the mission that God has given them. Leadership makes a difference. Within leadership, the issue of character, competency, compassion, commitment are essential and key to the development of a person becoming a leader and exercising that leadership to the fullest. So, that is my life mission and it has been that for a long time.

Pablo Diaz Book

·         Seven Values to Live By

Chris Johnson: Excellent. Leadership certainly does make a difference. And one of the ways that we can lead is through writing. I see you have a blog on guideposts.org. And you've also written a booklet which is called Empowered by Faith: You are Stronger Than You Think. That's from Guideposts Outreach Publications. So, the title of that booklet sounds very encouraging. And it raises the question, how can faith give us the confidence that we are stronger than we think?

Rev. Pablo Diaz: Faith takes us outside of ourselves. Faith is, in the sense when I speak about faith I speak about a faith in God our Creator, our Lord, who empowers us with strength, with hope, with the capacity to face life's challenges and to maximize the opportunities that are before us. Faith is that that that inner strength that when it looks at what's outside of us, has that sense of confidence and hope that because God is with us, and God has given us the skill sets, or the power, or the hope that we need, we're going to be more than conquers to him who strengthens us. So, I believe that we're stronger than we think because the power of faith that has manifested in our lives.

Chris Johnson: So, we don't have faith in us, but we have faith in God and he is certainly a big God.

Rev. Pablo Diaz: Amen to that, and it’s that God who we trust, because you know, often we sometimes get caught up about the faith can be the belief system. We have faith that God is the creator of the universe of creative of our lives, that God has a purpose for our lives. But faith has to also be put into action. And that's where trust comes in. Trust is having the sense that I can rely and depend on someone who's bigger and greater than I am, who's had my life and control since the beginning and who will take me through this process, and I'll come out to be a better person at the end.

Chris Johnson: I was just reading in my devotions this morning, how David in the Psalms talked about how God thought of him, and God was his help and delivers. So, that's one way that certainly God is big, but yet He reaches down to help us in our daily lives.

Rev. Pablo Diaz: And God is close to us. Jesus Christ of the kingdom of God is within you. God is in us. And one of the things that Jesus reminded us was that he sent the Holy Spirit into our lives and as Christians and people of faith, the Holy Spirit is in us and the Holy Spirit empowers us as well. So, when you have both the whole sense of God, the Lord and the Holy Spirit, that makes us quite strong, and makes things really possible in our lives. Does it mean that we're going to be trouble-free? No, our lives have ups and downs challenges at work and the marriage and the ministry, in the community; wherever God places us we're going to find those challenges in our lives but it is faith that is going to empower us guide us and help us push through the difficulties, push through our fears, and be able to fulfill what we're called to do and make a difference in the world that we're in.

Chris Johnson: We're so thankful for the indwelling power of the Holy Spirit. Now, in the life topics that you address in Empowered by faith, some of the devotional titles will certainly call out to readers who feel their need in certain areas. Like, I noticed, finding hope, dealing with emotional pain, experiencing joy, and just not giving up. Would you share one or two of the devotionals or the topics that have particular meaning to you?

Rev. Pablo Diaz: I open it with believe in yourself. That's an important topic for me. I was born and raised in New York City on the Lower East Side. I grew up in a public housing development. I came from a very humble upbringing. I had to really learn to believe in myself, to believe that God valued me, that I had talent and potential to do great things with my life. It really was at a young age, and I was 14 years old when I gave my life to Jesus Christ, that was the beginning of the process of helping me to believe in myself, to belief in my capacity, to believe that God had gifted me and given me a purpose in this life. So, that's an important one. In believe in yourself, the verse that I that I've chosen is we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them. I really believe that with all my heart and find that when we are empowered by faith, we could also believe in ourselves and believe that God made us as Psalm 139 says, we are made wonderfully by our Lord. So, that's one of the key points in this in this booklet throughout is helping the reader to understand that God has great things for each of us. We must believe in God but also find the way to believe in us because God believes in us and believes in our capacity to do wonderful things.

Chris Johnson: Absolutely. If you accepted the Lord into your life at age 14, you had a good start in life, that's for sure.

Rev. Pablo Diaz: Yes, I did. It was a life changer and the best decision I ever made. Life has been so different because of that decision. I've had been married for now 38 years. That decision to follow the Lord led me to find a great life partner, a soul mate. I prayed for that as a young man, Lord, I need to find someone that’s in your will and that was a great blessing. Then the Lord blessed me with two children and they are young adults, and it's been it's been a great journey. Our second child, when he was his mother's womb, we discovered that wife had a high-pregnancy. He was having some issues, medical issues, but the Lord delivered him. Although the doctors wanted us to consider aborting the child, we chose not to and we have no regrets. Although he had a 50-50 chance of making it, we trusted the Lord. In our case, our faith got us through and he's doing well. We thank God for that time that He told us to trust and believe in Him.

Chris Johnson: You have certainly seen faith at work in your own life then?

Rev. Pablo Diaz: Absolutely. That's what inspired me to write this book. It’s my own faith experiences, seeing how God has pulled us through two different situations, not just in my immediate family, but my extended family. My mother in-law, she’s still alive, she’s 86 years old and trusts the Lord and I believe in her faith. Some of her children had to battle addiction and have just helped them through those difficult years and got her through that. Faith is what gets you through life. I don't understand how anyone can get through life without faith and hope and love, and hope and love is connected to our faith.

Episode Notes

Charisma Connection

Guest: Rev. Pablo Diaz

Rev. Dr. Pablo Diaz makes a big difference in his wide-ranging outreach ministry with Guideposts, where he serves as vice president of ministries. In a new outreach booklet, he shares a message of faith for believers seeking to be empowered in their daily Christian walk.

Introduction

Chris Johnson: This is Charisma Connection. I'm Chris Johnson. Rev. Dr. Pablo Diaz is vice president of ministries for Guideposts Outreach Division, and a contributing writer for Daily Guideposts. Before working with Guideposts, you were also a pastor in various congregations and you had different leadership roles for nonprofit organizations. I also understand that, right now, you are an independent certified coach, teacher and speaker with the John Maxwell team. I'm sure many of our listeners will know who John Maxwell is. That's really great. You must have a strong leadership leanings and I understand that you have really made it your mission to help people maximize their personal and leadership potential. Do you consider that your calling?

Rev. Pablo Diaz on CPN

·         7 Values to Live by with Dr. Pablo R. Diaz

Rev. Pablo Diaz: Yeah, I consider that to be my life's mission. I believe that one once you know the Lord as your Lord and Savior, I think one of the most essential aspects of living is be able to maximize the gifts that God has given you, the talent, the potential that God has placed in all of us. I really believe that God has a purpose and a plan and a place for us execute our gifts and talents. Too many of us wander off or if lack the confidence and the clarity of what we're called to do and serve. So, I believe really that it’s important to help people kind of discover or uncover or straying from their potential and to exercise it to the fullest. And, also leadership. As John Maxwell often says, everything often rises and fall because of leadership. I think leadership is an essential component of all our institutions, organizations to church and our society. We need leaders, both men and women that are committed and qualified. I have a sense of calling to serve people and to fulfill the mission that God has given them. Leadership makes a difference. Within leadership, the issue of character, competency, compassion, commitment are essential and key to the development of a person becoming a leader and exercising that leadership to the fullest. So, that is my life mission and it has been that for a long time.

Pablo Diaz Book

·         Seven Values to Live By

Chris Johnson: Excellent. Leadership certainly does make a difference. And one of the ways that we can lead is through writing. I see you have a blog on guideposts.org. And you've also written a booklet which is called Empowered by Faith: You are Stronger Than You Think. That's from Guideposts Outreach Publications. So, the title of that booklet sounds very encouraging. And it raises the question, how can faith give us the confidence that we are stronger than we think?

Rev. Pablo Diaz: Faith takes us outside of ourselves. Faith is, in the sense when I speak about faith I speak about a faith in God our Creator, our Lord, who empowers us with strength, with hope, with the capacity to face life's challenges and to maximize the opportunities that are before us. Faith is that that that inner strength that when it looks at what's outside of us, has that sense of confidence and hope that because God is with us, and God has given us the skill sets, or the power, or the hope that we need, we're going to be more than conquers to him who strengthens us. So, I believe that we're stronger than we think because the power of faith that has manifested in our lives.

Chris Johnson: So, we don't have faith in us, but we have faith in God and he is certainly a big God.

Rev. Pablo Diaz: Amen to that, and it’s that God who we trust, because you know, often we sometimes get caught up about the faith can be the belief system. We have faith that God is the creator of the universe of creative of our lives, that God has a purpose for our lives. But faith has to also be put into action. And that's where trust comes in. Trust is having the sense that I can rely and depend on someone who's bigger and greater than I am, who's had my life and control since the beginning and who will take me through this process, and I'll come out to be a better person at the end.

Chris Johnson: I was just reading in my devotions this morning, how David in the Psalms talked about how God thought of him, and God was his help and delivers. So, that's one way that certainly God is big, but yet He reaches down to help us in our daily lives.

Rev. Pablo Diaz: And God is close to us. Jesus Christ of the kingdom of God is within you. God is in us. And one of the things that Jesus reminded us was that he sent the Holy Spirit into our lives and as Christians and people of faith, the Holy Spirit is in us and the Holy Spirit empowers us as well. So, when you have both the whole sense of God, the Lord and the Holy Spirit, that makes us quite strong, and makes things really possible in our lives. Does it mean that we're going to be trouble-free? No, our lives have ups and downs challenges at work and the marriage and the ministry, in the community; wherever God places us we're going to find those challenges in our lives but it is faith that is going to empower us guide us and help us push through the difficulties, push through our fears, and be able to fulfill what we're called to do and make a difference in the world that we're in.

Chris Johnson: We're so thankful for the indwelling power of the Holy Spirit. Now, in the life topics that you address in Empowered by faith, some of the devotional titles will certainly call out to readers who feel their need in certain areas. Like, I noticed, finding hope, dealing with emotional pain, experiencing joy, and just not giving up. Would you share one or two of the devotionals or the topics that have particular meaning to you?

Rev. Pablo Diaz: I open it with believe in yourself. That's an important topic for me. I was born and raised in New York City on the Lower East Side. I grew up in a public housing development. I came from a very humble upbringing. I had to really learn to believe in myself, to believe that God valued me, that I had talent and potential to do great things with my life. It really was at a young age, and I was 14 years old when I gave my life to Jesus Christ, that was the beginning of the process of helping me to believe in myself, to belief in my capacity, to believe that God had gifted me and given me a purpose in this life. So, that's an important one. In believe in yourself, the verse that I that I've chosen is we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them. I really believe that with all my heart and find that when we are empowered by faith, we could also believe in ourselves and believe that God made us as Psalm 139 says, we are made wonderfully by our Lord. So, that's one of the key points in this in this booklet throughout is helping the reader to understand that God has great things for each of us. We must believe in God but also find the way to believe in us because God believes in us and believes in our capacity to do wonderful things.

Chris Johnson: Absolutely. If you accepted the Lord into your life at age 14, you had a good start in life, that's for sure.

Rev. Pablo Diaz: Yes, I did. It was a life changer and the best decision I ever made. Life has been so different because of that decision. I've had been married for now 38 years. That decision to follow the Lord led me to find a great life partner, a soul mate. I prayed for that as a young man, Lord, I need to find someone that’s in your will and that was a great blessing. Then the Lord blessed me with two children and they are young adults, and it's been it's been a great journey. Our second child, when he was his mother's womb, we discovered that wife had a high-pregnancy. He was having some issues, medical issues, but the Lord delivered him. Although the doctors wanted us to consider aborting the child, we chose not to and we have no regrets. Although he had a 50-50 chance of making it, we trusted the Lord. In our case, our faith got us through and he's doing well. We thank God for that time that He told us to trust and believe in Him.

Chris Johnson: You have certainly seen faith at work in your own life then?

Rev. Pablo Diaz: Absolutely. That's what inspired me to write this book. It’s my own faith experiences, seeing how God has pulled us through two different situations, not just in my immediate family, but my extended family. My mother in-law, she’s still alive, she’s 86 years old and trusts the Lord and I believe in her faith. Some of her children had to battle addiction and have just helped them through those difficult years and got her through that. Faith is what gets you through life. I don't understand how anyone can get through life without faith and hope and love, and hope and love is connected to our faith.

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