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Bruisin’ #4 – Blessings in spite of death

Last month, we had a good man from our church who was hit by a car while riding on his bike. He was on life support for a few days with no evidence of brain activity. His family made the decision to take him off life support, and he passed away a short time later. About a week later, we had a memorial service for Bro. Mike at our church. Among his family members that attended were his niece, Rebecca and her children. Rebecca talked to my daughter afterwards about her daughters coming to our children’s church, and arrangements were made to bring them to church the next Sunday. They have been coming every Sunday since that time! The 2nd or 3rd week they came, it was my turn to teach, and the lesson had to do with being a witness for Jesus. I gave all of the kids some invitations to pass out to their friends. These 2 girls were so excited about inviting people to church. The following Sunday, my daughter picked them up along with 2 of their friends. The 2 friends have been coming for the past 3 weeks. Last Sunday morning when they came, there was also a 19 year old young lady that wanted to come to church as well. God touched her in children’s church and she was crying and praying. The 19 year old girl wanted to come back for the evening service, so my daughter went to pick her up. I got a call from my daughter asking me if I could come by too, because there were more kids that wanted to come, and she didn’t have enough room in her car. I was on my way, but then I got a text saying that I did not need to come because transportation had been worked out. One of the girls that wanted to come actually came with her dad who stayed with her through the service. It just seems like the apartment complex where Bro. Mike’s great nieces live is a mission field.

We have a problem now, but I know it is not too big for God to solve. We need a van. Many of us are already using our cars to transport people, but a van would be ideal for bring kids to children’s church. Our church is praying and believing God to supply the need.

One of my favorite Scriptures is found in the book of Romans.

Romans 8:28

 

  And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

One of my prayers(and I know there were others that prayed this way too)concerning Bro. Mike’s passing is that God would bring something good from his death. Indeed He is! It is a good thing to have these new souls coming to the house of God, who otherwise, would not have been exposed to our church.(which preaches the truth!) So, take that devil!!

 

Bruisin’ #3 – Holy Ghost Ho Down!

First of all, if you don’t know what I am talking about when I say “bruisin’”, click here to get up to speed.

Usually the first person that arrives at church on Sunday mornings, is Sis. Kolej, our kid’s church coordinator. When she pulled up to church this morning, she found a beat up Bible propped up against the front door. Somebody had crossed out “Holy” on the front of it and wrote “satans”. There was writing throughout this Bible in black marker, and a lot of it was bad language. There was also some note attached to the Bible about whoever did this being from a church of satan down the street past the book store and something about them wanting to have a showdown with us. Later during the worship service, my husband told the church about this Bible that was found this morning and started talking about how the gates of hell shall not prevail against the church and how the Lord said he would give us power to tread upon serpents.(Luke 10:19 We prayed, praised and worshipped and went on to have a wonderful service.

We had a second time visitor named Linda that was in service with us. During testimony time, she talked about how the Lord had directed her to come back to our church. She lives about 40 minutes away but feels like God has spoken to her and told her that this is where she needs to come. The preaching of the Word of God was powerful this morning, and when the altar call was given, many came forward, including Linda. I was at the altar praying with another lady that was near Linda. After a season of prayer, I paused and looked over to where Linda was. I could hear her praying, and it definitely was not in English. She was speaking in tongues! She sounded so fluent that I thought perhaps she had already received the Holy Ghost and was just getting a fresh touch. However, as some folks were talking with her after service, she told us that she had never spoken in tongues before. Hallelujah!!! So take that, satan. Your kingdom is coming down!!

We also had 2 new visitors in kid’s church. Thank you, Jesus, for what you are doing at Cornerstone Pentecostal Church!! :-)

 

Bruisin’ # 2 – The Angel’s Joy

 

  “Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth. ” Luke 15:10

Last Sunday morning, we had a first time lady visitor come to service with her 2 youngest daughters. They were there for kid’s church and also stayed for the worship service and preaching. They all seemed like they really enjoyed the service, and it seemed like everyone from our church did their best to welcome them. This past Thursday night, we were blessed to have Bro. & Sis. Baker with us. They have been with us many times and are a favorite among our church folks. This lady who had been with us on Sunday came to this service with her 2 daughters and also brought her oldest daughter who is 17. We had a wonderful worship service, and Brother Baker was under the anointing preaching the Word of God. At the close of the preaching when the altar call was given, the 17 year old girl was the first to leave the pew, followed by her mother. These ladies knelt down and seemed to really be pouring out their hearts to God. Brother Baker encouraged them to repent, and I felt like they did. Now some would stop here and ask, “Well, did they get the Holy Ghost?” No, they did not, but I feel like they got to square one, which is repentance. If the angels in heaven rejoice over this, then why shouldn’t we? Of course we want to see them filled with the Holy Ghost, but true repentance is so very important and something that really needs to be emphasized in our churches. I know God has more in store for these ladies, and I am rejoicing that they took a step closer to God. If the angels rejoice over this, then you know the demons of hell must not be too happy. Thank you, Lord, for bruisin #2!

 

Bruisin’ #1

 

  “And the God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen.” Romans 16:20 

 

This past Sunday night we had a very powerful service. The presence of God among us was so strong. There was also a tongues and interpetation given. The basic gist of the message was that God was telling us that He had heard our prayers and that satan would be bruised under our feet shortly.(just like this verse in Romans says).

A little over a month ago, a young mother began attending our church. Due to some allegations made against her by a relative, her 3 children were taken from her and put into foster care. With this going on, she has still been coming to church, and her, her mom and her dad have been in a home Bible study with my husband and I. This past Monday she had a court date to determine what would happen to her children. I am happy to report that her children are now back at home! Tonight is our weekly Bible study with the mom and her parents. While my husband teaches a Bible study to the adults, I will be teaching these 3 precious children. Thank you, Jesus!!

 

There you have bruising #1. I am believing God for more bruisings to follow. God has good things in store for His people!

 

Food, Glorious Food!

Recently the youth of our church, and whoever else wanted to join them, went on an extended fast.(coupled with prayer, of course) I just love fasting, don’t you? NOT!! Okay, my flesh does not love it, but spirtually speaking, I know it does a lot for me, and it has definitely helped our church. As we were nearing the end of the fast, I was anticipating the “light meal” (chicken tortilla soup, Caesar salad, bread and a few other goodies) that we would partake of at our house. My, my, my, food certainly tastes good after you go without it for a few days! Going to bed last night, I was excited that I would be able to have my oatmeal with dates, walnuts and almond milk for breakfast. That might sound gross to you, but it’s one of my favorite things to eat in the morning. Anyhow, as I was thinking about food this morning, this Scripture came to my mind.

 

  Neither have I gone back from the commandment of his lips; I have esteemed the words of his mouth more than my necessary food.  Job 23:12

It’s natural and easy to get excited about food, but how excited do we get about the Word of God? There is nothing like the Holy Bible, which is food for our souls.

His Word

-can encourage us when we are down

-gives us direction

-shows us the error of our ways

-will give us a better life on this earth, if we live by it

-will take us to Heaven one day, if we obey it!

 

I do need to fast to keep this flesh under subjection, but I’m thankful that I don’t have to go without the Word of God. It is so vital to my Christian walk that my soul would wither up and die without it. I will take all that I can get, through reading it on my own and hearing God called, Holy Ghost filled men preach it and teach it! Nothing else will feed the inner man like the Word of God. So get you some “soul food” today, and every day! :-)

 

 

 

Incremental Victories

A couple of years ago, I was priviliged to hear a great man of God preach a message entitled Incremental Victories. At the time, this really ministered to me and helped me a great deal. The Lord has brought it back to my mind a time or two since then. The basic gist of the message was to keep our focus on the progress God has given us, even if it seems like only a little bit. I can remind myself that I may not be everything I want to be in God, but thank God, I’m not what I used to be! We may not have baptized 10 people this month, but thank God for the one we did baptize! Etc. etc. The enemy of our souls would like to discourage us and make us feel like failures, because we may not see BIG results, but we need to thank God for every bit of ground that we do gain in Him.

I have endeavored to apply this to myself not only in my Christian walk but in my work experience as well. Many already know that I work with autistic children. This week I celebrated my 3rd year anniversary at my present job. Oftentimes, seeing progress in my clients can be slow, but I have learned to appreciate and celebrate every little victory that I see them attain. Victories for these kids can be things that we are used to taking for granted, such as the ability to respond to a question, saying a new word, being able to take turns appropriately, asking for something you want or need without having a tantrum, etc. Today I worked with a little tyke who counted to 10 without any prompting from me. That was a victory that was exciting for both his parents and I!

I just feel thankful in my spirit tonight for incremental victories in my personal life, for incremental victories in my family and for incremental victories I am witnessing in the lives of people at church. God is good, and I don’t want to fail to give Him glory for things both great and small!

 

Tommy, I Miss You

Dear Tom,

You passed from this life on October 22, 2011. I can’t help but remember that today would have been your 51st birthday. It’s been almost 6 months since you left this earth, but I still think of you a lot and miss you. I am thankful that you were a part of my life. You were not only a great brother, but you became a wonderful friend to me during the last year and half of your life. I sure am thankful too that I was on that 14 page prayer list of yours that we found out about after your death. There is probably no telling how many times I was uplifted, encouraged or kept from danger because of your prayers.

I am sad on one hand, because I miss being able to talk to you and share times together, but I rejoice also, because I know you were ready to meet the Lord, and you are now in His loving hands! One day, we will be reunited with you in the presence of the Lord, and what a glorious time that will be!!! Looking forward to seeing you again in God’s time.

Your loving sister,

‘lynnie

 

I’m Expecting!

I’m expecting…………….

but probably not as you supposed.

I’m expecting that the 9 year old girl who received the Holy Ghost last night will be baptized in Jesus’ name on Sunday!

I’m expecting her parents to come and feel the touch of God in the service!

I’m expecting to have a good crowd in church on Sunday, some of them also being filled with the Holy Ghost with the evidence of speaking in other tongues!

I’m expecting that we will see even more baptized in Jesus’ name very soon!

I’m expecting God to work things out concerning our housing situation and my husband’s employment. I don’t know how He will do it, but I know that He will!

Doesn’t a woman in the natural have expectations for the child she is carrying before it is delivered? Nobody faults her for decorating the nursery, buying those cute little outfits and making arrangements for that new arrival.

So in the spiritual realm, I will prepare……………………

through praying

through fasting

through witnessing

through faithfulness

and through speaking my faith.

Yes, I’m expecting,

and I’m looking forward to seeing the birth of His promises!

 

He Knows Best!

God really does know best. Do we really believe that? I got this e-mail the other day from my sister-in-law that illustrates this point. The next time you or I are having a bad day or experiencing a series of events that we don’t understand, I pray the Lord will bring this to our minds.

 

Me: God, can I ask you a question?

God: Sure

Me: Promise you won’t get mad …

God: I promise

Me: Why did you let so much stuff happen to me today?

God: What do you mean?

Me: Well, I woke up late

God: Yes

Me: My car took forever to start

God: Okay

Me: At lunch they made my sandwich wrong & I had to wait

God: Huummm

Me: On the way home, my phone went DEAD, just as I picked up a call

God: All right

Me: And on top of it all, when I got home ~I just want to soak my feet in my new foot massager & relax. BUT it wouldn’t work!!! Nothing went right today! Why did you do that?

God: Let me see, the death angel was at your bed this morning & I had to send one of my angels to battle him for your life. I let you sleep through that

Me: (humbled) OH

God: I didn’t let your car start because there was a drunk driver on your route that would have hit you if you were on the road.

Me: (ashamed)

God: The first person who made your sandwich today was sick & I didn’t want you to catch what they have, I knew you couldn’t afford to miss work

Me: (embarrassed) Okay

God: Your phone went dead bcuz the person that was calling was going to give false witness about what you said on that call, I didn’t even let you talk to them so you would be covered

Me: (softly) I see God

God: Oh and that foot massager, it had a shortage that was going to throw out all of the power in your house tonight. I didn’t think you wanted to be in the dark.

Me: I’m sorry God

God: Don’t be sorry, just learn to trust me…. in all things, the good & the bad.

Me: I will trust you.

God: And don’t doubt that my plan for your day is always better than your plan.

Me: I won’t God. And let me just tell you God, thank you for everything today.

God: You’re welcome child. It was just another day being your God and I love looking after my children…

 

It’s So Easy To Believe God………

for other people’s “impossible” situations, isn’t it? I know there have been many times when I have said things such as “Trust God. He’ll make a way” or “I’m praying for you, and I know God will work something out.” I have been pondering lately why it seems so easy to trust God to move in somebody else’s difficult situation but it’s a little harder when it comes to trusting Him with our “Red Sea perplexities.”

A favorite portion of Scripture that I have leaned on through the years is found in Proverbs 3:5,6

 

“Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.

In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”

I think sometimes it’s easier to trust God to move in other people’s situations because we don’t have a complete “understanding” of all the details involved in their trial. My husband shared a story a few years back that will illustrate the point I’m trying to make. One day he got a phone call from a lady who was attending our church, and she asked him if he could come and pray for her Uncle “Joe” who was very sick in the hospital. When he arrived in Joe’s room, several relatives were there who seemed pretty downcast, and Joe appeared to be sleeping. My husband talked to these people a few minutes, sharing with them some things that the Bible has to say about faith. Then he asked them to join hands with him and pray for Joe. He just said a simple prayer, asking God to heal Joe and give him a chance to come to church and hear the gospel,and when he was done, Joe woke up and asked for some water. Not wanting to be in the way of things, my husband quietly ducked out of the room and left. A short time later, he got a call from Joe’s niece who had asked him to come and pray. She began to tell my husband that her uncle had been in a coma for 3 days, the doctors had said that he wasn’t going to make it, and a Catholic priest had actually come by and given him last rites before my husband was there. She said it was a miracle that her uncle had woken up, and her family was very excited. Joe was released from the hospital a couple of days later and did end up visiting the church. When my husband was relating this story, he mentioned that he was glad he did not know the full extent of Joe’s condition, because he may not have had the faith to pray as he did. It was a blessing that he did not have that “understanding” of Joe’s condition.

I think too many times when it comes to our own personal impossible situations, we feel we know all the details, all the ins and outs, and that “understanding” can limit us from trusting God. Our family is facing one of those situations now with our house that looks impossible. It’s either a short sale or foreclosure. We just had someone make an offer on our house, so it looks like we’ll be able to avoid a foreclosure, but we still have the situation of finding a place to live that we can afford. With bad credit and an income that is not always consistent, things do not look good, but I am not going to lean on that “understanding”. I know that God is able to make a way where it seems there is no way, and I have these promises in His Word.

 

Psalm 37:25

 

I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.

 

Philippians 4:19

 

But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

So I am praying(and I’m thankful for many others that have said they would pray for us)and believing God that He has a plan, and He will take care of us. He always has!

 

 

 
 
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