In Your Darkest Hour…Never Give Up!

“The heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked: who can know it?” Jeremiah 17:9

“And the Lord said…But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren.” Luke 22:31, 32

In my darkest hour, on my knees, crying out before the Lord, clouds of darkness rolling in, blackening my blue skies, blocking out all rays of sunshine. My spirit grieving, heart broken, soul inconsolable as I bear the weight of my sin and shame (never, in a million years, thought I would be in this position). Sinning against the God who loved me and paid such a heavy price to redeem me and equip me to live above sin. Accepting the punishment for my guilt. Anticipating my final fate. Abandoned by friends. Condemned by the church. Giving up. Closing my eyes. Considering the world for comfort and support.

Then Jesus spoke to me. Yes, directly to me. He was there all the time. Catching my tears, examining my heart. When others abandoned me, Jesus was always there. Walking with me, carrying me, understanding me, knowing my heart. Jesus said, “Never give up”. Just three words. But they were HIS words! Words that provided comfort and strength. Words of love and guidance. At that moment, no one else mattered. I knew HE loved me! I knew HE forgave me! I pulled myself together as I began to meditate on what just happened…a personal visit by the KING OF KINGS…HE doesn’t want me to give up! He knows how sorry I am. He sees something more in me. And for HIM I will do anything!

The clouds began to dissipate. I could see the rays of sunshine break through. I began to walk a new resurrected walk with newfound strength and knowledge of the power of the CROSS. Grateful for my very personal relationship with the Savior.

When, in your darkest hour, you look toward the innocent, condemned man, beaten and hanging right there next to you, look a little closer and you will see YOUR sins nailed to HIS cross. Receive His sacrifice, accept His forgiveness, be strengthened by His saving power and walk in new strength with new knowledge and remember what Jesus told Peter when Peter was sure he would go with Jesus, “both into prison and to death” (Luke 22:33), “…I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren.” Luke 22:32

Even in your darkest hour, never give up!

Evang. Crystal Wallace

 

Restoration

He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.  Psalm 23:3

Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.  Psalm 51:10

There are times when we stray from God’s perfect plan and purpose for our lives.  We then find ourselves in a struggle with an enemy focused on our ultimate separation from God.  In the survival of the soul of man God introduces one to a strategy that requires complete trust and confidence in God’s ability to repair loss and damage and reinstate along with sheltering one from utter chaos and defeat.  God immediately provides an atmosphere to reason together with Him as He begins to rebuild and reestablish our soul.  Our emotions, feelings, ideas and personalized agenda’s must go through a processing and reshaping and, in some cases, even redefining that the restored man may be made more Christ-like.  The harsh reality of this is that we allow this condition to develop in our lives.  So in prayer, we must hasten to God’s throne and through fasting we break strongholds of wickedness.  Through God’s Word, we receive much needed restoration.

~Elder Raymond D. Wallace

Peace

Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them.  Psalm 119:165 (KJV)

To cultivate an enduring devotion to not just peace, but as is indicated in the passage of scripture of Psalm 119:165, one can clearly see that there is a more than ordinary and more superior peace that is stated as “Great Peace.” This “calm, restful and totally reliable” (Strong’s) peace is resident in our personal relationship with God and working diligently for our good and spiritual growth if we follow and obey God’s word and permit our love and commitment to maintain our connection to a deeper and closer walk with the Lord and his Word.  The strength of this “Great Peace” is magnified in us by the indwelling Holy Ghost and will empower us not to transgress or  offend or be displeasing before the Lord, and can only  lead and motivate the continually renewed inward man (2 Co 4:16) to higher heights and deeper depths in the Peace of God.

~Elder Raymond Wallace

Forgiveness Is Necessary

Forgiveness allows us to be released from the bondage that unforgiveness can bring in our lives. God desires that we would be willing to forgive those that have offended us because he has forgiven us for our offenses against him. Those who will not forgive may find themselves emotionally, physically and mentally plagued with illnesses and sickness because of the internal turmoil that goes on within us regarding our unforgiveness. How is it that such a group of people who have been forgiven for the ultimate offense, against the ultimate Savior, the one and only true God, can attempt to justify the lack of forgiveness in our hearts for one another?

God felt so strongly about forgiveness that He mentions “forgive” in the Bible 28 times, yet we fail to see the importance of forgiveness, and still want to be forgiven for our own offenses. When we won’t forgive it’s like going to the doctor for a condition, you’re given a prescription yet you go home and don’t take it and still expect to be healed.

If you have unforgiveness in your heart God has given you the prescription for your healing.

Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times” (Matthew 18:21-22). “Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as, in Christ, God forgave you” (Ephesians 4:32). “For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you” (Matthew 6:14).

Be blessed

Evg. Theresa Strong

Full Coverage!

Have you ever been in a car accident? It’s your fault. Yes, you have insurance! WHEW! But wait! When you file a claim to have your car repaired and get a rental so you will continue to have transportation, you discover that you only have liability to cover the car and driver you hit. You vaguely remember the conversation you had with your insurance agent when you turned down purchasing full coverage, because you couldn’t afford it (and you didn’t realize its significant protection). Now, you find yourself lacking.

In the sixth chapter of the book of Ephesians, Paul instructs us to “Put on the whole armor of God that we may be able to stand against the whiles of the devil.” Ephesians 6:11

The Apostle Paul “fought a good fight” and understood what it took to “contend for the faith” as a Christian Soldier. He knew about the “whiles of the devil” and that the Christian fight is “not against flesh and blood”. He had, no doubt, battled “against the rulers of darkness of this world” and “against spiritual wickedness in high places”. Paul described the spiritual representation of each piece of the Christian armor and the part of the body it should cover for protection.

In the midst of Paul’s instruction, almost as if he wanted to say it before he forgot, he said “Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.” (vs 16).

Covered from head to toe in armor, yet, “above all…the shield of faith”; Just in case my righteousness (breastplate) is lacking or my truth (belt) is wavering, my salvation (helmet) is tarnished or my peace (shoes) is missing. The “shield of faith”, trusting and believing in every Word of God and His ability to deliver me from every destructive weapon formed and hurled at me by the devil, will cover every area I have fallen short of covering.

All too often, we find ourselves lacking full coverage in our walk with God; But if we have faith…”above all”…we will be fully covered and, like the three Hebrew boys (Daniel 3), escape the destructive fire without as much as the smell or singe.

Ask yourself, “As I walk with God, can I afford to go without full coverage?” Take the shield of faith!

~Minister Crystal Wallace

Wisdom! Is it necessary?

The power of Wisdom enables us to obtain the best out of every situation.  It requires thinking and acting on matters that can dictate one’s future and course of life.

Wisdom can point us in the right direction.  Everyone has some degree of wisdom as it was handed down from those who provided instructions in our early years, so we would not lose our way.

Wisdom is so powerful, God made sure a whole book was dedicated to wisdom in the bible; the book of Proverbs.   Can anyone have Wisdom? Certainly, in the book of James 1:5 “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not (without criticism); and it shall be given him.”  God has made provision for everyone to have this life sustaining power; His wisdom.

Wisdom is often looked at as a gift you can acquire, but perfect wisdom comes from God.   Anything powerful and as equally perfect must come from God (James 1:17).

The lack of wisdom can pollute the mind causing miss-guidance.   “But the wisdom that is from above it is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, (honest request) full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.” James 3:17.  This is the Power of God’s Wisdom, a gift from God; a necessity in life and it’s free to all who ask.  I want more.  What about you?

~Evangelist Christine Smith