Thank you to brother Marlin for sharing his heart with this writing. I pray that the manifold grace of God is also received by you –
Do you remember the moment that God first spoke to your heart and convicted you of your sin? Well, I will never forget the night the Lord opened my eyes to who and what I really was. For twenty-one years I had convinced myself that I was a sure enough decent fellow, “a good ole boy,” you know. My parents had raised me with manners and respect for others and I figured that was good enough.
Praise God for the Body of Christ, thank you Lord. You surely are a help in time of need and you give the strength of an eagle when needed. Here is a testimony of God’s confirming word. It’s restful, peaceful, and edifying to know that I’m in relationships with the right people. I pray this testimony blesses and edifies you too –
John 7:37 In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink.
Last night, I was invited to a gathering of prayer by a couple of brothers. They were unable to call and inform me that the place of prayer was not opened and plans had changed. That’s ok, as all things work together for the good for those that love God. I pray this water giving testimony blesses your heart.. Thank you Lord
Thank you Lord for your confirmations, guidance, and help. Thank you for your confirming words. They are peace and life to my soul, thank you. Here is a testimony that I pray blesses you and builds your faith in the Lord. Edification.. so that the brethren may be strengthened. In Him, amen.
The other day, a sister in-Christ asked for prayer. Her cousin Jim had surgery and an incision was having challenges healing since January. When I began to pray, a word was laid on my heart. She said Jim was a Christian, so the word that I felt/heard in me was that this man was a new creation in Christ. Here is the first part of the prayer:
Awesome. Just awesome. Earlier this morning, my cell phone gave me a low battery warning. I forgot about it and went on with my day. Sometime in the afternoon, a brother in-Christ and I began having some discussions about the Lord, the bible, etc. He is a believer, seeking, looking for truth, but hasn’t picked up the bible yet. Please pray for him, his name is Mark. Thank you.
We had a pretty long conversation, about an hour. This contact between us is so awesome because I see me in him many years ago. He says the same things, asks the same questions, and is seeking the truth. So cool, so cool. A great conversation.. he’s hungry!
At the end of the conversation, we said goodbye. I pulled the phone away from my ear and went to press the hangup button and my phone was off. Black screen, no lit up buttons. I press a couple of things, nothing. I hit the power button to turn the screen on, nothing. I hold down the power button to turn the phone on, nothing. Completely dead. Every other time on a dead phone, I’m at least able to get the phone to turn on, flash a screen, light up a button or something. It was completely dead.
God wanted that conversation to take place and nothing of this world was going to stop it. Is God awesome or what?
Matthew 19:26 But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.
Patterns. I love patterns of life because they speak. Many of these patterns, if not all?, are lessons from God for our teaching and molding. I once heard Nate Elarton say, Learn the lesson or retake the course, it’s that simple. Here is a lesson that I have learned through repeated patterns. I have to wonder, is it God using the enemy for our purification? I pray it blesses you –
This surely was one of those weird coinciding events. I love looking up definitions of words such as weird –
|1.||suggestive of or relating to the supernatural; eerie|
|2.||strange or bizarre|
|3.||archaic of or relating to fate or the Fates|
Some quick background information on this. As evident from the lack of posts over the past few weeks, things have been pretty dry for me spiritually. I haven’t been drawing near to God. I know full well what happens when I do this as the pattern has played out 100s of times. Also, it is written –
James 4:8-10 Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded. Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.