Matthew 28:18-20 NKJV – Do you believe?

And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.

Oh Lord, thank You. Jesus charged his disciples to reach the world in the name of Jesus. What an incredible charge; blessed with a promise that He would never leave them. I’d like to share what a dear sister in the Lord. Jennifer, shared with me when I posted Matthew 28:18-20 on social media. Her reply and understanding of this scripture was a great blessing to me.

“I love this verse. If most people are like me we have always read and focused on the first part of this verse – making disciples, baptizing them, but less focus on what it says “teaching them to observe all the things that I have commanded you;” This part is sooooo important. So what does that mean for us? We are the beneficiaries – one of the disciples who have come from this commandment to our time today. I am one of the disciples that Jesus told his disciples to make, baptize and teach…. What did He teach His disciples to do? I’ll leave that up to the reader to look and see for him or herself. I want to do everything that Jesus commanded the disciples to do because I am one of them!”

This scripture verse is all about obedience to what the Lord commands. I have called Jesus my Lord and Savior for 15 years. His Word has taught me a lot about being a disciple of Jesus Christ. God’s Word has taught me that I can walk in the Power of the Holy Spirit. That I don’t have to worry about my own strength and power because the Holy Spirit lives and resides in me. When told His disciples, “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father” (John 14:12 NKJV), He was talking about the Power of His Holy Spirit living inside of His disciples and equipping them to do even greater things. What was the requirement to bring this to pass? “I say to you, he who believes in Me”.

That’s you and I when we believe in Jesus and call Him our Savior. Do you suppose that there would be a great change in believers if the true message of this verse would reside deep in our hearts? Not our minds, but our hearts. Do you suppose that we would have a much greater impact in serving God and His Kingdom if we only believed and were obedient? I mean, really believed and really obeyed. Do you suppose that our prayers would change to be prayers of faith spoken and declared in the Name of Jesus? Do you suppose that God would manifest His promise of greater things if we only believed? I do, on all counts.

Thanks Jennifer so much. I too, want to do everything that Jesus commanded the disciples to do because I am one of them. Friend, join me in believing and then being obedient to the commands of Jesus in His Word. Join me in praying like we’ve never prayed before, expecting and anticipating a miracle. Remember, revival starts in us. And remember this too, “I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.

Precious Lord, thank You for the promise that You will be with us always. Thank You for instructing us in Your Word so that as one of Your disciples we too, can make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that You have commanded. Help us Lord to discern those opportunities You give us and may we be obedient to Your call. In Jesus Name. AMEN

Don’t’ believe me, believe God!

Luke 12:7 NKJV – His eye is always upon you

But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.

I am blessed almost every day with the realization of God’s incredible providence. How He cares for us, takes care of our needs, and gives us exactly what we need when we need it. I recall the song, “His Eye is on the Sparrow”. Especially the first verse, it says,

Why should I feel discouraged,

Why should the shadows come,

Why should my heart by lonely

And long for Heav’n and home?

When Jesus is my portion,

My constant Friend is He;

His eye is on the sparrow,

And I know He cares for me;

His eye is on the sparrow,

And I know He watches me.

There have been times when I felt the need for the understanding that God is watching over me. That He cares. Recently I experienced that thought, that feeling. I just needed to know that the God I serve, cared. And then He reminds me that He is faithful. He cares so much that every hair on my head has been numbered. He knows every detail of my life. He knows my fears, my struggles, my joy, and everything in between.

One day while at work, I felt so overwhelmed and out of touch that I just sat back in my chair. With a big sigh, I began to weep. It was a point where I just needed to know that God was near. I had no one at that instant of time who I could cry out to accept Jesus. And then He touched me. Not physically, but I knew He touched me because not too many minutes later my office phone rang. The person on the other side of the line told me that they were thinking of me and prayed for me. God is faithful. He loves and cares for me.

When we don’t think God is near, He is. When we don’t think He sees us as we are, He does. When we don’t think anyone can take what we face away from us, He delivers. When we think we have no way out, He leads us. When we don’t think anyone could care, He shows up and He touches us.

How is this related to prayer? I’ll tell you how. If God is in every part of our life that He knows exactly what we need and is faithful to provide it without any effort on our own, how is it possible that God would not answer every single prayer we pray? My friend, God’s eye is upon you and He will never turn away.

Let not your heart be troubled,

His tender word I hear,

And resting on His goodness,

I lose my doubts and fears;

Though by the path He leads me

But one step I may see:

His eye is on the sparrow,

And I know He watches me;

His eye is on the sparrow,

And I know He watches me.

Lord, I thank You for always keeping Your eye on me. Even when I don’t think that You are even near, Your faithfulness rises up and touches me. Help me Lord to always know that I can call on You and You will respond. Touch me Lord as many times as You desire. For within Your touch I am restored. In Jesus Name. Amen.

I sing because I’m happy,

I sing because I’m free,

For His eye is on the sparrow,

And I know He watches me.

 Don’t believe me, believe God!

Luke 15:13, 18-24 NKJV – Welcome Home!

“And not many days after, the younger son gathered all together, journeyed to a far country, and there wasted his possessions with prodigal living” “I will arise and go to my father, and will say to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you, and I am no longer worthy to be called your son. Make me like one of your hired servants.’”

Verse 18: And he arose and came to his father. But when he was still a great way off, his father saw him and had compassion, and ran and fell on his neck and kissed him. And the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight, and am no longer worthy to be called your son.’ But the father said to his servants, ‘Bring out the best robe and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand and sandals on his feet. And bring the fatted calf here and kill it, and let us eat and be merry; for this my son was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ And they began to be merry.

The Lord has blessed me so much with a calling into a ministry of prayer. I’ve said before that God has been working in me for a long time and has now opened up incredible opportunities to pray for others. Recently, God did just that again. I was able to pray for someone who had walked away from God for quite some time and now has come to the realization that a relationship with God was what his life was missing. Glory to God!

The Bible teaches us that God never leaves us, nor forsakes us. God also gives us the ability to make our own choices. Sometimes those choices are not the best. We all make terrible choices from time to time. We think we can handle the world and all of its wickedness and sin. Then one day it catches up with us and we realize we can’t. We realize the world is overpowering us. We realize we need something better, something that gives us hope and someone who can forgive us, restore us, and set us right. It happened to me and it happens every day across this world.

Our foundational Scripture today is the “Story of the Prodigal Son”. Here we see the son, squandering his inheritance to the point where he has nothing left. The story goes on to say that he decides to return home to his father and ask his father’s forgiveness. And all he wants in return is to be like one of his father’s servants. To the son, it sounded like a great plan. At least he would have something to eat and a place to rest.

We all know the result. He is welcomed home by his father and given a special place again in the family because his father had compassion on his son. His son was lost and now was found. Look here at what God’s Word says about how this event transpired. God is seeing us from still a great way off. God has not given up on us and never will. And God’s compassion is never ending and He runs towards His own as hard and fast as we run to Him. Then God is ready to restore us more than what we think He will. An aspect of God’s nature is reflected in His sympathetic and compassionate understanding of human weakness and His restoration of those in trouble. He opens His arms, embraces us and says, “Welcome Home!” I say again that I was so blessed in praying for someone not unlike the “Prodigal Son” and now he has returned to the Father for forgiveness and restoration. I believe that his restoration will be more than he expected. Glory to God!!!

Dear Lord, thank You that You are always with us and never leave us. Thank You Lord that Your grace and mercy are made known in Jesus. May we never forget the blood sacrifice of Your Son that gave us the pathway to Your mercy and grace. Forgive us Lord when we walk away to do our own thing. Restore us Lord into a right relationship with You. In Jesus Name. AMEN.

Don’t believe me, believe God!

Jeremiah 33:2-3 NKJV – Can I have your attention please?

Thus says the Lord who made it, the Lord who formed it to establish it (the Lord is His name): ‘Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.’

Pay attention. I’m going to share something with you. If you want to capture my attention, you must say something that interrupts my thoughts and causes me to stop what I’m doing. This Scripture starts with the kinds of things that causes me to stop what I’m doing. When God’s Word starts with, “Thus says the Lord”, I open my ears, sit up straight, and focus my mind on God. The Holy Spirit has something important to say.

In this scripture, there’s a particularly strong voice coming from the Holy Spirit. I like how “The Message” paraphrase states it. “This is God’s Message, the God who made earth, made it livable and lasting, known everywhere as God: ‘Call to me and I will answer you. I’ll tell you marvelous and wondrous things that you could never figure out on your own.’” Woooo Doggies!!! (Thanks Andy Griffith) Let’s break this down a bit for those who like to analyze.

First, the Scripture is clear who is in control. Is there any questions as to who the CREATOR is? The Lord who formed it to establish it OR the God who made earth, made it livable and lasting. Followed by, “May I introduce to you” sort of, “The Lord is His name” “Known everywhere as God”. This gets my attention. It’s not just a “Hey You!!!” like some people say to me.

Second, we get an incredible promise that causes me to sit up straight and focus my mind. “Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know”. OR (The Message) “Call to me and I will answer you. I’ll tell you marvelous and wondrous things that you could never figure out on your own.” Now who’s in control. Huh?

Marvelous is defined this way. (by Merriam-Webster): Extremely good or enjoyable; Miraculous or Supernatural; of the highest kind or quality; notably superior.

Wondrous is defined this way. (by Merriam-Webster): Causing wonder or amazement; very beautiful or impressive; that is to be marveled at; Extraordinary.

So let’s recap a little. The Holy Spirit wants us to take notice in this Scripture. God wants us to hear what He has to say. God leads us to understand two things: He is the CREATOR of ALL things and is known to be the CREATOR everywhere and He has the power to bring to our attention things that our meager, human minds cannot even comprehend. What do we need to do to encounter such a glorious promise? Give attention to God and Call on Him. That’s called Prayer. Prayer brings us into God’s presence and He promises not to leave us.

Friends, we have relationships all over. We have family, friends, neighbors, co-workers, church family, doctors, and such. Can any of them bring attention to things greater than the marvelous and wondrous things God can? The answer is No. If the relationships of those noted here are important to us, how much more important is a relationship with God? How important is it to have a daily encounter with the glorious presence of God? How much do you want to see the promises of God be established in your life? It’s a matter of choice.

Heavenly Lord, thank You for being the Creator of All things. Thank You that from the beginning of time, You desired for us to be with You, to have a relationship with You. Thank You, Holy Spirit, for capturing our attention through Your Word. Help us to discern and understand the incredible power of Your Word. Lead us and show us those great and mighty things You promise. Forgive us when we think we have it all under control. Open up more time in our lives to spend time with You in prayer. In Jesus Name. AMEN.

Don’t believe me, believe God!

James 4:7 NKJV – Choose Wisely

Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.

Submission requires a willing act of accepting the authority of God over all things. We must remember that we are under God’s authority whether we submit to it or not. The word “submit” means “to obey”. God is in control of all things. All things. The world may lead people to believe that they have the power to “change the world”. But that’s just not something I believe.

Now don’t get me wrong. We live in the world and have certain responsibilities to do certain things. Like obey the laws of the land. We have freedom of choice. God gives us that choice. We can choose wisely or not so wisely. Either way with every choicce there will be consequences. The Bible is clear about choosing – The Blessing or The Curse.

“See, I have set before you today life and good, death and evil, in that I command you today to love the Lord your God, to walk in His ways, and to keep His commandments, His statutes, and His judgments, that you may live and multiply; and the Lord your God will bless you in the land which you go to possess. But if your heart turns away so that you do not hear, and are drawn away, and worship other gods and serve them, I announce to you today that you shall surely perish; you shall not prolong your days in the land which you cross over the Jordan to go in and possess. I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live;” (Deuteronomy 30:15-19 NKJV)

I’ll get right to the point. The day begins with choices. Do I choose to pray or not to pray? I choose to pray because I want to start the day in conversation with God. In the morning, when I wake up, I pray and ask God to guide me to make the right choices. That everything I do or say gives honor and glory to Him. I’m looking to God to help me to “choose wisely”. The choices we make can affect our lives eternally. The choices we make can and will affect those around us. A good friend once told me, “We don’t have time for God because we choose not to. There are plenty of opportunities during our day to give God the time He deserves. Make a change!” I say, “AMEN!”

The world would want you to choose the world’s ways. The world would want you to live your own life. You’re in control. Just do it!!! The enemy would want you to believe that. The enemy would want you to make the wrong choices. But if we submit to the things of God and resist the enemy, he will flee from us. Read James 4:7.

Dear Lord. You have given us a free will to choose. Help us to make the choices that honor You. Help us to discern the schemes of the enemy and of this world which lead us to destruction. Pour out Your protection over us when the enemy comes to steal, kill, and destroy. Lead us back to Your Word and the Power that resides in it to resist the enemy. Thank You, O Lord for Your mighty hand of protection. May we take the time to pray and seek Your presence. Open up our lives to the blessing of having an intimate relationship to You, Lord. In Jesus Name. AMEN

Don’t believe me, believe God!

Isaiah 14:3 KJV – How could you love someone like me – Part 3

And it shall come to pass in the day that the Lord shall give thee rest from thy sorrow, and from thy fear, and from the hard bondage wherein thou wast made to serve

God, You are so wonderful. Thank You, Lord, for my testimony of Your great love for me. I love You, Lord. None of this is possible without You.

Part 3 – How God Enables

But I wanted more. I wanted to serve my Lord. I wanted to do whatever God would lead me to do. But again, I thought, I didn’t even know where to start. My friend and coworker Mark was a musician and vocalist and he was very gifted. We talked about his unselfish obedience to the Holy Spirit when he prayed with me in Part 1. Well, as I continued to attend church, I felt that one of the coolest things in “my” church was its choir. They were very talented and I always felt blessed to hear them and join with them in praise from the congregation. I remember praying once, “Lord, if I could just worship You in song like they do.” Yup. Really. That’s what I prayed. I was still a fairly new believer. Just a little over a year old, I think. And God answered again. Praise the Lord!!!

I asked Mark at work one day, how does someone get to sing in the choir? He said, “You just show up for practice.” Sounds silly. But it was true. So I went and I found myself now in the choir with my very own choir robe. WooHoo! I had always loved to sing and now I was serving God in praise and worship. What a blessing that turned out to be. Glory to God!!!

Well, lots of things transpired over the years with the choir. One thing led to another and I found myself leading some worship during our Wednesday Night Service from time to time. In 2006, I joined a Praise and Worship Group called “UnDone” and we ministered inside and outside of church. Other opportunities came to serve and I tried to be as open as I could with all that came my way. I was nominated to serve on the church’s Board as Board Secretary. I was ratified and served for 6 years. Praise the Lord!!!

One particular summer I was asked to help out with Vacation Bible School. I said yes, and my wife Nancy partnered with me. I thought how hard could it be to tell kids about Jesus and have fun at the same time. Well, I learned a great deal about 9-10 year old boys that year. By the end of the VBS, I was bruised and sore and tired and said, “Lord, I’m not gifted in working with kids. Praise the Lord.” Well, God had different plans. By the next year in September, I found myself on a mission’s trip to El Salvador working with children. God led me to a small village just outside of San Salvador that first night. And on a street corner, just on the other side of a steel fence, the local pastor began to shout over a loud speaker in Spanish to come. He said he told them to come hear the man talk about Jesus. My then pastor, who I came with, gave me the opportunity to speak. I am so thankful to him for it because that night 16 kids gave their little hearts to Jesus. It was there in El Salvador that I accepted my calling to work with kids back home. For the next 6 years, Nancy and I worked together alongside of our children’s pastor as lay teachers and support to our KidzBlast Children’s Ministry. Glory to God!!!

And that leads to today or at least what’s happening now in my life. Back in 2009, I began to feel God wanting me to study His Word and gather up some notes and begin writing a daily prayer devotion. I didn’t know how to respond, but kept it in prayer and set it aside. I was loving children’s ministry and felt I just couldn’t leave. In 2010, our church along with many dozens of other churches hosted a Convoy of Hope outreach in our local community. I was asked to lead the Intercessory Prayer team. Praise the Lord!!! In 2011, I felt a tug on my heart to spend more time in prayer. That I was in a time of preparation. That God was going to move Nancy and me out of children’s ministry. We both prayed and Nancy had told me she felt there was a gifting in me for prayer. Again in 2011, I was asked to lead another intercessor team for a 2nd Convoy of Hope outreach. Glory to God!!! In the summer of 2012, I was given the opportunity to lead a group of prayer warriors pray over our city-wide revival meetings. God moved so greatly in that prayer time. Praise the Lord!!! At the end of those meetings, I was approached by a friend and pastor and he asked me if there would be some way I could help with organizing a regional prayer network. So with the help of three community pastors and some wonderful prayer warriors, a monthly Intercessory Prayer Gathering is held at our local YMCA which Nancy and I facilitate. Glory to God!!!

Fast forward to February 2013; Nancy and I said farewell to the children of KidzBlast for now and told them we were moving into leading a Prayer Ministry at our church. In July of 2013, God brought to fruition the prayer devotion He spoke to me about in 2009. He began to give me words, thoughts, He led me in His Word and on July 8, 2013, this devotion began. Praise the Lord, again!!! I am not qualified or nor talented enough to write every day without God’s hand upon this devotion. My only prayer is that God is glorified.

I started out in Part 1 with “How could you love someone like me?” God did and continues to love me. But I am not the only one that God loves like this. God loves you and everyone else just as much. In fact, He can’t love you any less. He loves you with an everlasting love and desires to bless you. Please don’t take my word for it. Take God’s Word for it. You see, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16 NKJV)

Is this the end of my story? I pray it’s not. But what I have shared with you can be duplicated and heard over and over again with everyone that has called upon the name of Jesus. God demonstrates His love by Saving Us, Restoring Us, and Enabling Us. He is no respecter of person. He cares for every breath you breathe and every step you take. He’ll pour out His love and blessings on everyone. God bless all of you.

I humbly submit to You Lord. Continue to take me on new journeys with You. Guide me and lead me and all of my days, I will praise Your Holy Name. Amen and Amen.

Don’t believe me, believe God!

 

Isaiah 14:3 KJV – How could you love someone like me – Part 2

 And it shall come to pass in the day that the Lord shall give thee rest from thy sorrow, and from thy fear, and from the hard bondage wherein thou wast made to serve

Welcome back. In Part 1 of this devotion, we heard of a man who lived a life outside of the will of God and it pushed him to the point of making a decision to take his own life. But praise the Lord that God had a different plan. We learned that God used a man named Mark to minister to him when this man initially thought he was in control. God led Mark to pray for him that day and two days later, this man found himself in church and then at the altar and finally giving his life to Jesus as his Savior. Glory to God!

Today, we examine how God began His plan of restoration in the man’s life and redeemed everything that the enemy had taken away. Today’s devotion:

Part 2 – How God Restores

Well, this man continued to come to church. He was open to Godly leading from Mark who discipled him over many, many months. How blessed he was to work in the same office as Mark. God really had His hand over all of his life. Eight months would pass and he would encounter his first real test of faith.

He had just returned home from being away on business and he pushed the play button on his answering machine to listen to the messages. The first message was from his brother. The message was to call him as soon as he could. Something had happened to their dad. He quickly dialed up the number of his brother and listened as he was told that dad was in a very bad way. He was told to call his mother for the details.

His mom lived in Florida with his dad. They were retired. He called his mom to find out that his dad had been kidnapped, beaten, left for dead in the woods, and was not doing well at all. Mom asked, “Can you come down and help?” He was stunned. He didn’t know how that could have happened to his dad, but he told his mom he would come down as soon as he could.

Since he had just returned from a 2 week business trip, he didn’t see how he could possibly put enough funds together to get down and see his mom and dad. It would take some time for his expenses to be paid from the previous trip. He went to work and began to think about what he could do. He remembered that though he didn’t have the answer on how he could afford the trip, he knew at least he could pray. So he did. He also took time to post a prayer request on his workplace’s prayer chain.

A few hours went by and he received a phone call from someone on the prayer chain to tell him that he was going to Florida and that he would be able to see his dad. He wondered how could this be. He was told that the Plant Vice President had heard about his dad and what happened. The Plant Vice President had provided the necessary funds to purchase a plane ticket to Florida. And he also arranged for expense money to be given to him. He was overwhelmed. God had answered his prayer. A few days later, he would be in Florida.

He sat in his seat on a flight to Florida waiting for the runway to clear before takeoff. Some fog had rolled in and it was going to be a little while. But he had time. On to Atlanta, then on into Orlando. He had some time. He prayed again. He prayed, “Lord, you’ll have to help me with this. I’m still a new believer. I have no idea what I’m to do or how I need to help mom and dad. How could anyone know what to do if they were in the same place as I am?”

Well about an hour had passed and the flight took off. He arrived safe in Atlanta where he called his mom and told her that in a few hours he would be there. Mom said she would arrange for his pickup at the airport. Well, with the delay at the initial airport, his flight from Atlanta to Orlando had already departed. He would now have to find an alternate flight. He called his mom and assured her he was still on his way. As he waited at the gate of the plane he was told he was on standby on, he heard a young lady talking. She had been waiting for 36 hours to get a flight to Orlando. It was spring break. She, too, was on standby. About 6 more hours passed, when he heard his name called. He went to the desk and was told he had a ticket and it was time for him to board. He thought about the young lady waiting for 36 hours. He thanked God that He had intervened on his behalf. He finally arrived in Orlando and found his mom. Soon he would see his dad.

They got to their home and his dad came to the door. He was shocked to see the man at the door. He couldn’t recognize him as his dad. This man was unclean, unshaven, and had bruises all over his back. The man had broken fingers. He looked awful. But when this man spoke in a timid and quiet voice, he realized it was dad. But Dad was never a timid and quiet guy. He always spoke with conviction and integrity. But now it was different. The man said, “Dad, we’ll do this one day at a time.”

You see, his dad was carjacked at a gas station after stopping for gas after work. His dad still worked though he was “retired”. He liked that. Sometimes, mom did, too.

His dad was told to get down on the floor between the seats in his van. Over the next 3 hours, his dad’s assailants beat him while they drove around. When his dad would put his hand over his back to block the repeated blows, the assailants broke his fingers. Then when they got bored with his dad, they took his dad’s belt and put it around his dad’s neck and began to hang him. They opened the side door of his dad’s van, and dumped his dad in the woods to die. But dad didn’t want to die. He put his hand behind the belt and when they raised him to hang him, he passed out. His assailants thought they were successful in getting rid of the witness. But, God had a different plan. When his dad woke up, he crawled out of the woods on his hands and knees and signaled someone walking their dog for help. His dad told him that this was the hardest point of the ordeal. His dad said, “I didn’t want the people I called out to, to think I was a vagrant. I just wanted help.” The rescue squad came and took his dad to the hospital and then the fire department called his mom.

Well, they took one day at a time. The detective bureau at the Sheriff’s office was a big help. He spoke with them daily. They were tracking down his dad’s van. They had a victim advocate working the case and she was a blessing. Dad had to restore his identity by getting a new drivers’ license, social security card, etc. Everything you have to do when someone takes your wallet and identity from you. Each day, Dad would get up and he would seem to get stronger and stronger. He cleaned himself up and began to be the strength he had always remembered dad to be. Then a few days later while watching the evening news, something startled the man and his family. There being displayed, live on TV, was an arrest being made. You know. Like the “OJ Simpson kind of thing”. Pictures overhead from a news chopper. They were showing three men being pulled from a vehicle and being arrested. Right there, on TV, in front of this family was a picture of his dad’s van. They had found his van and found three men in it that shouldn’t have been in it. God allowed the man and his family to see His justice being served.

The detective’s called and this family had to go to the Sheriff Department’s Forensic Lab to retrieve the van. His mom was really angry and bitter. She said she would never ride in the van again. He said he would take it somewhere to be cleaned up and it would be alright. He told his mom he would pray over it and ask God to bless it. He went away to find an auto detailer.

A few hours later, he returned to his mom and dad’s home only to find the news media all over the place. There was a big satellite tower in the front yard and camera’s everywhere taking pictures. His dad was there doing an interview for the local news station. They had heard of his dad’s story. He heard the news anchor ask his dad, “What were you feeling when this happened?” And on camera, in a live broadcast over entire the Orlando area to thousands of television sets, He heard his dad say, “I knew this is not how I was to die. I prayed, Jesus save me.” He was amazed. He was overwhelmed. The neighbors all came out. It was a sight to see. His mom wanted her turn with the camera to give her point of view, but praise God, He had different plans. You see, his mom always spoke what was on her mind.

The man began to talk to the people from the news channel and found out the reporter was a woman of God herself, and the main camera guy, GREW UP IN THE SAME NEIGHBORHOOD OF THIS MAN!!!

This man went home a few days later. He stayed with his mom and dad for 11 days. They witnessed miracle after miracle. This man never forgot. He prayed, “God if You could make a way for the world to know this story. Not for my glory but for Yours.”

When this man returned to work the following Monday, he went to see the Vice President and Plant Manager to say “Thanks”. And God moved again. In the waiting area just outside of the Plant Manager’s office this man told the story. People began to come out of adjacent conference rooms just to listen. God gave this man his first pulpit.

He started with a simple prayer to help him help his mom and his dad. His dad prayed, “Jesus, save me” and the story continues with God being glorified on a local news channel for a whole city to see and ends in front of this man’s peers for them to hear as well.

God restores. He loves us with an everlasting love. In our darkest hours, God hears us, God answers us , and God delivers us.

Remember how I said in the beginning of this blog, that God would redeem everything the enemy took away from this man. Well, there is more. This man’s children, both his daughter and son, also gave their lives to the Lord, shortly thereafter. And, God blessed the man again when God brought His choice to him to take as his wife.

Well, as you may have already guessed, this is my testimony. I share it for one single purpose and that’s to give glory to God; My Savior, Redeemer, and friend, Jesus.

Tomorrow, we’ll look at how God continued to work in my life as I began to serve Him as He called me. Part 3 examines, “How God enables.”

Heavenly Lord, thank You that You hear our prayers and answer them. Thank You that in our darkest hours You are near. Closer than a whisper. Thank You that we can place our trust in You to be our protector and defender. Help us Lord to always call upon Your name. We love You Lord. In Jesus Name. AMEN.

Don’t believe me, believe God!