TESTIMONY OF A FRIEND
My friend brandon,
This man has went through quite a storm. It started with ultimate financial difficulties, he cannot hold a job for the life of him because nobody will allow him to work in his church schedule with a full time job, then his fiance left him just last week cuz she felt that she wasn't ready for marriage (she left the church as well), their wedding was supposed to be next week.
Ill let him testify for you:
The Day My Heart Broke in Two
Yesterday I was hurt beyond imagination, a pain that I would wish upon no enemy great or small. The love of my heart walked out and left me in the dark with no visible cause, I wondered and speculated on the reason for this atrocity only to find myself plummeting into an endless black-hole of imaginations. As I take counsel from my pastor and peers I find myself with a death grip on God, trusting in His absolute control of things. The pain continues but a certain mercy and grace flow round about me only given by the Lord God Almighty. I only pray that He will guide me through this enormous storm, but as Peter walked on his storm that God was in, I know He will bid me to walk upon this storm as well.
As the Lord guides me through this life altering experience He shows me through His eyes, how every time I sin, this is the pain He goes through , a complete broken heart. With this new revelation my walk with God has come all to real and personal to me, knowing that every time I fall or turn from Him, his heart wrenches for me. Jesus loved us enough to be nailed to a cross and surrender His life so that we might be saved from the penalty of sin, which is death. I need to examine myself daily, and not take for granted the grace and mercy bestowed upon me, for every drop of His blood was given in pain and in a broken heart He gave His life for the ones who broke His heart, which is everyone of US…..Forgive me Lord this day I pray!…Glory and Honor to the Hand of God which guides, strengthens, and keeps me. Amen.
As children of God we need to love as God loves, never holding charges against one another , but showing love, grace, and mercy , for without holiness no man can see the Lord…. We are the body of Christ Jesus, and need to carry and minister as He ministered, showing love and mercy and grace in abundance no matter the pain, for His love is greater!……..God is seen by the world through us , so we need to portray Him as he is……
Jan 11, 2007
As God continuously guides me through this experience, I look back on my life and realize that God has skillfully used this heartbreaking experience to cleanse and develop my ministry even more than I could imagine. Not only has He shown me His pain but He has given me new zeal for Him, a certain driving force to get closer to Him every day and to continually walk in His presence. I seek the Lord my God daily, He is the breath in my lungs and the blood coursing through my veins. He gave his life for me, so I give my life to him. I will set the Lord always before me, every idle moment will I seek His face.
Glory and Honor to the Hand of God which guides, strengthens, and keeps me. Amen.
I was given in prayer when the Lord gave me a scripture, that I thought I new, but as God opened my understanding I once again realized His infinite power and wisdom. The scripture is found in "Psalms119:105 Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path." (KJV) I thought in my mind this scripture doesn't fit my situation Lord…He said that there three things need ed for a lamp to operate and anyone of them missing the lamp is useless, one the lamp itself, two the oil or fuel, three the fire. Then He proceeded to further prove He was smarter than me. Ha Ha . So, as He continues to explain many people think they don't have to read the Bible or pray except on church nights or when they need guidance, don't get me wrong the Bible and prayer is the best solution for any problem but, this scripture refers to the word of God already hidden and planted in your heart as being a lamp to your feet and a light to your path. And the oil or fuel is the spirit of God dwelling within you, and when they are mixed together it becomes vary volatile or flammable. So now we have the Word hidden in our hearts and the spirit of God dwelling in the midst of it, the only component left is the fire, and how do we ignite the fire which is fueled by the spirit? We ignite it with worship and praise to the Lord God Almighty. So when your in a dark place and you can't see past your own nose, when the storm is raging and you don't know where or which way to turn, just tap into the spirit of God with praise and worship and that spirit within you will start to spark up into a blazing fire, and lead you according to the will of God in your life…
Jan 12 2007
Awaking this morning with a fresh take on Life given by God, just being in the presence of God is a beautiful thing. The miracle He has done in me is a testimony in itself. God not only comforted me through this storm so far, He has completely healed me from the pain and sorrow. Blessed is the name of Jesus for He is worthy of all my praise, glory, and honor. Now taking hold on my new found testimony I hold even tighter to the unchanging hand of God. Waiting upon the Lord, dwelling confidently that God is in control and nothing can come about without Him allowing it so. Thank you Jesus for your divine protection in my life! Help me to never drift from your mercy and grace so lovingly bestowed upon me. Always lead and guide me down the paths of righteousness for thy names sake. For I am persuaded, that neither death nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall separate me from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord!…
In Psalms 134 it say "Behold, bless ye the Lord all servants of the Lord, which by night stand in the house of the Lord. Lift up your heads the sanctuary, and bless the Lord. The Lord that made heaven and earth bless thee out of Zion." If your going through a storm in your life and the pain and sorrow are overwhelming you . Then you need to spend those dark and midnight times in the presence of the Almighty God, life up your head and wipe the tears away and bless the Lord Christ Jesus. "He is more than enough, He can supply all your needs, He is your El Shaddai, He always looks out for you, He is your Jehovah Jireh!"
The Master Potter
I truly love the Lord that made the heavens and earth, for "He hath made us and not we ourselves", as the Psalmist writes. "My desire is your eternal presence in my life and continual guidance in my steps." It is such a comforting thought that our God loves us so much that He would allow pain, pressure, and even a little brokenness in our lives so that we may be made more perfect in His sight. He sometimes allows a little discomfort and pain for the moment to save us from a world of despair further down the road of life. He truly is the Master Potter that orchestrates every moment of our lives, molding and shaping us into the beautiful and precious vessels that only God can create. Even the most beautiful and precious vessels have to go through the pressures of molding and shaping and even go through the fire before they can be used of the Master Potter
My Daily Devotion
The Psalmist writes in the book of Psalms 34:1-8 I WILL bless the Lord at all times: His praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul shall make her boast in the Lord: the humble shall hear thereof, and be glad. O Magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together. I sought the Lord, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears. They looked unto him, and were lightened: and their faces were not ashamed. This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles. The angel of the Lord encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them. O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in the Lord.
Just as the Psalmist has written here, I have tasted and seen that the Lord is good, and His mercy endureth for all time. I WILL daily seek His face, and at all times will I entertain His presence in my life. I refuse to be silent or be still while in the presence of the Almighty God. For He created me for worship and in worship will I overcome every obstacle in my path, for the battle is the Lord's and not mine. Thank you Jesus for all of your wisdom and mercy in my life and continually leading and guiding me throughout every trial and obstacle in my path. For you are truly worthy of all the praise, glory, and honor. Lord this is my daily devotion to you. Amen.
The Unchanging Hand of God
Isaiah 54:7 For a small moment have I forsaken thee; but with great mercies will I gather thee. In a little wrath I hid my face from thee for a moment; but with everlasting kindness will I have mercy on thee, saith the Lord thy Redeemer. For this is as the waters of Noah unto me: for as I have sworn that the waters of Noah should no more go over the earth; so have I sworn that I would not be wroth with thee, nor rebuke thee. For the mountains shall part and the hills be removed; but my kindness shall not depart from thee, neither shall the covenant of my peace be removed, saith the Lord that hath mercy on thee.
This scripture was given of the Lord, He opened my eyes while sitting down to write of my great desire to seek His face. The Lord gave this to me as a promise and I give Him all the glory, honor, and praise. Thank you Jesus for your everlasting Love and mercy on my life, and I give all praise to your unchanging hands that mold and shape me into the man of God you want me to be. Amen.
Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.