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Miracle–Another True Story

This is Miracle

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Miracle has a name that fits.  Let me tell you why.  First of all, Miracle’s mama died when he was two days old.  He had to be nursed along and as you can see he survived! That definitely was a miracle!   But Miracle’s name also fits for another reason.  That reason has to do with the following true story. 

R_____, a friend of mine was having a rough year.  She was going through some trying times and some “down” times.  Several things were taking place in the lives of her family members. R_____ has a daughter and son-in-law who have five children and they are currently on deputation to raise support to go to the mission field.  This has always been the heart’s desire of her daughter and now the Lord was giving her that desire.  But right in the middle of this, her daughter was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. 

Another daughter was pregnant with their fourth child.  The doctors kept telling them there were some problems and that this baby would probably be a Downs Syndrome baby.

Besides this, all three of her sons-in-law were out of work.  At times things looked pretty dismal.  But God is good.  He is always good!  And what a blessing to know that God cares about each one of us from the smallest detail to the largest.  As my friend prayed and submitted things to the Lord, she also asked Him if He would do something special just for her just to reaffirm His love.  Well as the days went on she kind of forgot about this prayer.

One weekend, she and her husband took a mini vacation and went to the mountains.  A friend of theirs who had been filling a pulpit in a mountain city asked if her husband would be willing to preach that weekend, since it would be near their destination.  Her husband is also a preacher and pastors a church in Shelby, NC.  They consented and a couple in the church accommodated them  for the weekend.  They had never met this couple and knew nothing about them.   The couple owned horses and as they walked along the property, Miracle, the horse in the beginning of this story came up to R_____ and began nudging her and loving on her.  She responded by loving on him and petting him.  The owner asked her “Do you like my horse?”  Of course, she did. R_____ was a farm girl.   She grew up around animals; she had horses when she was younger and always loved horses. 

In fact exactly one year before this, R_____ and her family were taking a vacation on the beach.  At the same time they were there there was a fund raiser going on to raise money for the heart  association.  And what do you think was the basis for this fundraiser?  Well, you may have heard of a motorcycle ride, but this was a horse ride.  Yes, horses everywhere and many times R______ would see a black horse going by.  She would turn to her husband and say, “See that black horse, I want that one.”   She really liked black horses and would love to have one. 

Now here it was exactly one year later and the owner then asked her?  “Do you want this horse?”  “Sure”, she said, just kind of laughing because she thought he was teasing.  Well, then next thing you know, he said,” I’ll give him to you.”  What a surprise!   And suddenly she remembered the prayer she had prayed and thought, “Is this what God is doing just for me?’”  They finished out their delightful weekend and then went home.  The next week, the friend who had been filling the pulpit in the mountains said to R_____,  Mr. __________ wants to know when you want him to bring your horse?  She was still very surprised!  Is this really real!  Why,he really did mean it!  He said she could have the horse and he meant it!  A few days later, Miracle came to be part of R_____’s family.  He is a beautiful black horse, just like she wanted.  God gave her her heart’s desire right down to the last detail.  He did this especially for her because He cares and loves each of us as individuals. He was reaffirming His love for her in the midst of the trials she was facing.

  Well, now you see another reason why this horse is called Miracle.  For this was a miracle – a special blessing from the Lord to show my friend that He cared just for her. 

Her verse: Psalms 37:4  Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.

And if you are wondering about her other family members.  Although her daughter has MS, the Lord gives her grace and she deals with it from day to day.  They are still on deputation and they still plan to go to the mission field.

Was the baby born with Downs Syndrome?  No!  He is healthy and normal. 

Do her sons- in laws have jobs?  Yes,  two of them or currently employed.  The other is the one going to the mission field and they are currently on deputation full time.  Their support is growing and the Lord supplies their needs. 

Yes, God is good all the time and God does care!  He may allow trials and tribulations, but He is still God and He is still good!  He cares for all of us!

1 Peter 5:7  Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.

Psalms 139:17-18  How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them! If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand: when I awake, I am still with thee.

The Goodness of God Leadeth thee to Repentance – A True Story

Below is a true story of a man that was changed by the grace of God. I am glad to share this story as I have seen first hand that his life has been changed! (2Cor. 5:17)

“…not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?” – Rom. 2:4

Today I must declare the goodness of God by sharing a story with you and perhaps challenge even my own heart and maybe the heart of another in how good God is.

In October of 2009 there was a 26 year old man named T. B.  living the life of a homeless drunk on the streets. He had ruined every friend and family relationship that he had and although there were multiple places he used to live and jobs he used to have, these were all destroyed by drink (a topic for another day but if you play with this sin remember what GOD has said: “At the last it biteth like a serpent, and stingeth like and adder”) and there was no place for him to sleep but at the homeless shelter, under a railroad bridge, in his brother’s shed, or in a crack house while stoned.

In the midst of this life of misery (may I stop and say: “no more miserable than your life if it is not lived for God even if it does NOT involve the sin of drugs and alcohol”) there was a longing or a thirst for meaning and for his soul to be filled. As T searched for this meaning the deceptive cult of the Jehovah’s Witnesses began having T study with them on a regular basis. Because they treated him kindly and did not mind his smelly clothes and his homelessness, T was attracted to them – someone whom he thought loved him.

At the end of October, T.  was walking the streets in his misery but his heart cried out to God: “God if this (Jehovah’s Witnesses) is the right way please keep me in it but if this is not the truth would you please show me the truth?” At this point I would like to remind you of Hebrews 11:6 which says: “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” A very short time later in the same day there was a man who believing that God had called him to the streets of T’s city, was driving through one of the rougher parts of town and he saw T. to his left about 100 yards away. There were many people on the street that day and he had already passed others by. However, the Spirit of God spoke clearly for him to pull his car over to a parking lot and wait on this man. When T approached, this man stopped him and asked him about his soul and if he knew Jesus as his Savior. T replied: “I study with the witnesses”. The man invited T to his church that evening (Sunday evening). T readily agreed and attended church that evening. When the man picked him up later that evening for church, T smelled of alcohol and the man knew that T would stick out like a sore thumb in the church they were going to. At church, nothing seemed to happen in T’s soul and perhaps he was too under the influence to have even understood anything that was said.

When T’s new friend discovered that he was homeless, his heart was moved with compassion and he began picking T up almost every morning and taking him to work with him, to the store to buy him things that he needed, and then to his home each evening for dinner and time amongst his family. After a few weeks T made a profession of salvation on November 2009. There was an initial growth and his friend noticed that T had a real love for reading and study and studied his Bible and other books about the Bible regularly. But the alcohol still had a great hold on T and began taking him right back to the streets. There were nights and days where T would disappear while he used alcohol and sometimes drugs and then would reappear after a time. One day two men from the church spent some time parked across from a place where T was drinking and cried out to God to have mercy on his soul and to save him from this life of misery. His friend gave him much of his own clothes and shoes only to find out later that T had lost them or left them at the last crack house. T would call him many times in the middle of the night completely out of his mind with alcohol. During this time T continued to go to church off and on but could not seem to get victory over this great sin that controlled his life. After months and months of ups and downs, near death experiences (the man picked up T from the emergency room twice with deep knife cuts, and even a wound from the grazing of a bullet), and disappointment after disappointment, T agreed to be dropped off at Durham Rescue Mission in June of 2010 about three hours away from Shelby.

His friend really didn’t expect things to turn out any differently. In fact he was quite sure that any day he would receive a call from T in the middle of the night and find out that he was already back in Shelby – drunk. However after a couple of weeks he received a letter in the mail from T. This letter was written by a sober man, a man who knew God, a man who had spent much time in prayer and in the Word of God. His friend was stunned – surely not, this is impossible, this won’t last. A couple of weeks later another letter came, this time it was longer, this time it was filled with more scripture and praise to God and examples of how God was giving victory. Finally T was able to call his friend and explain to him that a few days after he had arrived, he had fallen on his knees and cried out to God to deliver him from sin and to change him. He had begun to seek God in His Word and God had begun to create a new desire within him – a desire to pray, to read His Word more and he felt no desire for alcohol. T friend was amazed. Was this real? Everyone he knew told him that there was little hope, that alcoholics don’t change, that the ups and downs would be there forever. He’d even begun to wonder himself although he still wanted to believe the simplicity of God’s word when it says in Psalm 119:9 “Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed thereto according to thy word.” His friend used to wonder “now if the Bible says this, then can it not be true even for an alcoholic or a drug addict?” but it seems as if the world even the church world holds no hope for these men. As he was hearing T’ voice on the phone he knew that he was indeed talking with a new man – a new man! Sure, everyone else would doubt for some time, even his own family would surely think that this would pass but his friend KNEW that GOD had done a work and that when GOD does a work, HE does it right.

T has written these letters week after week after week. Each letter shows a deeper, more intimate knowledge of the Christ who saved him and a love for his Savior. In fact, many of these letters have been an encouragement to T’ friend – even sometimes being exactly what his friend needed. T has shared in these letters how God has convicted him and helped him in the so called “small” sins like pride, and anger, and lust. T has shared how that God has placed a call on his life and how that he has no desire in life other than to live for Christ and to preach and teach the gospel. In fact, God has provided one miracle after another in his life. He has one week to graduate from the Bible courses at the Rescue Mission. He has been given a job. He has been given a scholarship to attend a four year Bible College where he plans to prepare to serve God with his life. He was baptized two weeks ago as an unashamed public confession that his old man died with Christ and that he is a new creature!

Do you see? Jesus saves! Jesus saves to the uttermost. Maybe you are not living a life of drugs and alcohol and maybe you even go to church and do good things regularly. Maybe you even could tell me from the Bible how to be saved but are you? Have you been born again? Are you a new creature like T? II Corinthians 5:21 says: “For he (God) hath made him (Jesus) to be sin for us, who knew no sin (Jesus was sinless); that we might be made the righteousness of God in him (Jesus).” T didn’t do anything but cry out for mercy. The sinner in Luke 18 didn’t DO anything but cry out for mercy. Do you deceive yourself into thinking that because there is so much good in your life (you are healthy, you have a job, the bills are paid, you have a house, you have a car, you have children who play sports, you go to church – maybe even a good Baptist one) that God is OK with your sin? What sin you say? I am not on drugs and living on the streets, stealing and hurting people. What about your heart? Is there anger? Is there pride? Is there lust? Is there a love for the world? Do you worship at the television every night? In fact would God have the same judgment against you that He had against Sodom? You say “Oh no!” there is no homosexuality here!” Read Ezeiel 16:49 “Behold, this was the iniquity of thy sister Sodom, pride, fulness of bread, and abundance of idleness was in her and in her daughters, neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy.” What is your life now? No man can serve two masters the Bible says. I beg you today, to do like T did – fall on your knees, confess your sins and cry out to God for mercy. His blood can take away each stain.

Christian, there is one today – one who is lost. If you will walk in the Spirit, God will show that one to you. Remember Zacchaeus? In Luke 19 the story of Zacchaeus tells that there was a great crowd that day. Yet Jesus sought the one. Remember that Jesus saves. The work is not our own. The Spirit of God can point the way to the one who is ready to believe. Don’t give up on the one who seems impossible. God answers prayer. There are many similar stories right in this little city.  Someday I’ll tell you about TD, and C, and D, and De, and Da and many others that God saved right out of impossible situations who are now living more fruitful lives for Christ than many a pew sitter.

Eph 3:20-21 Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.

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Trials, Tribulations, and Trust!

This has been a week!  We never know what one day might bring. 

Our 13th grandbaby was born on Tuesday! Caleb Lay came into the world weighing 6.9 pounds and 20” long.  Everything checked out fine except  that he was having breathing problems.  He  had to be air lifted to a children’s hospital in Charlotte.  He looked so pitiful hooked up to all those machines, but we are sure thankful for the doctors and the technology these days that can save so many little lives.  He seemed to be doing better in just a short while and then one of his little lungs began collapsing and they had to do some risky procedures on him.  Praise the Lord for opportunities during this time.  My son was able to tell the doctor that this little guy had been given to the Lord and it was the Lord who decided between life and death.  They told the doctors to do what they thought was best and they would ask the Lord to guide his decisions and his hands.  God is so good.  As of this morning Caleb has improved and his mommy was so thrilled to be able to hold him for a while.  Yes, life it precious and a miracle and gift from God.  We are hoping to see Caleb again this afternoon. 

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On top of all of this, our daughter in law in Brazil is facing some serious health issues.  My previous post was asking for prayer for her.  The doctors are working on her case, but time is passing quickly and her condition is worsening.  We ask the Lord for His mercy and for continued strength, wisdom, and healing.  May He get the glory through all of it.

Isaiah 26:4  Trust ye in the LORD for ever: for in the LORD JEHOVAH is everlasting strength:

Lamentations 3:22-24  It is of the LORD’S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness. The LORD is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him.