On February 8th, I will be returning to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to teach at Victory Bible College to the 1st and 2nd Year students. This was a totally unplanned and unexpected opportunity that came about, but nevertheless, Stephanie and I both believe it is in the plan of God. Please pray for safety, protection, anointing and strength to carry out the work there. I will be teaching 4 classes, Monday thru Friday, as well as 2 evening classes. A full plate, but with God’s help and grace, I’m believing for great results. I am very committed to the work there in this wonderful Bible School. I will return there again this coming Fall as well. —JM
"God Uses Failures"
Lamentations 3:22-26 "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. The Lord is good unto them that wait for Him, to the soul that seeketh Him. It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the Lord."
Recently during a time of special prayer, and waiting on the Lord, I heard these words in my heart : ” I am calling my prodigals back home. Those who have walked away from me, who’ve turned their backs on me; those who think that my mercy and grace is not powerful enough to forgive and restore them from the sins, the mistakes and the wrong choices they made. I’m calling them back home. I need them in my Last Days’ Army.”
THE REWARDS OF OBEDIENCE
8 It was by faith that Abraham obeyed when God called him to leave home and go to another land that God would give him as his inheritance. He went without knowing where he was going. 12 And so a whole nation came from this one man, Abraham, who was too old to have any children. —Hebrews 11:8,12 (NLT)
Hebrews, Chapter11, is known as the great “faith” chapter in the Bible. It records the many faith exploits of some of God’s mighty champions. It portrays acts of obedience of many of God’s men and women who simply responded in faith to what God called them to do. Their obedience resulted in miracles, in blessings, in great victories. Their yieldedness to the Lord made impossible situations possible. Make no mistake about it, it wasn’t any easier for them to obey God and put it all on the line for Him than it is for us today. The heroes of faith in the Bible were not some breed of “superhuman” creatures that were somehow able to automatically be able to carry out difficult assignments the Lord dealt with them about. They had a flesh nature just like you and me. They had minds and wills that had to be willingly subject to God’s commands just like us. In other words, they didn’t have a “free pass” when it came to obeying the Lord in difficult situations. They were men and women just the same as us.
Several years ago Alex Haley wrote a book entitled, “Roots.” It was a story of a race of people reaching back to find out where they came from. And they asked, “what is my bloodline?” “what is my heritage?” “where did I come from?” “who are my forbears?”. These are the kind of questions those of us who make up the Church should be asking. We ought to be willing to go back in time and history, long before there were any denominational/sectarian Christian groups, and discover our roots. We should be asking, “where did we come from?” “what did we look like in the beginning?” “what is our heritage?” “what kind of people were we?”.
In our last issue, we began a study on the question of what constitutes real faith, Bible faith. We looked at a scripture found in II Thessalonians as a foundation for our study.
II Thessalonians 1:3-4 "We are bound to thank God always for you, brethren, as it is meet, because that your faith growth exceedingly, and the charity ( love ) of every one of you all toward each other aboundeth; So that we ourselves glory in you in the churches of God for your patience and faith in all your persecutions and tribulations that you endure.”
You’ll notice that these believers were growing in faith and in love. It would not have been possible for their faith to grow if they were not allowing the love of God to govern their lives. Love is the atmosphere that causes faith to grow. Faith is of the heart, or the spirit, of man. If the love of God is not permitted to dwell in you and come forth from you, your faith will come to a standstill. Love is not demonstrated by feelings or thoughts about someone. Love is released by actions.