“Before DTS I was a runner, now I’m an overcomer!”
What a privilege it was for me to staff a Discipleship Training School. Last week, the students returned from their outreach to Mexico and New Orleans and graduated from the school. I think this one testimony above from a student really sums up how God worked in their lives, for all entered into this school with wounds and baggage that weighed them down. Most had been running from their problems in one way or another instead of facing them head-on. I commend these students for courageously laying aside their running shoes and letting Jesus into their lives to bring healing and transformation! It was a joy to mentor these three young ladies during the school. Through God, these girls’ lives were transformed. It was a blessing to be a source of love and encouragement to each one.
“So David asked the LORD again, and again the LORD replied, “Go . . . for I will help you . . .” (1 Sam. 23:4)
I have recently been encouraged with God’s promise to help. David couldn’t make a move without the Lord. Neither can I. Reading through the Bible is food for my soul because I daily see all the ways God helped His people. He provided resources, strength, healing, redemption, wisdom, friends, comfort, and so much more. There was no limit to all that He could give or do, and today this remains true. This morning in Oswald Chambers devotional, I read these words: We act like pagans in crisis ~ only one out of an entire crowd is daring enough to invest his faith in the character of God. When we trust in the Lord, we are trusting in His very nature and character! We’re not putting our hope in humanity, changed circumstances, or empty promises. Through God, we will gain the victory (see Psalm 108:13). What a statement! The all-powerful, invincible, immortal, great God will help you…me…us! It just doesn’t get any better than that folks. I honestly can’t escape this truth right now. I want to be the one out of an entire crowd that is daring enough to invest my faith in GOD!
“Courage is being scared to death but saddling up anyway.” John Wayne
Tomorrow we will head out very early in the morning to reconnect with as many as possible on the east side of the continent. We really do look forward to seeing our dear family and friends. We view you all as our partners in ministry because we couldn’t do all that we do here without your support through prayer, financial gifts, and regular encouragement. Please pray for our safety as we travel, as well as for times of refreshment as a family over these next few weeks.
Through God, we can do all things dear loved ones! Keep saddling up for His glory!
“For the LORD is a great God, a great King above all gods.” Psalm 95:3