Sunday, May 22, 2011

A CUP OF COLD WATER

Imagine being offered a cup of cold water on a hot day or when coming in from a long and tiring journey or when you’re thirsty. The relief and refreshing you get from it is instant; it cools you down and quenches your thirst. It enables you to rest and start again and suddenly that which seemed overwhelming to you becomes a little more bearable. You are able to see things with fresh eyes; you can cope better with the situation; you are even able to think about the circumstances and possible responses more clearly.
 In most churches there are mid week services for just this purpose. Chances are most people attend these services after the day’s work, just at the time when you’re trying to wind down from a busy or problematic day. So what a pleasure it is to come into the house of the Lord and be preached to about God’s grace toward you; His amazing pity on you and His love beyond degree that sent Jesus to the cross to die for your sins. As we take each sip of the cold water of the promises of God to us, our souls comes to rest in the God who loves us and gave His all for us.
Today, I bring you a cup of cold water from Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the thoughts that I think towards you saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end”. Beloved, God does not think thoughts of calamity towards you; rather He thinks thoughts of the excellent future you hope for yourself.  He thinks of how He can help you to understand His divine directions in your life and how He can get you to be all He intends for you to be. So, if you find yourself in a situation which seems to be overwhelming and you think that God has forgotten you, be assured by this cup of cold water that He will show up and take care of you. God knows what He’s doing. Remember that He had it all planned out from the beginning.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Pastor David Wilkerson

Dearly Beloved,
Today, Saturday 14 May 2011, I watched the live event of the Memorial Service for Pastor David Wilkerson at Times Square Church in New York City, USA. I extend my condolences to the Wilkerson Family, especially his wife Sis. Gwen. I was privileged to hear a few of Pastor Dave's straightforward sermons warning all who would listen to get right with God, as the end of all things are near, even at the door.
As I watched the service this afternoon, I reflected on the life of this great man of God who during his lifetime, was busy about his Father's business. I first came across him when I read his book 'The Cross and the Switchblade' as a young christian in 1986, a book which I recommend to all who haven't read it. His desire to see people saved and set free from the bondages of the enemy is so profoundly represented in this book. Again, I was privileged to be at Times Square Church one Sunday when he shared the pulpit with Nicky Cruz, who is now a great Evangelist. What an awesome experience it was for me to see these two men in the flesh, knowing the story behind their friendship.
The true effect of David Wilkerson's ministry is only known to God, but from what I saw today, he touched very many lives around the world and has left behind a legacy to the glory of God. His many ministry ventures, Teen Challenge, World Challenge, Please Pass the Bread, to name a few, all attest to this.
David Wilkerson has run his race and finished it; and he has received his crown. It remains for us to continue running ours to the finish, so that we may receive our own crowns.
'Teach us to number our days that we may gain a heart of wisdom'. Psalm 90:12.