“Blessed assurance Jesus is mine, oh what a foretaste of glory divine” is how the song started when JoAnna Mack played it on her guitar. Since Joyce, our Chaplin, couldn’t make it, because of a death in the family, our deputy for the evening was Cindy Ellis. She is a sweet soul who loved every minute of being in the service with Jesus. There is a young lady who has some bad feelings toward JoAnna and I was afraid she wouldn’t come to church tonight; but to my surprise she came anyway. She told me she was reading the book “Total Forgiveness” by R.T. Kendall and said it was a powerful book. She is willing to forgive Miss JoAnna and didn’t mind when she sat next to her while I was speaking. When I saw those two sitting next to one another I knew I was witnessing a miracle.
The night was filled with surprises of love from our Father, and He did it through different ministers, like, Nancy Ladd, Margo Leneave, BillyJo Mathis and Tammy Strader who was along for her first visit. We acted out a skit called, “The Stool.” It demonstrates giving our life to Jesus by letting Him sit on the stool, but as different temptations arise, we scoot Him off and sit on the stool ourselves.
I was able to take a few minutes and share with the ladies that although we don’t see the benefits of Jesus in our life, doesn’t mean He isn’t doing something through us. I read to them Mark 4:26-29 about how “the Kingdom of heaven is like a man scattering seed on the ground. Night and day, whether he sleeps or gets up, the seed sprouts and grows, though he does not know how. All by itself the soil produces grain- first the stalk, then the head, then the full kernel in the head. As soon as the grain is ripe, he puts the sickle to it, because the harvest has come.” It’s not for us to know sometimes, but it is for us to trust God. I used illustrations of the hidden miracles of the cocoon as it transforms from a worm to a caterpillar. Potatoes and carrots both grow underground and we can’t see them growing. A pregnant woman has a miniature person forming inside her stomach. Jesus was also transformed in the tomb to become the righteousness of God for us.
I also talked about 1Cor 3:5-9 some plant, some water, but God brings forth the increase. We don’t always know what seed is being scattered on what kind of ground, but it’s not for us to know, but to trust God. Then once we have heard the word, the seed becomes planted. Not to be uprooted every couple of weeks to see if it’s growing, we just trust God for it.
Our girl who forgave Miss JoAnna also heard from God that other people are not her problem and to hear her say that is another miracle. Tammy Strader and I had the opportunity to talk with her extensively and was blown away by the revelation that was granted to her by God. She listened to everything Tammy had to say especially when she talked about her children. It was a miracle, I tell you.
Lastly, I wanted to tell you that Louie was at the jail also and he shared his testimony with the men of how 17 years ago a friend of ours was shot and killed by a young man only 17yrs. old. Well, after the service while Louie is talking with one guy another guy waited near by. When he finished he asks the waiting guy if he needed to talk to him. He shook his head yes. The guy could hardly speak, but asks Louie if he would forgive him. Louie says “forgive you for what?” Tears roll down his cheeks as he musters the words, “I’m the guy.” He was the young kid who shot Joe all those years ago. Louie says to him, “Let me pray with you, man.” We believe that young man was delivered of demons this night. That was yet one more miracle God did that blows my mind.
Written by Tracey