What a privilege it is to live in the United States of America. I am so proud to be an American and to experience the many freedoms this country has to offer. This week I had an opportunity to exercise my right to vote and I did it with the hope I could make a difference. I woke up the next morning after the presidential election only to find, my candidate did not win. Much to my disappointment, my thoughts began to race as to what this is going to mean for the American people as a whole. Quickly my thoughts turned into encouragement because I realized that no matter whom we voted for or what man is elected to run the country, he is not the one who is in control. This election did not take God by surprise. This reminds me of when Israel kept asking for a king, but God wanted to be their king and since they insisted He gave them Saul. Saul was not a good king, but God gave the people what they wanted.
Before the Children of Israel were lead out of Egypt by Moses, God sent plagues to get Pharaoh to let His people go. Over and over God protected them, look in Exodus 9 and 10 to read where the hail came and destroyed land and trees, but the children of Israel had NO hail. When the plague destroyed all the livestock of Egypt, Israel’s livestock didn’t die. Finally, when the darkness fell, the kind that could be felt, for three days the children of Israel had light in their dwellings. My point is that God is a good God and He takes care of His people even when things seem to be falling apart all around them. He is still doing that today in America.
I encouraged the ladies in jail tonight by reminding them about Matt 6 where Jesus said not to worry about your life, what you will eat or drink or what you will wear. Jesus talks about the birds of the air how they do not reap or sow, but the Father takes care of them. The world will tell you the opposite of what God tells us, but you don’t have to listen to the world. The things that go on in our life every day, never take God by surprise. I am so thankful to have a papa who loves us so much.
I asked the ladies if they had ever bought a new house. What is one of the first things you do before moving your stuff in there? You clean, maybe paint, but you take out any of the things that were left by the last owners in order to make it your own. This is the same way God does us when we respond to God’s call for salvation. He makes us brand new by cleaning us and getting rid of any sin that was left by the previous owner, Satan. He can not live where sin abides. God lives by way of the Holy Spirit in our spirit and manifests himself like fruit in our soul and body. What a privilege it is to have the Kingdom reside inside us.
There was one message tonight given by the five of us ministers: Joyce Zander, Tammy Strader, Margo Leneave, JoAnna Mack and myself. The message was about strongholds in our life and what to do about them. Stay connected to Jesus, read the word and be accountable to others who are of like faith. For me, I didn’t realize I had a stronghold in my life, which just so happened to be the President of the United States, but God showed me it could have turned into a stumbling block. I am so thankful to have a heavenly father who looks out for us and shows us where we mess up. He won’t let us stay in the mess because He wants to be glorified and He does that through us. God is Spirit and needs a body to move in, and He picked us.
God is a good God. He loves us so much and with his love we love others. Knowing love is meant to be given away makes it much easier to love those who are not so loveable.
In conclusion, council was awesome with Brittanie, and one other lady had a ton of questions. I was under the impression she wanted to talk to us so that she could get enough information about God to last her when she gets out of jail. I pray that she falls in love with Jesus who is already in love with her. It’s all about the relationship with God who keeps us.
Written by Tracey