My friends, I pray all is well with you and your families!
Today, I have been singing Pastor Marvin Sapp's, "He Saw The Best In Me". Senior Pastor of Lighthouse Full Life Center Church, Pastor Sapp sings, "He saw the best in me when everyone else around me would only see the worst in me." Pastor Sapp then asks, "does anyone know what I am talking about?" Yes, Pastor Sapp, I know exactly what you are talking about. As I walk on this narrow road, I realized that carrying some extra weight around with me will not do. I am talking about deadweight. In the song, Pastor Sapp ministers, "HE is mine, and I am His, it doesn't matter what I did, HE only sees me for who I am." That's it. I am a child of God, no matter what anyone says about me or think about me or talk about me. John 1:12-14 says, "Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God." (NIV)
I recall a sermon preached by my pastor, Rev. Dr. Felix G. Williams, III, titled, Training Day. Rev. Williams had said, "you carry conflict because you carry God's blessings." Yes, praise be to God. Today, I can only ask for God's continued mercy and grace. As Paul says in 2 Corinthians 1:3-4, "Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God." (NIV) Friends, I get a peace of joy and understanding when I can see my flaws and faults, but it is even more rewarding when I go to the Lord in prayer and ask God for forgiveness, and for His extension of mercy and grace.
As I close, remember, we must always put on the armour of God. We must know that as children of God, no weapons formed against us shall prosper. We can do all things through Christ who strengthens us. God is our refuge and our redeemer. Sorrow comes in the night, but joy comes in the morning. The Lord is my light and my salvation, in whom shall I fear? The joy of the Lord is my strength. Let the redeemed of the Lord say so. I will bless the Lord at all times. Hallelujah, glory be to God. Thank you Father.
May God have mercy and grace on us all.
Therese from Belize