“And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” Matthew 4:19
“Because I will publish the name of the Lord: Ascribe ye greatness unto our God.” (Deuteronomy 32:3).
“I will stand upon my watch, and set me upon the tower, and will watch to see what he will say unto me, and what I shall answer when I am reproved. And the Lord answered me and said Write the vision and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it. For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry. Behold, his soul which is lifted up is not upright in him: but the just shall live by faith” (Habakkuk 2:1-4).
The key word in both of these passages from the Old Testament is faith. The people didn’t have faith. In Deuteronomy, the people had forgotten the God that formed them, instead they sacrificed to devils. Jeshurun got fat, forsook God who made him, and the Bible says that he only “lightly esteemed the Rock of his salvation.” We need to stay committed to this gospel. What we have in Christ is eternally valuable to us.
If what we have in Christ is eternally valuable, then, we need to keep a hold on our faith and guard it. Don’t lose your faith! Sometimes we’re not much different than Jeshurun because we get so wrapped up in our daily lives that we take our salvation for granted just as if there were a never ending supply of God’s blessings, and no obligation to pay a price for our commitment. We still have God after all the things we’ve been through in the past twenty-one years. Twenty-one years ago on. March, 1995 just before St. Patrick’s Day we celebrated Greeeeen Day as part of a Sunday school promotion. Today, March 2016, the Lattereign is celebrating its 728th newsletter.
As I look back over the writing ministry in The Pentecostals, I am humbled and amazed that the Lord chose me to carry out his will! God is great and greatly to be praised, and without faith it is impossible to please Him; however, if we can get a vision and wait for it, our faith will see the job through to fulfill God’s plan in our lives. I never dreamed that the Lattereign would have gone this long, but it has, because the saints in this congregation have kept me focused and ready to respond to scripture and situations.
What has kept me writing all these years? People. More than people though, it’s families and events in their lives that testify of God’s unending love and mercy to us as we lift up a standard against the compromising world. We are a part of the glorious church. May God richly bless you.
Now, I am looking forward to whatever the Lord has planned for this ministry. I am blessed beyond measure. There have been times when I questioned God about whether I was doing this because I love to write, or if it was the Lord leading me to write. If it was my own silly ambitions, I certainly didn’t want to have any part of it. Then, in prayer, the Lord impressed on me this thought: if it is of God, it will stand and grow stronger; if it is just my own ambition, it will not fulfill God’s purpose, and will fade away in time. Through it all, the Lord has kept me week after week to share my heart with whoever will read.
I just want to say, thank you, for following me on this journey, and my prayer is that the words I share have encouraged you in your walk with God. We serve an awesome God!