rejoice in trials
The Holy Spirit moved in the hearts of people at a concert in Orlando, FL. One man said, “This was just for me tonight!” Many others expressed how God had spoken to them in their needs. We are already talking about a return visit next year at Wycliffe Headquarters.
Remember that God is at work within each one of us who know Him. The trials we have make us stronger when we trust Him. Yes, “All things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28). The Word says in 1 Peter 1: 6 “In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith-more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire- may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ”.
So, be exceedingly glad and exuberantly jubilant. This kind of joy is not based on temporal circumstances, BUT comes from the unchanging, eternal relationship with God. Trust Him!
walking by faith (not by sight)
"And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him. (Hebrews 11:6)
Last month a man approached me after I was done singing and speaking. At first it seemed as though he had everything together in life. He had a great job and his family was doing well in terms of health and daily routine. But, the more we talked, I sensed anxiety and discontent in his spirit. He told me that he didn't know why he wasn't really happy even though his job was great, he had no money worries, he loved his wife and he was very involved in church work. What was missing? As we continued to talk, he told me that he felt like he trusted in his own efforts more than he trusted in God.
Sometimes we seem to function well because we're doing good works, speaking the right words and we are exhibiting good morals. All this is good, BUT if we don't have faith, we
cannot please Him.
Faith frees us from the love of this world. It frees us from what we think of as "success" in the world. It liberates from the bondage that drives us to "always get ahead."
It can be tempting to substitute "religious activity" and "good works" for faith in God. We may be walking by sight rather than by faith. Hebrews 11:1 states, "Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen." Faith helps us realize and remember that we have a more wonderful inheritance in Christ, Jesus. It encourages us to know His Will and follow His direction. It gives us the conviction to endure through every temptation the world throws at us...because we remember His promises and we stand firm in His Truth.
God has made available the gift of faith if we willfully accept it. When we do and when we exercise that faith in day to day living, we will then please HIm. He made us to glorify Him and the only way to please our Almight God is to totally rely on Him - BY FAITH.
-CD - I am well along in the new CD project. As I have the resources, I continue to record in Nashville and Minneapolis. this new project is three-fourths finished and should be out late spring.
RADIO SPOTS - I'm also recording radio spots. A new and different two minute radio spot will be featured every week at www.underhiswings.org. I'm thankful for my wife, Linda, who is involved with me on this project. She works at finding stories and helping in the editing process. I apply a spiritual application to the story, record it and then send it to my friend, Matt, who very artistically applies sound effects and music to the spot.
A prayer request: Please pray that as we finish this project, we will be able to put these spots on radio stations across the country.
Please continue to uplift me in prayer as I travel extensively, singing and telling the good news of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. He IS the answer!