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Here's A Thought for March 12

March 12, 2010
By The Rev. Bernard Wing

Grace Life Church

'Out of the Ashes'

We have seen several families in our area suffer devastating fires badly damaging or totally destroying their homes in the past few weeks. If you have ever had this experience you know how difficult it is to lose everything in this way. It is in these times of great crisis of loss in our lives that we many times find our greatest strength as we humbly come to and cry out to the Lord for help. It is also when we may experience the outpouring of God's answer through people of benevolent compassion.

Devastation seems to be in the news a lot not only on a local level but around the world. With all the news coverage of the earthquakes in Haiti, Chile, and most recently in Turkey, we are immediately immersed in their pain and suffering. Haiti's 7.0 magnitude earthquake may not have caused the most property damage dollar-wise, but did cause 200,000 plus loss of lives.

The compassionate people from around the world responded with benevolent help. The churches and missions organizations were very quick to send immediate physical and financial help flooding into Haiti. As the world media watches, God is doing great and mighty miracles and He is being given the credit and glory for what only He can do.

Perhaps the greatest miracle of all is the witness of the Haitian believers immediately taking to the streets and breaking out in spontaneous praise and worship even as the numerous aftershocks were being experienced and the stench of death permeated the air. From a nation so shrouded in the darkness of the occult we saw true believers in the Lord Jesus Christ joining together in the streets to sing songs of praise in the face of the disaster. Psalm 22:3 But You are holy, Enthroned in the praises of Israel. God truly does inhabit our praises and when two or more come together in His name He is in their midst.

Since the earthquake, the country is being spiritually transformed. People from a whole variety of religious backgrounds, including voodoo, one of Haiti's two official religions, are pledging to devote themselves anew to Christianity. On Feb. 14, the president of Haiti called for three days of fasting and prayer. Hundreds of thousands gathered to pray and to seek God with hearts of repentance, praise and worship. Even some of the voodoo priests who came converted to Christianity along with many others.

Let us join them in prayer that out of the ashes of this disaster may a genuine spiritual awakening come in the acknowledging of the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior for all for eternity. Even in this time of great loss and heartache may there come forth a great harvest of souls in the everlasting Kingdom of God.

Maybe you have experienced a crisis of life of some sort and need to experience the love, touch, encouragement, and restorative power from the Lord? Out of our ashes of disaster, ask for by faith for God to do something miraculous.

My hope and prayer is that out of your deepest need you will begin to sing praises to the only One True God who will answer you and bring the help needed. Psalm 18:16-19 (NIV) 16He reached down from on high and took hold of me; he drew me out of deep waters. 17He rescued me from my powerful enemy, from my foes, who were too strong for me. 18They confronted me in the day of my disaster, but the LORD was my support. 19He brought me out into a spacious place; he rescued me because he delighted in me. Psalm 27:13-14 (NKJV) 13I would have lost heart, unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the LORD In the land of the living. 14Wait on the LORD; be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the LORD!

Just in case you may have misplaced it, God's phone number is Jeremiah 33:3 (NKJV) 3 "Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know."

Those are my thoughts for the day. May the Lord Jesus richly bless you and bring good out of your ashes of disaster.



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