Wednesday, May 27, 2009

GOOD GIFTS FROM ON HIGH I was reading my bible and came across this verse, and I remembered the importance of it. Matthew 7:11 "If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?" My husband started out in the Bus ministry, driving the church bus. He went with a bus Captain at this time, and they were out on a Saturday checking on the regulars that came to church on the bus. Well, Chuck decided he would run ahead and visit all those houses that the other man did not get to. After two hours of steady going, he still had not gotten one single child to come on the bus! He stopped, sopping wet -- he had on a old wool suit, the only one he had then, and of course his cowboy boots, both were full of water and saturated. He was tired out, it was a day in August in wonderful, sunny Florida! He made his way back to the car and sat there for a few minutes, just thinking of all he had done and to no avail.... Then he started praying, and the Lord showed him what was missing in this picture. The Lord gave him the above verse (Matthew 7:11 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?), and Chuck realized he was going on his own, without the Holy Spirit leading him! So after he rested and prayed and recouped, he went back out and started knocking again on some doors. Well, the first one he got to was a young mother with two children. They were new in the area and were looking for a church, so she agreed to let her children go on the bus the next day. He was just elated over this, and it was the first time he really used the Power of the Holy Spirit, so a huge lesson was also learned. Well that is not the end of this story! The next day Sunday, the two children came on the bus, and Chuck always got out of church earlier to wait for the children to come out. This day the little girl that rode the bus (Lori) came running toward the bus crying, and Chuck thought someone had hurt her. Hhe ran out and picked her up and asked, "What is wrong, Lori?" She said through a quivering voice and tear-streaked face, "Oh, Brother Chuck, I asked Jesus to come into my heart, and He did, and I am going to heaven when I die now to be with my Jesus." Well needless to say my dear husband has claimed this verse and used it in his every day life from then on. Lori did get saved, and baptised, and her whole family started coming to church and was saved! Oh Praise God for that precious Holy Spirit that leads and fills our heart with the Word of God. So the whole point of this is no matter what you are doing, do it in the power of God. We are not capable of doing anything for Him on our own, that is why He sent the Comforter in Acts to be with us, and that Comforter is the holy Spirit of Almighty God. Use it for His glory, be filled with the Holy Spirit and you will be able to achieve things you never dreamed you could do! I pray this story has made you think how important leaning on and trusting in the Lord is, and that you will take these truths and live with them, do all for His glory.

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