Trust in Jesus Always
GWEA Monthly Message, September 2019

Once at a meeting in Kitchener, Ontario, I met a fireman from the KW Fire Department who shared his testimony. He spoke about his Christian mother who always encouraged him to read his Bible, and like many other teenagers, he didn't care to be hounded about it every day. The time came where he graduated from high school and went to study at the university of his choice. His mother had packed his suitcase where she included his Bible. The last piece of advice she gave him before he left was, "Remember to read your Bible every day (2 Tim. 3: 16-17), and Jesus will supply your all your needs (Philip. 4:19). He replied, "Oh yes! I’ll read my Bible every day," even though he knew deep down he wouldn't do it. So off he went to university.

After several months, he ran short of money. He called home and asked his mother if his parents could help him. His mother replied, "I’m very sorry my son, we don’t have any money for you." And again she reminded him, "If you just read your Bible every day, Jesus will supply whatever you need." Tongue-in-cheek he replied , "Yes Mom, I’ll read my Bible every day,” but he never did. Every time he needed money he continued to call his mother, and each time she would give him the same answer, "Son, if you read your Bible every day, Jesus will help you." And each time he lied saying, "Yes, I am reading my Bible every day, but I still need money” (Ps. 63:11).

The time finally came when he dropped out of university because he didn't have any money left to continue. He got a job as a fireman, got married and had two children. Thirty years went by and his mother finally died. Feeling bad for his loss, he remembered the Bible his mother gave him, and so he dug it out of his old suitcase to read it. Much to his shock, tucked into one of its pages, was all the money he needed to complete his university education! Tears came to his eyes when he realized that after all those years his mother knew that he had been lying to her, and yet she continued to love him despite his lies. He also realized that his disobedience cost him his university education. In remorse, he fell to his knees asking Jesus for forgiveness and to "Baptize him with the Holy Spirit"  (Mk. 16:17-18). When he told his father about what had happened, he too asked Jesus for forgiveness and he was "Baptized with the Holy Spirit" as well. (Acts. 2:4)
The moral of this story is to be honest and obedient at all times, regardless of how difficult things in life become. Just as this devout Christian mother encouraged her son to trust Jesus, we too need to follow the encouragement of other Christians who God has entrusted to help us. We cannot expect God to provide for us if we lie and are dishonest, although some people may seem to think otherwise. Sin separates us from God, and when we continue to sin, we build up walls of iniquity (Isa. 59:1-2) between us and God. We need to repent and return to Jesus, praising and thanking Him, just as one of the 10 lepers did when he was healed of leprosy (Lk. 17:15-16). We need to stop and say, "Thank you Jesus" for all the "benefits of our Salvation” (Ps. 103), and our "God shall supply all our needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus" (Philip. 4:19).

If you have not received the Baptism of the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues, I invite you come to one of our house meetings or to contact me for prayer and guidance. If you have a prayer request, please contact me so we can pray for you!

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