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    Sep 22, 2015
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    GEM 1

    by David Wilkerson

    Scripture says that during Elijah’s time in the cave when he was fleeing from Jezebel, “A great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the Lord; but the Lord was not in the wind” (1 Kings 19:11). God was not in that message.

    “After the wind [came] an earthquake; but the Lord was not in the earthquake” (19:11). Do you expect to hear a fiery word? “And after the earthquake a fire; but the Lord was not in the fire” (19:12).

    God knows just the kind of word you need to hear when you’re bruised and wounded. And it’s not a word of judgment, not a hard word, not a red-hot sermon. I believe the Lord is telling us in this passage, “When you are bent down by your trials, I will not treat you harshly.” No, Elijah needed to hear a soft, kind voice: “After the fire [came] a still small voice” (1 Kings 19:12). Some manuscripts translate this phrase as “a gentle blowing,” meaning, “a soft, refreshing breeze.”

    This same gentle, still small voice comes to us from the heart of the Father today. And its message is the same: “[Ye] have seen the [outcome] of the Lord; that the Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy” (James 5:11).

    “The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy. He will not always chide: neither will he keep his anger forever. He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities. For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him. . . . Like as a father pitieth his children, so the Lord pitieth them that fear him” (Psalm 103:8–11, 13).

    Here is your word of deliverance: Rise up and trust! The time has come for you to believe Jesus is with you in your storm. He will give you the strength to endure it.

    Don’t believe the lie that you’re going to be crushed. The devil will not have the upper hand. The Lord has said, “No matter how bruised you feel, I will not allow you to be broken. I won’t let the fire go out. My Spirit is going to blow on the embers, and your flame for Me will come back again.”

    GEM 2


    There were present at that season some who told Him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. And Jesus answered and said to them, ‘Do you suppose that these Galileans were worse sinners than all other Galileans, because they suffered such things? I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish. Or those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them, do you think that they were worse sinners than all other men who dwelt in Jerusalem? I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish.’ - Luke 13:1-5.

    Accidents happen even to the President of the United States (George W. Bush), and he was just eating a pretzel. President Bush was eating a pretzel when he choked on it, which resulted in a blocked air passage. He passed out, fell forward bruising his cheek, and biting his lip. As he was in the Whitehouse at the time, he received immediate aid from secret service personnel and his personal physician. There were no lasting effects from this accident, which occurred in January 2002. Accidents happen to all of us. I’m sure Vania Lucshesi would agree with that. Vania was just brushing her teeth when she tripped, and swallowed her full-size toothbrush. Thankfully, the doctors at the University Hospital in Cardiff, Wales were successful in removing the toothbrush. So, just remember, not only must you be careful while eating pretzels, but also while brushing your teeth.

    We have heard it said, and have seen it with our own eyes, that bad things do happen even to“good” people. However, something we do not often think about is that good things sometimes happen to “bad” people. The words “bad” and “good” when used for people are a subjective judgment on our part, because the Bible says in Romans 3:23, “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Jesus says that we should be like our Father in heaven who “…makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust (Matthew 5:45).”

    The world we live in is not a perfect world. All of creation was corrupted because of the sin of Adam and Eve. Because creation was corrupted, bad things happen on planet Earth. In addition, each person has “free will.” Each individual is able to make decisions independent of God, and of other people. Because those decisions are sometimes poor decisions, they often result in additional bad things happening. In Ecclesiastes 7:17 we are told, “Do not be overly wicked, nor be foolish: why should you die before your time?” If we are in a metal fishing boat soaking wet during a lightning storm, and stand up waving a metal pole; we should not be surprised when lightning strikes, and we die before our time.

    More important than understanding why accidents happen as Jesus points out, is our spiritual condition (Luke 13:1-5). If we do not turn from sin (repent) and turn to God receiving Jesus Christ as our Savior then we will perish spiritually.

    Do you know Jesus as your Savior?

    Copyright © 2002-2016. Ed Wrather.

    GEM 3


    Romans 11:36

    “For of Him and through Him and to Him are all things, to whom be glory forever. Amen.”

    I think it was my spiritual mentor, Dr. John Hall, who first introduced me to a statement that I have kept in my heart for over fifty years now: “I Can’t—He can—That’s all I need to know—Let’s go!”

    To live by that spiritual principle gives both purpose and direction. Too often we try to do things our way with our abilities only to ultimately find ourselves flat on our face. That is when another expression describes our condition: “Our get up and go, got up and went!”

    Anytime I have experienced loss or failure in the fifty years since Dr. John shared this expression with me, I have recognized it is not my strength or knowledge that makes the difference. It is only to the degree that I place everything in God’s hands that I am able to get up and go.

    The next time you feel that you are in over your head, or lack the ability to serve the Lord, just remember that it is God’s business to work in and through you to perform the things He wills and purposes. HE IS OUR EVERYTHING!

    May God richly bless you as you bless others by your words and actions!

    - - - Pastor Cecil






    Zaza-Dimli in Turkey



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