Grace and peace to you and yours through our Lord.
Though many are experiencing difficulties and trying times in these days, we have answers and direction in God's unfailing Word.
In Hebrews 6, we're told, "And we desire that every one of you do shew the same diligence to the full assurance of hope unto the end: That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises. For when God made promise to Abraham, because he could swear by no greater, he sware by himself, Saying, Surely blessing I will bless thee, and multiplying I will multiply thee. And so, after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise." (vv. 11-15)
Patience (perseverance) is a big part of seeing the promises of God's Word come to pass in our lives. It is the undergirding force of faith. The passing of time, before we see our desire, tries our trust and exercises our patience. (James 1:2-4) The simple key is to never give up or quit. If what the Lord said was true and trustworthy last year, it's still true and trustworthy this year. Faith chooses to trust and refuses to be moved by current sights, sounds, or feelings.
It's important to remember that even though things may have been bad for quite a while, they can completely change IN A DAY! (Access the series "Looking Ahead" by clicking the "Featured Series" box on our website.)
Second Kings 6-7 tells of a time when the people of Samaria were in a horrible famine, with people paying fortunes for garbage to eat. The prophet gave the word of the Lord that food would be plentiful and sell for very low prices in just 24 hours in the city. Unbelievers scoffed and mocked, and they failed to enjoy it when it did come to pass the very next day. Things went from terrible to wonderful in just 24 hours! "And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not." (Galatians 6:9)
As of this writing, our Mark Offs Project is almost done. We give praise and thanks to the Lord for this and for how He continues to take care of us through everything. Thank you for your faith and prayer and sowing. Your trust in God and in us is a great encouragement to us to persevere and fulfill the ministry He's called us to. He has said that those who help us will receive part of the same reward. (Matthew 10:41) Through this partnership, you are a blessing to many.
Expecting some Big Turnarounds with you,