PDF copy is here: Spring_2016 prayer letter
We want to express our appreciation for your prayers and gifts to this ministry. The verse that the Lord has given us is Psalm 37:7: “Rest in the Lord and wait patiently for Him.”We have to remember that we are totally dependent upon the Lord, for we cannot accomplish anything apart from him.
Our desire is to share the love of Jesus Christ. Our prayer is for the Lord to flood our hearts with His love so that He will use us as we help Christians needing help. We are finding that the Lord wants every phase of our life to be a phase of love.
We often pray for the Lord to keep us from being involved in co-dependency because we who counsel can fall into this. It simply is gaining value and worth by rescuing people. It also is a matter of enabling and over protecting. We can easily think that we’re gaining worth by rescuing people. However, it must be accomplished by the Lord and as the result of an individual’s actions.
We cannot do any of the following for someone else: each of us has to do it our self.
- Think (Phil. 4:8)
- Put on the whole armor of God (Eph. 6:11 -18)
- Take every thought captive (II Cor. 10:4-5)
- Resist the devil (James 4:7)
- Renounce (II Cor. 4:2)
- Pray (Eph. 6: 18; I Thess. 5: 17)
- Confess ( Rom. 10:9-10)
- Stand firm (Eph.6:13-14)
- Forgive (Eph. 4:32; Col. 3:13)
When we accepted Christ as our personal Savior, we made a choice. The decisions we make every day are choices. Deut. 30:19 describes the Lord saying: “I have set before you life and death…therefore choose life….” Joshua reminded Israel of God’s grace and blessings, and exhorted them: “Choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve (Joshua 24: 15). Heb. 1 1 :15 records the tremendous choice that Moses made.
In discipleship counseling we have often found that people are continuing to ask God to take away their desire to participate in a certain sin, with no seeming answer from God. Our hearts go out for people who continually ask God to act when God is waiting for them to take a definite step away from the sin. A person shared that he was being attacked by Satan, who was saying: “You keep asking God to take away your desire and He hasn’t done it. What kind of a god do you have anyhow?” When he took specific action, he soon had victory. Praise the Lord.
Because of the calls we receive, we sense churches and individuals are drifting from real victorious living. Many are experiencing all kinds of spiritual battles and pressure. Please pray that we will have the wisdom of the Lord and patience in helping these precious believers. We desperately need your prayers and we are very thankful for how you all have been standing with us. May the Lord receive all the praise.