News from Paul and Joyce Travis
Serving with Freedom in Christ Ministries
The result of the last letter was tremendous; praise the Lord, though we are still praying for those who have been abused. We were thinking that the letter would bring out a lot of questions; but it was very different, because ones called us and asked to have us send extra copies of the letter, so they could pass them to others. We were glad to help them, and we praise the Lord for what He did.
We love you all and know that we have a special group of supporters. Thank you so much for all the prayers you have offered on our behalf; we now hope that you are praying for those abused and hurting also. There are some things that we were not able to include in our letter that we want to gradually share; for example, it’s important that when we are counseling a lady, to have Joyce present, involved and near them. Often children tell their parents that they have been abused; but the parents think that they are not telling the truth. This happens frequently and can become more harmful than the original abuse; so we caution parents to have this in mind to help them. This is a type of rejection.
Today we want our subject to center around the importance of the word obedience. We are to obey the Lord’s commandments, to trust His promises, understand His grace, appreciate His love and apply His compassion. In Exodus 19:5 the Lord told the Old Testament believers: “Now therefore, if you will indeed obey My words and keep My covenant, then you shall be a special treasure to Me above all people. Then you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation. In John 15:10, Christ says “If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love. Hebrews 5:8-9, indicates, “Though He (Christ) was a Son, yet He learned obedience by the things which He suffered, and having been perfected, He became the author of eternal salvation to all who obey Him.”
The Lord can use our failures to teach us valuable lessons—to fear Him, hate evil, and walk in obedience.
Each time we choose to believe the Lord and step out in obedience, we gain greater confidence to trust Him the next time. There will be opportunities for us to believe in the Lord and respond with obedience. These situations are what we often call “problems.” With each step of obedience, our trust in Him will be strengthened.
The practical truth is that we need to exercise an obedient attitude. When we rely on the Holy Spirit, our heart changes—love takes root, joy fills our heart, kindness feels right and patience produces a peaceful spirit.
With special love and appreciation, we thank you immensely for supporting this ministry and praying for us.
Paul & Joyce