Sunday, June 27, 2010
I praise the Holy name of our Lord Jesus Christ! What a day he gave me today! It was fantastic. It did not start out that way, though. I awoke at 4:50 am to have some time of study and prayer. What a great way to start out the day. I was about to jump in the shower @ 7 when we lost power. Neither Paula or I had showered yet and it was approaching 8 am. At @7:15 I had texted Pastor Wiley to see if we could shower in the missions house. When he called back @ 8 we hurriedly loaded up the truck to go shower. When Paula noticed she had forgotten her blow dryer, she went back inside to retreive it. The power came back on while she was inside. She motioned for us to go back inside and then the power went off again..... only to come back on within seconds. This time it was for good. The devil had gotten an early start on me. We did get ready in time and drove off to church, happy to be showered and clean. We had a great time of study in Sunday school. When it came time to sing, I could not be more off key if I had tried. The devil was attacking my ability to sing, but we pushed through. When it came time to preach, the devil was wreaking havoc with my voice. The Lord pushed me through. I preached out of Psalm 142 on the deliverance available to us through Jesus Christ. During invitation time we had two young men (probably in their 20's) come forward to get saved. I had the pleasure to lead a man named Mark to the Lord. It was a genuine case of Holy Ghost conviction. I had noticed throughout the sermon that he seemed to be very fidgety. I wrote it off as him being bored. It was conviction. When it came time to raise hands, his shot up like a bullet. When it came time to come forward, it was as soon as I asked. There was no hesitation at all. He was ready. The other young man had trusted Christ as his saviour on Saturday but needed assurance. Wow! This is the first time that I have ever had someone come forward and get saved under my preaching. Glory to God! Now, I want to do it again and again and again and again...... you get the picture. The service tonight was also very good. I praise God for the blessings he gave me today. What a great God we serve!