VIDEO 37 Years of Answered Prayer – The faithful have vanished!

I will set him in the safety for which he yearns. Psalm 12:5

Earlier this year, David Wilson, the Police Chief of Foley, Alabama, retired after 37 years on the job, and his letter to the community was remarkable. He thanked many individuals who had encouraged him and served alongside him. He thanked his family who had sacrificed that he might serve, and he thanked the community. Then Wilson ended his letter with a special thanksgiving to Jesus Christ. 

“He IS my life,” said Wilson. “I’m so very thankful for the hedge of protection He has kept around me in the 37 years as a cop with the many close calls I’ve had…. I’m so thankful that He answered my prayer—my daily prayer to keep the officers I’ve worked with my whole career safe from death in the line of duty. Thank you for keeping all my employees safe from death with COVID also. Most of all thank you for redeeming this sinner.”[1]

Thank God for a police officer who prayed for the safety of his fellow officers every day, and for a God who answered that prayer every day for upward to four decades.

Let’s end this year with the reassurance that God answers our prayers.

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[1]Carey Cox, “Foley police chief retiring at the end of August,” News WKRG, August 3, 2020, https://www.wkrg.com/top-stories/foley-police-chief-retiring-at-the-end-of-august/.


The faithful have vanished!

Rebuilding the Ruins

Then this city will bring me renown, joy, praise and honor. Jeremiah 33:9

At seventeen, Dowayne had to leave his family’s home in Manenberg, a part of Cape Town, South Africa, because of his stealing and addiction to heroin. He didn’t go far, building a shack of corrugated metal in his mother’s backyard, which soon became known as the Casino, a place to use drugs. When he was nineteen, however, Dowayne came to saving faith in Jesus. His journey off drugs was long and exhausting, but he got clean with God’s help and with the support of friends who are believers in Jesus. And ten years after Dowayne built the Casino, he and others turned the hut into a house church. What was once a dark and foreboding place now is a place of worship and prayer.

The leaders of this church look to Jeremiah 33 for how God can bring healing and restoration to people and places, as He’s done with Dowayne and the former Casino. The prophet Jeremiah spoke to God’s people in captivity, saying that although the city would not be spared, yet God would heal His people and would “rebuild them,” cleansing them from their sin (Jeremiah 33:7–8). Then the city would bring Him joy, renown, and honor (v. 9).

When we’re tempted to despair over the sin that brings heartbreak and brokenness, let’s continue to pray that God will bring healing and hope, even as He’s done in a backyard in Manenberg.

By:  Amy Boucher Pye

Reflect & Pray

How have you seen God bring restoration in your own life and in the lives of others? How can you pray for His healing this day?

God, thank You for sparking new life in what appeared to be dead. Continue to work in me, that I might share Your saving love with others.

Entrusted With the Gospel

Matthew 25:14-30

Imagine that you’re minding two children. As they play, the younger one asks you to hold a dirty plastic pail. Awhile later the older one hands you a necklace that had been her grandmother’s. You wouldn’t worry too much about the toy, but you’d probably guard the jewelry with great care. The way we handle a possession reveals its value to us.

We see this principle in Jesus’ parable about the master who entrusted his workers with various sums of money. The two who invested theirs were later commended. Their efforts showed that they valued both the treasure and their master. A third worker, however, simply buried the amount he’d been given, and all he “earned” was a harsh rebuke.

Like these men, we are responsible for something of great worth. God has placed in our keeping the most powerful and precious message in existence—the gospel of Jesus. And we are accountable for what we do with it.

Do you feed on God’s Word daily and obey all it says? He has commanded us to share His life-saving message with a hurting and needy world. Whether we listen and obey reveals how much we value the gospel.

Keeping and Avoiding

“O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called.” (1 Timothy 6:20)

Note that there are contained here both positive and negative charges. Timothy, Paul’s son in the faith, is instructed to keep certain things and avoid others. The word “keep” is a military word that might better be translated “guard.” The word “avoid” implies more than merely refraining from contact. It has to do, instead, with actively and deliberately turning away from something.

Timothy is to guard that which has been committed into his care—by inference, something quite valuable—the complete gospel of Jesus Christ. “Hold fast the form of sound words, which thou hast heard of me, in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus. That good thing which was committed unto thee keep by the Holy Ghost” (2 Timothy 1:13-14).

Paul knew, however, that in order to guard the truth, Timothy must actively avoid the false, and lists three specific potential pitfalls. The first is profane babbling, i.e., any of those conversations and arguments that are of a worldly, ungodly, unclean nature. Next, he is to avoid vain, empty, hollow arguments. Elsewhere, Paul teaches “shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness” (2 Timothy 2:16).

Lastly, he is to avoid the opposing arguments of false science, or knowledge. Human wisdom found to be contrary to the wisdom of God may be called knowledge by some, but if so, it is “falsely so called.” Even “some professing [Christians] have erred concerning the faith” (1 Timothy 6:21).

Paul closes with the benediction “Grace be with thee.” May we all enjoy God’s grace as we attempt to keep the true, avoid the false, and discern the difference. JDM

There Is Nothing to Fear

Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee. —Isaiah 26:3

The only fear I have is to fear to get out of the will of God. Outside of the will of God, there’s nothing I want, and in the will of God there’s nothing I fear, for God has sworn to keep me in His will. If I’m out of His will, that is another matter. But if I’m in His will, He’s sworn to keep me.

And He’s able to do it, He’s wise enough to know how to do it and He’s kind enough to want to do it. So really there’s nothing to fear.

I get kidded by my family and friends about this, but I don’t really think I’m afraid of anything. Someone may ask, “What about cancer? Do you ever fear that you’ll die of cancer?” Maybe so, but it will have to hurry up, or I’ll die of old age first. But I’m not too badly worried because a man who dies of cancer in the will of God, is not injured; he’s just dead. You can’t harm a man in the will of God.   SAT080-081

Lord, “outside of the will of God, there’s nothing I want, and in the will of God there’s nothing I fear.” Amen.

Yesterday, Today and Yes Forever

Because ye are sons, God hath sent form the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father. —Galatians 4:6

The Scriptures are open and plain. Jesus Christ is our Savior and Lord. He is our great High Priest, alive and ministering for us today. His person, His power and His grace are the same, without change, yesterday, today and forever!

He is the same Lord because He is the same God. He is the same, never having changed in substance, in power, in wisdom, in love, in mercy. In His divine person, Jesus Christ has never known correction or change. He feels now as He has always felt about everyone and everything.

Jesus will not yield to those who charge that He is an absentee, that He is far away and unavailable. Our faith tells us that Jesus Christ is close at hand, that He is a living force in our lives today. He is the Holy Spirit of God fulfilling His promises moment by moment.

We…must stand together in our faith. Our Lord is as powerful now, as real now, as near to us now, as loving now as He ever was when He walked among the men and women on the shores of Galilee. JAF142-143

God always fills in all hearts all the room which is left Him there. JAS112

The Power of The Spirit

Acts 1:8

Employers may know us by our commercial qualifications; sons and daughters know us as parents; neighbors and friends know us as single, married or widowed. But though we remain whatever designation fits us, we are more than that. We have a God-given task to fulfill. We are ambassadors for Christ, channels of divine grace, and the source of much encouragement and truth to those around us.

The gift of the Holy Spirit is the supreme gift. When we have Him, we have everything God has to offer us. The Spirit is the gift of gifts and, according to Jesus, the Father is more than willing to make the gift available to us (John 16:13).

There are certain things the Holy Spirit does for us all when He comes to us, some of which have been mentioned previously, but there are some personal things He does for us which He does not need to do for other people. This could be related to our personalities or to the task He wants us to do. Sufficient it is for us to say that there is no limit to His power to change and equip us. What a glorious provision this is!

The disciples would receive power after the Holy Spirit had come to them. We note the ordinariness of the disciples and conclude that this common characteristic is part of the divine strategy. God has always intended to work through ordinary people, knowing that His Spirit would make them extraordinary. The promise of power was made, therefore, because it was essential.

The Spirit’s gift is unlimited. The Spirit imparts initiative, boldness, authority and powers of persuasion. We have only to compare the failure of the Apostle Peter in the courtyard when he was challenged about his relationship with Jesus (Luke 22:54-62), with his bold proclamation of the resurrection outside the Upper Room on the day of Pentecost to see the change the Spirit makes. How greatly we need the power, the fire of the Holy Spirit today!

So often, Lord, I trust my own resources,

And work as though I labored all alone,

Forgetful that Your Spirit reinforces

All I should do: all You desire to own.

Remind me, Lord, that in my work for You,

Your Holy Spirit’s power will see me through.

Harry Read, Words of Life