|Here Am I...Send Me
Remember when Nathan spoke to King David about his adultery with Bathsheba,
and cried out, "Thou art the man?" I'm going to give you a today version of those words.
They happened to Missionary Gary Ellsworth, and he told us the story while visiting the church where I'm a member.
He said he was in a revival in Louisiana, when a man in the church asked him to go with him to visit his mother, a former
minister, now in a rest home. Circumstances prevented doing this for several nights, but finally, when the man asked
again, Brother Ellsworth was able to go with him.
The man said he'd be by for Gary at five
a.m. the next morning. FIVE a.m.? Brother Ellsworth wondered at this, but agreed, and it turned out that the rest
home was several hours away...to the point that he got to wondering whether they'd get back in time for services that
Well, as they walked into that woman's room, she was sitting in a chair, and she immediately
cried out, "YOU ARE THE MAN! You are the man! You are the man!" As things quieted down, she explained
that she had been asking God who would take over her preaching, now that she wasn't able. And God told her, "I'll
send a man."
Brother Ellsworth was, without a doubt, an answer to prayer...to calm that lady,
and to assure her that the Gospel would continue, even as she and other faithful ministers passed on. There were too many
signs, after the delays that had caused him to finally go on such a long journey, to meet with that lady.
Yes, God does speak to us...not audibly, but he does it by reaching into our minds in His own time. If He reaches out
to you, pay attention. Don't be concerned with the abilities, or lack of them in your mind...God won't ask,
without knowing you're capable.
Religions today are feeling the prejudice and bias that was present
when Christ was here on earth. Not to that degree yet, but little by little, even our government is moving against the
Christian Way. Pray for our leaders and our very future.
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I’ve noticed that some of my Conquest articles have taken on a new complexion since my wife
went to her new home. I don’t feel the same about passing from this life to the next. I like to use the
term “The Promise” that the Lord gives to everyone…that Christians will immediately be with loved
ones who’ve gone on, when our turn comes.
King David used that consolation we see in 2nd Samuel 12:23,
after his son by Bathsheba died; “I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me.” And of course Jesus
showed the same comfort to us, as He hung on the Cross, when he told the thief hanging beside Him, who had become a believer
there, “Today shalt thou be with me in paradise.”
I’ve written about that in an earlier article, but for those of you who didn’t see it, I’ll give
my interpretation of those words by Christ. “Today” means now…assuring us that we won’t be
put in a waiting area until some time in the future. And “shalt thou be with me” means that He will go to
the same place with this person who’s dying at His side.
And the Bible clearly shows that the word “Paradise” and
“Heaven” are the same place. Revelation 2:7 is enough to convince us: “He who has an ear, let
him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who conquers, I will grant to eat of the tree of life, which
is in the paradise of God.” And the tree of life serves double duty, also indicating that we’ll eat the
best of foods in Heaven.
The only ones who
should fear death, are those of you who haven’t given your heart to the Lord. I beg you to take care of that,
at this very moment. It’s the only time you’re guaranteed.