Peace in the Storm
I remember the days that I would study God’s Word for hours at a time. I became so full of God’s Word that I just had to share the Truths with someone. I preached to my family and just anyone that would be still long enough to listen. I even made a pulpit in my den and preached sermons while my toy poodle watched me as I pointed my finger speaking God’s Word with power, much zeal, and authority. Soon the Lord released me to go to a local nursing home and the community jail to declare the Word that He had given to me.
A few years later, I was invited to have my own radio program. The Lord blessed our program; and as I could, we began to branch out taking our messages to other stations in several states. Then there was the scandal of a well-known evangelist. Our ministry support dropped until we struggled to meet our financial obligations. We quickly began taking our program off of many stations. We had signed a contract with one of the stations. They were unwilling to work with us and wrote us a letter that they were going to charge us interest every month on what we were not paying. It was obvious that this would destroy our ministry. The manager even threatened to sue us.
I went on a fast and sought the Lord. I cried out to Him asking Him to deliver us; to provide what we needed. I came against satan in Jesus’ name that was attempting to destroy us. I declared God’s Promises out loud, thanking the Lord that “If God be for us, who can be against us” (Rom. 8:3). “The Lord is on my side; I will not fear: what can man do unto me?” Ps. 118:6). “…my God shall supply all my need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus,” (Phil. 4:19). I decreed many of God’s Promises with thanksgiving and praise. Something began to happen in me. Faith (a confidence) began to arise in my heart. Peace began to flood my soul. Why was this happening?
We read in Philippians 4:6&7, “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” We may be full of care (worry, fear, anxiety) as I was over our great financial need or we can choose to run to Jesus, the Word. I am so glad that I chose to run to my Lord. I daily thanked Him for delivering Bringing to Light from satan’s desire to “steal, and to kill, and to destroy” (Jn. 10:10). This is when a peace began to move in where there had been worry. Romans 10:17 says, “So then faith (confidence) cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” I heard the Word come out of my mouth, as I thanked the Lord for protecting our ministry.
In a few weeks, I received a call from the manager that had threatened to sue us. He said that their radio station was hit by lightning and burned to the ground. He went on to say that all of their records were destroyed. Now, our precious Savior did not do this but He certainly used it to bring an answer to my prayers of thanksgiving. The manager told me that if I would send $100 to them, my debt would be paid in full.
God is calling you to Himself. Make your petitions known in thanksgiving and watch Him minister His peace to you in the midst of your storm and bring His perfect will to pass concerning you. Amen!