On the way to Muskogee I was reminded of something I heard Kieth Moore say, "When traveling the road of life in your faith-mobile, there are 2 gauges you need to watch on your dash board. They are peace and joy. To have success in life, to be in faith, you must be full of peace and joy." So, that's what we talked about this morning. Faith in God will produce peace and joy. It was an exciting service. At the close we rededicated ourselves to the Lord.
What comes to mind this morning is the story of the good shepherd leaving the 99 to find the 1. We did not have very many in the service this morning. I began to wonder, if I was one of the few in the room would I want the Lord to send someone to me? The answer was a quick, "yes". We are not responsible for the choices others make. We are responsible for going and doing whatever the Lord tells us to do.
Sometimes I feel like I'm just repeating myself over and over. But, this morning was another great morning. We are still looking at the story of the woman with the issue of blood. We are looking at it from several different angles. Faith is the way we receive the promises of God so it's worth building our faith. It's endurance faith that gets the job done. Not microwave faith. I have personally started getting involved in endurance sports. There is nothing quick and easy about endurance sports. It takes grit. It takes time. It takes a never quit attitude. When we develop that kind of faith. When we will not quit but take a stand until; we will never be defeated.
We are still sharing the story of the woman with the issue of blood. This morning it was received with open arms. Many residents were ready to take the steps she took to receive their healing. We are expecting great things. Now it's on to Quinton.
The turnout this morning was great. I know the staff has a lot to do with that. I am so grateful they understand the importance of the Word. We looked at God's healing power this morning. There were many residents who seemed to grab onto the idea of believing and then speaking what they believed. It was exciting to watch. We continue to: Strengthen The Saved & Save The Lost.
It's Monday and I have a full week of ministry. This morning I was in Wagoner. I'm so thankful the staff is on board with this ministry and willing to bring in many, many residents. There is a person here who is here for rehab. She said she was in bed for a while. Now she is in a wheel chair and believing she will be on her feet soon. I hooked up with her and ministered along those lines. The Lord said in the book of Joshua, "This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success." We are going to prosper in our health and have good success.
It is a thrill to watch residents lift their hands to the Lord in praise and worship. One resident began to weep as he worshiped his Lord. It's not very often that residents are given the opportunity for corporate worship. However, today was one of those days. Praise the Lord!
As I pulled into the parking lot, I noticed a work truck right next to an empty parking spot. There was a man sitting in the passengers seat of the truck. As I got out of my car he said, "Are you preaching this morning?" I said, "I sure am." He said, "Well, I guess I better come in." He did come in and sat through the message. The Bible says, we are compelled by the love of Christ. We are affecting the lives of residents, staff, family, friends, and workers. Praise the Lord!
Prayer and the healing power of God is a very crucial part of the church. It must be believed, in order to receive. Not "thy will be done" but believe it IS the Lord's will for ALL to be healed. There were many who needed healing today. We believed and received.