November 15

My beloved child…you are responsible to consciously and deliberately wait upon Me…to look to Me and listen for My voice.  That is to be your life.  What My Spirit shows you to do, He will also enable you to do.  It is His work from beginning to end.  You are responsible to participate in His work and to cooperate with His work in you…not to try doing it on your own. [Father God…Acts 16:6-10]

Testimony: Cooperating with the power of His enabling grace

Brothers and sisters in Christ…

During that period of time when the Lord was calling me into Prison Ministry, there came another of the Lord’s seven “are you sure yet?” experiences, again while at home in Brooklyn [July, 1995].  The Chaplain I had just met at Brooklyn House of Detention [testimony, November 9] told me there was a Catholic group that comes into the prison on Thursday nights to conduct a Bible study, and invited me to join them.  I wasn’t thrilled that it was a Catholic group, but I said I would come [in obedience to the Lord], just to get a feel for what prison ministry was like.  That following Thursday I drove to the prison, and was able to park about two blocks away.  As soon as I got out of my car to walk to the prison entrance, fear gripped me, and EVERYTHING inside me said, “What are you doing; you don’t know what you are doing; you don’t know anything about prison ministry; just turn around and go back!”  I knew it was Satan trying to stop me fro going me…so, cooperating with the power of the Spirit’s enabling grace, I closed my ears to those inner voices, fixed my face like flint and my eyes straight ahead, and just started walking toward the prison, determined there would be no turning back.  Once I met the group and went inside the prison with them, I began to feel a lot better.  After we had gotten to the Chapel, and were waiting for the guards to bring the inmates who desired to attend, the Spirit led me to a particular group member, to begin a conversation with her.  She was Jamaican; and as we conversed, it became clear to me that Merlyn was Spirit-filled!  And she also realized we were of kindred spirits!  So we decided to pair up, and took a small group of the inmates that had come, for prayer and Bible study.  I thought I would just kind of lay back, and observe how she was conducting the study, and learn from her during my first time ever inside a prison.  But the Spirit had other plans!  Immediately after an opening prayer, an inmate looked directly at me, and said, “What do you have to say to us?”  Fear gripped me again but, cooperating with the Power of the Spirit’s enabling grace, He pointed me to 1 John 3:1 and I began speaking out of that familiar verse.  As I was speaking, I could sense that I was speaking with power and authority!  I remarked silently to the Lord, “Whoa, Lord…this is not me speaking; this is You!”  We had a wonderful, powerful Bible study, and the lives of those inmates were visibly touched!  Afterwards, my Jamaican sister said with tears of joy, “I have been praying for some time now, asking the Lord to send someone like yourself to our group.  Tonight, the Lord has answered my prayer.”  I wondered whether she realized it was not me, but the Spirit of God Who was speaking through me? That night was the seventh of the Lord’s “are you sure yet” experiences.  That night, I responded, “Yes, Lord…I am sure!  I now know plainly, clearly, beyond the shadow of any doubt that prison ministry is what You want me involved in!”  Hallelujah!

Friends, brothers and sisters…

There is one absolutely necessary preparation for every living soul on the face of this Earth, for the soon coming and imminent return of Jesus Christ…the one preparation that will irrevocably determine in which neighborhood you will spend all eternity, whether in Heaven or in Hell.  You must be a born-again child of God.  I tell you the truth, unless you are born again, you cannot be in God’s Kingdom.  I tell you the truth, no one can ever enter the Kingdom of God unless you are born of water and the Spirit.  Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit.  You should not be surprised at My saying you must be born again. [Jesus…John 3:3-7]

If you have never been born again,
or you are not sure whether you have been born again,
or you have been living your life as a lukewarm Christian and would now like to recommit your life and enter into a deep and intimate relationship with Christ Jesus in preparation for the soon coming marriage supper of the Lamb…
then I counsel you to get alone with God, read the solemn marriage vows you must make to become the bride of Christ and thereby be born-again, [], and with sincerity of heart from within the depths of your being, acknowledge before God, “I DO.”

Break Thou the Bread of Life:

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