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Sis Pat's Corner continued

 

“Go outside, borrow vessels from all your neighbors, empty vessels and not too few. Then go in and shut the door behind yourself and your sons and pour into all these vessels. And when one is full, set it aside.” So she went from him and shut the door behind herself and her sons. And as she poured they brought the vessels to her. When the vessels were full, she said to her son, “Bring me another vessel.” And he said to her, “There is not another.” Then the oil stopped flowing. She came and told the man of God, and he said, “Go, sell the oil and pay your debts, and you and your sons can live on the rest.”

The Bible indicated this woman trusted in Elisha, the Prophet of God. This widow was facing financial crisis, and the possibility of losing her sons to slavery because she was unable to settle payment with her debtors.

Notice she was specific in stating her dilemma to Elisha. She didn’t beat around the bush, but clearly stated her situation. When he asked her what she had in the house, she told him she had a jar of oil. Oil was an important commodity in the Bible days and was regarded as a symbol of honor (Judg. 9:9), it was used as fuel for lamps (Matthew 25:1-13), for cooking (I Kings 17:12) for anointing (Psalm 23v5), for healing, for cosmetics, and much more. The most widely used was olive oil.

Getting back to the widow, these were the instructions she received from the prophet: (1) Borrow empty jars from your neighbors (2) Not a few, but many (3) She should shut her door behind her once she had the jars (4) She should pour oil in all the jars (5) She should sell the oil (6) She should then pay her debts (7) She should live on the rest of the money.

The miracle is that the widow kept filling the jars with oil until she ran out of jars, but not out of oil. Now if she had doubted the man of God, and did not have the faith to do as instructed, what do you think the consequences would have been? She would not have been able to pay off her bills, and would lose her sons to slavery.  In Mark 9:23 Jesus said everything is possible for one who believes.

Our challenges and crisis may be different from the widow’s, but having debt collectors threatening us is very common to many. You may be facing eviction. You may be having minor or serious health issues.  You may be having marital problems. You may be having a tough time at work or finding employment. Whatever you are going through, know this, if you put 100% trust in God, and putting Him first, deliverance will be yours. It may not come when you expect it, but don’t give up hope. So, my beloved, whatever your challenges are whether internal or external influences; God works miracles.

I’m reminded of the persistent widow in Luke 18v1:8 18 ‘Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up. He said: “In a certain town there was a judge who neither feared God nor cared what people thought. And there was a widow in that town who kept coming to him with the plea, ‘Grant me justice against my adversary.’ “For some time he refused. But finally he said to himself, ‘Even though I don’t fear God or care what people think, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will see that she gets justice, so that she won’t eventually come and attack me!’” And the Lord said, “Listen to what the unjust judge says. And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?”

My advice to you is to take your challenges, circumstances and concerns to Jesus first. If you do not know how to pray, the Holy Spirit will help you. Visit your local church and ask for prayer. If you have sincere Christians friends ask them to pray for you and with you. Seek Biblical counselling if it is needed. Psalm 84:11 says ‘For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord bestows favor and honor; no good thing does he withhold from those whose walk is blameless.’ God uses doctors, financial advisors, pastors, family members, friends, and many organizations to help you. You are not alone. Psalm 121:4 reminds us that God never slumber nor sleep so nothing takes Him by surprise because He is All-Knowing.

I love this old hymn written by Alan Jackson:

What a friend we have in Jesus,
All our sins and griefs to bear!
What a privilege to carry
Everything to God in prayer!
O what peace we often forfeit,
O what needless pain we bear,
All because we do not carry
Everything to God in prayer.

Have we trials and temptations?
Is there trouble anywhere?
We should never be discouraged;
Take it to the Lord in prayer.
Can we find a friend so faithful
Who will all our sorrows share?
Jesus knows our every weakness;
Take it to the Lord in prayer.

Application: Do not try Jesus when everything has failed, but put your problems, issues, challenges to Jesus first, and allow Him to work things out for you. 1 Peter 5v7 ‘Cast all your anxiety on Him because he cares for you.’  Pray specifically to God in prayer. Be obedient to what God tells you to do. Believe God hears and answers prayers according to His will. ‘Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.” Proverbs 19:21.

The rich rule over the poor, and the borrower is slave to the lender. Proverbs 22:7 (NIV).

Store credit cards are “wolves in sheep clothing”. Stores entice you with their super sales, and you get even more discount if you use the stores’ credit cards. Are they thinking of saving you money, or are they counting on the millions of shoppers who already are in credit debt and now adding more to their credit cards balance with varying interest rates of 19.99% - 24.99% which benefits the companies. 

Not everyone benefits from the deep discounts. If you carry a balance on your cards each month, you are definitely a slave to the lender. If however, you spend what you can afford to pay off when the bill comes, then you’ll not only get the deep discount, you’ll let the card work for you.

You can live debt free, with the exception of mortgage payments. Ask yourself before using your credit cards – is it a ‘want’ or a ‘need?’ Am I trying to impress people with what I cannot afford? Can I pay off my credit balance when the bill arrives?

Give God the first 10% in tithes, 10% in savings and with the other 80% use it wisely, pay your bills, and soon you’ll find yourself living debt free. Spend only what you can afford which will result in stress reduction and debt free. Luke 14v28: "Suppose one of you wants to build a tower.  Will he not first sit down and estimate the cost to see if he has enough money to complete it?”

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My tone may seem a little cavalier, but I had

already prayed to God to let His will be done.  Whatever, I had to face, I knew He would be there right by my side.

Two days later, I received the call that the nodule was in fact a cancerous tumor.  I do not remember being afraid, I just thanked the doctor for calling me.  My husband was out of town and would not be returning for a couple of days.  When he called me that evening I was very calm, not wanting to give him that kind of news over the phone.  I waited until he returned to give him the news.  However, all the while I was completely alone, the perfect opportunity to have that heart to heart talk with God.  God’s Word says, He will never leave us nor forsake, and He will be with us to the end.  I felt a calmness knowing that God would see me through this very difficult and stressful time….He did.  It has been ten years since I was diagnosed with 

first stage breast cancer and underwent seven weeks of radiation.  Some say I am lucky I prefer to say, “I am blessed and highly favored”. 

God placed so many wonderful women in my life during my breast cancer journey.  These women were virtually strangers to me, they had been recommended by family and friends.  They made my breast cancer journey easier to bare.  Women of all ages called and offered me advice and comfort.  Because of them I have always made myself available to speak with and share my cancer experience with others.  I have never refused to speak with any woman who had been diagnosed with breast cancer, even though I had never met her before.  Being a breast cancer survivor brings great responsibility.  We are required to share and comfort women who have been diagnosed with cancer. Even now, I never turn down an opportunity to share God’s blessings and my experience with breast cancer.  If I am able to help another woman facing cancer for the first time, then I see this as my Christian duty.  I always remind the women that God will be with them throughout the entire journey, if they let Him!

Sis. Mary Fletcher 

What is Sin?

Sin is doing what we want instead of what GOD wants us to do.

Sin deforms:

  • Our character

  • Our way of thinking

  • Our attitude

  • Our behavior

  • Our emotions

  • Our fellowship with God

  • Our fellowship with believers

  • And more.

 

Charitable Organizations

March 25 - March 30, 2017.

"Those who bring sunshine to the lives of others cannot keep them for themselves" Shakespeare. This quote sums up the overall experience my family and I had at the above hotel built in the late '70s, according to history.  It is well kept and superbly managed.

From the time we checked in the atmosphere was breathtaking.  In detail, courtesy was exercised, from the bell man to the welcoming smiles from the ladies and gentlemen at the Checking Desk and Reception Area.  Entering our room - it was impressive and it sets the tone for our very special trip. The balcony overlooked the golf course and the sea stretched for miles. It didn't take us long for the ambiance to enhance the mood and having that soothing effect on us.

Entering the restaurant "Fresh” to the buffet style setting, the aroma filled the air and our mouths watered before we could take a bite on any of the island foods.

We were greeted every morning by the friendly staff who offered such care and concern throughout the course of our stay.  With that said, we would like to give a special "Shout Out" to our Servers: Terrice, Sandre Frazer, Slianqiue Gordon, and Mr. Terrence Smith, the Manager.  

In summary, a special Thank You to all!  Also Thanks for the champagne on ice that was sent to our room to celebrate our 25th Wedding Anniversary.  Staff, you not only help to keep Rosehall Hilton shine but allow it to run like a well-oiled machine that spilled over to us.

Appreciation!

The Edwards family.