A Storm is ComingLike many of you, Beth and I have been praying about, and discussing, our preparation for the coming storm. This past weekend, we focused on the sayings of Jesus in His Sermon on the Mount (chapters five, six and seven of Matthew, and Luke 6:20-49). We asked the Lord two questions:

  1. What are you trying to say about our preparation?
  2. What would you have us do about what you are saying?

Here are some of the things we believe the Lord is saying to us:

  1. Live a life dedicated to pleasing the Father.
  2. Be prepared to share.
  3. Pray for your enemies.
  4. Continue to be who we were created to be (i.e., salt and light).
  5. If you are well trained, you will be like your Teacher.

As you can see, none of these are new or surprising; but, that is not the point. Beth and I are being transformed for our assignments. We are in process; and we are blessed that the Lord would work with us in the areas that are specific to our preparation. I believe He will do the same for you and those in your spheres of influence.

I have shared this with you for two reasons. First, I truly believe this is a providential time. “The eyes of the LORD are roaming throughout the earth, seeking to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose hearts are loyal to Him” (2Chronicles 16:9). This is about “the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the power that works in us” (Ephesians 1:19).

Secondly, I believe we are to be an example to those in our spheres of influence. We are to encourage one another; to exhort and spur each other on to completion. Beth and I love the brethren. We hope this glimpse into our process will encourage you in yours.

Humbly yours and forever His,