When God calls He rarely considers our plans. Where He leads often makes no sense to us. When I want to stay, He says, "Go!" When I want to go, He says, "Stay!" The worst place on earth turns out to be the perfect place to advance His Kingdom. And He never asks me what time it is when He says, "Go!"
A husband and wife shared how they wanted to leave their small town in Texas. Darkness oppressed them. God said, "Stay and plant a church!" A woman, the town drunk, kept interrupting the services. She stomped her feet and gave mean looks. One day, the pastor, while preaching, happened to mention how he loved tomatoes. The intoxicated woman with a loud voice spoke up: "Tomatoes? I grow tomatoes in my back yard. I will bring you some!"
The next service she brought the tomatoes. During the sermon she came under conviction and gave her life to the Lord. Instant deliverance! The whole town shook from the power of her testimony. Her drinking friends still ask her, "How long is this going to last?" She tells them, "Til Jesus comes and for all eternity. I am done with alcohol. I have no taste for it!" When God calls us to a certain place, it usually isn't for our sake but for someone else's. (Photo via Stock.xchange by Henrik Pelsen)
God's Most Wanted List
When God calls, it's time to tear up our list of people who we think are too far gone in sin and evil. Surprisingly, we find them on "God's Most Wanted List," where we used to be. If God saved you and me, He can save anybody. I believe when we see God face-to-face, we will realize we could have loved more and judged less.
Years ago, my mother called and said, "Bill, your half-brother, Clifford, got saved!" I said, "You mean Clifford?" Unbelief struck me. Clifford lived in bars and had so many women in his life. I am ashamed to say it, but I gave up on Clifford years ago. And I couldn't believe the Lord saved him without me praying.
The crosshairs of Heaven are on many we have given up hope for and written off. In Jesus' name, great strongholds, chains, and bondages will be broken this year over both the lost and God's people who are captive and have become trophies in the enemy's camp!
God gives up on no one. He is pulling the trigger on unconditional love, exploding in the darkest hearts, impacting whole nations. Those who have nothing going for them will rise up out of obscurity as the Lord gets all the glory. The odds stacked against them will fall like dominoes.
Why Not You?
The world watched in unbelief as the Seattle Seahawks obliterated the Denver Broncos in the Super Bowl. The shortest quarterback to win a Super Bowl game was Seahawks' Russell Wilson at 5' 11''. His height, from the start, was a handicap to play football. Russell said, "I remember my dad asking me one time – and it's something that has always stuck with me: 'Why not you, Russ? Why not you?" Russell repeated those words to his team. "Why not us? Why not us to win the Super Bowl?" (Photo via NFL)
God is calling many this hour who have the odds stacked high against them. But can you hear your Father's voice say, "Why not YOU? Why NOT you?" Don't think, "Why me, Lord?" Shout,"Why not me? Here am I, Lord, send me!"
His voice shook me today. "Follow Me!" I heard those words thirty-seven years ago while working in a steel mill. That call led me to leave a good paying job and give my bank account away. Though difficult, it's the best thing I've ever done. On a recent morning, those words returned stronger, with urgency. I'm not sure what it will mean this time. But I will follow Him. Why not? Why not me?
Bill Yount has been a member of Bridge of Life in Hagerstown, Maryland, for the past 33 years where he is now an elder and a home missionary. He is currently an advisor at large for Aglow International. Bill faithfully served in prison ministry at Mount Hope for 23 years and now travels full-time, both in the U.S. and internationally, ministering in churches and Aglow circles. "Humility and humor" characterize his ministry as he brings forth a fresh word that is "in season," proclaiming the word of the Lord! The shofar (or ram's horn) is often used in his meetings, breaking the powers of darkness over regions, churches, and households. The shofar represents God's breath blowing into the nostrils of His people, reviving them and awakening the lost. Many of God's messages, which Bill ministers prophetically, come out of his everyday life with his family and friends.
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March 30, 2014 (10am & 6pm)
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Eastern NC Aglow Spring Advance
Fort Caswell Baptist Assembly
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