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  • Rev. Wayne A. Lewis

The little boy put on his clothes for the cold and then told his father:


"Ok dad I'm ready"


His Dad, the pastor, said: "Ready for what?"


"Dad, it's time to go outside and distribute our flyers."


Dad replied: "Son, it's very cold outside and it's drizzling."


The child looked surprised at his father and said: "But dad, people need to know about God even on rainy days."


Dad replied, "Son, I'm not going outside in this weather."


With despair, the child said: "Dad, can I go alone? Please!"


His father waited for a moment and then said: "Son, you can go. Here's the flyers, be careful."


"Thank you dad!"


And with this, the son went out into the rain. The 11-Year-old walked all the streets of the village, handing out the flyers to the people he saw.


After 2 hours walking in the rain and in the cold and with his last flyer in his hand, he stopped in a corner to see if he saw someone to give the flyer too, but the streets were totally deserted. Then he turned to the first house he saw, walked to the front door, touched the bell several times and waited, but no one came out.


Finally the boy turned to leave, but something stopped him. The child turned back to the door and began to touch the bell and pound the door strongly with his knuckles. He kept waiting. Finally the door was opened gently.


A lady came out with a very sad look and gently asked:


"What can I do for you, son?

With radiant eyes and a bright smile the child said:


"Lady, I'm sorry if I upset you, but I just want to tell you that God really loves you and that I came to give you my last flyer, which talks about God and His great love


The boy then gave her the flyer.


She just said, "Thank you, son, God bless you!"


Well, next Sunday morning, the pastor was in the pulpit and when the service began he asked:


"Someone has a testimony or something they want to share?"


Gently, in the back row of the church, an older lady stood up. When she started talking, a radiant and glorious look sprouted from her eyes:


"Nobody in this church knows me. I have never been here, even last Sunday I was not Christian.


My husband died a while ago leaving me totally alone in this world. Last Sunday was a particularly cold and rainy day, and it was also in my heart; that on that day I came to the end of the road, since I had no hope and didn't want to live anymore.


Then I took a chair and a rope and went up to the attic of my house. I tied and one end of the rope to the rafters of the roof; then I climbed onto the chair and put the other end of the rope around my neck.


I then stood on the chair, so alone and heartbroken, I was about to throw myself off the chair, when suddenly I heard the loud sound of the door being knocked.


So I thought: "I'll wait for a minute and whoever it is will go"


I waited and waited, but the door knocking was getting louder and louder every time. It got so loud that I couldn't ignore it anymore.


So I wondered, who could it be?

No one ever comes close to my door or come to visit me!

I released the rope from my neck and went to the door, while the bell was still ringing and the door was still being knocked on.


When I opened the door, I couldn't believe what my eyes saw, in front of my door was the most radiant and angelic child I've ever seen.

He's smile, ohhh, I can never describe it! The words that came out of his mouth made my heart, dead so long ago, come back to life, when he said with the VOICE OF CHERUB: "Lady, I just want to tell you that God really loves you"


"When the little angel disappeared between the cold and the rain, I closed my door and read every word of the flyer.

Then I went to the attic to remove the chair and rope.


I didn't need them anymore. As you see. Now I am a happy daughter of the King.

As the direction of the boy, when he left, was to this church, I came personally say thank you to that little angel of God who came just in time and, in fact, to rescue my life from an eternity in hell. And replaced it with an eternity in God's presence. "


Everyone cried in the church.


The Pastor came down from the pulpit to the first bench of the front, where the little angel was sitting; he took his son in his arms and cried uncontrollably.

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Remember, God's message can make a big difference in someone's life, never be afraid to spread it.

-Unknown

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  • Rev. Wayne A. Lewis


Today starts somthing very special. I hopr that this new year will be a blessings to you. May God bless and keep you strong.


Do you ever end the day, or the year, asking yourself, “What was all that for? What did I really accomplish? What difference did I truly make?” If so, commit to making this year a year of purpose. When you know your purpose, you stop chasing things that will never satisfy you. Instead, you find the joy of pursuing the next steps God has for you.


Your vision keeps your hopes alive; it’s your dream of a better tomorrow. Your purpose gives you strength to move forward even when times are tough. Purpose stabilizes your life. With a clear purpose, you persevere because you know there’s a reason, a cause.

What if you could close out the day, the month, and the year knowing you’re fulfilling your true purpose and calling in life? Imagine being certain beyond doubt that your efforts weren’t wasted because they were God-conceived, God-directed, and God-honoring.

If there is one person who ever embodied purpose, it’s Jesus Christ. In John 12:27, He prayed, “Now My soul is troubled, and what shall I say? ‘Father, save Me from this hour’? But for this purpose I came to this hour.”

Jesus knew His purpose in life, and He was compelled to fulfill it. You also can have this sense of certainty to move you toward your goal. You can do what Jesus did, and you can live the rest of your life with no regrets.


How do you discover your “why”? Your journey begins by committing your life to God.

You can’t find your purpose in life by focusing on yourself and leaving God out of the picture. Life isn’t about using God for your purposes. It’s about God using you for His purposes. It’s about the Lord Jesus showing you how you fit into His plan. And you do fit in! He has a lifetime of purpose stored up for you.

Perhaps you’re thinking, “I’m not sure I want to be in God’s plan. What if I don’t like it?”

Oh, you will! It’s what you were made for. If you don’t embrace God’s plan, you’ll miss the purpose for which He created you. When you follow God’s plan for your life, you will be walking in the divine wattage of God’s light. There’s no other source of ultimate purpose. All other pursuits lead to darkness and futility.

Are you still afraid to present yourself totally to God? Do you still think He’ll mess up your life by telling you to do something you don’t want to do—or to go somewhere you don’t want to go?


I can tell you by my own testimony that everything I ever dreamed of doing in my life I found in God’s purpose for me. I cannot imagine doing anything else than what I’ve done as He has led me. So many of my dreams have come true, plus quite a few dreams I didn’t even know I had.

The first step toward pursuing your God-given purpose is to present yourself totally to God. He loves you. He wants the best for you. You can trust Him to guide you as you move forward into a new year full of purpose.


Respond:

1. Can you perceive what God’s purpose has been for your life in the past year? Spend some time in prayer and reflection, thanking God for what He has done.

2. Do you have any worries or misgivings about God’s purpose for your life? What are they? How might you be encouraged forward by the knowledge that God knows you fully, and his purposes for you are good?

3. Do you feel you know God’s purpose and plan for your life? If not, don’t worry—you only need to ask Him. How do you plan to pursue God’s purposes and keep them at the center of your days in this new year?


Adopted by The devotional and other sources. The author milks from many cows, but homogenizes his own butter.





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  • Rev. Wayne A. Lewis

Prayer: Heavenly Father, help our pastor(s) to be strong in Your mighty power. May they continually remember to clothe themselves with Your armor so that they can take their stand against the devil’s schemes. Help them to remember that their struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, authorities, and powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Help them to stand their ground and to stand firm with the belt of truth buckled around their waists, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with their feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the Gospel of peace. In addition, help them to daily take up the shield of faith so that they can extinguish all of the flaming arrows of the evil one. May they put on the helmet of salvation and use the sword of the Spirit, Your Word. Give them the desire to pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests.

Help them to be continually alert, and to keep on praying for all the saints (Eph. 6:10-18). Don’t let the devil establish a foothold in any area of their lives (Eph. 4:27). Help them to have a good reputation with outsiders, so that they will not fall into disgrace and into the devil’s trap (1 Tim. 3:7). May they continually submit themselves to You, Father, and may they be self-controlled and alert in order to resist the devil, standing firm in the faith, so that the devil will flee (Jas. 4:7; 1 Pet. 5:8-9). Keep them from temptation and deliver them from the evil one, Lord (Matt. 6:13).

By Kim Butts

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