So many things have happened over the last couple weeks that I do not even know where to start! I guess I can start by telling you about the miracles (as always) that have been happening! Recently, so many people have been softened and have sought the truth. They have asked God and they have received their own answer, completely independent of my companion and I. As a result, in the month of March we were blessed to witness 3 of our dear friends enter the waters of baptism. It is so strange how you can meet someone and just weeks later feel like you have known them for a life time! That has happened with each of these 3 and I am so grateful to know them! Not only have the Lord been softening hearts, but he has been providing protection and direction for many of our friends also! To illustrate what I mean, I will tell you a story.
On March 29th, my companions and I went to Manchester’s Got Talent with a couple of our investigating friends. It was a talent show put on by all the local members. It was SO funny and really brought everyone together. At the conclusion of the night, we said goodbye to our friends who were to be confirmed in church the following day, and left. As we got into the car, however, we met a lady who we had never before met. She opened the car door, and started to talk to us. We were in a hurry and late to an appointment, but we did not want to be rude and brush her off. So, we talked. It quickly turned into a 10 minute conversation before finally we apologised and told her we had to leave. She was reluctant, but understood and allowed us to go. Now in a hurry, we rushed to the appointment which was about a mile or 2 away. It was about 8:45 pm and dark outside and would be our last visit of the night. As we arrived at our appointment, we climbed out of the car and saw a lady walking right past us. We said hello only to realise it was one of our investigating friends to be confirmed in church the next day! We were shocked, she was shocked, and so we asked where she was going. She told us she was heading to a friends. Instantly, I felt that it was not a good idea for her to be walking the streets alone that night as a young lady. And so she came to teach with us instead and then we took her home.
On the way home, she told us that she was very unsure about going to her friends that night, but that she didn’t have the strength to just go home. She looked at that random meeting up with us as a miracle sent from God; not a coincidence, but a perfect timing and a rescue to save her from the potentially dangerous and destructive environment she was about to enter.
What does this have to do with me and with you?
Sometimes we simply do not have the strength to resist temptation. In fact, we do not have the capacity to resist temptation. We simply can not do it. If we try to face temptation alone with our own strength, sooner or later, it will catch up to us every time. The remedy is to rely on the strength available to us through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. His strength is readily accessible to all who listen to and obey His voice. It is the only way. If will but allow Him to rescue us and to strengthen us, He will. Whether it be anonymous (what some call coincidence) or obvious and miraculous, He will and can only help us if we allow Him to.
I love you all and hope you will seek His strength!
(Sorry this is so long. But I missed last week so, fair enough)