“Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me away from Your presence And do not take Your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of Your salvation And sustain me with a willing spirit” (Psalm 51:10-12).
Recently, I spent a month of prayer and periodic fasting, seeking the Lord. Psalm 51:10-12 was my focused prayer.
I am happy to report that shortly thereafter, my heart filled with restored confidence and faith in my Lord. I was like Peter when he began to walk on the sea and then took his eyes off the Lord and saw the storm and the wind and waves and he began to sink. My sabbatical month’s goal was to see the Lord again in my life.
I renewed my thinking and faith that this is His ministry; His responsibility; His harvest – not mine! I am seeing myself again as a servant, not a leader. If it is not God Who shines through me, then it is time to go home.
After the month of prayer and fasting, I had a wonderful daydream -- or maybe it was a vision.
I was sitting by a swimming pool while our Grace Chapel youth group enjoyed themselves in the pool. Then suddenly it hit me that if Juliana and Steven and I were not here, there would no youth group. The kids sang songs to our Lord about His love and power in their lives as they swam. What a blessing!
Then, in my mind’s eye, I saw all the faces of the people that worship at Grace Chapel. These were fruits of this ministry. Then I saw the worshipers at Anini-y, Esparar, Calapadan, Mabasa, and Igbarawan. I saw each church’s worship service and observed each person. They were all smiling and singing to the Lord.
What a wonderful blessing from our Lord – He was showing me how my life fits in His purpose. My life is not in vain. Thank you, Lord.
This is why I was born. This why I am here.
This is also one of the reasons for your life!
EACH OF YOU WITH YOUR LOVE, PRAYER, AND SUPPORT HAVE MADE ALL THIS HAPPEN. SO MANY LIVES HAVE BEEN SAVED – SO MANY LIVES HAVE BEEN CHANGED – SO MANY STORIES ABOUT PEOPLE’S LIVES HAVE BEEN WRITTEN WITH GLORY TO GOD.
Together with our Lord’s blessing, we are making a difference!
Thank You, Lord, for this wonderful pleasure. Thank you all for this joyous blessing!
Your partner in the Philippines ministry,
Pastor Steven Ray Bragg