incredible blessing to share time with this Godly man who spoke into my
life 30+ years ago. I will never forget... always be reminded of his
words... on a day when I thought the sermon was flat and lifeless... the
phone rings at 2:30 PM Sunday afternoon... "Hi Pastor! This is Paul. I
just want you to know that God spoke through you today." God spoke
through Paul... Isaiah 55:11... “So shall My word
be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, But it
shall accomplish what I please, And it shall prosper in the thing for
which I sent it.” Struggling with God’s call to preach, I
finally yielded kneeling with my wife and son at our couch in Phoenix,
AZ... “We’ll go wherever you want us to go; I just know You want me to
do this. I just ask one thing... as I walk out on this limb, will you
please hold up that proverbial limb?” That afternoon God reminded me He
was expressing His AMAZING GRACE through His servant Paul Raber. I got
it loud an clear.
These things I ponder today...
is faithful. He will accomplish His purpose in our lives when we are
abandoned to His purpose in our lives to follow Him and carry His
message; whether in the marketplace or in a faith community.
God speaks through you and me if we will allow Him to speak a word of
encouragement, a word of hope, a word of life, etc.. Paul determined to
call me. He could have dispensed with the idea... he’d have to get out
of the chair, walk to the phone, and he’d have to say something being a
man of few words.
We can focus on our insecurity and refuse to be a vessel of honor for someone else.
sharing the story with Paul, he expressed amazement that God could use
him to encourage this pastor. He celebrated with tears and clapping.
SO... if someone has encouraged you lately, please let them know. Tell
them exactly how God blessed you through them.
I said, Paul was a man of few words, but whenever Paul spoke I always
heard GOD! You see God doesn’t need our many words to communicate His
love and grace He just needs a vessel who will respond to His still
small voice and take action.
I hope you will MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN SOMEONE’S LIFE TODAY! I sure want to. You see EVERY PERSON YOU MEET TODAY is a soul with an eternal destiny. Smile, be kind, the simple acts can make a HUGE DIFFERENCE! Press on!