The last two months have been some of the most difficult times for me since I came to Hamtramck, but among others I hold on to Peter’s words in 1 Peter 1:6-7 “In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.” I have found constant joy in the promises of Christ and even in the most challenging times I am awed at the kindness and goodness of God. The revelation that changed my life as an emotionally and mentally ill freshman in college was that God actually loved me and was willing to supernaturally reveal His goodness in my life. In the last months, the revelation of His goodness and love has changed me again, opening new places of faith and power in life and ministry.
God’s goodness, His kind and merciful dedication to seek every soul with His love and power, renews my mind as I walk the streets of Hamtramck. The growing knowledge and reality of God’s heart desire to reach every lost sinner with His love and to demonstrate His goodness before a world soaked in evil changes my ability believe and hunger for God to work. God does not desire that any should perish. He desperately wants the fellowship and glory of the souls He created and bought with the precious blood of His Son. Today He is extending His mercy, grace and love to the world, displaying His goodness through the work of the Holy Spirit, the manifestation of His presence and the lives of you and me. Though judgment is being stored up for those who reject His goodness, today is the day of salvation. Today God wants to speak words of truth, love and comfort to a lost and dying world. Today God wants to bear the pain of the lost and hopeless. Today God wants to break the chains of bondage and touch the broken and the sick with His healing hands. Today God wants to show His goodness to the world because today is the day of His favor (Luke 4:19). We are the ambassadors of this reconciliation, the doorway to God’s goodness and power. When we really know and feel the blessing that is in the heart of God for the eternally important souls of this world, it becomes impossible for us to believe that He won’t use us to accomplish miracles in His name.
I have longed and hungered to stand in a place of abiding where I knew that God would use me to reach people and heal the hurt of the world in His name. In the revelation of His goodness, I know He will. Not because of my worth or my power or knowledge or skills in ministry. But because of the burden of His heart to reach every soul. And because I believe. As a lost sinner on my college campus, I believed in God, but I didn’t believe in His grace. I didn’t believe in His goodness and love. When He spoke to me and shed His love abroad in my heart, I believed. As grow in my knowledge of the Father, I grow in my faith in His goodness, kindness and His desire to bless the world with the knowledge of His love. When you believe in the goodness of God, life gains a new logic that enables you to touch the world with God’s good, perfect and pleasing will.
Read the rest of my September Newsletter here.