February Partner Letter 2016
What wonderful and glorious meetings we are having this year! As we continue to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ from place to place, people are getting born again, filled with the Spirit, delivered and released from every damaging effect of sin – and gloriously restored to ‘believe again’! In church after church, there have been notable testimonies of people coming out of depression, homosexuality, alcoholism, and addictions of every kind – because Jesus is the same, yesterday, today and forever!
I read this excerpt from a sermon by Charles Spurgeon that was preached in 1859. Remember, as you read, this was in 1859:
“When people hear about what God used to do, one of the things they say is: “Oh, that was a very long while ago.” They imagine that times have altered since then. Says one: “I can believe anything about the Reformation—the largest accounts that can possibly be given, I can take in.” “And so could I concerning Whitefield and Wesley…” says another. “All that is quite true, they did labor vigorously and successfully, but that was many years ago. We were in a different state then from what they are now.” Granted; but I want to know what the things have to do with it? I thought it was God that did it. Has God changed? Is He not an immutable God, the same yesterday, today and forever? Does not that furnish an argument to prove that what God has done at one time He can do at another? I think I may push it a little further, and say what He has done once, is a prophecy of what He intends to do again…!” (Charles Spurgeon in 1859, preaching on Revival)
What glorious truth to remember as we are moving on into 2016! God is just as powerful in the end as he was at the beginning, and in the middle, too! Times may change, but God does not – and what He has done before, He intends to do again! Glory!
We expect great things from a great God in 2016! As the Word of God declares:
“God never began a work He did not finish. His work for us is finished. His work in us is still going on.” (Phil. 1:6)
On the Glory Road,
Cindy, Lois and Ray