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Pastors Corner

Genesis 17:8
And I will give unto thee and to thy Seed after thee, the land wherein Thou art a stranger, all The Land of Canaan, for an Everlasting possession, and I will be their God.

In 1998, I received word from the Lord that there was a need to begin preparation to move to a land He would show me, and that He would provide for me and meet my needs according to His riches in Glory, providing I would be obedient to His call.
At that time, I was pastor of a well-established church, with notoriety and a nice size membership. The great people of that congregation worked hard to support the ministry and the direction we were going.

My encounter with the Spirit of the Lord left me almost speechless. I know that failure would mean doom for any future ministry, and obedience to His voice would mean suffering and sacrifice, as it did with the Children of Israel in their journey out of the Land of Egypt. It was a hard decision to make, because of the unwillingness of the flesh to give up luxury that I had struggles so hard to build, and the shame that it would bring if I had to start all over again with nothing, which at the time; was just too much to bear.

I took five weeks away from my congregation, not even going onto the ground of the church in order to make sure it was the Lord speaking to me and not self-exalting what God was brining to pass. I had great faith in God, and believed everything that is written in His Word, yet I needed the encouragement that God gave Moses when He met him on the mountain side in the form of a burning bush.

The word of the Lord, “Go and I will go with thee, open your mouth and I will speak for thee” still lingered heavy upon my heart, as I made the announcement to my congregation that my work was finished at this location and that God was moving me to another. I responded without hesitation, and began planning for the journey that would take me across many mountains, and through many valleys, having to depend totally on the Lord, for often the days were long and endless, and the burdens seemed unbearable.

But now, several years have passed and the increase which comes from waiting and trusting in the Lord are ever so replenishing. As I prepare for the years ahead, I am convinced, “no weapon formed against me shall prosper” and I will continue to give Him the Glory for everything that I have accomplished and will accomplish through His Spirit.