One afternoon in late 2009, I sat at the edge of the bed and prayed. I cried out to God to use me for His plans and purposes. I had been waiting long and on that afternoon, I felt like I was wasting too much precious time, not being put to “good use” by the Master. I felt so overwhelmed by my pitiful state, and so with tears, I begged the Lord to “send” me.
But instead of receiving answer to my agonizing prayer, I became more ill just after New Year of 2010. Up until late-summer of same year, I went through a fierce battle against my illness yet again. My dream of being used by God retreated to the dark shadows, and while I focused on obtaining God’s mercy to raise me up again, I had forgotten all about it.
Abraham comes to my mind. When he first received God’s promise, he was 75 years old:
And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing. (Gen. 12:2)
God promised to Abrahan that unto his seed He will give the land… (Gen. 12:7), meaning, He will give an heir to him. And yet, when the Lord returned to Abraham to renew His promise, Abraham was already 99 years old, and had remained childless by his wife Sarah. He had already waited for many years and yet, he still had to wait for another year before he would receive God’s promise. He was 100 years old when his son Isaac was born (Gen. 21:5).
As I languished in my sick bed, hope never left my spirit. Even in moments – which were not few – when death seemed to win the battle, I held on to hope. How could one who is nearly dead be used by God for His purposes, except that faith that never ever gives up could move God to raise up even the dead?
The faith of Abraham – he believed in God, even with his aging body and the deadness of Sarah’s womb – brought him to the fulfillment of God’s promise, and he received it.
Who against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations, according to that which was spoken, So shall thy seed be.
And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sarah’s womb:
He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God. (Rom. 4:18-20)
And I, even before the summer of 2010 ended, began to ammend. And the Lord slowly and tenderly led me to write again, about a year after my first book was published.
I desired to write about the many amazing testimonies of God’s miracles of healing, deliverance, and lives changed in our Church, and the Lord gave me that, too.
But before this, I read an inspiring message from beloved Bishop Samuel Smith, Chairman of Apostolic World Christian Fellowship (AWCF) – a very dear friend of our beloved Hon. Pastor Wilde E. Almeda and his beloved daughter’s father-in-law – about becoming a minister of mercy. He told the story about the good Samaritan, how a Christian should live having the “good Samaritan” heart, ministering to those who have been “beaten and are left half-dead” (not literally) by this cruel world, whether they be strangers, or a brother, or a sister in Christ.
With all my heart, I had wanted that – to become a minister of mercy – within the capability that the Lord would graciously provide. And so, Minister of Mercy blog was born. This is my first blog where I write testimonies of God’s miracles, wonders and mighty deeds.
What I have written over there so far is but a small fraction of the multitudes of testimonies that have been declared and shared in the pulpit all over the country and in outreaches abroad. But by God’s grace, I will continue to pursue these amazing, inspiring, and faith-strengthening stories, write and share them to all who have “ears to hear and hearts to perceive”.
Ever since I became a born-again Christian, my soul has gobbled up every major testimony that I have heard, and that hunger for God’s testimonies has continued to this day.
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