Yes and Amen!

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Sabel’s husband left shortly after she gave birth to their youngest child. He left and didn’t look back nor go back to the family he left behind, ever since. The family learned later that he had started a new family with another woman in another province far from where they live.

The years that followed would prove for Sabel the most trying times of her life. They would live in painful poverty day in and day out. The children wouldn’t be able to go to school and would often go to bed at night crying in hunger. Sabel herself would get seriously sick and at one point, would lose her sanity.*

Who wouldn’t? Without the light of the Lord Jesus Christ, who would not get sick in mind, body and soul?

It is because of ALL these: shattered homes, rent hearts,  broken bodies, that the Messiah has come – to save, to heal, and to restore. To give new lives.

The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly. (John 10:10)

What the enemy has stolen – our joy and peace, health and strength – the Lord Jesus came to restore.

When the angel Gabriel brought the most important message for humankind to Mary, Mary had bravely faced this heavenly being who stands in the presence of God and had listened intently to each word spoken. Mary, the young betrothed woman blessed by God, had unflinchingly said “Yes!”

Yes to God’s will! Yes to God’s plan for salvation! Yes to Jesus!

For all of God’s promises have been fulfilled in Christ with a resounding “Yes!” And through Christ, our “Amen” (which means “Yes”) ascends to God for his glory. (2 Cor. 1:20 NLT)

For it was the Lord who first said “Yes!” He said yes to mercy, yes to love that knows no bounds, yes to coming in the flesh to be laid in a manger covered with hay, yes to swaddling clothes to cover Him in place of regal robes, yes to walking with sinners, with the sick and the diseased, with the poor and the downtrodden, for it was for them that He had come. Yes to being spit upon, mocked, struck, scourged. Yes to death on the cross.

For the Lord Jesus Christ, it was “Yes! Yes! Yes!” And it will always be “Yes and Amen!”

But it’s truly saddening that there are still many people who keep on saying “No”. No to Jesus, no to His love, no to His proffered hand, no to His light, no to His righteousness, no to His presence, no to His will.

If we examine our hearts and reach deeper inside, have we been saying a resounding “Yes and Amen!” to Him? Or have we been hesitating, faltering, stalling, and stammering an “I don’t know…er… maybe…we’ll see..” Or maybe we have been fearing, doubting, unbelieving?

But for true Christ-followers, it’s always “Yes and Amen!” Yes we’ll go share the Gospel, yes we’ll go testify, yes we’ll go visit the sick and the suffering, the poor, the widow, the fatherless, the lost, the brokenhearted, the sorrowing. Yes we’ll give of ourselves and of what we have, yes we’ll show His love, mercy and peace!

Because it was the Lord who first gave.

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. (John 3:16)

I want to share with you this beautiful song which I have recently learned to sing to the Lord: Becoming by Shannon Wexelberg from her album I Have a Song. It’s only an audio because there’s no available music video of it in YouTube. You will find the beautiful lyrics here.

Who am I becoming?
Would a stranger find You here?
Could they recognize You in my life?
Would my love for You be clear?
Do I treasure all that’s dear to You
See the world through mercy’s eyes?
Who am I becoming?
Can they see Your face in mine? 

~ from Becoming by Shannon Wexelberg

http://ourhealingmoments.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/08-becoming.m4a

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Endnote: *To read more of Sabel’s story, click here.

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Comments

  1. Abigail Palmero says:

    Praise GOd!What a Great Story is this Bel.Sis.Rina,The LORd is so Good,in times Of Diffiiculties HE is always There to Comfort Us to give Another LIfe To live,Life is so Wonderful Even we experience trials,sorrows&pain even we feel hurted by someone when you call to HIM HE is there&never leave us,,,,Thank the LORD for Giving us another hope to see the beauty of HIS Creation,The LORD is Our Strength HE never Leave us Nor Forsake us,,,,,,PRAISE THE LORD!!!We also thank the LORD for HIS True Pastor(Beloved Honorable Pastor Wilde E.Almeda)Because of His Unfailing Loved To us,His Prayer,,,The Lord Hears Our Prayers…

  2. Joan says:

    I am one who knows first hand that the Lord heals, restores and gives back life! I praise Him every day for His hand upon my life. Thank you Jesus for changing my heart and drawing me back to you!

    Blessings Rina! Joan

  3. Crystal Mary says:

    What a sad story. My own father walked away from my mother when I was eight. He had been a soldier and his mind was not right. She had five children to support and grow up. Today she is ninety three years old and has always been my inspiration. Like Mary, yes was a yes Lord person and still is. God Bless you.

  4. Charlotte says:

    What a beautiful song. Love this post. It is so important to be His hands and feet in our world. Thank you for sharing this.
    Blessings,
    Charlotte

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