God Sent His Word

It was 2006. I was sitting in our Astrovan with the side doors wide open while the mid-week service in the chapel of Pampanga fasting house was on-going. We were en route to a crusade in another province but stopped by Pampanga for a night. I sat alone in the van parked just beside the wide chapel doors; I was again battling against nervous breakdown and it seemed it was more intense that afternoon. I saw the back of a preacher worshiping with all his being. I had never seen him before. I heard that he was visiting from Cebu Outreach and he was going to preach that afternoon.

“I hope he will teach something today that will help me,” I prayed silently. But when a brother in Christ who had just come out of prison testified, my nervousness heightened and I felt weary. The brother was saved while in prison. A former policeman, he was wrongly accused of being involved in a multiple murder case which became very controversial. How his testimony affected me to the point of panic was beyond me. But that was what the demons of fear did to me. Besides my physical illness, my mind was attacked, too. They made me believe that my life was in danger one way or another. They made me think that God would not deliver me, that I was alone and vulnerable.

When the preacher stood up, I was all ready to listen. Suddenly, he cried out the words of the Lord in a loud voice:

After these things the word of the Lord came unto Abram in a vision, saying, Fear not, Abram: am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward. (Gen. 15:1)

I was jolted out of my seat! I felt like the words were directly spoken to me! It seemed like the heavens were opened and a bright light was poured out on me like a laser beam accompanied by an angelic chorus of Hallelujah! I tell you, friends, that’s the power of the Word at work! All at once, the demons of fear fled. The words of the Lord pierced through the darkness of my soul and I only saw light, hope, and a bright future! For I believed that God’s promise to Abram was for me, too. God is my shield and my exceeding great reward! What assurance did I still need? If your heart is right with God, you can claim that for yourself, too!

The Word of God is alive and powerful. This is what the Lord Himself says about it:

“For as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven,
And do not return there,
But water the earth,
And make it bring forth and bud,
That it may give seed to the sower
And bread to the eater,
So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth;
It shall not return to Me void,
But it shall accomplish what I please,
And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it. (Is. 55:10-11, emphasis added)

Through His Word, God delivered me from my fearfulness and nervous breakdown. He sent His Word and this was what it has accomplished in me. We cannot remove our fears on our own. We yield ourselves to God’s Word and let its power work in us. He speaks to us through His Word. Then we will know that there is really nothing to fear with Him by our side.

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Comments

  1. I love that you went, hoping for something from God – and that you didn’t give up and run when you really felt like that. The panic always gets worse right before He comes over the horizen to lift us out! What a wonderful faith story! Thank you for sharing your challenge, your heart and how HE saved you!

    • RinaPeru says:

      Oh, I would have been more terrified if I attempted to run away from the only One who could save me from my drowning. It’s true that sometimes the panic gets impossibly worse just before His mighty deliverance, but we have learned to “stand still and see the salvation of the Lord!”

  2. Oh I pray for the faith to “see” that God Himself IS my exceeding great reward! I only have a tiny bit of understanding how AWESOME this is! Love & prayers, in Jesus, Cynthia

    • RinaPeru says:

      I understand, Cynthia. We do need to be reminded from time to time how God is our exceedingly great reward! Blessings to you!

  3. Naomi says:

    Amen! Amen!
    His word is our hope and strength in a world that produces many sorrows and hardships. He had not left us orphans in this hard, hard world. Praise God Jesus has overcome this world!!!!!!

    • RinaPeru says:

      Naomi, that is my daily thanksgiving prayer: how God has not left us orphans in this hard world. Jesus has overcome the world! Amen! Blessings!

  4. This is a wonderful story and I was blessed by reading it today. Thank you.

  5. Marissa D says:

    Love this! I wish I had more words to say…

    I am going to pin your image and share this post with Salt & Light because I am sure others would benefit from this as well.

    Marissa
    If you need some encouragement this week stop by and see what others found encouraging…
    http://raysofgraceandjoy.blogspot.com/2014/03/salt-light-12.html

    • RinaPeru says:

      Thank you, Marissa. I guess sometimes we really don’t have more words to say but that doesn’t mean we don’t think and feel more deeply… Blessings to you!

  6. Hazel Moon says:

    Thank you for sharing with us here at “Tell Me a Story.” Indeed God’s Word is like a sword piercing and cutting away fear and doubt. At other times it is Food when we are hungry and then Living Water to quinch our thirst.

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