From the desk of Steve Shultz:
Sometimes all we need is that little bit of encouragement...although this word by Bill Yount is short it IS yet very encouraging and powerful.
Bill has been through many trials in his life AND he has great testimonies of God's goodness and faithfulness through them all!
I like what Bill shares here: Isn't it the stories in the Bible of the people who looked like they would never make it, that builds our faith the most?
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Favored to Live - The Stage is Being Set
I faced my terror by night. It was afraid of me. And the arrow that flies by day. It missed me. You may wonder what my terror and arrow was. Just terror and an arrow. That's all it was (see Psalm 91:5).
Jesus' birth takes place at night (Silent Night, Holy Night). Then came a dark night in history filled with terror when King Herod ordered every two year old boy and under to be killed (see Matthew 2). Satan dreads Heaven coming to earth. But the Father whispers, "Can't touch Him!" As Believers satan targets us also. If it's the darkest time in your life, be encouraged. Jesus is about to show up. I find Him in my darkest moments. That's when I've gotten to know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings. Fear not, He will come and save you.
In a recent movie the lead actor battled untold suffering and terror. The end was a bloody finish. Her youthful, battered body laid lifeless, turning the theatre into a morgue. After what seemed an eternity, her eyes popped open and she lived. I found out later that the movie character was favored to live through her ordeals so she could star in the next movie series. Looking back over my life, I can relate to this. Yes, I have survived everything so far and am an overcomer. God has favored me to live through the hardest times. You too. He has another series of our life to be lived. Our times are in His hands (Psalm 31:15).
Walking on Giants
In Charleston, South Carolina, a little boy about four years old walked over, looked up at me and said, "You are little!" I said to the pastor standing beside me, "What did he say?" The pastor said, "It sounds like he said, "You are little!" It made the boy feel good since he was so short. But it humbled me. It made me think.
We should look at our biggest giant or mountain and say, "You are little! You are little compared to the God inside of me!" It will humble any mountain or giant to fall. What mountain or giant will the Lord raise you up to stand on top of this coming year? What stormy seas will He cause you to walk on?
On the sea of Galilee, famous for storms, I asked the Lord a question. "Lord, are we near the place where Peter got out of the boat and walked on the raging sea before he fell?" The Lord answered me. "What do you mean Peter fell? This is the sea where Peter walked!" As though He didn't remember Peter falling. Peter sank but he walked on water. The eleven sat in the boat living in regret. The terror of that storm paralyzed them. They missed that once in a lifetime opportunity. Sinking is better than sitting. When life is over we won't regret taking a risk for God and sinking. We will regret sitting. And God won't remember us sinking.
The Stage is Being Set
When it looks like it's impossible for me to win, God is setting the stage for something greater. For many the stage is just being set. The curtains have not yet been cracked open. God is still moving behind the scenes to place us front and center. That's why we haven't been heard from yet.
Isn't it the stories in the Bible of the people who looked like they would never make it, that builds our faith the most? The Lord writes their heroic exploits beginning with them knowing the agony of defeat. Silent nights of terror with trouble becoming their friend. No hope of ever fulfilling their purpose. Be encouraged. God is not through writing your story...
Blowing the Shofar Ministries
Bill Yount has been a member of Bridge of Life in Hagerstown, Maryland, for the past 33 years where he is now an elder and a home missionary. He is currently an advisor at large for Aglow International. Bill faithfully served in prison ministry at Mount Hope for 23 years and now travels full-time, both in the U.S. and internationally, ministering in churches and Aglow circles. "Humility and humor" characterize his ministry as he brings forth a fresh word that is "in season," proclaiming the word of the Lord! The shofar (or ram's horn) is often used in his meetings, breaking the powers of darkness over regions, churches, and households. The shofar represents God's breath blowing into the nostrils of His people, reviving them and awakening the lost. Many of God's messages, which Bill ministers prophetically, come out of his everyday life with his family and friends.
Note: Events are subject to change at the ministry's discretion. We suggest you always check first with the event contact listed here and/or directly visit their website for latest updates on each event.
January 11, 2014 (9:30am)
Wedford Aglow Lighthouse - North Way Christian Community Church
12121 Perry Hwy, Wexford, Pennsylvania
January 12, 2014 (10:30am)
Church of the Living Christ
220 W Allegheny Rd, Imperial, PA 15126
Contact: (724) 695-7188
January 12, 2014 (6:30am)
Tree of Life Open Bible Church
54 Bates St., Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania