A Daily Word from the Word for Tuesday, March 12, 2013
“You keep track of all my sorrows. You have collected all my tears in your bottle. You have recorded each one in your book.” – Psalm 56:8
One of my pastors, Pastor Felix Okoroji, very recently returned from Uganda where he was ministering as part of his international ministry “Faith Rocks in Him Mission International Ministries.” Prophet and Pastor Felix is so much more than just a pastor to me, as I consider him a close friend and mentor.
I continue to stand in awe, amazement, and gratitude to my Most Holy Father for placing in my life two very great men of God: my beloved Apostle Dr. Don Lyon who I sit under at Faith Center; and my dear friend, mentor, and prophet, Pastor Felix Okoroji. I thank God for these wonderful men.
When Prophet Felix returned, He shared a letter with me (with permission), which brought me to my knees. I asked him if I could run this in my Daily Word column, because I felt the leading of the Lord to do so; as it would bless my many readers who come to read God’s Word, through this syndicated column, across 54 countries and growing. I am honored and privileged to be a vessel with which this powerful testimony passes through. Thank you, Prophet and Pastor Felix, for entrusting me with this account of a most Divine Appointment. This letter is printed with the full permission of Pastor Felix and its writer, Ms. Paula Phillips:
Subject: Encounter in Amsterdam
Dear Pastor Felix,
I write this letter to share with you and with those whom you minister, just how great is our God! He never ceases to amaze me, and I stand in gratitude of the call and the ministry to which He has called you. I am thankful that you have not been disobedient to the heavenly vision or assignment to which you have been ordained. I am grateful that you are led by the Spirit, and do not hesitate to move as the Lord instructs. I am blessed, as my life has been changed because of your obedience and God’s faithfulness.
When I arrived in Amsterdam, I was broken. I had been to another land seeking the Lord’s direction, and surveying the land in hopes of ministering the Gospel. While there, I suffered a great threat which terrified me; and which caused me to have a recurrence of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. I had very little sleep, and fear was running through my head like a freight train; along with the call and the assignment of God. I indeed was wrestling with destiny, and fear was wreaking havoc.
Upon my arrival at the gate, I only wanted to find a place where I could just rest my mind. While walking in the area, I heard the sweet sound of worship music, which drew me in like a moth to a flame. I sat down a few tables away from where you were sitting; and it was there I broke. So much was running through my mind; and there were no words to explain all that had occurred, and all that were yet before me, to face upon my return to the States. My tears ran like water out of a broken vessel.
But God, in His goodness, knew what was needed. Indeed, He knows how to send water to a dry land, to put the clay pot back together again, and how to feed his servants when they have been injured and are truly weary. There you were; and without hesitation, you came to me and did not ask me to explain: you simply asked if you could pray for me. Oh, what words to my soul they were! As you prayed for me, I recall you rebuking a spirit of fear and torment; and I felt those things lifting off of me; and from that moment, I felt safe. I have now learned the value of feeling safe.
Not only did you pray for me, but then you flew back to the States with me as if God had assigned me a personal escort who poured His Word of Life into a wounded vessel. I can never tell you how thankful I am for your ministry, and for the anointing you carry. May God be glorified, and may Christ be exalted among the nations and through His servants, as we both continue in our given assignments.
Who would have ever thought that the flight changes I made would cause me to cross paths with a man of God, who was returning from South Sudan and Uganda! Who would have ever thought that I would find Living Water flowing in an Amsterdam airport?
Pastor Felix, I don’t have the words to express my gratitude; nor do I have the means to bless you to the degree to which you have blessed me. Your reward in Heaven is sure to be great, as you have taken the time to pour the wine and oil into a vessel that was deeply wounded and questioning if she would ever be strong enough to finish well among such persecution and opposition.
It’s so funny to me, because there is nothing about me that should have attracted you to me other than my brokenness.
God bless you and your wife richly, and may He alone order your steps.
With utmost respect and appreciation,
Father, thank You for being so merciful and faithful to us, your sons and daughters. Thank you for allowing your Son to be broken for us; so that our brokenness could be healed through Him. Father, give us Your eyes to see the brokenness in others; so that we may be attracted to that same brokenness which caused you to die for us. Help us to see others as You see them, and not as the world sees them. In Jesus Name, we thank You, that we are for others, a pleasant place of shelter because we carry Your Glory. Amen and Amen.
Take action! Challenge your thinking! Choose to ask God each and every day to show you those whom you are to minister. Thank God regularly, for ordering your steps, directing your paths, and giving you His Words of comfort, which will heal the broken-hearted. And continue to fight the good fight of being attracted to brokenness; for God, your Healing Balm of Gilead, has already given you the victory!
Pastor Felix is available for counseling and prayer; and you can contact him at 815.222.3116.
God tells us that we are blessed to be a blessing (Genesis 12:2). Be a blessing to someone by sending them this word of encouragement. If God did not already put someone in your spirit and on your heart that needs to read this uplifting message from above, simply ask your Heavenly Father who to bless on today. Forward this message right now by email, facebook, or twitter.
May God Bless you and keep you always.
With warmest regards,
And, in service of The Most High King,
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