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I recently received a newsletter from Angus Buchan which truly encouraged me. In case you don’t know Angus, he’s a potato farmer from South Africa that started a men’s conference which has now reached millions of men throughout Africa and all over the World. I learned about Angus a couple of years ago when he made his first visit to the U.S. and was a guest speaker at my church in Murfreesboro. He also runs Shalom Ministries that helps promote the love and salvation of Jesus Christ to others. He can be found at his Shalom Ministries.

I find myself often depending on just me to get through tough situations when I should realize that I have someone that can move mountains walking with me. I thought I would share his letter because it really is a blessing to me and encouraged my spirit today.

Have a great weekend – Rusty

Dear Friends

Early this morning, while spending time with the Lord,  He gave me a wonderful revelation which I want to share with you:

Jeremiah 1:8 (NLT) says,  ”Don’t be afraid of the people, for I will be with you and will protect you.  I, the Lord, have spoken!” 

Oswald Chambers writes, “Therefore I shall never look for justice in this world, but never cease to give it.” I believe many of us are battling at the moment from panic, heartbreak and distress, because we are looking in the wrong places for our assurance. Many of us are putting huge pressure on our loved ones; our wives, our husbands and even our children because we are looking for deliverance from them and not from God. Hebrews 13:6 says ”The Lord is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?”  We need to stop looking for justice and righteousness in the world. We will not find it there. It comes from God alone. But as the writer reminds us, we are ambassadors for Jesus Christ.  We must never cease to give out justice, even though we don’t receive it personally.

The Lord has promised us that He  alone will undertake for every one of our needs. We need to stop focussing on material things for our safety, for our satisfaction and for our security.  We really need to re-focus on Jesus Christ alone, especially in these last days.

I put more value on the Word of God now than I have ever before, practically for everyday situations.   We really need to take the Word of God to heart, like the verse in Isaiah 40:31, “But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles. They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint.”  I understand the feeling of the carpet being pulled out from under us; everything that we ever looked at and worked for and trusted in, here in this world, seems to be falling apart.  The Lord warned us that it would be so, but we have maybe been reluctant to believe it.  I believe it is time that we need to change our outlook if we are to survive, but also to live this abundant life that Jesus has promised us. We can no longer trust in our finances. We can no longer trust in man’s goodwill. We can no longer trust in the system.  It has got to be God all the way. None of us are exempt.

The Lord did not say that  He would take us out of the fire, but rather that He will walk with us through the fire and we shall not be burnt.  That can only happen if we walk in His protection. If we try to play god and make a way for ourselves, we basically remove ourselves from the covering and protection of the Lord and then we will start to fail.  Those waves in the storms of life become too big. We really need to focus on our Maker and He will make a way for us through the storms of life. We must not lean on our own understanding, instead we need to trust in the One who has saved us.

Psalm 34:19 ”Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all.” 

So in conclusion, as we face these last days before the second coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, we need to be totally different from the world. When the world is starting to panic and run in all directions trying to make plans, we need to stand fast and trust in the Faithful One, the only One who administers true justice.

May God bless you

Angus and Jill

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