God Changes Not!

                                    Hebrews 13:8, Malachi 3:6

In the book of Acts Saul was on his way to Damascus with a mandate from the High Priest to find and arrest followers of Jesus.  Saul had intentions of returning Jesus's followers to Jerusalem as prisoners for questioning and possibly execution. The Lord God got Saul's attention by shining a bright light from heaven and speaking to him, calling him by name. God gave Saul instructions on what to do. Saul being blind at this point was obedient to the voice of God. In the interim God had already prepared Ananias to receive Saul. Ananias told Saul to receive his sight and the Lord restored Saul's sight,


Early in life I worked in church thinking I was living a life pleasing in God's sight. I didn't know about receiving the Holy Ghost. At this point I did not know the life I was living would only be considered as a good moral life. Just as God prepared Ananias to instruct Saul, he used a Sister in the church to witness to me. After having bible class with her pastor, I realized I needed to be saved, (Acts 10:44-46) and within a week I received the Holy Ghost. Upon receiving the Holy Ghost test and trials tried my faith. I cried out to the Lord on my knees. I believed that if he saved me, he could keep me. He said in his word that he would never leave me nor forsake me. (Deut.31:6) While on my knees the Lord taught me about intercession prayer. He showed me that he would keep you if you wanted to be kept. God gave me strength and faith to stand during the storm. The fall of 1970 God sent a family by the name of Derby to the church. We became friends and I found their walk with God encouraging.


While walking with the Lord we sometimes seek encouragement. I remembered on time a preacher preached "Be not dismayed." I realize in this walk we will be tested but don't let it overwhelm you. Stand on God's word. He promised to bring you through! Without tests there can't be any testimonies. One occasion I was standing in the prayer line and the joy of the flooded my soul. This joy brought hope, peace, love, endurance, vision and a desire to reach my goal which is to see Jesus in peace.


Missionary Jacqueline Young