Greetings in the wonderful Name of Jesus, the Name above all Names!
The Lord offers us a great promise in Psalm 2:8 (Amplified Bible). "Ask of Me, and I will give You the nations as Your inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for Your possession." This verse is both an exhortation to prayer ("Ask of Me...) and a scriptural promise from God ("I shall give You...). This passage also contains a Messianic truth that our Savior fulfilled in His life, death and resurrection from Calvery's cross!
Further, I believe Psalm 2:8 represents a prophetic declaration from heaven about divine encounters on earth before the Savior's return. I believe that a mighty move of God will sweep family members into God's kingdom reuniting runaway fathers and wayward mothers and causing errant children and family members to come into genuine salvation. Nations will be impacted as people from every tribe and tongue will respond to the calling of Almighty God.
If you are "weary" praying over backslidden family members and loved ones, do not despair and do not forsake the prayer burden God has given you. Without question, prayer is work! But if we remain faithful in our intercession, I am convinced prayers will be answered. Our Savior will have the last word. Let all of us stay focused on the blessed words of 1 Corinthians 2:9 (Amplified), "...What eye has not seen and ear has not heard and has not entered into the heart of man [all that] God has prepared (made and keeps ready) for those who love Him [who hold Him in affectionate reverence, promptly obeying Him and gratefully recognizing the benefits He has bestowed]."
Our God has a great inheritance for you and me. It is so wonderful that our senses can hardly grasp it. As an obedient child of God, you are entitled to this great inheritance that includes living a fulfilled life, the salvation of lost family members and the recovery of broken relationships. This great inheritance is unlimited and suernatural because of Who our God is! Debbie and I truly believe that 2019 is the Year of Visitation, for the Body of Christ and the supernatural confirmations in Scripture adds to that belief. Nineteen, of course, is a prime number that means "faith" and the number "twenty" means "redemption". Surely, we need faith and redemption in God for the Year 2019!
We have no doubt that supernatural encounters with the Lord will be part of our Year of Visitation in 2019. When the apostle John was exiled on the isle of Patmos, he saw a door standing open in heaven and he heard God's voice saying, "...Come up here, and I will show you what must take place in the future," (Revelation 4:1). The word "door" in this verse is the Greek word thura and is defined by Strong's Dictionary as "a portal or entrance that allows an opening or closure and be literal or figurative." It is translated "door or gate." This spiritual door also functions like a well. However, instead of it descending, it ascends into a heavenly place from which we draw on supernatural resources from the living God. We believe such encounters will occur in this Year of Visitation!
Debbie and I deeply appreciate the men and women of God who help us monthly through their prayers and also sowing finances into the ministry of Souls Unlimited. May He richly bless you is our prayer!
Love & Prayers,
Robert Paul & Debbie
2 Kings 8: 1-6
I am convinced that God's restoration in our lives is expected to work in multiple ways for the born again "Child of God". 2 Kings 8: 1-6 teaches four basic principles that are invaluable in experiencing the God-kind of restoration which is so beautifully demonstrated in this woman's life. For sure, Supernatural events occur when we believe God!
2 Kings 8:1 tells us the woman received a prophetic word from Elisha that was directive in nature - "Arise and go with your household and sojourn wherever you can for the Lord has called for a famine, and moreover, it will come upon the land for seven years".
#1. The woman obeyed the prophetic word. Verse 2 says "so the woman arose and did as the man of God had said." She didn't debate the issue. Elisha had such credibility with the woman (since he had raised her son to life) that she and her household went to the land of the Philistines and lived there for the full seven years. Although the Philistines were an alien people, she valued the word of the Lord and willingly left her own land.
#2. The woman understood there was a time factor involved in her life. "At the end of the seven years the woman returned..." (verse 3). She didn't fully grasp how the restoration might occur, but she knew God's prophet said the famine would last for seven years and that time had expired. In obedience, she returned - expecting! Please note our heavenly Father always honors that kind of heartfelt obedience!
#3. The woman brought her petition for her land's return directly to the king. She didn't bother with the elders at the gates or any minor politicians. She went straight to the top. Verse 3 says that "she brought her appeal to the king for her house and land." Oddly enough, it was the very same time that Gehazi (Elisha's servant) was telling the king about the prophet raising the woman's son to life. Imagine the timing!
#4. The woman's faith is honored. The king was so impressed with this woman's faith that he immediately decided restoration was in order. "Restore all that was hers, and all the fruits of the field since the day that she left the land even until now," (verse 6). She didn't simply have her land returned. No. She had her land returned "fully" and all the profits of the seven years while she was gone. That is restoration!
Recently, missionary Candy Gammon sent us a photograph from Honduras as packages were being prepared for teachers at their Christian School. On the top of each package was a fresh copy of Tu Palabra - Thy Word in the Spanish language. We are reminded that daily God's Word continues to go forth utilizing that wonderful prayer tool in seven different languages.
Your regular prayers and faithful gifts of support are deeply appreciated as we sow our lives and our ministry materials into the Lord's harvest field across the Earth. We send our love and prayers today to you and yours in the blessed Name of the Lord Jesus!
Robert Paul & Debbie