Choice greetings in the mighty Name of our Savior.
Genesis 8:5 (NASB) records an unusual event as the flood of Noah's day began to recede from the earth. "And the water decreased steadily until the tenth month; in the tenth month, on the first day of the month, the tops of the mountains became visible." This verse has a unique application to the first day of a New Year. In this verse the "tenth month" corresponds with our month of January, so that the "first day" is actually our January 1.
The fact that the tops of the mountains were now visible is significant because for roughly 150 days the peaks had been hidden. It is equally important the new visibility happened on the first day of a New Year. It seems to be God's way of saying: "I'm giving you a fresh opportunity to begin again." Without question, that's one of the great beauties of the New Year. We can start over!
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. In various word studies, the number "nine" is considered fruitful because of its connection to the nine fruits of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23), and the nine gifts of the Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:8-11). Also, we note that Psalm 119 contains the longest chapter in the entire Bible with 175 verses. 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 believe that supernatural encounters with the Lord will be part of our Year of Visitation in 2019. Please note what happened 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!
Psalms 65:9 is another example. "You visit the earth and water it; You enrich it with the river of God, which is full of water; You prepare their grain for thus You have established it." Notice that God "prepares" and "establishes" through visitation. He empowers each of us with gifts, talents and abilities which are released in greater measure and usefulness in Visitation! Verse 11 says: "You crown the year with your bounty, and your carts overflow with abundance."
Saturday, February 16, 2019 at 7 p.m., and Sunday, February 17, 2019 at 10 a.m., Robert Paul & Debbie Lamb will be ministering in two special services at Marion Christian Center, 1452 Old Corner Road, Marion, SC 29571; phone: 843-423-0227. Please come and join us if you live anywhere in the vicinity. You will be mightily blessed of the Lord!
Robert Paul & Debbie
REFLECTION OVER 2018
Debbie and I can truthfully say that 2018 was a remarkable year in which we have witnessed God's work in beautiful, redemptive and miraculous ways. The Lord has been so very faithful to us throughout the year!
Through multiple opportunities to share the Gospel we have seen the hand of God touch countless lives. In February before an audience of some 400 at a mid-week service at Rock Church in Virginia Beach, VA, I had the privilege of praying over a woman with severe bronchitis . . . and she was supernaturally healed by the Spirit of the Lord. It was astounding!
At the opening night Conference of the Soul Saving Station's annual meeting July 4th in Raleigh, N.C. I was asked to preach the first night's service before an estimated audience of some 500 people. Afterwards our ministry team prayed over every person in the audience! Lives were transformed.
Throughout the year, Debbie and I had multiple services and conferences in both South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, Alabama and Virginia. We are so very grateful to God for the lives changed, souls born into the Kingdom and sick bodies healed. Thank You, Jesus!
Debbie and our daughter, Rebecca also made a life-changing trip to Israel in April. They both have continually stated how God visited them on this trip and they are looking forward to return sometime soon. They have also stated I "must" go back with them to the Holy Land on that next trip!
During 2018, I also completed editorial work on the book, The God Zone with my long time friend, Bishop Anne Gimenez from the Rock Church. Hopefully, many of you have already received your personal copy of this life-changing, revelatory book.
Many of you are aware that Debbie's best-selling book, Thy Word has been translated into Mandarin Chinese and over 100,000 downloads of the book have been obtained by believers in China. However, severe persecution has come to Christians in China. Churches have been destroyed. The government has also targeted mission agencies and given them 48 hours to leave the country. Our website for Thy Word has been changed requiring personal information before the book can be downloaded . . . and few downloads have since occurred. We ask for your prayers in this situation and for the Christians who are being arrested and persecuted by their own government!
Debbie and I thank you for allowing God to work through you in 2018 and for entrusting us with your love gifts. Our efforts in preaching and publishing the Gospel would simply not be possible without your partnership . . . and we are so very grateful!
Robert Paul & Debbie