Life Savings Are Gone

As an online missionary for Global Media Outreach ( www.godlife.com )  I received an email from Gordon in an African country.  He’s a solid Christian, but his life savings and property are gone, confiscated by lawyers through the courts.

His question: “What could be wrong?  I have become an object of ridicule in my community, even in church. I have lost all confidence. My family thinks I am a failure because I am unable to provide as I once did. I don’t know if my prayers are worthy of God.  Please help me. God is my only hope at the moment.  Gordon”

I felt so sad I couldn’t think how to respond.  I turned off my computer and prayed.  Later I wrote: “Dear Gordon, I am sorry.  Do you remember Job in the Bible?  What did Job do wrong that caused him to lose everything but his life? Nothing! He was a godly man. Despite his calamities, he said, ‘Though God slay me, yet will I trust in Him.’  During the darkness of Job’s life, he discovered treasures about God.  I believe God is going to do the same for you, Gordon, so that you will better understand God’s purpose for your life.  God has given you strength to start again. Thank Him for what you do have and move forward without anger or bitterness.

“Satan is the temporary god of this world, but his reign is coming to an end.  Soon Jesus will return and all will be put right.  This life is a test. I want to pass the test. You want to pass it too. Continue to praise God, giving thanks even in your trials. This is one way we show God that we are trusting Him. Trusting God is what the Christian life is all about. Jesus loves you Gordon. I care.   ~ K”

Gordon’s response:  “Dear K,  Thank you.  My family and I will serve the living God, no matter how bitter my life becomes.  As humans we think we need the Protector when the devil overwhelms us. I am learning that suffering breeds faith.”

He continued… “Our hope cannot be based on a comfortable, trouble-free life.  Jesus said in John 16:33, ‘In this world you will have troubles, but have courage! I have overcome the world.’ Jesus says we WILL have troubles, not IF we have troubles.  Jesus’ promise is victory over the things of this world, not happiness in them.  In 1 John 2:15-17 we are warned against loving this world and its comforts. This world is fading away, and so are the pleasures it holds.  Nothing will take me away from believing and serving God.  Thank you. ~ Gordon”

“Dear Gordon,   You just preached to me a sermon! Did you know that? God has given you faith that will help you encourage others, just as you have now encouraged me!  Keep trusting and clinging to Him, no matter what. He will not fail you.  ~ K”

  • Then his wife said to him, “Do you still hold fast to your integrity? Curse God and die!” Job 2:9-10
  •  Though he slay me, yet will I hope in him.    Job 13:15a
  •  I know that my redeemer lives, and that in the end He will stand on the earth.       Job 19:25
  • SONG:   I LOVE THE LORD – By Kathleen:
  • [This life is temporary. This life is short.  When this life is over, our bodies will die and become empty shells, but our souls will continue to live forever.  Where will the “real you” live?  Will you live for all eternity separated from God?  Or will you spend eternity in the presence of God in heaven?   Learn more so you can make your most important decision:    http://www.whoisjesus-really.com/  and www.godlife.com
     

About Kathleen

God delights in working through His people as they submit to Him. Jesus said to go into all the world and preach the good news to everyone (Mark 16:15). No matter where we live on this planet, people are separated from God because of sin. We ALL need a Savior, and there’s only ONE. It brings me great joy to share Christ with the lost and lonely. Over the years I’ve learned a great deal while facilitating Bible studies. I’ve found myself on college and university campuses, the beach, the streets, the hospital, the jail and the juvenile facility for incarcerated teens sharing God’s message of love. I also serve as an online missionary with Global Media Outreach. I’ve seen countless lives transformed when people turn away from sin and turn to Jesus. The changes God makes are real and lasting. These are some of my experiences. NOTE: My stories have been altered, removing any and all identifying factors. This includes names and other particulars in order to protect confidentiality and anonymity.
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6 Responses to Life Savings Are Gone

  1. Liana says:

    Another wonderful message of faith … faith that is strengthened in adversity. Clinging tighter to the True Vine so that the winds will not rip the true believer from the Source.

  2. Helene says:

    What an encouraging exchange between the family of God. Blessed are you for being guided by the Holy Spirit for the advice you gave Gordon – just what he needed.

  3. Gina Monetti says:

    So much encouragement here, Kathleen! I love it! Glory to God who blesses us all the time with His presence, especially in the midst of trials.

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