“Hearken unto me, you that follow after Righteousness: You that seek the Lord; Look into the Rock from which you are hewn, and the hole of the pit from which you were digged.”
This scripture is very significant to me since I worked in the coal mines in Nottingham England for 17 years, and then in Wyoming mines for another 9 years. It was during those years, I became a hopeless alcoholic and ultimately hit rock bottom. I felt the sorrows of death and pains of hell take hold of me and I found much trouble and sorrow.
One Sunday morning something wonderful happened. I awakened early in the morning after a night of debauchery. As I turned on the TV there was a man preaching the gospel, calling for repentance, and offering the peace that it brings. He seemed to speak directly to me asking me to turn my heart over to Jesus. He said Jesus would forgive all the blackness of my heart. So I did. I gave my heart to Jesus and made a decision to serve and follow Him. That was 1980. I continued to serve the Lord in Wyoming until I felt like I was called by the Lord’s leading in my heart to move to Seattle.
After being saved and baptized in water, the greatest gift the Lord has for us is the Baptism of the Holy Ghost. In John 14:16 Jesus said, “I will pray the Father and He shall give you another Comforter that may abide with you forever; even the Spirit of Truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it doesn’t see Him; But you know Him; for He dwells with you and shall be in you.”
This is the divine nature of God, living in us, “cleaning out the trash” and bringing the Life of God to dwell with us. He is equipping us with the Full Armor of God, manifesting what the Lord fully intended for us to be. We are his sons, declaring the love and works of Jesus Christ.
Be encouraged today, you people, for the Lord is filling His temple, His bride, His church.