Don't Give Up On Them!
A Message From A Friend
From Juanita Pike
For a day in thy courts is better than a thousand. I had rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God, than to dwell in the tents of wickedness.
11 For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.
12 O LORD of hosts, blessed is the man that trusteth in thee.
2 Chronicles 7:14
If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land 2 Chronicles 7:14
A voice was heard upon the high places, weeping and supplications of the children of Israel: for they have perverted their way, and they have forgotten the LORD their God.
Return, ye backsliding children, and I will heal your backslidings. Behold, we come unto thee; for thou art the LORD our God.
Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
God bless you!
I have a friend who has a Prison Ministry , her and her husband has had it many years . The have seen inmates come in and go, some return!! My Friend wrote "Juanita I need to tell you about my feelings on my ministry.
I was low down in my spirit , a sad sack , discouraged and
the thought of trying to encourage anyone made me shudder. At this moment I was not thinking about how inmates felt , I only had my feelings I was thinking about!!! You know "oh me" feeling. This is were I was so close to throwing up my hands and screaming to the top of
my lungs these words "I QUIT" THAT'S IT NEVER AGAIN FORGET IT". See Juanita I had lost the vision for souls behind bars that led me to this Ministry in the first place. Even forgot all God by His Spirit had done as I ministered to those discouraged and lonely souls!!
Juanita at that moment all I could think about was ME , Twyla and how bad I felt. I have learned that is when we "throw in the towel" when we get our eyes on SELF instead of souls that is the Treasures of Gods Kingdom!!!
However God came just in time to rescue my thoughts . Let me tell you Juanita how God came to me through another Child of God . I got word from a Mom that her son was going back to prison. Now if anyone should be screaming it should be her. Even though I know it happens, this was one inmate I would never have thought it would happen to. I was shocked and shaken , had just put 300 News Day Christian Letters to be mailed to the inmates. But the joy and excitement for the ministry was slipping away!!! But what God did next changed everything. I had just asked a e-mail friend to pray for ME and the INMATE!!
There is a song that I Twyla sings many times. "HE NEVER GAVE UP ON ME AND NEITHER WILL HE GIVE UP ON YOU. I heard your name today , I heard you made a mistake again and oh how it hit me. I had such high hopes for you , that your faith would keep you above trouble waters". [ Author Unknown ]
Son when I heard you was back in prison my faith in you was shaken!! Then Twyla said "Juanita my E-Mail friend said "I have spent the morning praying for you" [ By the way I have a E-Mail Ministry Prayer List that has prayed for MANY that they did not know but had a LOVE FOR SOULS!!!]
Twyla said her E-Mail Friend said "I have been where you are . I had to learn "THE GIVING UP PART IS NOT IN OUR JOB DESCRIPTION " when we signed on to work for the KING!!! No where does it say "YOU CAN QUIT
BECAUSE THINGS GET HARD"!!! Twyla said , the E-Mail Friend said "Our job is to LOVE NO MATTER WHAT"!!! Twyla think of the times God NEVER gave up on us . He just kept on loving "when we was right and when we was wrong"!!
Disappointment is so much a part of the inmates life ,
they fight that spiritual warfare every day. All the "ifs" they think of . A life time of "if I had it all to do over again". My Friend said "Twyla I have been were you are BUT I MADE UP MY MIND I am Gods warrior for those inmates and I WILL STAND IN THE GAP , NO MATTER WHAT!!!
God has equipped us both with His Agape Love, is the reason we answered the call in the first place. These inmates have to pay society a debt BUT their soul can be free!! In the end "THAT IS ALL THAT MATTERS"!!
A Clarion Call To Return To: Holiness ~ Sanctification ~ Consecration ~ Righteousness ~Purity & Integrity