April 7, 2008

A Contagious outburst of Faith

(Felita Kealing is active at ABC, together with her husband and two sons. Her mother, Gladys Lewis, died suddenly on March 26. Gladys was well known in the Pasadena area for her work with non-profit agencies especially those serving children. At her memorial service last Saturday, her son read this testimony which he discovered on her computer. There was no indication of when or why she wrote it, but it was a wonderful gift to her children and the others in attendance.

What will your children discover on your computer when you die? What deposit of faith and inspiration will you leave behind?
—Pastor George Van Alstine)

Hallelujah! He is the First and Last, the Beginning and the End!

He is the keeper of Creation and the Creator of all! He always was, He always is, and He always will be … unmoved, unchanged, undefeated, and never undone! He was bruised and brought healing! He was pierced and eased pain! He was persecuted and brought freedom! He was dead and brought life! He is risen and brings power! He reigns and brings peace!

He is light, love, longevity, and Lord. He is Goodness, Kindness, Gentleness, and God. He is Holy, Righteous, Mighty, Powerful, and Pure. His ways are right, His word is eternal, His will is unchanging, and His mind is on me. He is my Redeemer, He is my Savior, He is my Guide, and He is my peace! He is my joy, He is my comfort, He is my Lord, and He rules my life! I serve Him because His bond is love, His burden is light, and His goal for me is abundant life. I follow Him because He is the wisdom of the wise, the power of the powerful, the ancient of days, the ruler of rulers, the leader of leaders, the overseer of the over comers, and the Sovereign Lord of all that was and is to come.

And if that seems impressive to you, try this for size. His goal is a relationship with ME! He will never leave me, never forsake me, never mislead me, never forget me, never overlook me, and never cancel my appointment in His appointment book. When I fall, He lifts me up! When I fail, He forgives! When I am weak, He is strong! When I am lost, He is the way! When I am afraid, he is my courage! When I stumble, He steadies me! When I am hurt, He heals me! When I am broken, He mends me! When I am blind, He leads me. When I am hungry, He feeds me! When I face trials, He is with me! When I face persecution, He shields me! When I face problems, He comforts me! When I face loss, He provides for me! When I face Death, He carries me Home! He is everything for everybody, everywhere, every time, and in every way. He is God. He is faithful. I am His, and He is mine! Understand this … He said it, that settles it. God is in control. I am on His side, and that means all is well with my soul. Everyday is a blessing for God Is!

I love the Lord and thank Him for all that he does in my life; therefore, I’m passing this on to each of you. Yes, I do love Jesus. He is my source of existence and Savior. He keeps me functioning each and everyday. Without Him, I will be nothing. Without Him, I am nothing, but with Him, I can do all things. (Philippians 4:13)

The Words of Gladys Marie (Bishop) Lewis
Sunrise, July 21, 1944 – Sunset, March 26, 2008