I have felt impressed to begin sending my book and music cd’s to Correctional institution Libraries across America and believe this will be a blessing to those who are desiring to allow God to transform them and prepare them for a new beginning. All of us have made terrible mistakes in our lives but some have suffered greatly because of things they have done. It is easy to judge and have resentment but difficult for our flesh to pray for others and see the good in someone else. There is hope in Jesus and forgiveness is the main reason He came to rescue ALL of us.
When the Lord changes a heart and mind, nothing is impossible because God can heal and make a way when there seems to be no way. We all need miracles every day and I am reminded of where any of us would be today if not for the mercy and grace of God. Sending these packages out are quite costly but we are believing that as the Lord continues to pour out His blessings on us we can continue blessing the world. Please pray that these resources will make a difference in the lives of others and that God may be honored and receive all glory.
Years ago, I used to go to Northpoint Prison in Burgin and Blackburn Correctional Center in Lexington with an elderly minister I affectionately called Brother Edwards. I would bring my guitar and sing some songs and he would bring a message from God’s Word. He still goes to the jails and nursing homes and I have been with him many times to the nursing homes. He is now in his eighties and has been a positive influence in my life because of his zeal to preach and his burden for the lost. He was never known for his thunderous voice or an amazing orator but rather his humility in his weakness provided the Holy Spirit the opportunity to be manifested. God used his sincere words and empowered them to touch hearts which is exactly what a messenger has been called to do.
In January we sent out packages of books and CDs to 19 State Prison Libraries in 12 states, including Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Colorado, Delaware, Idaho, Kentucky, Tennessee, and West Virginia. God is filled with long-suffering and is always ready to forgive. In fact, the reason why Jesus came into the world was to forgive you and I of our sins and offer us a new way of living. The Bible declares that we have ALL sinned and come short of the glory and that our righteousness is as filthy rags. There is no sin that is too dark or too terrible that God’s grace cannot forgive and when anyone accepts His gift of love and mercy, they become born-again and are washed CLEAN by the blood of Jesus Christ and are given a new chance to start all over again. God’s love goes beyond restoration – He has the power and authority to transform and create us into a BRAND NEW creation. When we have been purified and filled with the power of His Holy Spirit we are now heirs to His kingdom and a royal priesthood within His family. Yes, we still have our old body and fleshly nature but with faith that can move mountains and infinite power from the Holy Spirit, we can learn how to live all over again and devote our life to God’s truth which can lead us into His abundant life! Amen! We ALL need God’s compassion and forgiveness constantly and should not condemn others that have fallen along the way. If not for the grace of God where would any of us be? Let us always reach out to others with forgiveness and patience and love them like Jesus does.