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.
January 13th I sent out packages of books and cd’s to 19 State Prisons 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. The reason why Jesus came to the world was to forgive us of our sins and offer us a new way of living. There is no sin greater than God’s grace and when anyone becomes born-again they are washed clean by the blood of Christ and are given a new chance to start all over again. God’s love goes beyond restoration because that is just patching up the old life. When we have been transformed and renewed with the power of God’s grace we are made into a “brand new” spirit! Yes, we still have our old body and nature but with the power and help 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. We ALL need God’s mercy and forgiveness constantly and should not condemn others that have fallen. If not for the grace of God where would any of us be? Reach out to others with encouragement and allow the Lord of all creation to use you to bring inspiration and hope to those who are hurting.