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September 2019 - Failure Is Not An Option

     These words were spoken by the ICU doctor as Dylan, our three-year old grandson, was fighting for his life.  I thought, “I like that doctor.  Keep him in here.”  We had watched Dylan grow weaker with alarming symptoms which, we learned later, had been misdiagnosed.  It became so difficult for him to breathe one night; he was rushed to the emergency room where they discovered his white blood cell count was critically high.  After being transferred to a hospital where they could properly treat him, the doctor told us Dylan had stage four leukemia with a large mass in his chest.  This mass was closing off his airway.
     Dylan was put in a medically induced coma so he could be treated.  At one time 14 machines were working to keep him alive.  His parents, loved ones, and countless friends joined together in faith-filled prayers.   We believed Jesus, the Great Physician, was directing everything being done medically through the doctors and devoted nurses.   The situation looked impossible!   At that point someone asked, what would happen if a certain treatment failed. The doctor spoke these words that still impact us today: “Failure is not an option!”  That was a turning point for Dylan. 
     The critical procedure of removing the diseased blood, vial by vial was next.  Every drop of his blood was replaced by the healthy, living blood of a donor.   From that moment things started to turn.  Every day Dylan needed a miracle, as there was a fight for his kidneys, his lungs or other organs to function.  We continued to pray, speak the Word and worship God and one of the doctors said, “Whatever you are doing, keep doing it!”   This is what we did. We released our faith in the blood of Jesus for every situation.  We declared, “Devil, you cannot win this case! Jesus already paid for our redemption!”  There is a fight, but it’s a faith fight.  The blood of Jesus has already won the battle and purchased complete redemption from the curse of the law (Gal.3:13), but the victory must be enforced with a testimony of faith.
     I saw my daughter’s face drop after the doctor said Dylan may never talk again and I reminded her we didn’t have what he said, but according to Mark 11:23, we have what we say.  We will never forget the day we heard Dylan talk again.  He is an overcomer and is healed by Jesus’ stripes!

FAITH IN THE BLOOD OF JESUS

     The powerful evangelist, Smith Wigglesworth said, “There’s not one thing in me the blood does not cleanse.”  When he prayed for a paralyzed man who felt too unworthy to be healed, Wigglesworth spoke these powerful words from Psalm 130:3 to the dying man, “If You, LORD, should mark iniquities, O Lord, who could stand?” He said, “I want you to forget everything, except what the Bible says about Jesus.”  The man put his attention only on Jesus and was healed.
     Just as the life-saving blood of the donor replaced the diseased blood in Dylan’s body, the precious redeeming blood of Jesus has replaced our sin nature with God’s own righteousness.  Your trust in God alone immediately qualifies you for His best blessings.   The blood not only removes sin, but the stain and memory of it as well. 

Many have said, “Oh, I’ve missed it so, I wish I could forget about the past, those mistakes, and those faults and those failures, and even the wrong and sin that I did. Yea, saith the Lord, do not count as nothing My blood.  Remember My blood, the precious blood, the divine blood of the divine Son of God was shed for the remission of sin. And yea, the Lord has declared, “I, even I Am He that blots out thy transgressions, and I will not remember thy sins.  So do not dwell on the past.  Think no longer of that which is past. And when the enemy shall bring a picture of it before your mind, just laugh and say, “Ha, ha! That does not exist, Mr. Devil!” - Prophetic word from Rev. Kenneth E. Hagin

     Resist the accusations of the devil with faith in the blood of Jesus.  You must look the devil in the face and take your victory and shout, “I have faith in the blood and failure is not an option!”

BUILD YOUR FAITH AND HELP TO SEND FAITH

     Don’t let the lies of the enemy torment you, instead strengthen your faith in the blood of Jesus.  Take advantage of this special offer for your gift of $25 or more:  the book and the four CD set called “The Bloodline of a Champion,” along with a new two CD set titled “Failure Is Not An Option.” 
     With your partnership, the goal to publish our books in 100 languages is being achieved. Books go to places we cannot go. Thanks to you, the German language is now added to that list! Our books in Portuguese and Nepalese will be distributed during the upcoming mission trips to Brazil in September and Nepal in November. Your giving will help us equip pastors and leaders in remote regions of the world. Thank you for sending us! The blessing of faithful partnership is this: “My God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”

In Christ,
Mark and Trina

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August 2019 - God Is Working In You

   Since I had the privilege of driving my kids, Aaron and Alicia, to school when they were young, I wanted to make the most of our time together. So, I taught them these Bible verses: Philippians 1:6; 2:13; 4:13 and 4:19. We memorized them, discussed them and to this day, they remind us that God is doing an ongoing, successful work in us.  Let’s look at Philippians 2:13 in some different translations: 

 God will continually revitalize you, implanting within you the passion to do what pleases Him.  (TPT) 

it is God who is all the while supplying the impulse, giving you the power to resolve, the strength to perform, the execution of His good pleasure.  (Way)  

[Not in your own strength] for it is God Who is all the while effectually at work in you [energizing and creating in you the power and desire], both to will and to work for His good pleasure and satisfaction and delight. (AMP) 

   Notice the word “worketh” because when you understand it, your expectation and hope will be limitless!  The Greek word for “worketh” is energeo, which is where we get the English word energy.  Energeo means: “the divine energy put forth to effectually bring about a tangible, noticeable change.”  It literally means it is the will of God to put forth power constantly, in every moment, active at every second that will change our behavior permanently.   

God is the One who is constantly putting forth His energy in you. (Wuest) 

   God Himself is personally working in you.  This takes you out of the trying department and into the doing department!    When you don’t have the energy or you don’t “want to” press on, just keep saying, “God is working in me.”  In the middle of trouble, God Himself is working. He has plans, purposes and divine appointments for you. God will get you in the right place, at the right time, with the right people. 
   God has made the plans for you and He Himself is working with His energy in you to accomplish them.  For He performs what is appointed for me... Job 23:14. You are the believer and God is the performer.  Ephesians 2:10 (AMP) says,  For we are God’s [own] handiwork (His workmanship), recreated in Christ Jesus, [born anew] that we may do those good works which God predestined (planned beforehand) for us [taking paths which He prepared ahead of time], that we should walk in them [living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us to live. 

YOU WORK IT OUT 

   People who are serious about their physical development or a sport will hire a trainer, stick to a schedule and will even eat a certain kind of diet.  They may have a natural talent for a sport, but they must develop their skills and strengths with certain workouts, even when there is pain.  Pain is really a sign that weakness is leaving your body.  1 Tim. 4:8 (AMP) says, Physical training is of some value (useful for a little), but godliness (spiritual training) is useful and of value in everything and in every way, for it holds promise for the present life and also for the life which is to come. 
   God is working in you, but you must personally work it from the inside to the outside.  Philippians 2:12 (AMP) says, …work out (cultivate, carry out to the goal, and fully complete) your own salvation with reverence and awe and trembling (self-distrust, with serious caution, tenderness of conscience, watchfulness against temptation, timidly shrinking from whatever might offend God and discredit the name of Christ).  God’s working in you. Now you work it out.  
   You might be weak in walking in love or being patient.  However, as you begin meditating on the Word and acting on it, you will strengthen yourself in God’s love.  Love is in you – you just have to work it out.  God has a reputation for working with real losers and making them champions! 
   At age 17 I got into some trouble with my friends, so my parents sent me to Africa to work with missionaries for the summer.  That meant I no longer had those friends, TV, rock music and a car.   One night I had a powerful encounter with God - God was working in me.  I knew when I got back home, I told my friends I wasn’t going out with them because I needed to study my Bible - I had to work it out They thought my mom was making me do it, but I wasn’t doing this for mom.  Instead, God was working new desires in me. This was serious spiritual training!  These are the areas I worked out:  1) Bible Meditation 2) Prayer in the Spirit 3) Identification with Christ 4) Walking in Love and 5) Generosity. 
   I was never voted the most likely to succeed in my 1973 high school annual, but now I’m the only one in my class to fly over our town in a jet! God has done a good work in my life and I can testify it doesn’t cost to serve God; it pays!  

WORK IT OUT 

   This month we want to offer you some tools that will help you with your spiritual training.  We have a brand-new 2 CD set called, “Work It Out.” Along with that we have a wonderful set called, “North Side of the Mountain.” God can make the sweetest music out of the greatest times of adversity in your life. For your offering of $25 or more we will send you these outstanding messages.  The love of God will never fail in any situation. It’s shed abroad in your heart by the Holy Ghost and will cause you to walk in victory.   
We recently returned from Kenya in East Africa. It was a wonderful time in the presence of the Lord with pastors, ministers and Bible School students who were so hungry to receive from God. We are also anticipating outstanding meetings in Sao Paulo, Brazil September 27 - 30, 2019.    
   Thank you once again for your faithful partnership with us in World Missions as we spread this message together! We agree with you for a harvest on your seed sown. One thing my daddy said was, “With God payday isn’t always on Friday, or the first, or the fifteenth, but God’s paydays always come (Hebrews 6:10)!”  

In Christ, 
Mark and Trina 

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