April 3, 2020

And the Lord appeared to Solomon by night, and said unto him, I have heard thy prayer, and have chosen this place to myself for an house of sacrifice. If I shut up heaven that there be no rain, or if I command the locusts to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among my people; 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. Now mine eyes shall be open, and mine ears attent unto the prayer that is made in this place. For now have I chosen and sanctified this house, that my name may be there for ever: and mine eyes and mine heart shall be there perpetually. (2 Chronicles 7:12-16)

In our world's current state of affairs, the saints of God carry great leverage in determining the outcomes. We must align ourselves with God's perfect will (which is outlined in His Word), while experiencing His permissive will (what He allows to happen in our lives). As we cry out to God to heal the land, repentance from known and unknown sin is most essential. Isaiah told Isreal, "Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool. If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land: But if ye refuse and rebel, ye shall be devoured with the sword: for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it. (Isaiah 1:18-20).

Always, always, and again I say always choose the side of the Lord. We decree that we will walk in divine health, live in abundance, and know where we will spend eternity. Let's pray earnestly for our family, as well as everyone who is experiencing the effects of the current global crisis. Reach out to a family member today and talk, listen, and/or pray with them. It will do us good.

Our gathering in Pascagoula is documented on video; check it out and circulate it so we can "think on these things" (Phil. 4:8). I love you all.


What was the name of the stream flowing under the wooden bridge near the homestead in Lewisville, Arkansas?

Thomas Stream
Turpentine River
Bodcaw Creek
Suckin' Mud
Check out this article on Douglas Thomas, Benjamin S. Quarles Endowed Professor of History at Grambling State University
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