Despair is a Round Trip

I was closing an email from Doug, the Saxophone Player, and my eye quickly glanced down at his signature.

This email came from his office at the jail, and I was just moved to tears seeing his title. You may not know my husband’s testimony**, but I can tell you that I did not marry a man fit to be a minister. I married a great guy, but he had some big problems. Those problems affected his family, and drove me to despair so many times I don’t need a map anymore.

Yet, in those places of hopelessness The Holy Spirit kept telling me to trust God. Sometimes, there would be this flash of a vision from an unknown future. I would see him speaking to a group of people, Bible in hand. Where did that come from?

I can’t get over what God has done in my husband’s life, and I hope I NEVER do! I hope I never forget what God has done, and that He is able to do far more than we can hope or imagine—if we will just keep trusting Him. That trust will most likely mean a few trips to despair for anyone daring enough to let God do things His way, but I promise it’s a round trip when we’re in His hands. It’s a round trip!

I did not marry a man worthy of his titles: Reverand, Pastor, Chaplain, Chief Executive Officer, President. He wasn’t worthy of the work the Lord has entrusted to his care, but God made him worthy. God persevered, and Doug surrendered.

If you know the way to Despair as well as I once did, please seek the Lord for help. Please, believe that He is able to help you in your circumstances, because what He does for one of His children*, He will do for any of them.

*If you aren’t sure you are a child of God, don’t wait to find out. CLICK HERE.
** This is Doug’s Testimony. CLICK HERE

In One Hour

I would like to share this prophetic message with you from Rev David Wilkerson. I think it’s important to for us to consider the warning he shares in this message. Most church leaders acknowledge that we are living in the Last Days, and this message concerns the events before the Rapture of the Believers and the seven-years of Tribulation on the earth. Your eschatological views may not agree with a pre-Tribulation Rapture, but that should not hinder you from listening to this message. Whenever the Rapture takes place—if it even does take place—this message is still pertinent to every person who calls themselves a Christian.

ABOUT DAVID WILKERSON
If you aren’t familiar with David Wilkerson, he is most well-known for a book The Cross and The Switchblade. This book tells the story of his outreach to the gang community in New York City in the 1950’s. The diminutive David faced this giant with bold faith, and his act of obedience led to the founding of Teen Challenge, World Challenge, and Times Square Church. By the way, the book was made into a movie in 1970, and you can watch for free here: MOVIE LINK. I highly recommend it!

THE MESSAGE
This message was preached at Times Square Church in New York City on August 5, 2007. The message is based on Isaiah 24.

Behold, the Lord makes the earth empty and makes it waste,
Distorts its surface
And scatters abroad its inhabitants.
And it shall be:
As with the people, so with the priest;
As with the servant, so with his master;
As with the maid, so with her mistress;
As with the buyer, so with the seller;
As with the lender, so with the borrower;
As with the creditor, so with the debtor.
The land shall be entirely emptied and utterly plundered,
For the Lord has spoken this word.

Isaiah 24:1-3 (NKJV)

Pastor David speaks of a shaking that will come upon the earth before the Tribulation. He warns: “The Bible says sudden destruction comes when the cup of violence overflows.” He believes this passage is speaking to us, today. He points to a particular violence that has become rampant across the globe. “Around the world are numerous wars and bloody uprisings, yet foremost in my mind is all the violence waged against children. I think of the sexual violence of pedophiles. Children are being abused, raped, kidnapped and forced into enslavement in the global sex trade. The world’s largest church denomination has spent hundreds of millions to settle claims of people molested in childhood by clergy. How long will God endure the silenced cries of children mistreated by those who would represent Christ?”

I have listened to this message many times over the years, and read it many times more. I know I have shared it more than once, too. I guess I think certain things need repeating.

WATCH, LISTEN, READ
Below is a high-quality audio of the message, links to the written message, and links to the two-part video of him actually preaching the message.

WRITTEN MESSAGE: In One Hour, Everything is Going to Change

TWO-PART VIDEO PRESENTATION:
PART 1
PART 2

I hope you are blessed by the preaching of God’s Word and the ministry of Brother Wilkerson.

See you there,
Caroline ❤

If

I’d like to share a few quotes from Missionary Amy Carmichael‘s book entitled If. It is based on 1 Corinthians 13, often called the love chapter in the Bible.

If you aren’t familiar with Amy Carmichael (1867-1951), I encourage you to click on her name and read the very brief biography at that link. There really have been very few women like her.

“If I myself dominate myself,
if my thoughts revolve round myself,
if I am so occupied with myself I rarely

have a heart at leisure from itself,
then I know nothing of Calvary love.

Amy Carmichael

“If the praise of others elates me
and their blame depresses me;
if I cannot rest under misunderstanding
without defending myself;
if I love to be loved more than to love,
to be served more than to serve,
then I know nothing of Calvary love.

Amy Carmichael

“If I do not forget about such a trifle as personal success,
so that it never crosses my mind, or if it does,
is never given room there; if the cup of flattery tastes sweet to me,
then I know nothing of Calvary love.

Amy Carmichael

“If my interest in the work of others is cool;
if I think in terms of my own special work;
if the burdens of others are not my burdens too,
and their joys mine,
then I know nothing of Calvary love.”

Amy Carmichael

“If souls can suffer alongside, and I hardly know it,
because the spirit of discernment is not in me,
then I know nothing of Calvary love.”

Amy Carmichael

I have been thinking lately how much I underestimate God’s expectations of me. When I consider the life this woman, how she served and sacrificed for Christ and others, I am horrified by my laziness, failure, and complacency. Do I know nothing of Calvary’s love? Lately, I wonder.