Revelation 22:17, 20 The Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let the one who hears say, “Come!” Let the one who is thirsty come; and let the one who wishes take the free gift of the water of life. He who testifies to these things says, “Yes, I am coming soon.” Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.
On the afternoon of Saturday February 18, 2012, God used International Media outlets to speak through beloved Pastor T.D. Jakes (@BishopJakes) during the Home-Going of Whitney Houston. “God is Love,” was the message that was spoken loud and clear. Millions of people, both non-believers and believers, people from every culture and varied background you can imagine were witnessed to yesterday. Praise God for Pastor Jakes’ obedience to speak what God put in his heart!
On January 13, 1986, Pastor Bryant Wright (@bryantwright), who is the current President of the Southern Baptist Convention, came to visit my parents and me in our home in Marietta, Georgia. Originally, I was brought up in a Presbyterian church. I never heard the Word of the Gospel spoken the way Pastor Bryant brought it to life in my world prior to the Fall of 1985. Shortly ahead of our move from the Presbyterian church to Johnson Ferry Baptist church, I had been seeking God. I didn’t know at the time how he was going to get me “there,” but the evening of January 13th was an already planned event in Heaven.
I’m not sure what caused me to take notice of my mom’s nightly routine before she would go to sleep. I would conveniently find some reason or way to get into visit with her and read her Bible with her. I did not know the terminology for it at the time, but she was having Quiet Time with the Lord. Of course I didn’t mean to interrupt her, but God was drawing me in.
I recall early on in the Fall of 1985 sitting in the back of the Chapel one Sunday morning, listening to Bryant. My parents had their place picked-out, like we all do (these days, they sit towards the front of the House Ha ha). While I could physically see Bryant up front, the message I heard is what began to change my life. I wondered if it was Jesus up there speaking directly to me. I was so drawn in. My almost 15 years old mind was wrestling with the innocence of growing-up and facing a popularity contest at school and being disappointed by people when I was shut out of the group. People began spreading rumors about me that shut me down and locked me out of a dream for having friends. But I had found Jesus! I craved going to see Bryant preach on Sunday. I couldn’t wait to hear what he had to say. I took great joy in spending time with my mom reading her Bible in the evening and asking so many questions. If we had only had Google back then lol! I soon had a Bible of my own and that joyful night also lead to both me and my dad being baptized the same night along with my mom! Unfortunately, my brother wasn’t there. I don’t recall where he was.
I wrote a Tweet recently that said “What if your “Bucket List” had an item on it 1. See all of my immediate family & other close relatives & friends come to salvation in Jesus.” I’m not sure if my brother and my sister-in-law are saved. I’d like to be sure, but we have a terrible relationship so I’d love it if you’re reading this if you would pray. I know Jesus can bring restoration!