Sunday, 26 June 2011

New Year's promise

Some of the churches in PNG have a sweet New Year's tradition.  The congregation gathers together for a service, a time of worship on New Year's Eve.  At the conclusion of the service, each person has the opportunity to pick up a small card printed with a Bible verse.  This verse is to be his or her promise for the year.

Anna had cervical cancer.  I made the diagnosis late last year.  Anna's Bible verse for 2011 was Psalm 91:3... "Surely he will safe you from the fowler's snare and from the deadly pestilence."  She believed that this was the Lord's special promise that he would heal her from cancer.

In March, Anna traveled to Lae for radiotherapy.  She came back to see me just this last week and is doing very well!  As she shared her testimony, her face was radiant.  God had touched her heart as well as her body.  Praise the Lord for his faithfulness!

"Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say of the Lord, 'He is my refuge and my fortress,
my God in whom I trust.'
Surely he will save you
from the fowler's snare
and from the deadly pestilence.
He will cover you with his feathers,
and under his wings you will find refuge;
his faithfulness with be your shield and rampart.
You will not fear the terror of night,
nor the arrow that flies by day,
nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,
nor the plague that destroys at midday.
A thousand my fall at your side,
ten thousand at your right hand,
but it will not come near you.
You will only observe with your eyes
and see the punishment of the wicked.
If you say, 'The Lord is my refuge,'
and you make the Most High your dwelling,
no harm will overtake you,
no disaster will come near your tent.
For he will command his angels concerning you
to guard you in all your ways;
they will lift you up in their hands,
so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.
You will tread on the lion and the cobra;
you will trample the great lion and the serpent.
'Because he loves me,' says the Lord, 'I will rescue him;
I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.
He will call on me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble,
I will deliver him and honor him.
With long life I will satisfy him
and show him my salvation.'"
~ Psalms 91

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