Good News is the 4th devotional from Mandisa’s series. As I stated yesterday I will post the remaining of her devotional series. some with a narrative some, as is.
“The Lord is not being slow in doing what he promised—the way some people understand slowness. But God is being patient with you. He doesn’t want anyone to be lost. He wants everyone to change their ways and stop sinning.” 2 Peter 3:9 ERV
“We can come to God with no doubts. This means that when we ask God for things (and those things agree with what God wants for us), God cares about what we say.” 1 John 5:14 ERV
“The apostles did not stop teaching the people. They continued to tell the Good News—that Jesus is the Messiah. They did this every day in the Temple area and in people’s homes.”Acts 5:42 ERV
Devotional by Mandisa
I prayed for my brother John’s salvation for decades. I even wrote a song about it on my ‘Overcomer’ album. The bridge of “Dear John” says,
“It’s not a list of do’s and don’ts
Not a record of your faults
He gave His life to pay it all
He loves you just the way you are
You are forgiven by His scars
Just open up your heart”
There were days when I would pray with boldness and authority concerning John. Then, there were days when I wondered if my prayers were falling on deaf ears. I knew that God desired for my brother to have hope for eternity even more than I longed for it. But at times, I wavered in unbelief. After my friend Lakisha died from cancer, I stopped praying for anything.
I figured that God had His own plans, so He could just leave me out of it. It was in that season of dark hopelessness that my brother called me up and essentially asked, “What must I do to be saved?” On July 13, 2016 I led my brother in the prayer of salvation, and in an instant, John became your brother too! I immediately recorded a video and posted it on all of my social media sites proclaiming the good news that he who was lost had been found!
That’s the thing about good news—we can’t wait to share it. And somehow, hearing it shouted from the rooftops encourages those of us walking a similar road. My prayer is that, by sharing John’s story, it will build the hope of many of you who are standing in the gap for your loved one whose salvation you are interceding for.
As your sister in Christ, I want to assure you that your heavenly Father hears your prayers and is working beyond what your human eyes can see. Keep asking. Keep seeking. Keep knocking. Keep loving. Keep sharing. Keep believing. And when that day comes where your faith becomes sight, tell the world all about your “Good News”!
We all have those loved one’s we pray for their “Good News”. I always share the good news of when my husband accepted Christ. What I couldn’t do in 12 years being with him, God used a tragedy and our children to take care of that in 12 months. During those 12 years I prayed for him, but I rejoiced and shared the good news when he did finally take that step. When someone you love takes this path, its a blessing for that person, but also for the person who spent many moons praying over that person. It is not easy, it is hard work. sometimes we wonder what if….but when it happens boy oh boy do we celebrate and feel blessed as well.
Can I tell you something….In the bible we see this as well…. When Mary went to share her news to Elizabeth, Elizabeth also celebrated Mary’s good news.
Not only did she acknowledge how Mary has been blessed, her baby (John the Baptist) from the womb also rejoiced.
Sometimes when other people receive a blessing, we get happy and their blessing blesses us. Just like in this case where Mandisa’s brother salvation was a blessing to her, my husband’s seeking salvation was also a blessing to my self…. the very things you are praying for for someone else, or even when someone shares a blessing with you can be a blessing to you as well.
I enjoy the children’s services in our church, not because we (my co teacher and I) are the ones in charge now, or because my kids (all of the students in the class ) are actively involved, but because we can see your joy, your passion in your worship and praise. Every Sunday I watch from my seat the boys play the instruments alongside the musicians. My heart fills me up with joy. They are so moved, worshiping God with their instruments they make me feel blessed. Not just the boys, every service I see some of the girls singing and dancing along, I see some of the students playing their percussion instruments, singing along worshiping God. That is a blessing to even want to praise and worship the lord. Their blessings get me excited and become my blessings. I can relate to Elizabeth’s reaction to Mary’s blessings. Sometimes it’s not your own blessing that can bless you, it is someone else’s blessings that moves you.
Father today I thank you for my blessings. I also thank you for the blessings you give others. For those blessings also brings joy to my soul, even though those blessings are not my own, but the joy of knowing that you still answer, you still move, you still hear us, you still respond, you still bless us, blesses me. Thank you. Amen.