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ENCOURAGEMENT PART II


A Personal Testimony

Second Trimester

In the second attempt to destroy me it seemed like there was more and more demands and needs
placed upon me. There are not enough hours in the day. My thoughts were to pray, to write, to study,
but my days were so full of what ‘needed’ to be done. Things that had to be taken care of: House
cleaning, yard work, pool work, cooking, washing, ironing, grocery shopping, family needs, doctor
visits, errands that had to be done.

When I moved into the home we are in today, I believed that very soon the Lord was going to provide
help in the areas of cleaning, yard, pool, etc. This house was and is a house of ministry. As time has
gone on the Lord’s timetable has not yet been released in these areas.

The pressure of not understanding about time and the wells of financing drying up plus the added
drama of mom (Bob’s mom) being sick and the time it takes to care for her; the lack of time to pray as I
did before….I felt my energy and strength dwindling and I began to wonder……

LORD WHAT IS GOING ON????

I want all to understand I do not mind caring for his mom, she is eighty-seven (87) years young and a
precious woman of God and I feel honored to be able to care for her through this difficult time.

Remember the Lord had told us to ‘Go out and reap the Harvest’. So we were walking out in faith
visiting churches around the city….waiting for the direction of the Lord when in March……we found out
Bob’s mom had cancer. She had come to stay with us doing the winter months but had not felt well
since her arrival in December.

She was wanting to go home the first week in March and was going to go to her doctor back home.
She continued to get worse, so I talked her into visiting a doctor here.

Problem: She was having problems swallowing, talking and mucus had to be physically taken out of
her mouth.

After visiting three doctors she was diagnosed with B Cell lymphoma (cancer) of the throat. You could
have blown both of us over with a feather…..there was no cancer in her family. Mom was a Pastor’s
wife for fifty-two (52) years and  had never smoked or drank.

Let me remind you the Lord had told us about ‘Suddenly(s)’ and ‘Quickly(s)’ would be happening. Our
destiny was before us…..Go out and reap the harvest. Now if the Lord had said these things to you
wouldn’t you believe that doors/avenues would be opening up for ministry?

In our case first the money dried up, (I am not complaining God has reasons for everything He does and
He is in charge of our lives) there was just enough to print a few books and send them out.

Now mom was going to need 24/7 care for an undetermined amount of time. She would never be a
burden to anyone but this was something we did not foresee.

Now with funds dried up and my time and energy turned in another direction….I began to think:

How can I minister around the world when I barely have time to pray and study?

How can this be God’s plan?

What about the harvest the Lord said we were to  reap?

Questions…..Questions……Questions

With seemingly no answers coming through….the heavens ‘suddenly’ seemed like brass.

My mind was getting weary and my body worn down. I wondered how could God do anything through
me…at my age and with all that was going on.

I began wondering about so many things. Promises from people, pledges not coming in, negative
thoughts began to try and strangle me again.

I began questioning again: What had I done wrong......after all this time had I missed God? Then the
Lord reminded me that Moses was not called or set forth until he was eighty (80) years old.

While all this stuff around me is going on, my eyes seemingly focused on the carnal/natural things
surrounding me I walked down into our sanctuary, very weary in spirit. I usually sit first and worship
with music, but this day I had this strong desire to read His Word. I had forgotten to bring my Bible
down. I started to get up and get my Bible, but when I looked up I saw all the scriptures the Lord, at one
time or another had me put on the walls and said to myself, “there are scriptures all around me I’ll
begin reading them.” So I began reading them one by one. The first one I read was Isaiah 60:2’ which
says:

Isaiah 60:2
For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and deep darkness the people; But the LORD will arise
over you and His glory will be seen upon you.

Another one was I King 8:10-11

And it came to pass, when the priests came out of the holy place, that the cloud filled the house of the
LORD, so that the priests could not continue ministering because of the cloud; for the glory of the LORD
filled the house of the LORD.

Then I read
Ephesians 3:16
That He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory to be strengthened with might through
His Spirit in the inner man.

And still another one Pslam148:13
Let them praise the name of the LORD, for His name alone is exalted; His glory is above the earth and
heaven.

I went around the whole room quoting His Words back into my heart. I began seeing satan’s ploy/plot
for my destruction and remembered the words of my Lord that satan was a liar and the father of ALL
lies. I began seeing more scriptures like…….I have been predestined through Christ, the Anointed One,

Ephesians 1:5-6
Having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure
of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved.

II Corinthians 6:17-18
Come out from among them and be separate, says the Lord. Do not touch what is unclean, and I will
receive you.” “I will be a Father to you, and you shall be My sons and daughters; says the LORD,
Almighty.”

I read that I am an overcomer:

I John 2:13
I write to you, fathers, because you have known Him who is from the beginning. I write to you, young
men, because you have overcome the wicked one. I write to you, little children, because you have
known the Father…

John 16:33
These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have
tribulation; but be of good cheer, “I have overcome the world.”

Jesus, Savior of the world is my Friend:

John 15:13-15
“Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends. You are My friends if you
do whatever I command you. No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his
master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from My Father I have made
known to you”

I have a promise!

John 14:2-3
“In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a
place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that
where I am, there you may be also.”

Plus Christ is the fullness of God in the flesh:

Colossians 2:9-15
For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily; and you are complete in him, who is the head
of all principality and power. In Him you were also circumcised with the circumcision made without
hands, by putting off the body of the sins of the flesh, by the circumcision of Christ, buried with Him in
baptism, in which you also were raised with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him
from the dead.  And you, being dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has
made alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses, having wiped out the handwriting of
requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us. And He has taken it out of the way,
having nailed it to the cross. Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle
of them, triumphing over them in it.

If you are not about to S-H-O-U-T by now….I’ll do the shouting for all of us! WOW! What a powerful
scripture….all by itself. But there is more He has given me/us the ‘keys’ to bind and loose, in heaven
and on earth:

Matthew 16:19
“And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound
in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed I heaven.”

We, as children of God are counted as sheep for slaughter….but God….I love saying that…..but GOD
says nothing can separate me from Jesus:

Romans 8:36-37
As it is written: “for Your sake we are killed all day long; we are accounted as sheep for the
slaughter.” Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am
persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor
things to come. Nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the
love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

I do not know about you but I am not hearing the Lord stutter at all as He speaks truth into our spirits.
He tells me further tho satan accuses me daily I have a advocate with my Father, Jesus Christ……that I
am a ‘new’ creature and there is no condemnation in me through Christ.

Revelation 12:10
Then I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, “Now salvation, and strength and the kingdom of our God,
and the power of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our
God day and night, has been cast down.

II Corinthians 5:17-18
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things
have become new. Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ
And has given us the ministry of reconciliation……

Romans 8:1
There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according
to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.

Then I began to worship this King of kings and Lord of lords….through His own Word:

Psalm 100
Make a joyful shout to the LORD, all you lands! Serve the LORD with gladness; come before His
presence with singing. Know that the LORD, He is God; It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves;
We are His people and the sheep of His pasture. Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His
courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name. For the LORD is good; His mercy is
everlasting, and His truth endures to all generations.

People do you hear what I hear and see? We are welcome into the holy places where God dwells; His
gates, His courts, His sanctuary…..His presence. I do not know about you but that is S-H-O-U-T-I-N-G
material to my ears and spirit.

Psalm 150
PRAISE the LORD! Praise God in His sanctuary; Praise Him in His mighty firmament! Praise Him
according to His excellent greatness! Praise Him with the sound of the trumpet; Praise Him with the
lute and harp! Praise Him with the timbrel and dance; Praise Him with stringed instruments and flutes!
Praise Him with loud cymbals; Praise Him with clashing cymbals! Let everything that has breath praise
the LORD! Praise the LORD!

I do not know about you but with every scripture I read I am finding it harder and harder to sit in my
seat. I want to sing…..I want to shout….I want to dance before my Lord and King…..JESUS!

So now I say to myself, “Why should I be discouraged or dismayed? If Jesus said it, it will come to
pass….in His time and His way.

In one of the prophetic words He spoke to me, He said I would be making a

360 degree turn. Wanting to please God and being human I thought about things happening in the
normal/natural ways….but God wants to show us things we have never seen; in ways we have never
seen them. He wants to do things different; in ways we have never done them. It is hard for most
humans to change gears, but this generation must change gears to go in the direction God wants us to
go.

Sometimes, for most of us, to stop doing what you have been doing and turning in a completely
different way is extremely hard. So to bring us to the destiny He has planned for us He has to put up a
Divine Detour sign       ……in my case it has been a

STOP sign.  

So once again I put on my Father’s suit of armor, draw my sword and took my stand/my watch….
knowing God never fails and His promises are True and Amen!

Yes, God has promised us a harvest, but if we are not willing to turn…..if we are not willing to change
‘our’ way of doing things….if we fail to listen to His Spirit’s direction we will miss HIS HARVEST for us.
We may receive a harvest but it will not be the harvest He has prepared for us.

Once again satan’s tricks/ploys to destroy me have been discovered and trampled under my feet…..my
second trimester has been completed and the birth of my baby/destiny is safe within the arms of God.

How did God do it?........THROUGH HIS WORD!

Link to Encouragement Part III
In Christ love and the fellowship of
His body
Bob, Dee and Marilyn
Courtney Werstler
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