Step III: RECOGNIZING YOUR GREATEST RESOURCE

By Adele M. Gill Adapted from ‘How to Go from Broken to Blest’ by Adele M. Gill ___________________________________________ “Ah! Those who call evil good, and good evil, who change darkness to light, and light into darkness…“ –Isaiah 5:20 __________________________________________________________ Life is not always fair, and truth can be an elusive butterfly whenever evil prevails. However, regardless of your circumstances, when you truly believe that “All things work for good for those who love God and are called according to His purpose.” [Romans 8:28], you can relax knowing everything will workout for the good. God’s in control—He’s got this! God will make a way for you–for good–for the asking, because He loves you unconditionally, even bringing Truth and Light into and through evil times of confusion, chaos, and darkness.   Where Does Your Help Come From? Through life’s storms, we can often feel lost, disappointed, afraid, and/or defeated. We sometimes hit the proverbial wall, and wonder how much more we can take before we reach the breaking point. But what we really need to do is realize that with Jesus, hope is ever present, even if it’s not something we can see or feel in the here and now. Hope in Jesus can enable us to thrive in difficult times. It can allow us to endure great things, looking ahead with positive expectations for the future, even as the temptation for despair looms large in your heart and mind. During tough times we may allow ourselves to focus more on our problems than on the remedy. But there is a better way to navigate storms as they arise, and placing...

Bringing Light into Darkness

By Adele M. Gill “I urge you, brothers, to watch out for those who create dissensions and obstacles, in opposition to the teaching that you learned; avoid them… The grace of our Lord Jesus be with you.” Romans 16:17 Certainly in these polarizing times, it can be hard for Christians to remain steadfast, close to what we have learned in and through Christ Jesus. Even when armed with scripture, the Word of God, the world, and some of the people we know, may attempt to stir up harsh dissention using intimidation, half-truths and lies to derail us from speaking truth. They may even hurl provocative insults your way, and present obstacles in an attempt to press you to persuade you to change what you know in faith to be absolute truth. Certainly people all have their own opinions on things, but when someone tries to uproot your faith, it is another matter entirely …   At that point, it is important to recognize that only The Enemy would attempt such folly, refuting and interfering with the Word of God imparted in you. This can even happen with anyone—even our loved ones whom we treasure–but we should not be surprised. God’s ways are not the ways of this world. At that point, it’s not your battle to fight. It belongs to Jesus Christ himself. It is also important to remember that sometimes you just need to pray, agree to disagree, and move on. We must pray for peace and discernment, stay alert, and be aware when this happens. For scripture clearly gives us some practical advice on how to handle...

Our Greatest Hope

                                                                                          by Adele M. Gill                           So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers,                                              to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up …” <<<   Ephesians 4:11-12   >>> ____________________________________________________ Recently, I met a missionary leader named Pastor Edward Mikwamba who lives in Malawi. His ministry’s challenges are great, as he and his missionary team deal daily with the sobering realities of Covid-19, poverty, drought, famine, and, among other things, an AIDS epidemic that has killed over 1 million people, leaving behind an estimated 1 million orphans without parents. Especially during this time of worldwide unrest and global pandemic, he and his missionary team serve as beacons of light, as they minister to both believers, and non-believers, across 4 rural African countries: Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe. God is equipping the Pastor’s leadership team to build up the body of Christ—His Church—and serve as an example to all who know them. So how can it be that these brave souls encounter such dire adversities with such great hope and courage? The answer is clear: God is equipping these dedicated...

Part II: Mayhem Never Wins

By Adele M. Gill “Scoffers enflame the city, but the wise calm the fury.” Proverbs 29:8 In these times of turbulence, chaos, and seemingly widespread unrest across the U.S., some days it may seem that our country is spinning out of control, and be beyond repair, and we will never resume normalcy and peace in this country again. Such unbridled mayhem may easily stoke the flames of fear and anxiety within us, leaving us feeling helpless, baffled as to ‘what to do’ and how to make sense of it all. I believe that the vast majority of Americans condemn anarchy, and that we all need to pray together for it to end swiftly. As is always the case, such destructive evil is only temporary… As God will not allow it to go on indefinitely and without consequences.   The Destruction of Anarchy Anarchy is clearly not a form of mental illness, nor is it warranted or right–ever. Rather, it is an evil that if left unchecked, will destroy, maim, and kill innocent people.  It threatens us all. Such violence can be very destructive on so many levels, far beyond the obvious—even to our sense of well-being. It is unsettling to watch anarchical violence on TV or our Face Book news feeds, as it leaves us feeling unsettled, fearful, and yearning for peaceful times. Often originating in  urban areas, as destruction and unnecessary violence ensues, it can spread to the suburbs, as well. The idea of defunding the police, especially at a time such as this, because of a few bad actors, defies logic. Though police reforms are much needed, we look...

George Floyd: “Momma I Can’t Breathe”

By Adele M. Gill     “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14   “Momma I can’t breathe.” These were the gut-wrenching last words of George Floyd, as he was murdered while under police arrest in Minneapolis last week. Racism: Like Covid, In Need of a Cure Last night there was a peaceful protest in nearby Edgewood, Maryland in response to the murder of George Floyd. The protest called, ‘Momma I Can’t Breathe,’ was organized by a group called, Mothers of Murdered Sons & Daughters. During the protest, group co-founder, Daphne Alston, was quoted by Baltimore WMAR News as saying: “So as America is looking for a cure for Covid, Black America is looking for a cure from this racism…” Truer words were never spoken. The Scourge of Racism In actuality, we all need to work together to find a cure for the scourge of racism, it is not just up to the people directly affected by it to affect change. We need to dialog and check our own hearts for any hint of discrimination, because this battle is won one soul at a time. As Daphne Alston indicated, racism is, indeed, a social and cultural virus in need of a cure. We need to work diligently to dismantle and derail the plague of violent racism and bigotry gripping our country. In essence, the death of George Floyd provides us with an...

Wherever You Go

By Chaplain Adele M. Gill    “Be strong & courageous…Do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9 God will be with you wherever you go. In today’s world, it takes radical faith to be able to believe in Jesus and stand up in faith for one’s Christianity. It takes great strength and courage, especially in times of adversity, to seek God’s help, and hand Him the reigns. But when we realize that He is with us wherever we go anyway, and is fighting our battles with us and for us for the asking, we can strive to follow Him to higher ground. It is when we believe that we are sons and daughters, heirs of God, in fact, empowered to follow Jesus and do His divine will, that we can rest assured we are not alone in this turbulent world—Jesus is with us. Beyond self-esteem, this understanding helps us know our worth in the eyes of God.                                               “Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ,                                        if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.” Romans 8:17 Somehow, when we consider that God is with us everywhere we go, guiding, comforting, protecting, healing and saving us, it makes it easier to endure things....