Submitted by: Rosita Enriquez (Anaheim, CA)
Dear Fellow Young Adult Saints,
I have to testify this: we cannot go on without a companion, and we will be dead if we do not pay the price to get into the ministry! I am serious. Let me share this experience with you. I was struggling and worrying about certain things going on, normal things, perhaps things that you also worry about, pending errands, financial difficulties, etc. I called on the Lord and struggled to call on The Lord. I remembered brother Ed Marks’ encouragement to pray-read “Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace” (Rom 15:13). The Lord granted His peace but then the troublesome mind would not stop bothering. Worries are a personification of Satan. I tried to look for solutions to what was bothering me and I even felt like I just wanted to isolate myself from the saints.
But Hallelujah! It was 6 o’clock, the time when my companion and I have an appointment to read. I shared just a little of what was going on with her and then continued reading the last half of the Colossians Life-Study where we left off last time. My companion is so busy, having a full-time job and being a wife and mother, but we found a time that is suitable for both of us.
Saints, as we read, I got Christ! We only read a few paragraphs. I don’t know exactly what portion enlivened me, but the Word got into me. We read about living Christ versus living by our self-made culture, or even self-made church-life culture. O we must live Christ, contacting Him unceasingly. One portion said that if we analyze our day we will realize that we did not live Christ most of the day. O Lord save us that we would not live ourselves but that with Paul we could say, “To me to live is Christ.” I also enjoyed the last sentence, “We must condemn any culture that replaces Christ. Our need is TO LIVE CHRIST, TO LIVE BY THIS ALL-INCLUSIVE PERSON IN OUR SPIRIT.”
Saints, I was revived. I was able to declare that before reading with my companion over the phone I looked like Satan, but after I hung up, I had more God in me and I looked more like Christ, who lives in me.
Dear saints, no matter how busy we are, let’s get into the ministry. Don’t fight alone. Lord, give us companions, give us Your Word.