Minister Joseph Shepherd

20 But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost,

21 Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.

22 And of some have compassion, making a difference:

23 And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh.

24 Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy,

25 To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.

Jude 1:20-25

I pray that you all are having a wonderful day as you come across today’s blog. If not, that is okay. You know why? As the old saying goes, “as long as you’re on top of the ground, and the ground isn’t on top of you, then you still have life!” Here in Jude, these scriptures remind me of David Wilkerson’s message titled “Anguish.”

I was in a wilderness situation at Henderson State during baseball season when I first heard the message. There were several things that were not going my way at the time. I had this grand idea of how I was going to put up numbers and get myself a sweet contract to go fulfill my dream of playing in the Big leagues! In doing so, I began to idolize baseball, and the Lord put a halt to that quickly. Once I heard David Wilkerson’s testimony on “Anguish”, it helped me drastically, and my motive for playing begin to change. Having to come down from my high horse, I allowed the Father to process me. At that time I did not see it, but it sure was a testament to my faith.

Many times in life we are going to be pushed, pricked, set back, and even in disarray. Nevertheless, our wilderness experiences continue to shape us into the men and women God calls us to be. When God is applying pressure to our situations in life, what are we going to do?

16 For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.

17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;

18 While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.

2 Corinthians 2:16-18

In closing, I encourage you all to listen to “Anguish” by David Wilkerson. Anguish means extreme distress or discomfort about something. There are many situations where God has brought us to a breaking point of anguish but, He always prevails in the end. Hallelujah! When all else fails, we should hit our knees to pray, as we can’t overcome the wilderness in our own strength. Yet, by Holy Spirit, we endure them all.

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