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4697 cdd Measuring a Man
Volume 19 Number 206
Today’s Author: Pastor Bill
Scripture: Ezekiel 40:3
“He took me there, and behold, there was a man whose appearance was like the appearance of bronze. He had a line of flax and a measuring rod in his hand, and he stood in the gateway” NKJV
Hello, my name is Pastor D. James Jah with Shepherds Life Mission Ministries, Paynesville, Liberia. Everyone calls me Pastor James. This is my Cross Testimony of how play time became prayer time and the Lord confirmed my assignment for Him.
I grew up in Bomi County 30 miles north and west of Monrovia the Capitol City of Liberia. I was the fourth born of seven children. My dad was a Pastor and mom cared for the children. We were in church all the time. There were no options, so I adjusted and used church as my play time. I didn’t pay much attention to the preaching and just spent my time playing with friends. Until I was sixteen years old.
A missionary came to town and as a group we decided to listen. Not sure why we picked that missionary or why that day, but we were there. The missionary spoke on, “How Do You Measure A Man.”
As I listened it became clear I was becoming a man and Jesus had expectations for my life. His words touched my heart. I knew this was for me. It was time I step up and be a man for Jesus. Everything changed. Church was no longer play time. It became pray time.
I started preaching to my friends at church and in school while leading Bible studies. That led to Bible school where I met my wife Konnah and we married. We now have five children.
The Lord had given me a passion for people to receive Christ. I grieved for those who did not know Him. I would pray for them, having never met them. Often, in my private time I would question the Lord to confirm that this was the direction He would have me go for Him.
Then some years back I had a dream. The Lord spoke to me as clear as we are speaking today. He asked, “Can you call my sheep and take care of them for me?” I emphatically answered, “Yes, Lord.” Then He spoke again saying, “If you take care of My sheep you will be successful in life.” Then the dream was over. I woke up trembling for having spoken with the King of Kings.
I woke Konnah and shared all that happened. We spent the remainder of the night praying and thanking the Lord for answering my prayer and for confirming His assignment.
When our first baby was to be born we prayed all would be well with the pregnancy and Konnah would deliver a happy healthy baby that would love the Lord. The pregnancy was a time of joy as we prepared for the baby’s arrival. In Liberia when in labor the hospital expects the mom will be escorted to the delivery with helpers during the delivery process.
One evening I was called away for prayer. I was gone and Konnah went into labor. I was not there and there was no one to escort her to the hospital. She prayed for help.
Two strangers knocked at the door. They knew exactly what to do and comforted her. They escorted her to the hospital where she gave birth to a happy, healthy baby boy.
We had never seen the two at the door before and we never saw them again. The hospital had never seen them either. They were professionals at tending to births and they were there for Konnah. They brought mom and the baby home. Two angels provided when needed most and then they were gone!
My favorite Bible verse is Acts 4:12 “Jesus is the only One who can save people. No one else in the world is able to save us.” NCV (Bible Paraphrase)
The Cross means to me Redemption, Freedom and Liberty. Everyone can come to Jesus and receive eternal life. No restrictions. Anyone.
This Cross planted will tell all who pass by: “Do This in Remembrance of Me.” Jesus died for all our sins. We must remember and not forget what he did for us. Come and accept Jesus Christ as Lord in your life.
Prayer: Father thank you that when you measured me You loved the missing pieces into place for Your Glory! In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen!
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