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Cyber Daily Devotion
Volume 20 Number 109
Today’s Author: Pastor Bill
Scripture: Hebrews 4:16
“Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need” NKJV
Hello, my name is Father Jamil Khadir with the St. Philips Anglican Church of Nablus, Palestine in the Holy Land. I was born less than an hour away from here in the city of Zababdeh, the youngest of four children. My dad was a shaver of stones and a taxi driver. My mom was a nurse. We were a church family. We had our own pew in the church. We were the only ones to ever sit there!
From my beginning I loved the Lord Jesus. I was always active in the church. Helping the Priest, carrying his Cross and keeping the place extra clean.
When I was in eighth grade war surrounded us. I drew closer to Jesus. I told the Priest I wanted to be a Priest too. He was wise. He said, “I see your heart and your passion is for the Lord. I will help you, but you must go to school. He told me to finish High school and then go to college and get s secular degree. Then he said, “When you have done that come back and see me.
Eight years later after graduating from College with an accounting degree, I went back to see the Priest. It was November and he said, “Jamil, you cannot not start your theological degree until August. Find an accounting job and we will talk in the summer.” I did as he said.
I received a very prestigious job with great pay. But my heart longed to serve the Lord. In the summer we talked, and I was ready to complete my Theological degree. I resigned from my accounting job and three years later graduated with my master’s degree in theology.
In 2016 I was assigned as a Deacon and was ordained in Ammon, Jordan. From there I became at priest. In 2018 I returned here to my homeland as a Priest, right here at St. Philips Anglican Church. I’m not married yet but looking forward for the right woman. The one the Lord has for me to share His ministry and have a family.
I dreamed of being a Pastor and leading a church — I stuck with the Lord and He stuck with me. Now it is a reality.
The Lord has provided signs for me. Clear messages that confirm which way I should lean in a decision. He has not failed me in any major decision in my life.
I’m still relatively new in ministry but one miracle stands out in my life. A previous Pastor fell ill when his bodily functions began stopping, one at a time. He was confined to the hospital ICU for 26 days. Every day I visited him and prayed for his healing. One by one his functions began working again. When he was healed and out of the hospital he reminisced about his experience. The doctor came in to speak with him and noticed he had a spot on his head where his hair was gone. He told the Pastor that he was not to concerned about the spot but asked, “Do you know any reason why your hair is missing?” At first he was surprised to learn the hair was gone but then remembered what happened. He spoke in a soft voice, “Yes, now I remember, that is where Jesus was holding my head during my time in the hospital.”
The Holy Spirit speaks to me about everyone I meet, one on one. The Spirit will bring to me first and foremost what a person needs. I step in and pray, and it will be done in the name of Jesus Christ. It just happens.
My Favorite Bible Verse is Matthew 22:39b: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” (In today’s culture it is clear we love ourselves more than anything or anyone else).
What I like best about ministry is people. I have a heart of mercy and enjoy working one on one with the disabled every chance I get. I spent much time while in Jordan teaching those who were both blind and deaf how to communicate through touches of their hands. It gave me great joy to bring a smile on the face of a child who previously could not communicate.
The Cross to me means new life in Jesus Christ. Without the Cross, no salvation. Without salvation no eternal life. When you love Jesus the Cross becomes real in your life.
When people enter our prayer garden, I want them to experience Jesus firsthand. I want them to look to and through the Cross to see Jesus. There is hope in Jesus. I am alive because of the Cross. Jesus lived, died and rose from the grave for me. He paid the price for my sins. I want them to understand and experience that.
Prayer: Father thank you for your Mercy through the Cross of Jesus Christ that gives us eternal life. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen!
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