Message from the publisher:
The Lord Desires His Best For You
What a blessed privilege it is to share with you through Herald of His Coming! I believe that the Lord has wonderful plans in mind for you in the days ahead. You may ask how I can make such a statement, especially since it is likely that we have never met. Well, I make the statement not so much based on who you are (or who I am), but on who the Lord is. No matter what your present situation is, no matter how wonderful or how terrible it might be, the Lord deeply cares for you and has on His heart to draw you closer to Him and to His plans and purposes for your life. He created you and He loves you. He wants the very best for you. He wants your life to be filled with love, joy, peace, hope and purpose.
In last month’s Herald, we printed the message "A Great Year For You" in which Wesley Duewel shared that "God desires this to be the greatest year you have ever known…God wants this to be the year of answered prayer that you have been longing for. From God’s standpoint there is not the slightest reason why this should not be a miracle year for you!" Again, such statements may seem to be rather bold coming from someone who does not know you personally. But what gives the statements veracity and power is that Brother Duewel knows who the Lord is! And because of who the Lord is, we should expect tremendous things to happen in our lives as we look to Him.
Consider, for example, the following truths about the Lord, and what these truths mean for our lives. He is "able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work" (2 Cor. 9:8). He is "…able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us…" (Eph. 3:20). He is able to "…make your love increase and overflow…" (1 Thess. 3:12). He is able to "…sanctify you through and through" so that "your whole spirit, soul and body [is] kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ..." (1 Thess. 5:23). He "disciplines us for our good, that we may share in His holiness. No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it" (Heb. 12:10-11). He is able to "…equip you with everything good for doing His will, and…work in us what is pleasing to Him…" (Heb. 13:20-21). He makes us grow (1 Cor. 3:7). He"gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ" (1 Cor. 15:57). "His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and goodness. Through these He has given us His very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires." Therefore, you can expect to add, and should make every effort to add, "…to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love" (2 Pet. 1:3-7). And because God’s power and promises are at work, you can "possess these qualities in increasing measure" and be very effective and productive in your spiritual life (2 Pet. 1:8).
In other words, you and I have every reason to look forward to spiritual blessings in the days ahead because God gives us all the grace we need, He sanctifies us through and through, He disciplines us to bring forth greater life in us, He equips us, He makes us grow, He gives us victory, He gives us His resources, and He works in us through His incredible power and promises. We can be confident that He who began a good work in us will carry it on to completion (Phil. 1:6). The One who calls us is faithful and He will do it (1Thess. 5:24).
God Is a God of Life
Add to all of this the truth that God is a God of life. He has life in Himself (John 5:26), He is a fountain of life (Psa. 36:9), His Spirit is the Spirit of life (Rom. 8:2) and He gives life (John 6:63). The Lord Himself is our life (Deut. 30:20), and through His life He renews our life (Ruth 4:15), guards our life (Psa. 25:20), preserves our life (Psa. 41:2), redeems our life (Psa. 49:15), protects our life (Psa. 64:1), restores our life (Psa. 71:20) and watches over our life (Psa. 121:7). His Words are life (John 6:63) and when His living and active Word works in us, it brings forth a crop "thirty, sixty or even a hundred times what was sown" (Mark 4:20). Jesus is the way and the truth and the life (John 14:6) and He came so that we may have abundant life (John 10:10).
Because of these truths about the Lord, and all that He is able and eager to do, we can fully expect great things in our lives in the days ahead as we put our faith in Him. We can be confident that He will work through His Spirit to bring forth in our lives greater measures of "love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control…" (Gal. 5:22-23). As we remain in Christ, the True Vine, and His words remain in us (the branches), we will bear much fruit to the Father’s glory (John 15:1-8). We will be "like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither…" (Psalm 1:3).
Praying with Expectation
No wonder the Apostle Paul had such high expectations and prayed such bold prayers for God’s people. Consider, for example, his prayer in Colossians 1:9-12: "…we have not stopped praying for you and asking God to fill you with the knowledge of His will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding. And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please Him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to His glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and joyfully giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light."
Is it possible for you to live a life worthy of the Lord? …to please the Lord in every way? …to bear fruit in every good work? …to grow in the knowledge of the Lord? …to be strengthened with all power according to His glorious might? …to have great endurance and patience? …to be filled with joy and gratitude? Yes, these things are possible! And not only are they possible, they are the kinds of things that happen naturally (or supernaturally) when God’s life is at work in us. We should expect great things in our lives because our God is a great God!
The Best Is Yet to Come
The life of Job is a good illustration of how the Lord works, even through great adversity, to deepen our relationship with Him and bring us into greater seasons of blessing. How could Job ever have imagined, in the midst of all his suffering, that God was going to bless the latter part of his life more than the first (Job 42:12)? God’s plan from the very beginning was not to destroy Job, but to bless him. The greatest aspect of that blessing was the greater knowledge and awareness of the Lord’s Presence and power that Job received. But there were also material blessings as the Lord made Job prosperous again and gave him twice as much as he had before (Job 42:10).
No matter the condition of your present situation, the Lord has in mind to bring you into a greater awareness of His Presence and power. He wants you, in the days ahead, to know Him more, to bear more fruit for Him, to be stronger in Him, to be filled in greater measure with His Spirit and His Word, to have greater love and joy, and on and on.
In the Herald office we often pray that the latter part of this ministry will be more fruitful than the former part. This is in no way to suggest that we are ungrateful for the former blessings, for the Lord has indeed been very gracious throughout the 67 years of this ministry. But it is to say that we believe that because of who the Lord is, the spiritual impact of this ministry can increase in the days ahead. Through His increased anointing and provision, more people can be reached with salvation and revival literature, and those who are reached can be touched more deeply.
We invite you to join us in this prayer for the Herald ministry and also to pray for His deeper work in and through your own life. Pray this for others as well, such as family members or your church family. The Lord is looking for those who will have faith in Him to do what He has promised to do. Pray with great anticipation for the kinds of things that He alone can do! He is pleased with faith, and He is faithful to reward those who earnestly seek Him (Heb. 11:6).
Update from the Herald Office . . .
We offer praise to the Lord for helping us find a new company for mailings that go outside the U.S. This company will provide the same class of service as the previous company, but at a reduced rate. We rejoice over this savings because we believe that the more economically this ministry can operate, the more people can be reached with salvation and revival materials. Please join us in giving praise and thanks to the Lord for the new company and the reduced rate.
Attention Readers Outside the U.S. . . .
We would like to verify that mailings through this new company are as dependable and timely as previous mailings. As you may have opportunity, we will greatly appreciate hearing from you to make certain you are continuing to receive Herald materials in a timely way. You may write to a local office or contact the Herald office through the mailing address below, or by email at email@example.com or through the Herald website's "Comments" section.
Thank You for Your Support . . .
We thank all of you who are able to offer some kind of support to the ministry of Herald of His Coming. Your prayers, encouragement and financial support are vital. We hope to hear from you soon! You are invited to write to the ministry at:
Herald of His Coming
P.O. Box 279
Seelyville IN 47878