So delighted that the church is not a building at all. The church is the Lord’s people. And wow, when it was discovered that I had the dreaded disease, cancer, the Body of Christ moved right into action. There is a verse in the Song of Solomon (6:4) that reads:
“Awesome as an army with banners! The Body of Christ started praying, mobilizing help, praying more, and mobilizing meals-praying, encouraging, and helping- incredible! Awesome as an army with banners!
Yes, I say awesome! The Lord also touched the heart of a young 13 year old when he learned I was sick, and he not only prayed for me, he sought the Lord in His Word, and that is not all- he felt he needed to share with me what the Lord put on his heart, so he called our phone on August 23rd, 2010. Now for some reason we did not hear this call so it went to voice-mail- so for months I would replay his message over and over again, so coming from the voice of a youth I would hear:
“Hello Ms. Toni, this is Landon. I just wanted to read you some scriptures that the Lord gave to me for you. It is from Psalm 18: “I love you, O LORD, my strength. The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge. He is my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
I call to the LORD, who is worthy of praise, and I am saved from my enemies…
He reached down from on high and took hold of me; he drew me out of deep waters. He rescued me from the powerful enemy, from my foes, who were too strong for me. They confronted me in the day of my disaster, but the LORD was my support…
As for God, his way is perfect; the word of the LORD is flawless. He is a shield for all who take refuge in him. For who is God besides the LORD? And who is the Rock except our God? It is God who arms me with strength and makes my way perfect. He makes my feet like the feet of a deer; he enables me to stand on the heights.
He trains my hands for battle; my arms can bend a bow of bronze.
You give me Your shield of victory, and your right hand sustains me; you stoop down to make me great. You broaden the path beneath me, so that my ankles do not turn.
I pursued my enemies and overtook them; I did not turn back till they were destroyed. I crushed them so that they could not rise; they fell beneath my feet. You armed with with strength for the battle; you made my adversaries bow at my feet. You made my enemies turn their back in flight, and I destroyed my foes. They cried for help, but there was no one to save them- to the LORD, but he did not answer…
The LORD lives! Praise be to my Rock! Exalted be God my Savior!”
I am so glad that we missed the call!The recording brought me hope when I was afraid.
The Bible says that our sons and daughters shall prophesy! These words encouraged me tremendously! These were God’s words for me, given to a courageous young man! What if he didn’t call? All I can say is, I am so thankful that he did! Thank you always for that call Landon.
Is there a letter we need to write? Or a call we need to make? Could that be how he trains my hands for battle?!