Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Here I Raise My Ebenezer!

Sorrowing I shall be in spirit, Till released from flesh and sin, Yet from what I do inherit, Here Thy praises I’ll begin; Here I raise my Ebenezer; Here by Thy great help I’ve come; And I hope, by Thy good pleasure, Safely to arrive at home. (From "Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing" by Robert Robinson)
Then Samuel took a stone and set it up between Mizpah and Shen and called its name Ebenezer; for he said, “Till now the Lord has helped us.” (1 Samuel 7:12)

The word Ebenezer comes from the Hebrew words ’Eben hà-ezer (eh’-ben haw-e’-zer), which simply mean “stone of help”

I had a pretty interesting year last year. I had some great things happen and I had some really bad things happen.

The best thing that happened was the Lord put me at Ebenezer Baptist Church. He had been trying to call me to ministry for many years, and I needed to be in the environment that I've been in at EBC in order to really hear and understand that call. I'm thankful that in that environment I've been encouraged to teach and to grow. I'm so thankful for the body of believers that God has put me with.

I wait anxiously today to hear if I will receive financial aid to attend Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary this year. I hope it works out, but if not, I know that God has a greater plan, and perhaps it just isn't the right time. If it does work out, likewise, I'll know it is the right time.

It doesn't matter if good news that I can go now comes today, or if I find out I have to wait another year, I can pray with the understanding that God has helped me in my life, and that God has put me where I need to be.

What is it then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with the understanding also: I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the understanding also. (1 Corinthians 14:15 KJV)

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