Have you lost your job yet? Have you gone hungry yet? Have you been forced to run for your life and live in a cave yet? Have you been diagnosed with a fatal disease yet? Have you been beaten, been put in prison and been torchered because of Me yet? Try reading, 2 Corinthians 11:21-33.
Have you had Christians, lie, cheat and steal from you? Have you had a pastor abuse you? Have been betrayed by a brother or sister? Have you been deceived by church leadership? Have you been ignored or put down by church members yet? Do they mock you and call you a fanatic because of your love and dedication to Me? Have you had your children reject you and call you crazy, because of Me, yet? Has your spouse threatened to walk away, because of your love for Me? Try reading, Matthew 10:32-37.
Have you had a full bank account, where I have asked you to give it all away? Have I asked you to sell all your possessions and move to a place you would never choose to live? Have I asked you to leave family and friends and all your comforts yet? Have I asked you to go witness in a place where there is a very good chance they will kill you? Have I asked you to give your car away yet? Have I asked you to give away your very last dollar yet? Try reading, Luke 18:18-30.
If you answered yes to all the above questions and you are still fervently serving Me, then you can say, yes your faith is solid, but your humility will prevent you from ever saying it! But if the answer is no to any of the above, then you don’t really know how strong your faith is, do you?
I said all that to say this: Do not judge the backslider, but start loving them back into the kingdom!
“If you see someone overtaken in a fault, and you call yourself spiritual, you are to work to restore that one in the spirit of meekness; considering the fact, you don’t really know how solid your faith is. The fact is you have yet to be tested in all points like I was, be very careful, because pride could also cause you to fall,” Galatians 6:1.
~ Jim Hammerle
|Jim Hammerle(1941-2017) began ministry working with David Wilkerson and Nicky Cruz, founding Teen Challenge Philadelphia. 6 times in the mission field pastoring a mission ship, 15 years with tv and radio, teaching, and preaching. As a retired businessman, Jim helped to feed widows and orphans in Uganda, helping Muslims find the Jesus who fed them. He became His banker and was privileged to give His money away, wherever He decided, so he also helping to build an orphanage in Haiti and investing in lives in the USA. Totally in love with his Lord, at age 73 he served in ministry at Victory Christian Church and lived every hour listening for his Heavenly Father’s voice. Jim passed away on May 23, 2017 to be with the LORD.|