I heard C.R. Oliver on a daily broadcast of the Trunews network. He had just returned from Cambodia where he met with a group of believers who had survived the terrible persecution of Christians under the regime of Pol Pot back in the the 1970’s. Rev. Oliver publishes a monthly news letter called, “Zadok Publications”. His August newsletter contained an account of a lunch that he shared with an older gentleman. This man began relating how he had lived his life as a Christian up to that point.
Dr. Oliver wrote: “He unfolded a ‘scheme’ of living which will bear fruit in the life of anyone who will adopt its premises.He began by saying he learned by prayer and intense times with the Lord to make a wall or hedge about the things given him by God as his inheritance: his family, his belongings, his personal experiences. This was his field or vineyard. At first, it was a small vineyard. He asked the angels to help him close off any venue that would allow satan into his plot. He asked the Holy Spirit to assist him in ferreting out anything growing in the soil of his heart (or the heart of his loved ones) that might be a vein to bring about evil or destruction. Turning with a sober expression, He declared that such activity took time and patience–but yielded great results. Before long, sickness disappeared in the lives of his two sons. His wife and he began to experience a harmony that was not describable. He reiterated that he was always quick to respond to the Spirit’s promptings and sought the Spirit’s daily (almost minute by minute) input in his life. Harmony and blessings at home fostered his ability to have a peaceful work environ.
Staying on this course, he expanded his vineyard to include others of his family (relatives) and even friends or persons the Lord would bring into his life (which thankfully included me). God would show him things about the others, and with a gentle spirit, he would pray until they were confessed or corrected and the soil of those hearts was good ground like his own.
Slowly, he shared how, with prayer and staying close to God’s word, his inheritance grew to a huge portion. Yes, he grew spiritually along with the added responsibilities, but always kept the basic premise of planting only in good soil. His sons are now grown and haven’t experienced a sick day in their lives. Aging, with its threats of pain and dysfunction, found him utilizing his tried and true principles of bringing symptoms under authority. He doesn’t receive them, won’t tolerate their incursion, and stymies them at the offset.
Tears came to his eyes as he recounted having to stand strong many times in the confidence of the Lord to overcome the vicissitudes of life. He stood when others were crumbling in
their resolve, often being criticized as being unrealistic and practicing avoidance behavior.
As he told his life experiences, I too entered his estate and looked about at the vastness of his vineyard. I thought of the correlative Scriptures that support his life style.”
“Many sorrows shall be to the sicked; but he who trusts in the Lord, mercy shall surround him. Be glad in the Lord and rejoice, you righteous; and shout for joy, all you upright in heart!
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