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Sarah Shrum 9/26/12

 by Sarah Shrum

            Like every other ministry in these trying times, we are experiencing substantial financial difficulty. Recent medical needs have created ongoing financial obligations that are currently not being met. We are trusting in the word that states, “And my God will meet all your needs according to His glorious riches in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19.

            For those who are suffering as well we pray the blessing and favor of God over you as a shield and call upon the name of the Lord for your provision. For those who are in a place of greater comfort we ask that you would prayerfully consider if the Lord would have you partner with us in this trying time.

            This is an uncomfortable thing to write but the word states “You do not have, because you do not ask God.” James 4:2b. We are definitely asking God and if you are able to be part of the answer we praise Him and pray your reward would be rich. Thank you for being such valuable members of the Crushed Grapes expression of Christ in the earth in this season. We thank God for each of you and pray the limitless grace, peace, mercy, and favor of the most High in and upon you for His name’s sake.

            This is a trying season.  Old ways and strategies that were working and appropriate even six months ago don’t seem to work now.  Have you noticed how God seems to be calling each of us to go to the next level and in the process be purged of nearly everything that seemed critically important?  It seems to be a time of great internal preparation as well as external changes.  In all of us Holy Spirit is preparing to make room in our souls and spirits to open wide a way that the King of glory may come in greater measure to be released in and through us.  It also appears to be a time of intentional focus at the very ways of relating and functioning that served us so well in the past but now have become self imposed limitations and counterfeit security in a new season of growth and change.

            I resist change like the next person. But, in this season, change is like a freight train headed straight for us. Learning to hear the ultra quiet voice of God and alter course seems more important than ever.  Artificial limitations, playing it safe, and trying to be relevant or gain the approval of others are more dangerous now than they ever were, yet how familiar and safe they are to me and scores of others and what they have cost us is great.

             Countless stories in the Old Testament chronicle God’s faithfulness in times of great stress and change and often times it seems a large shift in circumstances precedes a great release of His Spirit and provision.  I, like you, long for this next move of God and am humbly positioning myself to be partners with Him and no longer in His way due to fear or passivity.

            Faith seems to be one of the greatest weapons in our arsenal these days and Jesus Himself asks in Luke 18:8 “But when the Son of Man returns, how many will he find on the earth who have faith?” I pray your faith is strong, your resolve is set on Him Who never fails and you realize your invaluable worth and place in the body of Christ.

            Jude 24, “Now all glory to God, who is able to keep you from falling away and will bring you with great joy into his glorious presence without a single fault.”

            Thank you for your lives as living epistles of faith, perseverance and triumph in these days..

                        Much love in Him,


Frank Smith
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