The night I posted Unholy Union, I lay in bed, eyes wide open. Thoughts flooded my mind. Voices vied for my attention. Did you really have to write those paragraphs? Why did I have to do it with the risk of hurting a good friend? It pained me so much just to think about it: the way she had chosen in life is what separates us. But her salvation is not yet too late. One day she will receive Him and we will be united by one Spirit. What? Do you really believe you can save her? Do you really believe you have that power to root out and to pull down? The enemy was at its element again – sowing seeds of doubts and unbelief. Well, he was just being himself: the liar that he is!
See, I have this day set you over the nations and over the kingdoms,
To root out and to pull down,
To destroy and to throw down,
To build and to plant. (Jer. 1:10)
Rooting out, pulling down, destroying, and throwing down strongholds are never easy. That is why our beloved pastor Evangelist Wilde E. Almeda has, through the years of his ministry, been praying and fasting unrelentingly. For preaching the Gospel to bring true salvation to the lost does not just happen. And it certainly doesn’t happen by a deluge of enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power (1 Cor. 2:4). It takes unceasing prayers with fasting. And so, workers of the vineyard of the Lord go and preach to the uttermost parts of this country, and even overseas, powered by God’s anointing through praise and worship, prayers and fasting. They are backed-up by prayers of the beloved pastor, prayer warriors and brethren in Christ.
For how then can they boldly enter strongholds, fearlessly and fiercely preaching the Gospel? For indeed, God’s army is set up against strongholds of:
the good life
For as I myself have experienced, the one who has everything in this world would rarely humble down and surrender all, except he or she be called in sickness, weakness and hopelessness. So, knowing this, it is not at all because of my might or power that the sinner will come to repentance but the power of God and it will be His Spirit that will draw them.
For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek. (Rom. 1:16)
Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts. (Zech. 4:6)
I may desire and pray fervently for the salvation of my loved ones and friends, but ultimately, it is the Lord’s mercy and power that will draw them to Him. It is the Lord’s Spirit that will speak to their hearts.
So then it is not of him who wills, nor of him who runs, but of God who shows mercy. (Rom. 9:16)
I will just have to keep on praying and sharing the Gospel with the guidance of the Holy Spirit, truly desiring their salvation and speaking the truth in love.
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