Hello Calvary Family! I pray this newsletter finds you well. Have you ever contemplated how wonderful it is to be alive? Recently many of us at Calvary have suffered devastating loses that by all accounts should have caused many of us to pack our faith and leave. Unfortunately, some have left. But I wonder how those who have stayed kept going? Then, as I listen to the testimonies of those who have not let hardship deter them from their faith in God, I am reminded that in Christ we have all the tools we need to persevere and overcome. Revelations Chapter 12 discusses how our enemy seeks to destroy all those who follow Jesus Christ but we prevail because God is warring for us. The times were challenging and tough but verse 11 says, “They overcame by the blood of the lamb and the word or their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto death.” The word “testimony” in the original Greek used in this passage is maturion which means “witness” or providing evidence based on experience. This is similar to when someone is called upon to share his/her testimony on the witness stand in court of what they have experienced or believe to be true. Their story is raw, heartfelt, and meaningful often making the difference in the decision others make to believe too.
We will all experience trials, tribulations and tests but by the blood of Jesus Christ you will prevail. But it does not stop there. Don’t hold your testimony to yourself. By sharing your testimony you encourage yourself that the Lord will see you through your grief and loss. You also, help others see that they can overcome as well. During this time of Thanksgiving many of us will be sharing a meal and time with our friends, relatives, and loved ones. We will share the latest updates of our lives since the time we saw each other last year. I encourage you to share more than just job promotions, graduations, new births, weddings and blessings. Share your testimony of how you are grateful for something that the Lord has brought you through. You may think your story is insignificant but you will be surprised how important it is for someone else to hear how you made it. Happy Thanksgiving!
God bless you!
Pastor Jabulani McCalister