Doors Opening After Receiving God's Love
BLESS YOU for writing Destined To Reign. Having come to Iligan City in the Philippines in November last year with the intention of working alongside my Filipina wife, Remy, to reach out to the city's youth, I had experienced nothing but frustration as every plan seemed to fail miserably, and we got further and further into debt. We had built up a once-a-month meeting of around 600 young people, only to see it falter for the lack of 1,000 pesos (about US$25) for the rental of the local AOG hall! In the end, I got on my knees and cried out to God, "What am I doing wrong Lord, You know I love You, and You know my heart—I have no secrets hidden from You."
We visited a good friend, a local church pastor, and without saying a word, he thrust your book at me and said, "You need to read this." He hadn't even read it for himself, but God knew that he would place it in my hands. I knew it was God's answer to my prayer the moment I began to read it—yes, I love God, but I had NEVER received His love for me.
Joseph, your book has completely transformed my life. For the first time, I know that I am greatly blessed, highly favored and deeply loved by God. I know that I am in Christ and that I can do ALL things through Him. I have received revelation that I am the righteousness of God IN Christ Jesus, and that the same resurrection POWER that raised Jesus from the dead is at work within me, and as He is in this world, so am I.
I am so excited! At last, I can come BOLDLY before God's throne and receive everything that the Father has for me. I want to be in His presence, whereas before I would make any excuse not to, because I thought that He was displeased with me. Suddenly things are happening—invitations to preach and to speak on local radio. I have been invited to co-pastor a local church and be involved in a "moral recovery program" in the City Hall Building where I have the opportunity to speak to every department about God's love once a week.
From my heart, Joseph, thank you so much for being obedient and for writing the book. I am now determined to preach the unmerited favor of God, and the beauty and loveliness of Jesus wherever I go, from my own personal experience, and with thanks to you. May God continue to bless you richly in every endeavor.