CHASE OFF THE ENEMY!
BY Ruth M. Lambert
Several years ago, when I was in ministry school at Dove
International, I meant an older woman who was also attending the
classes. She seemed to have a confidence that exuded from her, quietly
but in profound ways. She caught my attention immediately during class
registration and I was quite pleased to find myself seated next to her
in the seating assignment for classes.
It did not take long to strike a conversation and exchange purposes
for being in these classes. Immediately I was impressed with her
purposes and her daily agenda of ministry. Taking for granted that
this was a woman who had been ordained into ministry and was now
adding the present classes to gain knowledge for a specific area of
ministry, I began to inquired where she pastured a church. She took a
few seconds before answering me, musing my question then smiled and
began to tell me about herself.
She had been ministering for many years thru out the area, where ever
God sent her! She told of working in the area of deliverances and
related several experiences she found herself in during that time. I
found her to be an exciting woman to listen to and I knew she was a
wealth of knowledge in many areas of ministry. I could have listened
Soon the conversation was turned more towards the present and what she
was doing now! Then I learned some very impressive things about this
woman and her walk with the Lord.
She was NOT an ordained minister---she laughed in telling me this as
she added that when she was a young woman, to have pursued an
education and a role as an ordained minister, she would have been
denied the great privilege for certain. She knew her calling was of
the Lord so she had simply asked that He ordain her as HIS VESSEL
according to Isa.61.
Surely the LORD answered her request for she had served in many areas
of ministry. Then she told me of a 'commitment' she made to the LORD
several years prior and that He had never failed to answer that
request ---on a daily basis. Burdened for lost souls, she had
petitioned the LORD to use her to bring the lost to Him....asking the
LORD to send her "just one" each day that she could tell
about Him and how He loved them.
God answered that prayer for her and for many years now, He sent ONE
person to her each day to tell of His love (many times there were more
than one BUT NEVER LESS THAN ONE). She had many stories of the
countless ways God would put her in particular places and arrange for
her to meet the one He had chosen for her to talk to!
Amazingly , this woman had not had ONE SINGLE DAY IN SEVERAL YEARS
THAT SHE HAD NOT SHARED THE GOSPEL OF CHRIST WITH SOMEONE GOD SENT TO
HER! Most all were won to Christ!
My mind was doing calculations like crazy at this point --trying to
grasp a figure ...a number of souls led out from the gates hell by
this little woman so committed to the LORD she loved. And then, try
for one minute, to consider the fall out of her efforts--everyone she
led to Him and then all the lives THAT ONE would also touch ----all
written down in GOD'S book and added to her account! It was mind
staggering to try to comprehend the impact for Christ this woman had
accredited to her account!
Presently, He was sending her to many hospitals to minister the Gospel
to the lost there. Her agenda and calling had not changed --just the
area He sent her to! Recently she had been honored by one of the
hospitals and given the status of Hospital CHAPLAIN !!! She had
finally been ordained by man for what GOD HAD ORDAINED HER FOR MANY,
MANY YEARS PRIOR!
She smiled as she told me of this ordination, it was clear to see,
that THIS one meant little to her in title ------
SHE HAD KNOWN FOR YEARS "WHO" SHE WAS AND KNEW HER CALLING
AND WALKED IN IT LONG BEFORE MAN ACKNOWLEDGED IT---- SHE KNEW HER LORD
HAD LONG AGO "GIVEN HER THE ANOINTING AND THE APPOINTMENT "
HE WANTED HER TO HAVE!
the "confidence" she exuded ?
She KNEW her God!
She walked in obedience to His call!
She was doing what He had gifted her to do!
She was "free" of pleasing man --only sought to please her
She was full of the Christ she preached!
She was a woman who was happy in what she was doing!
Her "confidence" was the Lord Jesus in her as she walked
daily in HIS presence!
SHE IMPACTED LIVES - LIKE THE ONE SHE PLACED HER CONFIDENCE IN!
P.S. How did she handle the 'enemy' and chase him off? Every time he
came near her---she would tell him----"o.k. Devil... If you're
going to bother me ---TODAY I AM GOING OUT AND FIND TEN TO TELL ABOUT
She smiled at me saying---"ya know, he really don't bother me