Mom was ill, so, at the last minute, I had to deliver the message. So, we spoke about the power of our tongue. On Thursday the kids and I had discussed the power in the word of God. We had spoken about how Jesus just spoke the word and the official’s son was healed. Now we talked about how our words are important too. I shared with them the story of two frogs who fell into a ditch. The story goes something like this:
A group of frogs were hopping contentedly through the woods, going about their froggy business, when two of them fell into a deep pit. The other frogs gathered around the pit to see what could be done to help their companions. When they saw how deep the pit was, the rest of the dismayed group agreed that it was hopeless and told the two unfortunate frogs in the pit that they should prepare themselves for their fate, because they were as good as dead.
Unwilling to accept this terrible fate, the two frogs tried with all of their might to jump out of the pit. The other frogs shouted into the pit that it was hopeless, and that they wouldn’t be in that situation if they had been more careful, more obedient to the froggy rules, and more responsible. They continued shouting that they should save their energy and give up, since they were already as good as dead.
But the two frogs continued jumping as hard as they could and became quite weary. Finally, one of the frogs took heed to the calls of his fellows. Spent and disheartened, he quietly resolved himself to his fate, lay down at the bottom of the pit, and died as the others looked on in helpless grief.
The other frog continued to jump with every ounce of energy he had, although his body was wracked with pain and he was completely exhausted. Once again, the crowd of frogs started yelling for him to accept his fate, stop the pain and just die. The weary frog jumped harder and harder and—wonder of wonders—finally leapt so high that he sprang from the pit. Amazed, the other frogs celebrated his miraculous freedom and then, gathering around him asked, “Why did you continue jumping when we told you it was impossible?”
Reading their lips, the astonished frog explained to them that he was deaf, and that when he saw their gestures and shouting, he thought they were cheering him on. What he had perceived as encouragement inspired him to try harder and to succeed against all odds.
The memory verse for the week is James 1:19:
Let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath.
During the meeting, Dharna testified that she was beginning to feel like Jesus answers everyone else’s prayers, and not hers. She has been praying for a job. Although she got a job a few weeks ago, it was not to her satisfaction. However, she began to thank God and within a week she got her dream job!
After the meeting, we prayed for those with needs and as usual, the Lord moved and healed His children.
In the afternoon, a man we had met over the phone, who lives in New Jersey came over with some friends for prayer. He is in India for ten days and wanted to meet us in person. As we prayed, the man, his friend and his friend’s daughter all received the Holy Spirit. The friend’s daughter was hungry for more of the Lord. She even wants to go to church. I told her to keep in touch. She lives in Delhi, so I will have to try to find her a good
A little after those people left, the neighbor with the vision problem brought another neighbor with a vision problem. We shared with him about Jesus and what we have been seeing and prayed for him.
Then at night, we prayed once again for the tailor. As we prayed this time, he said that he actually felt the lump in his throat shrink a bit.
Lately I have been getting a lot of phone calls from various people for prayer. I am always amazed that the Lord even heals over the phone!
Scripture for the Day:
Let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath. James 1:19.