“The righteous cry, and the Lord hears
And delivers them out of all their troubles.
The Lord is near to the brokenhearted
And saves those who are crushed in spirit.”
Matthew O’Malley (19 year old friend of family in VA) is leaving at the first of March with 3 other young men to go to Peru for 2 months. He has dropped his course load for the remainder of this semester in order to go. They will be working with a pastor of a very small church there planting new churches and witnessing in the small mountain villages. Please pray the above verse over two groups: the people that will be ministered to and the ones ministering. Unsaved people need to know that when we are brokenhearted and crushed before God, He saves. Christians need to also be brokenhearted and crushed so that they can be used by God.
“Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.” John 12:24 How are you doing at dying? Have you died to your own passions, desires, and expectations and been crushed for Jesus? If you have experienced the crushing, are you now ready to allow God to give the growth in your life and be about blooming where you were planted?