God Heals Worship Leader!

The past 2 months have been quite exciting and/or challenging. I have witnessed the wonders of life and pain all at the same time. God continues to work in all the ministries here in Mindoro. Challenges in life aren’t always sent by God. Sometimes things just happen. As it says in the Bible, “It rains on the just and unjust.” I was given a chance to visit the church of one of my friends here in Calapan Mindoro. He is not Assemblies of God, but is still a very passionate man of God. At their church I was just trying to sit in the chair and hear from God. That particular week had been very busy for me. After his long preaching he had me come to the front and share a testimony of how I became a missionary. Then immediately after, I felt led to pray for any who were sick.

Of the handful that came up for prayer, all were healed. The one that really stood out to me was a young man in his twenties. He told me how he used to be the worship leader in the church, and then something happened to his lungs and throat that prevented him from singing.
Granted, he wasn’t a professional singer like the one who got healed in Cebu. But he still had a desire to be God’s worshipping Levite. My heart broke for him as he clearly had a hard time talking normally, and even breathing. I prayed for him and he said he didn’t notice much. I reminded him that we aren’t seeking for a feeling, but for God’s healing that can only be accessed by faith. About two weeks after the service, I bumped into one of the members of the church. She told me that he is now leading worship once again! Praise God for what He has done!

I heard this recently from one of my favorite preachers: “The devil comes to steal, kill and destroy, but God takes the rap a lot of the times. The devil is the accuser of the brethren, and also accuses God to the brethren. Then we get mad at God for something He never did.
‘God is sovereign so what will be will be’ is twisted. If God is in control then why do we have life and death in the tongue? You couldn’t speak death, you’d have no ability, why? Cause God would control your tongue. Not everything that happens is the will of God. A lot of times we think everything is the will of God. If God’s in control then why would you need to pray? Because what’s going to happen will happen anyway. Why have faith? Cause God’s doing it, just let it go. A lot of the church is in a this state, ‘Well, God’s in control brother… you know.’ Satan then gets away with one, then the next 20. Before you know it, you’re bitter at God. Satan came to steal kill and destroy, but Jesus came to give us abundant life.”

Personally I’ve had my own challenges. One was being without a computer for nearly two months. Then during that time I got sick, messed up my knee, and just recently sprained my ankle. The ankle is from a dirt bike accident while riding with some friends. Despite that
I’ve been so blessed! So many people have shown me that I am their friend by visiting me while I couldn’t walk. I’ve had more than 10+ people bring me food, and/or clean my house + laundry. I am just speechless, as they have really treated me like family! A business family I have been witnessing to is now starting to come to church. My old computer was repaired for free by Apple because of a defect. Not only was it repaired, but they actually put an entirely new motherboard in it. That is basically like getting a new computer! I’ve also found a great Tagalog language teacher here at the college near me. It’s no easy task to learn a language, but she is such a good teacher.

Quack doctor becomes a believer!

Being back in the Philippines have been nothing short of spectacular! In the short time back, we have seen many come to know Christ, two churches get planted and many people get healed!

The two (Summer of Service) SOS church plants were a success, and the grand opening services each had about 40+ people who attended to hear the pioneering pastor preach! I stayed nearly two weeks Naujan, Mindoro and then just over a week in Victoria, Mindoro. Both churches now have a core group of members who have been water baptized, and are already serving God! It was such a great time to partner with these local pastors, and help to evangelize their towns!

I got to witness to many professionals including the police station, fire station, and influential homes. Being small towns, we had all agreed to win over the people of influence. The first time I had meet the chief of police, I didn’t even think he liked my testimonies, or me but when I was out eating lunch the next day…he had paid for all of my teams meals then left before we realized what happened! Then later that day I introduced the pioneering pastor to the chief of police, only to watch as they both bowed their heads to pray to Jesus in the police station’s main hall!

The fire marshal was another man who appeared to only be mocking me as I asked him if I could pray for him. He brought up that drinking of alcohol had messed up his stomach with some sort of sickness, and that he still continues to drink. He chuckled after he told me that he still drinks. I told the marshal, “that despite your disobedience to God, that God would still heal you”. That it would be ‘the kindness of the Lord, that leads him to repentance’. The fire marshal was speechless after prayer and was nearly in tears. All who were there witnessed a radical change in his countenance! I believe God healed him, but personally didn’t get the chance to visit him again. The pioneering pastor was later given a chance to have a bible study right there in the fire station!

The next story really blew me away as I was caught off guard when a quack doctor came to pray for the woman we were praying for! This lady would see a demon every Tuesday morning, so I was sure to bring the team there at that time. We prayed the night before, and as far as I know she has not seen the demon anymore! While we were there, her quack doctor had arrived. I didn’t know how else to gently preach to him and his apprentice other than to use the Scripture. I first asked him if he believes the Word of God, and once he said yes, I knew it would pierce his heart. I read from the OT that talks about how those who practice such things were stoned to death, and immediately the young apprentice’s face became angry. They appeared to go through the motions of accepting Jesus as Lord of their life, but I wasn’t convinced, as it’s their culture to not offend others. Many times people say ‘yes’ but really don’t mean anything by it. The real change happened when we visited their home.

The young apprentice invited us over to pray for his father who had suffered from a stroke. On our arrival they were both there and witnessed the power of God heal his father from his serious pain. We all watched as the first time in years the father had stood up without pain! He still needed assistance and much prayer, but was making great progress. The ex-quack doctor later said he was quitting his practice, and becoming a fisherman! To me that sounded very prophetic, and now time will tell! The Word of God truly doesn’t return void! Even when we think the Word won’t be received, say it anyways.

(Update 2016: The ex-quack doctor did indeed become a fisherman to Visayas region a year later! All glory belongs to God!)

God kept doing radical miracles and it’s all because of your willingness to send forth missionaries where the Gospel had not yet been preached! Let us all continue to do our part to fulfill the great commission! I am so blessed by each of your lives and praying for you all! I’ve had many struggles since being back, but my focus is truly only on the good things. Do be praying for my housing situation and my safety as I travel my motorcycle to all the other pastors on the island. It’s a spiritual battle here, but we are on the winning team!

 

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Lots of miracles caught on video!

In just one month, so much has changed! Long story short is that I’ve got a plane ticket to the Philippines and will be departing in two weeks on March 28th. So grateful for all of the new partners God has sent my way, as together we will change many lives for His glory!

The first month back in the Philippines, I’ll be planting two SOS churches (Summer Of Service). That means I’ll finally get my fill of tons of evangelizing! Do be praying for divine opportunities to really gather the influential people in both of the two cities. With 12 people (apostles), the world was turned upside down. What can God do through us if that number is multiplied?

The SOS Church plants will be in Naujan and Victoria both located on the island of Mindoro. Three weeks are set apart by many self-funded local volunteers (30-60) to evangelize the area. The final goal is to get many new believers to meet each Sunday, and then establish an indigenous church. There has already been a lot of planning that’s gone into this, and I’m just going to be arriving at the tail end to do all the fun stuff… evangelize!

Don’t ever doubt what God can or won’t do in your life. He’s taken this extremely introverted guy and turned him into a missionary who can’t meet enough strangers! Even my Briggs Myers personality test (INTP) says that my least likely job would be a minister. God uses the least likely people, and it truly does confound the wise while at the same time reflect His sense of humor.

If God’s been tugging on your heart to commit to partnering monthly, then be obedient and visit http://s1.ag.org/sowseed and put love into action. Thank you so much for considering and praying about it!

Because they haven’t heard,
Justin Gilpin

P.S. To all those who read my newsletters just for faith building stories and healing videos; I won’t leave you disappointed! Here are some of the videos I’ve recently uploaded on Facebook.

Back and legs
Chronic Headaches
Knees Healed
Fibromyalgia
Ears touched by God
Vertebrae restored!
Back, Knee, and Heart
Arthritis in Hands
Ears, back, and knees
Police officers knee

There is no break in Ministry!

Praise be to the Lord who makes everything beautiful in His time. Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance. I can only be grateful for how much God has been renewing my mind, even from the previous year. Walking by faith and resting on what the Lord has said about me, and not my own thoughts or feelings. The past couple of months I’ve really been reflecting on our identity in Christ, and still weeding out lies in my own life that the enemy has had me to believe. It’s such a vital thing to have our ears tuned to what God says and then consider every man a liar; including ourselves.

What a marvelous thing it would be to walk with such perfect peace as the Lord promised to us. There is a place of peace where no situation or circumstance can motivate you to disbelief. Faith says, “Yes to the impossible” while the devil’s lies and carnal man says, “No, it’s not possible”. It doesn’t matter what lies we’ve come to believe about ourselves, there is a way of out. Though the real issue remains in the fact that we get comfortable with the lie or even adopt it as our own personality trait.

The Bible says, “Deny yourself, take up your cross and follow me”. It doesn’t say deny the devil, but yourself. The problem why we hold onto offense is because we haven’t denied ourselves yet. You’re not dead and carrying that cross, until you have denied your own thoughts, and allowed the God of the universe to renew your own mind. Oh how small is our way of thinking if we believe our future plans are better for us than then God almighty Himself!

Never settle in your walk to spiritual growth. The moment you do is the moment you begin to slip backwards to a carnal life at enmity against God. For it is written that man’s ways are against God’s. There is a place where you can be so free from you, that you’re free from others – Tod White. The personal attacks or offense of others have no weight, as the truth is they don’t realize their own identity in Christ. Why would you allow somebody’s opinions of you, influence you when they don’t even know who they are? It is time to stop blaming the devil for all our issues as he only has one weapon against us. The enemy has no authority over your life unless you gave it to him and are being passive about the situation. “Jesus has all authority in heaven and earth” then the Word tells us, “He gave authority to His disciples to cast out devils and sickness”. So what does the devil have left? The devil’s only weapon is deception.

So while resting in God’s truth about my identity, He has used me to minister all across Georgia from the north next to Tennessee, to the south next to Florida. I was blessed to get a short vacation with some friends to South Carolina, thinking I’d be on a break from ministry, but God had a different plan. He actually sent somebody to our condo to be healed! Click here for that video. After my vacation, another friend blessed me with a missions trip to Costa Rica to help build in orphanage in a needy country!

Everywhere in between God has been healing from deaf ears, to crushed backs and sicknesses no doctors could heal! Just how people applaud the musician and not the instrument after a performance, likewise, God is making the music out of this instrument. To Him be all the glory!

Today is actually my birthday, and you can bless me by making a commitment to reach the Philippines for His names’ sake! If everybody who has been healed in the past couple months would support God’s ministry $10 a month, then this missionary would be out the door tomorrow doing His work!

Please consider investing to change lives for eternity, where no rust or moth can destroy! Even a single dollar a month is sufficient as a little plus a little equals a lot, and it would be a great reminder to pray for this guy monthly! Thank you so much for being a blessing! Click here to donate!

In America God Heals

Video of Miracle Healing Testimonies!

Yet again, God shows Himself to be all power and all in control! Only thing that is required of us is to renew our minds and seek after Him. I want to share with you a quick video at the end of this article where is God healing a handful of people!

This newsletter’s has been delayed as I had lost track of time. You know the saying, “Time fly’s when you’re having fun”. Been a great summer meeting missionaries in Springfield, MO for my pre-field orientation and pastors all across Georgia! Of course I’m not exempt from the struggles of life, but I would like to share with you my secret for getting through those tough days. Best part is that I share it with only two verses from the same chapter. Mediate on them and take heed to what they say.

“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.”– Philippians 4:8

“I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength.” – Philippians 4:12-13

Lately I’ve been busy studying, working, and traveling to raise support, which has made me weak at times. Those moments when we get weak is when it’s critical to look at what God has done and will continue to do in your own life! One of my personal stories of God intervening recently on my behalf was when I was taking my standby ticket back to Georgia from Springfield. Family told me that I should stay in Springfield one more day as the standby list was long, and that’d I’d get stuck over night at the airport. Despite it being sound advice from someone who has had experience with standby tickets for many years; I wanted to take the chance as I had places I had to be.

The way one of those standby tickets works is that if there is an empty seat on the plane just before departure, they’ll call you up to stamp the seat number on the ticket to be seated at. The day of my departure, I went to pick up the standby ticket from the front desk at 4:30am to be greeted with, “There’s not much hope for you”. Then to be criticized again by the gate clerk saying, “It doesn’t look good for you today”. I had to fly from Springfield to Texas then finally to Georgia, taking two jets in all. That morning I just continued to thank God and trust that He’s able to make a way. Before the first plane departed, my name was called and I was on my way to Texas! After landing I was greeted with a text message that I just witnessed a miracle, but it would take another really big miracle for me to make the next flight!

God is the same in all countries and all generations!

Rinse and repeat! Prayed again but a little harder. Was told that each flight leaving to Atlanta was completely booked, and I was behind a long line of standby passengers. Then that moment of silence came when all of the other passengers boarded the plane, and I’m sitting there waiting. All of the sudden the clerk says my name! I walk up to the desk and the lady begins to mumble under her breath like she was angry, “I guess you get their first class ticket”. Glory to God! Not only was my family able to help save me lots of money on the standby ticket, but God made a way when there seemed to be no way! Flying with leg room was such a blessing. But little did I know that blessing would cause a chain reaction.

Within 24hrs I was praying for sick people and they were getting healed. Then I had another first time experience occur. Little kids began to come up to me for prayer and were being slain in the Spirit at a church service in which I’m not even a part of. These guys were no older than 8! Two of them were touched by God in this way, and then the 4-5 adults were healed by things they’ve had to live with for many years. Glory to God for He is good! We serve a good God and it’s my hope that you never lose sight of whatever is true, honorable, just, pure, lovely, and commendable! Love you all!

Because they haven’t heard,
Justin Gilpin

Miracle Healing Testimonies

What are you currently thanking God for? Big or small, lets make our thanks known to all that He is good! Comment below as so

Can God Use Me To Heal the Sick?

Can God Use Me To Heal The Sick
Have you ever felt like God can’t use you? Well I sure have! More so as a missionary because of language barriers. But let me share to you a story that will touch your heart and inspire you to be open to God’s voice.

This story of mine begins with a desire to help somebody who earnestly needs it. I left early in the morning and headed to the hospital with nobody to help translate for me. I planned to just get there, and ask God where I should go. If they didn’t understand my English, it didn’t matter, as I’d still pray for them.

After arriving at the hospital I could sense God leading me to a room down the hall. A quiet voice was guiding me. As what is written in the Bible; “the Spirit will be our Guide.” How can the Spirit “guide” us anywhere if we don’t know how to listen? The room I arrived at happened to all be perfect at English, and family to the mayor of the island next door to Cebu! I knew God had really sent me here to speak over them, and lead them to Christ! They were inviting me to their island so they could give me a tour of the place, but I had said to them,”The reason I had come was to pray for their mother, and watch God heal her.”

Her case for being in the hosital was from a kidney failure. She had a swollen stomach and leg because of the kidney. While talking to them about what was going on, the nurse who was also her family, took her blood sugar. It was at “215″ and the normal should be much lower. After prayer all the pain in her body left! She was shocked! After this I asked the nurse to check the blood surgar again even though it’s only been 5 minutes. He pricked her finger and the machine said “170″. The nurse grinned then looked at me. I knew what God had done, but asked, “Is it possible to go down so fast?” Nurse replied, “Only with an insulin shot!”

God had demonstrated another miracle! This time making an impact in the government’s families! The Lord not only used my willingness to help others, but shook the lives of everyone in that room. I had to be quick to give God glory as the elderly woman who had got healed began to look at me like some Catholic saint. Though all to God’s glory, it makes it easier to tell them that Jesus wants a relationship with them, the way I have with Him!

God can use anybody! Believe me, I’m no different than you! My blood is red and I still make mistakes! God can and will use you, if you allow Him! Pray right now and ask God to make known His purpose for your life. He will give you purpose that will steer you away from self, and point you to others. It will liberate you from stress and worry, as God will pour out His Spirit that bears the fruit of love, joy, and peace. That fruit is much better than the American dream, “The pursuit of happiness” as it’s a promise not a pursuit.

Let us stop drinking milk and upgrade to food! Jesus said, “My food is to do the will of my Father.” If you’d like to see the same kind of miracles happen to people once you pray for them, then I’d like to put you on my prayer list! Don’t write yourself off because you don’t know how! Or maybe your thinking you live to far from me?! I’m recruiting for those who live in Georgia as well! When I get the chance to visit to the States in the near future, I will be spending much of my time flexing my spiritual muscles praying for the sick, and watching God heal them! What better way to learn, then with a group who all desire the same thing?

I’m at the beginning of my walk as a missionary, and as an evangelist. I don’t claim to know much, but what I do know I’m willing to impart. Many here in the Philippines also get the chance to pray over the sick, and watch God heal them even in my absence. I never expected a year ago that I’d get too see hundreds of miracles from deaf, paralyzed and cancer all being healed! I stand in awe of the power of God, and what He’s said in His Word! Healing is ment for today, and is ment for every country! I’m looking forward to your response of obedience when He said, “God heal the sick”. God bless and comment below if you have any questions!

P.S. I recommend John G. Lake ministries which is currently being led by Curry Blake. He is an inspiration to me and many others as a great teacher on how to heal the sick. Download Mp3′s or Youtube videos of his series called “Divine Healing Technician aka DHT”. Click here for more.

Because they haven’t heard,
Justin Gilpin

Look Out Philippines! This Missionary is Coming Back!

The delivery man has finally arrived with much awaited report! Excuse my absence, as I just couldn’t write another email until I had this information to share with you now!

For the last 10 months I’ve been back in the states working with Assemblies of God to become an ordained missionary. Although I can’t be ordained for a few more years (as I have to complete my degree with Global University among other requirements), I can attest to being accepted as a missionary associate as of March 17th 2014! I couldn’t have done it without your encouragements, prayers and support. Thank you so much for investing into God’s Kingdom and into my life!

This all means I’ll be speaking in the Tagalog and Bisaya language soon! As a missionary associate, I’m required to work under a veteran missionary for a year or two. I’m blessed to have Ray Miller as my full term mentor. I’m also very grateful for each of my missionary mentors who have helped me in many ways and are still helping; Lewis McCown, Dwight Palmquist, and Otho Cooley (thank you all!).

Ray Miller has much experience planting churches and raising up pastors for the Kingdom of God! I’ve been assigned to assist with outreaches in schools, evangelism and making disciples. The description of my work surely doesn’t end there, but it is at least some familiar ground. The last two years in the Philippines hundreds were healed and thousands were witnessed to who made decisions to follow Christ (though taking them further into discipleship is the real focus). Pray with Ray and I as we serve in the Philippines.

Where and when will I be departing? As of now I don’t yet know when, but I do know WHERE! I’ll be Philippine bound to a large island in the north called Mindoro. For the most part it sounds like I’ll be at Calapan, but churches are being planted all across the eastern side of the island. This location has just as much interesting history as the former place I was at in Cebu. There will be an indigenous group in Mindoro and far fewer people compared to Cebu city. Mindoro’s population is around 1.2 mil and is said to have been cut down in the past from former attacks by the Muslims and a rare breed of malaria. I doubt that there is little to worry about now, but there might be a heavy burden on the people, especially with all of these earthquakes and typhoons that have been hitting the Philippines that past few months.

Although many things are unclear, there is one simple truth that I cling to; most of the Philippines have yet to know Jesus their personal Lord and Savior! Though the tide is turning, our work is not yet done until the entire world has heard the truth. Wikipedia says that the Philippines is 80% Roman Catholic and 10% being Christian, though it groups up the Christians with the Jehovah’s Witnesses, Iglesia ni Cristo, Mormons, and other cults. I think we’d be fortunate to consider 4% of the Philippines disciples of Jesus! I didn’t realize how lost those Catholics really were as I was flying for the first time to the Philippines back in 2011. I understood American Catholic’s perspective to differ greatly compared to those in the Philippines.

We have yet to scratch the surface as a witness in the Philippines! Natural disasters have been shaking up that country and people are seeking for answers. “How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? (Romans 10:14).

I’ll provide more details about the ministry in the the future, but what I do know is that I need to raise $9,597 upfront and $2,203 per month in pledges. What I ask from you is to commit to pray and support your brother in Christ as I go. I know it’s a cliche, but I really can’t do it without you! We are a team that will storm the very gates of hell and they cannot prevail against us (Matt 16:17)! I ask that you be on the offense right now for His Kingdom and click here to sign a commitment form online. If you prefer donating by check; click here to use the printable form. Please add my missionary account number #2960516 to the form. Thank you for being used by God!

Because they haven’t heard,

Justin Gilpin

Great Men of Faith had to go Through a Wilderness too!

Happy New Year! Hope each of you had a Merry Christmas as well! Most of us are beginning to think about our new years resolutions. But may I suggest before that happens, that time is set aside to reflect on the coming year?

A wise person once told me that, “If you don’t know the past and study history, then you are destined to repeat it”. Each of us has a year filled with both good and bad events. Some things we’d like to erase from history if possible. Sadly it can’t be erased and we can’t redo anything, but it can be learned from while all the filth is washed under the blood of Jesus!

There is a story about a famous sheep who ran away from the shepherd for over 6 years. His name was Shrek, and he was just another sheep who lived in a country that outnumbered humans in the rolling hills of New Zealand. Eventually this sheep was found in the caves on that farmland, and sent to the shepherd. Shrek had been carrying 60lbs/27kgs of wool during that time! Can you imagine carrying a 60 pound backpack on you every day for years?

Like Shrek, many of us carry around baggage that we don’t need to carry. If we return back to the Shepherd, then He can shear the load off our backs. For He said, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” – Matt 11:28-30

It’s God’s desire that we are filled with peace, hope and love. He desires “that none shall perish, but have everlasting life”. The Bible is a book of promises and curses. We must read it to know what they are!

If you’ve been spending time away from the Shepherd for whatever reason, then now’s the time to return. Another wise man told me something so powerful, that I find myself saying it often. “Do you wash your feet before you enter the shower? No, likewise, we don’t have to clean up before we go to God” Have you been longing for peace and joy in your life, but haven’t found it yet? Then lets not repeat the history of 2013, but instead start now to follow God’s plan for your life in 2014, so that it may be filled with purpose and joy!

As for this missionary’s life, it’s been tough being in a wilderness season. Always having to wait upon one thing or another. I do not despise this season, but look forward to a true season of harvest when I’m able to return back to the Philippines! They have had so many terrible events take place, that the entire world knows about. Cebu is in the Visayas region where that massive storm came through. It only clipped the northern end of Cebu, and for that I’m grateful. Had it actually hit the city the numbers would be in the hundreds of thousands of deaths. Very soon Assemblies of God will release me to raise up funds to return to my second home; the Philippines.

After my previous newsletter I spoke about having been able to purchase a car…well it blew up just like the truck! Glory to God my waiting period for another vehicle was shorter this time, as I only had to wait 2 months for transportation. God impressed on somebody’s heart to give me a car nicer than any I’ve ever owned! I’m incredibly grateful for how God has continued to walk me through this wilderness. It’s been an incredible time of learning, both through life’s experiences and through seminary.

One last word that I leave you with for the new year. Attain a vision for your life, not just a new years resolution to go on a diet. Though a diet is great, it’s no substitute for a plan for your life! Pastor Jason this Sunday put it so well into words saying, “If you aim at nothing, you’ll hit nothing”. He also challenged every individual to write down their vision, and place it somewhere they can read it each day. I’d like to pass on that challenge to you as well. Right now…this very moment… go and write down your vision! The Bible says, “Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.” Pro – 29:18

God bless and happy New Year!

Because they haven’t heard,
Justin Gilpin

Our Small Things Matter to God!

This past month I’ve gone through many struggles, but through it God is showing up and showing off! I’m going to get very real with you all, and even share an uncut video into my personal life at the end of this email.

About 5 weeks ago the truck my uncle had let me borrow for my time here in the states blew a head gasket. Without a vehicle here in the States it is very hard to get to work, nonetheless church. I’ve not been effectively able to do the two jobs God had given me here in Georgia without transportation. My brother, being a mechanic was able to replace the head gasket, but then concluded it has a cracked blocked. Times get tough for everyone, and I’m not exempt from problems either! I know each month people read my newsletters of amazing miracles, and I pray I never give the impression that life is without struggles, because it is not!

The financial situation was going from bad to worse. Most missionaries experience this, but when one comes back home their funds tend to decline. This was the month where I experienced that. So my funds have declined and the truck I was borrowing had seen it’s last days, now what?

Sunday Oct 7th was my day of dying to self and giving it all back to God. During the Sunday morning service at church they announced that this was the last week to join the men’s retreat. Knowing I don’t have the money for it, I prayed and asked God to make a way for me to go. The couple I was sitting next to found out at the end of the service that I was a missionary as they asked me about the islands printed on my shirt. We had a short and sweet conversation and then as I proceeded to leave, they caught me then asked, “Are you going on the men’s retreat?” and “Would you like to?” Needless to say I was shocked! Didn’t know this couple from Adam and now they want to pay my way! The gentleman told me God had prompted him, and then I knew my miracle had come!

The day wasn’t over yet either! God wanted to love on me some more! Later that same Sunday I was at my brother’s baby shower and met two ladies face to face whom had been inspired by my life. We’d never actually met in person, but came to know each other online. As they left the baby shower, each of them blessed me with a financial gift! Three different people who I had never meet up until this point were led by God to give to me on the same day! I was blown away! Who cares if my funds appear to “look” slim, God is still in control!

As we were traveling home from the baby shower God spared my family and me from a car accident. The rain caused a truck to spin out and hit the two cars behind us. Thank God no one was serious injured! The day still isn’t over! Later that Sunday night I was communicating with a friend, Shari, and asked her how can I pray for her. She only desired that I reach out more to the lost, and that made me want to insist more for a personal prayer. Shari’s daughter soon after told me she was in pain. While reading her daughter’s message, the Holy Spirit came upon me, and I knew she was going to get healed. It’s one of God’s ways to confirm to me who will be healed. The Holy Spirit revealed to me that the pain is in her shoulders which she later confirmed. After a quick phone call… she was instantly healed! All glory belongs to God as I don’t even know how to stitch a cut let alone try and sew anything! Shari’s life and prayer had also blessed my life as she has a pure heart towards others. Do say a prayer for her that every bone in her spine will regenerate completely and that no sickness can overtake her body! God is able!

Just as God showed me the small concerns in my life matter to Him; the small concerns in Shari’s life also matter. We were both re-taught the same lesson on the same day! Now I pray that message spreads to give you hope! Trust in Him for He who has led you is faithful!

P.S. I’ve been accepted as a missionary associate in Assemblies of God! They are tough to get in, and I didn’t even know if I would fit their standards! God is the one who closes doors and opens another. Though a door maybe slammed in your face, I can assure you that God’s will is best! Take the door He chooses for you!

P.P.S. Exactly seven years ago, Oct 3rd, I was in a motorcycle accident. What better way to commemorate it then with a video testimony on how God turns bad situations around? Click here to watch the video.

Thank you so much for your financial blessings and prayers! I couldn’t reach others without you! My God led supporters and prayer warriors have made it possible to touch this world for God’s glory! I’m so proud to be a part of your life! How can I give you the thanks you deserve?! God bless you so much!

Because they haven’t heard,
Justin Gilpin

Does God Make Promises He Can’t Keep?

In our life we struggle with many doubts. No one is exempted from this difficulty in life. Jesus said John the Baptist was the greatest prophet, and yet he did no miracles. This great prophet also had doubts like we do, even after seeing many miracles. The moment John saw Jesus, he said “Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!”. Then the revelation took place when, “He (John) saw heaven being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove”. With such a powerful inclination to declare Jesus as the Savior, then to watch the Holy Spirit descend upon Him, how could John ever doubt? Not to mention, he even heard the voice of God say, “This is my beloved Son in whom I’m well pleased”.

Not long after imprisonment, John the Baptist sent his disciples to ask Jesus, “Are you the one who is to come, or shall we look for another?” John showed doubt and wondered why Jesus was fellowshipping with sinners and turning water into wine, while he himself was in Herod’s prison. John was expecting the Christ to come and judge the world, and then bring back His kingdom. Even Jesus’ disciples also wondered when He would bring the kingdom here on earth asking just before His ascension, “Lord, will You at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?”

John the Baptist wondered if he had misinterpreted the Scriptures. Maybe he heard wrong from God and Jesus wasn’t the Christ? How many times have we wondered if God really spoke a promise to us? You know the promise that you used to fervently pray about, but no longer do, or maybe you’re still waiting? Maybe it is your marriage, ministry, a lost loved one or a promise that would give God glory. Somewhere along the way, you’ve stopped praying for it as you don’t see the results you desire, or maybe question whether it was from God or not. Faith is hardest during the last season of your breakthrough. People who have courage are people who move through fear to courage. People who have faith are people who move through doubt to faith. So how do we move deeper into this kind of faith and trust in God?

Satan was planting doubt in the life of John the Baptist trying to get him to slip up in his words. John took his question straight to Jesus, the one that mattered, as should we! Had he thought Jesus wasn’t the Christ written about in Isaiah, then would that have made him a false prophet? Or does this just make him human? Had he believed the lie, John would have doubted his own interpretation that he himself was “The voice crying out”.

The enemy wants to put doubt in your life and in mine. Maybe you’ve even had good people come against the promise that you so believed was from God. What if it were a family member or a spiritual father? Let me tell you my brothers and sisters, even King Saul betrayed his son-in-law David! People know that you are saved, but it doesn’t stop them from campaigning against you! Let us learn from David and remain humble as he said, “Who am I, and what is my family or my clan in Israel, that I should become the king’s son-in-law?” David later wrote in Psalms, “What is man that God is mindful of him?” Moreover David would not lift a finger against the LORD’S anointed–King Saul. This is not to say that David did not make mistakes, but DAVID HAD A REPENTANT HEART AND HE KEPT ON SERVING THE LORD.

God is all-powerful and all in control. It’s time to turn back to our promises from the Lord, and pray harder than we ever have for our marriage, ministries, lost loved ones, or any other promise given from God. This week God has shown me something so profound that impacted my life, and I pray it impacts yours as well. In James 2 it says, “Faith without works is dead.” In the same manner, faith without patience is dead! “Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for He who promised is faithful.” I’ll say it again, faith without patience is dead! Hold fast to your faith in God! The word “faith” can accurately be translated into “TRUST!”Learn from David in his attitude as well as his plan to continue to pursue God, and his purpose in life. Surround yourself with others who will pray for you. I am here if anybody needs prayer, and I reply to all my emails. I plead to you that you’ll also pray for me. Prayer is priceless. For no money can buy such a precious thing that comes from the heart and touches God’s! I thank God for each of your prayers! God bless and have a wonderful week!

Because they haven’t heard,
Justin Gilpin

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