It is a great blessing to both ourselves and to others when we are in tune
with the Holy Spirit of God. The Lord speaks to His children for many
different reasons and for me when God leads me in doing something specific,
I know there is a benefit for someone else that's dependent on my obedience
in following God's leading. We are to obey the still small voice of the
Holy Spirit and do what He is leading us to do. We do not need to depend
on our own ability for the Bible declares in Isaiah 30:21 “And thine ears
shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when
ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left.” The Lord will
show us the way, but we must be obedient to follow His leading without
question or hesitation and know that good will come from our obedience.
I hope you are blessed and encouraged by today's message to allow the Lord
to lead and guide you all the days of your life.
ON THE ROAD
It was a warm Saturday morning in Montpelier, Idaho. I had worked all week
and was thinking about passing on my much-needed yard work for a day of
I'd never been to this particular reservoir before, but had always thought
about going there. Some of my customers at the feed store had told me how
to get there, but it wasn't what most people would consider an easy trip.
Working around the yard that morning, it wasn't until 2 p.m. that I finally
convinced myself I needed to stop and head for the reservoir. I called my
brother-in-law, Ron, and invited him to join me. I didn't bother to tell
him our destination until I picked him up. He agreed to my unexpected
offer, so I threw my equipment into my old blue Jeep and headed over to
“It's way too late to try to find it,” he said when I finally announced
where we were headed. But he still went along anyway.
Driving without benefit of a map or exact directions, we drove down the
highway until we came to a dirt road, where I turned off. After another
ten miles, we finally came to a fork in the road. I simply turned without
“How'd you know which way to turn?” Ron asked.
“I'm not sure,” I replied.
That probably reinforced Ron's reluctance, as he kept insisting it was
getting way too late to even try to get some fishing in. Another five miles
passed, another fork in the road came, and yet another unhesitant turn
didn't help Ron's confidence in me. He was convinced we were going to get
Finally, at sunset, we crested a small hill and were greeted by the sight
of a beautiful reservoir. With the exception of one little, topless Jeep
parked near the water, there was no one else around for miles. We would
have the entire lake to ourselves.
When we approached the other Jeep, a young man happily greeted us. He was
there with his wife and their newborn baby, and their car battery was dead.
They had no matches to build a fire, no coats, and there was only one thin
blanket for the baby. He had been very worried, knowing that his wife and
baby wouldn't make it through the night if he had walked out the many miles
for help. And since it was getting dark, he might even have gotten lost.
The young man told us he had just had the Jeep overhauled and was out with
his family for the day. After the battery died, he had decided to stay with
his family and simply hope someone would come along.
Ron and I got out our battery cables and gave his Jeep a jump-start. He
profusely thanked us, and they left for home.
As we watched them drive off, Ron turned to me. “You still want to fish?”
“No” was all I said. We got back in our own Jeep and followed them out to
make sure they got home safely.
That was over thirty years ago. I have never returned to that reservoir,
and I am not even sure if it's still there. But there is one thing I am
sure about: the Lord answered a father's prayers through my love for fishing.
By Doyle Portela
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
Matthew 16:24-27 “Then said Jesus unto His disciples, If any man will come
after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. For
whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his
life for My sake shall find it. For what is a man profited, if he shall
gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in
exchange for his soul? For the Son of man shall come in the glory of His
Father with His angels; and then He shall reward every man according to
Psalm 31:3-5 “For Thou art my rock and my fortress; therefore for Thy
name’s sake lead me, and guide me. Pull me out of the net that they have
laid privily for me: for Thou art my strength. Into Thine hand I commit my
spirit: Thou hast redeemed me, O LORD God of truth.”
1 Thessalonians 5:23-24 “And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and
I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto
the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. Faithful is He that calleth you, who
also will do it.”
All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.
Today’s Selected Poem: YOU MUSTN'T QUIT
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Today’s Selected Testimony: THE REWARD
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In Christ’s Service,
Gods Work Ministry