LaDonna Miller and husband, Chris Miller
Read 2 Chronicles 36:22–23; Ezra 1:1 through 5:1
Published: Aug 23, 2017
Scott Fulton was surprised to hear from his teacher about an old high school writing assignment—twenty years after he turned it in. Each year, teacher Bruce Farrer asked students to write a ten-page letter to their future selves. He pledged to mail them twenty years later. Even after retirement, Farrer kept his promise to Fulton and thousands of others, tracking them down and sending them the old papers.
In the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, in order to fulfill the word of the Lord spoken by Jeremiah, the Lord moved the heart of Cyrus king of Persia to make a proclamation throughout his realm and also to put it in writing (Ezra 1:1).
God had promised to bring His people back to their homeland after seventy years of captivity. Some people doubted the promise. Others forgot about it. But God remembered and worked in the heart of a Persian king to fulfill His plan. God’s Word never fails. You can trust the Lord to deliver on His promises in His perfect time.
Challenge for Today: Consider what you would tell your future self about waiting on God.
Quicklook: Ezra 1:1–5
Two years after the founding of the Assemblies of God, members adopted 16 beliefs for the Fellowship. This list, known as the Statement of Fundamental Truths, remains virtually unchanged. Four of these beliefs are considered the major tenets of the Fellowship. They are:
1. Salvation Through Jesus Christ (John 3:3, 16, 17; Romans 10:13; Ephesians 2:8, 9)
Salvation is received through repentance toward God and faith toward the Lord Jesus Christ. By the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, being justified by grace through faith, man becomes an heir of God, according to the hope of eternal life.
2. Baptism in the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:8; 2:4; 17, 18, 38, 39)
All believers are entitled to and should ardently expect and earnestly seek the promise of the Father, the baptism in the Holy Spirit and fire, according to the command of our Lord Jesus Christ. This was the normal experience of all in the early Christian Church. With it comes the enduement of power for life and service, the bestowment of the gifts and their uses in the work of the ministry.
3. Divine Healing for the Sick (James 5:14-16)
Divine healing is an integral part of the gospel. Deliverance from sickness is provided for in the atonement, and is the privilege of all believers.
4. The Second Coming of Christ (1 Thessalonians 4:14-16; 1 Corinthians 15:51, 52)
The second coming of Christ includes the rapture of the saints, which is our blessed hope, followed by the visible return of Christ with His saints to reign on earth for one thousand years.
For a complete list of the 16 Fundamental Truths of the Assemblies of God, click here.