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Presidential Blessing: February 18, 2017

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Presidential Blessing: February 18, 2017
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Greetings from Abbotsford, home sweet home! Today my son Kenny is turning 13 and my family and I will worship God in the Abbotsford Church, our home church. I will also have the privilege to be of service there by assisting Pastor Tom Glatts in an ordination service of some officers for their work for the Lord. God is good!
 
I read a beautiful story in the Bible this week. The text is found in II Samuel 23:15: “And David longed, and said, Oh that one would give me drink of the water of the well of Bethlehem, which is by the gate!” (KJV). David was in the Adulam Cave surrounded by the Philistines when three of his might warriors heard of his desire. They braved through the enemy’s line and brought the water from that well to David. Wow, this is a response of love, faithfulness, and respect to their leader! However, when they brought that water to David, he refused to drink it and instead he “poured it out unto the Lord.” v. 16 (KJV). David was touched by the gesture of his dedicated warriors but he did not want to drink the water because he recognized the risk they sustained for their lives in order to please him – v.17. What a leader!
I learned some important lessons from this story:
 
1 – That water was an offering of gratitude – David received it from his courageous soldiers.
2 – That water was an offering of sacrifice – The brave man risked their lives to make David happy.
3 – That water was also an offering of commitment – The soldiers were faithful to their leader David.
 
All of these pointed to David. It was all about him and for him… Nonetheless, that man of God turned it to be ALL about God. “He poured it out unto the Lord” as a recognition that only God was in a position to received it all – Gratitude for sparing his life, even while being unjustly persecuted by Saul; sacrificial as he recognized that he did not deserve to be the recipient of the sacrifice of his soldiers, but God for His protection given to all of them. Also, David did not miss the opportunity to re-commit his life to love and serve God - All about God. Can you and I relate to that? I would encourage us... When God has the FIRST PLACE in our hearts, “our” time, “our” gifts, “our” treasures, “ourselves” will not be “ours” anymore, but HIS. The beauty of all of these is that God has given us enough evidence in His Word that the more we offer Him, the more abundant His blessings become a reality in our lives. The more we impart, more and more we will be entrusted with, by GOD. Rom 12:1-2; I Tim. 11-14; II Tim. 2:11-13; Isa. 43:1-3; Lam. 3:22-26; Eze. 36: 24-28:26; Mal.3:10.
 
NB: Please pray for the Let’s Move Kelowna initiative. The seven churches in Kelowna are committed to reach Kelowna for Christ, together with It’s Written Canada Team. I will keep you updated.
 
Happy Sabbath!
 
In His Service,         
 
Wesley Torres, D.Min.
President