Thirst For The Word

The following excerpts are from a letter to our ministry from a female inmate who is taking our course, Firm Foundations, by correspondence:

            I thoroughly enjoy the lessons you are sending me and I am grateful for what you do for us.  I’d like to tell you a little about myself.  I’m 30 years old and started using cocaine at the age of 10.  So I’ve been an addict for most of my life.  I only start my introduction with these hard facts so that you can understand my thirst for “The Word,” and my desperate need for a relationship with God.  I don’t know if you, or anyone you know or love has ever struggled with addiction, but Sir, let’s just say I’ve seen hell and, at least in my mind, I’ve met the devil himself.  I believe in Heaven and I’m anxious to see that for myself.  I’d love to be able to catch up on the time I’ve separated myself from the people I love the most while getting high.  Like my two children.  My baby girl is two and my son is twelve.

            Please pray that I will get released on my scheduled date to go to a drug program.  I have been 100% clean since October 21st of last year.  I’m very proud of myself.  The option to use is very plentiful in here.  But my urge to do so is gone.  Please pray for my strength and determination and motivation.  And please don’t give up on me.  Thank you for all you do,

God Bless,

And she signs her name.

       “Please don’t give up on me,” she said.   There is no way I could ever do that.  As long as God gives me breath I will devote my life to not giving up on this young woman or the multitude of men and women just like her who God sends our way.  And what is it that we do that’s so special to them?  Well, we certainly take advantage of every opportunity to present God’s wonderful good news, The Gospel.  We preach and teach in live classes whenever possible and we send successive lessons from Firm Foundations, and we always answer their letters. But most of what we do is love them.  We start by telling them that they haven’t been too bad to be forgiven.  We share God’s love  and  we share our love.  Sometimes it takes them a long time to finally realize that someone really does love them.  Someone is showing them that they really are a worthwhile human being after all. Someone is showing them God.

 

Clint Webb, President
New Leaf Inmate Ministries

If God moves in your heart to be a part of what we’re doing, please don’t ignore His prompting.  As president of this ministry I seldom ask for financial help.  And I’m not really asking now.  But if broken lives breaks something in you, then you need to know that what we do costs money.  Printing and postage is just part of our overhead.  We are a Virginia not-for-profit organization and IRS 501c3 approved.  All donations to our ministry are deductible from Federal Income Tax.

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“Remember those in prison, as though you were in prison with them”

Recently  I have been receiving prayer requests from inmates both in our local Middle River Regional Jail and in Correctional Centers throughout the state.  The hardships being placed on the general public because of the Corona Virus “shut-down” is minuscule compared to the hardship created by the “lock-down” in jails and prisons.  Almost all movement has been halted.  Inmates who had jobs inside the facilities which helped them earn a little money and make the time go a little faster, are not being allowed to go to work.  

All activities, such as Bible studies, G.E.D. studies, art programs and libraries are all shut down.  All movement is stopped.  In many cases they are not even being allowed out of their cells to congregate in the common areas of the cell blocks.  This has been going on for over three months now.  Those inmates who are living lives consecrated to God are, for the most part, hanging in there.  But for the others, tempers are flaring.  Altercations between inmates and with officers are becoming frequent and dangerous.

The hardhearted will say, “Well, too bad.  That’s what they get for getting locked up.”  These are human beings we are talking about.  Most are just normal people who’ve made some bad mistakes.  Many were just teenagers when they got hooked on drugs and broke the law to support their addiction.  Even the vilest among them are souls that God hopes to save.  And there are many of us out here, now on this side of the bars, that can attest to the fact that, with God’s help, lives can be changed.

They are simply requesting that we pray for them.  Will you join me in doing so?

Clint Webb, President

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REPENTANCE

Our Goals must align with God’s, for if our nature does not change we will invariably find ourselves entangled in the same problems that caused our difficulties in the first place.

To deal with the strongholds Satan has built in our life, repentance must become our way of life. Bear in mind that repentance means change, not merely remorse. 

Our thinking must change.
The essence of who we are is in our thought life.
“For as a man thinks in his heart, so is he.” Prov. 23:7

Strongholds are places in our mind where sinful activity is actually defended by our sympathetic thoughts toward some sin that we like.

The pulling down of strongholds is the demolition and removal of these old ways of thinking.

This is repentance – a change of mind.

But we must remember, repentance and faith are but two sides of the same coin. We must believe that we can do all things through Him.

Before we have any strategy for attacking Satan,
we must make sure that the real enemy is not our own carnal nature
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It is in the context of repentance, humility and a clean heart that we find Satan fleeing from us. When the Holy Spirit shows us an area that needs repentance we must overcome the instinct to defend ourselves. Silence the little lawyer that says, “My client isn’t so bad.” This guy will defend you till you die and prevent you from seeing what is wrong with you and prevent you from facing your need to change.

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