Must Be In A Good Place!

“I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33 NLT)

 I love this promise from Jesus; “But take heart, because I have overcome the world.” And yes, he told us this so we could have peace in him, but he also promised that trials and trouble are coming, that’s just life on this earth, but my trials are already won because Jesus has overcome the world! Many times I have faced troubles and often I have questioned God as to why I had to walk through those dark places. I can proclaim today that God was with me through every single hardship and each one helped me grow in some way that was invaluable to my spiritual maturity. As I write this blog today, I find myself eighteen days into one such uncomfortable valley that affects me physically. Let me explain a few details.

 Almost a year ago, we moved back to Texas from Massachusetts knowing in our spirit that God was getting ready to open a new ministry door to us. At times it seemed we had no clue where to go or what to pursue, yet we trusted God to lead us into the correct path. As doors begin to open and our vision became clearer, we found ourselves filled with joy because of our future. A few months ago we attended a Church Planting Convention in San Jose California and our spirits became super-charged and ready to go. We were told in that convention that when the enemy sees that you are getting to work, trouble would come. Well let me tell you, it has! Our finances have been attacked, our family battered, job under fire, and our health brought into battle. This is all okay though, because Jesus has “Overcome!”

 As I said, eighteen days ago I personally entered a new battle with my health. It was a Monday morning and I was scheduled to meet with a ministry team from Omaha, and my wife at a coffee shop in Amarillo. I called my wife who was at work in Amarillo, and told her I was headed that way. When I left our house in Canyon all was good. At some point as I drove up I-27 into town, I started losing my vision. I was overcome with brief confusion and had no idea where I was or where to go. Perhaps the extreme double vision left me disoriented, but I confess that I felt an urge to panic. I pulled myself together and cried out to God to help me. At that moment, I caught a glimpse of a Walmart sign, which let me know where I was. I was able to find the next exit and somehow made it back to the place where I was to meet. Now, almost three weeks and many test and many doctors later, I still have double vision. It may not sound like much, but it has interrupted my life considerably. I can’t drive, can’t read my bible, and can’t walk through a store without looking intoxicated, real fun! The huge frustration to me is the delay this is causing in our ministry plans. So you see, I am walking through a trial, just as life was getting really good, which is when most of our trials occur. I take great encouragement in these words of Jesus: “I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.”

 Because of this promise, I know this situation is only temporary and I will come out the other side of this valley with new wisdom and understanding for the future. I would appreciate your prayers as we walk through these attacks and ask that you agree with us that complete healing is just around the corner! I will update with a great praise report very soon!


Rick King




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