The Frost Busters

by Sheri Schofield

Yesterday was one of those Rocky Mountain High days: high altitude, high humidity, and high temperatures – for Montana, at least. Even the buzzards were hot! I saw one perched on a fence post, facing into the wind. Its wings were stretched out with every feather separated as far as it could go, and its tongue was hanging out of its beak.

You wouldn’t think 74 degrees would be considered that hot! But back in March, we hit a record low of -42 degrees during calving season. We lost thousands of calves across the state and many adult cattle as well. That buzzard weathered the cold. Now it was 116 degrees hotter. You bet it was overwhelmed!

Jesus spoke of a spiritual climate change that would happen in the last days. He said, “Sin will be rampant everywhere, and the love of many will grow cold” (Matthew 12:10 NLT).

Sin has always been with us. But in recent years, it seems to be increasing at a gallop. What was once hidden from others is brazenly broadcast to all. There is a boldness and pride about sin these days. What was once considered sin is now being celebrated as personal rights. Evil is considered good. People’s natural love for their own families is freezing over under this increased assault. Our natural response as Christians is to back away from those who boldly proclaim their sin.

But is that the answer? Should we let fear hold us back from giving our world the antifreeze it needs so desperately? What can we do to bring warmth to a frozen-hearted world?

Peter wrote, “Most important of all, continue to show deep love for each other, for love covers a multitude of sin. Cheerfully share your home with those who need a meal or a place to stay.  God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another” (I Peter 4:8-10 NLT).

Love begins at home. Then it spreads outward to other believers. Love from God that cannot be contained then reaches out to the lost around us. It grows, spreading warmth to those who are secretly enduring lives of frozen desperation, captured by the powers of darkness that dominate our land.

Before He left this earth, Jesus told His disciples what would happen after He was gone. “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere – in Jerusalem [home], throughout Judea [neighborhood], in Samaria [surrounding countries], and to the ends of the earth” (Acts 1:8  NLT).

We are to love in the power of the Holy Spirit. Loving those who are difficult cannot be done on our own steam. We have to be plugged into God’s supernatural strength and power, like electrical appliances must be plugged into electric outlets. Then, with the Holy Spirit flowing through us like an electrical current, we can reach our world with the Son of love and defrost frozen hearts one at a time.

Have you mastered loving your own? How about those at church? Your neighbors? Take these challenges one step at a time, in the power of the Holy Spirit, and see just how many hearts God can melt through your love!

God wants to defrost hearts with his love, and he is gathering a defrosting team. Maybe we could even have team shirts made: “The Frost Busters!” Will you join us? Go, Team, Go!

“Dear friends, let us continue to love one another, for love comes from God. Anyone who loves is a child of God and knows God. But anyone who does not love does not know God, for God is love. God showed how much he loved us by sending his one and only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through him. This is real love – not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins.” 1 John 4:7-10, NLT

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sheri schofieldAbout the author: Sheri Schofield is an award-winning children’s author-illustrator and children’s ministry veteran of 40 years. Sheri was named Writer of the Year in 2018 at the Colorado Christian Writers’ Conference for her work in effectively sharing the gospel of Jesus. Her ministry, Faithwind 4 Kids, can be followed on her blog at her website, http://www.sherischofield.com. Questions welcomed!

Sheri’s new book, The Prince And The Plan, is a beautifully illustrated, interactive picture book, written for children ages 4-8, that helps parents lead their children into a lasting, saving relationship with Jesus. It explains abstract concepts through words and interactive, multi-sensory activities. Useful for children’s ministry as well.

Join the Conversation: When has your heart been warmed by the love of others?

You Shall Receive Power

by Sheri Schofield

There was a sale at my favorite clothing store, so I headed toward town with the music of Travis Cottrell singing “Power In The Blood” on my radio. I am passionate about reaching the lost, and I long for that power to reach those in my town who do not know Jesus. Caught up in the song, the words of Christ came to mind: “And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.” (John 12:32, NIV)

By the time I reached the store, my heart overflowed with the knowledge that Jesus’ blood shed at Calvary held a supernatural drawing power for those who so desperately needed him. I entered the store and looked around, the music still ringing in my spirit. Finding some items, on my way to the dressing room, I cheerfully told the clerks that my new book, The Prince And The Plan, had just been sent to the printers. As my friends, they knew something about this book on the plan of salvation I’d written for children.

When I was nearly finished in the dressing room, one of the clerks called back to me, “Is there an adult version of that book?” I hurriedly dressed and went out. The woman was full of questions. Those questions quickly became deeply personal. She asked, with tears in her eyes, “Is there a way for all a person’s sins in life to be swept away and someone can start over again with a clean slate?”

“Yes!” I told her how God put all the sins of all mankind for all time on Jesus that day at Calvary. How He punished Jesus instead of us for those sins. And if we believe in Jesus and accept his free gift of salvation, we are made holy in God’s eyes. We become new, clean, holy people!

My friend was crying openly by now right there in the middle of the sales floor. The other clerk, a Christian, was handling the customers so we could talk. The woman put her arms around me and sobbed as I led her in a prayer to receive Jesus as her own personal Savior. Over and over she said, “I am so glad you came in here today! Thank you for coming in here today!”

I walked out of the store knowing that I had just seen a demonstration of the power of Jesus blood drawing this precious woman to himself — and he had used me to do it! My friend is now attending church and Bible study. I spoke with her again yesterday. She said, “I had not planned on that happening when you came into the store that day! But you were so full of power!”

 I told her, “That power was not me! That was Jesus! He filled me with his own power,  and he sent me in here to talk to you, and to bring you to himself.”

The power of the blood of Jesus had taken away her inhibitions and overwhelmingly drew her into the grace of God. She had recognized that tremendous, supernatural power of the Holy Spirit in me.

I believe the Holy Spirit is preparing to pour that power out on Christ’s devoted disciples in this world, for Jesus’ return is very near. Let there be one last sweep of revival, Lord!

“He said to them . . . ‘But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses . . . ‘ ” (Acts 1:8, NIV)

 sheri schofieldAbout the author: Children’s ministry veteran Sheri Schofield was unexpectedly called on to save her husband’s life, a battle that took her to the Pentagon, Congress, National Security and the President of the United States. At her website, www.SheriSchofield.com, she shares this journey in her book One Step Ahead of the Devil. Sheri’s new book, The Prince And The Plan, will be launched June 1. It is designed to help parents lead their children into a saving relationship with Jesus.

Join the conversation: Have you experienced the supernatural power of God?

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