Since February 23, 2015, was my first anniversary of getting sanctified, I felt led to publish an update!
So first of all it has been the most fulfilling year of my life, in spite of difficult trials that came my way! Especially of people leaving this world, without me knowing whether they ever repented of their sins! Yes I mourned and I grieved, but not like I would have, because sanctification made all the difference! And what helped me also, was the counsel I received from Brother Storts, when I was upset because a person had committed suicide, and that was God does not want us carrying a burden for dead people! That counsel from the Holy Spirit broke that power Satan had over my thinking concerning that event! So although the Holy Spirit is IN me now, and not just WITH me, I still need counsel. I am not infallible! But Praise God! It does not take me as long to ask for the counsel! Or know how to put it into practice! And I do not need constant prayer! So I spend more time praising and thanking God than I did before! Before sanctification I had too many requests, and at times I had to almost force myself to praise God! Now it is exactly the opposite of before! As is pretty much every thing that pertains to spiritual issues! And sanctification enabled me to LAUGH! DURING! trials that would have been unbearable without it!
The most amazing example was Sunday morning January 18, 2015, after we started our Bible Services! I had turned my propane fire logs all the way up so I could get it warm in the trailer and turn them off! So when the smoke detector sounded I turned them off and we waved the smoke detector to quiet it! A few minutes later we waved the smoke detector quiet again, and then we noticed there was smoke! And that it was coming up out of the top and sides of the walls built around my propane log fireplace! Then the living room started getting smokier and smokier and then someone noticed an actual flame! So I finally called the manager and 911 and begged that dispatcher to ask them not to sound the siren! But here they came, at 10 something, on a Sunday morning, with seemingly all my neighbors at home! There were 3 huge fire engines, 1 fire chief’s truck, a rescue squad truck, at least one siren, and lights!
Then Brother Storts, Sister Carol, Sister Margaret, and I, waited outside while the firemen went inside! And the only other man, besides Brother Storts, had left earlier, because he could not get me to panic! But Praise God! God made me able to actually laugh! And because I was laughing! The others laughed! Not the firemen of course! They had serious looks on their faces as they went in to extinguish the fire! But because of sanctification! I knew! That God! Was going to bring some kind of miracle! Out of this! And Praise God! He did! First of all, no one called me from the manager and/or maintenance number! And not even one of my neighbors who were at home, even came out of their trailers the whole time! And one neighbor told me later that she assumed that since we were laughing everything must be OK! And after the firemen had finished extinguishing the fire, they told me it was not my fault! Thank God!
They said the man who lived here before me, and built the fireplace, 11+ years ago, did not do it right! And that during all those years I had used that fireplace, it was definitely a disaster waiting to happen! Because the firebox was too small, the burner was too big, and part of the firebox was made of wood! So after they left, Brother Storts started sweeping wet pressboard sawdust that was all over the floor! Then he moved this huge couch that the firemen had relocated to the kitchen, back in the living room! And he had moved my inspirational items that the firemen set on the floor, to beside the kitchen sink! He also brought the mantel inside that the firemen had thrown out, and set it back over the fireplace! Then we finished cleaning up the mess and by the time the maintenance man arrived it was beautiful!
But the miraculous part! Was how God! Did not allow any of the things! To happen! That should have! Because this trailer is 30+years old! And we had opened the back and front door to let the smoke out! And because we did not realize there was an actual fire at first, we silenced the smoke detector twice! And then I did not call the manager and 911 until I knew that I had absolutely no choice in the matter! Because I did not want to give the devil anything he could work with to try to stop the Bible Services!
But Praise God! In spite of all our mistakes! God kept the whole situation and increased our faith by it! Because in spite of the fact that the trailer was filled with smoke, there was no actual smoke damage! Even inside the fireplace! All the way to the ceiling! Without a chimney! It looks like brand new wood! And even the maintenance man, and the woman manager, the next day, agreed that it was a miracle! And Praise God! We were even able to have the very next Bible Study Service at 3! As was scheduled! And of course we spent the first part of it testifying about what God had done! Which was wonderful! And I have been told I do not know how many times now! That trailers usually go up like a matchstick!
And Praise God! One month later! Approximately 95 POUNDS! Of Bible Tracts! From Faith Publishing! Showed up on my porch! Because they are going out of business! And sent us those tracts for nothing! So the only place 90+ stacks of Bible tracts would fit was on stackable shelves in front of the fireplace! So God! Annihilated that fireplace! So we could put those shelves full of Bible tracts right in front of it! And He performed another miracle! Only because sanctification gave me the faith that I needed for it!
One week before the fire! I thought I had dripped my water enough to keep the faucets from freezing! But when I got up my bathroom sink faucets were frozen, my kitchen faucet, and my bathtub faucets! And all I could think was people have to be able to use my bathroom for us to have the Bible Services! And I knew! That canceling the Bible Services was not an option! That we absolutely must have them! So all I could think! Was to PRAY! Lord! Please! Help Me! Not To Panic! Over and over and over again! And after I said that I do not know how many times! Praise God! I heard water running in the kitchen! And I had full pressure! So I checked the bathroom sink! And bathtub! And they had full pressure also! And Praise God! It was only 16 degrees outside! Still dark! Approximately an hour away from sunrise! So I called Brother Storts at 5:54! Who had been on the road 30 minutes coming to the Bible Services! And after I told him what happened! I asked him if it was a miracle! And he said it had to be a miracle! So that increased my faith! And made me able to laugh! When the fire occurred the following Sunday!
So sanctification enables me! To have faith! Trust God! Not panic! And even LAUGH! DURING! TRIALS! I just pray Lord! Please! Help Me! Not To Panic! And He finally! Turns the situation completely around! Sometimes I have to say it for hours! Or even days! But God honors it! Every time! Without exception!
And I believe it is essentially necessary for me to make some kind of attempt to defend Brother Storts! Because unsanctified ministers have influenced unsanctified saints into believing he is a false prophet! So he is the most humble, consecrated, whole-hearted, single-minded, church of God minister I know! And even though we disagree on some subjects, so far he has never become offended because of this! And I have been verbally attacked before, by unsanctified church of God ministers for offending them! And I have heard someone say that the way to tell if a stick is straight is to lay a straight one beside it!
So when God showed us Brother Storts, it was obvious that others were less straight than we realized! And the ONLY difference is that he has The Holy Spirit IN him! While the others have Him WITH them! That is the ONLY difference! But that ONLY difference is why the others do not have that same power! And it is the ONLY reason they do not get along, and they are continually disappointed and frustrated! Because they believe they have something they do not have! And believing it does NOT put it in them! Just like I believed for 30 years that I had The Holy Spirit IN me! But believing it did not put Him IN me! And NO! Brother Storts definitely does NOT teach! That babies and children will go to HELL if they die! He teaches they are born with the sinful nature of Adam, but it is not their fault, so they are innocent!