Hit The Ground Running!
 
   Praise the Lord to all the Saints and Friends of O’Fallon Apostolic Assembly. I am grateful to God for what He is doing in our midst. Our Lord has brought us through the trials of 2018 and granted us the victory in His name.

   We have come through a powerful month of Consecration. We have had wonderful services and we have been strengthened by the preaching of God’s word. Our guest pastors all did great work and we were especially edified by the home preachers. The theme, “Persevering Towards the Mark” from Philippians 3:14 was an inspiring thought to encourage our push for these end times. We were reminded that persevering implies that there will be obstacles. Though there are barriers in our way, we must not be distracted from accomplishing our goals. We may be bruised but we remain in the race to give God glory. As St. Paul admonishes us in Hebrews 12:1,2 “Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.”

   In view of this scriptural analogy of being in a race, I wish to encourage the saints to “Hit the Ground Running”. We are all familiar with this expression. For those who are not, it simply means now the race is engaged in earnest. All that went before in our month of consecration was exercise, preparation. The fasting, the praying and the coming out to all of the services was to get us conditioned to the level of service that our Lord now requires. It is now that we push toward the end time prize. We must lay hold upon that for which our Lord laid hold on us. What was it that He had in mind when He saved us? What did He see us becoming in our future? What is our purpose, our destiny in His service? To discover that and to accomplish it all begins in earnest now. But we must be about our Father’s business. Let us denounce the spirit of selfishness and laziness that has plagued us in 2018. Let us now respond to our Lord’s entreaty saying “Here am I Lord, send me.” Whatever He asks will be met with “yes Lord!”.
 
   I hope that you can agree that the Lord has called us all to His kingdom for this time. Let us “Hit the Ground Running”. This is what we have been consecrating and preparing for. God bless you in every godly endeavor in 2019.

Maranatha,
Bishop Wells,