"When you step out on the things God has placed in your heart, He will provide and make a way." - Pastor Eric Tolbert
Pastor Eric accepted God's calling to lead a church, but he had no idea what obstacles he would face during that time. He had high hopes and expectations of a life without challenges, but soon discovered that he and his family would experience just the opposite.
The position he accepted was in a different city than where he and his family lived. Due to financial difficulties, they lost their house and ended up moving in with his father to live in the basement. The stress of traveling back and forth to minister weighed heavy on Pastor Eric physically, and he found himself in and out of the hospital.
He came to a point where he asked, "God, what is going on? Why are we going through this?" Anger and bitterness crept in as he struggled with the feeling of failure. His main question was, "Where are you?" There were no answers as he waited anxiously to hear from God.
One day, as he lay still in an MRI machine, he cried out to God. Through his brokeness, he felt God's peace wash over him. Pastor Eric allowed God to do a mighty change in him and through this surrender, his situation began to change.
God worked through Pastor Eric and blessings began to flow in his life. His father helped him to move to his own place in the city where he pastored, and the blessings continued to grow. They learned to never give up on God and to keep trusting that He will provide and make a way.
Words to Live By:
"So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand" Isaiah 41:10 (NIV).
"Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid" John 14:27 (NIV).
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world" John 16:33 (NIV).
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