November 2022

Dear Family and Friends,

         Greetings in the name of our wonderful King, Jesus Christ.  It’s with a merry heart that I write this letter.  I am so very thankful to be alive in the time we live.  I believe that the church, is rising to its full potential.  The hurting and dying world have come to the end of itself and people are going to come looking for those of us who carry the Power and the Glory forever!  We are in the final days of this age and in Isaiah 60:2 (NLT) it says, “Darkness as black as night covers all the nations of the earth, but the glory of the Lord rises and appears over you!”  Now, to us who are born again, the glory of the Lord will illuminate us, because we carry the light in us.  I have been working towards these days for as long as I can remember.  However, there is one thing that I have prayed about continuously for just as long.  This is what I am led to discuss with you this month.

         I recently watched a short mini-series that got me so stirred up.  It was about a woman named “Harriot Tubman”.  Her strength, determination and purpose really touched me.  So, I did a little research on her.  The reason she touched me is because there are so many similarities between her and us. 

         Harriot was born into slavery in the 1800’s.  No matter what the date of our birth, we entered this world as slaves to sin.  She knew that no one was meant to be a slave, so she ran.  She ran to freedom, all the way from Maryland to Pennsylvania.  She loved Jesus and prayed over every step she took.  But when she got to freedom, she could not keep it to herself, so she had to go back.  In her life she made an estimated round trip of about 13 times, freeing at least 70 slaves, some of them were her family and friends.  She was an operator of the underground railway. She admitted to some of her recruits that she was scared, she knew what would happen to her if she got caught, but she trusted Jesus to get her there and back safely.  When she passed from this earth, she was in her 90’s and died of pneumonia, and her last words were anointed by God she said, “I go to prepare a place for you.”

         As I watched the show and read the words of my research, the prayer that I have prayed for so many years stirred in me like fire.  This woman risked her life to save as many who were bound as she could.  Jesus gave His life, in such an extreme way.  Why, as Christians, don’t we have the fire and tenacity to brings others to freedom, eternal freedom, as this brave woman did?  The freedom we share is not only for this life, but it’s for eternity.  In John 8:31 (TPT) Jesus said to the Jews who believed in Him, “When you continue to embrace all that I teach, you prove that you are my true followers.”  V32. “For if you embrace the truth, it will release true freedom into your lives. V36. So if the Son sets you free, then you become a true son and unquestionably free!”  If we believe this, then why are we not zealous to share it with everyone?  Why is the church still struggling with finances, health issues, addictions, divorce etc. just as the world is?

         Harriot no sooner got back from a trip, and she was planning and recruiting to go back to help more find their way to freedom.  Do we really believe we are free?  When we asked Jesus into our hearts to be our Savior, did we receive the whole salvation package?  If we did, why are we not going after everything that Jesus paid the price of His life for?  Why are we not on fire to share it with everyone, if we were, our churches would be needing extensions built.  

I’m challenging us all for these days to come.  Let’s get that fire burning within us again to share the truth about salvation with anyone who will listen.  Harriot is remembered as a brave woman who risked her life to save others.  I so greatly respect her.  Our savior “gave His life” to save us.  He delivered, rescued, and continues to keep us safe, He provided divine health and healing, provided prosperity by laying down His life.  Let’s determine in our hearts to open the door to Jesus with such a passion in these days to come!    

         You are loved,

         Dr. Debra Bennett