Vale Hazel Abel
A very special sister, Hazel Abel, has just passed away aged 94. This is her testimony, found by her son while rummaging through her documents.
From Pr Joe Abel - Hazel's son:
I was rummaging through Mum’s things trying to find her Baptismal Certificate when I came across a small book in the top drawer of her bedside table. There was only one thing written in the book and as I read it I knew that she had left it there for us to find and share with others.
She must have written this in 2007. The last sentence, however, seems to have been written more recently as the handwriting is different. Here it is, copied as written:
I was baptized 19 years ago but I didn’t receive the Holy Spirit till three weeks later. I was trying to get there in my own strength, had trouble handing over with pride. Also I felt I had a lot of guilt and was beginning to think I wasn’t good enough.
Then on the night as I received the Holy Spirit and started speaking in tongues, the Lord showed me something which I will never forget. I saw this person dressed in white from head to toe, which I thought was me. I was forgiven and washed clean. Isa 1:18 comes to me now, where the Lord said to Israel no matter how scarlet your sins are I can make them white as snow. In this vision I was walking in a beautiful green meadow which was divided by a fence which had a stile (step-over), it was just as green on the other side but there were more trees in the distance.
I think the fence is the Lord’s blessings and protection. Satan said to the Lord 'no one can touch Job because you have put a hedge around him', and the Lord has done that for all of us.
I asked the Lord in prayer why the stile was there, and I realized that the Lord had put me in this place, but also gave me the choice to stay or climb over that stile and go my own way, do my own thing and that reminds me of Matt 17:1-5 where Jesus was transfigured and Peter, James and John wanted to make tabernacles and God spoke to them out of the cloud and said ‘This is my beloved son in whom I am well pleased, Hear Ye Him’. And that is what I needed to do, just listen to Jesus and do what He wants me to do, not what I want to do, or what others want me to do.
So I chose to stay where the Lord put me and to get involved in everything that was going on. Outreaches, conventions and fellowship and the Lord blessed everything – healings, protection and provision.
I had very high blood pressure and my doctor was very worried about me flying, so I had to put my faith into action lots of times. I was also on a pension but the Lord made a way for me to get to nearly all conventions and rallies including in Fresno and PNG and He has protected me each time.
I love this fellowship and if I miss anything, everything seems a bit flat.
I love Psalm 133 - Behold how good and how pleasant it is for the brethren to dwell together in unity. It is like the precious ointment on the head that ran down upon the beard, that went down the skirts of his garments, consecrating the whole body (Exodus 30:25,30). The holy anointing oil as the dew of Herman, and as the dew that descended upon the Mt of Zion, for there the Lord commanded the blessing, even life forever more.
In my walk I know I have to rely on the Lord always and just take each day as it comes and not worry about what happened yesterday or what tomorrow will bring.
One of my favourite scriptures is Phil 4:6-7 - also 8: Be careful for nothing but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God, and the peace which passes all understanding shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
So if I choose to follow the Lord each day I know He will bless it and I will be there when He returns.
Praise The Lord
‘If anyone speaks in a tongue, let there be two or at the most three, each in turn, and let one interpret... Let two or three prophets speak, and let the others judge. ’ 1 Corinthians 14:27-29