You are important to God. Man forgets sometimes who has fed him, clothed him and housed and protected him. In the Bible Gods people were being held in bondage by Pharaohs.
7 “And the Lord said, I have surely seen the affliction of my people which are in Egypt, and have heard their cry by reason of their taskmasters; for I know their sorrows” — Exodus 3:7 King James Version (KJV)
Today as you read this article it is from my heart and from Holy Spirit, I write from experience.
October 1990, I was selected by the Congregation of Verdunville Church of God to be their Pastor. I had served as a pastor previously in my hometown of Bluewell, Mercery County. W.Va.
I have been blessed to be part of this great county and people for 26 years, I have saw you rally together through all types of storms and you have pulled together as one big family. Today we face the storm of oppression from the Spirit of Pharaoh. I have seen your tears as loved ones who have labored in the mining industry have given their lives. I, like many pastors in Appalachia, have stood by the graves of your loved ones, who not only were working to provide for their families but to provide for a nation, lose their lives underground and on the surface. I have saw your loved ones gasp for breathe from black lung. I see the oppression of the widows everyday as their livelihood and their health insurance is wiped out by the Spirit of Pharaoh.
I have heard in the Spirit Realm the Holy Spirit saying to the Spirit of Pharaohs let my people go. I speak to you as one who for nine years put on a headlamp, life preserver and kneepads and crawled many days to the face to work in an all types of elements to provide for my family and nation, working for CONSOL as a cutting machine operator in 28-36 inch coal. I experienced the Spirit of Pharaohs during those nine years, being laid off several times, have my electricity cutoff, nearly losing my trailer, having to learn to paint cars to survive, not being able to give my children what they wanted. I know what it us to stand in a food line to get food for my family. I know what it is to get a last unemployment check. I know what it is to have to have a church give me a Christmas and Thanksgiving food basket. But God knew my name even as a sinner. To God I was not a number, I had a name.
When America was in trouble at the turn of the Century who was it that steered this nation and provided the resources it needed? Appalachia, Logan and surrounding and counties it was you who kept the nation empowered through World Wars. Your families came from other countries they sacrificed. Others were born and bred Appalachians. God has seen your faithfulness. God sees our oppression and sorrow. God is speaking in the Spirit Realm to the Spirit of Pharaohs let my people go.
Appalachian you are not a number you are a name; The Spirit of Pharaohs may look like it has you in bondage but Jesus is making intercession to you. For days now I have been in a weeping spirit and deep burden for this county and I am sure many of you have as well. You have been good to me and my family; you have accepted us and loved us. I must share this message with you — we must return to the God of our Forefathers: Here is the message at 3:40 a.m. Thursday morning. I was awakened by the Holy Spirit and directed to read 2 Chronicles Chapter 29 where King Hezekiah was directed to cleanse the temple and reopen its doors.
Appalachia, Logan, and surrounding counties, we must return to the faith of our forefathers and with fervent hearts. We must cleanse the temple and reopen the doors of our hearts and His house.
As we all have see by the great leadership of this county that God is raising up Nehemiah’s to rebuild what looks to others as ruins, and surrounding counties; Appalachia we are not done! We have a work to do and WE must follow the Moses, the Nehemiah’s who want to rebuild our city, county and nation. What looks like a problem to others in the nation, God looks at you Appalachia as an opportunity to show His glory. Lets all turn to Him with all our hearts.
God has never left his people in bondage. You are not a number you have a name. God has saw your good works, your faithfulness and He shall rebuke the devourer and open up the windows of Heaven and pour out a blessing upon us!
Standing in the gap praying and praising, awaiting His return, remember to man you may be a number but to God you have a name — a good name and a godly heritage.
Thank you for taking time to read this and pray with us as we look to the Promised Land — it is in sight!
Revs. Michael and Darlene Hartwell are pastors of Verdunville Church of God and members of the Logan Ministerial Association.