Pastor Petr Dudnik. Slavyansk, Donetsk region, Eastern Ukraine

Sermon “To Set in a Wide Open Space”

What good is in hardships? How to live during hard times and what is reward for humility before God? What war teaches Christians and how in the tight circumstances and distress to discover the width of God’s blessings.

God gives wide open space in distress if you correctly walk through the valley of a shadow of death. If you pass your difficult circumstances with the right heart, God opens incredible sources of blessing. “As they pass through the Baca Valley, he provides a spring for them. The rain even covers it with pools of water. (Psalm 83:6 NET). We saw, how these sources opened up in our lives.

God supernaturally liberated Slavyansk. One group left, another came in and the peace came. They just vanished instantaneously at 6 or 6.30 am. And I am calling the military and I said to them, “Do you know that there are no more armed people left in Slavyansk?” “How come?”, they ask. “They just left.”

I am absolutely sure that by the means of prayers of the saint, when you hold the Word and say, “Lord, everything You said is the truth and it is going to happen even in spite of what your eyes are telling you.” God performed a great miracle. Today people in the city have their own fears. People feel differently. But nobody, no matter what feeling or opinions they have, nobody wants combat operations. Nobody wants bombing, destroyed houses. There is a fear that all that can come back. But we get up and say, “It is not going to happen. Our faith is not in that these are beautiful words, Our faith is in what the Bible says, “Whosoever God set free he will be free indeed.” And they look at us with their eyes wide open. We say, “It is not because someone is strong and someone is weak. Bible says, “Whosoever God set free is free indeed.” If Slavyansk was liberated by the Ukrainian army, then there will be fear. But as it is God liberated Slavyansk. That is why do not be afraid of anything.

We saw that during war time money and knowing powerful people do not matter, nothing like that is of no significance. What matters immensely during war time is if you know Him and if you have with Him such relationships that you are able to hear His voice, and He just shows you what to do, how to do it.

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