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Hi Sam,

This is a common thought for so many people. If you only had “more faith” then … But Jesus says it only takes the faith of a mustard seed to move mountains. The most important thing to know about faith is that the Christian’s faith is not in an external outcome, it is faith in a person, Jesus Christ. It is faith in all that He is and all that He says. This world is not our home. We are passing through on different timelines for each of us. Some short, some long but all in the allotted time of God for HIS eternal plans and purposes.

Anyone who reads Melissa’s book, her journals will easily see her faith & Jeremy’s faith. It is a faith that moved mountains in the eternal realm. A faith that brought about the supernatural and the filling of the Holy Spirit. A faith that filled Melissa with the “fullness of God.” A faith that continues to this day to spread the gospel and has brought millions of people into a relationship with the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, our Savior Jesus Christ. Our purpose in this life is NOT to live until we are 120. It is not to live a life of ease and happiness. For the Christian, it is to pick up our cross and follow Jesus. Look at the life of Jesus. Did He not have enough faith? Would He have not died if He had more faith? He was only 33. BUT there was an eternal plan for His death that included saving people from their sins and giving them eternal life. If Jesus, the son of God, our Creator suffered and died so others could live, so they would be saved from their sins, why would Christ followers expect that we would never have to do that IF WE HAD MORE FAITH? No, we don’t die for people’s sins BUT God does choose to use some of us to suffer and die so others might come to know Jesus as their Savior and through that have eternal life.

“If one life comes to know Jesus Christ as their Savior because of what I go through, it will all be worth it.” Melissa

Melissa was so secure in her eternal life and in Jesus’ love for her she was willing to go through anything to bring people to salvation through the One who saved her, set her free and gave her an abundant life. Is this not faith? Has God not given her above and beyond what she could ask for or think?

If Melissa’s life was different, if she was given a long life, I’m sure it would have been fruitful for the Lord. I’m also sure that it would not have produced the mighty harvest we see today. Jeremy’s music would not be the same. The songs God gave Him came from a broken and shattered heart. They are powerful and have comforted millions. He continues to tell Melissa’s story. He continues to tell of the wonders of Christ. There would never have been a movie, I STILL BELIEVE, that has been shown all over the world that has led so many to seek out a relationship with God and many have read Melissa’s journals and are forever changed. God answered every one of Melissa’s prayers including her prayer to be healed. He healed her on this earth and gave her an amazing husband to love and be loved and a honeymoon to enjoy. He healed her the day before she died to show all of us His mighty power to do so BUT it was His will for Melissa to be in Heaven with HIM on Feb. 5th 2001. Why? Because she is His and He is hers for all eternity. He, Jesus is the love of her life and being with Him was her greatest heart’s desire. AND through her life He would chose to bring a mighty Harvest of souls to Heaven after her.

Do we get this? God’s ways are not our ways. He has given us an eternal life not just a life on this fallen earth. An exciting, fulfilling, amazing eternal life where there is fullness of joy and pleasures forever more. Melissa did not need more faith! Her faith has brought her into the Kingdom of God, into the presence of Jesus and has brought about the salvation of many.

Another thing to look at is the life of the disciples. Did Stephen need more faith? Did James need more faith? Would they have not died young? How about all of the Christians that were thrown into the lions den? Did they need more faith or did their faith carry them through straight to Heaven? What about Jim Elliot, the missionary that was killed by a tribe he went to save? His wife Elizabeth fulfilled her husband’s mission and has been used by their Savior to comfort and reach many for Christ. Joan of Arc while being burned at the stake said, “Raise the cross a little higher so I can see it.” And so many other testimonies over the past 2000+ years!! You see faith is not about healing or living a beautiful life. That kind of faith will fail you eventually. Faith in Jesus, in His Word, His plans and eternal purposes will never fail.

"These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world." John 16:33

So that is what I would say to those who think that if Melissa & Jeremy had “more faith” she would not have died. I know that this kind of thinking and teaching is very damaging to one’s faith and relationship with Christ. I have seen it do much harm and many have abandoned their faith in Christ because their faith in the outcome they sought did not happen. If you study the entire counsel of God in the BIBLE on this subject and not just look at a few verses you will see clearly God’s will and plan for eternal life here on earth and in Heaven.

Keep on sharing your Faith in Jesus Sam!! Keep engaging your friends.

All for Jesus & His glory,

Janette

 

To learn more and to discover how you can have a strong faith and intimacy with God check out Melissa If One Life . . . and our new Devotional Journal - Craving Intimacy with God. Click the image below to LEARN MORE




Dear Jesus,

Today is a new day that I believe will be hard. I’m realizing my hair is definitely thinning out. So, my sweet Jesus, prepare me for any and everything! I desire Your will to be done and for You, My God to be glorified. Help me rely upon Your love through the storms and through the rain, like the sun shining down from above. I rely upon Your love. Teach me Your Word today that I may know and love You more!

Jesus, I love You be now my vision and be now glorified.


-Reaffirm your love for Him, our sufficiency is from God – the Spirit gives life.

Melissa Camp


"A great wind and storm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that it was already filling. But He was in the stern, asleep on a pillow. And they awoke Him and said to Him, 'Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?' Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, 'Peace, be still!' And the wind ceased and there was a great calm. But He said to them, 'Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith?' 'Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?' Mark 4:25-41


Oh yes, HE CARES! I want the storm to end NOW! In the midst of a great storm my cry is, "HELP!" Jesus immediately comes to my rescue. But He doesn't always quiet the storm - He quiets me. He rides out the storm with me and exposes my fears, my little faith, my doubts and my lack of complete trust in Him.


Jesus is the Creator - By Him all things were created - all things were created through Him and for Him! He is in control of the storm in my life. He will rebuke it in His time when He has accomplished His will through it. I will not succumb! I will persevere! I will learn bravery and courage. My faith will grow. My doubts will dissipate. The greatest gift I'm given while in the storm is experiencing the trustworthiness of my Lord and Savior Jesus! Being able to trust the Lord with all my heart and leaning not on my own understanding can only come about by knowing HIM! Experiencing Him! Believing Him through the storm and through the rain!


Thank you Jesus that you are in this storm with me. You care about me! You love me! You are working in me and in all who are caught up in this hurricane with me. I will settle in the eye of the storm where You will give me peace and calm as I wait for You to rebuke the wind in your timing. Janette


Teach me Your Word today that I may know and love You more!


Reaffirm your love for Him, our sufficiency is from God – the Spirit gives life.


 

The Bible tells me so . . .


Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; - Proverbs 3:5 NKJV


For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. - Colossians1:16 NKJV

 

If you haven't read Melissa's book yet it is my joy to give you the first chapter plus a little more. Melissa's life, her journals and her story will encourage you through the storms in your life. You will love it! CLICK HERE


All for Jesus & His Glory,

Janette (Melissa's mom)





Updated: Nov 13, 2021



When the unexpected happens how do you respond? Or, to take it further when your dreams are dashed and there is no hope to fulfill the purpose you had imagined for your life, how do you respond?


My husband Mark and I have had many discussions on this topic. We watched our daughter Melissa's response to finding out she had ovarian cancer. "Oh, Mom, that is so great. God is going to do amazing things!" We observed her response to the news she needed a hysterectomy two months before her wedding. "Oh, no matter if my womb is barren or blessed I will help bring children into a deep love and adoration for You!" These are not normal responses from a 20 year old woman who dreamed of being a wife and mother and serving the Lord alongside of her husband, Melissa's responses were supernatural. and rooted in her knowledge of the eternal purpose for her life.


When the unexpected happens it doesn't change our mission or our purpose. Jesus was asked, "'Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?' Jesus said to him, "'You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.' 'This is the first and great commandment. 'And the second is like it: 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.' 'On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.'" - Matthew 22:36-40 NKJV As a follower of Jesus Christ my purpose is to love the LORD my God with all my heart, soul and mind. My mission is to love others as myself." My circumstances do not influence my purpose or my mission. Every unexpected turn in the road is an opportunity to love Him more, shine for Jesus and share His great love with others.


No matter what happens in my life, in my country or the world my purpose and mission remain the same. I want to live every day on purpose and on mission. I am grateful for my daughter Melissa's example of living this out. I've been forever influenced by her life, her great love and intimacy with Jesus, and her responses to life's hardest trials.


You can read Melissa's journals and the details of her journey in Melissa, If One Life . . . available on Amazon.


If you haven't seen the movie, I STILL BELIEVE it is available for rent and for purchase. It is a beautiful movie that portrays Melissa and Jeremy Camp's extraordinary journey together. See the movie and read Melissa's book to get the full details. The movie and the book are changing lives!

All for Jesus,

Janette Henning (Melissa's mom)


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