Daily Light on the Prisoner's Path
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Daily Light on the Prisoner's Path
Published:
1/20/2015
Format:
Perfect Bound Softcover
Pages:
476
Size:
6x9
ISBN:
978-1-49086-415-0
Print Type:
B/W

Your incarcerated relative or friend is facing daily physical and spiritual perils. Help him out with this unique daily Christian survival guide (browse through it now using Google Preview above).

Send him a paperback edition and buy another (or an e-book edition) for yourself. Both of you will be refreshed daily by the morning and evening Scripture selections (KJV) as he gains relief from the despair and discord surrounding him. He will learn of God’s eagerness to bless him, restore him, and make him a channel of supernatural grace to other inmates.

Daily Light on the Prisoner’s Path will show him how to: 
Receive God’s full pardon, forgiveness and acceptance, along with a new identity as a loved son of the Father, and a positive sense of purpose and expectation, 
Repulse the spiritual and emotional assaults of the enemy, 
Find resources to overcome boyhood issues or abuses that may have led to his criminal activity, and Use spiritual authority, led by the Holy Spirit, to supernaturally transform the dark atmosphere (and people) around him.

There is no other comprehensive Christian resource like this available for men behind bars. Now Christian parents, pastors, chaplains, prison ministries, spouses, other family members and friends can give men living in confinement a life-restoring companion for use every day along their often-perilous prisoner’s path.

Four Important Truths About God and You

This is a people robbed and spoiled;
they are all of them snared in holes,
and they are hid in prison houses:
they are for a prey, and none delivereth;
for a spoil, and none saith, Restore.
- Isaiah 42:22

God has followed every step of your sad path from youthful delinquency or deviancy all the way to this human stockyard where you must now live herded behind a razor wire fence, stripped of your identity, tagged with a number, culled and corralled by handlers who care less about your welfare than whether you step out of bounds.

Despite knowing all the facts about you (including what you think about him), God has never stopped caring about your welfare. Even if you've deliberately done very bad things, he still wants to see you restored. Whether you're already doing time in jail or prison or are waiting to be tried, sentenced or transferred, God knows how bad (or good) things may yet get for you.

When my spirit was overwhelmed within me,then thou knewest my path (Psalm 142:3).

God wants to bring you through whatever lies ahead, because he can change whatever lies ahead. He can also change you. If you're willing to let him lead you, he has an amazing path of faith, hope – and restoration – for you to walk.

#1 - God is not against you.
God does not hate you; he is not angry with you.
Actually, he wants to bless you (see 2 Chronicles 16:9a).
No matter who you are or what you've done to get here, you can receive free forgiveness and mercy from God – you don't have to suffer for it or earn it.
God takes no pleasure in your unhappiness. He is more interested in correcting the sinfulness that got you into so much trouble.
Although now it's too late to avoid being judged by a court for your crimes, you can still avoid being judged by God for your sins. If you don't avoid that (by accepting his forgiveness and turning away from being sinful), after you die you will face divine punishment far worse than anything a court can sentence you to.
Because God does not hate you he does not want to see that happen to you.It's easier than you may think to let God straighten out your life and set you on a restoration path. He has already forgiven your sins; now he's just waiting for you to accept his forgiveness. He already has a plan for making your life happy and worth living; now he's just waiting for you to let him show you the way.
#2 - God does not want to punish you.
God wants to prevent you from receiving his well-deserved punishment by cancelling all of your sins (even the really bad ones no one else is willing to forgive you for). All of your guilt and shame can be scrubbed clean, too.
God says, Your sins that were red as scarlet can become white as snow (Isaiah 1:18) – not because they don't matter but because God's only Son, Jesus, has already taken care of them (see John 3:16, Colossians 1:21-22).
Thou, Lord, art good, and ready to forgive; and plenteous in mercy unto all them that call upon thee. - Psalm 86:5

#3 - God is not getting even with you.
Maybe you're a Christian and feel terrible guilt about what you've done to end up here (since you probably knew better (see Jeremiah 2:13,17)).Don't let feelings of self-condemnation keep you from returning to your heavenly Father.
He is waiting to restore you (see Luke 15:11-32).

I will be his father, and he shall be my son. If he commit iniquity, I will chasten him with the rod of men, and with the stripes of the children of men: But my mercy shall not depart away from him (2 Samuel 7:14-15).

As a wayward son, honestly confess your willful disobedience and again receive your Father's full forgiveness. Then sincerely recommit to walking with him along whatever good path he chooses for you (see Psalm 16:11, Proverbs 3:5-6).
#4 - God can be trusted with your future.
God has a much bigger purpose for you than merely being a shifty ex-con.If eventually you get released, you can go back to the streets not as a harder criminal or a broken-down victim but as a truly new man with divinely-inspired ideas for an honest future (see Proverbs 8:12,21,35).

Getting out happy and whole really is possible, unless you refuse to believe that God is offering you good changes or you refuse to accept them on his terms (see Psalm 68:5-6).
Decide now to put your trust in God and choose to believe that he has a good purpose and future for you. You will soon stop dreading the longterm future as well as what may lie just around the corner.

O taste and see that the Lord is good:blessed is the man that trusteth in him.- Psalm 34:8
If you cooperate with God, he will:
  • Clear your guilty conscience
  • Give you a positive new identity as a fully loved son
  • Break curses or childhood vows that may be holding you back
  • Expose the destructive lies of Satan that you may be believing
  • Deal with your griefs, resentments and anger
  • Give you hope and ideas for your future (see Proverbs 8:12,21,35)
  • Perform spiritual heart surgery on you (see Mark 7:21-23 and Ezekiel 36:26)
  • Make you a blessing to others

  • The God of all grace...after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, and settle you.- 1 Peter 5:10

    God really can improve your current situation, give you true peace of mind, self-respect and a new positive outlook on the future (see Psalm 146:5-9).

    Isn't that what you need right now? As the best Father you could ever hope to have, he will assure you of his love and care (beginning right now). He will renew your mind and heart to make you the successful son you still can become (see Romans 12:2, Hebrews 10:16), and inspire you with good ideas for a purposeful future – no matter what others may go on thinking or saying about you (see Psalm 31:20, Isaiah 54:17, Proverbs 8:12,21,35). No matter how bad your past is or how unworthy your spiritual condition seems to be,

    God still wants you to become one of his forgiven, blessed sons. Do that and then he will be able to help you get through the rest of your time purposefully and safely. Does that interest you?Then keep reading and step onto the path of faith and hope!

J. R. Woodgates graduated from Northwestern University in 1975 with a degree in broadcast journalism, then enjoyed a long radio career, internationally for 27 years at the Voice of America, locally in Washington, DC for 13 years at WETA part-time.

In 2006-7, Woodgates experienced nine months as a federal prison inmate, having pled guilty to a single charge of child pornography possession.

The formal process of church discipline and restoration Woodgates went through, and the surprising depth of Christian fellowship he enjoyed behind bars, were life-changing. As an advocate for restorative justice, he now wants inmates and convicts to learn about and experience for themselves the relief, restoration and empowerment they can enjoy as repentant, forgiven, and blessed sons of the Father.

Until 2009, Woodgates was a lifelong Episcopalian (a "preacher's kid"). Today, he is a founding member of the Anglican Church in North America.

 
 


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