Voice of the Bishop
Greetings Saints and Friends of God:       

As we begin a new year, I want to assure you that yes, there is hope and triumph for your
future through Christ Jesus.  When you trust Christ as your Savior, Jesus promises that He
will never Leave you nor abandon you.  "...I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee." (Jos 1:5).  
Also, His grace for you is renewed not only each year, but everyday.  In the midst of his
most painful trial, the prophet Jeremiah wrote, "This I recall to mind, therefore i have hope.  
The Lord's loving kindness indeed never cease, for His compassions never fail.  They are
new every morning; great is your faithfulness" (Lam 3;21-23).        
 Think of that, each and everyday, God gives you a fresh gift of His mercy and another
opportunity to see His victory in your circumstances.  This does not mean that you will
never face trials.  In fact, there may be alot of work ahead for you depending on your
situation.  But the Lord is with you every step of the way.  And His grace can sustain you
no matter what happens.    
So how does God's grace help you carry on? First, He reminds you of what Jesus
accomplished for you on the cross.  When you place your faith in Christ, you no longer
have to carry the shame and guilt of your sin because He has pardoned you of all of it (1
John 1:9).  You have been reconciled to Him, and He gives you the freedom to forgive
yourself.       
Second, the Lord releases His supernatural strength to keep you going despite your pain,
suffering, and loss.  Through the Holy Spirit, you have "the surpassing greatness of His
power... which He brought about in Christ, when He raised Him (Christ) from the dead"
(Eph. 1:19-20).  In other words, the same power that was present at the resurrection
enables you to triumph in your trials!  As you seek the Lord in daily Bible study and prayer,
the Holy Spirit teaches you what to do, filling you with His might and guiding you with His
wisdom, so you can see His glory.     
  Third, in His grace, God ignites the determination within you to persevere.  Even in the
worst of times, the Father has promised to turn your adversity into something positive
(Rom. 8:28).  Through it He teaches you His ways, draws you closer in relationship to Him,
and develops your full potential for His kingdom.  this is why you never need to lose your
joy and peace when facing difficulties, because you know that God is developing qualities
you'll be glad to possess once He brings them to completion (Rom. 5:3-5; Heb. 12:10-11;
Jam 1:2-4; 1 Peter 1:6-7).       
  Fourth. the Lord reminds you that He is always with you as your Defender, Provider, and
Comforter.  Your friends or family may walk away, but God never leaves you.  He declares,
"Be strong and courageous, do not be afraid or tremble at them, for the Lord your God is
the one who goes with you.  He will not fail you or forsake you" (Deut. 31:6).  No matter
what you face, you are never alone.  And the One who helps you can overcome any
obstacles, challenges, or dilemma that comes your way. Ps 103:19; Jer. 32:17; Mark
10:37).         
Fifth, you have the assurance that God has set restraints on your adversity.  The Lord
knows your limits and weaknesses, and He will not allow your difficulties to defeat you as
long as you are following Him in obedience.  Because of His great grace, you can be
confident that God is in control of every trial and will help you overcome it (john 16:33; 1
John 5:4).      
At one time or another, we all need encouragement.  It helps to be reminded with the
hope that our life has not ended and a fresh beginning is possible.  The key to triumph in
your trials is not your ability to face them, but your total reliance on God's grace.  So trust
Him, and be assured that 2009 will be one of your best years ever if you simply obey the
Father and leave all the consequences to Him.     
  Remember a change is not going to come, it is here!  rejoice and be exceedingly glad!  
Great is the Lord and He's greatly to be praised.   
    Rehoboth is excited to see all the new doors of ministry and opportunities that God has
and is opening in 2009.  We are especially thankful for your continuing prayers and
partnership with us.  It is because of you that we are able to announce the opening of our
new ministry, the Rehoboth School of Ministry and the Rehoboth Outreach of Fellowship.  
May the year ahead be our best and most fruitful yet for leading people worldwide into a
growing relationship with Jesus Christ. Prayerfully yours,  

Bishop Robert WilliamsPastor, ROAM
"God Knows Your Future" Jer 29:11