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Thursday, December 9, 2010

by Jackie Ortiz, Multicultural Advisory Board member

Ephesians 3:20 -"Now unto Him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in you." 
I remember hearing this scripture resonate in my spirit and ears as I was placed in a challenging position to trust God despite what my student account looked like as a Liberty student. I was summoned to the bursar office for outstanding tuition and fees on a Friday and I knew there were no natural resources available to help cover the debt. All of my resources were tapped out! As I sat in the office I looked at the woman and asked if there were any options available to me. She emphasized that there weren't and that I needed to clear my account ASAP or risk my enrollment at Liberty. As I sat there feeling burdened by the news, I spoke in faith that by Monday I would have funds to meet my need. I knew I was going home-to New York for the weekend, but I wasn't planning to broadcast my situation. As I was home for the weekend, people were randomly placing checks in my hand to send me back to school with (remember I didn't say anything to anyone, I simply prayed and said Lord you have to supply my need. You promised to in Your Word and you led me to Liberty.) By the time I returned to campus I had half of what I needed to cover my bill. That Monday morning I woke up early and was refreshed in my spirit ready to go throughout the day. As I was leaving my last class of the day, I heard the Spirit directing me to go check my mailbox. I was reluctant because I knew I needed to go to the bursar and give them the portion of funds to credit to my account. Again the Spirit persisted, 'go check your mailbox'. As I went in obedience, I found in there a letter of approval for a supplemental grant that I was originally denied in the beginning of the semester. At that moment the Lord spoke to me and said, "I will do exceeding abundantly above what you ask or think..." He reminded me that I spoke in faith that I would have the funds Monday and it was so! I was overwhelmed. The grant was already processed to my account and there was no need for me to visit the bursar. Further, I had excess money from the grant and the financial blessings I received from my visit home. I want to assure you that God WILL supply ALL of your needs according to His riches in glory (Philippians 4:19)! In spite of the economy, God promises to take care of us and He has never failed. If you are in a financial hardship you can speak by faith that God will supply your need, do your part, and trust Him to do His. Faith is what moves God and as believers we know without faith it is impossible to please Him, according to Hebrews 11. Be encouraged! Just like God made a way for me, I KNOW He will do it for you if you trust Him!

Jackie Clay-Ortiz is a native of Queens, NY. She came to
Liberty in Fall 2000. She was an active member of
the then Liberty University Fellowship Gospel Choir
as well as the Alpha & Omega ladies step team. She
is now married to husband Brian Ortiz, and are the 
proud parents of a new born, Sammy.


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