Christian body to host women prayer camp meeting

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A Christian body, Holy Spirit Mission, also known as Happy Family Chapel, would be hosting thousands of women to an extra-ordinary prayer conference slated between 16 and 19 of August, from  8.am to 12 noon at the Chapel in Akowonjo, Egbeda axis of Lagos.

Distinguished women from United States of America and Nigeria are to speak at the event tagged “When Mama Prays”.

The Chief Host of the prayer conference, Rev. Carol Ighele, said that the programme is a praying and teaching conference for females, under ages of 16 years and above, adding that, women are important member of  family and  homemaker and builder.

Through program features, the body stated that once  women have right focus, children would grow right, husband would be happy and society at large would benefit from it.

“Our focus is to train the woman and the girl child spiritually. It is our annual camp meeting. We expose the women on the challenges of womanhood and how they can become better persons in the society. After the conference, if you were a doctor, you would become a better doctor and if you were a teacher, you would become a better teacher.

“Ours is a kingdom agenda. We are working to ensure that the kingdom of God is experienced her on earth. The event would start on Thursday 16 August and end on Sunday.

“Our speakers are drawn from all over the world and in Nigeria. We empower women in every area. We teach them how to be entrepreneurs, ministers. It is a total package. We implore women to come with their children who are 16years and above,” he added.

Speakers for the even are: Pastor Angela Okotie-Eboh, Pastor Theresa Johnson and many others from USA.

Bible Verse continuation: Self pity

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1 Kings 19:4
But he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a juniper tree; and he requested for himself that he might die, and said, “It is enough; now, O LORD, take my life, for I am not better than my fathers.”

1 Kings 19:10
Verse Concepts
He said, “I have been very zealous for the LORD, the God of hosts; for the sons of Israel have forsaken Your covenant, torn down Your altars and killed Your prophets with the sword And I alone am left; and they seek my life, to take it away.”

Jeremiah 15:10
Verse Concepts
Woe to me, my mother, that you have borne me As a man of strife and a man of contention to all the land! I have not lent, nor have men lent money to me, Yet everyone curses me.

Jeremiah 15:18
Verse Concepts
Why has my pain been perpetual And my wound incurable, refusing to be healed? Will You indeed be to me like a deceptive stream With water that is unreliable?

Jeremiah 20:7-10
O LORD, You have deceived me and I was deceived; You have overcome me and prevailed I have become a laughingstock all day long; Everyone mocks me. For each time I speak, I cry aloud; I proclaim violence and destruction, Because for me the word of the LORD has resulted In reproach and derision all day long. But if I say, “I will not remember Him Or speak anymore in His name,” Then in my heart it becomes like a burning fire Shut up in my bones; And I am weary of holding it in, And I cannot endure it. read more.

Jeremiah 45:3
‘You said, “Ah, woe is me! For the LORD has added sorrow to my pain; I am weary with my groaning and have found no rest.”‘

Jonah 4:1-5
But it greatly displeased Jonah and he became angry. He prayed to the LORD and said, “Please LORD, was not this what I said while I was still in my own country? Therefore in order to forestall this I fled to Tarshish, for I knew that You are a gracious and compassionate God, slow to anger and abundant in lovingkindness, and one who relents concerning calamity. “Therefore now, O LORD, please take my life from me, for death is better to me than life.” read more.

Psalm 137:1-9
By the rivers of Babylon, There we sat down and wept, When we remembered Zion. Upon the willows in the midst of it We hung our harps. For there our captors demanded of us songs, And our tormentors mirth, saying, “Sing us one of the songs of Zion.” read more.

Lamentations 3:1-18
I am the man who has seen affliction Because of the rod of His wrath. He has driven me and made me walk In darkness and not in light. Surely against me He has turned His hand Repeatedly all the day. read more.

Revelation 18:9-19
“And the kings of the earth, who committed acts of immorality and lived sensuously with her, will weep and lament over her when they see the smoke of her burning, standing at a distance because of the fear of her torment, saying, ‘Woe, woe, the great city, Babylon, the strong city! For in one hour your judgment has come.’ “And the merchants of the earth weep and mourn over her, because no one buys their cargoes any more– read more.

Job 19:21
“Pity me, pity me, O you my friends, For the hand of God has struck me.

Mark 9:22
“It has often thrown him both into the fire and into the water to destroy him. But if You can do anything, take pity on us and help us!”

Luke 17:13
and they raised their voices, saying, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!”

Psalm 43:5
Why are you in despair, O my soul? And why are you disturbed within me? Hope in God, for I shall again praise Him, The help of my countenance and my God.

Psalm 73:16-17
When I pondered to understand this, It was troublesome in my sight Until I came into the sanctuary of God; Then I perceived their end.

Psalm 3:1-4
O LORD, how my adversaries have increased! Many are rising up against me. Many are saying of my soul, “There is no deliverance for him in God.” Selah. But You, O LORD, are a shield about me, My glory, and the One who lifts my head. read more.

Psalm 13:1-6
How long, O LORD? Will You forget me forever? How long will You hide Your face from me? How long shall I take counsel in my soul, Having sorrow in my heart all the day? How long will my enemy be exalted over me? Consider and answer me, O LORD my God; Enlighten my eyes, or I will sleep the sleep of death, read more.

Psalm 37:1-7
Do not fret because of evildoers, Be not envious toward wrongdoers. For they will wither quickly like the grass And fade like the green herb. Trust in the LORD and do good; Dwell in the land and cultivate faithfulness. read more.

Psalm 73:23-28
Nevertheless I am continually with You; You have taken hold of my right hand. With Your counsel You will guide me, And afterward receive me to glory. Whom have I in heaven but You? And besides You, I desire nothing on earth. read more.

Psalm 106:7
Our fathers in Egypt did not understand Your wonders; They did not remember Your abundant kindnesses, But rebelled by the sea, at the Red Sea.

Lamentations 3:19-26
Remember my affliction and my wandering, the wormwood and bitterness. Surely my soul remembers And is bowed down within me. This I recall to my mind, Therefore I have hope. read more.

2 Corinthians 1:5
For just as the sufferings of Christ are ours in abundance, so also our comfort is abundant through Christ.

2 Corinthians 6:3-10
giving no cause for offense in anything, so that the ministry will not be discredited, but in everything commending ourselves as servants of God, in much endurance, in afflictions, in hardships, in distresses, in beatings, in imprisonments, in tumults, in labors, in sleeplessness, in hunger, read more.

James 1:2-3
Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance.

1 Peter 4:13
Verse Concepts
but to the degree that you share the sufferings of Christ, keep on rejoicing, so that also at the revelation of His glory you may rejoice with exultation.

Prayer: For trust in a special relationship

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Oh God I come to You saddened in soul and with a heart that is breaking. You brought a special person into my life, for which I thank You Lord, and we were so happy together for a time – but for many reasons, including my jealous nature, things have gone sour between us and we have moved apart.

Lord I confess to You that I acted in a way that was not appropriate and did not permit trust between us to develop and to grow as it should. Look down on us in pity I pray – and ask that You would open up an opportunity for us to be properly reconciled so that we may build up our relationship together.

Lord I know that so often when we make foolish mistakes we have to take the responsibility for the outcome, which is not always the way that we would hope – but I do pray that our relationship is not finished and that in Your grace You would restore again the joy of being together and the special love we had for each other.

Change Me Lord – remove this jealous streak that has caused me so many problems in my life I pray,– for I know that this is not from You Lord – and make me more like the Lord Jesus, not only in my actions but in my attitudes and emotions. May Your will be done in our lives and even if we do not get back together – Lord, I pray that we may be reconciled, so that we may separate graciously and not in the current animosity. I ask this in Jesus name,

Amen
“The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil.”
(Proverbs 31:11)

“Behold, thou art called a Jew, and restest in the law, and makest thy boast of God,”
(Romans 2:17)

“And the work of righteousness shall be peace; and the effect of righteousness quietness and assurance for ever.”
(Isaiah 32:17)

“That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.”
(1 Corinthians 2:5)

“Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.”
(Proverbs 3:5)

“{A Prayer of David.} Bow down thine ear, O LORD, hear me: for I am poor and needy.”
(Psalm 86:1)“{Shiggaion of David, which he sang unto the LORD, concerning the words of Cush the Benjamite.} O LORD my God, in thee do I put my trust: save me from all them that persecute me, and deliver me:”
(Psalm 7:1)

“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”
(Matthew 6:33)

“O LORD of hosts, blessed is the man that trusteth in thee.”
(Psalm 84:12)

Living by faith

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“My righteous one will live by faith; and if he draws back, I have no pleasure in him”.
Hebrews 10:38.

A Righteous Life

Once in the Old Testament and three times in the New Testament we are told – the just shall live by faith. The righteous man shall live by faith – a life of complete dependence upon God. My righteous servant shall live by faith – a life that rests its entire trust on the Father. It is through faith that a righteous person has life – a life of dependence on the Lord. The righteous shall live by his steadfast life – a life of complete trust on God.

Habakkuk and Romans

In Habakkuk we see that unwavering trust in God is the main focus of the passage.. no matter what the circumstances nor what difficulties are pressing in on our lives. In Romans the main focus is on righteousness – of the one living by faith.. and how those with faith in God are credited with Christ’s RIGHTEOUSNESS.

Galatians and Hebrews

In Galatians the main focus is on life – of the righteous person LIVING by faith, and how faith frees us from curse of the law – so that we can LIVE by trusting God. In Hebrews the main focus is faith –for it is by FAITH that the righteous man lives.. for without faith it is impossible for the believer to live a life pleasing to God. Without faith it is impossible for the Christian life to produce fruit of righteousness. Without faith it is impossible to show forth righteousness, which is of faith. Without faith we can’t sow, pursue or reap a harvest of the fruit of righteousness.

Dependence on God

OH! we were sealed with the Spirit’s seal of righteousness when we were saved. but living a life of righteousness can only be lived by faith – dependence on God, and of course faith has no merit on our part – for it is ALL by God’s grace.

Godly Living

Godly living – a righteous life is a life that demonstrates dependence on God – an unfailing dependence on the grace of God in every area of life and living. A righteous life is one that has come to rest entirely on God’s sovereign grace. It is a voluntary submission to Christ’s sovereign will, that becomes our firm resolve. It is the submissive will that excludes all personal honour in favour of His splendour.

Total Dependence

God has set-out His criteria for godly living clearly:– total dependence on Him, and when God has set His ground rules there is no compromise on His part. When a believer lives in total dependence on God it is credited as righteousness. When we live in dependence on self we are not living by faith but our own standards.

Total Trust

Total dependence on God is faith in Him : trusting His word : believing His promises, but it is more; even more; much more – it’s trusting Him to do what is right and best. Faith is trusting God in His infinite grace and wisdom to do what is best for you. This may mean having to go through difficult times without understanding why.. it may mean a cruel and painful loss – or the slaughter of your reputation – it may mean having to face a future that is ravaged by unknown elements, and faith is trusting God’s omniscient wisdom to be working all things for the best.

Trusting Faith

We understand what God’s strength is about but His wisdom is so different from ours. Faith is trusting Him with your family, your needs, your health – your reputation. Faith teaches us dependence in Him to do what is best – no matter what the outcome.

Faith Speaks

Faith says with Job: though He slay me yet shall I trust Him. Faith says with Peter : to Whom shall we go, You have the words of eternal life. Faith says with Paul : His grace is sufficient. His power is made perfect in my weakness. Habakkuk first used the reforming words that resounded down the corridors of time, and we find them echoing through Romans; through Galatians ; through Hebrews

Last Testimony

And Habakkuk last words in His revolutionary, faith-focussed book were: Even though the fig tree does not blossom, and there are no grapes on the vines; even if the olive harvest fails, and the fields produce nothing edible; even if the flock is snatched from the sheepfold, and there is no herd in the stall – as for me, I will rejoice in the Lord. I will find my joy in the God Who delivers me.

Daily devotion: Conditional Strength

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“My grace is sufficient for thee: for My strength is made perfect in weakness” (2 Cor. 12:9a).

Whereas most feel that personal weakness is the great hindrance to a sound Christian life, the real tragedy is the astonishing strength of the old man. The Cross for our cursed strength; the Lord Jesus for our blessed weakness.

“Let no one imagine that he can be effectively used in the Lord’s service, or even make progress in the Christian life, without some measure of real entrance into the valuable principle: When I am weak, then am I strong’ (2 Cor. 12:10).

It is absolutely essential in forming the character of the true servant of the Lord Jesus. Where it is not known and felt, there is sure to be unsubduedness, unbrokenness, and self-occupation in some form or other.

On the other hand, where one has been brought into this principle, there will always be a measure of brokenness, softness, and tenderness of spirit; and not only so, but also largeness of heart, and that lovely tendency to rise above those petty, selfish considerations, which so sadly hinder the work of God.

“All of His servants in the Word stand before us as vivid illustrations of the value and necessity of broken material. All had to be broken in order to be made whole – to be emptied in order to be filled – to learn that, of themselves, they could do nothing, in order to be ready, in the Lord Jesus’ strength, for anything and everything.” -C.H.M.

“Our Father’s spiritual goal for his own is neither continuous straitness nor continuous poverty. For these are never the end; they are only the means to His end. Straitness is the pathway to expansion; poverty is the pathway to abundance.”

“Most gladly, therefore, will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me” (2 Cor. 12:9b).

Pope John Paul’s ex-aide,Tettamanzi, passes on at 83

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A former aide to late Pope John Paul II (Karol Wojtyła), Cardinal, Dionigi Tettamanzi, has passed on at age 83, barely 14 years after he contested for post of Pontiff with Joseph Aloisius Ratzinger (Pope Benedict XVI).

Tettamanzi, a renowned Italian activist and writer, who helped Pope John Paul draft some of his encyclicals, died in Milan, Italy, the country he was made a cardinal 19 years ago.

The death of one upon a time possible contender to post of Pope was announced on Saturday by the Milan diocese, one of world’s largest dioceses with some 5 million faithful and 1,000 parishes.

Tettamanzi was made archbishop of the Italian port city of Genoa in 1995 and in 2002 moved to nearby Milan to continue his service to the church.

Few minutes after his death was announced, the Milan’s mayor, Giuseppe Sala, has reacted with a statement describing Tettamanzi’s death as disappearance of a key figure of Milan’s social and religious history has disappeared.

Also, Pope Francis wrote to Milan’s outgoing Archbishop, Angelo Scola, and his successor, Mario Delpini, to express his condolences over the departure of the late Cardinal which he described as one of most loveable and beloved prelates of the Milanese diocese.

Before his death,  the late prolific writer helped Pope John Paul draft some of his encyclicals and was seen by some Vatican watchers as a potential candidate to replace the Polish pontiff when he died in 2005. But he was little known outside his native Italy and fellow cardinals instead elected Josef Ratzinger as pope.

While as archbishop of Genoa, Tettamanzi defended anti-globalization protesters, who besieged a Group of Eight summit there in 2001. “A single African child sick with AIDS counts more than the entire universe,” he said at the time.

He stood out by deciding that pilgrims visiting Genoa for the 2000 Holy Year should stop not only at the city’s great churches but also an old people’s home to get a special indulgence for the jubilee millennium year.

Tettamanzi was born in Renate near Milan in 1934. He began studying as a priest at the age of 11 and was ordained at 23 by the then-archbishop of Milan, Giovanni Battista Montini, who went on to become Pope Paul VI.

What is Christian Apologetics?

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Apologetics comes from the Greek word “Apologia” which means defense. It is giving a reason or defense for the Christian faith.

Apologetic is not a military term but rather it is like a defense a defendant makes before a judge. The word “Apologia” is found in 1 Peter 3:15 and translated “reason” – “always be ready to give a reason for the hope that is in you.” Plato used the word apologia to describe Socrates defense in the Athenian court. Apologetic is not grabbing people and throwing them against the wall, but rather a reasoned argument like a lawyer would do in court, it is a conversation we have with people.

If we look at the makeup of the word apologetics, it is made of two Greek words, Apo and Logos. The word ‘Apo’ means ‘away from’, and the word ‘logos’ means word – that is apologetics is speaking away a word or accusation that comes towards Christianity.

Apologetics therefore is a branch of Christian theology dealing with verbal defense of Christian faith.

1 Peter 3:15 says that we are to “always” be ready to give an answer to “everyone” who asks. If we are always to be ready to give a defense we may as well make it a good defense. For people have good questions and Christians have good answers, in fact they have the truth, and there is no need to be scared to answer anybody. If you don’t know the answer on the spot, just say you will go and find out what it is.

The apologist is to be bold in God but not bold with an attitude. We never want to win the argument but loose the person. That’s why we are to speak in humility with meekness. There are two aspects to apologetics, a negative and a positive aspect.

Biblical Basis for Apologetics
The word apologia (apologetics), is used nine times in the New Testament: (I Cor 9:3; 2 Cor 7:11; I Pet 3:15; Phil 1:7, 16; II Tim 4:16; Acts 25:16; 19:33; 22:1)

From the Bible we can find certain aspects regarding the nature of apologetics:

1. It is giving a reason for our hope

1 Peter 3:15 – always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear

2. It is Defending the Gospel

Philippians 1:7 – I have you in my heart, inasmuch as both in my chains and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel,

3. It is Answering Every Question

Colossians 4:6 – Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one

4. It is Contending for the Faith

Jude 1:3 – I found it necessary to write to you exhorting you to contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints

5. It is Reasoning with Unbelievers

Acts 17:17 – Here we have a living example of apologetics. Paul didn’t just proclaim the gospel but reasoned with the Jew and Philosophers. “Paul reasoned in the synagogue with the Jews and with the Gentile worshipers, and in the marketplace daily with those who happened to be there.”

Aspects of Apologetics
The Negative Aspect to Apologetics: This is tearing down arguments that come against Christianity (2 Corinthians 10:5). When the accusations come we are to be ready to answer them. All action is a result of an idea which comes into our mind; we need to be critical about what ideas we put in our minds. Thoughts always result in actions and we can just look at history to see that. For example Hitler first wrote Mein Kampf and then acted out what was in that book. Proper evaluating new ideas and tearing them down if necessary is the negative aspect of apologetics.

The Positive Aspect to Apologetics: In this sense we are giving positive information to prove the reasonableness of Christianity. For example giving evidences why God exists, why the Bible is reliable and Christ is risen. It was Aristotle who said an “unexamined life is not worth living”, in the same way an unexamined faith isn’t worth believing. We can positively present proofs for the truthfulness of Christianity, and reasons why they can put their trust in Christ.

Role of Apologetics
It’s Pre-evangelistic role:
Apologetics has been described as pre evangelism. Apologetics doesn’t save anyone but it breaks down walls and gives positive reason why Christianity is true. Paul “reasoned” (Acts 17:2-4) on Mars hill “explaining and proving.” It says some were convinced as Paul was persuasive in his reasoning.

Apologetics points people to the way, Jesus Christ, but only the Holy Spirit can convict the heart for the person to react positively to the truthfulness of the gospel. Apologetics can show THAT something is true, but the person still needs to put their faith IN. For example apologetics can give many reasons why an airplane is safe to fly, explaining how it is well maintained and able to fly through the air. But apologetics cannot force the person to step in the plain and put their faith IN it.

Almost half the world is non-theistic. There cannot be the Son of God, Acts of God, and Salvation from God if there is not a God. Therefore to people who don’t believe in God we first need to pre-evangelize them, and prove that God exists.

non theistic

It’s Post evangelistic role:
After salvation apologetics can be used to confirm Christians in the Christian faith. If Christians come more persuaded they will be more persuasive to others. The word of God is built on facts and through apologetics proving the truthfulness of the Bible brings assurance to the Christian that their faith is placed on solid ground.

The Limits of Apologetics
Apologetics cannot save anyone. There is a difference between faith that and faith in.

Faith that is the area of apologetics, it is proving that God exists, using objective arguments and focusing on the mind. Faith that is always the area of pre-evangelism and is done sometimes depending on the intellectual questions people have. The focus of “faith that’ is how people perceive reality, the focus is the mind using general revelation.

“Faith in” is the area of evangelism when we give the gospel. This is something we should do all the time. The will is used when we put faith in something.

Prayers for Healing

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Dear God – the only source of healing and hope and the one fountain of peace and hope – look down in pity and mercy on Your many children who are facing adversity and afflicted by the miseries that this world system is imposing.

Provide for the needs for all those that are called by Your name, who are facing financial hardships and health problems. Enrich them with Your heavenly hope; nourish them with all Your goodness and bring each of them safely into their promised home ,

In Jesus name I pray,

Amen

“And we have this command from Him: the one who loves God must also love his brother.”

Prayer of Thankfulness For Health And Strength Loving Father,

I just want to thanks You for the wonderful way that You have kept me in such good health, for so many years, and protected me from so many troublesome diseases.

You have lifted me up when I have been down; supported me through times of weakness and You have also healed me, when I have succumbed to a bed of sickness.

Keep me I pray in good health and strength – let me run and not grow weary and may I be used as a comfort and support to those that are not so fortunate as I.

Amen

“Dear friend, I pray that you may prosper in every way and be in good health, just as your soul prospers.”

Dear Lord, I know that You are a God Who heals all manner of sickness and illness through the power of Your Holy Spirit. I ask that by His power You would send healing and wholeness to all who are afflicted at this time with illnesses and diseases.

Send comfort and strength at this time of difficulty – in Jesus’ precious name,

Amen

“He will wipe away every tear from their eyes. Death will exist no longer; grief, crying, and pain will exist no longer, because the previous things have passed away.”

Look down with compassion on our friend, who has been confined to a bed of sickness and is in such great physical pain. Send comfort and healing I pray and in Your gracious kindness please strengthen and heal, whatever the problem is, that has caused this illness in their body.

In Jesus name I pray,

Amen.

“For He crushes but also binds up; He strikes, but His hands also heal.”

Serve through love

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“Serve each other through love”. Galatians 5:13 GW

It is always the work of God’s enemy to clog up our lives by introducing love of self or love of the world, and it needs ruthless determination to remove the accumulated rubbish and re-dig the well in purity of devotion to Christ.

It may well be, though, that the hindrances arise from lack of love to our fellow believers. We must remember that the Holy Spirit can never have free course in us and through us if we harbor unloving thoughts concerning other of God’s children, let alone put those thoughts into actions.

He is the Spirit of fellowship, so that if we fail in that realm then we fail in the matter of love.It is so easy to allow unworthy considerations to quench brotherly love, to be clogged up with resentment or to be wrongly influenced by our susceptibilities or hurt feelings.

We have to be active in positive cultivation of fellowship. To some it is quite natural to be independent. For them deference to others represents a major difficulty. Sometimes they may deliberately ignore or despise others, but sometimes they just prefer to do it alone and never seriously think of inter-relatedness and inter-dependence.

The Word of God, however, is most explicit in ordering us to esteem one another, to submit to one another and to live and work together. T

he Holy Spirit demands that the people of God live according to a team order of things, that they should be governed by a family spirit. Anything which is of an isolated or detached nature, which fails to recognize and fully accept the family thought of God, is a check on Him.

By failing to observe fellowship we quench the Spirit. It is not only a matter of avoiding giving offence but of active pursuit of fellowship. Some may be wondering why there is so little up-springing from the inner well, when they are sitting back in a wrong kind of modesty, failing to bring in their own personal contribution to fellowship life and ministry.

Unkindness is not the only obstacle in this realm. Shyness and diffidence can equally rest like a stone on the flow of Life.

The only thing to do is to dig it up and move it away. Get in, get right in, and let yourself go! Do not always choose the back seat because you like to be left alone, but come forward in the Lord’s name and give the Holy Spirit a free course in your lives.

He is well able to check you if you become too self-assertive, but there is little He can do if your well is all stopped up with fears and inhibitions.

Hungry Heart: There is more…

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“Let us go on past the elementary stage in the teachings and doctrine of Christ” (Heb. 6:1a, Amp.).

The milk of the Word is necessary for the immature years. But in order to carry out His purpose in our lives, our Father brings in needs that call for more than milk – we become hungry for the meat of the word, and are thereby strengthened and matured.

“When I see the Blood, I will pass over you’ (Ex. 12:13). The Blood shelters from the Judge, but there is no rest there. In this state, the believer is like a man in a lifeboat: he is rescued, but still in the place where the danger is; he would like to get to shore. He is safe, but not clear of the power of the enemy, not clear of Pharaoh and the Egyptians. That is really where most Christians are today.” -J.B.S.

“There are vast numbers who profess to believe in the atoning virtue of the death of the Lord Jesus, but who do not see aught therein beyond the forgiveness of their sins. They do not as yet see the crucifixion, death, and burial of the sinner – the entire displacement of the old system of things belonging to their first-Adam position; in a word, their perfect identification with their risen and ascended Lord.” -C.H.M.

“With Israel, after its deliverance from Egypt, there were two stages. The one, this life in the wilderness, with its wanderings and its wants, its unbelief and its murmurings. The other, the land of promise, with rest instead of desert wanderings, and with abundance instead of want – symbols of the two stages of the Christian life. The one in which we only know the Lord Jesus as Saviour from Egypt, in His work on the Cross for atonement and pardon. The other, where He is known and welcomed as our Life in heaven; Who, in the power of that endless life, leads us to find our home in the Holiest of our Father’s presence.” -A.M.

“. . . advancing steadily toward the completeness and perfection that belong to spiritual maturity” (Heb. 6:1b, Amp.).