Lord, Teach us to Pray!

“And it came to pass, that, as he was praying in a certain place, when he ceased, one of his disciples said unto him, Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples.” -Luke 11:1

What an amazing statement this is if you think about it.

Just think. This is the Lord Jesus Himself, being God incarnate. His prayer life was tremendous. He didn’t rely on His own power or ability, but that which came directly from the Father. He truly emptied Himself and became a man to dwell among us, and took upon Himself willingly the limitations that men are subject to. As such, He relied on the power of the Holy Spirit and the direction of the Father every step of the way on His mission in this earth, and prayed earnestly without ceasing for the blessing and power of the Father upon Him.

Yet what greatly impresses me is the fact that His disciples noticed something different in His prayer life. He had power in prayer. They recognized that this was the secret of His power. Think of it! They had seen Him cast out demons with a word, raise the dead, heal the sick, cleanse incurable lepers, and many other such amazing miracles. Yet they came to Him and they didn’t ask Him, “Lord, teach us to heal the sick like you do”; or “Lord, teach us to raise the dead like we’ve seen you do”; not even did they ask, “Lord, teach us to walk on water”. Instead, they asked Him, “Lord, teach us to pray.” Wow. As amazing as all such miracles were, it appears that the greatest impression was  made upon them by His prayer life!

Today, in modern Christendom, we have hyper-charismatic circles that run workshops and schools that teach people how to do miracles. Just go to their school, and they will teach you how to heal a tumor or how to prophesy to someone you don’t know. Or they have schools nowadays that teach people how to cast out demons, complete with learning how to break generational curses, historical blood-ties, etc. etc. And the whole of these things are far from being biblical. Instead of having workshops to teach us how to operate in signs and wonders, why don’t we have workshops that teach us how to truly seek the face of God in prayer?!

Now I’m not against the operation of modern day miracles. I know God still moves in the miraculous. I have seen it personally. But we shouldn’t rejoice over such things. We shouldn’t rejoice that demons are subject to us, but we should rejoice that are names are written in Heaven. And with the proper perspective, we should focus on seeking the pleasure of God by seeking His face in prayer. We should be seeking His will, as our Lord did. We should be abiding in the Spirit by faith, and maintaining our walk in the Spirit with a life of intimacy with God in secret prayer.

We have to confess it here right now, dear brethren, that often times our prayer lives are pitiful. We don’t spend the amount of time in prayer as we ought. We have a built-in tendency in our flesh to attempt to do great things for God before attempting to wait upon God to enable and send us. And even when we do pray, so many times our actual prayers themselves are pitiful. They are not prayed with the desperation and intensity they ought to be prayed with. They are not prayed with the confidence and faith they should be prayed with. They are often prayed from selfish motives and in sluggishness, even in the best of His saints. I dare not claim to be excluded from guilt here. The flesh is constantly at war against our prayer life, and part of taking up our cross to follow Christ has to do with learning how to deny the desires of the flesh for instant gratification and tangible results and to simply trust God in the invisible. We desperately need to learn to pray, and not just as a one-time deal, but we continually need to be taught by the Lord to pray, because as we progress, the flesh is constantly trying to undo our progress in growing into effective prayer. We are full of infirmities on all sides in bodies of flesh and blood, and need God’s pardon even on our best days. Oh, we need the blood of atonement to cleanse even the most holiest of our actions before God, and to pardon the faults of even our best attempts to seek His approval! Even our prayers would be unacceptable if not sanctified by the blood of Christ! But thank God for His grace, that where we’re weak, He is strong, and He is a compassionate Father who desires to hear and answer our prayers.

Faith-filled, fervent, fiery secret prayer was the secret of the Lord Jesus’ public power. Unlike us so many times, He prayed not with a nodding head of sleepiness, but with strong cries and tears! (Heb. 5:7) I truly believe that His miracles and mighty deeds were an outflow of His times in prayer. And I truly believe that we often have not because we ask not. We would do well to learn how to pray, and to learn to imitate Christ’s example. The disciples knew that the Lord had something special when they seen the amount of time and the intensity with which the Lord spent in prayer, and they seen the effects of it publicly in His ministry. If we want to see souls saved, if we want to see God move in power, if we want to see the saints edified and built up in the church, it’s going to have to start with us learning how to pray. Let’s all go to the Lord anew and ask Him what the early Apostles did: LORD, TEACH US TO PRAY!!!

The Devotion of the Early Church

In Acts 2:42 we read: “And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.”

This is the testimony of a faithful church, a devoted assembly, dedicated to fulfilling the will of the Lord in their midst. The Scripture lists four major things that these early believers were devoted to:

1. The Apostle’s Doctrine: This is the teaching which the Apostles of Christ were laying down as the foundation of the church (Christ Himself being the Chief Cornerstone, of course). As this was a transitional time in terms of the canon of Scripture being written and fulfilled, the Apostles that Christ appointed were the highest authority in the church, teaching with authority of Christ, inspired by the Holy Spirit to establish the Church, which the Scripture calls, “the pillar and ground of the truth” (1 Tim. 3:15). Now, however, the Word of God is complete, and we have the Bible, the perfect word of God. Now to be devoted to the Apostles’ doctrine is to be devoted to the teachings of the Bible, to believe the Bible, teach the Bible, fellowship around the Bible, and obey the Bible. The Bible, especially in the fullness of the New Testament revelation, contains the sum of the doctrines of the Apostles, which is really the teaching of Christ Himself.

It has to be said here that doctrine is extremely important. There are many movements today which are speaking of “doctrine” as if it’s a bad word. Great pains are taken to promote “ecumenicalism” (the united of all denominations, even with the harlot Catholic Church), and to downplay the importance and role of doctrine as the firm bedrock of the Church. This is great error. We cannot have true biblical unity apart from fellowship around the real truth, Biblical truth. If we throw out Biblical truth, we throw out the Holy Spirit, Who is the Spirit of Truth, and thus throw out God Himself. We need to guard against heresies and false doctrines and elders in the Church need to constantly be teaching and emphasizing sound doctrine.

2. Fellowship: The Greek word for fellowship here is actually “koinōnia”. According to Thayer’s Greek Definitions, it means:

1) fellowship, association, community, communion, joint participation, intercourse

1a) the share which one has in anything, participation

1b) intercourse, fellowship, intimacy

1b1) the right hand as a sign and pledge of fellowship (in fulfilling the apostolic office)

1c) a gift jointly contributed, a collection, a contribution, as exhibiting an embodiment and proof of fellowship

This is the real fellowship of the early Church. It was association, communion, and joint participation of the early Church around the feet of Jesus Christ. It was a perfect unity of the saints, adoring the risen and glorified Lord, taking pleasure in His presence, devoting themselves to the doing of holy things. This has to be said because there is a lot of so-called “fellowship meetings” in so many churches today that are anything but fellowship. Call them a social club, call them a complaint meeting, but whatever you do, don’t call it “fellowship” unless there is an actual conscious devotion to the glory of Christ. The best fellowship I have had in my Christian walk has come naturally, as I hang out with brethren in the Lord and we naturally speak together of the things of Christ and pray together –not because it was planned or programmed, but because it was what we love to do, and we have an even greater time when we do those together.

3. The breaking of bread. I believe that this is speaking of what we call “Communion”, or the “Lord’s Supper”. In the early church, judging by Biblical texts and by historical records of the early church, the early believers placed a great importance on this ordinance that Christ commanded for His Church. And when they met together, they didn’t eat just a tiny little wafer and a thimble of grape juice, but they ate the bread and wine in the context of a full meal in fellowship with one another and in adoration and thankfulness to Christ, fulfilling His command to “love one another as I have loved you” (John 15:12). True communion should not just be a religious ceremony, it should be of a deep spiritual significance of remembering the Lord’s death till He come, and bringing the Body of Christ into a deeper harmony and unity with one another and with Christ the Head.

4. Prayer. Here’s one where the vast majority of the modern church is severely lacking. Prayer was the strength of the early church. They were constantly devoted to prayer. They would “pray without ceasing” (1 Thes. 5:17). And there were great wonders done as a result. Multitudes were swept into the Kingdom. The sick were healed. The demoniacs were delivered. The apostate and sinful were judged by God. The gifts of the Spirit operated in great power in the early church. Their passion for Christ burned like a raging fire as they kept adding to it the fuel of prayer. Missionaries were sent out, and the heathen came to know Jesus Christ.

It seems like so many in the modern church now have time to do everything except pray. But I think it was Martin Luther who said something to the extent of (possible paraphrase), “I’m such a busy man that I can’t accomplish anything if I don’t take two hours every morning to pray”. Now I’m not saying that there is a rule in God’s Word saying that every Christian has to pray for two hours every day, but maybe the Church would be a lot more holy and have a lot more power if a little more believers practiced this. The early church “continued steadfastly”, or in other words, were “devoted” to prayer. It was a constant consuming passion to pour out their hearts and burdens before the Lord. They didn’t lean on the chariots of Egypt, but on the power of YHWH. We need to imitate them.

So these are the four major things the early church was dedicated to. Tragically, many times today we find churches devoted to nearly everything except these things. “The beauty of Israel is slain upon thy high places: how are the mighty fallen!” (2 Samuel 1:19).

In Christ -Josef
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We DEPART from the USA

We are heading out in the next couple days for…  

A MISSIONARY JOURNEY  

We are planning on taking a 6-month missionary journey into southern Mexico, namely, into the states of Guerrero and/or Oaxaca, or wherever else the Lord leads. During this time, we will be involved in reaching various towns and villages for Christ through the means of implementing a heavy evangelistic schedule and strategy that will present the true Gospel in an effective way to those we come into contact with. We will be involved with the evangelization of various cities and towns, relying on the power of the Holy Ghost to make our witness effective.    Initially, we are traveling to a town outside of a city called Ciudad Altamirano. It is located at about the point of the arrow below on this map:

Initial Destination in Mexico

Initial Destination in Mexico

This will be our initial destination. We are not sure at this time whether we will set up base at this point and proceed with our outreaches from there, or whether we will leave this point altogether and go “mobile team style”. Either way, we will be involved in itinerant village evangelism, reaching out to the surrounding towns and villages with the Gospel of Christ.  

The areas where we will be working generally consist of a major city center that is surrounded by many isolated towns and villages in the outskirts. These city centers aren’t your typical cities, they’re more like a tiny city in the US, and you could think of the towns and villages sort of like little isolated ‘neighborhoods’ surrounding the urban center as far as an hour’s drive away (or sometimes more) into the desert or mountains. Most of these towns and villages where we are going to are largely untouched with a true witness of the Gospel. We will be doing the bulk of our work in these little towns and villages; we will also be preaching in the city centers as the opportunity presents itself.  

In these areas, Catholicism reigns supreme as religious king over the majority, and it is often mixed with the practice of magic arts, witchcraft and voodoo. Spiritually, many of these regions are extremely dark and in desperate need of hope, deliverance, and the power of the Gospel. While many of these people have heard the name of Jesus (usually as presented in the form of “another gospel” –Gal. 1:6-9), they have no idea who He really is and what He really came to do. Even in spite of this, most of the people aren’t practicing Catholics and are very loosely religious. This creates the perfect spiritual void which makes these areas ideal for sowing the Gospel seed.

THE STRATEGY  

The goal is to effectively evangelize every town and village we set our focus on. We plan on using various strategies to accomplish this goal. Some of these may or will include:  

– Intercessory and warfare prayer for each particular village.
– Relational Evangelism.
– Door to door Evangelism.
– Power Encounter Evangelism (such as praying for the sick & driving out demons).
– Open Air Preaching and Marketplace Preaching.
– Tract, Gospel of John booklets, and Bible Distribution.
– Holding Bible Studies on basic Christian Truths for Seekers and Believers.
– Jesus Film Ministry and Meetings.

THE JESUS FILM TO REACH OUT  

We are very excited about implementing a new ministry tool, that is, showing the JESUS Film to these lost villages. The Lord has graciously and miraculously supplied everything we need to show this Film in various villages. We have been able to obtain a movie projector, a portable generator, sound equipment, a 5×8 foot makeshift screen, some chairs, and more to show this film, and all of this for around $1000. The Lord has provided every step of the way.  

This will enable us to show the Spanish version of the JESUS Film in these villages, even in extremely remote places that have no available electricity for us to plug into. The JESUS Film is an old evangelistic movie about the life of Jesus that is based on the Gospel of Luke. Just imagine a condensed movie depiction of Luke’s Gospel. That’s what we’ll be showing on a big screen in these villages. Here’s us standing by the screen:

The JESUS Film Screen

The JESUS Film Screen

We will be setting up the whole thing, and even have chairs for the people to sit in as they watch. This is a proven method of gathering people together, especially in the type of areas where we plan on going. It is ideal for drawing people out of their houses and assembling them together to hear about the Lord Jesus. Pioneer missionaries have used this type of Film ministry for years to evangelize and plant churches in un-reached regions.


A typical day using this Film will include…
first of all choosing a village to target. Then we will pray and intercede for the people in it. Then we will go around, door to door, and through the streets, making an announcement that we will be showing a movie about Jesus on a large outdoor screen as soon as the sun sets, inviting people to come and watch. Then, just before dark, we will begin setting up the equipment. The people will gather and take their seats. We will show the Film, praying and interceding as they watch. Then as soon as the Film is over, we will turn on our bright outdoors lights, stand up at the front, and PREACH Christ and Him crucified, expounding on the exceeding sinfulness of sin and explaining the meaning of the Cross. We will preach the Gospel and call for repentance from sin and faith in the Savior. We will be calling out the sick and demonized and praying for their healing and deliverance, trusting God to confirm His Word openly. And we will be calling for immediate and definite, utter personal commitment to Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, calling for people to repent and be baptized and to receive the Holy Spirit. We will also be seeking to set up further Bible studies and personal instruction times for those are have made a commitment to Christ and for those who want to know more.

And so, as we have gathered many people from a particular village, preached the Gospel to them, and set up a Bible study for those who want to learn more, we will move on to the next village to do it all over again, returning to previous villages from time to time to teach in the meetings that were established and to follow up on those who are seeking salvation thru Christ.

(Also as a side note: we will NOT be using the “sinner’s prayer” to lead people into making a confession of faith. We will be following the Apostle’s pattern of calling for repentance and faith, for baptism, and for receiving the Holy Spirit. We will take every caution necessary to follow the Biblical pattern and to prevent giving people a false assurance of salvation. We will, as always, be preaching a radical salvation and emphasizing the necessity of the new birth and surrender to the Lordship of Christ)

THE BIBLES ARE ON THEIR WAY  

Special thanks to all who donated for Bibles! We currently have over 240 Spanish Bibles (whole Bibles that have both Old and New Testaments). Here is a picture of us with the Bibles:

Bibles for Mexico

Bibles for Mexico

In addition to the 240+ Bibles, we have about 600-700 Gospels of John and 6,300 Gospel tracts. And all of these we are going to be able to give away for free to the people we will be ministering to! Praise God! We were able to ship the Bibles to our destination a few days ago and they should be there when we arrive.


PLEASE PRAY FOR OUR SAFE ARRIVAL
 

 We are set to leave in just two days, on Monday, August 18. It will be at least a three day drive from where we are to our destination. Dear saints, please keep us in prayer during this time. We have to pass over the border into Mexico and through many periodic military checkpoints as we drive through. In addition to the dangers of being stopped and/or exploited by these, there are dangers of thieves, false police, true police that are corrupt, and many other things. We need the Lord to give us a safe trip down there and to give us favor with the authorities so we can get through. This is so important. Please pray that we would make it!!!

MAY THE LORD BE GLORIFIED  

We are truly looking forward to this mission and desperately hoping the Lord will bless it and move in power among the lost as we preach the Gospel, which is the power of God unto salvation to those who believe. We are hoping to see the Lord reach many with an effective Gospel witness and to do a mighty work in peoples’ lives. We are praying that the Lord would glorify His great name among the nation of Mexico and gather His elect together that they may obtain salvation which is found only in the Lord Jesus Christ. To His name be all the glory, honor and praise forever.   We will still be sending out newsletters while on this journey and checking our emails at least every couple weeks or once a month, so be on the lookout for periodic updates from us. We will also try to keep the site updated as well: www.puregospeltruth.com.

If you would like to help or donate, you can do so at the site.

MAY THE LAMB THAT WAS SLAIN RECEIVE THE REWARD OF HIS SUFFERING!!!  

In Christ –Josef & Lina Urban

Taking Pleasure in God’s Presence

By Josef Urban

Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fullness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore. (Psa. 16:11)This scripture has been such a tremendous blessing to me and a wonderful promise and reality from the Lord. We don’t need the things of this world to be happy, or the pleasures and pursuits of this life in following the things that the world takes pleasure in. The real ‘path of life’ is in following the Lord, and following the Lord means living separate from the compromised pleasures of the world and its system and being consecrated unto Him. In God’s presence is not only joy, but fullness of joy! And we don’t need to take pleasure in anything but what ultimately glorifies Him and furthers His purposes, because as we walk an uncompromised life in His perfect will, seeking His face, abiding in His blessed presence, we will find true pleasures evermore and holy, divine contentment in Him!

 

I remember before my wife and I got married. It was right after I was released from my grass-cutting job. I was staying in a dark basement. Most of the days I would be confined to the basement a majority of the day. She asked me, “Don’t you ever get bored?” And I said, “Bored? No way! Christians should never get bored! There’s joy and pleasure and fulfillment in the presence of God!” (paraphrased) And it’s true! I would spend the days studying and praying, and would have such blessed times of fellowship with God that I didn’t even want to leave to visit brethren and friends, I just wanted to continually pray and draw close to the Lord. The presence of God would sometimes come down so thick that I would be utterly enraptured in heavenly bliss, glory to God! There would be a supernatural fullness of joy and divine contentment in Him; even while I would lay prostrate on my face doing nothing but worshipping Him, there was a perfect contentment, peace and joy in His presence. There is no fleeing pleasure on this earth that even comes close to comparing with that glory cloud of His presence. And through that, the Lord taught me the blessed virtue of contentment, of being fully satisfied at all times in Him, in His grace, in the multitude of His tender mercies.

This is what Paul meant when he said, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”. He wasn’t saying that he could lift a thousand pounds, or run an Olympic marathon and win, or anything of the sort. I know there’s professional boxers who say this before a match and try to twist the promise of God to mean that they can knock their opponent’s brains out -that‘s nonsense (and anti-Christian)! In context, Paul was talking about being content in every situation, even if his physical circumstances were less than desirable. He knew how to be content having much or having little. Even if he was in jail, Paul had the presence of the Lord with him -he would pray and sing hymns delighting himself in the Lord till the walls came crashing down, even in the most unfortunate of circumstances! Sadly to say, most Christians fail to experience the blessing of walking with God in such a way because they live a life tainted with that which is unclean, grieving the Spirit of God so that He doesn‘t abide with them in any sort of fullness.

Holiness is a blessed thing, and when we walk in true holiness (not Satan’s counterfeit of legalism), we will take pleasure in God, God will take pleasure in us, and we will walk continually in His presence. Legalism brings bondage, condemnation and misery, but holiness brings life, peace, and fullness of joy, because it‘s only a life of holiness that God honors with His continual presence. Holiness has become most misunderstood in our modern times and has become an almost dreaded word. Talk about holiness and people will shout, “God doesn’t want us to be hermits! God wants us to enjoy ourselves!” Yet, if we are truly walking in holiness (separation from that which is profane and unclean, and consecration to that which is glorifying and honoring to God) we will not take pleasure in things which do not glorify or bring honor to God. In fact, the things which do not glorify God will be despised in the heart of those who are walking in uncompromised holiness, since they won’t want anything to do with something that will grieve the Spirit. “Grieve not the holy Spirit of God” (Eph. 4:30).

The Living Creatures around the throne never leave God’s side; they always say the same things for all eternity, “Holy, Holy, Holy, is the Lord God Almighty”, and they don’t get bored or frustrated, they have the fullness of divine joy via virtue of the Throne (see Eze. 1:5, Rev. 4:6-8). If we are truly abiding under the shadow of the Almighty, living in His presence everyday, we will be content continually, fully satisfied in Him. We won’t need carnal or fleshly things to bring us joy, “For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost” (Rom. 14:17). If we are truly living the Kingdom-life and walking with a renewed Kingdom-mind, we won’t need to turn to wicked TV programs to seek satisfaction in the things of this world (which in principle are radically opposed to everything of the Kingdom of God); we won’t need to turn to petty pleasures and entertainments in order to be content. As a man of God once said, “Entertainment is the Devil’s substitute for joy”.

Why don’t many professing Christians take supreme pleasure in God? Why don’t they find joy in His presence? Ultimately, because most are false converts who still love the world in their hearts (if we love the world or the things of the world then the love of the Father is not in us -1 Jo. 2:15). But another reason is because so many Christians walk to a great degree in the flesh and not in the Spirit. This is why they can scarcely pray for more than ten minutes at a time. This is why they don’t delight in studying deeply the Word of God. This is why they never spend time in solitude meditating on and delighting in the things of God or in worshipping the Father. Their flesh is dictating their actions and pleasures. The flesh hates to be crucified, it hates spending serious time in prayer seeking God, it hates the discipline of diligently studying an ancient Book, it hates everything spiritual. And because so many Christians still have a great degree of “flesh” alive and well in them, it is a great struggle for them to truly press in and seek the face of God, it’s a struggle for them to really delight themselves in the things of the Spirit.

But when the flesh is crucified and the inner man, quickened by the Spirit of God, is alive and well, and leading and empowering the believer, it becomes a true delight to really press through in prayer, it becomes a delight to find vital nourishment in the deep truths of God’s Word, it becomes a cry of the heart to experience God’s presence as an everyday reality. This is why the more you pray the more you want to pray. The more you study the more you want to study. When the spirit-man is built up and becomes strong, then he begins to dictate the desires of the heart, and you begin to take pleasure in the things of God. As you take pleasure in God, and Him alone, He begins to manifest more and more of His presence in your life, and it is only in His presence that the fullness of joy is found.

The Spirit takes pleasure in the things of God while the flesh takes pleasure in the things of this world. So which one are you walking in? Which one do you take pleasure in? Dear Christian, the truth is clear. If you sow to the flesh you will of the flesh reap corruption. Most Christians spend so much time feeding the flesh, eating, drinking, entertaining, fulfilling it, even in “lawful” things, and only a miniscule amount of time sowing to the Spirit, so which one is going to be the strongest? Yet, if you habitually, continually sow to the Spirit, your spiritual man will be strong, and you will of the Spirit reap life everlasting. In fact, don’t expect to reap such eternal life in the blessed Kingdom of God unless you are sowing to the Spirit and walking in the Spirit regularly (see Rom. 8). A true Christian is nothing less than one who loves the Lord his God with all his heart, which is the greatest commandment, and what one loves, one inevitably takes pleasure in. Do you take pleasure in God? Or do you prostitute yourself and play the harlot, committing adultery on God by seeking contentment or happiness in the things of the world? (Jam. 4:4)

So some may be thinking, “I confess! I don’t take pleasure in the things of God like I should! How do I? How can I take more pleasure in God? Where do I start?” Dear reader, it all starts at the cross. Get back to the cross! The flesh that is still dictating your desires needs to mount up on that bloody cross and be staked through with the nails of mortification. It’ll kick and scream all the way, no doubt, but it needs to be put down and silenced. Keep pounding on those nails till the flesh is thoroughly subdued and held captive to the cross. Everything in your life that you know to be compromised, that you know God does not delight in, needs to be put away. No self-justifications allowed. If it’s against the principles of Scripture, or you know in your heart that it does not glorify God, get rid of it! If it’s questionable, get rid of it! Anything that hinders you from having an absolutely pure conscience needs to be dealt with and crucified. Let the cross have its thorough work because it’s only at the cross where you can begin to fellowship with Christ.

Then call on the name of the Lord! Cry out for God’s presence in your life. Start spending serious time in fervent prayer before the Throne, beseeching the mercies of God to not only pardon your carnality, but to bless you with His presence and His fellowship; to quicken you by His Spirit with might in the inner man. Let the cry of your heart be simply to know Him more. Increase your quiet time or devotional time. Pray more frequently throughout the day whenever you can. Don’t dare say that you don’t have time -you’ll find time for what you really want to do. And spend time in the Word. Read the Bible not as a chore, but to know Him more. Study to understand who God is, what He delights in, and plead before His presence that He would empower you to be conformed to the image of His Son. Lay hold of the promises of God in that blessed Book and pray them into fulfillment in your life. Study to show thyself approved unto God.

Another way to break through the barrier of carnality into the realm of the Spirit is by setting aside a determined amount of time to seek God through fasting and prayer. Take a day, two days, three days, or a week, and abstain from solid food, spend the bulk of the day in the Word, in prayer, in praising and worshipping God. You can even use the money that you would have spent on food to donate to poor brethren or to missions. This is always beneficial and edifying to the Spirit. But be alert that whatever level of fellowship you experience when in such a season of seeking, to walk in it continually afterwards and not to fall back into your old pattern of living. When done with pure motives, this is a tremendous way to experience major breakthroughs in the Spirit, and could very well revolutionize your whole Christian walk.

As you continually crucify the flesh and sow to the Spirit, walking in the Spirit with a pure conscience, your inner spirit-man will be built up and made strong, and your heart will be continually purified by faith and the desires thereof will become holy desires, indeed, longings after the fellowship of God’s presence. Your heart will hunger and thirst for righteousness, and as you are filled with the blessed fruits of the Spirit, you will find true inward delight in God, and even be able to testify with the Psalmist, “They shall be abundantly satisfied with the fatness of thy house; and thou shalt make them drink of the river of thy pleasures“ (Psa. 36:8).

When we really come into an experiential reality of enjoying God’s presence in our lives, and taking delight in Him, and not in the things of this world, loving the things that He loves and truly delighting in the things that bring Him delight, being filled with the Spirit continually, longing for deeper holiness, taking pleasure in the riches of His grace, then we will be living the normal Christian life -the life that God intended all His people to experience. I believe it is the greatest desire of God that His people should find supreme delight and pleasure solely in Him. Let us no longer take pleasure in fulfilling the lust of the eyes, the lust of the flesh, or the pride of life, in the things of this world, but let us take pleasure in simply knowing Him, and being perfectly fulfilled and content in that alone. “Thus saith the LORD, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches: But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the LORD which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, saith the LORD” (Jer. 9:23-24).

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