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Saturday, March 17, 2018

The Last 20 of 60 Benefits of Praying in Tongues

Jean Oathout- Glenn Arekion tells us "By now you should be as enthused as the apostle Paul and declare, 'I thank my God, I speak with tongues more than ye all.' (See First Corinthians 14:18).

   Like great ministers such as John G. Lake, Smith Wigglesworth, and Oral Roberts, tongues will be the making of you and your ministry. (Google image, The Epistles of Paul)

Thursday, March 15, 2018

#36 Your Love for the church

Dr. Wesley L. Duewel: It is part of Christ's eternal plan that He have a beloved body of people called out of the world, redeemed by His blood, and specially committed in love to Him.

   Jesus said, "I will build my church (Matt. 16:18). He is "head over everything for the church' (Eph. 1:22). "He is the head of the body, the church" (Col. 1:18). He wants God's wisdom to be proved to the angel world by the church (Eph. 3:10). (Google Image, Gallup asked Americans why they attend church?).

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

#35 Love for Souls is a Sacrificial Love

Dr. Wesley L. Duewel: Love does not hesitate to pay any price. Seeking love can be costly. There is  always a price in loving people to Christ.

   For the sake of the gospel we must be willing to deny self whatever the cost. (Google image, Seeking-god-feel-lost).

   Jesus spoke clearly, 

       "Anyone who loves his father or mother more than 
       me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves his son or 
       daughter more than me is not worthy of me; and 
       anyone who does not take his cross and follow me 
       is not worthy of me" (Matt. 10 :37-38).

   What does it mean to follow Jesus? Not only does it include forsaking our sin and receiving Christ as Savior, it also includes making Christ our Lord and following Him in costly discipleship.

   Jesus searched for the lost, often having no place to lay His head (Matt. 8:20). Jesus searched even at the cost of precious family ties (Matt. 12:48-49). Following Jesus in evangelism often involves such supreme devotion to Christ that it costs us precious times of family fellowship (Luke 14:26-27). It involves a cross.

   Sacrificially following Jesus with agape love as we seek the lost involves a price for us today. John Henry Jowett in his book The Passion for Souls  pleads, 

       "My brethren, are we in this succession? Does the cry
       of the world's need pierce the heart, and ring even 
       through the fabric of our dreams? Do we 'fill up' our
       Lord's suffering with our own suffering, or are we the
       unsympathetic ministers of a mighty passion?"

   Jewett also said,

       "To be . . . in the sacrificial succession, our sympathy
       must be a passion, our intercession must by a groaning,
       our beneficence must be a sacrifice, and our service
       must be a martyrdom."

   Christlike identification with persons in need takes upon itself their heartbreak and their woes. We feel the chains of sin which bind them. We feel the pangs of broken vows, the bitter heart cries of both those sinning and those sinned against.

   We cringe at the hatred spawned from hell. We struggle against the evil tyrants that bind these poor lives. We wrestle with satanic powers of darkness that enslave them. We seek to snatch them from the fire kindling upon them (Jude 23).

   Soul-winning involves spiritual battles. Battles with Satan are often not quickly won and are not easily won. Love gets wounded, love suffers scars, but seeking, sacrificing love does not give up because the seeking Spirit of God does not give up.

   Even though the cost involves laying down one's life as a living sacrifice, love seeks on. Even though it shortens life or involves a martyr's death, love seeks on.

   Love, as Paul admits, often not only spends what it has but expends itself as well (2 Cor. 12:15). Love always carries the cross in its heart. Seeking love has the character of Calvary.

   Paul was not ashamed to bear on his body the marks of Jesus (Gal. 6:17). Heaven is filled with battle-scarred veterans of God's holy war of love. Jesus will glory in showing us His nail-scarred hands in heaven, even as He did on resurrection Sunday (John 20 :20).

   Amy Carmichael, one of India's living missionary martyrs of some years ago, wrote a searching poem called "No Scar?" in which she asked you and me if we bear a scar from wounds suffered in sacrificially serving Christ. Her closing words to us are

       "Can he have followed far
       Who has nor wound nor scar?"

   The secret of soul-winning ministry is love. Love that yearns, love that seeks, love that gladly suffers. Love that is willing to earn a scar.
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   Used by permission of the author and Duewel Literature Trust, Inc., Greenwood, Indiana. Creative reading style by Jean.

Ablaze for God
#32 Love for Souls is a Sacrificing Love

by Dr. Wesley L. Duewel
(pp. 125-127) ZondervanPublishingHouse

Man praying
    Father, as we may not be used to seeking those who are lost in sin as we should, we ask for Your help in denying ourselves, and to learn what it means to have a costly discipleship for the sake of Christ. 
   We understand that once a person receives Christ as Savior and forsakes his sin, we need to tell them it includes not only making Christ their Lord and following Him, but that it might become a costly discipleship, as the'yll begin to learn  to serve Him inspite of what others may say.
   Our efforts to identify with folks in need will cause us to take upon ourselves their heartbreak and their woes. We'll feel the pangs of broken vows and bitter heart cries of both those sinning and those sinned against.
   Father, do a work in our souls, to where we'll begin to have a heart after the brokenness of lost souls, and to prayerfully reach out to them, to find a way to minister the love of Jesus to them.
   We ask this in the name of Jesus, and for His honor, because He loves the lost and desires for us to be willing to sacrifice our time, finances and efforts to follow Your Holy Spirit to will them to Jesus. Amen.

Today's Bible verses-

 Galatians 5:16 "So I say, walk by the Spirit, and
    you will not gratify the desires of the flesh."

       Josh. 1:9 “Have I not commanded you be strong
       and courageous,” God encouraged Joshua. “Do not
       be terrified, do not be discouraged. For I the Lord
       am with you wherever you may go".

       Eph. 6:18 (NIV) "And pray in the Spirit on all
       occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. 
       With this in mind, be alert and always keep on 
       praying for all the saints."

Today's quotes-

~ Larry Lea- "Dressing for success is a reality as well in the spiritual realm, and it involves putting on the whole armor of God. In fact, that's the only way to dress for success in the Lord, because the whole armor of God is a prerequisite to taking the kingdom of God by force, winning the race and withstanding the enemy in evil days. So you've got to learn to put on the whole armor of God, and do it every day." (See Eph. 6:13-17). (THE WEAPONS OF YOUR WARFARE)

~ O. Hallesby- "I have sinned a great deal against my merciful heavenly Father since I was converted, and I have grieved him a great deal during the twenty-five years that I have lived with Him. But the greatest sin that I have committed since my conversion, the way in which I have grieved my Lord the most, is in connection with prayer, my neglect of prayer. This neglect is the cause of my many other sins of omission as well as of commission." (p. 39 of PRAYER.)

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Dr. Wesley L. Duewel: 
"Prayer Groaning is Spirit-born. The Holy Spirit in His mighty prevailing for us prays with unutterable groaning. The word for "groan" in Romans 8:26 is stenagmos.
  It is an inward groaning, and it is in the plural. Alaletos is the word meaning "inexpressible." 

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#38 Have a Parental Love for the Church
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Saturday, March 10, 2018

20 More Benefits of Praying in Tongues

Jean Oathout: Glenn Arekion tells us, "We are delving into how powerful and beneficial tongues are for us today. The Word of God is loaded with revelations to bless your life and take you to the next level.

   Everything that you are reading is for you to experience victory in Christ Jesus over the world, the flesh, and the devil. Let us further look in the benefits of praying in other tongues. (Google image, Study God's Word).

Thursday, March 8, 2018

#34 How to Seek the Lost Most Lovingly and Effectively

Dr. Wesley L. Duewel: Recognize how essential to both God and the race that you seek the lost. Recognize how crucial it is that the unsaved be reached as quickly as possible since anyone's last opportunity to be saved may come at any moment. 

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

#33 You Have No Alternative but to Seek the Lost

Dr. Wesley L. Duewel: Love for Jesus will drive you to seek the lost. Respect for God, for the price Jesus paid for your salvation at Calvary, will compel you.

   What kind of love for God do we have if it does not cause us to hunger for and seek the salvation of those for whom Jesus yearns so constantly? Even love for humanity ought to drive us to seek the lost. (Google image, The love of God)

Saturday, March 3, 2018

20 of 60 Benefits of Praying in Tongues

Jean Oathout: Glenn Arekion says- "It does not take great insights for us to realize that we are living in perilous times. These are the last days. The news media reports calamities and horrific circumstances every day.

   These are days that inspire fear in people's lives. In fact, Jesus said, 'Men's hearts will fail them for fear and for looking upon those things which are coming on the earth; for the powers of heaven shall be shaken' (Luke 21:26). (Google image, Woman praying).