I love reading your writings and comments. Reading and following your posts make me feel that I am walking side by side on your faith journey. As a Christian biographer, I have read many life stories of the saints.
And you know what, each time I write about one’s life, I was amazed by the absolute uniqueness of each life. The effort to “categorize” them always fails because each soul is so unique and matchless. And they tell me something about the mystery of creation. Have you ever thought about the revolutionary transformation which has occurred in your most depths when you received the Holy Spirit?
Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit (I Cor 6:19 a)?
Can you imagine that even the majestic temple of Solomon loses its color in front of the divine temple of the Holy Spirit which IS IN YOU? Do you know that you were already dead and your life is hidden with Christ in God (Col 3:3)? Sisters, that’s why I am so passionate about reading your stories and testimonies. I love to listen what this new creation (II Cor 5: 17) has to say to the world. I love to incline my ears to your joys and sadness, struggles and victories.
Some weeks ago, my fellow sister Tessa, whom I cherish her honesty,shared her delicate heart on her blog;
“Telling people I want them to comment on my blog requires me to trust God. I realized that I am very insecure about people's opinions about what I put out there. I have to surrender that insecurity and know that God is with me as I do this. I grow closer to Him that way.I want nothing more than to get as close to God as possible. I cannot get enough. This blog is one way of doing that. Even if no one reads this ever again, I will keep writing. I grow closer to Him this way.”
I want to encourage Tessa and all of my friends; My dear friend, KEEP WRITING! Keep expressing yourself and telling us your story. I love to hear that. I love to hear what you are thinking. We are not perfect, we make mistakes but the divine life of the Spirit―which is in you―is flowing from you and working without ceasing. It is so fresh and new every morning.
You know, the real biographer is our Lord and He is writing about your story daily. So don’t let the evil one discourage you, saying that your writings and sayings are of little value. No, it is worthy, definitely worthy. Your writings also help me to keep my eyes on Jesus on the daily basis. In a word, I need you and I love to converse and interact with you in Christ.
Lastly, I am going to quote an excerpt from Charles Spurgeon’s devotional book, Morning and Evening. In this section, he encourages us to “converse together concerning the ways of the Lord.”
"Let us not sleep, as do others." 1 Thessalonians 5:6
There are many ways of promoting Christian wakefulness. Among the rest, let me strongly advise Christians to converse together concerning the ways of the Lord.
Christian and Hopeful, as they journeyed towards the Celestial City, said to themselves, "To prevent drowsiness in this place, let us fall into good discourse." Christian enquired, "Brother, where shall we begin?" And Hopeful answered, "Where God began with us." Then Christian sang this song--
"When saints do sleepy grow, let them come hither,
And hear how these two pilgrims talk together;
Yea, let them learn of them, in any wise,
Thus to keep open their drowsy slumb'ring eyes.
Saints' fellowship, if it be managed well,
Keeps them awake, and that in spite of hell."
Christians who isolate themselves and walk alone, are very liable to grow drowsy. Hold Christian company, and you will be kept wakeful by it, and refreshed and encouraged to make quicker progress in the road to heaven. But as you thus take "sweet counsel" with others in the ways of God, take care that the theme of your converse is the Lord Jesus. Let the eye of faith be constantly looking unto him; let your heart be full of him; let your lips speak of his worth.
|Celestial City source|
Friend, live near to the cross, and thou wilt not sleep. Labour to impress thyself with a deep sense of the value of the place to which thou art going. If thou rememberest that thou art going to heaven, thou wilt not sleep on the road. If thou thinkest that hell is behind thee, and the devil pursuing thee, thou wilt not loiter. Would the manslayer sleep with the avenger of blood behind him, and the city of refuge before him?
Christian, wilt thou sleep whilst the pearly gates are open--the songs of angels waiting for thee to join them--a crown of gold ready for thy brow? Ah! no; in holy fellowship continue to watch and pray that ye enter not into temptation.