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"The unfolding of your words gives light ..." (Psalm 119:130a)

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“Return to me, and I will return to you, says the LORD of hosts.” (Malachi 3:7)

Entering the Conversation

“Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.  . . . Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died– more than that, who was raised– who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us.” (Romans 8:26-27, 34)

“Think about it. God the Holy Spirit knows the real, foundational cries of our hearts, and He is in an ongoing conversation with God the Father, carrying our hearts’ cries to Him. At the same time, God the Son, Jesus, is also in a conversation with the Father about us, interceding for us.

When I put these truths together, I realize that the Trinity–Father, Son, Holy Spirit–is in an ongoing conversation about me and every other believer. When I go to Him in prayer, I am accepting an invitation to enter into a conversation that they were already having on my behalf! (Duane C. Miller, Survivor, p.121, emphasis added)

Pleasing My Father

“Fathers, do not exasperate your children, so that they will not lose heart.” (Colossians 3:21)

“A child unable to please his father soon becomes a child unwilling to try.” (Colossians and Philemon for Pastors, p.288)

Something Different

At the height of WWII RAF Officer Tom Allan, seeking peace and solace for his soul wandered in to a service in London where Dr. D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones was to preach. Allan spoke of the inauspicious beginning of the service and the earnest, unadorned demeanor of the pastor. As Allan explains, things changed when the word of God was opened and the pastor began to expound the Scriptures.

“Then a curious thing happened. For the next 40 minutes I became completely unconscious of everything except the word that this man was speaking – not his words mark you, but something behind them and in them and through them. I didn’t realize it then, but I had been in the presence of the mystery of preaching, when a man is lost in the message he proclaims.” (The Life of Martyn Lloyd-Jones, 258)

Oh! for that unction again in our day! Oh, that God would so visit our services and that His anointing would fall upon me and all who speak His Word in these tumultuous days. May God come in mighty expressions of self-disclosure as His Word is opened, read, and expounded in simple clarity!

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