Summer Greetings to my friends of the Harvest,
Today, we live in what is called the Dispensation of Grace but:
“GRACE IS MORE THAN A FREEDOM FROM SIN, IT IS THE
POWER TO WIN THE GOOD FIGHT OF FAITH.”
I copied this poem many years ago and taped it in the front of one of my many Bibles.
Under the law with its tenfold lash,
Learning alas, how true,
That the more I tried the sooner I died,
While the law cried, You! You!! You!!!!
Hopelessly still did the battle rage,
“Oh, wretched man”, my Cry.
And deliverance I sought by some penance bought, my soul cried! I, I!!, I!!!
Then came the day my struggling ceased, And trembling in every limb.
At the foot of the Tree, called Calvary, where One died for me,
I sobbed out, HIM! HIM!! HIM!!!
I am sure there are churches that would find it hard to claim any identity with us but in the mission’s fields of the world where faith is mandatory to exist, the lines, which separate us, are not so easily seen. Many have changed as they have come to the realization that to be effective you must be filled with all the power of Holy Spirit and not just talk about it. In those lonely fields, the influence of the Presence of God in the life of our missionaries has become impactful
and greatly appreciated. Today, the amazing grace that saves us is the motivating power that still sends men and women to the four corners of the world. We cannot allow ourselves to minimize what God has maximized.
I, for one cannot but chose to overemphasize what the Lord promised when at His, departure He said, “It is expedient that I go away, for if I do not go away the Comforter cannot come.” Let me encourage you to become more familiar with John’ s Gospel chapter’s 14, 15 and 16, it is in these chapters that I met the Holy Spirit as a person over 60 years ago. You can read it in several different translations and expand in your heart and mind the work of the Holy Spirit in your life.
The Spirit filled life is not just and initial sign but it is far more as we are we go from dullness to fullness and only what we know into revelation which is promised to us, in that He will guide us into all truth. The Holy Spirit is faithful to place emphasis on what the Word places an emphasis on, and we must, do the same.
I love to observe the work of the Holy Spirit at work in the lives of people who have said an unequivocal, YES TO GOD. This word is not often used but it means, (in a way that leaves no doubt). I personally believe our job is to keep faith in the supernatural alive for all to see and enjoy. Remembering these words, “I am the Lord I change not”.
I believe in you,
Pastor Cleddie Keith