Tuesday Gathering — 23rd November 2021
"Come out from among them and be separate, says the Lord. Do not touch what is unclean, and I will receive you."
"I will be a Father to you, and you shall be My sons and daughters, says the LORD Almighty."
Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.
[2 Corinthians 6:17-7:1 NKJV]
This Tuesday’s gathering was beautiful in its simplicity and looking to the Lord for His guidance and covering. Prayer was more intercessory on behalf of others than we have seen recently and we who were there were much encouraged by the moving of The Holy Spirit in the midst of us, and realising that in turning to Him, either individually or gathered in the fear of God, holiness is being perfected in us. The challenge is always to hold on to the gains made and walk in them.
There is not too much to be expanded upon, other than looking at the scripture readings that His presence guided us to consider, and in particular REVELATION 18:4-8 reproduced in our endpiece below. We also looked at GALATIANS 5:16-26 and PHILIPPIANS 4:8-9.
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Perhaps most meaningful from our meeting (outside of many prayers for healing) was this Oswald Chambers reading from ‘My Utmost For His Highest’.
“What we must beware of is not damage to our belief in God but damage to our Christian disposition or state of mind. “Take heed to your spirit, that you do not deal treacherously” (Malachi 2: 16*). Our state of mind is powerful in its effects. It can be the enemy that penetrates right into our soul and distracts our mind from God. There are certain attitudes we should never dare to indulge. If we do, we will find they have distracted us from faith in God. Until we get back into a quiet mood before Him, our faith is of no value, and our confidence in the flesh and in human ingenuity is what rules our lives. Beware of “the cares of this world” (Mark 4: 19). They are the very things that produce the wrong attitudes in our soul. It is incredible what enormous power there is in simple things to distract our attention away from God. Refuse to be swamped by “the cares of this world.” Another thing that distracts us is our passion for vindication. St. Augustine prayed, “O Lord, deliver me from this lust of always vindicating myself.” Such a need for constant vindication destroys our soul’s faith in God. Don’t say, “I must explain myself,” or, “I must get people to understand.” Our Lord never explained anything—He left the misunderstandings or misconceptions of others to correct themselves. When we discern that other people are not growing spiritually and allow that discernment to turn to criticism, we block”
A HOLY CONDITION: Oswald Chambers on Peace
People are tired of the preaching about a future heaven and they have gone to the other extreme and deal only with what is called the practical. Consequently they rob themselves of the unfathomable joy of knowing that everything that God has said will come to pass.
The Redemption covers more than men and women, it covers the whole earth. Everything that has been marred by sin and the devil has been completely redeemed by Jesus Christ. At present that is absolutely inconceivable to us.
The world represents the societies of men on God’s earth, and they do as they like; the earth remains God’s. “Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.” The meek bide God’s time.
[from “Biblical Ethics”]
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“Holiness Unto You Lord” — Vineyard Music
“MEDITATE ON THESE THINGS”
REVELATION 18:4-8 NLT
Then I heard another voice calling from heaven,
“Come away from her, my people.
Do not take part in her sins,
or you will be punished with her.
For her sins are piled as high as heaven,
and God remembers her evil deeds.
Do to her as she has done to others.
Double her penalty for all her evil deeds.
She brewed a cup of terror for others,
so brew twice as much for her.
She glorified herself and lived in luxury,
so match it now with torment and sorrow.
She boasted in her heart,
‘I am queen on my throne.
I am no helpless widow,
and I have no reason to mourn.’
Therefore, these plagues will overtake her in a single day--
death and mourning and famine.
She will be completely consumed by fire,
for the Lord God who judges her is mighty.”
Tuesday Gathering — 16th November 2021
Our Tuesday Gathering was led by His Presence to follow the theme of service. He is ‘The Servant King’, and although we did not sing that song, His servanthood was expressed over and over again by His Word. This brief meditation cannot hope to do justice to all that was shared, so only a part can be written here, but a list of the scriptures will be given in our ‘Meditate on these things’ endpiece.
This meditation is less a report on what we shared, more some thoughts that have occurred during the last few days, amid all the usual thinking turmoil which conspires to keep one from completing anything useful.
But Jesus called them to Himself and said to them, "You know that those who are considered rulers over the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. Yet it shall not be so among you; but whoever desires to become great among you shall be your servant. And whoever of you desires to be first shall be slave of all. For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many." [MARK 10:41-45 NKJV]
Here (and also reported in Matthew 20) is the story of James and John, the sons of Zebedee, who ask if they can be seated at either side of Jesus in His glory. Jesus explains that such a thing is not in His gift, but for whom it is prepared. He then concludes with the words reproduced above in verses 41 to 45. The import of these words are set out in GALATIANS 5:13-15 …
For you, brethren, have been called to liberty; only do not use liberty as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this: "You shall love your neighbour as yourself." But if you bite and devour one another, beware lest you be consumed by one another!
This lesson is another where Jesus turns our natural assumptions on their head, as we see in MATTHEW 10:39, He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for My sake will find it. We are shown that if we are to declare the love of Jesus by our actions, it can only be done in humility, through service. To serve is to love.
A HOLY CONDITION: Oswald Chambers on Joy