Tuesday Gathering: 28th September 2021
Our opening praise was “Come bless The Lord, All ye servants of The Lord”, which led into a time of prayer and intercession, although there is a sense that we are still searching for ‘our voice’ with Him, if you understand what we mean. After our first gathering we have not been ‘all together’, which is accepted and usual, but somehow any one of us is also much missed if not in the company — particularly after our enforced pandemic estrangement.
There is assuredly no insistence on attendance — ever! It has always been come if you can, and we send our blessings if you cannot, whatever the reason — and as we are not getting any younger there are plenty of reasons … but a sadness remains when we are apart. Happily, love remains also.
We were led initially to Matthew 26:40-46, which says:
Then He came to the disciples and found them sleeping, and said to Peter, "What! Could you not watch with Me one hour?
Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak."
Again, a second time, He went away and prayed, saying, "O My Father, if this cup cannot pass away from Me unless I drink it, Your will be done."
And He came and found them asleep again, for their eyes were heavy.
So He left them, went away again, and prayed the third time, saying the same words. Then He came to His disciples and said to them, "Are you still sleeping and resting? Behold, the hour is at hand, and the Son of Man is being betrayed into the hands of sinners.
Rise, let us be going. See, My betrayer is at hand."
There is an everlasting supply in these words, but we held onto those words “Rise, let us be going.” We cannot be swanning about, letting things happen around us! “See, My betrayer is at hand.” It is always so. Satan and the demonic are always snapping at our heels, and the imprecation to ‘watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation’, has never been more prescient. ‘Watch’ became the word for our gathering at that point, with Carter Conlon’s word from “It’s Time To Pray” for 27th September — ‘God is raising up an end time army’ — being an important ‘call to arms’ - again! (The audio file for this is available below).
Psalm 131:3 says; “O Israel, hope in the LORD, from this time forth and forever”, led us to consider ‘watching and waiting’, just like the father awaiting the return of the prodigal, which is about - among other things — being spiritual alert, and the expectation — if not knowing — that He is going to do something. It is our understanding.
[Ephesians 1:18] the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints. What wonderful reassurance!
Hebrews 2:1-13 came next; Deuteronomy 10:20-21, followed by Proverbs 8:10-21, leading to Galatians 5:22-26 on the fruits of the Holy Spirit and resting in 1 Corinthians 13, “but hath not love…”.
The Holy Spirit was not finished with us yet and we looked at darkness and light, with scripture quotes including Isaiah 60:2 darkness shall cover the earth.
Gill heard The Lord asking her to read from the Book of Jude, which concludes with the stirring lines…
Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling,
And to present you faultless
Before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy,
To God our Saviour,
Who alone is wise,
Be glory and majesty,
Dominion and power,
Both now and forever.
Our meeting finished there, except it didn’t, with much discussion thereafter, with a thought or two about ‘binding the strong man’, and a discursion onto the subject of the ‘Ammonites … of which more another time.
Our songs were:
A HOLY COMMAND: Oswald Chambers on Love
What a rest comes when the love of God has been shed abroad in my heart by the Holy Spirit! I realise that God is love, not loving, consequently He has to be very stern. There is no such thing as God overlooking sin. That is where people make a great mistake with regard to love; they say, “God is love and of course He will forgive sin”: God is holy love and He cannot forgive sin. Jesus Christ did not come to forgive sin; He came to save us from our sins. The salvation of Jesus Christ removes the ‘sinner’ out of my heart and plants in the ‘saint’. That is the marvellous work of God’s grace.
[from ‘Biblical Psychology’]
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GEORGE and GILL STEWART