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Date of Birth
February 28, 1955 (62)
About stillness
Marital Status:
not married
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When saved:
40 years in wilderness
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British Columbia [Canada]
Favorite Bible Verse:
They that wait on the Lord shall renew strengt, they shall mount up with wings as eagles
Journey to enter into rest *
The dark night of the soul *
1: On a dark night, kindled in love with yearnings, oh happy chance!  *
I went forth without being observed, My house being now at rest. *
Prepare your heart for an inner journey:*
To walk securely by the inner Way through the dark night.
"Follow the Spirit as your guide, that you may resist the flesh."*
While we continue to drink from the fountain of living water, we no longer thirst after the world. The refreshing of His Spirit satisfies us, not to take things in our hands again, influenced by Grace as divine influence, to be cough up to God. "In the last and great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried saying: If any man thirst, let Him come to Me and drink. He that believes in Me, as the scriptures say, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. (He was refereeing to His Spirit given to everyone who would believe in Him)." Entering into rest, our soul no longer experiences distress as in the valley of decision: where we are troubled with cares of this life and not One with God as we should. we forsake the fountain of living water seeking in creature what is found in God: left to ourselves because we left our first Love, until we return. *
The prodigal son coming to His senses returns to the Father: *
"I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired servants." *
The Father sees Him a great way off, runs to His son, embraces him and gives him the best robe: a new identity by the Holy Spirit. The Father puts a ring on his finger: Authority as a son of God. "Behold, I give you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means harm you." The Father puts shoes on his feet, "He that says he lives in Him is to walk even as He walked." "How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of Him who brings good news, proclaiming peace, announcing news of renewal.” Rightly related to God, is not how you see yourself, it's how we see God and change in identity with Him. The Father prepares a feast, the son has come home: the Father does it all. Not about you and what you did, but who's you are and what He did, to save us from ourselves.

There is a motion of sin in us:
While I start working Jesus stops, "What is gain for me is lost for Christ."
The old nature still desires control after we receive the Holy Spirit. "Prepare for war... Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision: for the day of the Lord, is near in the valley of decision." If we do not walk in the light we have, we deceive ourselves and become dull of hearing, so that knowledge of God becomes something far away. "For where your treasure is there your heart will be." In disorder of inner life, spiritual reading does not bring relief.*Discouragement from disappointed expectations and loss of vision where we stopped short on the journey: the little value we set on Him being what we received.

"A double minded man is unstable in all His ways."*
After Peter receives revelation from the Father that Jesus is the son of God, a while later is rebuked by the Lord for speaking contrary to God. In this example of leaning on our understanding Jesus is rebuking all of us, thinking we are in agreement with God. Peter is a natural leader with confidence to walk on water at God's call, only to lose sight of the Lord in the storm. We've been there saying "Lord save me." The disciples did not comprehend that to follow Christ in His death is only possible by the Holy Spirit and that Jesus did not expect them to at that time, neither did Peter need to be afraid to testified that he was with Jesus. "Lord if every one abandons you I won't."

We have a purpose to fulfil like Peter did and hopefully can learn:
"But You shall have power after the Holy Spirit is come upon you and you shall be witnesses of Me."
The disciples did not have power over the evil (divided) spirit in a child, as they had not yet received the Holy Spirit to gain victory in their own lives:
"This kind does not come out but by prayer and fasting."*
The fast that pleases the Lord to put away our divided spirit is not about accomplishing abstaining from food, and if it is the direction of the Spirit there would be loss of appetite. In Isaiah 58 the Lord described the wrong way to fast and appears to be someone accomplishing abstaining from food. In the fast that pleases Him there is no mention of not eating, but of sharing our food with the hungry, and to break every yoke of desire and of speaking our own words: to get past ourselves and return to our first Love.

To arrive at wholeness we pass through the valley of decision:
“Yes though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil for you are with me.”*Living for the praise of God, "The joy of the Lord is our strength." "Out of the mouth of babes You have ordained strength: to still the enemy and avenger." David who wrote most of the Psalms, is taken from tending the Father's sheep in the wilderness; anointed king and faces Goliath without fear.

Saul was living for the praise of men and the kingdom is thorn from Him:
The old man still desires control when we receive the Holy Spirit. Saul gives David his daughter in marriage. "Saul said: I will give him her that she be a snare to Him." But Saul is divided with wrong motives between the Kingdom of God and His own kingdom and becomes oppressed. "The evil (divided) spirit from God came upon Saul and he prophesied in the midst of the house, and David played with hand as at other times, and there was a javelin in Saul's hand. And Saul cast the javelin; for he said, I will smite David even to the wall with it. And David avoided out of his presence twice. And Saul was afraid of David, because the Lord was with him, and was departed from Saul...and David fled and escaped that night." Leaving the comfort of Saul's daughter to escape a battle he is not to fight.

Getting past the wall of our comfort zone:
"Michal let David down through a window."
The wall enclosed with desire to please the old king. When controlled by desires, we can't run from the insanity of a divided spirit. "It shall come to past in the day that the lord shall give you rest from your sorrow and fear and the hard bondage wherein you were made to serve." Godly sorrow turns us to Him, to continually repent and seek first the Kingdom of God. "Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the enemy and he will flee from you."
To get past you have to surrender everything:
"They that wait on the Lord shall renew strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint."
We learn to soar effortlessly with God and loose this privilege when controlled by desire in relationships. "Flee anger," "Flee youthful lusts that war against the soul." Escaping from controlling desires to seek the Lord and not take things in our hands again. "The Joy of the Lord is our strength."*"The eyes of the Lord run to and fro through the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is toward Him."

God breaks our heart to enlarge our territory:*
“Unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone, but if it dies it brings forth much fruit."*
After the death of Saul, David is king over all Israel, no longer fleeing outward enemies and encounters the enemy within: corrupted by power to take things in his hands with Bathsheba. The sentence of the Lord, "From now on you shall have wars." To turn to God in adversity, to yield to Him in affliction. "You did chastise me Lord, and I was instructed."
As contraries otherwise that cannot coexist as one. Losing sight of the Lord* in these uncertain times is our greatest affliction. "The heir, as long as he is a child, differs nothing from a servant, though he be Lord of all; but is under tutors and governors until the time appointed of the Father." He has finished the work but requires our agreement with Him as the Passion of Christ takes us captive. "These are the wounds I received in the house of my friends." Wounded with His wounds, we journey into union with God: carried into His death to all that is not of God becomes our freedom.

"No longer I that lives but Christ"
"Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit sais the Lord."
"The weapons of our warfare are not of our fleshly mind, but mighty through God to pull down strong holds; turning down imaginations and every proud thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, to bring every thoughts in obedience of Christ."*We will not be satisfied until we find our rest in God. Life in this world is a dream that wakes us up when we suffer disappointment. Trouble wakes us up, we find ourselves alone in deep darkness; unprepared to suffer the journey alone with God and tempted to go back to sleep in the old dream. If we don't know how to interpret we won't enjoy the wonder. What we learn in the waiting is more important than what we are waiting for; having left our comfort zone in this world, to persevere through uncertain times. To forget what lies behind and go on to know the Lord is One thing needful that Grace enables us to do to prepare our heart for spiritual awakening in the mystery of God. No limits can be set on the Journey by a sense of elusive satisfaction of having turned to the Lord: with renewed strength we continue to appear before God, that we may enter in His rest.  *
"Then shall the kingdom of heaven be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went forth to meet the bridegroom, and five of them were wise, and five foolish. The foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them; but the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept. At midnight there was a cry made: Behold the bridegroom comes, go out to meet Him. Then all those virgins arose and trimmed their lamps. The foolish said to the wise: Give us of your oil, for our lamps are gone out. But the wise answered saying: Not so, this way there is not enough for us and you, but go rather to them that sell and buy for yourselves." The wise invested their whole heart in the will of God, and could not share with the foolish who had yet to count the cost of losing their life in following the Lord, Revelation 3:15-22, 21: 7-8. *

Fear of losing a life for ourselves keeps us from investing our life in God: *
"God has not given us the spirit of fear, but of Love and power and a sound mind." Neither should we think to have already. "Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say to you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able." "Therefore take no thought saying, what shall we eat? What shall we drink? Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek), for your heavenly Father knows that you have need of all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added to you."*
You must value what you have:*
"For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also."**
"The kingdom of God is righteousness and peace and Joy in the Holy Ghost." Unless we forsake everyone and everything that would hold us back, including our own life, we don't have sufficient invested in God to gain interest as His disciple. "If any of you wants to be my disciple, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross daily and follow me. If you seek your life, you will lose it, but if you lose your life for My sake you will save it." "For which of you intending to build a tower, sits not down first and counts the cost he has to finish?"

To dwell with Him as never absent:
"If you continue in My word then are you My disciples, and you shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free."*"Whom shall God teach knowledge and whom shall He make to understand hearing? Those that are weaned from the milk and drawn from the breasts." As a babe nurtured with milk of its loving mother, the Grace of God carried us effortlessly; finding pleasure in spiritual things with faults unaware until taken from the breast and set down to learn to walk in the Spirit. When discontent to lose habits of a babe, we strive for knowledge as power to control, rather than learning of God in humility. "Knowledge puffs up, but Love builds up.” Lecturing others to feel better about ourselves is contrary to meekness: such one-sided repentance of our will and pride of achievement is offensive; having not patience to wait on the Lord to give more light and taking things in our hands again we offend. "Only by pride comes contention,"

The religious leaders who desired control:
“Many are called but few are chosen."
"The publicans and sinners enter the kingdom of God before you."
To seek authority for recognition keeps us from facing our emptiness in relationship with God. He is not in Humility that is seeking praise of men, but in pride of achievement. Humility is a fruit of the Holy Spirit from dwelling in God.*Honor and dishonor does not affect Humility, the humble find God in all things: in reproach and facing enemies, Humility helps us remain in peace. "And we know that all things work together for good to them that Love the Lord.”  *

Leaders building for themselves are in danger of rejecting the Holy Spirit: "He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathers not with me scatters abroad. Therefore I say to you, all manner of sin shall be forgiven unto men: but rejecting the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven to men." The Holy Spirit enables us to Love as God Loves and forgive our enemies, "For if you forgive not, neither will your Father in heaven forgive you." "How shall we escape if we neglect so great salvation?"
Going further is not in our understanding:
"Through much trouble we enter the kingdom of God."
No sooner we find more light that we wish for others to experience our desire and thought; "Having a zeal for God but not according to knowledge." We are to leave our cares with God in prayer and when it's needful for our neighbor He will direct us. Without His Spirit leading, we would take things in our hands again. The danger of pride of achievement is to think we achieved, to think we are better and fall back in a life for ourselves. Like saying to God: Thanks I’m better, see you next week.

We do not move forward until forgetting what lies behind:*
Paul referred to opposition from those controlled by desire (Acts 14:4), as having "fought with beasts who caused the multitude of the city to be divided." "I die daily. If after the manner of men I have fought with beasts at Ephesus, what advantaged it me, if the dead rise not?" "For we would not brethren, have you ignorant of our trouble which came to us in Asia, that we were pressed out of measure, above strength, so much that we despaired even of life; but we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves, but in God who raises the dead." "For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, the enemies of the cross of Christ: whose end destruction, whose god their belly, who glory in their shame and mind earthly things."*

Lacking godly sorrow we lack divine comfort:*
"Godly sorrow works repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but worldly sorrow leads to death." The more we seek our fulfillment in this life, the less we have of God, to have our thirst satisfied by His Spirit and get past wandering and complaining. "Leave all your cares with him, for he cares for you. Be sober and watching because your adversary, as a roaring lion, walks about, seeking whom he may devour: whom resist steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world. But the God of all grace, who has called us unto His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, make you perfect, establish, strengthen and settle you. To Him be glory and dominion forever and ever, Amen." *
We can’t enlarge our territory as we would think in understanding:*
"Lean not on your own understanding but trust in the Lord."*
Insisting to know the mystery of God in our understanding we suffer in vain. "If I understood mysteries and have not Love I am nothing." Lacking submission to wait on the Lord without distractions, to trust He communicates our present reality. "Come to Me, all you that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you, and learn of Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy, and My burden is light."*We don't master His Word in our understanding but in yielding ourselves as members of His body. "We all with open face, beholding as in a glass the glory of our Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, by the Spirit of the Lord." Like a vine pruned of excess branches in the fall, we loose our*life in winter where life doesn't make sense. To emerge as a choice branch remaining in fellowship with God; receiving abundance from the vine to produce more fruit. Detached from love of pleasure and gaining Love of neighbor: not judging as before we have peace and comfort in God.
The Journey begins:
“Jesus turned and saw them following and said to them: What do you seek? They said to Him: Master where do You live? He said to them: Come, and see. So they came and saw where He lived; and they stayed with Him that day, for it was about the tenth hour."
To become His disciple gives us fulfillment as if troubles are over for ever, so that we mistake the beginning of the Journey for having arrived into His rest. We have merely tasted the goodness of God and this beginning of Contemplation is dark to our understanding: walking in the Spirit is uncharted territory. We still suffer trials of fear of getting lost on the road and affections indulged cause emptiness. Affections remain as desire to take things in our hands again. So delicate is the refreshing of the Spirit that cares distract us. Not knowing where to go with affections and imagination until, “When I grew up, I put away childish things.”

No longer reasoning concerning things of the Spirit, to walk by faith:
Present with Him, we experience inner refreshment in freedom from cares. "I will enter His gates with thanksgiving in my heart." "Where the Spirit of the Lord is there is freedom." "Who shall ascend into the mountain of the Lord’s house? And who may stand in His holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart: who has not lifted up his soul to falsehood and has not sworn deceitfully. He shall receive blessing from the Lord and righteousness from the God of his salvation. This is the generation of those who seek Him, who seek Your face."
Compassion is the way to fulfill our calling, not competition:
"Let us not judge one another anymore, but judge this rather, that no-one cause a brother to stumble."
Not about trying to change others: His Spirit empowers us to change and Love people as they are and release them to the Lord, who frees them to change as they walk in the light they have to get more light. What we behold with admiration remains with us, whether loving this present world or turning to the Lord for help: to know Him as the measure of Love. "For those who eat and drink without discerning the body of Christ eat and drink judgment on themselves. That is why many among you are weak and sick and a number of you have fallen asleep. But if we were discerning, we would not come under judgment. Nevertheless, when we are judged by the Lord, we are being disciplined so that we will not be condemned with the world."

Brokenness in relationships is healed:
"Confess your faults one to another and Pray one for another that you may be healed." Humbled in His sufferings for us; yielding to Him who regards not great works but the Lover in fellowship with Him. “Enter in at the strait gate, for wide is the gate and broad is the way, that leads to destruction and many there be which go in there: because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, that leads to life, and few there be that find it."

Self-control is a fruit of the Spirit, in fellowship with God:  *
"Therefore submit to God, resist the enemy and He shall have to flee."
Until empowered by His Spirit we would lose sight of the Lord and go back to our own lives. In the garden of Gethsemane His three closest disciples were asked to pray and "They became heavy with sleep." Identified with the disciples in the communion of the last super, "All of you will abandon me this night." "This is the hour of the power of darkness." Good will is not enough, "I want to do what is right but I don’t, Instead I do what I hate... I have the will but not the power to do what is right."*

We receive Jesus as the answer:  *
"Where two or more are gathered in My name, there I Am in the midst of them." *
No one recognized Jesus in the resurrection until they received Him as a stranger. The two disciples on the road to Emmaus did not recognize Him in a long conversation with Him, until after offering Him hospitality as a stranger: in the breaking of bread. Jesus revealed himself to Mary Magdalene after addressing Him as the gardener: to care for His body. Other disciples had resolved to go back fishing. “Simon Peter said to them, I go fishing. They said to him, we also go with you. They went forth and entered into a ship immediately and that night they caught nothing... and Jesus said to them: Cast the net on the right side of the ship, and you shall find. They cast therefore, and now they were unable to draw it for the multitude of fishes." They recognized Him by the miracle after obeying His Word as a stranger: On the right side.*Acknowledging Him in the least, we see past ourselves; Having abandoned Him alone in His*passion, back to habits abandoned, laboring in vain in the will of the flesh. "They that observe lying vanities forsake their own mercy." God's response to Jonas, "shall I not spare… people that cannot discern between their right hand and their left hand." *

The night of the Spirit:  *
2: In darkness and secure, by the secret ladder disguised: *
Oh happy chance! In darkness concealed, My house being now at rest. *
Following Jesus apart from the multitude:  *
"Let us go forth to Him outside the camp bearing His reproach."*
In the night of the Spirit we are carried by the Holy Spirit where we could not go; ascending effortlessly by the Holy Spirit, who guides us to soar upward to God along the road of solitude. Jesus addressed Peter on Loving Him by feeding His flock and on the cost of following Him: receiving afresh the Way least understood. “Truly, truly, I say to you, when you were young, you clothed yourself and walked where you would; but when you shall be old, you shall stretch forth your hands and Another shall clothe you and carry where you would not. This He said, signifying by what death he shall glorify God; and having said this, He said to him: Follow Me."*

As we follow, much is revealed through Love:
“A new commandment I give to you, that you Love one another; as I have Loved you, that you also Love one another.”
When friendship is spiritual the Love of God influences us to go on to know the Lord: to find the secret ladder of Contemplation ascending to treasures of Heaven. "Verily, verily, I say to you, hereafter you shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of man." This ladder Jacob saw by night as he slept, the angels of God ascending and descending on it, and behold, the Lord stood above it."
A secret ladder hidden from understanding, wisdom we see dimly, causing us to cease from ourselves in language of God. "Blessed are those whose strength is in you, whose hearts are set on pilgrimage.” Humbled and raised up to God in this ladder we suffer many ups and downs: to keep watch ascending and descending until we enter into rest. The last step of this ladder of Love belongs not in this life, but assimilated to God. until that day there remains secret Love: to rise above all things, above ourselves and mount up to God; Carried in profound retreat and raised to enter Love. On higher steps much is revealed through Love, different from visions and dreams interpreted and described. The night of the spirit could be years after the night of following Christ in our understanding, but having experienced Him won’t be forgotten. Night comes and then dawn, having serenity and fellowship in community without hindrances as before; seeing dimly the reality of the kingdom of heaven within.

In the night of the Spirit we are carried by the Holy Spirit in the sufferings of Christ. In both accounts of outpouring of the Holy Spirit there was unity in prayer. Acts 2 "They were all with one accord in one place." In the later account, believers already have the Holy Spirit and prayed to stand with boldness against persecution. Acts 4:31 “And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spoke the word of God with boldness, and the multitude of them that believed, were of one heart and one soul."

"Through much trouble we enter the Kingdom of God."*
"He will cause to come down for you the rain, the former rain, and the latter rain as in the beginning."
"Ask and it shall be given, seek and you shall find, knock and it shall be opened."*
"Let us go on to perfection and this we will do if God permits." To yield ourselves to God in affliction, our understanding affections and will in affliction as we are touched by grief of the Love of God. "As Christ suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin." “I the man has seen affliction by the rod of his wrath. He has led me in darkness and not light… He has walled me in so that I can’t get out; He has made my chain heavy... My soul still has remembrance and is humbled in me. This I recall to mind, therefore have I hope, the Lord's mercies that we are not consumed; His compassions fail not, new every morning: Your great faithfulness.”*

Our will gone from ourselves becomes united with God: *
Mercy so great we think trials to be over for ever, not to take things in our hands again, but the root is hidden as an enemy asleep. "Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God, lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble’s you and thereby many be defiled.” "Let him that is on the housetop not come down to take anything out of his house: neither him in the field return back to take his clothes." Not to take things in our hands again: not to return to old identity. The field is the world we overcome through Christ and remain as light. The disciple becomes like the Master, carried by the Spirit to enter into Wisdom.*
When there is no-one left, is our opportunity be identified with God:*
“I looked and there was no one to help; and I wondered that there was no one to uphold: therefore My own arm brought salvation to Me; and My fury, it upheld Me.” In this hiding-place of contemplation we become selfless without distractions and find the Holy Spirit as our help. “When He, the Spirit of Truth is come, He will guide you into all Truth: for he shall not speak of Himself; but whatsoever He shall hear, that shall He speak: and He will show you things to come.” *
Jesus prayed for us to be in the unity of the Spirit:  *
"That they all may be one; as You Father in Me, and I in You, that they also be one in Us: that the world may believe that You have sent Me."*
In the communion of the Last supper we exchange our life with Him and enter His relationship with the Father. He left us His will as our inheritance, "We shall see Him as He is for we shall be like Him," “Then the righteous will answer him: Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you? The King will reply: Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” *
"As laborers together with God," "Now we have the mind of Christ." With good will and affections according to God. “Who now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up that which is behind of the afflictions of Christ in my flesh for his body's sake, which is the church." *
"It's no longer I that live, but Christ that lives in me. And the life that I now live, I live by faith in the one who Loves me and delivers me."*
The practice of the Presence of God *
To persevere in spiritual life: *
"Not wasting time, because the days are evil." *
"Now is the accepted time of renewal," there is not another elsewhere to seek first His Kingdom. Not mindful of God as we should, we suffer delusions of understanding and affections against us and faith alone for us. "Many are they that rise up against me… but You O Lord are a shield for me... I laid me down and slept, I awaked for the Lord sustained me." Those in agreement with God have the gale of the Holy Spirit and go forward even in sleep. If the vessel is tossed with opposing winds and storms, there is always a way with the wind, tacking into the wind: tactful to get past troubles of relationships, to turn to the Lord who is resting in the ship.*
Having let go of desiring control to delight in God:*
“There remains a rest for the people of God. For he who has entered into His rest has ceased from his works, as God did from His.”*
We have His influence in relationships that we may do as He please and Love without expectations. Recalled to yield ourselves to God as often as we find ourselves wandering, this does not tire the body. Carried by His Spirit with inner peace, as an eagle soaring effortlessly, suspended and fixed in God. He embraces with Love and welcomes us to eat at His table that we may have strength to endure with patience: most necessary for a soldier in unknown territory, daily faced with trouble and danger. *
“You set a table before me in the presence of my enemies." *

“You will keep in perfect peace whose mind is set on You, because he trusts in You.” *
Doing unto Him what we commonly did for ourselves in work:  *
Continuing with thanksgiving and not discouraged by the war against us from nature. Persevering to bear the cross we find He requires no great accomplishments from us. Not to be compared with what He endured in taking the blame for His creation: to give us rest from our sorrow and fear and hard bondage. “He has shown you, O man, what is good: and what does the Lord require of you, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God." Counting it Joy to be united to the will of God, we have sufficient light not to premeditate what to say. “A servant of the Lord must not quarrel but be kind to everyone, patient in instructing those opposing themselves, that God give them repentance to acknowledge the Truth.”*
We help one another by encouragement, yet more by example pleasing to God in identity with Christ. Just as there is difference between acts of the intellect and of the will; the first of little value, acts of the will all important to be carried by His Spirit where we could not. “Praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints." *

The Grace of God enables us to do One thing needful:
"One thing you lack: Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me. When the young man herd this, he went away sorrowful for he had great possessions."
“Godly sorrow leads to repentance but worldly sorrow leads to death."
"One thing is needful: and Mary has chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her." To forget our old life and go on to know the Lord. "Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much." *
"Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but One thing, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be like minded." *

Those exercised in Godliness comprehend this principal to grow in Love: *
"What things were gain for me, those I counted loss for Christ. I cou
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