‘esteeming the word’s of His mouth more than necessary food’

    Photo: timesonline.co.uk

Chinese professor Bob Fu and his wife held secret Bible studies in remote villages. The inhabitants’ hunger for God’s Word never ceased to amaze him.

    One memorable trip began with a twelve hour bus ride on which a church leader stood in front of the broken window for hours to keep the rain out so that Fu could rest. The next night, they drove a small van on rough, muddy roads until the van got stuck; then they drove a tractor for hours in the pouring rain until the tractor also got stuck. After that, they walked all night by the light of the moon, slipping and falling in the muddy fields.
    They arrived early the next morning to a warm welcome. Villagers began arriving at the house church to pray for two hours before the service. Some had walked fifty miles just to hear God’s Word. The house had no chairs, so the church members sat on rocks or pieces of wood. In this area, they had another blessing: It was too difficult for the police to follow. For a few days, they could worship freely!
    Each had overcome extreme travel conditions to worship, and none considered it a sacrifice. They just had a desire like David, who was drawn to worship with every fiber of his being.

For those in restricted nations, church is not optional; it is essential. In contrast, in free nations many people make up their minds each week whether or not they will attend church. Do they have time? Is it raining? Would they rather sleep late? What’s the sermon topic anyway? Shamefully, we often run through a gamut of questions trying to decide whether church is worth our time. For David and others, going to meet with God was a no-brainer. In fact, they would not let anything keep them from it. When is the last time you asked God to give you a desire for worship like this? Ask him today, and make plans to attend church this week and meet with God. VOM extreme devotion 16-May 09

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When I first read the article today from ‘extreme devotion’ I thought to myself “what commitment”?

As I pondered these thoughts the Spirit wrought His conviction… it’s not commitment, it is love. A believer can not have the commitment that is demanded of his/her Lord, until he/she loves so vehemently that circumstances play absolutely no role in the matter. This only comes from a steady diet of God’s word… we must esteem the words of His mouth more than our necessary food

Once we saturate our minds with the unadulterated truth of God’s word, even physical suffering in this world pales in comparison to being disobedient to His word. Consider the testimony of a dear Vietnamese pastor imprisoned for his faith… 

 

“We have learned that suffering is not the worst thing in the world— disobedience to God is the worst.”

I would to God that the church in America would get a glimpse of such love, such commitment, such obedience.

malachi

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2 Comments

  1. Brother Malachi, I am humbled by this message. We are given so much in this country and we take it all for granted. The ability to worship and pray as we please ( at least for now) and yet we give little time to our Lord. If we truly believed that God listened to each word we prayed, we would be on our faces pleading endlessly with him for our families and the lost. Somehow the gap between what we actually believe and what we say we believe is getting wider as the enemy infiltrates our mind to think that our God does not hear or see us. The villagers who walkled 50 miles and faced a threat of persecution for attending church BELIEVED that God hears them! Their suffering has actually brought them to a place of trust that we do not have.

    I remember reading about a missionary for the persecuted church who asked for prayers that they might reach more people for Christ. But he added, “Do not pray that we are not persecuted, for them we would become like the church in America!”. Sadly, that says it all!

    http://www.mlordi.wordpress.com

  2. Marianne your words are not only a source of encouragement on my behalf but our Lord has given to you a unique Spirit of revelation and that concerning the persecution of HIs body.

    We (the church) in America do not have a clue concerning this type of commitment, better yet the measure of this Love. These Chinese believers love our Lord in such a way that we have difficulty understanding, at least I do.

    In America we find any excuse not to come and worship. We complain about the setting of the thermostat in the sanctuary. These believers had nothing more than rocks to sit upon as they worshipped yet their heart and minds were affixed upon the worship of their Lord. Our lives are so consumed by the pleasures of the flesh, giving little or no consideration to the things of the Spirit.

    Your wisdom in these areas are a testimonoy that you will stand even when we find oursleves in the same.

    God bless you as you grow in the testimony of our Lord.

    malachi


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