Rest and Reflect. Are You Ready for a Reset? – Purity 1053
Purity 1053 05/26/2023 Purity 1053 Podcast
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Today’s photo a roaring campfire in the foreground of a nighttime view of Indian Lake comes to us from Katie Fisher MacVeigh as she captured this scene from a “perfect midweek reset” on social media back on May 11th.
Well, It is Friday, it really is, thank God and I am looking forward to the end of my shift at work because I will be headed north tonight to be reunited with my wife at our countryside home before we embark on our own wilderness Memorial Weekend “reset”. Apparently, I was really looking forward to today because my wife informed me that I said it was Friday on the podcast yesterday. So I apologize to anyone I may have confused and fully realize, now, that yesterday was Thursday, and today is Friday and it is my prayer that all my friends who read or hear this message have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend.
My wife and I are hiking to a cabin in the Merck Forest and Farmland Center grounds in Rupert Vermont where, as of this writing, we believe it will just be the two of us for a weekend retreat – two nights of no electricity and just one another’s company in a rustic cabin’s accommodations. I have never gone backpacking before and my camping experience has been limited to overnights in the backyards or at RV campgrounds during my childhood and with my kids when they were growing up so although it is only a 2 ½ mile hike to the cabin, this will be a first for me in many ways and while I am a little weary of the lack of electricity and indoor plumbing, I am looking forward to “getting away from it all” and the relative silence and solitude I hope to find in the woods near Nenorod Cabin.
While I try to find moments of peace every day during my times of prayer and Bible study, I feel I really can use this rest. The beginning of 2023 has been very eventful thus far as I have had to travel for work, was trained in a new job function at work, got a new foreman, and have adapted to what seems to be an ever changing schedule as I have just surrendered to the fact that I don’t know what kind of work I will be doing from one day to the next. And that’s just work.
2023 will also be known as the year that I began, and prayerfully will finish the process of becoming educated, trained, and certified in Deeper Walk Prayer Ministry. Thus far I have found the program to be “as advertised” as it was described to be “an intensive, interactive, hands-on, heart-focused discipleship training program in practical ministry skills” where “you will gain the ministry tools needed to help hurting people experience freedom, understand their identity in Christ, walk in the Spirit, and live in heart-focused (hesed) community”. Last night was the final meeting of our cohort until August as we finished the second module of four, on Spiritual Warfare and I can testify that the program is “intensive” as the expectations is to not only learn the material that is presented but to also put it into practice each week with our colleagues in “break out rooms”. Although the course work keeps you busy, the material is so rich and rewarding that I feel my decision to get this education and certification was definitely “meant to be” as I have already incorporated some of the things I have learned to me personally and to the “recovery growth group” – Celebrate Freedom – that I am now leading at my local church.
Yup, 2023 has had even more in store! That was work and “school” but Let’s not forget about Ministry. As soon as I finished facilitating an 11 week online Freedom in Christ Discipleship Men’s group in early April, where I led six men through individual sessions of the Steps to Freedom in Christ, I was approached by my pastor with the request to begin a “recovery growth group” and on May 10th, we dusted off our old Celebrate Freedom Lessons and the Lord blessed me with two dedicated and faithful volunteers to start the process of forming a community where Christians could overcome their “hurts, habits, and hang ups.” But even though I have done “recovery ministry” before, this Celebrate Freedom is a NEW creation as I am incorporating all that I have learned from my walk and my latest studies to put the emphasis of this group on “building joy”, “walking in the Spirit” and knowing who we are in Christ. And the results of my attempts seem well received as one of the participants thanked me this week for “my vision” and another shared on social media that this week’s meeting was “amazing” but before I go patting myself on the back let me assure you that I know that I am only sharing what others have taught me and that the “vision” is how the Lord see us and the amazing things we are experiencing is only because we are drawing close to Him.
So we have been busy, but we have been blessed and although it may be challenging to keep “in step with the Spirit” at times, I wouldn’t have it any other way.
But with that said, I am happy to have a “break” from school for a while, and that I get to kick it off with what I hope to be a peaceful weekend in the woods and with a few days off this week as I only have to work Wednesday, because although I had the vacation this week, I have made plans to go to Deeper Walk international’s 35th Anniversary conference in Indiana in October and had to give up a day of what would have been a whole “week off”.
That’s right as we draw into the 6 month of the year next week, we will rejoice this weekend over where the Lord has brought us thus far, remember the servicemen who died to keep our country free, rest, and reset for what should be an eventful 2nd half of another year of walking in the Spirit.
So, as we gear up for the end of the first half of 2023, it is my prayer that you take some time this weekend to rest, “reset” and reflect on the freedom we have in Christ and the freedom that we enjoy in this county because of the men and women in the armed forces that paid the ultimate sacrifice for what they believed was worth protecting and that they were willing to die to uphold. God bless you all.
For those who want more evidence for Christianity than my simple apologetic will provide, I offer apologist, Frank Turek’s website, https://crossexamined.org/ .
Today’s Bible verse comes to us from “The NLT Bible Promise Book for Men”.
This morning’s meditation verses are:
Psalm 103:1-5 (NLT2)
1 Let all that I am praise the LORD; with my whole heart, I will praise his holy name.
2 Let all that I am praise the LORD; may I never forget the good things he does for me.
3 He forgives all my sins and heals all my diseases.
4 He redeems me from death and crowns me with love and tender mercies.
5 He fills my life with good things. My youth is renewed like the eagle’s!
Today’s verses show us what a man with a heart set on God does – he praises the Lord continually and he never forgets the good things that the Lord does for Him. He remembers that the Lord has forgiven him of all his sins and has brought him through all the illnesses and trials he has suffered in life. He remembers how the Lord has blessed him with His presence, love, and all the tender mercies he has received in life recognizing that they all came through a sovereign God who is always in control. He looks at the good things in his life and knows they come from God and his spirit is renewed because he praises the Lord.
So give thanks to God. Sing his praises with all your0020heart. And do this: EVERY. DAY. and you too will know what it is like to be continually renewed.
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Today we continue sharing from The Holy Spirit By A.W. Pink.
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A.W. Pink’s The Holy Spirit
4 - The Deities of the Holy Spirit
Concurrence in the Trinity
The Holy Spirit is designated by a great many names and titles in Scripture which clearly evince both His personality and Deity. Some of these are peculiar to Himself, others He has in common with the Father and the Son, in the undivided essence of the Divine nature. While in the wondrous scheme of redemption the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit are revealed unto us under distinct characters, by which we are taught to ascribe certain operations to one more immediately than to another, yet the agency of each is not to be considered as so detached but that They cooperate and concur. For this reason the Third Person of the Trinity is called the Spirit of the Father (John 14:26) and the Spirit of the Son (Gal. 4:6), because, acting in conjunction with the Father and the Son, the operations of the one are in effect the operations of the others—and altogether result from the indivisible essence of the Godhead.
Titles Used in Scripture
First, He is designated “The Spirit,” which expresses two things. First, His Divine nature, for “God is Spirit” (John 4:24); as the Thirty-Nine Articles of the Episcopal Church well express it, “without body, parts, or passions.” He is essentially pure, incorporeal Spirit, as distinct from any material or visible substance. Second, it expresses His mode of operation on the hearts of the people of God, which is compared in Scripture to a “breath,” or the movement of the “wind”—both of which adumbrate Him in this lower world; suitably so, inasmuch as they are invisible, and yet vitalizing elements. “Come from the four winds, O Breath, and breathe upon these slain, that they may live” (Ezek. 37:9). Therefore was it that in His public descent on the day of Pentecost, “suddenly there came a sound from Heaven of a rushing, mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting” (Acts 2:2).
Second, He is called by way of eminency “The Holy Spirit” which is His most usual appellation in the New Testament. Two things are included. First, respect is had unto His nature. As Jehovah is distinguished from all false gods thus, “Who is like unto thee, O LORD, among the gods; who is like thee, glorious in holiness” (Ex. 15:11); so is the Spirit called Holy to denote the holiness of His nature. This appears plainly in Mark 3:29, 30, “He that shall blaspheme against the Holy Spirit hath never forgiveness; because they said, he hath an unclean spirit”—thus opposition is made between His immaculate nature and that of the unclean or unholy spirit. Observe, too, how this verse also furnishes clear proof of His personality, for the “unclean spirit” is a person, and if the Spirit were not a Person, no comparative opposition could be made between them. So also we see here His absolute Deity, for only God could be “blasphemed!” Second, this title views His operations and that in respect of all His works, for every work of God is holy—in hardening and blinding, equally as in regenerating and sanctifying.
Third, He is called God’s “good Spirit” (Neh. 9:20). “Thy Spirit is good” (Ps. 143:10). He is so designated principally from His nature, which is essentially good for “there is none good but one, that is God” (Matthew 19:17); so also from His operations, for “the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, and righteousness, and truth” (Eph. 5:9).
Fourth, He is called the “free Spirit” (Ps. 51:12), so designated because He is a most munificent Giver, bestowing His favors severally as He pleases, literally, and upbraiding not; also because it is His special work to deliver God’s elect from the bondage of sin and Satan, and bring them into the glorious liberty of God’s children.
Fifth, He is called “the Spirit of Christ” (Rom. 8:9) because sent by Him (Acts 2:33), and as furthering His cause on earth (John 16:14).
Sixth, He is called “the Spirit of the Lord” (Acts 8:29) because He possesses Divine authority and requires unhesitating submission from us.
Seventh, He is called, “the Eternal Spirit” (Heb. 9:14). “Among the names and titles by which the Holy Spirit is known in Scripture, that of ‘the eternal Spirit’ is His peculiar appellation—a name, which in the very first face of things, accurately defines His nature, and carries with it the most convincing proof of Godhead. None but ‘the High and Holy One, inhabiteth eternity,’ can be called eternal. Of other beings, who possess a derivative immortality, it may be said that as they are created for eternity, they may enjoy, through the benignity of their Creator, a future eternal duration. But this differs as widely as the east is from the west, when applied to Him of whom we are speaking. He alone, who possesses an underived, independent, and necessary self-existence, ‘who was, and is, and is to come,’ can be said, in exclusion of all other beings, to be eternal” (Robert Hawker).
Eighth, He is called “the Paraclete” or “the Comforter” (John 14:16) than which no better translation can be given, providing the English meaning of the word be kept in mind. Comforter means more than Consoler. It is derived from two Latin words, com “along side of” and fortis “strength.” Thus a “comforter” is one who stands alongside of one in need, to strengthen. When Christ said He would ask the Father to give His people “another Comforter,” He signified that the Spirit would take His own place, doing for the disciples, what He had done for them while He was with them on earth. The Spirit strengthens in a variety of ways: consoling when cast down
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 Arthur Walkington Pink, The Holy Spirit (Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software, n.d.).