A Word of Encouragement for the Brethren
“Someone may fear that we are magnifying private religion out of all proportion, that the “us” of the New Testament is being displaced by a selfish “I.”
Has it ever occurred to you that one hundred pianos all tuned to the same fork are automatically tuned to each other? They are of one accord by being tuned, not to each other, but to another standard to which each one must individually bow.
So one hundred worshippers met together, each one looking away to Christ, are in heart nearer to each other than they could possibly be were they to become “unity” conscious and turn their eyes away from God to strive for closer fellowship.
Social religion is perfected when private religion is purified. The body becomes stronger as its members become healthier. The whole Church of God gains when the members that compose it begin to seek a better and a higher life.”
— A W Tozer, “The Pursuit of God: The Human Thirst for the Divine” (emphasis added).
During this time of social distancing, we have the opportunity to spend time with The LORD in the secret place.
This should not be looked upon as a punishment or a horrible act that is infringing on our rights. It should be welcomed as an occasion of great spiritual advancement.
Dive deeply into the Scriptures and go mining for the hidden gold they contain. This will require discipline, but anything that is worthwhile will cost you something.
Time is precious in this hectic society, but now we have been given a “pause” that brings enlightenment if we take advantage of it.
In the above quote, Mr. Tozer makes it very plain that the spiritual health of the Body of Christ is affected by the heart condition of each member.
Each one of us has freewill and must choose to do our part as a viable member of the Body of Christ. But the unity we seek can become its own snare and trap if we allow “social religion” to compromise our private religion — personal intimacy with Christ.
We must pursue our own personal conformity with the image of the Son. He must be the “tuning fork” that brings us into harmony with His will and His ways.
Then when we have the opportunity to gather in person with other like-minded believers, we will achieve a pure level of spiritual unity with one another that can only be attained by spiritual unity with Him.
It is like the example of the one hundred pianos all tuned to the same tuning fork. We become the instruments in His hands finely tuned to the rhythms of His heart.
Let these days be a time when He finely tunes our instruments so that our hearts can produce the music of a unified heavenly symphony when we gather. Be encouraged. He wants to do a great work in each of us.
Trust Him to provide for you. The USA Passover will bring great healing to our nation: first to the individual, then to the family unit, to each state, and finally to the nation.
HE is KING of this American Christian Republic.
HE has never abdicated HIS Throne.
Press in and listen for HIS voice because HE is speaking even now.
“For as we have many members in one body, but all the members do not have the same function, so we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another,” Romans 12:4-5 NKJV.
Scriptural References: 1 Corinthians 12:12-31, Ephesians 4:11-16.
~ Mary B. Dovie
“In God We Trust”
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Mary B. Dovie is an ordained minister of the Gospel under the covering of Joy Christian Church and Gideon Christian Fellowship in New Orleans, Louisiana. She operates under a prophetic and teaching anointing. Mary is married to her high school sweetheart, Paul; they live in Theodore, Alabama. Their family includes son Anthony, who serves in the US Army, as well as their son Matthew, his wife, Jennifer, and daughters, Amelia and Stella.
He is giving His Bride this Great Oppor-TUNE-ity to Prepare Herself for Her Groom and True Citizenship in Heaven.