THOUGHTS FOR THE MONTH OF MARCH, 2018
|"Therefore let us not sleep, as do others, but let us watch and be sober."(1 Thesallonians 5:6)
As we approach the end of the third decade since the 1990 revolution in Romania, the impact upon the church is evident. The transition from the old oppressive regime, which restrained open evangelism, to the current era of liberty and open capitalism, has left varying marks upon the steadfastness of the believers. The church of the Lord Jesus Christ is called to watch and to live circumspectly. Such living seemed more natural under the old oppressive regime. Today, we too often see believers who are failing to resist the natural tendency to sleep. We are called to awaken from sleep and to live soberly while it is yet day. But why are so many families struggling? Why are so many churches lacking young men to serve in leadership? Why are so many widows and elderly left alone while their children have abandoned their homes to work abroad? It is sad when we observe these situations in some of the churches in which we serve. Of course, Christian families are never immune from trials and temptations. Rather, Satan never wastes his time. He is by nature, a murderer, a thief and a liar. He comes only to kill, steal and destroy. And families within the church are his prime target.
Let’s take a short journey back to the Garden of Eden. Just say, Adam was busy on a project in the garden and he told Eve “relax, take a walk in the garden, while I finish this project.” Of course, the tempter knew that Eve was alone and vulnerable and he came to keep her company. We might wonder, if Adam and Eve had a better communication system, would things have turned out differently? We wonder, if Adam had well communicated the command not to eat of that one tree, and the danger of disobedience. We wonder, if she had known God on a personal level as Adam did, would she have feared the Lord and not fallen into temptation?
What is needed, and sometimes seems sorely lacking, is a fear of God. God’s Word says that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. And indeed it is, when we have it before we contemplate breaking His commandment (James 1:14,15). It is something else when we see “the fear of God” coming only after the fact!
Perhaps too many living under the new covenant of today have abused the grace of God, and walked in so many liberties that the testimony of the church and the message of the Gospel has been stained with fearless living. We live in such desperate times brother and sisters, not just in Romania or Moldova, but in all parts of the globe. It is time for true, genuine, heartfelt repentance, as such as it was in the Old Testament when people would tear their clothes, put on sackcloth and pour ashes upon their heads. They would then confess their sins and cry out to God for forgiveness. It is not the time for dust-covered Bibles. It is time to seek His face, in the Word and in prayers. May God have mercy on us, restore us and give us again the fullness of the presence of His Holy Spirit!
Brother Viorel expresses his thanks you for your love for the orphans and widows in the Republic of Molodova. He spends more time in Hartop during the winter months and is happy to see this new church plant full of people on Sunday. Since they mostly work the land, during the winter months more visitors have time to come to see what is going on in this new assembly of believers.
The workers in Bacau are thanking you for your love and financial support for the needy Christians in Romania. Your love has enabled them this month to bless widows, widowers and brothers and sisters in Christ who are alone and in tremendous financial needs. As they visit these saints and encourage them from the Word, they leave more encouraged by some of them. Some of them, while battling various physical health conditions, are having difficulty finding the joy of the Lord. The poverty, the loneliness and physical pain can cause them to wander from steadfast ope in the Lord Jesus. Your love showed towards them, reminds them that Jesus is still on the throne and He has not forsaken them. They are encouraged to know that there are brothers and sisters in Christ that think of them and pray for them all the way from America.It is such a blessing to visit someone like sister Aduta who despite her harsh circumstances radiates joy and continues to trust Him. Praise the Lord! But whether we get encouraged, or we encourage, it is a wonderful time when we are with God's children and we bring them hope through our visits.
Medication is very expensive in Romania, and most of these brothers and sisters have a very small pension or none at all. Firewood is also expensive and they need to heat their homes six months out of the year. All assistance is much appreciated.
The brothers working in other counties of Romania all share how visiting those that are about to step from here into eternity are being challenged with fears and doubts. Visiting with these saints is crucial and beneficial. They encourage them from the Word and pray with them and for them, that they will be ready to enter eternity with the Lord Jesus!
Thank you again for your love and financial support. Please continue to pray for the workers in all counties that they would always walk in the Spirit and His character would shine through them. Pray for the saints and people they minister to, that they would be encouraged, and the unsaved would come to a saving faith in our Lord Jesus Christ.
"And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.” (Matthew 25:40)